Show Of The Summer?
Mr. Miner weighs in on his pick of what he feels was Phish’s finest show of the ’09 Summer Tour.
I am never one to rank Phish shows- or even compare them much for that matter- but sometimes one night just shines brighter than the others, leaving you with an unmatched feeling of awe . While there is clearly subjectivity in preferences of musical style, sometimes virtuoso improvisation cuts through subjectivity, creating a virtual consensus about particular shows. In discussion with many people who saw all the shows this summer, the central talking point always comes back to first night of The Gorge. While there are plenty of other shows that standout, there was a certain ethereal quality to the band’s improv throughout this show that was unmatched for the rest of the summer. Trey wasn’t playing guitar-god, and became but a piece of a complex musical puzzle, fitting within the whole, and rarely on top, of the music. The entire second leg is littered with highlights, but no show featured the consistently patient and organic jamming that defined August 7th at The Gorge. (more…)