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Review by Bootney_Lee_Farnsworth
For the second year in a row, Phish was playing a Fall Tour show in the city where I live! Got in and took some seats in the on Fishman's side (was on Ragin' Page's in 94) about 2 sections from the stage so we'd have a good view and good sound - never been a floor/pit guy and the wife is short, so she wants no part of you giants.
First set highlights were... well... everything, but of note were an interesting placement of Friend as the opener, Paul & Silas - a song I wish they'd still do, a BLISTERING Llama, MAZE (on right now as I type - JFC!!!), and a nice SOAM closer.
Not to diminish this stellar first set, but the second set took things to a whole 'nother level. The Julius opener was just what you want from that song with a huge build an release.
For me, the show's highlight was next with the best Theme I've heard. The build up and then when they launch into the jam was absolute ecstasy and the jam seemed to go on and on in waves of bliss. Still waiting to get another Theme that good.
The YEM was great and the vocal jam was as others have stated... creeptastic. PALUCIFER... PALUCIFER... PALUCIFER...
Rounding out things were a nice Sleeping Monkey complete with Fish standing on his stool for his acapella moment and a raging 95 era Antelope.
I know many got sick of the ADITL encore, but this version was tight and it was still early in the song's life cycle with Phish and I thought it was the perfect cap for a near perfect Phish show.