, attached to 2014-11-02

Review by tennesseejac

tennesseejac I agree with spoonie b. I think something was up with Trey during that second set. I noticed him sipping on something during the show. Was he sick? Or drunk? This show was not worth me missing work on Monday. Part of the reason was because I was stuck in the nosebleeds and the sound sucked. First set was pretty good, with nice highlights in Runaway, ASIHTOS, Bathtub, and Free. I was hoping that ASIHTOS would have stretched out the groove a little bit more, but it would still be my favorite song of the first set. Gin caught a solid groove for a minute and I would have like their vocals to be louder if they are going to do Martian monster quotes. It sounded like Cookie Monster quotes. The 2nd set had huge potential because of all the heavy hitters left in their arsenal. When I heard CDT start up I was excited for some dancing and thought we were getting ready for shred fest. I want to relisten, but from where I was standing it sounded like Trey couldn't find a note. He seemed hesitant the whole 2nd set. I would rather have an 8 minute quality jam rather than a 15 minute jam that goes nowhere. Piper has it's moments and is my favorite song of the 2nd set. Other than that I was bummed and couldn't believe what I was seeing and hearing. For the first time ever I sat down during a Phish show. Part of that was because I was exhausted from Friday and Saturday nights spectacular shows, but mainly because it seemed like the band couldn't find the groove. I think The Line should never be played again, it's a show killer. I can't believe it beat out Steam to make it on the new record. They had one last chance to save face when YEM started but never really caught ground and I think Trey started running around and playing drums because his fingers were not working. The encore was also a let down and could not get me out of my seat. I like the thought of Moma Dance right here but it's tough to hit when the guitar parts are sub par. I could have done without Slave. They should've just sang Grind and called it. I was very disappointed with the venue. Way too smokey. Never doing another indoor venue that allows cigarette smoke. And way too many talkers at all 3 shows, but that seems to be the norm these days. And it's not just Phish. Probably worse with more mainstream bands. Why go to a concert if you are going to talk the whole time? The answer is because You Are Rude. I encourage applause after songs but talking during music (especially when you're talking about something other than the music that is playing) is stupid.


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