, attached to 2017-07-28

Review by fhqwhgads

fhqwhgads The phun continues at Madison Square Garden for night 6 of the Baker's Dozen! The Phish debuts of Chocolate Rain and You Sexy Thing are the thematic elements of the night, but I'd like to focus on something else: namely, Trey's improvement since the last few shows. One can hear him really pouring it on in Divided Sky, Chalk Dust Torture, and Rock and Roll, in particular. Divided Sky especially sounds like it could've come from a 1.0 show. I find the Echoplex perhaps as fascinating as Trey does, but I love when he "shreds," as they say. The big jam of the night is Chalkdust, which ranges over a lot of very interesting territory, but it's also rewarding to hear Mercury having come into its own. I also like Sand as a Set-I closer and Have Mercy as a Set-II opener. And, humorously, the band pretty much stops in between You Sexy Thing and Backwards Down the Number Line, precluding the fabled "ripcord into BDTNL," LOL. I rate this show 4 out of 5 stars, and believe that Phish is really raising the bar over this series of shows.


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