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Review by salorsino
A cappella opener has been the norm for the run so hey, I'll take it, doesn't matter that everyone was checking @PhishFromTheRoad on twitter to figure out what this song was, it was cool. Cars Trucks Buses was not expected and is always a great jam to get people moving, and My Soul definitely kept that energy going! A great blues rocker that showcases that though these guys do some weird stuff, they certainly know how to stick to the basics and rip apart a 12 bar blues jam. Roses are free is one of my favorite covers I never expected to see it, ever. Seeing it on 12/29 and then again 7 months later was just a treat for me, they know how to please a crowd. Honestly never heard the very long fuse before but this is now one of my favorites from that Halloween show, more so than Martian Monster IMO (don't kill me folks, Phish playing power chords just doesn't sit with me well). Gumbo - standard but always welcome, again something I was not expecting to hear, at this point in the run we knew that anything was fair game really though. Yarmouth road was nice and Pebbles and Marbles was another song I never really checked out but am very glad I saw live b/c it's one of my favorites now.
Farmhouse was very nice and showcases their ability to play calmly and still have everyone on their toes, or in the bathroom depending how you feel about sopht phish. But then, AN ASTEROID CRASHED AND NOTHING BURNED! Except the feet of every person in that building from dancing so damn hard! This came out of left field IMO and when they got into the jam, the thought on everyone's mind was "PLEASE DON'T STOP THIS SONG AT 5 MINUTES!!". Phish being naturally gifted in telepathy got the message and once the modulation hits from the minor jam to that major blissful mode that we all know and love, we knew that this was a Tube for the books. No more needs to be said besides if you've been chasing a good Tube since the old days, look no further, this is the king of 3.0
Carini - banger. Always is - just gets people rocking hard and again transforms into that blissful major mode that 3.0 typically has, except it wasn't a show-stopping peak, and purposely not because they just grooved and grooved until they had to leave Carini for whatever was next on the list. Mr. Completely was not a song I knew well, as I'm sure most phans didn't until that big one a week prior but lets all hope this is here to stay b/c this song rocks through and through.
The Jam winds down and we hear Trey play a riff we aren't too sure about...we had some hints but no...it couldn't be....Page hits that synth and every pair of pants in the building was soaked like they would be at a show by the KING (Prince, hehe) himself. It's 1999 again for the first time since 1998 and someone better have called a fire marshal b/c the foundation of that building was shot after how much everyone was jumping. But to top it off, they rip it out into 10 minutes of the most high energy peak of the night hands down. A 100% must listen.
Steam is tight as always, and gets weird for a few minutes to the point I totally forgot it was even steam and thought they had left it unfinished. Now we hear another familiar keyboard riff that we know isn't native to the Vermont foursome that we all wish we could be, No Quarter comes out and again heads were exploding. Character Zero next, while I always fed into the "we hate zero" crowd I have been totally turned around b/c this one was just a rocker, not to mention a duel between Mike and Trey that was spectacular to see live.
This was my favorite show of the run that I saw, the only other being 7/21 as of now but I feel it was one of the greats because many songs played here aren't typically in rotation, maybe once or twice a year if that, (decade if it's 1999), so the combination of all these songs made this a must listen show.