, attached to 2019-06-11

Review by endorphimine

endorphimine First review

The first set started out really strong with an awesome Cool Amber and Mercury. Trey has some really nice playing in this song and it is one of my highlights of the first set. The 46 Days is good, but not excellent and the Stash is interesting and taken for a ride. In my opinion, the set lost a lot of energy after Stash with Nellie Kane, Free and Theme not doing too much for me. The Tube is has a nice jam in it, per usual. There aren't many ~10 minute Tubes I don't like. The GOTF song is one I haven't listened to much, but it was played well, especially for a debut. Doesn't sound like a Phish song at all and is kind of a dull set-ender, but I might change my mind on that the more I get into the song. Who knows.

Second set starts with a strong NMINML with a really nice and mellow jam. Segue to Bathtub Gin is a bit rough, but no complaints with this song because it's your typical, good-yet-not-incredible Bathtub Gin. Fun, but nothing to write home to mom about. They explore a lot in Ghost, but to me, it never quite gets there. The segue to Piper is also a bit rough, but the Piper is solid. Blaze On is also solid. Joy is fine. A quick run-through of Simple is fun. Another rough segue to a fun and blissful Limb by Limb. Slave is a nice set-closer.

Turtle in the Clouds to Character Zero is a fun encore.

Takeaways from night 1 of summer tour: Cool Amber and Mercury and NMINML were my two highlights with Piper and Stash being right behind them. Don't know how I feel about GOTF songs becoming Phish mainstays, but they might need time to grow on me.

Overall, it was a good, not great night. A solid 3.5 out of 5 in my books. It's about what I expected out of a tour opener. Looking forward to the rest of summer. Cheers.


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