SET 1: 46 Days, McGrupp and the Watchful Hosemasters > Pigtail, Cities > Nellie Kane, Gumbo, Guyute, Axilla, The Dogs, Dirt, David Bowie
SET 2: The Moma Dance > A Song I Heard the Ocean Sing > Mercury > Carini > Maze, Boogie On Reggae Woman > Harry Hood
ENCORE: The Squirming Coil
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Review by jaosnlikesphun
Best Use of Cowbell: 46 Days
Best Use of funk drippings and sassy swirling sounds: Cities
Nightmare-inducing vocals of the night: Guyute
Best howling from a crowd: The Dogs
A fun playful kickoff to a welcoming SF crowd. Phish waste no time in kicking into a dirty, dark, grimy gear with 46 Days. A version that could easily fit into a 3.0 set 2. It was so good that FIsh asked "Can we play that again?" Only to have Trey kick Mike off the stage. Don't worry, Mike came right back to drop bass nuggets in a standard McGrupp. Hot dog! Half-baked vocals (but earnest and aiming-to-please!) on Pigtails. Fish is loving life tonite and doing it up on backups (at least, it sounds like Fish.) Love me some slowed-down psychedelic Cities. Another version of a song that could easily be a condensed set II pleaser. Then Nellie Kane! I know it's a straight-forward take (as Nellie Kane usually did done do it) but it's also one of my personal fave Phish covers, and PS, I love Mike Gordon (#MikeSide). Little bit o' psychedelic Gumbo but Guytue overshadows it with some terrifying vocals toward the end. The darkness continues thu Axilla I and The Dogs. It had great energy thanks to the howling crowd. BGA sounded like a dangerous palace of hedonism. Dirt and Bowie to end a fantastic set 1 where almost every song had a sprinkle of Trey's awesome sauce. Break time!
Set II and Encore
Best Page Rage: Moma Dance
Best "Who am I? Where am I?" jam: Ocean
Best use of "Bass Ballz": Carini
Best discussion via instrument: Carini jam
Best ">": Carini>Maze
"Winning, DUH!" award goes to...Carini!
I heard Trey say "1,2,3,..." and then my body immediately went into bounce-mode when Cactus dropped the first bass bomb in Moma Dance. Page raged on piano. In my head I was minding the skipper, drinking wine... and, frankly, I knew set II would be fine. The sailing adventure on the SF bay continued into ASIHTOS...........Sorry, zoned out halfway thru Ocean (which is what we all want from a set II.) Ok Mercury. I'm not crazy about you but I respect this version. The end jam flows and I lost my thoughts for a few minutes. Back into the dark with the second Carini of Summer 2018. Lift off a quarter way thru. The crowd cheered thruout Mike's solo. He did it. Cactus went "Full-Wizard". It got wacky after that, the rest of Carini was a blur. Fun Maze, Boogie, and an uplifting Harry Hood, featuring some beautiful quiet moments. No one knows who I am so you don't know (or care) that Squirming Coil is my fave Phish song of all time. I started listening to Phish in 93. The Lawn Boy studio album was my first exposure. I remember envisioning Icarus and Little Jimmy and how that all went down. It's just so darn good. So basically I'm saying the encore was a perfect ending to a fantastic show!