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  1. Emperor Palpatine Says:

    whole lot of dislike…might as well not like Phish

  2. willowed Says:

    Seven Below>What’s the Use was the freakin’ heat.
    Just got back to the room…trying to digest.

    Weird flow…sons were played very well

    Paug was a smoker and the Bowie had Legs….fire version.

    Mikies was fire as well

  3. willowed Says:

    I meant songs

  4. Kevin Says:

    heh. You know there are some songs that hit you the wrong way. There probably aren’t a lot of them, but there are a handful. And if they were played in succession, it would make you recoil.

  5. willowed Says:

    Thanks for getting me on the floor TIII

  6. Emperor Palpatine Says:

    fair enough…but who dislikes David Bowie? classic Phish. Mound one of best early Gordon songs, not worth debating taste’s I guess. Very intrested in hearing this one.

  7. William H. Bonney Says:

    @Willow Sounds like you had a good time.

  8. willowed Says:

    It was fun…..trying to simmer down

  9. willowed Says:

    Listening to the 7 below now.

    Highlight no doubt. I will report back once I finish.

  10. willowed Says:

    Very uplifting What’s The Use type jamming in 7 Below

  11. sumodie Says:

    so not a warm up show -boys sounded very relaxed and confident almost immediately

    however, the show tempo on the whole was relaxed, patient, mellow, with some stellar delicate jams -very little raging action till the last 3 tunes, which in fact is not a complaint. As if the boys are not so much holding back but pacing themselves

    I personally loved this laid back patient show with some nice delicate jamming and melodic playing

    Top highlight for me was easily 7 Below, loved the jam -other clear highs include Mound (nice dissonant jam in there), Weekpaug (wow, the patient melodic style of the night really made this one a winner), the surprise drop into What’s the Use (perfect!!), and 20 Years Later (that tune is fast becoming the dark horse favorite to Light, such an impressive tune that has taken me by surprise)

    the Mike’s thru Wading felt like one thematic whole

    Possum, Cavern, and especially Bowie were fun & hot -Bowie taking the cake here, loved it!

    In the first set, to me the show immediately elevated when Page laid into a solo in Funky Bitch -game on from there till the end

    Cool it Down was my fav set I highlight -the boys surprised us with a great outro jam, awesome! No fat here. Roggae seemed to make up for Miami’s version -it always melts me.

    And hearing a new Mike tune, What Things Seem, in the mix was a bonus -maybe not the tune I’d pick, but it’s got some darkness to it that has potential. Perhaps the first set could have had a bit more energy, but really, the band made some interesting song selection, they were playing beautifully, dropping some jams in here and there -in the end I really enjoyed both it and especially set 2 immensely.

    Such a strong start tothe 5 night NYE run -boys came out on top with great flow, surprising song selections, and some creative, laid back textured jams – I was most impressed

    Again, the band seems to be consciously pacing themselves, but not in a detracting way. They’ve set the bar high and I think they intend to really go for it over the entire run.

  12. willowed Says:

    Loved the Mike’s tune. Had a dark 20 Years Later type jam at the end

  13. sumodie Says:

    meanwhile the Centrum has in some ways relaxed a bit -didn’t see ushers pestering kids in the aisle.

    However, the process of getting a wristband and onto the floor was very strict -not sure even a photocopy of an e-ticket would work

    We sat opposite Fishman in section 121 -superb sound, nicely dialed in.

    And Robear would be pleased to know the mounds to meatstick ratio was very impressive in the sections I saw -does cold weather bring out the phunky b’s?

    Even more pumped for tomorrow!

  14. sumodie Says:

    I’m sure many were bummed to see Heavy Things, Farmhouse, and Wading show up, but for me these all worked exceedingly well. When these songs along with some others only appear infrequently, they are always a treat to these ear

    Perhaps Mountains in the Mist is the one tune I couldn’t quite get into, and I loved the Telluride version last summer. Trey’s vocals seemed awfully quiet in the mix at times, if not the band’s playing -kinda weird at times, mostly in the first set

    But the payoff to this quiet playing, as previously mentioned, was some really sweet jams, sprinkled throughout the show.

    Better hit the sack, I’m trying to pace myself too -g’nite

  15. Pauld Says:

    So…. just to put sone stuff out there as my brain isn’t ready to end the night as quickly as my body would like to. First set was ok… but I basically saw it as a foil fir the second set. Kept the energy down… not the greatest communication and changes but entertaining still. It was all really just a set up to make the second set trully glimmer in all it’s glory….. an intense, compelling burner of a set… the likes of which I have not seen in quite some time…. the interconnectedness of the crowd and overall vibe were truly palpable….. which unfortunately is an element only tangeable if actually there. Seen some hating on the Farmhouse… but I saw it more as a statement than a musical piece….. they were inviting us into and recreating their farmhouse for us….they played for us then how they play for themselves when it’s just them. I feel like this move of intelligently placing a “statement” was carried through well by adding an more upbeat Wading that broke the shackles of it’s sometimes set downer past…… well hopefully this helped to exhaust my brain…. just my two cents. Can’t wait to see what the rest of the run holds in store!

  16. Corey Says:

    Back in Beantown, glad I drove vs. commuter rail…would’ve missed the train ride back to south station.

    Question: How many wooks can you fit in one seat?

    Answer: EIGHT, if one is a dealer.

    Roggae was partially ruined due to a verbal fight — cat in his own seat had to deal with all those assholes taking his space, his seat, and nearly his sanity…These wookies were constantly going back and forth, elevating the bp of this one older cat, whose seat/space was being severly compromised. Took all those around him (incl. my wife and I) out of focus for a good twenty minutes. ReadIcculus.

    Anyway, a bumpy show tonight. Some good points, some bad points.

    What Things Seem heard Mike going off. They seemed to like playing it.
    Roggae was nice, save for the crap mentioned above.
    Nice to hear Cool It Down again.
    Roses are Free and It’s Ice were great, but didn’t take off like versions of yore.

    Lots of pretty tunes — Roggae, Mountains, Farmhouse, Wading…I like pretty PHiSH, but many in the crowd always want the louder higher faster variety (just like a typical rock show). Farmhouse did kill some momentum though.

    Seven Below was great, complete with What’s The Use melody by Trey at the end…but they ended Below before they went into that…still a good pairing that reminded me of the version out of DWD last summer. Love when Fishman keeps that snare drum going at the end, just like Albany’s version last year (remember last year, everyone?)

    Now, look back at the Mike’s sandwiches from the past year and find me a dud. C’mon, I triple dog dare ya (appropriate Christmas ref). They’ve consistently gone in new and exciting directions in there, be it a Simple Walrus or a Fuck Your Face Light or Sanity or a Night Nurse Mound….I think you get my point. Great start to set II.

    Now off to bed. 37 years tomorrow. I think PHiSH’ll take me for a ride.
    1st bday show in 14 years. That winter run was cold cold cold too.

    Izabella? Reba? Manteca? Oh, who cares, PHiSH is gonna play great regardless of the choices.

    Sleep well all. Hope those that missed tonight make it tomorrow.

  17. willowed Says:

    Listening Heavy Things…not a bad little Trey jam at all.

    I know…It’s heavy things

  18. Corey Says:

    @sumodie, my wife leans into me after Page’s rage in Funky Bitch…”Finally a great Page solo.” Yup.

    Regarding wristbands…wife had seat, I had floor and they made us go in different exits resulting in 25minutes of trying to get in and get thru the halls to meet up again. Not efficient, imho. Not sure why after all these years, they feel like everyone and their whole family want to get on the floor w/o tickets. Bottom line, those who do will always get there. Not to mention the permanent marker on the tickets is lame lame lame for all us collectors. Reminds me of last fall where they blacked out the band’s name right on the front (providence?). There must be another way.

    Another note…if they’d just open up Cavern at the end like they have in the past a few times, the roof would lift off. Again, just imho.

  19. sumodie Says:

    We unknowingly got into the floor line, got thru security with nary a look, only to have the ticket scanner refuse to let us in. I refused to move, and a five minute back n forth, we were finally we were scanned in.

    Then twice more security was haranguing us for being in the floor line, when it was SO OBVIOUS the floor line was just going into the regular Centrum hallways and that it would be IMPOSSIBLE to scam a wristband

    Could not believe how anal each person was -we could give a shit about getting a wristband. It was so over the top idiotic. But my stubbornness paid off and we got inside -such a funny way to kick off the night

    Meanwhile the floor looked super packed, more so than at any other fall show I attended.

  20. Corey Says:

    ^Thought I’d see more space down there too. Guess most folks made it.

    Although I’m all for concessions, the way they set them up (creating lines that cross the flow of hall traffic) is just plain silly. It became quite the cluster#%@ in there.

    Unrelated: How’d the Dive Bar meetup turn out? Tomorrow, same spot? Just curious, as we only made it to the Diva Bene rest. preshow.

  21. sumodie Says:

    How many tunes tonight appeared for the first time in 2010?

    Mound & Cool it Down?

    Perhaps the band will break their 2009 record for most number of tunes played in one year…

  22. sumodie Says:

    Dive Bar was closed – I believe some went to Brew City (I did not)

    We ate at a fantastic little pizza joint called Flats Organic Pizza, located at 75 Maywood St (and corner of Park Ave, next to the Blarney Bar)

    http://flatsrestaurant.com/locations -btw, it’s BYOB

    Tonight we’ll hit Worcester’s best lil sushi joint, Baba Sushi, at 309 Park Ave

    Both places only 5-10 minute drive from Centrum

  23. Corey Says:

    Think that was it for tonight. Mound was a great addition to the Mike’s sammich story and Cool It Down followed Funky Bitch rather nicely.

    Off to bed, seriously. Dreaming of bdays gone by…15, 18, 21, 23, 30…
    Last time, Mike pulled up to the piano and laid down Sixteen Candles. Wonder what’s in store tomorrow?

    Night folks.

  24. Corey Says:

    Thanks for the info, sumodie. May hit one of those too…
    Til tomorrow (tonight!?)

  25. butter Says:

    Thanks for the reviews guys

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