, attached to 2018-11-01

Review by yam_ekaj

yam_ekaj Another day, another quality fall 2018 phish show. this one will probably get knocked a bit for song selection, which is fair. they really have been hammering home everything's right and no men's, but they are also playing them so well. that's been the story of this tour in some ways - lots of the same songs being jammed excellently. on to the review:

for me, everything's right doesn't work as an opener. it just starts off a little too low energy for me. i would've maybe just switched Bag' and ER's spot in the setlist. that being said, i do like the song, and this version, like the one in chicago, was jammed quite well. very cool to see them taking these early set 1 songs out for a walk. in general, the first set jamming this tour has been incredible. very standard, short bag. would love to see them take that for a walk one of these days. wolfman's was particularly rocking, definitely worth a listen. always love to hear nellie kane and funky bitch. chalkdust was another great version, with some more awesome set 1 jamming. this song might be overall 3.0 MVP. it is very rare to be disappointed in a chalkdust these days. i been around is fun. joy is a great song, but they'd just played it in chicago. i think it works better if it's a bit rarer, but still nice. standard walls of the cave closer.

set two was a banger, in my opinion. monster blaze on. absolutely sick jam, definitely worth a listen. another high quality NMINML. i will admit the song is getting a bit stale, as theyve now officially played it in every city this tour, but again, each rendition has been amazing (particularly the mammoth chicago version). another more recent song in fuego. would've definitely loved to see an older, more "classic" phish song in this spot, but this fuego was played well with a little extra meat on the jam. twist was very awesome, and could've been even sweeter if not for a sliiight ripcord into caspian. trey went off during caspian which is always nice to see, and i love that theyve been bringing back the twist refrain to make a sandwich the last few times played. bouncing was perfectly placed here; haven't heard this live in a minute so it was a treat. and then the hood. for me perhaps the highlight of the set. seemed like it was gonna be standard bliss, and then out of nowhere went type 2. huge jam, perfectly navigating back into the closing hood chords, with an awesome final solo from trey. a stellar rendition, must-hear for hood fans.

contact is another one that is always a treat to hear live. love this song. rise/come together is not necessarily my favorite (again would've opted for a more "classic" song), but definitely a nice cap on another excellent phish show. tonight was definitely a bit of a "blow off some steam" show after last night's spectacle, with the band playing a lot of songs they're very comfortable with. but they really blew off that steam well, delivering some incredible improvisation (as usual). can't wait to see what's in store the next two nights!


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