SET 1: Buried Alive > Poor Heart > Julius, Punch You in the Eye > Cars Trucks Buses > The Horse > Silent in the Morning, Split Open and Melt, NICU > Gumbo, Slave to the Traffic Light, Sweet Adeline
SET 2: Makisupa Policeman -> David Bowie, The Mango Song > It's Ice -> Kung -> It's Ice > Shaggy Dog -> Possum, Lifeboy, Amazing Grace
ENCORE: Funky Bitch
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Review by MiguelSanchez
buried alive might be my favorite show opener. this one is nice and hot, and they pair it, in classic fashion, with a good high octane poor heart. julius keeps the energy up before a very fun '95 punch. this song was in a transitory phase here. trey had gotten off the piano, but they werent really stretching it out like they would in 2-3 years. good version. cars trucks and buses is still has that new song smell. good energetic take here. the horse>silent is a good breather. then there is this killer melt. this might be my favorite version of the year. this one has a very nice dark feel, and they really let this jam wonder before screaming back into the melt theme. instead of slowing down, they get funky. nicu and gumbo are a very nice pairing, and then slave is beautifully executed before the accepella closer.
makisupa policeman serves as a great opener. classic '95 stuff here, with a nice little transition into david bowie; which could be a contender for song of the year. while no '95 version topped what they did on the ny run in '94, they routinely played unique and experimental takes of this classic phish tune. like most from this year, trey really led the charge here while fish, gordo, and page set the pace and mood for him. great group interplay. the mango song is a nice mellow out before a pretty intense ice. they really dug deep, getting all the way through kung before finishing ice. i like this version better than the 12/30 msg version. especially with a very fun shaggy dog coming out of the back end. it had been a while, and it would be a while longer... then comes, in my opinion, the musical highlight of the second set. this possum is a barn burner. as if absolutely smashing this song was not enough, trey responds to one of many rumors of what might be the halloween album by tossing some hilarious "beat it" teases. of course, many were convinced that thriller was forthcoming, but many more, knew that trey was not going to give it away that easily. this rocking possum eventually dips down into a nice spooky life boy. after the darkness of lifeboy, they show the crowd the light with a lovely amazing grace. I love how they ended this show. i really try to avoid dead comparisions, but this is the equivilant of the band calling it a night after stella blue or morning dew and not letting bobby bone the ending with good lovin' or some bs. ballsy ending and i applaud it. for those that like the rowdy endings, look no further than the encore. a nice smoking funky bitch gets everyone's minds back on louisville and off the forthcoming halloween show.... which was not too bad either.
I highly recommend this show. the melt and possum are stellar, but the over all flow of this show is amazing. both sets are both just great for popping in and letting ride. you will not think about your fast forward botton once.