Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Phish Lake Tahoe Setlist 7/31/13 - Harvey's Night 2 - Stateline, NV

Official poster by Jeff Soto
 Phish completed the second of a two-night run at Harvey's Lake Tahoe.

Here is the setlist...
The Phish, 7/31/13 Harvey's Lake Tahoe, Stateline, NV

Set 1: Chalkdust, Camelwalk, Sparkle, Back on the Train, Ice, Brian + Robert, Yarmouth Road, KDF, Lawn Boy, Ocelot, Stash

Set 2: Tweezer^ > Tela > Twist > Architect, Bouncin*, Antelope

E: Julius, Tweeprise

Notes:
* Pauly Takes a Piss Song 
^36 min Tweezer
Times: 7:06-8:22 and 8:58-10:25

Click here to see every Phish setlist from this summer tour, plus links to vids and recaps.

Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Phish Lake Tahoe Setlist 7/30/13 - Harvey's Night 1 - Stateline, NV

Official poster by Jeff Soto
Phish returned to Lake Tahoe to play a pair of shows at Harvey's in Stateline, NV.

Here is the setlist from Tuesday night...
Phish, 7/30/13 Harvery's Lake Tahoe, Stateline, NV

Set 1: Wolfman's Brah, Jibboo, Cavern, Birds, Funky Bitch, Cities, Rift, GIN, Tube, Walk Away

Set 2: Golden Age > 46 Days > Ghost > CARINI > Piper > Velvet Sea > Mike's Song > Slave

Encore: Weekapaug Groove, Zero

Click here to see every Phish setlist from this summer tour, plus links to vids and recaps.

Download the Tahoe show via LivePhish.com

Monday, July 29, 2013

The Gorge Recap: Smoke Gets In Your Eyes - Phish 7/26/13 and 7/27/13

By Pauly

The Gorge. Nothing quite like it on tour. The Gorge is like a mini-festival spread out over two days of bacchanalia. I have never seen a bad show at the Gorge... and I've caught all 14 of them.

Sure, it's a hike to get to George, WA and only the most motivated phans make the journey to visit one of the most solemn venues on tour. It's totally worth the time and effort. When I moved to Seattle in 1997. I missed all of Fall 97 tour. On the flipside, I caught a plethora of West Coast Phish including the first three runs at the Gorge (97-98-99). Although I had seen 30 or shows by the time I graduated college, Phish was probably my third or fourth favorite band (nothing could top the Grateful Dead in my eyes). But something colossal happened during my first sojourn to the majestic Gorge in 1997, and I was instantly hooked on Phish. I remember driving back to Seattle after the shows totally bumming that I couldn't stay on tour. By 1998, I was ready to become a full-time tour rat. A monstrous four-song second set on 7/17/98 (anchored by a 24-minute cosmic-space-funk version of 2001) stands out as one of the Top 5 sets of Phish I've ever seen (includes one of my fav Mike Song as well). I've been chasing that high-water mark for the last 15 years. As a result, I'm happy to brag that I caught every Phish show at the Gorge including 2003 and their only appearance in 2.0 and all three throwdowns in 3.0 (2009, 2011, 2013).

We wised up and opted for premier camping in 3.0. This year we were invited to join Uncle Ted's Seattle friends at "Camppossum." We all met up in Seattle and my girlfriend and I joined a caravan to the Gorge. We raided a Safeway in Cle Elem on the way (looked like the wookpocalypse in there) and finally navigated a clusterfuck of a line to get into the camping area. Our basecamp was 20-25 strong and everyone was a veteran of Phish tour and/or the Gorge. We had everything set up (including shade tarps and an Ez-Up to combat the 100 degree temps) within an hour and were ready to preparty.

The ladies decorated the campsite with these furry things

Friday 7/26/13 

I cruised Shakedown and noticed hundreds of fans with their finger thrust in the air. I had not seen so many desperate heads at the Gorge scouring for tickets since the late 90s. The Gorge was not a sellout, but they were hoping to find cheap tickets. In this case, extra tickets were close to face (compared to 2009 and 2011 when I saw extras going for under $20). Washington state has legal weed (plus Cali and Oregon had medical weed) so Shakedown was flooded with nug-mongers. I sniffed some of the dankiest dank Lemon kush from a grower in Humboldt. I traded our SoCal nugs (XXX Kush grown in a former house used for porn shoots) for a couple shroom caramels.

The floor is where the party is at. We got a comfy spot near the soundboard and I was boomin' already before the boys took the stage. Standard Bag opener "Let's get this show on the road!"). Knew they weren't fucking around with a Timber Ho jam. Trey looked like a kid in a candy store and loved showing off his chops during Wolfman's. It was CK5's birthday and the band played a few notes of "Happy Birthday." I expected Bowie at some point (because Trey once mentioned that Kuroda requested Bowie every night because it's his favorite song to light). Trey pandered to the crowd of Seattle locals and revealed his Russell Wilson jersey and launched into a thunderous Wilson. He hopes the Seachickens play Wilson at home games this season. We finally got an extended Tube! They keep getting shorter and shorter (Chicago was under four minutes) but you know it's been bad ripcord city when I'm gushing over a 5:44 version of Tube. Yeah, Secret Smile is one of those weird 2.0 songs that never stuck. I caught all but one version of it and really dug the acoustic version at Festival 8, but electric? Not so much. At that point, I was outta my tits shroomin' and caught up in a fit of the giggles. Everything G-Rob said to me was fucking hysterical especially his reciting of the Secret Smile lyric "hold on..." G-Rob kept whispering "Hold on! Hold on!" and I lost it. He was dispatching sound advice considering I was on the edge of the abyss and radically gacked up so much that I was ready to topple over. McGrupp is an old-time favorite for sentimental reasons. They were rocking hard all set until the mellow pairing of Smile-McGrupp, which let a ton of air out of the show. As my girlfriend add, "Secret Smile makes Show of Life seem heavy." Love Leo on classic rock covers like Curtis Loew. The Melt to close out was the highlight of the first set. The sun had just gone down and it was time to freak out the acid heads by bringing out the Gimp for some after-dark occult shit. 

The Joker sent this to me...
The second set might seem a little disjointed on paper, but it was a true journey and an emotional rollercoaster. I fucking love tripping balls at shows when Phish kicks off the second set with a mammoth Crosseyed and Painless. This punishing version clocked in at 18 minutes and contained a couple of smaller jam bursts during the last 15 minutes. Toward the end of the jam, Phish reached a four-way fork in the road. Phish was giving a multiple choice test and they could have segued into a) Ocelot, b) 2001, c) Slave, or d) What's the Use. Of course, it was... e) None of the Above... and they ripped into Twist, which was intertwined with tons of Santana licks and teases. Steam was dark and dirty. Too bad I was slightly tilted during the middle when a couple of schwasted wookettes yapped the entire time and took like 50 selfies during the jam. I dug the insertion of Waves into the rotation. Man, someday I love to hear a 20-minute Waves jam, but I'll take what I can get. Waves kicked off four mellow songs in a row including Twenty Years Later > Mango Song > Bug. I was on the downslope of the shroom trip, so the serene vibe fit my mood. Bowie finally popped up (for CK5) and I thought they'd end the set with speed-grass Rocky Top. Felt like Fish was drained at that point and holding on for his life. It was humid and hot and stifling, and Zoe and I saw two people pass out and have to be taken off the floor by paramedics. A reeling Zero closed out the set, and Trey asked CK5 to turn down the lights so they could focus on the moon that was creeping over the huge hill that forms the lawn. Trey asked CK5 to do that during Hood at my first-ever Gorge show... talking about coming full circle. At the end of Zero, Trey ran amok with tons of feedback. We got treated to a double dip encore with a "sublime" Hood and homage to Jimi Hendrix with Fire.


Saturday 7/27/13

You can't sleep past 7am at the Gorge. I always say I'm gonna go to bed early, but I never do. I got up and restocked ice for the coolers. Glad I went early because the line a few hours later in Shakedown looked like bread lines from Soviet Russia in the 70s. I snagged a breakfast burrito and watched Miller/Ashu/Chad jam out in our campground. Awesome way to ease into the late morning than an impromptu jam session.

Furthur II bus parked in Shakedown
Phishy humor in Shakedown
Word was out that JJ Cale passed away. Everyone expected After Midnight at some point on Saturday night. I slung 2001 stickers in Shakedown and told everyone it was coming. Scored choc-shrooms. I saw a beer vendor refuse to sell to a kid in an OKC Thunder jersey. Man, those Sonics fans are bitter! The central WA fires got out of hand and we could see/smell smoke from miles and miles away.

Saturday before sundown (pic by @change100)

I liked the variation to the start of the set with Architect opener, then Golgi (which usually appears later in the set), and Curtain With. Things got cookin' with Moma Dance. As G-Rob said, Maze was the boys playing to his buzz. Totally understood. Peppy version of Roses Are Free had the crowd singing along. I originally thought Say Something was an obscure cover from JJ Cale, but it's an original Gordo tune (with Scott Murkawski). The funk back beat plus a falsetto totally sounded like something out of Laurel Canyon early 70s like Little Feat welded to the Eagles. Another faded-bluesy Ocelot (I wasn't wearing the shirt), and then we got the After Midnight we were waiting for. It gave me flashbacks of Big Cypress.

Set 2 was anchored by DWD. A giant beachball came crashing down from the lawn, which whipped the crowd into a frenzy. The boys got a lil bored and a lil lost with the DWD jam and slid into Undermind. They really stretched that out over the last couple of years. I guess they weren't prepared to play it in 2.0, but I dig Undermind because it's one of those rare songs when you can get almost anything (and go almost anywhere) with the jam out. Trey saw an opening after dragging everyone into the furthest cosmos and took an escape route through a wormhole with Light. The 2009 version at the Gorge still stands out as one of my favorites. I had one of those magical Gorge moments that time and have been hooked on the Light jam ever since. But we got a rare quick hook with Light. Gasp! A Light ripcord. But they went for a more funkified route with Sneaking Sally. Wise choice. Full-throttle funk. We got a quickie 2001 dance party but loved the UFO lights by CK5. The guy next to me was singing along to Walls of the Cave, especially the poignant moments, which brought him to near tears. Love seeing that at shows... when someone gets a song they rarely hear like WOTC. The last two songs of the set were plutonium -- Fluffhead and Antelope. I feared that they'd cheese out with a Show of Life encore, but the thunderous Good Times Bad Times hit the fucking spot. Big Red spooge factor was at its highest readings.


We left the Gorge on Sunday morning with a huge smile chiseled into our faces. Man, I fucking love seeing Phish at the Gorge. Too bad they didn't do three shows, or they played every summer instead of only in odd number years. I caught up with old friends and made some new ones (especially the phans from India... amazing to see Phish turn on folks in Asia). I was even more thrilled knowing I'd catch six more shows as we headed south. Shows #278 and #279 in the bag. Next stop... Lake Tahoe.

Watch the Gorge shows here. And for every setlist from this summer tour, plus links to vids and recaps, click here.

Saturday, July 27, 2013

Phish Setlist Gorge 7/27/13 - Night #2


Phish finished off the second of two nights at the Gorge.
The Phish 7/27/13 The Gorge, George, WA

Set 1: Arcitecht, Golgi, Curtain With, KDF > Moma Dance, Maze, Beauty of a Broken Heart, Roses Are Free, Say Something**, Ocelot, After Midnight

Set 2: DWD > Undermind > Light > Sally > 2001 > Walls of the Cave > Fluffhead, Antelope

Encore: Show of Life, Good Times Bad Times

Notes: ** ftp debut

Times: 8:08-9:39 and 10:08-11:50pm

Click here to see every Phish setlist from this summer tour, plus links to vids and recaps.

Friday, July 26, 2013

Phish Setlist Gorge 7/26/13 - Night #1


Official Poster by DKNG

Phish returned to the Gorge in swealtering hot George, WA. The Gorge is a magestic venue and one of my favorite places to see Phish on the West Coast.
The Phish 7.26.13 - The Gorge, George, WA

Set 1: AC DC Bag, Timber, Wolfmans Brah, Funky Bitch, Happy Birthday to CK5 > Wilson, Possum, Tube, Secret Smile, McGrupp > Curtis Loew, MELT

Set 2: Crosseyed and Painless > Twist > STEAM > Waves > 20 Years LAter > Mango Song > BUG, BOWIE, Rocky Top, ZERO

Encore: HOOD, Fire
 Click here to see every Phish setlist from this summer tour, plus links to vids and recaps.

Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Phish 2013 Fall Tour Dates


Finally! After months of speculation, the dates have been kangfirmed.
Phish - 2013 Fall Tour:
10/18 Hampton Coliseum, Hampton, VA
10/19 Hampton Coliseum, Hampton, VA
10/20 Hampton Coliseum, Hampton, VA
10/22 Blue Cross Arena, Rochester, NY
10/23 Glens Falls Civic Center, Glens Falls NY
10/25 DCU Center, Worcester, MA
10/26 DCU Center, Worcester, MA
10/27 XL Center, Hartford, CT
10/29 Sovereign Center, Reading, PA
10/31 Atlantic City Boardwalk Hall, Atlantic City, NJ
11/01 Atlantic City Boardwalk Hall, Atlantic City, NJ
11/02 Atlantic City Boardwalk Hall, Atlantic City, NJ
Ticket info here.

 See you in the lot!

Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Phish Toronto Videos: DWD 7/22/13

Official video of DWD north of the border...

Phamily Poker Classic 3 - July 31st at Harvey's


I'll be there. And I'll be a bounty. My friend Jesse Martin won his first WSOP bracelet this year, and he should be in attendance and a bounty as well. This is going to be tons of fun. I played the first two events and had a blast. See you at the poker room!

This is from Kevin...
Greetings,

Here we go again! We are extremely happy to announce the Phamily Poker Classic 3 to you first!

The Phamily Poker Classic 3 is once again a Texas Hold Em Event and will take place on July 31st at Harvey's casino in Lake Tahoe. This is the same casino that is hosting Phish's July 30th & 31st shows. Seats at this Phamily Poker Classic tournament are very limited as it will be played only during the afternoon of the 31st. As at the prior Classic tournaments, blinds and chip stacks will be structured so that nobody will miss a note of Phish.

This tournament will once again benefit our favorite charity The Mockingbird Foundation. The entry fee will be $140 and at least half of that amount will go directly into the prize pool along with a slew of great non-cash prizes that will be raffled off throughout the tournament. Every player in the Phamily Poker Classic 3 will receive a limited edition custom poster by AJ Masthay and the final table will get a special signed/numbered edition different from the rest in the number that they're eliminated! We anticipate a large number of exciting non-cash prizes to give away! I'm sure you all remember the great prizes we've had in the past. The remainder of the buy in will go to the expenses for the tournament and for the donation to The Mockingbird Foundation.

In appreciation of you having participated in our past events we will be opening up the opportunity to purchase a seat in the Phamily Poker Classic 3 for you in a special pre-sale that will last until Wednesday April 10th, prior to the general on-sale at 10am pt (1:00pm et) on April 10th. The special pre-sale is open now. You can purchase you seat here. We hope that you'll help us sell this event out, whether you can attend or not, by telling other fans out there how much you enjoyed the past tournaments.

We hope that you will join us again and make this event as special as the previous Phamily Poker Classic tournaments, which raised over $10,000 for The Mockingbird Foundation. With your continued support, we can keep these events happening and support a great cause.

As always, we will keep you posted on any information that you need to know at www.phamilypokerclassic.com. If you have any questions we can be reached at phamilypokerclassic@gmail.com.

Thanks again for your support,

Kevin

Hope to see you there in one week!

Phish Chicago Videos: Ocelot-Light 7/20/13

Official video from Saturday show in Chicago.

Monday, July 22, 2013

Phish Setlist 7/22/13 Toronto, Canada

Official Poster by Pat Hamou
Phish has not played a show in Canada since 2000! They returned to the Great White North for one night of mayhem... which is a make-up date after the original show was postponed a couple of weeks ago. Hopefully, Phish Rain Tour will not be in full effect tonight and those fans remain dry.

Here is the setlist...
The Phish, 7/22/13 Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Set 1: MoMa Dance, Chalkdust, UNDERMIND Army of One, Halley's Comet > Twist, Bouncin', Stash, Yarmouth Road, Tube, Ocelot, Suzy

Set 2: DWD > 2001 > Free > Piper > Tweezer > Silent*, Backwards > Cavern, Bowie

Encore: Loving Cup, Coil, Tweeeeezer Reprise ...
Notes: * without HORSE again

Click here to see every Phish setlist from this summer tour, plus links to vids and recaps.

Sunday, July 21, 2013

Phish 7/21/13 Chicago: Setlist and Recap - Night #3 Sunday - Northerly Island

Official Poster by Rich Kelly

Sunday is the final show of a three-night stint in Chicago.

Here is what you missed....
The Phish, 7/21/13 Northerly Island, Chicago, IL

Set 1: Dinner and a Movie, AC/DC Bag, Maze, Mound, Funky Bitch, GIN, Wilson, Water in the Sky, Boogie On, Antelope*

Set 2: Energy > Ghost > Lizards > Harpua^ > Antelope

E: Character Zero
Notes:
* Ruh-roh. Aborted after a few seconds due to incoming weather. Band left stage to wait out the storm.
^ With the cast of Second City.

Check out setlists and recaps from Chicago Night #1 and Chicago Night #2. For every Phish setlist (plus recaps and videos) from this summer tour click here for our Summer Tour 2013 index page.

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Chicago Night #3 Recap: Chicago Monsoon
By Pauly

There are very few bands I'd stand through a torrential downpour to see. Phish is the only modern one. I'd toss the Grateful Dead, Jerry Garcia Band, Miles Davis, and John Coltrane into that mix. Except Miles and Coltrane rarely played outdoors, so they probably never got rained on. Those hep cats had a cut deal with the supernatural anyway. Makes me wonder if Phish has fallen out of good favor with the weather gods? Or maybe Mother Nature just hates hippies? I always thought Phish was a bizarre occult faction. The only difference between Phans and a cult are the lack of white robes. All you have to do is read PT for a few minutes or pop onto Twitter during tour to see that people get transformed into devoted (blind faith) followers who will drop everything they're doing to seek spiritual guidance from a quartet of 50-something year-old dudes that look more like college professors than rock musicians. You know the Phish magic spell is super strong when tens of thousands of devotees endure a monsoon just to hear their leaders speak. Phish is not a nostalgia act. It's a cult. I'm a card-carrying member since my first show in 1989.

Maybe we're a little crazy. I can speak for myself. I'm fucking nuts. Following Phish through the rain is my idea of a good time. Heck, this is my vacation and I spent it getting pissed on during a violent storm. I thought it was karma smacking us in the face. I was among the many phans who thought it was silly to cancel Friday's show. Yeah, I got caught in that micro-storm after it got cancelled, but it was peanuts compared to the downpour on Sunday. How the organizers could cancel Friday's show (before the rains came) and allow Sunday's event to go on is beyond me? At one point I was standing on a slight incline and a small river was rushing below my feet. The acid and shrooms had kicked in and I could see rainbow-flavored puddles everywhere. Like little explosions of color (similar to fireworks) every time a drop of rain hit the ground. It really felt like someone turned a hose on us during all of Boogie On. "The rain was coming sideways and from below," explained Javier. "I thought, maybe we're doing something wrong here?"

Sure my friends were super schwilly mid-way thru the first set, but during the most intense moment of the storm, I turned around and saw Javier, G-Money and Benjo laughing their asses off. Javier was hysterical. Like a lunatic. Benjo still had on sunglasses and had attempted to smoke thru the storm (at the first onset of rain, he lit a cigarette and I told him to keep that fire going because we wouldn't be able to light the lighter again until after it stopped raining). G-Money had his head down and punching away like Ali the Thrilla in Manilla. That was one of those memory burns. Four of us laughing uncontrollably during Boogie On. We couldn't do anything else. Surrender to the flow.

To the band's credit, they played on. They saw what we were enduring and they knew the only thing they could do was keep playing upbeat songs so we could dance through the madness. I knew everything would be fine so long as the music was going. I was worried about when it stopped because then reality would set in and we'd realize how foolish it was to be standing in the middle of a fucking storm. But I had to fight off thoughts like Roger from Lethal Weapon. "I'm too old for this shit."

Antelope got cut short and the crew scrambled to cover the rest of the gear on the stage. We sort of huddled up and tried to make each other laugh for the next thirty minutes or so until the storm passed. When the weather finally let up, I surveyed the damage. Even though I finally brought rain gear to a show, I was soaked through. Every inch of me. My wallet was mushy and setlist notebook was destroyed like one of those houses in the Ninth Ward post-Katrina. Somehow, my BlackBerry survived even though it was drenched. I considered it a miracle.

Second set was five songs including Harpua. Finally got to hear Energy (I hopped on tour in Chicago, so I was thrilled to hear the newer songs) and I couldn't wait to devour my first Ghost of the summer. At the end of the jam, I heard a few Lizards teases which morphed into a full-blown Lizards. I'm not the biggest fan of Harpua, but I respect its significance and know that other friends fucking adore it, so I was more pumped for them. The gag began when Trey started scanning the crowd for signs and he pulled up two people in stage with a Harpua sign. That's when I screamed, "Wait, I know that guy and he's not from Philly!" Last summer in St. Louis, Mitch introduced me to one of his friends who was an actor at Second City (we had chatted about his SNL audition while balloon mongers slung nitrous around us). I bumped into him again int he lot on Friday. "You're Mitch's friend the writer guy," he said. "You're Mitch's friend the actor guy, right?" He told me Gordo dropped by Second City on Thursday night. So when I saw him onstage... I knew this was going to be some sort of tie-in with Second City. Welcome to Phish hijinks. In the same breath they collaborated with local artisans and took a few shots at us... in the cult of Phish.

With Harpua out of the way, the boys closed the show with Antelope, which they wanted to end the first set with but got cockblocked by the rain gods. Slightly bummed out with a singular encore song, but Zero was rocking and one of those moments when everyone around me was going apeshit during the chorus.

We walked through the park and back to the L still drenched. I was thrilled Phish did not cancel or postpone the Sunday show, but I paid a hefty price to see all three shows. Wet clothes, soaked sneakers, and prune hands is just a small sacrifice to make to see my favorite band. The second set on Saturday still stands out as one of the highlights from the weekend.

Chicago was an interesting situation. I doubt Phish returns to that spot in the future, but then again, if it did not rain at all over the weekend, then the event would have run much smoother. Hey, you cannot control Mother Nature. This entire tour has been hexed with bad weather. At least three shows in San Francisco will not be outdoors. Unless their indoor sprinkler system breaks, I can guarantee at least three dry shows the rest of the tour. Let's hope the outlook Gorge stays sunny.

I'm skipping Toronto, but will see the remainder of the tour. Next stop... the Gorge.

Saturday, July 20, 2013

Phish 7/20/13 Chicago: Setlist and Recap - Northerly Island Night #2 - Three Sets

Official poster by Rich Kelly

Phish is playing 3 sets on Saturday to make up for their clusterfuck on Friday night.

FYI... Phish is webcasting these shows on LivePhish.com.

Here is the setlist for night #2...
The Phish, 7/20/13 Northerly Island, Chicago, IL
Set 1: Prince Caspian > Twist > Oye Como Va > Twist > Ha Ha Ha, Possum, Cities, Lawn Boy, I Didn't Know, Rift, Destiny Unbound, My Friend My Friend, Kill Devil Falls, Cavern, Bowie

Set 2: Back on the Train > Mike's Song > Theme from the Bottom > Weekapaug, Golden Age > Waves > Piper > Slave

Set 3: Meatstick > Birds, Strange Design, Ocelot, Light > HOOD, Good Times Bad Times

E: Shine a Light

Click here to see every Phish setlist from this summer tour, plus links to vids and recaps.

FYI... download tonight's show 7/20/13 at LivePhish.com.

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Chicago #2 Recap: Three-Set Make-Up
By Pauly

After the shitshow clusterfuck on Friday, Phish made it up to their faithful minions with three sets on Saturday night, which included a searing middle set that made this jaded vet grin ear to motherfucking ear. Phish took the stage roughly a half hour earlier than usual and the smarmy thugs running the Windy City extended the curfew to 11:30 so Phish could squeeze in a third set to make up for the cancellation of the second set from the previous night.

St. Louis Tom pinged me around 3pm with word from reliable source who conformed a 7:15pm start time. I didn't think the band could get past the powerful machine that runs Chicago with an iron fist. Phish Inc. somehow pulled off three sets, which they could only do with a later curfew. Around 4pm, we got official kangfirmation from the band that they'd be playing three sets (in addition to offering a partial refund). That seemed to quell the mutiny in Phishdom, which was divided between two groups: 1) outraged phans who felts personally slighted by the band and city officials, and 2) Teflon phans that shrugged off the bad beat and hoped Phish would pay it forward sometime in the future. I was in the Teflon crowd, but thought we'd only get 2 sets (albeit much longer sets) so I was thrilled with the announcement for three sets.

My crew was getting soused in the hotel bar and they scrambled to get ready quicker to head to the show a little earlier. We swapped some extra tickets with Fletch. Benjo saw a hottie (with "nice big tits" he added) who was offering to pay $150 for a lawn. Holy fuck. I had not seen such a hot ticket (non-Halloween or NYE) in 3.0 since Hampton. Extras were going for $100+. Not a single floor ticket to be found.

We all had floor tix (with Senor, Benjo, G-Money and Javier) and we posted up FOB. If you were watching the webcast, we were just next to the guy with the inflatable cactus. I somehow found St. Louis Tom even though his phone was dead. Sometimes you're meant to see people at shows (fate vs. technology).


It was almost a given that they were going to open with Prince Caspian. That Twist was topped with some Oye Como Va hot sauce. Ha Ha Ha was unexpected. G-Money and I caught it at the infamous UIC show (played only 6 times in 3.0 and I was a lucky dog to catch four of them). Loved Senor's response to Possum, "This is a new song, right?" I expected Cities and Simple (because both were good songs about big cities like Chicago) this run and Benjo was pumped to hear a Talking Heads cover of Cities. Page dedicated Lawn Boy to everyone on the lawn. He wanted to make them feel a little extra special after Phish Inc. and Live Nation suits pretty much robbed them blind after raking in big bucks selling "lawn seats" which was muddy holes filled with sand and with zero views of the stage. I dig Fish hijinks early in the show (so the vac solo doesn't kill the momentum of a second set) and I Didn't Know was a reminder that we're devoted cult members who worship a chubby guy in a dress playing a household appliance. Maybe all the mind-melting Psychedelic exploration clouded our judgement over the years? Nah, who am I kidding. My biggest regret is that I didn't take more shrooms at Phish shows in the 90s. Rift was quick and painless. Love Destiny Unbound, but its losing its luster as a "bustout" if it's played more than once a tour. My Friend was dark and evil. KDF had a nice mini-jam. Thought Cavern would end the set, so Bowie was all gravy and had some spooky vocals from Fish. Thought first set would be shorter, but glad Phish got through a dry set before the rain arrived.

Javier pounded those souvenir long-stemmed drinks that cost $14! He killed five by the end of the second set (and they were doubles too). We gave him guff that his alcholism is getting in the way of enjoying the Phish. He disappeared at random moments to re-fill his cocktail. I love those edgy moments at a show when you think you lost your friends for good for the night (that they'll never find you), yet somehow they magically re-appear right before a great moment? Well, that kept happening all night long.

The second set was wet wet wet. For a second night in a row, I left my rain gear back at the hotel. Didn't matter. The second set was so good that I danced my way through the raindrops. At the end of Back on the Train, the band had finally turned a corner and the rest of the set was Phish blasting off into the cosmos. Loved the insertion of Theme as the lunch meat for a Mike's Groove sandwich. Glowstick war erupted during Mike's. Weekapaug intro was phat, but the overall version was uneventful. Benjo thought Golden Age had cool Daft Punk lights by CK5. I loved the "blank canvas" behind the band because it allows CK5 to present mood lighting (like the color field school of painters). Golden Age > Waves > Piper > Slave might not sound mind-numbing at home, but it was pure Phish magic if you were dodging raindrops and surfing atop the infectious crowd energy, fueled by 40-minute chunk of bliss. The Deadheads in our crew noted that Waves had many elements to a Dead-like jam. Wished it was played more often. Piper delivered. And Slave? Well, it's my favorite song and I love it so much that I never listen to it. Last time I heard it? MSG run. Perfect way to cap the best set of the run (thus far).

Javier rolled three blunts for three sets. We got stuck surrounded by lots of amateur party people -- sloppy drunks, two feet deep in empty beer cans. One guy was so shithoused that he kept banging into G-Money and Javier. He offered to share a joint, but it was "sad weed" as G-Money put it.

Third set started out slow but then got cooking. Am I the only one who thinks Meatstick is overplayed? Senor loved the Japanese lyrics, which was cool considering we both caught Phish in Japan 14 summers ago. Birds got a quick hook. Strange Design is one of Senor's favorites because back in the 90s, he used to put it on mixtapes for girls he picked up in AOL chat rooms. I wasn't wearing the Ocelot shirt. I love Ocelot even more so because mostly everyone else hates it and it's no longer a first set song, which means the boys think the jam is strong to graduate from the first set. Couldn't stop laughing when a pair of spunout Phishy chicks were rubbing up against G-Money. I was super faded during the Light jam and I was on the ropes, but I got saved by Hood. Trey was in full-blown rockstar-god-wanker mode with Good Times Bad Times. He encore was a soulful cover of the Stones' Shine A Light. Glad Benjo got to see it.

Great second set. The third set had some fantastic moments. Too bad they didn't get a Midnight encore so they could have stretched out a lot of those songs in the second and third sets. I left the show thinking... imagine if Phish came on early every show and trimmed their setlists? They could squeeze in three sets every night.

Two down. One more to go.

Friday, July 19, 2013

Phish 7/19/13 Chicago: Setlist and Recap - Northerly Island Night #1 - Phishnado Cancels Set 2

Official poster by Rich Kelly
Phish returns to the Midwest for a three-night run at Northerly Island in Chicago.

Don't forget, Phish is webcasting these shows on LivePhish.com.

We're finally on tour. Follow @CoventryMusic for updates.

Here is the setlist for Friday...
The Phish, 7/19/13 Northerly Island, Chicago, IL

Set 1: Suzy Greenberg, Wolfman's Brah, Backwards, It's Ice, Moma Dance, My Soul, Scent of a Mule, 46 Days, Limb by Limb, Julius

Set 2: Down with Disease > Prince Caspian*

*= Aborted after less than a minute. Venue evacuated due to approaching storm.

9:49pm CDT: The live webcast was just disconnected and unfortunately, it looks like the show is over, at least for tonight. The road crew is striking the stage, pulling down the upstage scrims, and lowering some of the lighting rigs. Stay safe, folks.

Click here to see every Phish setlist from this summer tour, plus links to vids and recaps.

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Chicago Recap 7/19/13: Surviving Phishnado
By Pauly

I jumped on tour in Chicago. Finally! I couldn't wait to throw down for a three-night bender in Chicago, but got a hell of a way to celebrate my 275th show with the gig getting cancelled shortly after the start of set 2. A nasty storm quickly blew through Chicago, but was severe enough that it freaked out the organizers, who immediately pulled the plug. You always roll the dice with an outdoor show, but Phish has been getting clobbered all summer with rain.They already cancelled one show in Toronto, and after Friday's cancellation, you can't help but wonder if this tour is jinxed?

I knew it was going to be a weird night when I got caught up in a sketchy transaction in the lot with one of the most spun-out spunions I had ever encountered, who was severely gacked up and had an outline of a white powdery substance (I can only presume is cocaine) on his nostrils. The lot scene was weak (no vending and a Draconian scene resembling Alpine Valley's "no fun in the lots policy") which is utterly disappointing compared to the raging "anything goes" scene at UIC two summers ago. Everyone was seeking upgrades to the floor, while extras for the lawn were easy to find.

G-Money was solo up on the lawn, but he said the sound was better than expected. I had floor tix with Senor, his bro Javier, and Benjo (everyone's favorite French Phishead), who was seeing his first show since 1.1.11. Our friend Boogie joined us, who I haven't seen in almost 8 years. She was the culprit behind the glowstick smashing into Page's grand piano during HOOD at a Nassau Coliseum show in Fall 99.

Your first Phish show in a while is always a fun time... regardless of the setlist or how they played. It's like getting laid for the first time in months; that orgasm is always spot on. Plus, I got to see the show with dear friends from NYC that I don't get to see very often. Phish gives us the opportunity to gather together for a shared experience while we get to re-live some grandiose old times. The music is really secondary to the camaraderie, but then again, it was a totally let down that the show was cancelled.

What will Phish do to make it up? I'm gonna say... nothing special. They won't play 3 sets (wishful thinking), but we can only hope they bring their A+ game the next two nights. I hope I'm wrong and they play three sets, but I'm not getting my hopes up high.

Courtesy of @Phish_FTR

So what happened at the show? Suzy opener kicked up the energy level a couple of notches. Wolfamn's Brah is a song I always hear whenever I see shows with Javier ("They're gonna play it all three nights!" exclaimed Javier). I never talk during shows, but took the time during Backwards to catch up with my friend Boogie (she saw so many shows with out crew back in the day, we were all getting flashbacks all night from those wild, halcyon days in NYC pre-9/11). Ice had a tasty jam. Moma funk was welcomed with open arms. My Soul blues jam might have been one of the strongest moments of the set. Fish played with his new toy the marimba during Scent jam. 46 Days has a nice mini-jam. Wanted a more satisfying Limb by Limb (Fish usually kills it) and Julius seemed rushed. The boys cranked out 10-songs in 75 minutes, rather short compared to the 1.5 hour opening sets we had seen most of the summer.

At setbreak, Boogie showed me the local weather radar and the future looked grim. One of her friends was at Pearl Jam at Wrigley Field, but that had gotten postponed due to rain. When Phish took the stage for the second set, I assumed the weather was clear enough for them to proceed. (Meanwhile, up at Wrigley... Pearl Jam waited out the weather and resumed their show after a 2+ hour delay... but their fans had more places to ride out the storm, while we were sitting ducks in the park.)

Second set kicked off with DWD and I was a little let down by the jam (so much potential wasted there). We all wanted something with a lot more firepower, but Trey opted for Caspian. Someone had told Page that they had to get off stage. Page reluctantly walked over to Trey, who thought he was joking. Nope. Fastest Caspian ever. Got aborted along with the whole show.

Of course, there was some confusion... would Phish return after the storm or were we done for good? Cell reception was shitty all day at Northerly Island and it only got worse when the show was evacuated. It was difficult to get proper information -- was the show cancelled or postponed? What do we do? Stick around the park just in case Phish comes back on, or seek shelter?

We got stuck in the "tunnel" and a crazy little party broke out with a street musician entertaining everyone with his sax. Everyone inside the tunnel was jacked up with mixed emotions, but the tunnel quickly became packed and claustrophobic. At that point, we found out that the show was cancelled so we ran through the rain as quickly as we could to the closest L stop. That's it... game over.

First night of Chicago is in the books, but it was a disappointment for sure. Time for Phish to redeem themselves, right?

Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Phish 7/17/13 Alpharetta: Setlist and Recap - Wetlanta Beach Burgers Night #2

Official poster by Justin Santora

Phish played the second of a two-night stint in the Atlanta burbs.

Here is the setlist :
The Phish 7/17/13 Alpharetta, GA

Set 1: JIM, MoMA, Funky Bitch, Divided Sky, GUMBO, Nellie Cane, Frost*, Alaska, Guyute, Faulty Plan, Suzy Greenstein
Set 2: PYITE > Drowned > Water in the Sky, Energy > Fluffhead > Piper > Fast Enough for You, 2001 > Mike's Song > The Wedge > Weekapaug

Encore: Mighty Quinn
Notes:
* FTP; Debut of a Frost (TAB song)
Times: Set 1 began at 8:07pm ET and ended at 9:31pm. Set 2 began at 10:02pm. The show ended at 11:36pm ET.

Click here to see every Phish setlist from this summer tour, plus links to vids and recaps.

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Couch Tpur Recap: Alpharetta #2 - Wetlanta Beach Burgers
By Pauly

We began the night on couch tour with a crisp stream by Yasu. But he went AWOL and we got stuck with this "Squirrel" character, who was a trip but needs to stay away from the horse tranquilizers. He left the live stream going when he bailed for the toilet during Alaska (it's a Squirrel take a piss song) while muttering stuff about "beach burgers." We're just busting your balls Squirrel, we're lucky to have anything. Thanks for the rogue feed, brah.

Anyway... we were treated to 11-song opening set in roughly 85-mins. We got a couple of tour debuts and a new song -- Frost -- TAB tune that got called up to the big leagues for the first time. Standard Jim show opener and early set Moma to inject some funky dance grooves into the show. Divided Sky is like going to church.  Hoping they'd throw a few curveballs this show and got one with Gumbo! Too bad we didn't get Ginseng Sullivan in Atlanta (instead of Nellie Kane). Another debut of a TAB song -- Frost -- which was soundchecked earlier in the tour. I kind of like current TAB songs staying with TAB. The bigger band does a better job with it than the Fab 4. With that said, if they're gonna play a TAB song, how about Cayman Review? Phish would smoke the shit out of it. First Alaska of the tour. Decent mini-jam. Since we're on a first theme... first time for Guyute this summer. Did Page add the vocoder to Guyute run-up? Suzy rager to close the set.

via @Phish_FTR
PYITE set 2 opener. Dammit. Wanted to hear that in Chicago! Drowned > Water in the Sky was for everyone on the lawn enduring the rain. Another wet show. Gave up on Squirrel beach burger feed when his bro friend kept screaming and his feed got choppy. We jumped on Stork's feed. I was hoping to hear Energy in Chicago. Fish hopped on the electric Marimba again for Energy jam. First Fluff this tour with an added bonus Heartbreaker tease. Piper was rushed. I wondered why Fast Enough For You isn't played more? It's a much better late second set slow tune (to let Fish catch a breath) than some of the other buzzkills they've played the last few years. 2001 cropped up out of nowhere (didn't have the feel of a dance party night). Squirrel wanted more cowbell. Mike's Song became Mike's Wedge. Nice change-up for the lunch meat instead of Hydrogen/Simple. Encore was the first Mighty Quinn this tour. Rocking cover. Bob Dylan would be proud of Gordo.

Hotlanta run is over. Tour migrates up north to... Chicago. I'm hoping on tour. Can't wait. See ya in the lot...

FYI... download 7/17/13 at LivePhish.com.

Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Phish 7/16/13 Alpharetta: Setlist and Recap - Heartbreaker Night #1

Official poster by Justin Santora
Phish returned to Atlanta for a two-night stint in the burbs at the cozy Alpharetta ampitheatre.

Here is the setlist from the first night in Georgia...
The Phish, 7/16/13 Alpharetta, GA

Set 1:  Kill Devil Falls, Mound, GIN, Army of One, Rift, Horn, Possum, Pebbles and Marbles, Ocelot, Cavern, Antelope 
Set 2:Rock n Roll > Heartbreaker ** > Makisupa > Chalkdust > Wilson > Tweezer > Silent > Birds > Joy, HOOD, Zero

Encore: A Day in the Life, Tweeprise

Notes: ** FTP, Justin Beiber Cover (just kidding... it was Taylor Swift)

Times: Set 1 began at 8:11pm ET and ended at 9:35pm. Set 2 began at 10:05pm. The show ended at 11:36pm ET.

Click here to see every Phish setlist from this summer tour, plus links to vids and recaps.

KDF opener via @jiggslikesphish
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Couch Tour Recap: Alpharetta #1 - Hotlanta Heartbreaker
By Pauly

Phish better hope word doesn't get out that they've been practicing witchcraft in the Bible Belt. The zealots and moralists get freaked out by hocus pocus hippie alchemy. They should be. We're coming to your town to help you party down. Lock the medicine cabinets. Hide your daughters. The Phish hath returned to Georgia.

I rocked out on couch tour while counting the hours until my first real show of the tour (Chicago). Arigato to Yasu for the crisp feed. By the start of the second set, I was bumming that I did not jump on tour sooner.

Trey was in full-blown rock God mode and went Heartbreaker on everyone in the second set. Trey teased the fuck out of Zepelin cover throughout the rest in Wilson, Tweezer, Hood, and Zero. Too bad Rock and Roll jam was overshadowed by the Heartbreaker hijinks. All in all, another wild night with the Phish.

KDF was a perfect warm-up. They were ready to roll and even pulled off Mound with minimal miscues (someday they'll nail it). Late-set Gins pack a bigger punch, nevertheless, this one in the 3-hole had a tasty-bubbly jam. Rift and Horn back to back gave me flashbacks to college (in Atlanta of all places) when we listened to Rift album nonstop shortly after it came out because we had 3 bootlegs among ten of us budding Phisheads. Horn licks in the Possum intro. Page hammered the ivories on Possum jam. Thought a TTE was coming... but it was thankfully Pebbles and Marbles. I fancy myself an Ocelot aficionado. That mini-jam was a good A-, accented by Page/Gordo's tag team, wild Samoan jam. Slightly longer pause at end of Cavern. Crowd was stoked for Antelope. Eleven songs in the first set, which fell right in line with how they'd approached gis this year. The Phish Summer Tour 2013 Formula for set 1... greatest hits and deep cuts sprinkled throughout a 90-minute. 11-song opening set. The second sets have been around 2-3 songs lighter, but with significantly more jamming.

Page Warhol
Set 2 kicked off with a smoking Rock and Roll... a harbinger of some classic rock with a nod to Velvet Underground, the OG hipsters. The RR jam was so artsy and peppy that Andy Warhol would have been so impressed with Page that if this were 1966, he woulda repalced Nico with Leo. Trey dropped a few Jimmy Page licks in there and thought it was just a tease, but then they launched into a an all-out Heartbreak assault. Flashbacks from the night I was super schwilly in Atlantic City for Zeppelin night. The jam got a little crunchy-funky before Makisupa. Trey got his ya-yas out with Chalkdust self-wankery. The crowd went apeshit for Wilson. Trey was in full-blown guitar-rock God mode. There was nothing stopping him rest of this set... (except Joy). Rock-funk Tweezer. Everyone knew a Heartbreaker was going to get a call back. I still went nuts (on my couch, doing air guitar like a total tool). Hertbreaker got squeezed in whenever Trey could add a lick or tease (like in Wilson, Tweezer,  Hood, and Zero). Another Silent without Horse (I like it,but did those two break up?). Quickie Birds. Trey flubbed Joy. Fishman was raging all set and he needed a break, but I though that's what Silent was for? Hood got the energy cooking again. Intense tension-release on Zero. Crowd hung on every note. The encore was a Leo-slaying Beatles cover A Day in the Life and highly-anticipated Tweeprise.

Tuesday barn burner with another one coming tomorrow.

 FYI... download 7/16/13 at LivePhish.com.

Monday, July 15, 2013

Sunday, July 14, 2013

Phish 7/14/13 MPP: Setlist and Recap - Merriweather Night #2, Columbia, MD

Official poster by Doe Eyed
Phish completed the second of a two-night stint at Merriweather, one of the band's favorite venues on the East Coast.

Here is the setlist from the Sunday show:
Phish 7/14/13 Merriweather Post Pavilion, Columbia, MD

Set 1: First Tube, MoMA Dance > NICU, Roses Are Free > Chalkdust, STASH, Scent of a Mule, Ice, Tube, Antelope

Set 2: Golden Age > Twist > Backwards > Light > Boogie On > Julius, YEM

Encore: Loving Cup

Times: Set 1 began at 7:40pm and ended at 9:02pm. Set 2 started at 9:28pm. The show ended at 10:51pm ET.

Here is the 7/13/13 setlist from MPP night #1. Also, click here to see every Phish setlist from this summer tour, plus links to vids and recaps.
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Fish's new toy -- electric marimba
Photo by Lisa Dorothy (H/T @HoodStream)
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Couch Tour Recap: MPP #2 Sunday Sunday
by Pauly

Never miss a Sunday show, eh? Second night at MPP. I was rocking out on couch tour courtesy of a crisp stream (thanks to "telephish" and Hood Streams). First set was the standard greatest hits with 10 songs spread out over 80 minutes with a sick Stash, while the second set was a 7-song beast anchored by YEM.

The First Tube opener is one of fastest ways to inject a shit ton of energy into the crowd from the get go. First Tube Roids. Moma funk continued the groove. NICU is a perfect summer song. Crowd was into Roses. Trey wanked off in Chalkdust. Silky smooth key changes in Stash, plus Trey slayed the mofo-dragon in the Stash jam. Really got to enjoy CK5's lights during outro. I'm very critical of Stash the last few years (saw too many phoned-in or lazy peaks in previous versions), but tonight's Stash delivered on all fronts. I can't wait to re-listen. Best pat of Scent was when Fish went all Mickey Hart on us and he played with his new gizmo -- an electric marimba. Amazing delicious jam out of Ice. Funk-fusion came out of nowhere. Tube popped up to continue the funky mood. Short, as per usual. Band felt frisky going into Antelope. Crowd was jacked. You could hear that frenetic energy through the stream. They were ready to explode.

CK5 during TUBE funk
We lost a perfect feed (crisp audio and video) for the second set and had to settle on just audio. Still lucky to hear it. Set 2 opened with Golden Age, which smoothly moved into Twist territory. Patient jamming all night. Trey sat back and let songs evolve instead of anxiously yanking the ripcord whenever he got antsy. First four songs clocked in around 10 minutes each. Light matriculated into a post-modern afro-funk stop-start jam over a couple minutes before delving into Boogie On. Avoided a down shift into a slower tune and go an uptempo Julius instead (typically this was the part of the show when Fish needed a breather and Trey got to sing a ballad). Monstah YEM closed the 7-song set, with an angry monks eating monkeys vocal jam. Rocking Loving Cup encore.

MPP run came to a close with another big second set. The boys head southbound to Atlanta for their only interlude into southern waters before the party migrates to Chicago for a three-night rager.

FYI... download 7/14/13 MP #1 at LivePhish.com.

Saturday, July 13, 2013

Phish 7/13/13 MPP: Setlist and Recap - Merriweather Post Pavilion, Columbia, MD - Night #1

Official poster by Doe Eyed
After a wet night at Jones Beach, Phish headed south down I-95 and returned to Maryland for a two-night stint at MPP.

Here is the setlist for the first show....
Phish 7/13/13 Merriweather Post Pavilion, Columbia, MD

Set 1: Kill Devil Falls, Destiny Unbound, Taste, Halfway to the Moon, 20 Years Later, Maze, Yarmouth Road, MELT

Set 2: DWD > Free, Bouncin*, Birds >  HOOD, Architect, Mike's Song >  Simple > Weekapaug

Encore:  Waste, Good Times Bad Times
Notes: * Pauly takes a piss song 
Times: Set 1 began at 7:43pm ET and ended at 8:53pm. Set 2 began at 9:23pm. The show ended at 10:58pm ET.


Click here to see every Phish setlist from this summer tour, plus links to vids and recaps.

CK5 during DWD via @Phish_FTR
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Couch Tour Recap: MPP #1 - Bustouts and New Stuff
By Pauly

The 8-song first set clocked in around 70 mins. Kind of short and not the norm for this summer (first sets have averaged 11 songs and 90+ mins). Right off the bat, things were going to be different with a Destiny Unbound bustout in the second spot. First Destiny since Superball. Halfway to the Moon was re-introduced into the lineup. I dug that 3.0 tune featuring Page and hoped it would play its way into the lineup. I'm also a fan of 20 Years Later (phans my age get it) and Trey obviously likes it so they need to get better playing it if they want to keep it in rotation (a new-ish song is only as good as its execution). By Maze we got a consistent stream and Leo crushed the jam. Glad to see that rookie Yarmouth Road  get another shot. During Melt, it began to rain. Heavily. What's up with the shitty weather this tour? There's a strict 11pm curfew at MPP, which is probably why they cut the first set short. The boys are well behaved these days and color inside the lines. Compelling mini-jams in KDF, Taste, and Maze.

We had a decent stream for most of the 9-song second set, which had more tunes that the first set for the first time this tour. DWD, everyone's favorite heavy hitter, had a tight jam with some meat on its bones. Dynamite jam, but it was tough to top last night's thunderous Rock and Roll wet beach jam. Free was hysterical because of the schwasted girl withing vicinity of the taper. Birds never really took flight but had a smooth seg into Hood, which contained plenty of Birds teases by Trey during the intro. Hood jam might have been the shining star of the set. Got another crack at TAB's Architect. Simple was the lunch meat in a fatty Mike's Groove (that was almost a half hour). Schwasted girl was singing along with Waste encore. We got a bong-rattling Good Times Bad Times as the second encore with Trey's wanking reaching nuclear proportions.

 Good to see some old stuff and new stuff. Nice mix for nice night at Merriweather.

FYI... download 7/13/13 MP #1 at LivePhish.com.

Friday, July 12, 2013

Phish 7/12/13 Jones Beach: Setlist and Recap

Official poster by Delicious Design League

Tour moved to Long Island for a one-night stand at Jones Beach. The weather has always been a gamble at these shows (the Joker and I survived a monsoon in 2009), and tonight's weather is sketchy.

Any rogue streams can be found at HoodStreams.com.

Tonight's setlist...
The Phish, 7/12/13 Jones Beach, NY

Set 1: Chalkdust, Cars Trucks Buses, Ocelot, My Sweet One, Ocean, Water in the Sky, Sloth, Beauty of a Broken Heart, Sugar Shack, 46 Days, Backwards > Reba, Bowie

Set 2: Rock and Roll > 2001 > Tweezer > Cities > Wedge > Velvet Sea*, Zero

Encore: Sleeping Monkey, Tweezer Reprise
Notes: * Pauly takes a piss song

Times: Set 1 began at 8:21pm ET and ended at 9:55pm. Set 2 began at 10:26pm. The show ended at 11:42pm ET.

Click here to see every Phish setlist from this summer tour, plus links to vids and recaps.

Via @Phish_FTR
****

Couch Tour Recap: Jones Beach Sharknados
By Pauly

Phans braved the elements for another bad weather show this tour (rainy SPAC and flooded Toronto). I was rocking out on couch tour (first set was a crisp stream courtesy of Taper420, but second set was stop/go). Friends at the show were bumming about the rain, but they gutted it out despite the cluterfuck to get inside. They were rewarded with a Rock and Roll jam that clocked in at 19+ mins.

I was watching the Twins/Yanksgame, which went into a rain delay about 1/3 thru Phish's first set. Pro baseball players sit it out when it pours, but the Phish show must go on!

Another strong, long first set (13-songs in almost 95-minutes) peppered with greatest hits. The band snuck in a couple of rain songs like A Song I Heard the Ocean Sing and Water in the Sky. Page spoke to the crowd a couple of times and hoped the music could keep everyone warm. Mini-jams of note occurred in Ocelot, Ocean ad 46 Days. That Sugar Shack was meh at best. It should get demoted to the minors (Mike Gordon Band tour) and they should give Yarmouth Road a little more playing time. Thought Reba would end the set but they tacked on Bowie. Ended the set on a strong note.

Set 2 kicked off with Velvet Underground's Rock and Roll. Heard crowd shouting "All right!" along with Leo. The outro was a monstrous sharknado jam that attemtped to give last year's Long Beach R-n-R Beiber-jam orgy a run for its money. I told my bud Girtz to expect jammy goodness in the second sets. They delivered with a 2003-era oxy-faded jam. Quickie 2001. The stream crapped out at the end of Tweezer jam, but not before Page busted out the voice box. Zero ended a rather unusual short set.

"This song is about redemption," said Page about the Monkey encore. I expected a formulaic "Loving Cup > Tweeprise" encore. Got a Monkey-Prise instead. Plenty of banter with Monkey. Seemed like the boys were having fun.

Jones Beach fit the formula for this summer... long first set with greatest hits and a second frame with jamiliciousness. Kudos to the super phans who roughed the elements to see the Phish. The circus migrates to Maryland for a double dip at MPP.

FYI... download 7/12/13 Jones Beach at LivePhish.com.

Thursday, July 11, 2013

Guest Post: Negative Nelly

Editor's Note: Tom B. is a 3.0 phan who will offer up a different and unique perspective on the band and community. He has written previous guest posts including... Confessions of a 3.0 Phan and Let's Talk About MSG Sets.


Negative Nelly by Tom B.

There has been a lot of discussion recently (see Lawn Memo's post "What the Frig Is Going On?") about the level of negativity in the Phish fan base. As a card carrying 3.0 Nube, I can say that I have always assumed this was just the way things were in Phish world. Let’s face it, this band, this music, this community means a hell of a lot to a hell of a lot of people. Anytime you get that much passion and commitment stemming from that many people there is bound to be an element of negativity.

Some of the negativity is legitimate, things have changed and not all totally for the better. The band has evolved, the music has evolved and more than anything the fans have evolved. There are a ton of new phans turning up at shows and, no doubt, some of them are annoying as fuck. They do not seem to be in touch with the spirit of the community, nor do they seem to respect the eldership in the fan base. I think one of the things we see happening is that some of the more jaded vets tend to view the band through the same prism as they view the newer elements of it’s fans. But, that is actually not what I want to talk about today. All I will say on that account is that I do my absolute best to honor the legacy that was built well before I ever walked onto the scene and not a day goes by that I do not feel thankful for all the great Phans that have welcomed me with open arms and introduced me to a world that has become one of the most enjoyable aspects of my life.

In an effort to address some of the negativity we are all feeling out there, I would like to ask you to take a moment and humor me with a little thought experiment.

Imagine the year 2035. Maybe we are the United Republic of China, maybe we are a loosely aligned cluster of independent nations that formed after the economy collapsed and our eastern and western seaboards fell into the ocean. Maybe we are just the same ol’ US of A, that is actually not the thought experiment we are having but an important notion to consider nonetheless.

Anyway, the year 2035 is upon us and Disney is making the definitive Phish bio-pic. The story of the most successful independent group in music history. The grass roots movement that led to an entertainment empire.

We watch the band and their scope grow to mind bending proportions. We see how the party starts to spin out of control and inevitable rise and fall of rock star indulgence.

Here is the part that matters: (Thank you for sticking around long enough for me to get to said part...)

Any Phish bio-pic is going to have one key scene.

3/6/2009 – North Hampton VA
7:58PM EST

House lights drop and the capacity crowd is screaming so loud that you can not even hear the opening moments of Fluffhead.


You all know what I am talking about. The impact of that moment has been discussed and relived and broken down ad nauseum. In fact, one of the best concert reviews I have ever read came from this site (The Return of Phish).

So here is the crux of this exercise. Where does that scene fit in your Phish movie?

God knows, if that was the final scene of the movie we still have a great story.

But what if that moment was simply the beginning of the final act? What if the best was yet to come?

I think too many phans right now are acting like the story ended that weekend in VA. It is like somehow, that three-day run was the culmination of everything Phish and all things after pale in comparison.

We have all put so much love/passion/energy/money into this crazy experiment. How is it that so many of us have lost the ability to trust the guys who not only are steering the ship but built the fucking thing in the first place? Sure, the phans have put their stamp on things and have had a huge role in creating the Phish universe; but in the end the God Particle resides in the space right in the middle of that stage when Mr. Gordon, Mr. Fishman, Mr. Anastasio and Mr. McConnell are playing their music.

Can we not trust these guys enough to believe that we are in the beginning of the final act and that, like all great movies, they are saving the best for last?


Tom B. can be found on Twitter at @tbrecken. This is his third guest post for Coventry. Check out... Confessions of a 3.0 Phan and Let's Talk About MSG Sets.

Phish PNC Videos: Crosseyed and Painless 7/10/13

Thanks to LazyLightning55 for the video!


Complete setlist and couch tour recap here.

Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Phish PNC 7/10/13: Setlist and Recap - Holmdel, NJ

Official Poster by Mike Davis
Last night's show was cancelled due to heavy flooding in Toronto. Phish is back in America and returned to the Garden State for a show at PNC.

Here is the setlist...
The Phish 7/10/13, PNC, Holmdel, NJ

Set 1: Llama, Wolfman's Brah, Sample in a Jar, Julius, Halley's Comet > GIN, Lawn Boy, Ya Mar, Stealing Time from the Faulty Plan, Theme from the Bottom > Suzy Greenstein

Set 2: Crosseyed and Painless > HOOD > Axilla > Sand > Light > Good Times Bad Times >Slave, Rocky Top > Cavern

Encore: Possum

Times: Set 1 began at 7:54 ET and ended at 9:09pm. Set 2 began at 9:39pm. Show ended at 11:15pm ET.

Courtesy of @PHIISH_FTR
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Couch Tour Recap: PNC and Back to Jersey
By Pauly

My couch tour resumed courtesy of @SakuraYEM, the awesome Japhan broadcasting from the lawn. The boys returned to NJ, the home state of half of Phish. This show resembled the other four shows this summer... greatest hits first set and a second set with jammy goodness. No new songs this time around.

Phish bounced back from a rare cancellation with a 11-song 75-min first set sprinkled with fan favorites. It was rather short compared to the 90-min openers at SPAC. Llama opener was a positive omen. Wolfman's had mini-jam. Too early in the set to knock the socks off everyone. Leo addressed the crowd after Sample. He felt honored to be playing at the Garden State Arts Center. When he made a cracks that Fish and Gordo were not from Jersey, some of the crowd (lovingly) booed. Short hook on Halley's as per usual. I tweet'd: "Ripcord warning 5.5 mins in." It came in at 5:34. The bookies I work for would be proud. Gin jam took flight.  


Crosseyed and Painless kicked off second set. You know a big set is brewing when they bring the afro-funk. CP Monstah jam melted into HOOD. thirty minute 1-2 punch. That's how you start a set. Axilla is one of Fish's favorite songs. Wish they played it more. Excited to hear, I actually yelled "Fuck yeah!!!!" pretty loud it spooked my neighbor. Sand > Light was sublime. Too bad Sand sexcapades was cut short before it got really down and dirty. I sent text to Bruce at the show, told him I was jealous to miss this auspicious start. A nod to Zeppelin with GTBT. Trey shredding, Leo letting us know what it means to be alone. Then Slave popped up. They rushed the ending and thought it was ending there, but they busted out Rocky Top, which they often played in 1.0 when they were having a fucking blast. Fake out set closer. They tossed Cavern in there. Ha, opened with Llama and closed with Cavern? Man, flashbacks to the early 90s. Oh, and we got Possum'd at the encore. Third time in five shows. Every other night. My girlfriend was overjoyed that there West Side Story teases. I had no clue about Maria.

Looks juicy on paper. Stream sounded great thanks to @sakuraYEM's feed.

FYI... download 7/10/13 PNC at LivePhish.com.

Tuesday, July 09, 2013

Phish's Toronto Show Postponed Until July 22

Toronto floods - photo by AP
Tonight's Phish show in Toronto has been postponed. Phish had not played in Toronto since 2000 and it would have marked their first show outside the U.S. since they reunited in 2009.

If you don't know, Toronto was hit pretty hard with massive flash flooding yesterday. They got a month's worth of rain inside a couple of hours.

Here's the statement Phish released:
Due to insurmountable transportation and public safety issues resulting from the power outage in Toronto after severe downpours in the city, Phish's performance tonight at Molson Canadian Amphitheare has been postponed. The show has been moved to Monday, July 22. All tickets will be honored at the new date. Refunds are available at point of purchase for fans who cannot attend. Phish has been greatly looking forward to their first Toronto appearance in nearly 13 years. Everyone involved worked tirelessly throughout the day and exhausted all options, but ultimately, public safety had to come first. We are sorry for any inconvenience this may cause.
Phish has a couple days off on their tour schedule in between Chicago and the Gorge. They'll make-up this show the Monday after the Chicago shows on July 22.

Phish SPAC Videos - 7/5 Set 2 and 7/6 Full Show

Here is 7/5/13 Set 2 and encore only.


Here is all of 7/6/13...


Enjoy. Thanks to Sam!

Phish SPAC Videos: Tweezer-Sand 7/6/13

From the official Phish account...

Monday, July 08, 2013

Fink's SPAC 3 Review: Never Miss a Sunday

Editor's Note: Our good friend Fink offered to write SPAC reviews for us. I thought he was going to write a final recap when he got back to San Diego, but he sent me this review at 4am. Enjoy!! Cheers, Pauly


Guest Review: SPAC 3 -  Never Miss a Sunday
By Fink

2:15 AM, Saratoga Hilton.

Woke up this morning around 10:00 and watched the final set of the Wimbledon Final (congrats to Andy Murray for ending a drought for England and 28,128 days without a Champion). Lawn Boy indeed. Afterwards, I hit the gym and struggled through a workout, ultimately completing an hour of cardio. Much needed. Not quite the young stallion I once was (or at least thought I was). After the sweat, I eventually ate a burger at Circus CafĂ© – it took forever to get our food (45 minutes) but the burger was delicious, they gave us 50% off, and we made some phriends at the table next to us.  I love the random interactions with the phans. We truly are a great, kind, knowledgeable and generally good group the church of phish-goers. Time to hit the show.

Never miss a Sunday. I closed my last post with this line and open this one with it because its true. Phish has crushed 3 of the past 4 Sundays, 4 of 5 if you include SPAC last year: 12/30/12 (DWD->20YL->Carini!!!!), 9/2/12 (second set magic, one of my favorite Sands ever), and 8/19/12 (Xeyed->Light->Sally->Xeyed). 

Unfortunately, (my friend) Trey and Megan had to go back today. However, this was a good sign that shit was really going to blow up tonight. Sunday + Trey leaving mid run = THROWDOWN. The last time my bud Trey had to leave tour early was on the morning of 8/19/12. To be fair, we were at the end of a 10-day bachelor party for the Wookie and dude takes care of business, but that didn’t stop a group of us from going to the show.  You know what happened next, especially if you were in the house – one of the best Phish sets I have ever seen, one of those that you had to be there for. 

We picked up Lisa and Garcia, and Carmine, Wookie, Lauren, Adam, Vanessa and I completed our 8-pack. After cruising Shakedown for a bit, we made our way into the Pavilion. It poured 20 minutes before the show started but we were up in the front of the plane again, dead center 20 rows up. 

Fashion Update: Carmine wore a specially designed tie-dye moo-moo based on Fish's moo-moo and big matching glasses and tie dye socks. Adam again came correct with a linen shirt, polka dot handkerchief and bright green pants. The girls all went with shorts and tank tops, I was sporting my "Sunday Funday" shirt.  It will be my go to Sunday shirt for the tour.

Again, social media blackout and no re-listen…

Set 1

Phish isn’t messing around tonight. The first set was one of the best first sets I have ever seen. No shit. I called a Bag opener every show this run (interesting that they opened with it last year's Sunday SPAC show as well); the boys were en fuego right out of the gate. I love Back on the Train and this version was incredible. I can’t wait to go back and give this one a re-listen but they were getting DOWN, we were getting DOWN, Page was outright devouring sandwiches (I still have no idea where that reference comes from – can somebody clue me in?).

Divided Sky showed just how tight the boys were going to be tonight – did they miss a note the entire?  We had a wager going on the length of the pause, setting the over/under at 45 seconds (Editor's note: it was close to 75 seconds). They went well beyond that as Trey kept visually teasing that he was going to start it back up. Again the band was feeding off the crowd, again an incredible response all night by the phans. The dynamic is so important at a show between the band and the crowd and there isn’t an audience anywhere with the enthusiasm of a Phish audience. 

Free was nailed – to me one of the most beautiful guitar licks ever written by Trey. And the Its Ice was tight. Mound was executed and a fun song, when the high hat was started, there was no Maze/Bowie debate since Bowie had already been played. Phish crushed it yet another song; it was a DOPE-a-Maze. A good Limb by Limb but standard set up Walls of the Cave to close the set and what a walls it was. Beautifully done, that was top shelf Phish. The first set felt like a second set and will be listened to again and again. Standing ovation Phish, well done. Any questions?

Set 2

DWD in its standard open up the second set spot was on point. They boys were locked in, super tight and dropping bombs. I suffered a case of Jamnesia (definition below) and forgot what song they were playing.
JAMNESIA  (jam·ne·sia). Noun. 1: A loss of memory in the middle of a Phish jam forgetting what song they are playing. 2. Forgetting post show what songs Phish had played.
I heard teases of Twist and thought for sure we were getting it at some point (especially with a Piper) but it never came as they dropped into Ghost. I cant wait to hear what @LawnMemo has to say about this version, but to me it was truly excellent, beautiful, funky, great Phish. One of my favorite songs, perfectly placed and executed.  

Carmine and Lisa have a daughter named Piper and every run I go on with them we get a Piper – just one of those things. Lisa could only do Sunday so the Phish from Vermont saved it for her. Piper is 4 years old and I remember when she was 2 she knew the lyrics to Ghost (but wanted us to fast forward though the jam). You can never teach them too young. Anyway, the Piper was so incredible, it seemed like Trey gave every ounce of himself to that song. Standing ovation, what a start to the second set.

Velvet Sea – like Pauly, not a fan of the song – was a well-earned break for the boys and a good time to take a break for the crowd, hit the bathroom, etc. Run Like a Meatstick was classic Phish – they destroyed with precision one of their go-to songs and of course added some wacky Phish-iness with the lyrics. Meatstick came next – not my favorite tune but appropriate given the Meatlope and a set closing YEM that will immediately jump right to the top of the 3.0 discussions. While YEM is a long song for sometimes a short payoff, the payoff this time was so well worth it. Beautiful, patient, funky, back to patient jamming with a Trey dance, dude has some moves. Top-shelf Phish.

At the encore we didn’t have to huddle about deciding to bail. After this show and this run overall, we were glued to our spots until the end (literally – we eventually left when security started rounding everyone up).

The Loving Cup encore was a perfect, if predictable, closer to an incredible night, start to finish, of one of the most complete shows of Phish I have ever seen. They are at the absolute top of their game; Summer 2013 is going to go down in Phishtory. Phish is next level right now. Who cares about what they did in the past? Enjoy Phish, they are as good as they have ever been RIGHT NOW. We are so lucky to be a part of it.

Post show we were heading out to the lot and a dude randomly comes up to us and gives us 2 of his posters (Wilson was his name) for free! We immediately started hawking them for $20 in front of him. Seriously, this is some some of the best art I have seen for this specific run - I was not much of a fan of what I saw created for this run, including the official prints (especially when compared to last years).

We then walked to the street with barely any hope of finding a cab but one magically appeared. We hopped in with two random girls that Carmine was going to bite and had a mini-dance party on the ride back to the hotel. We grabbed some pizza, Carmine was begging us to go to Twiddle but calmer heads prevailed and we returned to the hotel. I was so stoked from the show tonight I went out to hang solo in the garden area outside the hotel to hang with the people. I started DJing with my Bluetooth stereo and a mini party formed. A live band played for a bit but the group then demanded that I get back to DJing. At one point the pizza delivery guy came to the hotel and went inside. A dude from the party jumped in his car and started doing circles around and around the driveway. Not necessarily cool, but pretty damn funny to the 25 of us hanging outside at the time. 

And that concludes my reporting from SPAC. Thanks again to Pauly for the opportunity to share my thoughts with you. It has been fun, however, I am looking forward to the return of our regularly scheduled professional blogging.

Guest post by Fink... our good pal from San Diego. Check out Fink's Review of the Friday 7/5/13 show. and Fink's Review of Saturday 7/6/13.

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 FYI... here is the complete setlist and Pauly's couch touch review of 7/7/13