, attached to 2017-08-06

Review by n00b100


"Welcome to the big show, everybody! Alongside Keith Palmer, I'm Dan Wilson. We start off tonight with Phish's 13th and final show of the Baker's Dozen...and boy, did they have a lot to live up to, Keith."

"You got that right. Bustouts galore, incredible jams, wacky covers, fun themes, astounding full sets...this run has really run the gamut. But did the band have enough to cross the finish line in a blaze of glory, or would they limp over like they'd stubbed their toe? Let's find out together...as a family."

"Well, after some fun rarities brought on by the 'no-repeat' policy, the band had their first cool moment in Set 1 with Gordon/Murawski newbie Crazy Sometimes worming into a neat bit of improv and transitioning very nicely into Saw It Again. But that wasn't the highlight of the set, was it, Keith?"

"No siree Bob, Dan, that'd be Page's Vida Blue composition Most Events Aren't Planned, which carried an energetic Mike-driven groove on the back end and really allowed Trey to shine in the final stages. But just when you thought that was all they had in store, they capped off Set 1 with the good clean fun of I Been Around...and, could it be?"

"It sure could, Keith, the return of Izabella, for nearly 2 decades one of the most coveted of bustouts! And Trey shreds like mad, too! So what could they have in store for us in Set 2?"

"Well, kicking off with Simple's not a bad start, and we all know what happened last month [quick footage of the 7/15/17 Simple], so we knew this bad boy's gonna get comparisons right out of the gate to that mammoth jam. But we also knew they'd be up to the challenge, and right out of the usual Simple jam Mike starts picking up the energy, Page pulls out those synths he's used brilliantly all tour, and they ride into a groove so disgusting David Lynch would have nightmares of it -"

"Is that the woodblock Fish is going to, Keith?"

"Sure is, Dan! The band rides this unreal filth for a few minutes, then with a turn sweeter than Ray Allen's J they make the move to major key, Fish really turns up the heat to a tempo so quick the band almost has to hang on for dear life, and Trey pushes the boys to a MONSTER peak, one of the biggest of the year. So I'd say that has to qualify as yet another contender for jam of the year, right, Dan?"

"You're darn tootin'. Rise/Come Together and Starman are great breaths of air after that sledgehammer jam, then they give us a You Enjoy Myself comparable to the old days, full of brisk jamming, Trey tearing off his fingertips shredding, a tremendous Izabella tease, and a vocal jam replete with some of the previous songs played this run [quick footage of The Lizards, EIIRP, and White Winter Hymnal], then Loving Cup takes us home in fine fashion. But that wasn't all for the night, was it, Keith?"

"Not even a little bit! After a truly touching banner raising and an even more touching tear-filled On The Road Again, the band gives us two more cool surprises with a funk-filled Reprise of Lawn Boy [cut to Page saying 'people keep asking me, is this still Lawn Boy? It is], Mike getting that bass solo he missed out on during 8/2 II [quick cut to the botched entry into Paug on 8/2], before Tweezer Reprise brings this whole massive shebang home."

"Final score? What else could it be but 'Phish wins again'. Keith, back to you."

"Thanks, Dan. Now, on to the Dick's run..."


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