Soundcheck: Dog Log -> Manteca, Ginseng Sullivan, Happy Birthday To You, My Soul
SET 1: 46 Days, Tube, Train Song, Ghost > Sparkle > Sample in a Jar, Divided Sky, The Line, It's Ice > Kill Devil Falls > Bathtub Gin
SET 2: 555 > Backwards Down the Number Line > Down with Disease > Fuego > Twist > Bouncing Around the Room, David Bowie, Character Zero
ENCORE: Harry Hood, Grind
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Review by FunkyCFunkyDo
555 opens set 2 and riding my Nostradamus wave of glory, I firmly proclaimed to @uctweezer that THIS would be the version that gets taken for a ride. Nope. A quality set 2 opener in my opinion, this version doesn't stray far from the norm, but sets the table nicely for a nasty jam vehicle. Whoops. Number Line. Not exactly the jam vehicle I had in mind, but you know what, despite it's highly abrasive opening chords this is a pretty dang good song. This version culminates to a blissful peak - just straight-up happy music. I was happy and ready to bring some more dance to the Forum, to shake my funky bad self to the eat of the second set. DWD starts to growl. It starts to grumble. Mike broods. Liftoff. As of today (10.27.14) this is hands down the jam of the tour and a likely top-7 or 8 jam of 2014. It storms out of tghe gates into a Trey-driven, rock groove. They lock into this progression for about two minutes and then dissolve into some dark, gritty space: dissonant and weird but extremely engaging. Then just when you thought it would dissolve into Piper or Carini Trey and Page pick it back up and the dance party explodes. If you like Reading 2013's DWD, this one will knock your socks off. I mean it really rages. You will get goosebumps. You will smile. You will start to dance. You will listen to it again and again. It is that good. It peaks in a triumphant 3-minute explosion of sound that lands, rather crashes (in a good way) -> to Fuego and ignites the crowd. Fuego gets into a short, mellow groove before evaporating into some scary, eerie space. Good stuff right there. Twist follows and is a standard version. Some latin/jazz fusion. You've heard it before. Bouncing is a perfect interlude to a gritty, sultry Bowie. Bowie menaces the unsuspecting LA crowd with some evil jamming interspersed with good old fashioned Bowie rage. What a cool juxtaposition this was to the overall upbeat-nature of the show. Such is the case with Phish: they know exactly how to take you on an emotional, spiritual, and psychological roller coaster during a show. They did so tonight. Character Zero put four more exclamation points on the evening. Rocky Top was bonus Phish.
Hood. Truly inspirational playing. It won't hit you like the Hoods of the mid-90s, but this jam will absolutely take you into a dream-like state before Trey reels in the band for an emphatic and passionate climax. Beautiful Hood. Grind. These guys... theeessseeee guys! After all that, let's sing some barbershop. They are just too cool.
Big hugs to @uctweezer. You were so much fun to talk to and see a show with. If our sweat is any evidence of the quality of the show, safe to say this was at least a Class 4. You survived the Thunderdome with the graceful elegance of a California Condor riding an updraft of phosphorescent rainbows. So stoked to have raged with you! Catch you in Vegas my man.