, attached to 2011-11-13

Review by ColForbin

ColForbin Great show! I felt kinda bad that there were a ton of open seats in back, but it didn't stop the band from playing the hell out of it. I love how Mike gets to really strut his stuff on the bass that you don't get so much in the context of Phish. The Way it Goes was far better than the Phish version, Scott has a slightly more bluesy tone than Trey that works better (admittedly, Mike's band has probably practiced it a bit more than the 3 takes Phish made during the Dick's soundcheck). What Things Seem had a languid, loping feel that made the whole room feel like it was melting. Things That Make You Go Hmmm... was surprisingly jammed out for what must have initially been planned as a novelty. Great segue into Black Tambourine in the second set, with Mike kicking it off via the distinctive bass line. The encore had tons of energy, and could match up to many Phish encores I've heard. I would love it if Won't Get Fooled Again could follow Mike back to Phish.

Just on a personal note, it's refreshing for me to see a band this fun without all of the expectations/baggage/critical eye that I take with me to a Phish show. Makes me kind of wistful for how I used to feel at Phish.


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