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Sunday, July 30

And on the 8th Night Phish Painted Their Masterpiece!

And on the 8th Night Phish Painted Their Masterpiece! 

   I Like My Regrets with Sprinkles! Before this run started I was thinking it would be 13 NYE type  shows and stayed home. The instant the first night concluded, I wrote in my review that this would be their career defining run and wondered aloud which night would be their masterpiece. I guessed it would be the seventh show and my prediction was one night off. Tonight was the best Phish show in their storied career. Yes, it was better than Big Cypress and New Years 1994. I have attended well over 250 Phish shows since 1991 and this show literally had every component that makes this band the best live act ever. 
   Let's break down my absurd prison of the moment claim. Did it have bust outs? It had them in Spades. From the majestic “The Curtain With” opener to “Esther” to the profound lyrical “Brian and Robert”. Did it have “Gamehedge”? I been saying it all day, “Harpua”, but let's add Colonel Forbin's Ascent > Fly Famous Mockingbird. Plus we found out that Wilson was a Monarchy and that the Universe was shaped like a donut. Wait? Mr. Minor would like some Jam. O.K.
 The second set opened with an ocean themed duo “Drowned >”The Song I Heard The Ocean Sing”. The jam was magnificent! It was ambitious and abstract, it had equal parts Zeppelin and Floyd as we were transported to that place all Phish fans chase for forty minutes. Did it have epic versions of classics? David Fucking Bowie! Did it have satire? Well,  it's not still Lawnboy Trey while they play the first ever “The Wind Cries Mary” for an encore. Where does Phish go from here? 
Who Cares! I going to treat this like when your team wins the Super Bowl, I am going to enjoy this for a while and who cares about next year. 

The Morning after Commentary. 
I have gotten some (expected) blowback from jaded vets that almost certainly were not present last night so therefore it can't be the best show ever. But let's  put this in perspective, Phish has been playing for well over thirty years. The fact that we are even having this discussion is mind blowing. We (Phish nation)has a ton to be grateful for: Our band is heathy, still writing amazing new material and still having a blast performing live. All things Considered............ This magical night easily takes its spot amongst the 10-15 other best shows ever. I think we all can agree this is their career defining run and we are only halfway done

My heart goes out to my lifelong friend Carrie Reynolds who had tickets but was on her period and felt like staying home. We both got Phished again! I love you. Words : Kevin Long 

Please me have no Regrets with Sprikles 
New York , NY
SET 1: The Curtain With > Runaway Jim, Waking Up Dead, Esther, Home, Brian and Robert, Nellie Kane, Colonel Forbin's Ascent > Fly Famous Mockingbird > David Bowie

SET 2: Drowned, A Song I Heard the Ocean Sing, Harpua > Also Sprach Zarathustra > Golgi Apparatus, In The Good Old Summer Time

ENCORE: The Wind Cries Mary[1]

[1] Phish debut.
This show was night eight of Phish's Baker's Dozen run at Madison Square Garden and consisted of a jimmies donut theme. Donuts with a rainbow jimmies were given to fans arriving at the venue. Trey quoted The Squirming Coil during Fly Famous Mockingbird. During Harpua, Trey and Mike sat on chairs at the front of the stage, the entire band discussed cosmology, and eventually decided that the universe was in the shape of a donut. Trey teased Harpua in 2001. This show featured the debut of The Wind Cries Mary. This show was webcast via Live Phish.