, attached to 2017-07-15

Review by fillmore

fillmore My second Phish concert, after having seen the band the very first time the previous night. I had a lawn ticket for this gig. The lawn was very far away and was essentially just the back of the plain field. Unless you were on the rail that seperated the "floor" from the "lawn" you could barely see the band on the stage so you had to rely on the video screens. Also sound was not as loud as upfront. The lawn offered a better view of Chicago's beautiful skyline though because one was further away from the stage and so the stage didn't block the view so much. After the sun had set the illuminated skyline was a breathtaking sight I will remember forever and it's documented well on the official pictures. Partly as a result of being on the lawn I experienced this concert as a dichotomous show: From afar the first set seemed extremely lackluster and dull, despite having a strong tune as opener, the rocking "Stealing Time From The Faulty Plan". Surely this is the weakest set of this three-night Chicago run as confirmed by many relistens of the recording. The second set is where the band got into the zone, delivering a long jam on "Simple" with the lyrics "We got skycrapers" seemingly referencing Chicago, the very city where the skycraper was invented. The "Simple"-jam tortured us for several minutes with strong teases of "Timber" without properly segueing into it. "Winterqueen" featured a touching solo. At this point in the show I had figured out how to best use the few advantages of the lawn, standing and sitting freely on the grass in the back in front of a PA-speaker and a video screen with room to move around, enjoying the cooler summer night's air and the flow of the music. Ultimately "Loving Cup" sent us home with a huge Rock & Roll finale...


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