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Review by yam_ekaj
the first sets recently have been just beyond belief. last night was perhaps the best first set i've ever seen; this one is nearly as good. there was a 20-minute, type 2 axilla II for god's sake. unbelievable. the mike's groove was also top tier--mike's song itself went proper type 2, as did weekapaug. the final two choices, on paper, don't look as ideal as the rest of the set. however, shade was short and sweet, and IAWITW was easily the best version ever and a highlight of the set. absolutely soaring type 2 jam. must listen.
set 2 begins with another shocking jam situation--a jammed Ass Handed. they are literally jamming every single song right now--during this show every song was jammed, and nearly all type 2, except Olivia's Pool, Hydrogen, Shade and Funky Bitch (although FB did contain sweet solos from page and trey). the tweezer is typically excellent, with a beautiful quick change to Funky Bitch. huge huge fan of a set 2 reba, and this one got out into exploration territory for a moment before building to an awesome peak. Sand -> return to Tweezer honestly speaks for itself; it was fucking awesome. and then a (somewhat abrupt, but) very nice segue into an absolutely raging sigma oasis, which i was certain would close the set. but nope! phish once again surprises, throwing in a walk away for good measure.
Julius and Tweeprise standard great for the encore.
what a pair of shows. i don't remember the last time a 4-night run started with 2 shows this strong. we are in for something amazing over the weekend. there is magic in the air, folks. phish is on fire.