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Friday, July 28

I Believe in Mercury as Phish delivers another Night of Rock and Roll but it's was just Alright.

I Believe in Mercury as Phish delivers another Night of Rock and Roll but it's was just Alright. 
It rained Chocolate at M.S.G before the fans had their Asses Handed to them and that was all in the first ten minutes of Friday Night. It was Phish's sixth show of their thirteen night run of Rock and Roll and surprisingly it was just alright. It was definitely a step back from the other five performances but still was an awe inspiring night. The first stanza got underway after the double chocolate antics with a solid version of “Free”. Phish decided to color inside the lines during Friday's first stanza, but the song selection still made it a joy. The highlights being the ever growing rarity “Weigh” and a spirited “Destiny Unbound”. A disappointing “Sand” ended the first half, as I scratched that off my fantasy list of the Bakery's Dozen run.

 The first set left me with a case of musical blue balls but luckily it was just foreplay as the second half pleased my sexy thing. 
   The second stanza got underway with an adventurous cover of “Have Mercy”. Then the night finally took flight with the jam vehicle “Chalk Dust Torture”. This rekindle the fearless foursome improvisational muscles has the music was Pink Floydish and resembled the ambient flavor of the storage jam from Super Ball 9. The highlight of the evening took place with a delicious Hot Chocolate  “Sexy Thing” musical sandwich. Gordon sang this whimsical song that satisfied the donut theme while pleasing the Friday night crowd.
 A very Sonic “Mercury” was easily my highlight of the performance and is turning into a personal favorite. The abstract jam that transpired was phenomenal and when it led back into “Sexy Thing” everyone in the arena enjoyed a smile. Trey caught fire and delivered a powerful “BDTNL” that caused the fans to erupt as everyone was clearly on their feet and loving it. A straightforward “Rock and Roll” finished off the set, while it did not enter foreign territory it still was an effective closer as Trey continued to slay those famous licks to the delight of all.
 The encore allowed some fans to scratch that pesky Flea of their list as a welcomed “Fee” was performed. The Bowie cover “Space Oddity” brought an end to a enjoyable, but underwhelming night. During another tour this show would be exceptional, but compared to the historic shows that preceded it made feel…...just alright. The upside is, this was still musically a phenomenal performance and I guarantee it was somebody's favorite flavor of Phish. 
SET 1: Chocolate Rain[1], Ass Handed, Free, Weigh > Undermind > The Oh Kee Pa Ceremony, The Dogs, Destiny Unbound, Divided Sky, Things People Do, Sand

SET 2: Have Mercy, Chalk Dust Torture[2], You Sexy Thing[3] > Mercury -> You Sexy Thing > Backwards Down the Number Line > Rock and Roll,
ENCORE: Fee, Space Oddity 

[1] Phish debut; a capella.
[2] Unfinished.
[3] Phish debut.