, attached to 2019-06-11

Review by EvenCarlSagan

EvenCarlSagan I was at both St. Louis shows with @Flutterbye and instead of reviewing individual shows, I thought it would be best to drop some thoughts here, mostly referring to N1.

We had a 4 - 5 hour driving distance (nod to Cam, who I regret not getting to meet up with, along w/a few other great .netters) & all went well getting there, staying at the Parkway hotel & prepping for the 2 night run.
We'd never been on the floor for a show before & it was definitely a surreal experience.

During 46 Days, Trey & I nodding together for around 5 min. of the first part of the jam section. Or at least it felt that way, including energy transference. I sh*t you not.

I completely blanked out the start of the hand claps during Stash (what a noob) & I totally enjoyed Page's low note keyboards vibrating to my core Chakras (or whatever).

We talked with a couple nearbye us before the show started and they were about our same age & had been following Phish since the early 90's.
Mentioned I played music years ago but didn't understand Phish until right before Fuego.
They were intrigued that I'd jammed with Shannon Hoon before, years ago before he was in Blind Melon & we also talked a bit about the Grateful Dead's last few years. Alas, they did not have .net accounts
(Isn't that weird when you hear a true Phan say that?)
To each their own, but Phish is my #1 band without a doubt now, & I owe nearly all of that to .net.

Anyway, the songs...
My wife enjoyed the choice Kasvot Vaxt songs, as did I.
We weren't the biggest fans of those at first. Now, we're hooked.
@Flutterbye had some health problems we weren't totally aware of until later, along with a sore foot, so we had to leave the front of the floor before 1st set was done & watch 2nd set from behind the stage (I wonder how few of the people who go regularly have had this interesting perspective of a show? Prob not many).
All of that, thanks to a couple great friends who had the extras (you know who you are).
Elseways, we woulda had to stand in the far back the rest of the night. Ugh.

We'd hit the record store over by Chuck Berry's place the next day & I'd score some VG Leon Redbone (RIP) & Dr. John (RIP) vinyl along with the amazing BBQ restaurant nearbye keeping our energy levels high.
Prob not as high as Fishman's, but still..

Also, I'd heard about the crazy scavenger hunt that Cactus set in motion while I was chowing down on said BBQ.
(Thank for keeping me up to date, @MShow96!)

Slave To The Traffic Light was an enteresting way to go out - we went thru hell trying to get a taxi back to the hotel.
We did run into some friends from back home there, though, so all was well, for the most part (crazy sometimes driver driving 90 down thru the streets past the Oyster Bar at 2 in the A.M. ~haha!)

Also of note:
Carrying around the 2 posters I'd bought was a bit scary (thought for sure we'd be mugged before a taxi got us) but those were unfounded fears. As most are in life.

I just remembered I'm off topic and not getting to the songs.
Oh well, I'm weak sauce right now...nod to someone else...hehe.

And but so, From Theme -> Drift, we were trying to give my wife comfort, so although they were great performances, we were not 100% there. The rest of the show(s) had it where we were able to concentrate better. Up Mike side about 15 rows during N2.

I'd been hoping for an Antelope & Llama at the same time, but what we got was great. Gin was one top song I was wanting.
Suzy was a treat, to me for some reason I can't quite convey..
The whole sports theme during N2 was amazaballz, even though I don't dig sports like I used to once upon a time.
I'd seen Colorado Avalanche games in the past & totally dig it, but I've yet to see a replay of night 2's game. I will! I will!
LxL was cool to me for my wife and her foot problems that trip.
It's as if they play songs just for you sometimes, right?
Anyway, @Flutterbye has other things keeping her from making any more shows this summer, but I will still hopefully make it to at least 1 Alpine show (prob N2).
Appreciate all vibes/prayers for her. Thank you so very much.

The duality of a 2 night run is without a doubt something to never to be missed.
What you may have hoped to see, you just might.
What you expect to see may be surpassed.
Thank you Phish & .net community.


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