Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Suwannee Springfest 2009!

Another 4-day festival at Suwannee
spent in the sun, with the wind and the trees...

The walking, the talking, the spreading of love, the ground became soaked with rain from above.

Dirty toes wrapped with duct tape,
don't forget your time at Suwannee is exactly what you make.

Tornado Rider with special fairy guests!

The Gourds

The Duhks

Richie Havens

Donna the Buffalo

The WaCo Ramblers

Another mix I present, from me to you.
What it boils down to is my grass is blue!

1) Golden Apple Dance - Tornado Rider
2) Pill Bug Blues - The Gourds
3) Lied, Lied, Lied - The WaCo Ramblers
4) Down to the River/Jeb's Tune - The Duhks
5) Here Comes the Sun - Richie Havens
6) Kesh Jigs - Scythian
7) Country Gal - The Gourds
8) Paranoidness & Pain - Tornado Rider
9) Movin' On - Donna the Buffalo
10) Shoal River - The WaCo Ramblers
11) Le Meunier Et La Jeune Fille/Les Quatre Fer En l'Air - The Duhks
12) Shove in the Right Direction - David Gans

(Some photos taken by my ladies, Jen and Sabrina!)

The Dead: NYC March 30th 2009

Last Friday I received a tweet and an email announcing three free shows to be played in NYC 03/30/2009 in rather intimate settings . Admission was free and seats were to be awarded by lottery. Each lucky winner would win a ticket for themselves and a named guest. I sent in an entry with BFF Kim as my guest, but was not one of the chosen ones. A dude from Chicago mentioned he won tickets and couldn't go. Duh, dude why did you enter if you couldn't make it on short notice?

Yesterday's first appearance was actually on The View where Warren, Bobby, & Phil played an acoustic Friend of the Devil. I wasn't able to catch it during work but some of the reviews by fans weren't flattering. Apparently they opened the show with Touch of Grey & that song choice was not popular among some of the hard-core old Deadheads. I actually used to refer to the newer Deadheads as Touch of Greyers, for those that got on the bus after 1986 or so. At the end of Friend of the Devil Whoopi gives away the latest Grateful Dead compiliation To Terrapin: Hartford, May 28, 1977 to the audience. Anyone who doesn't want their free copy can send it to me!!!

Here is a short clip of The View performance:

The first event kicked off at 5 PM and featured a short set at the intimate Angel Orensanz Center (200 people). It was all acoustic featuring Bob Weir, Phil Lesh and Warren Haynes only.

Dire Wolf, Bird Song, Cumberland Blues, Pride of Cucamonga, Lazy River Road, Casey Jones
Encore: Ripple

Next it was on to a full-band electric performance (the above trio joined by drummers Bill Kreutzmann and Mickey Hart and Jeff Chimenti on keyboards) at the Blender Theatre at Gramercy (600 people).

Gramercy Setlist:
Jam > Playin' In The Band > Good Lovin' > The Wheel > Franklin's Tower
Encore: Touch Of Grey

The 11 PM finale was at the 2000 capacity Roseland Ballroom, once again featuring a full band electric performance.

Roseland Setlist:
Althea, Cassidy, Uncle John's Band, Eyes Of The World, St. Stephen > Dark Star > Sugar Magnolia, Not Fade Away

click here for an image of the Free the Dead ticket

Althea-Roseland Ballroom 03/30/2009

Eyes of the World Roseland Ballroom 03/30/2009

Cassidy-Roseland Ballroom 03/30/2009

Sugar Magnolia Roseland Ballroom 03/30/2009

I was able to follow along the twitter updates of Jambase, Grateful_dead, The Dead Blog, Relix Magazine and J Hochstat from Hidden Track/Glide Magazine. Not as good as actually being there but it got me excited for my Albany show in a little over two weeks. Several message boards mentioned that those who showed up at the venues ticketless were actually let in.

Click here for Jambase's article, The Dead: 3 Shows, 1 Day, featuring great pictures by Dino Perrucci. Not sure Im crazy about the lights on Phil Lesh's bass. Remember Phil, Lesh is More!!

Click here for Rolling Stone's coverage and here for an unflattering Village Voice blog post and here for Relix's recap.

Live Music Blog Returns!

I'm happy to see that Justin, Whitperson and the crew at LiveMusicBlog are back. Welcome back guys! Im looking forward to some more podcasts and Phish Fridays. check em out!
The Inevitable “We’re Back” Post
"I’ll admit that it was weirdly bittersweet that Phish had announced their return around the same time that the site got put on hold. The band’s was a major reason for me starting the site, so the fact that they returning seemed to fit the fact that I would leave the music blog scene to greener pastures. As much as I loved doing it, I was majorly burnt out and really not taking care of the site in the way it needed to be worked on. So I took the time off and really enjoyed myself quite a bit. And I still went and saw tons of great live music and anxiously awaited the return of Phish earlier this month in Hampton, VA. I wasn’t going to be there physically, but I knew that the internet would allow me to feel somewhat there in spirit. Phish fans have a way of making sure the experience is something that gets transferred into the living room and/or home office."

More Craigslist Red Rocks Ticket Posts

I found these amusing...some may consider these NSFW...my work network does, but I do not.

RR Phish Tickets Available for Willing Ladies - m4w (Your Place)

Looking for a "Phish"ing friend before Red Rocks! - mw4w - 28 (Denver )

Thanks to the folks on the purple bored for linking these up!

Monday, March 30, 2009

PHISH Big Cypress Soundboards

A few Big Cypress SBDs have surfaced. You should check them out:

1. Water In The Sky
2. Che Hun Ta Mo
3. Wolfman's Brother
4. Mike's Song
5. After Midnight
6. Prince Caspian
7. Rock and Roll
8. YEM>
9. Vocal Jam
10. Crosseyed and Painless
11. Inlaw Josie Wales
12. Sand>
13. Quadrophonic Topplings


Thanks to Whitperson for the link!

Fagot Says No! (with video)


(AUSTIN) - A big concert rumored to hit a farm here in central Texas doesn’t appear to be happening after all. Fans of the jam band, Phish, got that notion after a promotional video shot near Georgetown went viral.

The Phish reunion is happening this year, and the frenzy has begun. John Fagot now realizes the frenzy behind Phish after he was answering phone calls from fans wanting to know if the band was going to rock out on his farm.

“I started getting calls from Massachusetts, New York, D.C., Atlanta,” said Fagot.

Fans tracked down the Fagot farm from his promotional video posted on the band’s web site.

City of Georgetown spokesperson Keith Hutchison said the city started receiving calls as well, some saying the town was going to become flooded with 75,000 fans.

The rumors have got so out of hand; Fagot said the band posted a notice on their website saying Phish was not having a concert on his farm.

Phish does go on tour this summer; their first show is at the end of June, in Colorado.

Sunday, March 29, 2009

Kid Dynamite Ticket Trade

My buddy Kid Dynamite is in need of some extras. He has extras himself and is willing to work out a trade. He's not a broker/scalper and a true fan from NYC. I personally vouch for the guy. If you live in NYC, he can meet you.
Kid Dynamite's Extras:
2 tix for Shoreline
4 tix for Darien Lake

Kid Dynamite needs:
6/4 Jones Beach
6/5 Jones Beach
6/6 Mansfield MA aka Great Woods
Shoot us an email if you are interested. (See contact info on the side bar).

Friday, March 27, 2009

Phuck the Jonas Brothers...

My buddy G-Rob said it best, "Phish tickets are way undervalued at $50."

These are tough times, so it would make sense that the scores of unemployed would try to score Phish tickets in hopes of selling them for a profit. Add those people to the mix of high end online broker sites, independent scalpers, and hordes and hordes of Phisheads... what you have is a recipe for hopelessness.

So is it wrong if I try to buy up as many Miley Cyrus and Jonas Brothers tickets as possible? Jack up the prices and sell them to spoiled rotten little shithead kids? And then use the proceeds to buy Phish tickets from the scalpers?

Here's my reasoning, I'm not actually spending my money... but rather, I'd be paying the scalpers with money from parents who are retarded enough to blew big bucks on a ticket to the Virgin Brothers.

Or am I just as horrible as the rest of these vultures by stooping to their level?

Sadly, as much as I have a deep disdain for the Jonas Brothers and Miley Cyrus, I'm not going to shakedown the parents of those fans. Rather, I'm currently in Las Vegas betting significant amounts of money on March Madness games hoping that I can generate enough money for Phish summer tour... and that included gas, hotels, party favors, and cash for tickets.

Mr T Red Rocks Phish Tickets Craigslist Ad

Our good friend Tawny sent this to me, I found it hilarious:

Mr. T says "Got no time for jibber jabber - I need Red Rocks tickets!" - $50 (Denver/NYC)http://denver.craigslist.org/tix/1093517506.html
Reply to: sale-mswve-1093517506@craigslist.org [Errors when replying to ads?]
Date: 2009-03-26, 3:37PM MDT

Hey Sucka! Mr. T here. I pity the fools that try to scalp Phish Red Rocks tickets. Those prices are crazier than Murdoch after a week without his medication! Think T is going to pay those kinds of prices?? No way sucka!
Some scalper in California wanted me to pay $3,000 for his four day pass! Does he think I got all this gold by being a fool? I'd go crush his skull but I ain't getting on no airplane.

When the A-Team takes on a client, do we gouge them? No way sucka! We never ask for much in return. Kind of like the old Phish scene. Reasonable prices, straight up trades and no jibber jabber! But I ain't asking for no free miracle tickets. Mr. T will pay a reasonable price above face and/or trade some Jones Beach, Merriweather, SPAC tickets or gold chains.

Hook the T-man up and he'll return the favor. For example, if you own a family business that is being shaken down by a group of local bad guys - Face, Hannibal, Murdoch and I will straighten those suckas out! We may do a lot of shooting, but dont worry, no one will get hurt. No one ever does. That's right sucka!

Email my friend Steve at - longtimephan@yahoo.com. Thanks sucka!

Hampton, Red Rocks, and how it always works out.

photo: phish.com, Brooklyn 2004

I haven't talked about this as much on this blog as I have to my friends, but in my reality:

Phish always seems to work out for me.

I was lucky enough to go to Hampton through the kindness of 2 friends. My buddy Trey was able to hook me up with a ticket for Friday and Pauly was able to hook me up with 2 Saturdays, just two weeks before the shows. I traded a Sat for a Sun, and the rest is history. It all worked out, and I have no idea how. All I can say is THANK YOU.

There has always been something surrounding Phish, much more than the music. There is some sort of energy with the band- it is easy to feel but hard to describe. There are not many bands I would travel across the country to see- I traveled to see Radiohead 5 times last year, yet I have way more "crazy stories" from Phish Hampton than from all of the Radiohead shows.

If you are reading this post, you probably get what I am saying. What other band have you hiked ____ miles into a muddy festival for? What other band have you driven all night to get to the next show? I could go on and on, but the point is, there isn't one. Phish has something much greater than the sum of its parts. When the four of them get together on stage and we are there to see it, magic happens- and I'm not just talking about the music. The times you spend with your friends at a Phish show will be something you remember for the rest of your life.

It is discouraging to me how so many people trying to buy tickets got shut out of Red Rocks. I personally know over 30 true fans that were denied tickets today and live in the Denver/Boulder area. I think it is total bullshit, as I'm sure you do.

But, I truly believe if you were meant to be there, it works out. If you really want to be there, you will be there. And this is part of what makes these shows and other shows special. If it was easy, somehow it wouldn't be quite as sweet when I see you with a ticket stub in your hand.

So I say to you all: Good luck, and do not lose faith. We may have lost this battle today, but it is far from being over. If you believe that you should be at the show, you will be at the show. Stay positive, and believe. It will work out.

Thursday, March 26, 2009

Phish Red Rocks Ticketbastard Grovel

Some days, you hope you wake up lucky. Today is one of those days.

One scalper wants $2,600 for a four day pass at Red Rocks. Are you shitting me? Does it come with an 8-ball and a limo ride to and from the venue every day?

Man, maybe if John Lennon, Jerry Garcia, and Duane Allman came back to life and played with Keith Moon, then maybe I'd spend $2,600.

Alas, the Phish is a hot ticket. Especially the intimate and spiritual setting in Red Rocks. Almost hotter than Hampton judging on some scum of the earth selling tickets to the highest bidder.

We have become pawns in a battle between the machines and the wookies. The wookies are instinctually hunters and gatherers. They seek out tickets for the lowest denomination possible (free). And the bots? They gobble up tickets faster than you can hit the 'refresh' button on your browser. And the bots' evil overlords sell the tickets to rich yuppie potheads who have no qualms paying $500 to see a chubby guy in a dress play a vacuum solo.

It's a bloody war where nobody wins, except the war profiteers... scalpers and faux fans jacking up the prices. And if you're one of those slimy sleazy fuckers charging 12x face for a Red Rocks ticket... I curse you... and may the lice of a thousand camels infect your pubic hair.

Good luck to all of you true heads out there. You're gonna need it because it's gonna be a bloody battle out there trying to get a ticket.

Pre/Post Red Rocks Camping Party: Phamily Reunion

Our good buddy Fink sent me this info...


It is with great excitement that I am able to announce THE PHAMILY REUNION, an event that we are putting on just outside of Idaho Springs, CO that is taking place July 30th - August 2nd in response to the return of Phish At Red Rocks!

PLEASE VISIT OUR WEBSITE @ http://www.phamilyreunion.com/ for further information and to SIGN UP FOR OUR MAILING LIST.

We have partnered with a 200 acre private Ranch just outside of Idaho Springs, CO in the lush Rocky Mountains of Colorado and we will be offering on site camping with amenities as well as entertainment that will be taking place pre and post Phish each day at the Ranch. Our post Phish entertainment will feature National Touring Bands as well as DJ's who have the potential to play until the sun comes up because THERE IS NO CURFEW ON THE RANCH!

WE ARE ALSO OFFERING TRANSPORTATION TO AND FROM RED ROCKS EACH DAY pre and post show. We will be running buses to Red Rocks from the Ranch throughout the day every day and once the Phish show is over we will have enough buses on site at Red Rocks to get everyone back to the Ranch at the same time and in time for the start of our late night entertainment.

PLEASE VISIT OUR WEBSITE @ http://www.phamilyreunion.com/ for further information and to SIGN UP FOR OUR MAILING LIST.

Entertainment has yet to be announced and tickets have yet to go on sale and that's why I ask you to SIGN UP FOR OUR MAILING LIST on the website in order to be kept up to date.

Thank you to everyone for their help and support,

Duncan Goodman

In case you are wondering...there is not camping at or around Red Rocks. I might check this scene out one night during the run. Good luck to everyone at the Ticketmaster on sale!

Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Phish Wallpaper Gallery

photo credit: Jeff Volckhausen

A big hat tip to our friends over at Jamtopia.com who have compiled a Phish Hampton wallpaper gallery. I personally will be downloading all of these- I have a rotating wallpaper on my Mac. Check it out here.

Legalize It?

Tuesday, March 24, 2009

The Drudgery of Scoring Phish Tickets

The moment that the Phish announced the second leg of their tour, thousands of fans filled out their "mail order" lottery submissions. Back in the day, when I used to see Phish in the 20th century, we had to go to the post office with fistfuls of cash and purchase money orders which we'd stuff into a envelope that I'd draw cool things on the outside like pot leaves or stick figures of Fishman playing the vacuum. I usually had 75-90% of my orders filled that way. And if I didn't I had to call up Ticketbastard in another city to snag tickets or stay up all night and stand in line with other heads at an local outlet.

These days? Any moron with a credit card can get a shot at the lottery. Any moron. And that included the dozens of friends and family and co-workers that you bribed to help get Phish tickets. Is that a "dick thing to do" or are you simply utilizing all potential weapons at your disposal? Buy a ticket and take the ride.

Alas, the day of reckoning is upon us. How many phans will win the lottery by Midnight tonight? How many lucky fuckers will hook up with a golden ticket to Red Rocks?

During the first leg of summer tour, I was virtually shut out. After 151 Phish shows (at the time before the three at Hampton), I managed to score three tickets to Burgettstown. And they were lawn seats too. Once that happened, I knew that I was doomed on this summer tour and had to pray that my friends scooped up extras against the scalpers, brokers, bots, and other miscreants who gobbled up Phish tickets then sold them at 10x face value.

Alas, I'm not keeping my hopes up high... with mail order/lottery and the looming Ticketbastard fiasco which will unfold this weekend.

So, my advice to all Phisheads? Start hording cash to buy extras from faux-fans raping their fellow heads or from nameless faceless dickless brokers who loathe the entire Phis community. If they had an inkling of love, they'd just charge face valueand take the extra bonus karma points that came there way.

FYI... cash or kind trade for your extras!

Photo credit: The Wookie

Saturday, March 21, 2009

Grace Potter Needs a Bass Player

Bryan Dondero is leaving Grace Potter and the Nocturnals. Here's the message that appears on the GPN website....
We want to apologize for the unfortunate cancellation of the trio of shows scheduled for the end of March (Revolution Hall, 8x10, and Mr. Small's). GPN and bassist Bryan Dondero have recently parted ways. Bryan is an important part of the band’s growth over these last five years, and he will be missed and not easily replaced. We thank everyone for understanding and look forward to playing for you this summer.
And here's Bryan's statement that he wrote on his blog...
Why did I leave the band?

The truth is that this was not my judgment entirely, maybe not even at all. But sometimes life throws situations at you where you are forced to do something. In my eyes the only thing worse than making the wrong choice is to not choose at all and then face the consequence of your inaction.

So I chose.

But I’ve realized something very important recently, and that is this: to withdraw is not to quit. I am certain in my choice and certainty breeds belief. What reasons could I list for a decision such as this that would encapsulate why I am leaving the band? How could I sum up five years of experience in an easily digestible statement? I can’t.

To all of the numerous people who have embraced me along the way, thank you. I am forever reverent to you.

To the band, I love you all and will hold all of our memories close to my heart.
Anyway, if you are a bass player in the Burlington, VT area, there's a kick ass band with an open slot.

HT to This Is Somewhere for the abrupt news.

Friday, March 20, 2009

Bisco Inferno - Red Rocks + Fox Theater

The Disco Biscuits are coming back to Colorado May 29 and 30. I'm excited about their first headlining gig at Red Rocks. Obviously all eyes are on Phish later in the summer, but Bisco is one of my favorites right now and I am looking forward to seeing them again. In addition, The Biscuits are bringing the untz untz untz circus the night before to the Fox Theater in Boulder. I have done the small venue > Red Rocks weekend run with STS9 for several years now and it is always a lot of fun. The Red Rocks show is gonna be a full on jamtronica mini-festival, with DJ Z-Trip, Lotus, RJD2, The New Deal, and the Orchard Lounge supporting The Biscuits.

If you are quick, you may be able to get a 2 day pass to The Fox and Red Rocks here. Pre-sale started at 10AM MST.

Whats the big deal about Red Rocks?

Curious about Red Rocks? Check this out...

Thursday, March 19, 2009

New Favorites: Mexican Cousin

Phish performed Mexican Cousin a total of seven times. I was fortunate enough to see four of them... three during the 2.0 era.

I created a mix of every version of Mexican Cousin because it's always been a favorite of mine and because the Joker said it's his new favorite Phish song.
Pauly's Mexican Cousin Mix
1/2/2003 Hampton Coliseum, Hampton, VA
2/18/2003 Pepsi Center , Denver, CO
2/28/2003 Nassau Coliseum, Uniondale, NY
7/12/2003 The Gorge, George, WA
7/26/2003 Lakewood Amphitheatre, Atlanta, GA
8/11/2004 Great Woods, Mansfield, MA
3/7/2009 Hampton Coliseum, Hampton, VA

Click here to download the Mexican Cousin Mix

Trey & Page Discuss Red Rocks


Thanks to MountainLaura for the link.

Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Ticketbastard Glitch?

I got a frantic call from the Joker.

"Dude, I just scored a four day pass to Red Rocks for you and me."


Supposedly, Phish released Red Rocks tickets via Ticketbastard sometime on Wednesday night. Word spread fast among Phisheads and hundreds of phans gobbled up tickets. The Joker scored two. The Wookie scored two. Daphne scored two.

I was told that Panic did this for NYE a few years back in an effort to give their fans a chance to get tickets without having to fight overwhelming odds against scalpers and organized rings of ticket bots.

If that's the case, kudos to Phish for trying to outsmart the scalpers. Those fuckers never saw it coming. And if it was a glitch and Ticketmaster messed up, then it ended up working out because true fans were able to get tickets instead of the scumbags who jack up the prices.

Thanks to the Joker for being on the ball and snatching up tickets. We're goin to see the boys for face value.

Well, part of the Coventry crew is confirmed to be dancing our asses off at Red Rocks. See you there!


7:00PM PT... My buddy JW said that there was an error and Ticketbastard released 3,200 tickets by accident and that Phish's management is livid...

the joker's Update:
12:01 AM 3/19 Thurs: Just got home from the bar, out with friends talking all night about how lucky we are to have Red Rocks tickets...check my TM account and it says the order is canceled. What happens now? Get ready for the TM backlash and shitstorm...

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On Thursday afternoon, Phish released a statement...
A Response To Red Rocks Ticketing

Last night we learned Ticketmaster mistakenly put on sale a substantial number of four-day passes to Phish's concerts this summer at Red Rocks Amphitheater, giving some fans an unfair advantage to purchase tickets ahead of the March 26th publicly announced on sale date. Ticketmaster has fully acknowledged this significant error, and to make sure that all of our fans have the same, fair opportunity to purchase tickets to this event, they have cancelled all of these orders with all charges being refunded.

We are sorry for any inconvenience this may cause our fans. We are in active dialogue with Ticketmaster to push them to address the inconvenience their error has caused.

Phish takes this and all ticketing matters extremely seriously. We will seek assurances this type of error will not happen again in the future. The high demand for the tickets on Phish's return has overwhelmed the prevailing ticketing systems and revealed their flaws. We are putting pressure on the ticketing providers to improve their systems. We are focused on the ticket broker activity in our tickets and the inability of the existing ticket systems to stop this. We are actively seeking options to limit this.

As a reminder, the public on sale date for Red Rocks is Thursday, March 26th at 12:00 Noon Mountain time and additionally Phish's ticket request period will remain open until 11:59PM eastern time this Sunday the 22nd. Please visit http://phish.portals.musictoday.com/ to request tickets.

Thank you for your continued support.

3/19/09 3:30pm EST
From the joker- I just got this in my inbox. $50 ain't bad!

Dear Phish fan:
Unfortunately, the tickets that you ordered from Ticketmaster for performances of Phish scheduled at the Red Rocks Amphitheatre between the dates of July 30th and August 2nd, 2009 were put on sale inadvertently, allowing you to order tickets before they were supposed to have been released for sale to the general public. The sale of these tickets prior to the scheduled onsale date was the result of an inadvertent error on the part of Ticketmaster. While we strive to be perfect, errors do occur, albeit rarely. Per our stated policy and our practice Ticketmaster refunds purchases in such situations and cancels the tickets. In this case, while we asked the credit card companies for an authorization code at order time, we did not and will not charge your card for the purchase price and have canceled your order for tickets.

In addition, we’d like to show our sincere regret for this error by providing you with a gift certificate in the amount of $50.00 that is redeemable for any purchase for tickets to qualifying events on Ticketmaster.com or through our call centers as long as your order was in accordance with our standard order guidelines. You should receive this gift certificate in the next two weeks.

We are sorry that we were not able to provide you with the tickets you ordered and hope that we will have the chance to serve you better in the future. We encourage you to visit Ticketmaster at the scheduled onsale for Phish at Red Rocks currently scheduled for Thursday March 26, 2009 at 12:00 pm MT.

David Butler
Ticketmaster North America

BPC Poster Convention Video

Jeremy Sewell shot this video. Its worth a watch/listen, there is a SICK Tube (from Hampton?) as the soundtrack and great shots of the posters as well as shots of the scene outside the Mothership. Word on the street is that there will be another poster convention in Denver during the Red Rocks shows...

Pt.1 BPC 111 @ Hampton Phish Poster Convention 2009 from Jeremy Sewell on Vimeo.

Tuesday, March 17, 2009

PHISH Summer Tour: Leg 2

See you at Red Rocks, Shoreline and the Gorge!!!

Phish Late Summer 2009
7/30/09 Red Rocks, Morrison, CO
7/31/09 Red Rocks, Morrison, CO
8/1/09 Red Rocks, Morrison, CO
8/2/09 Red Rocks, Morrison, CO
8/5/09 Shoreline Amphitheatre, Mountain View, CA
8/7/09 The Gorge Amphitheatre, George, WA
8/8/09 The Gorge Amphitheatre, George, WA
8/11/09 Toyota Park, Chicago, IL
8/13/09 Darien Lake Performing Arts Center, Darien, NY
8/14/09 Meadows Music Theater, Hartford, CT
8/15/09 Merriweather Post Pavilion, Columbia, MD
8/16/09 Saratoga Performing Arts Center, Saratoga Springs, NY

Phish Red Rocks 1996 News Report:

Phishy Rumors: Fenway Park on June 1st

I have been hearing whispers about Phish at Fenway Park for a couple of weeks. Yes, Dave Matthews plays a two show run on May 29-30 at Fenway Park in Boston and for those two nights, the historic ballpark will be filled with Sox cap wearing frat boys and sizzling hot hippie chicks who shave their pits and wear Victoria Secret thongs. However, the intertubes have been buzzing that the stage will be left up for one more night as Vermont's own Phish will perform at Fenway on May 31st June 1st.

My boy Kid Dynamite keeps texting me... "You heard it here first."

I'd say that the validity of the rumor is a coinflip... 50-50. I only say that for pure selfish reasons... because I'm a Yankees fan and I have to work at the WSOP in Las Vegas on June 1st and I really wish that the boys did not play Fenway since I won't be able to see that epic show.

But, for my friends in New England, I hope that rumor comes true.

Obviously, don't believe anything until you see the announcement on Phish.com.

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Editor's Note:

Kid Dynamite sent me another text as I wrote this post. It said, "I got the tip from inside the Red Sox organization." Hmmm.... that's ups the validity of the rumor to 75%. Unless his "inside man" is Manny Ramirez, which in case it would drop the rumor down to 25%. Then again, if there was any MLB player who would have an 1/8th of nugs in his pocket while playing in the field... it would be Manny. That's why he's in LA. For the buds...

Monday, March 16, 2009

MaxCreek - Revolution Hall, Troy, NY 03/14/09- GET YOUR CREEK ON

I don't know how many Max Creek shows I've actually seen. I do know I have seen them in 5 states: Vermont, New York, Massachusetts, Rhode Island and Connecticut. I may have seen the Creek more times then the Grateful Dead. The late 8O's are a little bit blurry!!!

One of my favorite venues to catch Max Creek were the outdoor shows they played most holiday weekends at Bucksteep Manor in Washington Massachusetts. Lately, I've only been able to catch them at their April shows in Lenox Massachusetts during Creek-End their annual anniversary celebration. Most of the band members have other gigs or day jobs and they don't play nearly as many shows as they did back in the day. One show a month is about average now interspersed between the bandmates other commitments.

When the Dead announced their concert dates in April, I knew there was probably going to be a conflict and I would have to choose which one of my favorite bands I was going to see. Then I looked at the calendar on Max Creek's website and I noticed two things no Creek-End this year (April) and no Camp Creek (July). I wasn't sure if this was deliberate or because Scott would be on the road with KBM. Then up popped a notification on my JamBase radar that the guys would be playing a really local show (for me) in March in Troy. No conflicts with other concerts, or poker!! It doesn't get much better then having one of your favorite bands play about 10 miles from your house!!

BFF Kim and I were joined, by her son and my "nephew", Zackary. He was home from Boston for the weekend. His girlfriend, Sierra stayed home finishing up papers and projects for her last semester at Northeastern University. Zack had not been to a Max Creek show since he was three. He's now 23. I coerced him by stating to Kim, " Doesn't he want to hang out with his cougar, Aunt Lori?" According to Zackary, Creek is "old school". Which I loosely deciphered to mean: "they are a bunch of old farts who wants to see them, certainly not me."

Long gone are my days of head to toe tye-dye or as my dad used to call it my costume. In dad's immortal words. "I can't believe you spent that much time getting dressed up to look that bad". After trying on numerous tops. I decided the only thing that would cover my winter coat was a MuuMuu, ala PHiSH's Jon Fishman. Instead, I opted to go rocker chic in jeans and a Black T-shirt emblazoned with a peace sign.

Opening act was local band Raisinhead. I was interested to see Raisinhead as it included members of two former dead cover bands I used to go see in the 80's: Slipknot and Box of Rain. They played a short opening set that included the Grateful Dead's New Speedway Boogie. As Zack stated, "a little bit to garage bandy". I'm not a music critic, so the best way for me to say it is they never quite let loose and the music felt a little constrained.

Earlier we had chatted up a couple of Revolution Hall regulars, Mike and Tom. They were VIPs. Zack got a couple of free drinks. I got a bunch of glow sticks from Tom. Tom told Zack that he goes to shows every night and then right to his day job as a shrink for little girls. And he does this with little or no sleep by taking the same things he gives the little girls as he popped a pharmie right in front of Zack. Zack thinks its Molly, I said maybe Adderall. By the end of the night i think Zack was right and I was wrong. Tom was dancing up front right at the stage in front of bassist John Rider. During one tune he turned around and grabbed some chick and commenced to make out with her. No idea, if he knew her.

Saturday night the drums were manned by the Gregs's: Vasso and Degugs (DeGuglielmo). Both are the former drummers, although they both still sit in from time to time. Current drummer, Scott Allshouse was away on his day job gig. When keyboardist Mark Mercier came out on stage, Zack asked me who is the white-haired guy and is he playing? Like an Indian Squaw I have to pass down the history of the band verbally to the young one. Fear not, young brave he will tickle those keyboards and you will be impressed that the old dude can rock. Kim looks at me and states: Scotty is so handsome. "I want to run my hands thru his long hair". I look at her, roll my eyes at Zack stating, I hope she doesn't try to lick his arm like she did to Cappy Franti" In reply to Kim "I'm done with the long hair hippie look" (I had a major crush on Scott and Bob Weir in my twenties) "I think Vasso is hot", I reply, "I like guys with short hair". Zack: "the young dude drummer in the Steeler shirt is good who is he. I reply "Vasso". Zack: "I don't see the need for two drummers, they are hitting the snare at the same time'. Me: 'that's good then, they are in sync". (Zack is a drummer himself). Zack: "Scott is really smooth, like Trey". Me smiles and nods all knowing.

There were a bunch of twenty something girls all with black t-shirts on. On the back which I saw first they said Max Creek I SEE YOU. Great I thought friggin groupies. the front said Rana's bachelorette. Cool, a bachelorette party was present. Actually there were a couple of guys there too. One dude with the girls looked like either Russell Brand with neater hair, or a docile better looking Charlie Manson. There was another couple: a barbi-esque short blond and an equally short good looking dude entwined on the dance floor. During the second tune Hard Love. The dude may have actually got hard, blondie unzipped Ken's fly and reached right on in!!! Good golly miss molly!! Not to many Wookies were pleasant probably still recovering from Hampton the prior weekend. Then again Troy is not a Wookie friendly town.

We were treated to the following:

Set 1
She's Here--> Hard Love, Blood Red Roses--> SPACE--> Cocaine Lady--> Mystery Train, Devil's Heart--> I See You

Set 2
Orange Sunshine--> Wild Side--> Said And Done, Althea, Big River, If You Ask Me

Ice Cream Man, Werewolves Of London

Set I was the mellower of the two. Opening with She's Here, they launched into Mark Mercier's blues inspired Hard Love. At the end of the Jam on Hard love the jam seemed to be getting away and a little lost, Scott made a face and he and John and Mark brought it back together. Kim thought Degugs was off a couple times on his drumming. Blood Red Roses featured John Rider on vocals (Zack liked this tune) Things eventually got rocking on Mystery Train (Mark on vocals) They ended the first set with I SEE YOU the song printed on the back of the bachelorette's t-shirts.

Set II opened with one of my favorite Max Creek tunes: Orange Sunshine. Wild Side had a definite island vibe to it. Said & Done followed, and it was about this time Zack and Kim hit the road for their hour drive home. I stayed and was treated to Grateful Dead classic Althea. After Scott said "this next song is a real shit kicker" they launched into the Johnny Cash tune Big River. The second set closed with the up tempo If you Ask me.

The encore featured the debut of Ice Cream Man (Scott Murawski on vocals), an old blues tune written by John Brim that David Lee Roth & Van Halen actually covers. My suggestion to Scott is to update the flavors. Instead of chocolate, vanilla, coffee and fudge swirl. How about, Chocolate, Phish Food, Wavy gravy and One Sweet Whirled? (Ben & Jerry's flavors). Mark then banged out the opening notes of Warren Zevon classic, Werewolves of London. I looked at a fellow Creeker from Vermont and said no Kid Rock Sampling here.. the real McCoy. The guys got silly at the end not only baying at the moon like wolves as usual but a few sheep baas were thrown in for good measure.

All in all a great mix of tunes in a great setting for a show. The only song I wanted to hear but knew it probably wouldn't happen, is Greg Vasso's rocking cover of Sympathy for the Devil. I had never been to Revolution Hall which is in a row of old warehouses/factories and is now largely brew pubs and restaurants. I found the sound better then the Palace in Albany and its a more intimate setting.

For Max Creek on MySpace click here. For the official Max Creek website click here.

Sergio's White Hot Top 5: Jam Band Videos

gotta love Sergio...

The Best of Hampton: Pauly's Picks

I created two Best of Hampton mixes. Part 1 included some of my favorite songs performed during the first set of all three nights, while Part 1 included material from the second set and encore during the three-show run. I picked twenty songs that stood out for me personally during that magical weekend.


Click here to download Pauly's Best of Hampton Part 1 and Part 2.
Best of Hampton Part 1
1. Suzy Greenberg
2. Gumbo
3. Mexican Cousin
4. Sanity
5. My Friend My Friend
6. Maze
7. Tube
8. Cars Trucks Buses
9. Free
10. Frankenstein

Best of Hampton Part 2
1. Tweezer
2. First Tube
3. Rock and Roll
4. Ghost
5. Character Zero
6. Day in the Life
7. Down with Disease
8. 2001
9. MoMA Dance
10. Slave to the Traffic Light
Click here to download Pauly's Best of Hampton Part 1 and Part 2.

Sunday, March 15, 2009

Cheese Reunion?

First... Phish. Then, the Dead. Now, the Cheese is up next.

According to the Rothbury website, they announced their 2009 lineup and String Cheese Incident is listed as one of the headliners.

I'm not a Cheese fan, but there's gotta be a ton of happy Cheese Kids in Colorado right now.

Photo credit: phreak89

Phish Videos: Mike's Song > I Am Hydrogen and Geulah Papyrus

There are some amazing videos popping up on YouTube in HD quality. Check out 2 I noticed this morning:

Mikes > I am Hydrogen

Guelah Papyrus

Saturday, March 14, 2009

Southbound & I Know You Rider Video: Trey & Page with the Allman Brothers

The wook sent us this video of one half of Phish sitting in with the Allman Brothers on Thursday night in NYC for Southbound...

And thanks to BJ Tyler for pointing out I Know You Rider...

Friday, March 13, 2009

Hampton Stories & well... just that.. Stay Clean!

Red Roof Inn Nitrous Mafia Carnage
- pic by skinnybud

PTers are putting together quite a few good stories about the Hampton run. See and contribute to the soon to be 499 thread here.

Phish Videos: 2001 and Tweeprize

I captured a couple of amazing moments this weekend...check out my videos of 2001 and Tweeprize. Lighting director Chris Kuroda shows us why he is the 5th member of the band...

2001 Also Sprach Zarathustra


Thursday, March 12, 2009

Trey & Mike Page to Play with Allman Brothers?

I heard a rumor earlier in the day that Mike and Trey were going to sit in with the Allman Brother Band at tonight's show in New York City. I actually walked passed the Beacon Theatre, where the Allmans were in the middle of their extended March run. I figured that it was just a rumor to sell more tickets.

Later in the afternoon, I heard the same rumor from a couple of other sources but that time Page's name was thrown in, while another involved Fishman.

Who knows for sure... we'll have to wait until show time to find out. If anyone is at the show and is on Twitter... shoot me confirmation to @taopauly.

And yes, a friend of mine offered me a ticket to the show... over a month ago... and I declined because I did not want to spend $90 on a ticket.


Thanks to a few folks who updated me with the rumor confirmation. Trey and Page sat inw ith the ABB (along with Buddy Guy). They played three songs... Southbound with Buddy to close the first set, and they played two songs to open the second set including... I Know You Rider and Liz Reed.

HT has a review of the show.

Phish Videos: Hampton Montage

Here's a complete montage (almost ten minutes worth) that I shot from all three days of Phish in Hampton.

Click here to view more of my Phish Hampton videos.

Wednesday, March 11, 2009

The Making of the Hampton Pollock

I was not fortunate enough to get a Hampton Pollock, but I did get to meet him at the BPC poster convention on 3/7/09. Super nice guy, and an amazing artist. Check out this video of the making of the posters by Jason Kaczorowski.

Phish artist Jim Pollock's Hampton 2009 concert poster from Jason Kaczorowski on Vimeo.

Phish Videos - Frankenstein, Tube, and Sanity (3/8/09 Hampton)

Highlight? Frankenstein with Page on the keytar...




Tuesday, March 10, 2009

WAKE UP AND RAGE makes Gawker!

ScottyB from Hidden Track alerted me that several of Pauly's photos made a Gawker.com article. I'm in the second one, proudly wearing my "WAKE UP AND RAGE!" t-shirt and Colorado hat. Check it out!!!

Phish Videos - Zero, Lawn Boy, Gumbo & Limb by Limb (3/7/09 Hampton)

I shot these videos on Saturday...


Character Zero

Lawn Boy

Limb by Limb (with glowstick war)

Monday, March 09, 2009

Sunday Hampton Pic Dump

Here are some pics that I took on Sunday...

For more Phishy pics, click here to check out my Phish Hampton photo gallery.

Blast Off Sunday in Hampton... Phish 3/8/09

By Pauly
Hampton, VA

By the third day, we had a general idea of what to expect from the Reunion shows... and at the same time, we were overflowing with excitement for the last and final show of the epic weekend at the Mothership. After the first two shows, the Hampton run had already exceeded anything that I witnessed in the Phish 2.0 era including both IT and the Miami run at the end of 2003. I definitely had flashbacks from 1998 when I Phish smoked the hell out of every single venue they played.

Sunday night in Hampton was the gravy. The cherry on top of the sundae. By Midnight Saturday, all of my expectations had been met and I was free rolling the rest of the weekend. I had been relatively sober all weekend... and yet, the music fried my brain. It was much harder for me to write about the shows than I anticipated. I'm still digesting.

I woke up Sunday to a typical scene on Phish tour... bodies sprawled out on the floor of my hotel roo... and people jumping into the shower/bathroom in shifts. While the crew got ready, Nicky and I went to Waffle House across the street. In four days, I ate a total of four sitdown meals... all at Waffle House.

According to one waitress, "The Phish brought in $5 million to local economy. Plus all the court fees from the people thrown in jail!"

They were swamped that weekend but happy for the influx of people with money. I heard a lot of that from the locals. At this point in the economy, everyone needs cash.

When I woke up, three of the five of us had tickets. By the time we left, we had four tickets... and scored a ticket in the lobby of out hotel. And by the time the first set started... Daryl had scored a ticket and got into the show.

We arrived at the lots exactly at 2pm and hung out for several hours. During the first two days we spent most of our time waiting in line as early as 2:30... which we realized was a futile effort... so we chilled out in the Hampton lot near the model homes in the back. Drank. Smoked. Ate. Mingled with other heads including a couple of cool guys from Cape Cod.

The Joker picked up a ton of t-shirts and stickers in Shakedown street, while it seemed as though everyone was looking for a ticket but not one person was selling for anything less than $500.

One guy pushing a stroller offered to sell me both molly or doses. His kid was fast asleep and I wasn't going to judge the guy at all. I mean, he had an excellent cover. How many tour dads would be slinging doses in the lot? But shit, times are tough these days. Phish tour gave everyone the opportunity to earn income in creative and non-conventional ways.

The Joker and I made a list of the songs that we thought they'd play on Sunday night. There were obvious ones such as Slave and Wilson but we wondered about the random bustouts. The one thing I noticed was not what Phish played... but what they didn't play... specifically Sand and 46 Days... which were in heavy rotation for any given Trey Band show over the last few years.

While we stood in line to get inside, a drug dog in front of the coliseum was going nuts as its trainer held the dog back on the leash. God knows how much stuff it was smelling. Sensory overload.
The Phish 3.8.09 Hampton Coliseum, Hampton, VA

Set I: Sanity, Wilson, Foam, Bathtub Gin, Undermind, AC/DC Bag, My Friend My Friend, Scent of a Mule, All of These Dreams, Maze, She Thinks I Still Care, Army of One, Tube, Cars Trucks Buses, Free, Frankenstein

Set II: Down with Disease > Seven Below, Horse > Silent, Twist > 2001 > MoMA Dance, While My Guitar Gently Weeps, Velvet Sea, Slave

Encore: Happy Birthday to Fishman's Dad, Contact, Bug > Tweezer Reprise
We had the same spot on the floor as the night... with the same crew... including the South African guys and the Colorado crew. Of course, the Wookie was back and he promised us that he'd be in more control.

My buddies Jay and Josh arrived for their one show. Not everyone was fortunate enough to go to all three nights, so at any given time, someone around you could not contain their exuberance since it was their first chance to see Phish.

First set kicked off with a very-personal story from Trey in the form of Sanity... where he lost his mind a couple of times. I know the feeling. There was a big balloon at the back of the coliseum that was released at the end of the Sanity... before they launched into Wilson!. I missed winning the opener bet by one song. I wagered heavily on Wilson to open the third show.

Yes, Wilson was another high energy crowd pleaser. We had a lot of that over the weekend... moments when the crowd went berserk to hear their favorite song for the first time in 5 years. Bathtub Gin was another example of that insanity and mayhem and jubilation in the first set.

The first curveball of the night included Undermind... which started off a little sloppy and tightened up by the time they completed the debut of the title track from the last Phish album.

My favorite bit of the first half of set one included AC/DC Bag and My Friend. Light and fluffy contrasted with dark and deviant. Phish always had those moments where they could take you far down the rabbit hole. They never went too far off the deep end in Hampton, but we caught a glimpse with My Friend. I got chills when they did the psychotic laughing part at the end.

I wrote a big checkmark next to Maze. That was one of the highest energy peaks of the weekend. Listen and decide for yourself.

The first set had plenty of peaks with a couple of stagnant points such as All of These Dreams and the county song cover followed up by Army of One. Technically speaking, all three songs were executed well... but the energy level on the floor retreated a bit during those songs. It perked right back up during Tube and didn't stop for the remainder of the first set.

The last four songs of the set were among my favorite batches during the weekend... Tube, Cars Trucks Buses, Free and Frankenstein. I'm going to be playing those songs to death on my iPod over the next few weeks.

If I had to give an MVP for the weekend? Page. Our favorite balding piano player absolutely crushed all three nights. Ma, I really missed Page. The last bit of set one was a perfect example of his exquisite playing.

Page stepped out from behind his piano and keyboards and played a hand-held keyboard during Frankenstein as he joined Trey at center stage. The boys smoked the shit out of that cover and ended another powerful first set.

Page during Frankenstein

As expected, Down with Disease opened set two. Tight. Nice improvisation in the jams. Not too dark... but I definitely fell for a 2001 tease. Alas, I was wrong and the bows drifted off into Seven Below. The Joker called that tune.

The Wookie went down hard. When I saw him at setbreak, he looked fine but I guess something kicked in and kicked his ass because he fell to the floor. He's so big that it took three security guards to haul him off the floor. Luckily, he was OK.

I saw a lot of that on Sunday. A bevy of wasted souls. Lack of sleep. Last night to do all your drugs. Sloppiness all around. People seemed in much more control on Friday compared to the sheer lunacy of Sunday.

The second set picked up with an infusion of funk shortly after Twist when they finally launched into a long-awaited 2001. Ass shaking mayhem. Everyone on the floor got down and dirty. And Phish didn't kill the buzz with a cheesy tune and kept up the high energy with MoMA Dance. That one-two punch was the highlight of the set... of the show... and of the weekend. I'll be re-living those fifteen minutes of that night in Hampton for the next fifteen years.

And Phish did not let up with a cover of While My Guitar Gently Weeps. Over the entire weekend, they consistently nailed all of their most popular covers (Loving Cup, Day in the Life, Rock & Roll, Frankenstein...), and they continued that trend with WMGGW.

I didn't pee during Velvet Sea. Page made up for his teary-eyed performance at Coventry. The Joker was ready to leave and he turned around when he heard the first notes to Slave to the Traffic Light.

Slave is my favorite Phish song. Nothing is more special in life when you go see a band and they play your favorite song. Out of all of the disastrous performances of songs at Coventry... Slave was one of the few that they boys didn't completely butcher. However, I only listened to that version two or three times since Phish broke up. And I pretty much stopped listening to other versions of Slave since then. Maybe ten or twelve times total in five years? Can you do that? Only listen to your all time favorite song on an average of twice a year? Well, that's what happened. It hurt too much to listen to any version knowing that Phish was toast...

... until they magically sprang back to life. Fitting way to quell my inner demons when Phish ended the set with my favorite song. I'm glad they made me wait so long. Completely worth the effort.... which included everything that I endured over the last five years specifically the obstacles that I had to overcome to pull off the Hampton weekend.

I had a bet in that the encore would be... Frankenstein > Contact > Tweezer Reprise. Almost. They threw Bug in the middle of Contact and Tweprise.

As expected, all of the balloons fell to the crowd during Tweprise. As they played the last thirty seconds of the song.... all I could think about was that the Hampton performances were what I had hoped Coventry would have been. Alas, what happened... happened. But the boys returned to the stage with a powerful statement and message. They're back and focused on playing to the best of their abilities. That's why I used to follow Phish around all over the planet. I hope that they continue to keep up the pace, energy, and diligence. Because if they do... then you're not going to want to miss a single show from summer tour.

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Check out the other reunion shows recaps I wrote... 3/6/09 and 3/7/09.
Here are links to the Hampton Setlists: 3/6 and 3/7 and 3/8.

The Joker and I recorded a couple of quickie podcasts from the Mothership.

I also posted a  Hampton Reunion Photo Gallery.

Hampton Montage
Hood and Bouncin
Lawn Boy and Gumbo
2001 and Tweeprise

Here's a Hampton Reunion montage video I shot...

Phish Setlist 3/8/09 Hampton, VA - Saturday

The Phish 3.8.09 Hampton Coliseum, Hampton, VA

Set I: Sanity, Wilson, Foam, Bathtub Gin, Undermind, AC/DC Bag, My Friend My Friend, Scent of a Mule, All of These Dreams, Maze, She Thinks I Still Care, Army of One, Tube, Cars Trucks Buses, Free, Frankenstein

Set II: Down with Disease > Seven Below, Horse > Silent, Twist > 2001 > MoMA Dance, While My Guitar Gently Weeps, Velvet Sea, Slave

Encore: Happy Birthday to Fishman's Dad, Contact, Bug > Tweezer Reprise

Sunday, March 08, 2009

Sunday PHISH Hampton Live blog

6:00 doors are about to open but today we are at the back of the line, conserving our energy. I've been having an awesome time walking though the lots. Bought a couple of t-shirts and stickers, and played some phish songs on guitar.

Tonight I am going all in. Pauly, nicky and I are wearing the track suits, and I'm going to dance like this is my last day on earth. This is my favorite band, they are playing their hearts out, and I'm gonna give them everything i have tonight.

To make it even more fun for those following along, I'm listing my top 4 picks tonight...these are the songs that I will go apeshit for and I'm also calling the"take a dippy song". The list;

Down w disease
Golgi apparatus

I'm expecting at leat 3 of these... Can't wait.

7:30 darly still does not have a ticket and is in the lot. I went up to the smoking section and put my ticket in a water bottle, threw it about 40 feet over a gate and into the lot. Darly got the ticket, we will see if he is able to get in w a scanned ticket...it got a little wet in the transition, but we are hoping that will work in his favor.

7:45 daphne and darly got in!!! Fkna

7:46 the crowd has done the wave several times around the arena.

Someone has brought a life size cardboard cut out of barack obama... He is in the crowd right in front of the stage.

Sunday=funday. Never miss a sunday show.

hampton phish night 3 sunday setlist
Set -i
Sanity (wow)>
Bathtub gin
Ac/dc bag
My friend my friend
Scent of a mule(amazing solo on piano by page!!!)
All of these dreams
Just because? (Mike country song)
Unsure of title(Page song)
Cars trucks buses>
Frankenstein (w page on guitakeybord!!! Fucking sick!!!)

What's left to play? How they gonna fit it in??? Excited. I feel great. Met scottyb from hidden track, my favorite and the best music blog at setbreak. http://glidemagazine.com/hiddentrack
Set II
Down w disease!!!
(Big dwd jam)>(bwh2o is down! Wookie down! Abother brah is lost. He's gonna be ok.)
Seven below
The horse>
Silent in the morning
Moma dance (I'm so happy right now!)
While my guitar gently weeps
Velvet sea
Slave to the Traffic Light

E: Contact
Tweezer Reprise

Each show this weekend was special, they all had their moments...but its hard to beat a set with DWD, twist>2001>moma dance. Sick playing once again tonight.


Pollock signature with Trey style misspelling


Coventry poster by Tripp

Saturday at the Mothership... Phish 3/7/09 Hampton, VA

By Pauly
Hampton, VA

Daphne seeks an extra in front of the Mothership
Pressed on time and there's a lack of consistent internet connection, so I'll be brief and to the point. (Also sorry about the lack of videos - I'll have to post them en masse when I return to NYC).

The second night of Phish in Hampton? Phenomenal. After sticking to the script for their first night back, the boys from Vermont loosened up and extended their jams a bit. They played a slightly shorter show and much like the night before, they nailed all of their classic tunes, but they also let it rip a few times particularly during a mind-blowing Ghost > Piper > Birds of a Feather and Mike's Song > Hydrogen > Weekapaug Groove.

We had a similar start to Saturday... Waffle House for breakfast with dozens of Phisheads... then to the Food Lion for supplies. Nicky made sandwiches for the wait in line. Clutch move. I also got in my prop bets with G-Rob. High stakes gambling on Phish songs. Utter degeneracy.

The Joker and Daphne headed to the poster show while Nicky and I arrived at the lot at 2:15-2:30. We hung out in the lot for a bit before we stood in the line to get in. Met a cool guy named Jack from North Carolina (who now lives in LA) and we hung out for 2.5 hours with his boys discussion how the Dead achieved perfection in 1977 while the Phish did the same thing twenty years later. The crowd gathered and flocked while thousands of ticketless freaks wandered around in search for a golden ticket. The security guards did their best efforts to keep everyone in line before everything broke down and thousands of people surged towards the entrance around 5pm. At least the clusterfuck was slightly better than Friday's show.

We rushed into to the floor (center court Page side) with a group of 8-12 of us... mostly from Colorado and the South African crew. Even the Wookie was hanging out with us... the Joker knew him from the 303 area code.
Phish 3.7.09 Hampton Coliseum, Hampton, VA

Set I: Back On The Train, Runaway Jim, Brian & Robert, Split Open and Melt, Heavy Things, Punch You in the Eye, Gumbo, Reba, Mexican Cousin, Ice, Halley's Comet, Beauty of a Broken Heart*, Guelah Papyrus, Lawn Boy, Antelope

Set II: Rock and Roll, Limb by Limb, Ghost > Piper > Birds of a Feather**, Wolfman's Brother, Prince Caspian, Mike's Song > Hydrogen > Weekapaug Groove, Character Zero

Encore: Day in the Life
The boys took the stage at 7:50pm. Page and Trey fed off each other a lot in the first set. Lots of communication between the two... musically and non-verbal. Lots of smiles. Helluva way to kick off the first set. Trey took off the training wheels during Jim.

We thought we were going to lose the Wookie. He was pretty faded on a multitude of things. The Joker described it a an "everything bagel" and during Melt we thought that the Wookie was going to come crashing down. A waterfall of sweat cascaded down his locks and beard. He stumbled so much that he looked like a giant redwood ready to topple and smash anything in its path.

Melt fried my brain and I dug the freaky UFO lights. The Joker bought a couple of Pollack posters before the show and he was using the brown tube to play air guitar for most of the night.

A personal highlight from the first set included Gumbo... mainly because I desperately wanted to hear it. Glad that the boys brought it back.

Everyone around me seemed perplexed and pissed about Mexican Cousin, but I didn't mind it one bit. Phish converted the Joker who was previously a Mexican Cousin hater. I think that' just because he's from Texas.

I was impressed with the new song Beauty of a Broken Heart, the best tune from Page's solo album. The jam at the end was delicious. I could really get into that song more so than Backwards.

Mike stepped it up for Ice and they went off the deep end for a few minutes. I thought that Phish were going to segue into 2001, alas, that was wishful thinking and just a dark and spacey jam (one of the first of the run) that went back into Ice.

Nice to see Page croon the crowd with Lawn Boy. The pretty sparkly lights returned. The crowd went apeshit to the tits during Antelope and the entire room peaked out energy wise during the "high gear of your soul" section. Sizzling way to end the 1 hour and 50 minute set.

The floor was disgusting and slippery with spilled beer but I was so tired that I saw down anyway during setbreak. After almost two hours, my body was pummeled with musical goodiness. Although I was sober (and yes, it's my version of a sober show... just herb and a half of a generic vicodin - only to ease the stiffness in my thirty-something year old back), the grind of the back-to-back shows took a toll. The music was overwhelming at times and I needed to collect my space before the second set.

At that point, the Wookie sobered up substantially. He told me that he knew what was going on and he kept trying to stay focused and not pass out.

"Stay awake!" was what the Wookie routinely told himself during his peak fuckedupness. "Stay on your toes or you'll wake up in the hospital!"

That's mind over matter. The Wookie avoided the hospital and lived to see the second set.

Rock and Roll is one of my favorite Velvet Underground songs and I always welcomed Phish's version with Page in lead vocals. There was a mini-glow stick war during Limb by Limb and I'll post the video shortly.

The highlight of the run so far had to be the 25 minute stretch that included a sizzling and smoking Ghost > Piper > Birds of a Feather. That's why I drop everything in my life to go see Phish. The melt your face Ghost jam might have been the actually overall highlight of the weekend.

Of course, they followed that sandwich up with a crowd pleasing Wolfman's Brother before they were ready to launch the Mothership into the cosmos with a highly anticipated Mike's Song > Hydrogen > Weekapaug Groove. I also shot some great video of Character Zero It will be worth the wait.

Phish nailed the Beatles' cover of Day in the Life and I was surprised that they walked off the stage. Short and sweet. They know the first rule of show business... leave the fans wanting more. And the bastards did just that...

... I have a ticket to Sunday's show and I can't wait. It's the cherry on top of the massive hot fudge Sundae that I have been feasting on with my friends the last 48 hours. We have been waiting a long time for a savory treat like Phish. They might be the phinest in the nation.

FYI... I added more Phishy pics to my Flickr Hampton gallery.