, attached to 2017-08-06

Review by Philbombs77

Philbombs77 Not a review. Just want to say thank you to the band. These 13 nights, plus the 5 that preceded them, were nothing short of magical. I know a lot of people were talking about parallels with 2016 being kind of average much in the way 1996 didn't quite compare to the year before and after it. And then the prophesies about 2017 mirroring the greatness of its two-decade ago partner began to crystallize with every phenomenal show that we were privileged enough to witness this summer. In many ways, summer '17 has eclipsed summer '97.

But I'm just overwhelmed with joy in knowing that I love a band who has NEVER become a shell of itself or a nostalgia act. How many bands out there can match their own fire from 20 years ago? It's amazing beyond words. Thank you for bookending the summer with quite possibly the best Simple ever played in Chicago with another Top Tier version to close out MSG! Thank you for the Pitt Caspian and Completely. Thank you for Lawn Boy and Chalk Dust and Mike's and 1999 and ASIHTOS and that glorious YEM/Loving Cup combo to close out the second set tonight! Thank you so much for instilling within me, within us, the joy of being little kids or teenagers or college freshmen again, hearing the music with such awe that we feel young at heart. I know Keats wasn't talking about Phish or music or anything remotely close, but I can't help but feel, after witnessing this summer tour, that beauty is truth, truth beauty. Sorry for being such a maudlin sap, but I'm just so overcome by the past few weeks, I had to try to put it into words. I know they don't make much sense, but I'm just trying to convey my sense of gratitude to the band as well as the community that supports it.


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