The OPT head honcho, Rory P., had a tweet as tonight’s space commando Light was morphing into Boogie On that summed up the state of Phish:
lol at how awesome phish segues have been in 2013…and lol at people saying they were “as good as ever” in 2009 and 2010.
— Online Phish Tour (@OnlinePhishTour) July 15, 2013
Which in turn reminded me of my own tweet from Dick’s last September:
To those who never saw #phish pre-3.0 and wondered why the vets were complaining about the new stuff? We were waiting for THIS.
— Guy Forget (@GuyForgetOPT) September 3, 2012
The point is not at all that ’09 and ’10 were bad, but rather that Phish as a band is capable of reaching even greater heights — the kind of heights they would finally reach at Dick’s, and that they reached again tonight. Though we can debate whether tonight’s Light surpassed last September’s, there is one simple fact about this one that should make us all even more excited than we were then: that one came at the very end of last year’s touring season. This one? Well, there are still 3 weeks left of tour, which means that by the time they reach the west coast, this machine will somehow be 3 weeks more well-oiled than it is now. Who can even imagine what will happen if the heavily rumored fall tour comes to pass.
Hang on to your seatbelts, folks: year 30 is on pace to be a groundbreaking one for Phish.
(Full review to come tomorrow.)