Soundcheck: Guyute, Foam, Friend (x2)
SET 1: Fluffhead, Guyute, Martian Monster, Llama, Steam > Poor Heart > Crazy Sometimes > The Horse > Silent in the Morning, Sleep, Drift While You're Sleeping
SET 2: No Men In No Man's Land > Dirt > Plasma -> We Are Come to Outlive Our Brains -> Plasma -> Tweezer Reprise > The Wedge > Sneakin' Sally Through the Alley -> Run Like an Antelope, More > Slave to the Traffic Light
ENCORE: Rock and Roll
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Review by myers33
FLUFFHEAD (RIP to Mike’s bass)...and then GUYUTE?!? HOLY FUCK. That’s it. That’s the whole review.
Fine, I’ll do the rest of the show.
Martian Monster and Llama were shorter incarnations, or at least they felt like it, as my mind’s still on the two behemoths that they played before. Everything thru the whole show was real tight, and these two tunes were no exception. Food for thought, will we ever hear a slow Llama again?
Then we got Steam. Fuuuun-kyyyyyy. Head-banger of a jam too. Again, short but sweet. Or, I’m not sober and have no concept of time. One of the two is correct, and that’s up to you to decide.
The boys put us into a bit of a dream sequence with Horse > Silent & then Sleep (bustout!!), but you know what? I loved it. Great breather to recover from the insanity that was the start of the set, and they’re also great songs. Drift While You’re Sleeping was a solid set closer, and I gleefully went to take my setbreak leak with more than my usual fix of sap & sweetness.
Repeating last night’s approach to set 2, the boys started up with NMINML, an easy jammer to get the heads boppin’ & a song that can really go anywhere. Great exploration here that takes its time & had us all feeling pretty great throughout. Dirt was awesome to hear afterwards. One of my all-time favorite Phish melodies & I always liked the lyrics.
If I could sum up the following string of tunes into one word, it would be this one: seamless. Totally seamless. Plasma and We Are Come to Outlive Our Brains felt like the same damn song. Genius. And then Tweezer Reprise?? AGAIN?! WOW. What a way to cap off a great muti-song saga.
With hardly a moment to catch a breath, Trey dives head-first into The Wedge, and the band executed perfectly. Loved hearing SSTTA, and Antelope’s always a good tune, though, while I still enjoyed it because I phucking love this band, I didn’t think it was their best shot at it. Can’t all be perfect, I suppose.
Again consistent with last night’s formula for S2 success, More’s a great straight-up rocker with an easy sing-along chorus, so it makes sense to be the second-to-last pick. An on-point performance of Slave followed by a rippin’ Rock and Roll encore wrapped up a quality two-night run in beautiful Saratoga Springs.
Hard to say whether tonight was better than night 1. They were both worthy of 4 stars from myself. I’d like to think that each was special in their own little way, like kindergarteners. Just like Jenny, who, at five years old, was likely in kindergarten when her life was changed forever by rock and roll. Or maybe 1st grade. Lou never said her exact birthday.
If you’re moving on to the next shows at Fenway, do hold on to your hats. Happy 4th, everyone!