Sunday, July 14, 2019

Phish Alpine Valley Setlist: 7/14/19 - Sunday Night 3


Phish completed the third of a wild three-night run at Alpine Valley in Wisconsin. This show also marked the end of summer tour (with Dicks to go Labor Day Weekend).

This finale will be streamed on LivePhish... for a modest fee of course. You can use your wookery to find alternative ways to listen, or just wait for the droids you're not looking for.

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Here's the bustouts and the 38-minute jam of the summer to cap off summer tour...

Phish, 7.14.19 Alpine Valley, WI

Set 1: Landlady, Olivia's Pool, TMWSIY > Avenu Malkanu > TMWSIY, Meatstick, Vultures, Spock's Brain, Pebbles and Marbles, Glide, About to Run, Strange Design, Timber Ho, I Didn't Know, Good Times Bad Times

Set 2: Mercury > Ruby Waves >Twist > Swept Away > Steep > Death Don't Hurt Very Long, Icculus, Buffalo Bill, YEM > Catapult > Contact > YEM

E: More, Tweezer Reprise

****

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Saturday, July 13, 2019

Phish Setlist 2019: 7/13/19 Alpine Valley, WI - Saturday Night 2


Phish threw down in Wisconsin for the second of three nights at historic Alpine Valley. This weekend will be webcast on LivePhish.

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Here is what happened on a weird Saturday night with Phish in Cheeselandia...

Phish, 7.13.19 Alpine Valley, WI

Set 1: AC/DC Bag > NICU, Shade, Funky Bitch, Blaze On, Ya Mar, Frost, Sloth, Fuck Your Face, My Friend, Final Hurrah, Zero

Set 2: Halley's > Ocean > Jim> Undermind > Ghost> Golden Age > Back on the Train, Hood

E: S.A.N.T.O.S.

****

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Friday, July 12, 2019

Phish Setlist: 7/12/19 Alpine Valley, WI - Friday Night 1


Phish closes out the tour with a three-show run at Alpine Valley in Wisconsin. It's a triumphant return to Phish back to the sloping lawn of Alpine Valley. Be careful in the lot. Big brother sees all.

This weekend will be webcast on LivePhish.

Follow @CoventryMusic for hackneyed couchtour commentary and other Twitter static.

Here's what went down back in Wisconsin for Phish...

Phish, 7.12.19 Alpine Valley, WI

Set 1: Sand, Tweezer > Free, Turtle in the Clouds, Set Your Soul Free, Lawn Boy, Camel Walk, Theme > Rift, Wolfman's

Set 2: No Man's Land > Caspian > Everything's Right > Roses > 2001 > Wedge > Light > Plasma > Light > 46 Days, Coil

E: A Life Beyond the Dream, Tube, Grind

****

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Wednesday, July 10, 2019

Phish Mohegan Sun 2019 Setlist: 7/10/19 Uncasville, CT - Night 2


Phis completed their two-night stint at Mohegan Sun Casino in the Connecticut woods. It's the last of the East Coast shows before tour finishes off this weekend in the Midwest.

I'm sure you can find a wookling stream out there.

Follow @CoventryMusic for Twitter updates from the trenches and if there's a lot, they'll be a round of lot prices.

So, here's what you missed on Wednesday hump night in Connecticut...

Phish, 7.10.10 Mohegan Sun Arena, Uncasville, CT

Set 1: Buried Alive, Cavern, Dogs Stole Things, Sugar Shack, Stash, Wingsuit, Limb by Limb > Gumbo, Stray Dog, Steam, Bowie

Set 2: Party Time, Chalkdust > Ruby Waves > Seven Below, Stealing Time from the Faulty Plan > Piper > Ruby Waves > Page EDM > Drift While You’re Sleeping

E: Bouncin’,  Saw It Again > Kung > Slave

****
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Tuesday, July 09, 2019

Phish Mohegan Sun Setlist: 7/9/19 Uncasville, CT - Night 1


Casino Phish! Phish returned to Connecticut for two nights at Mohegan Sun Arena, which is home to the WNBA's Sun franchise.

This show will be aired live on Sirius XM radio via the new Phish Channel.

Follow @CoventryMusic for on the ground reports at Mohegan Sun. Of course, they're always weather permitting and not much of a lot scene on the casino grounds.

Here's what happened on Hump Day in CT...

Phish, 7.9.19 Mohegan Sun Arena, Uncasville, CT

Set 1: Energy > Weekapaug, Moma Dance, Lengthwise > Maze, Petrichor, Things People Do > Sample, Gin

Set 2: Soul Planet > Wider > Undermind, Final Hurrah, Beneath a Sea of Stars Part 1, Ghost, Birds of a Feather, Waste > Golgi

E: Foam, Contact, More

****


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Saturday, July 06, 2019

Phish Boston Setlist: 7/6/19 Fenway Park, MA - Saturday Night 2


Phish completed its two show run at historic Fenway Park with a weekend series in Boston.

The wet and soggy Saturday night festivities will be webcast on LivePhish.

This show got delayed due to thunderstorms, so Phish had to call an audible and delayed start of show but scratched the setbreak to play for one long 3 hour set with an encore.

Follow @CoventryMusic for  couchtour static on Twitter until we hop on tour next week with real reports from the front lines. If you dig the setlist art, follow @CoventryMusic on IG for more visual things.

Here's what happened on Saturday night in Boston...

Phish, 7.6.19 Fenway Park, Boston, MA

Set 1: Carini > Possum > Set Your Soul Free > Thread, Wolfman’s, Reba, Back On the Train, Mound,  About to Run, DWD > Simple >  Backwards > Death Don’t Hurt Very Long > 46 Days > What’s the Use > Mexican Cousin > 2001 > Melt, Suzy

E: Rise/Come Together > Wilson

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Friday, July 05, 2019

Phish Fenway Park Setlist: 7/5/19 Boston, MA - Friday Night 1


Phish returned to play in front of the Green Monstah at Fenway Park during a two-show run in Boston.

Both Fenway shows will be webcast on LivePhish.

Follow @CoventryMusic for hackneyed couchtour Twitter trash until we hop on tour next week. If you dig sparkling things and setlist art, visit @CoventryMusic on IG.

Here's what you missed on a wicked wasted Friday night in Boston...
 
Phish, 7.5.19 Fenway Park, Boston, MA

Set 1: Free, Blaze On, 555, Tube, Brian and Robert, Halfway to the Moon, Ocelot, Rift, Everything's Right, Jim

Set 2: Sand, Axilla, Mercury > Velvet Sea, Fuego > S.A.N.T.O.S., Zero

E: Bug, Squirming Coil


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Wednesday, July 03, 2019

Phish SPAC 2019 Setlist: 7/3/19 Night 2


Phish completed their second of a two-show run at SPAC in Saratoga, New York.

No official stream from the overlords, but you know where to find a dready-pirate stream.

Follow @CoventryMusic for half-baked couchtour Twitter static until we hop on tour next week.

Here's what you missed on Hump Day at SPAC...

Phish, 7.3.19 SPAC, Saratoga Springs, NY

Set 1: Fluffhead, Guyute, Martian Monster, Llama, Steam, Poor Heart, Crazy Sometimes, Horse > Silent, Sleep, Drift While Sleeping

Set 2: No Man's Land > Dirt > Plasma > We Come to Outlive Our Brains > Plasma > Tweeprise > Wedge > Sneaking Sally from the Alley > Antelope > More, Slave

E: Rock n Roll


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Tuesday, July 02, 2019

Phish SPAC 2019 Setlist: 7/2/19 Saratoga Springs, NY - Night 1


Phish returned to upstate NY and SPAC for a two-show run.

I'm sure there's a wookling stream out there.

Follow @CoventryMusic for half-baked couchtour Twitter static until we hop on tour next week. If you like visual things including setlist art, visit @CoventryMusic on Instagram.

Here's what you missed on Tuesday at SPAC...

Phish, 7.2.19 SPAC, Saratoga Springs, NY

Set 1: Cathy's Clown***, Tweezer Reprise, Carini, AC/DC Bag > Moma, Theme from the Bottom, Meat, Home, Gin, Walls of the Cave

Set 2: Cool Amber and Mercury, DWD >Scents and Subtle Sounds > Twist > Wilson, Scent of a Mule, Fuck Your Face > Halley's > HOOD

E: Fee, Life Beyond a Dream, First Tube

Show Notes:
*** Everly Brothers cover


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Sunday, June 30, 2019

Phish Camden Setlist: 6/30/19 Camden, NJ - Sunday Night 3


Phish completed the third night of a three-show run at the former E Centre in Camden, New Jersey.

This show will be streamed over at LivePhish. Seek and thou shall find thy stream d'wook.

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Here's what you missed on the YADDA YADDA Never Miss a YADDA Sunday show...

Phish, 6.30.19 Camden, NJ

Set 1: The Curtain With, Fast Enough for You, Buried Alive, Camelwalk, Reba, Sample in a Jar, Pebbles and Marbles, Tela, Mango Song, Driver, Bowie

Set 2: Mr. Completely > 20 Years Later > BBFCFM, Tweezer > Shade, Most Events Aren't Planned, Makisupa > Chalkdust

E: PYITE > WTU > Julius

****


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Saturday, June 29, 2019

Phish Camden Setlist: 6/29/19 Saturday Night 2


Phish played the second show of a three-night stint in Camden, New Jersey at the old "E Centre" just across the bridge from downtown Philadelphia.

These shows are webcast over at LivePhish.

Follow @CoventryMusic for minimal couchtour Twitter static.

Friday was a wet one, what will go down on Saturday?

Here's what you missed....

Phish, 6.29.19 Camden, NJ

Set 1: Mike's > H2 > Weekapaug, Divided Sky, Everything's Right, Guelah Papyrus > Sparkle, Roggae, 46 Days

Set 2: Blaze On > NICU > Golden Age > Ruby Waves > Death Don't Hurt Very Long > Rift > Beneath Sea Stars > Waiting All Night > Ghost > SANTOS

E: You Enjoy Myself, Grind


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Friday, June 28, 2019

Phish Setlist: Camden NJ 6/28/19 - Night 1 Friday


Phish returned to Camden, New Jersey (aka across the river from Philly) for a three-night run beginning on Friday. The opening show got delayed due to a downpour or rain. But at least some of your stanky mofos got a shower for the first time in a while.

The trio of Camden shows will be webcast over at LivePhish.

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Here's what you missed on a wet Friday night...

Phish, 6.28.19 Camden, NJ 

Set 1: SYSF, Strawberry Letter 23, My Friend, Halfway to the Moon, Old Home Place, Train Song, Horn, Birds, Wolfman's Bruh, Wombat, Timber Ho, Drift While Sleeping

Set 2: Mercury > No Man's Land > We Come to Outlive Our Brains > About to Run > Light > Antelope

E: Sleeping Monkey, Mighty Quinn

**** 


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Wednesday, June 26, 2019

Phish Setlist: Bangor, Maine 6/26/19


Phish finished off their two-show run in rainy and green Bangor, Maine.

Follow @CoventryMusic for couchtour Twitter static. If you like visual things, visit @CoventryMusic on IG for setlist art.

Here's what went down on Wednesday in Maine...

Phish, 6.26.19 Bangor, Maine

Set 1: Crowd Control, Plasma, Army of One, Alaska, Kill Devil Falls, How Many People Are You?, Petrichor, I Saw It Again, Sand

Set 2: Turtle in the Cloud, Gotta Jibboo > Fuego > Cities >Final Hurrah >Caspian > Farmhouse > Backwards > Chalkdust

E: Lizards, Suzy Greenberg

Tuesday, June 25, 2019

Phish Bangor Setlist: 6/25/19 Maine


Phish returned to Maine for two nights in Bangor.

Follow @CoventryMusic for couchtour Twitter static. If you like visual things, visit @CoventryMusic on IG for setlist art.

Here's what you missed in Maine...

Phish, 6.25.19 Bangor, Maine

Set 1: 46 Days, Back on the Train, Ass Handed, GIN, Dogs, Waves > Mike's > Water in the Sky > Limb by Limb > Weekapaug, Julius

Set 2: DWD > Play by Play> Simple > Piper, Miss You, Llama, Meatstick, Rise/Come > Slave

E: Loving Cup

Sunday, June 23, 2019

Phish Merriweather Setlist: MPP 6/23/19 Night 2 Sunday


Phish finished up the two-night stand at Merriweather. It's a Sunday show too and you know the saying. Yadda... yadda... yadda.

Sunday night will be live streamed over at LivePhish. For a fee of course. Or you can ask your friends to hook you up with a dank stream from a hacker in Finland for crypto and heady crystals.

Follow @CoventryMusic for couchtour Twitter static. If you dig sparkly things, visit @CoventryMusic on Instagram for setlist art.

Here's what went down on Sunday at MPP....

Phish MPP - Night 2, 6.23.19 Columbia, Maryland - Merriweather Post Pav

Set 1: Carini > My Soul > Rift, Gumbo, It's Ice > Winterqueen, Yarmouth Road, Shade, Halfway Home > Wedge > Antelope

Set 2: Crosseyed & Painless > Everything's Right > Ruby Waves > Twist > 2001 > Blaze On

E: Maze, Waste  > Sanity, Wilson

Saturday, June 22, 2019

Phish MPP Setlist: 6/22/19 Merriweather, Columbia, MD - Night 1


Phish headed to Maryland for two shows at the newly renovated Merriweather Post Pavilion.

Saturday night will be streamed over at LivePhish. I'm sure you can find a wook-lite stream somewhere.

Follow @CoventryMusic for couchtour Twitter static. If you dig sparkly things, visit @CoventryMusic on Instagram for setlist art.

Here's what you missed on Saturday Night 1 at Merriweather...

Phish MPP, 6.22.19 Merriweather Post Pavilion, Columbia, MD

Set 1: Undermind > Tube, Funky Bitch, Steam > My Sweet One > NICU, Friend, NMINML, The Horse > Silent in the Morning, Bowie, Coil

Set 2: Ghost > Axilla > Set Your Soul Free > What's the Use? > Billy Breathes, Death Don't Hurt Very Long > Backwards Down the Number Line > Hood > Rise/Come Together > Golgi

E: Bug > Zero

Friday, June 21, 2019

Phish Charlotte Setlist: 6/21/19 Charlotte, NC


Phish returned to the CLT for a Friday night throwdown in North Carolina.

This show will be webcast at LivePhish. I'm sure you can find a poors stream somewhere.

Follow @CoventryMusic on Twitter for lot prices and other hijinks.

Here's what went down on Friday...

Phish, 6.21.19 Charlotte, NC

Set 1: Have Mercy, Jibboo, Free, Ginseng Sullivan > Tweezer > Passing Through, Ya Mar, Mercury > Tweezer > S.A.N.T.O.S.

Set 2: Runaway Jim > Scents  & Subtle Sounds > Tweezer > Sand, Lifeboy, A Song I Heard the Ocean Sing, Taste, Twenty Years Later > Possum

E: More > Tweeprise


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Wednesday, June 19, 2019

Phish Setlist: Blossom, OH 6/19/19


Phish went to back to Blossom for another throwdown at one of the cooler venues in the Midwest. The Shakedown at Blossom is one of the craziest on the tour, so you should expect the crowd to be thumping and bumping and Phish feeding off the freaks.

This is not on a live stream, which blows. But you can find a bootleg one somewhere if you look hard enough.

Follow @CoventryMusic for couchtour crapola.

Here's what you missed in Ohio....

Phish, 6.19.19 Blossom, Cuyahoga Falls, OH 

Set 1: Soul Planet, Moma, Kill Devil Falls, Your Pet Cat, Back on the Train, Everything Is Hallow, About to Run, Divided Sky, I Didn't Know, Walls of the Cave

Set 2: Stealing Time from the Faulty Plan, Birds of a Feather, Crazy Sometimes, Miss You, Everything's Right, Chalkdust, Slave

E: Split Open and Melt, A Life Beyond the Dream


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Tuesday, June 18, 2019

Phish Toronto 2019 Setlist: 6/18/19 Canada


Phish returned to Canada to play one show in Toronto before the summer tour returns to the USA tomorrow. For now, it's Canuck Phish.

I'm sure there's a wookly stream out there if you can dig one up.

Follow @CoventryMusic for couchtour Twitter static. If you dig sparkly things, visit @CoventryMusic on Instagram for setlist art.

Here's what you missed on a Tuesday in Toronto...

Phish, 6.18.19 Toronto, Canada

Set 1: AC/DC Bag, 555, Ocelot, Sample in Jar, Stash, Wedge, Frost, Halley's Comet > Ruby Waves, Lawn Boy, YEM

Set 2: Plasma > Final Hurrah, Wingsuit, Golden Age > Page EDM > Caspian > If I Could, 46 Days

E: Drafting While You're Sleeping

Sunday, June 16, 2019

Phish Bonnaroo Setlist: Sunday 6/16/19 - Manchester, TN


Phish closed down Bonnaroo with two sets on Sunday night after a late night mono-set on Friday night.

The Bonnaroo Sunday show will be webcast for free over at LivePhish.

Anyway... follow @CoventryMusic for couchtour Twitter updates. If you dig sparkly things, visit @CoventryMusic on Instagram for setlist art.

And here's what you missed for the BONNAROO 2019 closer...

Phish BONNAROO, 6.16.19 Manchester, TN - Sunday

Set 1: Set Your Soul Free, Blaze On, Death Don't Hurt Very Long, Reba, Free, Sand, Wolfman's Bruh, Cavern

Set 2: Mike's > Fluffhead > Twist > Weekapaug > No Man's Land > Weekapaug > Twist, Fuego > Ghost, Gin

E: Wilson, First Tube

Friday, June 14, 2019

Phish Setlist: Bonnaroo 2019 Friday 6/14/19


Phish returned to Tennessee for two "shows" at 2019 Bonnaroo. The Friday night gig will be a festival set and sorta late show following up after Childish Gambino. Meanwhile, the Sunday gig is a traditional Phish show with two sets.

Sirius XM is broadcasting the Friday set on the new PHISH RADIO station (RIP JamOn). I'm sure you can find alternative means and streams through your heady sources and contacts.

Apparently, the Man is throwing you Phishkids and poors a bone with a free webcast on Sunday night courtesy of LivePhish.

Anyway... follow @CoventryMusic for couchtour Twitter static. If you dig sparkly things, visit @CoventryMusic on Instagram for setlist art.

And here's what you missed on Friday night at BONNAROO 2019...

Phish 2019 BONNAROO, 6.14.19 Manchester, TN - Bonnaroo Festival

Set 1: Carini > DWD > SANTOS, Everything Right, Mercury > Tweezer > 2001 > Steam, Martian Monster, More > Hood, Zero

E: Possum > Tweeprise

Wednesday, June 12, 2019

Phish Setlist: St. Louis, MO 6/12/19 Night 2


Phish returned to St. Louis for the second night of a two-show stint to kick off 2019 summer tour.

Tonight and most of the tour will be streamed on LivePhish. You can find a wook-audio stream from reliable sources.

Follow @CoventryMusic on Twitter for half-baked couchtour updates. Also, check out @CoventryMusic on IG for setlist art.

And here's what you missed on night two of tour...

Phish, 6.12.19 St. Louis, MO, Chaifez Arena

Set 1: Chalkdust, Moma Dance, Waves, Bouncin, Undermind, Heavy Things, Roggae, Come Outlive Our Brains, Funky Bitch, Set Your Soul Free, Antelope

Set 2: Gloria**, Loving Cup > Twist, About to Run*, Mr. Completely > Light > Waste, Suzy

E: Farmhouse, First Tube

NOTES: 
*FTP
** FTP, Laura Brannigan version for St. Louis Blues winning their first Stanley Cup

Tuesday, June 11, 2019

Phish Setlist: St. Louis 6/11/19 - Chaifetz Arena


Phish returns to the road for 2019 summer tour. Tour kicks off with two shows at Chaifetz in St. Louis.

Most of the tour will be streamed on LivePhish. I'm sure  you can find a wook-audio stream from reliable sources.

Follow @CoventryMusic on Twitter for half-baked couchtour updates. Check out @CoventryMusic on IG for setlist art.

Here's what you missed with the summer tour opener...

Phish, 6.11.19 St. Louis, MO, Chaifetz Arena

Set 1:Cool Amber and Mercury, 46 Days, Stash, Nellie Kane, Free, Theme, Tube, Drift While You're Sleeping**

Set 2: No Man's Land >  Gin > Ghost > Piper > Blaze On, Joy > Simple > Limb, Slave

E: Turtle in the Clouds, Zero

** FTP (from Ghost of the Forest)

Saturday, March 09, 2019

Phish Hampton Reunion: Oral History by CoventryMusic


October 2008. London. I worked for this Lithuanian gangster wannabe. After a 15-hour work day, the only open food in our neighborhood at 3am was Subway. I ordered a meatball sub and was so hungry, I tore it open to eat it outside in front of the building where I rented a flat, that was also located next to an after hours club. An old woman wanted to sell me a rose. I told her to ask the guys next to me; one of them was giving the other a blowjob while terrible Eurotrash untz echoed into the street. She noticed they were both men, spit on the ground, and cursed them out in Romanian. I ate a shitty meatball sandwich and all I could think was, "I'm 5,200 miles away from home, I've been on the road for three months, and I could really use a fucking Phish show right now."

Relive the lead up to the Hampton run, the reunion shows, and afterthoughts ten years later. Here's the oral history of Phish's 2009 Hampton Reunion as told by Neillybop, change100, Pauly, Fink, Lori, Javier, and Benjo.



I HEARD THE NEWS TODAY OH BOY MAN GOD SHIT

change100: I was in London covering the 2008 World Series of Poker-Europe, living in a short-term rented flat near the Tottenham Court Road tube station. I had only a couple days left on the assignment and came home exhausted from the casino around 2am to find Pauly buzzing around, saying he had "well-sourced information" that Phish was coming back in March.

Pauly: I was working in London with my girlfriend, I saw an email from an unknown address. It was a tip from a random person who lived in Burlington that a Phish reunion was a go for Hampton. To this day, I'll never reveal my source. But they were close to the band and told me they were big fans of my writing and wanted me to know the dates before anyone else. Hampton, Virginia. March 6, 7, and 8. That was like five plus months away. It's still 2008, I had a European mobile phone but it didn't sent texts to the USA. I shot off an email to all my Phish friends back home.

change100: Pauly was so confident, he had already booked a hotel room in Hampton, VA for the alleged dates. I was like, "Whatever. Do your thing. I'll believe it when there's an official announcement. I'm going to bed." When I woke up at noon the next day, it was official.

Benjo: I remember seeing Pauly in London the day Phish announced the return. Never seen him happier. Made me happy.

Neillybop: I was at work in downtown Denver, Colorado. I heard the rumor but was surprised for sure with the video Phish put together. I was excited but didn't really know if it would be good, or if they would tour or what. I remember I printed out an image from the reunion announcement video and hung it in my cube.

change100: I don't think there was a moment after the official announcement where I thought I wasn't going, but Pauly's foresight in reserving a hotel room in Hampton turned out to be a slick pro move because rooms sold out quickly. It was going to be a hard ticket for sure.



JOURNEY TO THE MOTHERSHIP

Lori: When Hampton, rolled around I was definitely willing to give them another try, but the competition for tickets was fierce. I remember the long drives I made to Hampton to see the Dead in the 80's and basically said, let the real phans have at it.

Neillybop: I wanted to go for sure but tickets sold out instantly. I got a Friday from a friend in Colorado about 10 days before the shows. Then Pauly found me a Saturday and Sunday. I was prepared to fly out with only the Friday ticket and figure out how to get in to the others.

change100: Pauly was already in New York and I flew out there from L.A. a couple days before the shows. We stayed at a hotel on the Upper West Side and saw Kim Kardashian in the elevator in full hair and makeup at 7am the morning we were leaving to get the rental car.

Pauly: I had just moved in with @change100 in LA and then I turned around flew from Los Angeles to New York City, gathered supplies, rented a car, and drove to Hampton. The Mothership is a special venue. The only time I ever saw Jerry Garcia Band was at Hampton in Fall 1993. I caught only Phish show in Hampton before, back in summer of 2004.

change100: I don't remember the drive from NYC to Virginia being as bad as everyone says it is. What I do remember is listening to a lot of Phish bootlegs Pauly had brought along from his archives in the Bronx. I also remember eating at Cracker Barrel. I don't think I'd had Cracker Barrel before that.

Fink: I was living in San Diego at the time. I already had booked a trip and flights to Brazil for Carnival. I wasn't going to cancel my vacation but I was able to switch my return flight to fly through DC on the way back to San Diego. After landing in DC, I went through customs and never showed up for the flight to San Diego and made my way to Hampton. I had no idea if this was legal, if it would get me in trouble at customs or when I flew again back to San Diego but I had to get to Hampton. I was not going to miss this run. Nothing happened but had I been arrested it would've been worth it.



OPENING NIGHT

Pauly: Met up with the Neillybop as soon as the lots opened on show day. He flew in from Denver the night before. He was already in party mode after seeing a Bisco show the previous night.

Neillybop: At NorVa. It was actually one of the best Bisco shows I have been to!

Pauly: We walked around the Mothership like a dozen times it felt like. We were in search for a proper shakedown, but I don't think we found one. We hung out in front of the venue by the weird art exhibit in the fountain. Mingled and waited for the doors to open as the crowd began to grow and grow. Extras were going for $500.

Neillybop: So many people looking for tickets. I spent almost every day trying to help people find tickets... unsuccessfully.

Fink: I have never seen a harder ticket. People were wandering around waving hundreds in the air. Everybody was looking and nobody was holding. My friend Paul said, "My definition of hell would be wandering around outside here with no ticket trying to get in."

Pauly: There's the infamous Joker fiancee story about how he tried to stub in a lady friend from Alaska. The local cops were giving him shit for going into the show without his fiancee. They were making fun of him so much, it was the perfect distraction because they didn't realize he was sneaking her inside.

Fink: I have a vague memory of throwing Neillybop a water bottle with a stub in it over the fence from inside the venue in an attempt to get him into the show.

Pauly: It was a poster tube, not a water bottle. We got in line early. He grabbed a Pollock. He slid his stub inside and then passed the tube over the wall to our friend Daphne, who couldn't find a ticket. He got the cops permission too. He told them he wanted to put the poster in his car.

change100: Until the day I die I will never forget the deafening roar of that crowd as Phish took the stage and the opening notes of Fluffhead rolled out. I've never heard anything like it. People were crying. Screaming. Just losing their minds. A beautiful release.

Neillybop: When I figured out they were playing Fluffhead, initially I couldn't hear it because of the roar of the crowd over the first notes.

Pauly: I couldn't remember the last time I heard it. Kid Rock Vegas shitshow? They shelved Fluffhead in 2.0. It was the only song Phish didn't play at the Millennium show. The thing you kids gotta realize is that the Oxy also made Trey very paranoid and super sensitive about critics hating on the childish lyrics in songs like Fluffhead. Alas, Fluff was in the doghouse for all of 2.0. It slept with the fishes.

change100: I also remember a sense of not fully believing that this was actually happening. I hadn't seen Phish in 9 years. I completely skipped 2.0, lost to climbing the ladder in Hollywood. It took about 3-4 songs for me to get my shit together. And except for a little weed, I was stone sober.

Pauly: I purposely wanted a sober show but the crowd outside was so energetic, it felt like I was schwilly on molly. Pure ecstasy. I've been chasing that high ever since.

Neillybop: The crowd was amped. Everyone was giddy. It was electric.

change100: I was so lucky to be there. So many couldn't be. And at the time I didn't come close to understanding the onslaught of emotions so many fans were feeling.

Pauly: Two hour first set? New song to start second set. Then Phish did the fake YEM start. I couldn't wait to hear it properly.

Neillybop: As far as the band, I wasn't expecting them to play that many songs. Just pretty much play the songs and not that much jamming. I kinda liked it though, to let everyone hear the songs. The jamming wasn't the focus.



NIGHT TWO: RETURN OF THE SATURDAY NIGHT DANCE PARTY

change100: When we got up Saturday morning, the internet in the hotel had slowed to a crawl. Everyone was trying to download the show from the night before. We ended up going to Waffle House where I was reacquainted with the "tour diet".

Pauly: We got onto the floor for the second night. Great spot too in the center near the soundboard.

change100: After spending Friday's show in the seats on Page side, we made a break for the floor on Saturday after waiting in line most of the afternoon.

Pauly: A wookie friend of ours got a little too schwasted in the first set. He kept telling himself "Stay awake! Stay Awake!" He was very tall. A big dude. As tall as a Redwood tree. If he fell, he woulda taken out like four Phishy chicks and two Chads in one swoop.

change100: Saturday second set was when it really started to feel like a Phish show. The nervous energy had worn off for the band and audience alike and we got the first real jamming of 3.0 on Ghost > Piper.

Pauly: I loved the song selection night two. Phish played like 80% of my favorites in one night. I remember walking out totally pumped about the Ghost > Piper > Birds.

change100: Everything before that felt tentative on some level and they kicked the door open a little wider there.



NEVER MISS A SUNDAY SHOW

Pauly: The Joker and I bought matching tracksuits the year before in San Francisco. Change100 bought one too, but a different color. We wore them to Outside Lands, specifically for the Radiohead show. Hipsters, especially SF hipsters, are usually too cool for school to comment on your clothes. But everyone in the crowd went apeshit over the track suits. We brought them to Hampton and waited for the right time to wear them. Sunday seemed appropriate.

change100: One guy from our crew from Colorado could not get a Sunday ticket after exhausting his resources and hunting all day in the lot. So he decided to crash the gate. He manages to get past the turnstiles, and security, and the cops. He runs inside the venue, he even finds a hiding place behind a curtain to avoid pursuit... but while he's hiding, all the nervous energy (and probably all the coke he was doing) catches up to him and he shits his pants. Shits. His. Pants. I don't know how long he hid behind that curtain with shit in his pants, but at some point he ran to the bathroom, threw out his underwear, and raged the show.

Pauly: The third night of a run is when the cracks start to show. A lot of people were out of game shape and it showed. I had back-to-back sober shows, so I was ready to let it rip.

Javier: I drove down from New York City. It was the only show I saw at Hampton of the three. I don't remember much about it other than I was super happy that Phish was back. Oh, and I took Adderall for the first time and it kept me all night.

change100: The Sunday crowd was schwilly, the floor was slick with spilled beer and littered with those tiny bottles of booze you get on an airplane, my knees and back were destroyed after three days of dancing and standing in line.

Pauly: Those were Javier's empty airplane bottles by the way. He had like ten shots of vodka.

Neillybop: Nothing beats the energy of the crowd at Hampton. Pretty much all 3 nights.

Javier: I missed the crowd. Nothing is like a Phish show except a Phish show.

change100: I was waiting, hoping, praying I would get a 2001 and it came on Sunday night. I got my wish. 2001 opened the second set of my first show back in 1996 and when I look back on it, that was pretty much the moment I where I was like HOLY SHIT THIS BAND. And here I was 13 years later, hooked all over again.

Neillybop: Loved the Twist > 2001 > Moma Dance.

Pauly: Going into Sunday I knew they had not played Slave yet. I figured they'd save it for later in the show. When it popped up late in the second set, it really hit me. I never listen to Slave even though it's my favorite song. Music and sense memory is like some black magic sorcery shit. I could not listen to Slave after Coventry because it opens up too many emotions for me.



THE FEELING I FORGOT

Neillybop: I was lapping it up pretty quick. Definitely by the Tweezer of the first night, I was back in the groove.

change100: Lapsed Catholics will get this...you know how it is when you haven't been to mass in YEARS and you still know all the responses? The Kingdom, the power and the glory are yours now and forever? Thanks be to God? May the Lord be with you/And also with you? It's the same thing with Phish songs. Suddenly you know all the lyrics to I Didn't Know even though you haven't hear it played in a decade. You remember the claps in Stash. The call and response in the first verse of Hood. And so does the girl next to you and you smile at each other while you're singing along. It wasn't just that Phish was reunited, the audience was reunited as well.

Pauly: Felt good to not being the biggest freak in the room for the first time in years. I had been living in Vegas for a couple of years, and it truly is a nonstop party, but it's more like a frat party with your cousins from Kenosha. Whereas hardcore partying at a Phish show is its own universe. I missed watching people go deep... into the music... into themselves... into the mind altering drugs. Get their mind scrambled. Some of those fuckers had been holding on to killer L or shrooms for years. Saving the last hit for the right occasion. That perfect time had come and they were ready to let Phish take them on another journey.

Neillybop: The feeling I forgot = the community, the shared experience, everyone being so excited for the music. I didn't get that when Phish wasn't playing.

change100: The feeling I forgot was the joyous, friendly vibe; the sense of community you feel both on lot and inside the venue. At the time, I was working in the poker industry and spending way too much time in casinos. Everyone is trying to survive, find an edge, make a buck, and in the pursuit of that you see a lot of people at their worst moments. Phish is the antithesis of that. Sure, some folks might get too spun or try to talk to you during Tweezer, but for the most part we take good care of our own.

Neillybop: I will always remember the lights and the big balls. The disco lights. And the Tweezer Reprise when the balls dropped is definitely in my Top 10 Phish moments.


Pauly: Night 3 set closer was the first time I heard Slave in a very long time. It all hit me after the "See the zoo" part. Phish returned. I was not going to take this time around for granted.

Lori: I may have shed a tear while reading Twitter comments of the absolute joy that was being felt at the Mothership. I was probably a little jealous of those inside the venue, but also knew I was exactly where I needed to be (couch tour) to begin to understand this band. Somewhere in the course of the Hampton shows, I became a noobie fan. When summer tour was announced, I picked up a SPAC ticket for my first ever show.



CHANGES 2.0 > 3.0

Neillybop: Everyone was a little older and cleaner. Not many wooks at Hampton.

change100: There were a lot of nice cars in the lot. The family car to probable cause vehicle ratio had completely reversed and it's because for the most part, we'd all grown up. The lot kids of the 90s had real jobs now. I was 23 when I saw my last show of 1.0 and 30 at the reunion. I flew out there on frequent flyer miles I'd acquired via ungodly amounts of business travel.

Pauly: It was only five years since Coventry. The average fan looked a lot more straight-laced and everyone raided their closet to wear a Phishead Halloween costume. It was definitely good to see the freaks again, but everyone was still a little rusty. That lyric from Taste seemed to fit: "And leave your new life behind for a while."

change100: A guy pushing a sleeping baby in a stroller offered to sell us molly. It was a pretty good cover for his operation.

Pauly: Yup, 3.0 lot dads. I ain't gonna judge. But overall, fewer dreads and more credit cards.



AFTERTHOUGHTS: TEN YEARS LATER

Fink: Phish has provided so much fun this last decade that the time seems to have legit just flown by.

change100: Speaking strictly from a betting perspective, I didn't think the band's return would last more than a couple years. A lot hinged on Trey staying sober. A lot hinged on the band staying not only in a good creative place, but on good terms with one another. I didn't like those odds but I'm grateful every day they overcame them and continue to do so.

Neillybop: I don't think I thought about it too much. Wouldn't have surprised me either way if they broke up within a decade. Ten years has gone by so fast but my life has changed so much in the past ten years. Phish to me has always been something magic, that I can't control and don't expect or take for granted.

Pauly: By no means was it perfect, but it was a start in a new direction. The hardest step is the first step. That's recovery talk. I'm still stunned how courageous Trey was to pull off what he did. And to think he had to be sober while we were all tripping balls or super schwilly or jacked up on who knows what. He still took the stage at a vulnerable point in his life. Heroic.

Lori: As long as the band members were healthy and having fun and family commitments permitted it, I figured they would be playing in 2019. And I am so glad they still are. I saw my first show at SPAC in 2009. Ten years later, I am nearing my 40th show. I have now seen Phish more than I saw the Grateful Dead with Jerry.

Pauly: This butterfly effect stuff really trips me out sometimes. How everything feels so random but it's somehow connected. But then there's another part of me that sees how crazy the world has gotten and how disconnected people are and then I go to a show and it restores faith in humanity again.

Fink: I was just psyched Phish were back. The present is a gift!

Pauly: Coventry, Vermont were my 150th and 151st shows. I never thought I see another Phish show again. Never. When Jerry Garcia died, it totally crushed me because I was not prepared for it. When Phish broke up after Coventry, it gutted me, but I knew that it was the best thing for all of us. We all had to grow up a lot, go our separate ways and fix up the broken bits of our lives. Hampton though... it sucked me back in. I keep going because you never know if the next show will be your last show.

change100: Prior to the reunion, I was kind of a Phish tour dilettante. I just went to the shows I could while I was at college in the Midwest, which wasn't too hard to do in the late 90s. Ten years later, I have 130-something shows under my belt. I was a Curveball refugee. I've been through some shit with this band, traveled thousands of miles with them, spent tens of thousands of dollars. I've met some of the most outstanding people I'll ever get the privilege to know because of Phish. But I never had that whole world ripped away from me the way it felt for a lot of folks after Coventry. I didn't get it then, but goddamn... I get it now.

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Here's your chance to re-read the original recaps of the 2009 Hampton reunion shows. Check out...
The Return of Phish 3/6/09
Saturday at the Mothership 3/7/09
Blast Off Sunday in Hampton 3/8/09