, attached to 2019-06-29

Review by PhillyPhilly

PhillyPhilly This show is a perfect example of Sat night Phish. It is a Saturday night special in the best way possible. It rocks your face. Rocks it stupid. There are no deep exploratory jams. If that is what you need from your phish show, you should listen to last night S2, and from tonight you can skip to Ruby Waves (!!) and Beneath a Sea of Stars Pt 1, with the latter more in order to get a sense of its promise than see it fulfilled.

If you would like to enjoy energetic fun peaking phish, basically a party from top to bottom of a show, and have your face rocked, this show provides that experience. In spades. (Without the Party Time.)

The band comes on a bit earlier than expected, and opens with a classic Mikes > H2O > Groove. Mikes jam opens the show with shredding, and gives us a taste of what’s to come. Hydrogen was beautiful albeit not quite perfectly played. Weekapaug brings a funky Mike segment before more straight ahead rocking and funky rhythms, and shreddy peaks.

Divided Sky recognizing the storms that have passed over Philly and Camden in the last 48 hours. Tomorrow should be a nicer day. Divided rocks face as per usual.

Everything’s Right basically told you how the rest of the show would play out. They have taken ER deep plenty. But not tonight, instead just inspired soulful rocking peaks on peaks. No time to spend in outer space tonight! Guelah > Sparks continue the party vibe instead.

Then Roggae beauty gives way to a headbangingly satisfying 46 Days S1 closer.

Ok. Face rocked, set break reached.

S2 is 10 songs. None are longer than 14 min. Deep breaths everyone: Phish still slayed. Sorry but this is a fact.

Blaze On, thought it would be a Cinnamon Night-length version but instead of going into the unknown, Trey jams straight into NICU, fun segue and a funky NICU jam-let ensues.

Is this what you call “micro jamming”?

Golden Age vocals are dialed-in, and this jam is a short and dirty shit kicker. Grimy Jersey funk.

Ruby Waves ring out and this GotF track gets what seemed like its first feature jam spot, and it did not disappoint, 14 min of inspired jamming possibly becoming the nights apex.

The Ruby Waves transition into DDHVL is fluid, sick nastiness. DDHVL indeed, Death hurts for less than 3 funky minutes in fact.

Then they play Rift. Headscratcher of a setlist call at this point in S2, but the band nails it, Trey high energy trilling away.

Beneath a Sea of Stars will be an amazing Type II monster. One day. Soon, with any luck.

Instead we’re Waiting all Night, reminding some of us old-heads that there might be people who are waiting for us to get home from our rock concert.

Then Ghost, which seemed like it was coming all night, breathes hot fire straight into a SANTOS fist pumping closer.

Your encore? You Enjoy Myself, the archetypal Phish song, prog rock epic and funk party combined. Grind is a cherry on top of the vocal jam weirdness.

I had an *extremely* good time having my face rocked by Phish tonight, but I suspect the fan base will be divided on this one. What kind of Sunday show is Camden in store for?


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