For whatever reason, when Phish heads to the midwest these days they always seem to turn up the heat and this show from Riverbend Music Center in Cincinnati to get the 2012 midwest stint off and running sure lives up to hype. Helped on by one giant bustout in the first set with “Shaggy Dog”, the second set had some extra special energy stemming from the crowd, even if it the music itself started out a little suspect with an awkwardly placed “Guelah Papyrus” out of the DWD jam.
When the boys swayed into “Twist” after an exceptionally rocking “Kill Devil Falls” it seemed like things were heading in the right direction. Turns out the direction they were feeling was dark and mysterious. With humpback whale calls galore and demonic bass drops from Gordon, this “Twist” is one for the jam record books. Even the opening gives you chills. This, among many other notable jams we’ll be highlighting later on, is another strong statement that Phish owns the Midwest.