, attached to 2010-06-27

Review by InsectEffect

InsectEffect This show will make a believer of you. The first set is solid pretty much start to finish, with choice song selection and some powerful playing. While not particularly adventurous, everything is delivered well – particularly an extended Mellow Mood, energetic Stealing Time and My Soul, and a tight, upbeat Bathtub Gin.

The incredible second set then starts strong and never once slumps. From a short, punchy Wilson, the band bounces into a playful, funky Meatstick – I’ve never been crazy about this song, but it fits really well here – that evolves into the progressive riffs of a snarling, extended Saw It Again that spills over into a gorgeous, escalating Piper before eventually descending to scare up a soulful Ghost that effortlessly “discovers” Jumpin’ Jack Flash amidst the continuing improvisational momentum.

Jack rounds out with a brief Saw It Yet Again reprise before touching down into a vibrant and surprisingly funky Contact –best live version I’ve heard. The YEM that follows is fresh and full of delightful teases that complete this stunning second set suite as only Phish can. Boy, Man... I saw it again...

The Fire encore is pretty standard, but the continued teases and Fishman shout-out make it a fine cap to the evening. The entire show, especially Set II, is played with remarkable energy, inventiveness and vitality, proving indisputably that The Phish, oh yes, they’ve still got it…


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