Friday, July 31, 2015

Phish Setlist and Recap: Lakewood 7/31/15 Atlanta, GA; Phish Destroys Atlanta

Phish returned to Georgia for two shows at the Lakewood Ampitheatre just on the outskirts of Atlanta. Friday night kicked off the first show of a southern swing.

Here's what you missed...
Phish, 7.31.15 Atlanta, GA - Lakewood

Set 1: Caspian, No Man's Land > Ghost, Wedge, Moma Dance, How Many People Are You?, Rift, Mike's > Hydrogen > Weekapaug

Set 2: Kill Devil Falls > Martian Monster > Twist > Back on the Train > Reba, GIN

E: Farmhouse, ZERO
By @neillybop

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Quickie Couch Tour Recap: Phish Destroys Hotlanta
by @taopauly

I lived in Atlanta for four years during college and can attest to the mid-summer debilitating heat. They called the town HOTLANTA for a reason. With the exception of NYC and the Gorge, I never saw more shows in any single city than Atlanta (including the Alpharetta burbs), which had become the epicenter of Phish in the South. For some unknown reason, Phish always brought the heat to Hotlanta. Alas, this weekend was due for a scorcher... At 7:41pm lights went down with Caspian opener. Rare appearance in the one hole. Hey who woulda thought the night they open with Caspian would be a "sick" show, eh? At least we got Prince Fuckah-pants out of the way... Another appearance for No Man's Land. The band obviously digs playing it (third time in seven shows). "I like this," said G-Rob who is always reticent of new material... Ready to get spooked? First set Ghost. Daylight poltergeists in the 404. Initially seemed like a waste so early in the show, but it had the terrifying bite of a second-set Ghost. Early highlight and probably the highwater mark of the opening set... The Wedge flexed its muscles in rare clean-up spot... Moma Dance, usually the second song and instant key bump to keep the early excitement moving along, popped up little later in the set. Ghost/Moma in the same first set? Felt like 1998 all over again. Last time it happened was Shoreline 98 (thanks @dianna_2ns for intel)... How Many People Are You sounded better the second time around. The title reminds me of that hopelessly lost/confused girl you know who constantly changes up their persona every few months... Doctor Scotch was bummed he didn't get Rift in Texas... Mike's Song came out of nowhere (with a monstrous Melt looming). Weird but goofy intro messing around with different tempos. Mike's was definitely its own eccentric animal tonight, like a vodka-drunk whale copulating with a kangaroo on mescaline. Last time Ghost/Mike's in the same first set? The night they opened with 1999 on NYE 98 MSG (thanks @GuyForgetOPT for the intel)... Hey, and they even snuck in Hydrogen... Dank Weekapaug as per usual. Little extra hot sauce on it... Set two opener was Kill Devil Falls and it was a doozy. Digging non-traditional set 2 openers this tour (KDF, Blaze, No Man, Ocean, and even 46 Days). KDF clocked in over 23 minutes (longest in history) and it got spacey real quick. Turbo rocket booster + hyperspace. Wildo described it as "Dead-like." Not even ten minutes into the second set, the Twitterverse dubbed it "Jam of the Night." Contained some serious tunnel-digging grooves. John Holmes deep-dicking... The deep space exploration continued with Martian Monster. Plenty of hijinks with some instrument swapping -- Trey first gave Page a reach around on keys, then he hopped on drums with Gordo while Fish took over bass, then Gordo went on Trey's KOA, and lonely Page noodled around with himself... Twist got spacey fairly quickly but melted away. Seemed like Trey didn't want stuff to get too dark or derivative... Pulled out of the dive for a quickie with Back on the Train. Southern Fried Funk.... Love those second set Rebas, just like @lvnphish said on the stream... No whistling in Reba because they saved it for the intro to Gin... Didn't waste anytime before the Gin jam went sideways and upside down... Another night with a 6-song second set, which is indicative of oodles of jamming and the squelching of ADD Trey... Two-song encore with Farmhouse and Character Zero. The mellow Farmhouse was a set-up for the instant-dynamite with Zero... Strange song placements in the first set but well-executed (single lowlight was the Gordo tune). Atlanta was probably the strongest opening frame all summer (up there with Grand Prairie) anchored by Ghost, meanwhile the second set was mostly killer/no filler from the get go. You can make a solid argument about the cheesed-out (Farmhouse) and vanilla encore (Zero), but I'll gladly take it considering how many times I wandered out of a how with blueballs after Phish smoked the shit out of a joint only to cap off the evening with a weaksauce single snoozer (I'm looking at you Show of Life or Velvet Cheese) of an encore...  Phish destroyed Atlanta according to Anderson Cooper, but I wouldn't trust his journalistic merits tonight; heard he was doing dippies all night with Phishy chicks in sequins sparkly dresses... One down in Atlanta, one more to go.

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Recaps: Bend - Shoreline/LA - Austin - Grand Prairie
Setlists: ALL Summer 2015
Credits Mashups Art: @neillybop and @change100

Phish Official Video: Kill Devil Falls > Hotlanta Jam - 7.31.15

The longest Kill Devil Falls on record included a sensational jam that everyone is still taking about...

Recap: Atlanta 7.31.15
Setlists: ALL Summer 2015

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Phish Setlist and Recap: 7/29/15 Grand Prairie, TX (Dallas)

Phish invaded Texas for the second show in two nights. The circus migrated north to the Dallas suburbs. After a sweltering hot night in Austin (link: ATX setlist-recap), the party migrated indoors for an intimate theatre setting.

Follow @CoventryMusic for any updates and the Joker (@neillybop) will also be at the show. We're also on Instagram as CoventryMusic.

FYI... tonight's show will be webcast over at LivePhish. Ticket time is 7:30 CT, so we're anticipating an 8:10 CT start time.

So here's what you missed on Wednesday night...
Phish, 7.29.15 Verizon Theatre, Grand Prairie, TX

Set 1: Tube, Guleah Papyrus, PYITE, Steam, Poor Heart, NICU, I Didn't Know, Stealing Time from the Faulty Plan, Divided Sky, COIL

Set 2: Chalkdust > Simple > Silent in the Morning, The Line > Birds, Fuego > Julius, HOOD

E: The Connection, First Tube

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Quickie Couch Tour Recap: Phish's Nuclear Rebound in Grand Prairie, TX
By @taopauly

Thrilled to see Phish go nuclear with devastating scorched Earth tactics. That's how you rebound from an off night. The boys from Vermont seriously hightailed it out of Austin after that sub-par gig. Shit happens, but it's how you respond to adversity that defines you as a band. Phish raced up I-35 to the Dallas suburbs and avenged their previous night's turd of a show with a classic heater... The Joker said it 104 degrees. Holy shitballs. Thank God the venue was indoors or Fishman woulda had a stroke... Intimate venue approximate 6.5K capacity. One of the smallest indoor shows in 3.0... Lights went down at  8:15 local time. Trey returned to the KOA after a meh Austin show with his GD50 axe. Musicians are a superstitious brood... Tube opener for Harris? I set O/U at 4:20 and the under barely hit... Guleah Papyrus for Doctor Scotch who had been chasing it a while. He only sees like 5-6 shows a year, so it's tough to catch it since it only gets played like once a year... PYITE. Another "dancing" song. Thought I heard Trey tease a lick before they kicked off Tube... Steam first "modern" song of  set after four early 90s tunes... Poor Heart nod to those country Phish roots... NICU been on the bench considering it's summer tour. Always thrilled to get it back into the mix... I Didn't Know Stage Banter: Trey said he was born 20 minutes away in Fort Worth. Fishman was the best man at Trey's wedding. Gordo still bitter... Stealing Time was high-energy, but felt like the only filler in this upbeat set... Divided Sky indoor versions highly underrated... Squirming Coil set closer. Page thanked everyone and walked off stage at 9:32pm... Another quickie setbreak, this one was barely 30 minutes... Chalkdust opener. Would it be short and sweet, or deep and dark? Went deep. Blissful cosmo explorations before we got an abrupt Trey ripcord... Simple from Bend might have been my favorite jam of the summer thus far. Already a highwater mark had been set. Texas Simple was chugging along when Trey insert the riffs to Silent in the Morning. The rest of the band tried to ignore him before they finally gave in. Trippy Silent... Trey's voice sounded a little scratchy on The Line. Rowdy applause when it ended. DoctorScotch and the Joker both headed to the bathroom. They dubbed it "The Bathroom Line"... Birds liftoff got everyone back to grooving after a lull to end the 3rd quarter. At the end of Birds, someone tossed Trey a shirt with "They Attack" on the front... Fuego time. Odd that the first set did not have a single Fuego tune... Julius is like your coke dealer; you never call him to hang out but you're fucking excited when he shows up at your front door... Hood, high-energy but little sloppy. Hey, that's how I like my Hoods. Trey was in full-blown porn-wank mode, but Page was also tearing it up. Strong and solid 4th quarter. Hood ended the set... I  always wanted to hear more of The Connection (caught the first two Connections at Deer Creek 09 and Miami 09), but it's a perfect summer first set song when the sun is about to go down. I totally understand the frustration from friends at the show hoping for a kick-ass cover or something with a little more gusto. Luckily Connection did not have to anchor the encore... Double dip with First Tube as the second encore tune. Yeah, you didn't think they'd end a good show on a rarely played 2.0 deep cut that they never played in 2.0? Full-blown Trey wankage as per usual... Within context of the sluggish Austin show, Phish bounced back with a sizzler... Both shows in Texas dunzo. Summer tour is six shows old and looks like California got the best two shows thus far. The circus migrates through the dirty South. Next stop, Atlanta.

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Credits: Official poster by Ken Taylor; Setlist mashup by @neillybop and @change100

Links: Summer 2015 Setlists - Bend Recap - Shoreline/LA Recap - Austin Recap

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Phish Setlist and Recap: Austin, Texas 7/28/15

Setlist art mashup by @neillybop and @change100

Phish returned to Texas for only the second time in the 3.0 era. The circus touched down at Austin360 Amphitheater for a show in the sizzling Texas sun.

Follow @CoventryMusic for any updates. The Joker (@neillybop) and @BTreotch will be at the show.

FYI... Austin (and Dallas) will be webcast over at LivePhish.

So here's what you missed....
Phish, 7.28.15 Austin360, Austin, TX

Set 1: Party Time, FREE, Halley's Comet, Wolfman's Brah, Possum, Lawn Boy, Bouncin**, Water in the Sky, Dirt, Devotion to a Dream, Sugar Shack, ANTELOPE

Set 2: 46 Days* > PIPER > Ghost > Shade > Gotta Jibboo > Waiting All Night, Blaze On,Velvet Sea, BOWIE, Suzy > Tweezer Reprise

E: Loving Cup

* The DOGS tease
** Pauly Takes A Piss Song
Official poster by Conor Nolan
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Austin Quickie Couch Tour Recap
by @taopauly

The Joker, Ramble On Rose, Btreotch, Firbeall, Dr. Scotch, and the rest of the gang went to the show. They were all raging the pit. I was back in California rocking it out on Couch Tour.... It was hot as fuck all show in the high 90s. The sweltering sweaty temps cast a weird vibe on the entire show... Lights went down at 8:34pm CT with a Party Time opener and Page was standing up by 8:36pm. I heard that Fishman was in rare rock star party mode late last night with the Touch Pants crew. As a result, we had a HUNGOVER FISHMAN SHOW! It's been a while. Always an adventure... Free in second spot. Trey noticeably using his Dead50 guitar. Slightly different tone than the West Coast gigs... Halley's Comet in three hole. Set the over/under line at 6:10. I feel like the under came in even though the tracklisting is longer... Wolfman's Brah batting cleanup. Jam never quite achieved liftoff before they gently eased off pedal. Sluggish start on a heavy hitter. Heat zapped the crowd, or the band feeding off a zapped crowd?... Trey mentioned he was born in Texas. Page joked, "It's a homecoming for Trey... coming back to Texas!"... Possum was the early standout of the first set... Leo crooning to the hipster biddies and Phishy chicks with Lawn Boy. Serious enough the National Weather Center issued a Wet Deck Alert for the greater Austin area... Bouncin' is a "Pauly Takes A Piss Song" even on couch tour. Even had a batch of garage-days feedback... Pro Tip: Phishy chicks fucking LOVE Water in the Sky. Put it on your mixes. Play it on your tinder dates. Hand jobs kangfirmed... Never ever go into a show expecting to hear Dirt, but I'd love to hear it at every show. Total "bustout" too. Got benched all last season... Devotion to a Dream secretly dedicated to Alex Jones and the New World Order...  I dig the Calypso vibe to Sugar Shack, yet the song is a harbinger of doom. It always pops up in a totally trainwreck of a set. Fishman was definitely off. I guess his B-12 and cortisone shots had yet to kick it. He'd have to wait until Lance Armstrong showed up at setbreak and gave him a blood transfusion and a special "treat" that would get him back in playing shape... Antelope saved the set? By default. Definitely a high-energy rocker, but slop city. Trey looked visibly irked walking off stage... Expected Coach Kilmer from Varsity Blues to give the boys an ass reaming at halftime... Hey, it was a meh first set. Reminded me of Deer Creek 2010 the first show after Telluride, when it was 100-fucking degrees, and everyone was drunk as shit, and the band was sluggish, and a combative Trey TTE'd us. Alas, they bounced back with a strong, powerful second set. I hoped Phish would follow suit in Austin... With Fishman back to normal with a blood transfusion, it was GO TIME! 46 Days opener featured Trey and Gordo face-to-face jamming and a tease of The Dogs... Piper instant liftoff from the get go. Heard a second Lizards tease these tour (but no Lizards)... Instead of Lizards, Trey dragged everyone into Ghost. Dark and dirty Ghost. The highlight of the show? The 10 minute Ghost was about to get even darker when Trey ripcorded for a new tune... My girlfriend called Shade, "Trey's dad-rock-divorce-song." The intro to Shade had shades of Standing on the Moon... Gotta Jibboo at that inflection point of the set was like when I go to my Oxy dealer and he only had Vicodin. They definitely rocked it out as hard as you can get... Back-to-Back Waiting All Nights. I mean, I understand the need for a slow tune to give hungover Fishman a breather, but he supposedly had Lance Armstrong's blood in him, which gave him super-powers. They blew a chance to really blast off, yet instead they shat the bed with Waiting All Night... I hoped the Joker would catch one of the new tunes like Blaze On. Appropriate since it was hot as fuck in Austin. Blaze didn't go as deep as Shoreline's Blaze. Too bad... Velvet Sea'd. My musician friend from Austin, DoctorScotch, was AWOL the whole show until he sent me a text seconds after the opening notes to Velvet Sea. He pretty much said if he had to slit his wrists in a bathtub, he'd have Velvet Sea as the soundtrack... It was time to blow shit up with Bowie... Thought the set would end with Suzy... Instead, Phish finally played the orphaned Tweezer Reprise, which they omitted at the L.A. Forum. I had a theory that Trey was going to hold onto Tweeprise until he reached a low point and needed to use it to breathe life into a dead show. Alas, he shot his load right away in Austin!... Loving Cup encore. Leo locked up post-show booty. Those Austin ladies love it when Leo covers Mick Jagger... One Texas show down, one more to go. Next stop... Dallas.

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Quick links: ALL 2015 Phish setlists - Bend Recap - Shoreline/LA Recap

Monday, July 27, 2015

Cali Recap: On Fleek Phish at Shoreline and the L.A. Forum

This recap covers both California shows at Shoreline and the LA Forum. Here's my recap of the Bend shows.

7.24.15 Shoreline, Mountain View, CA

Phish returned to Shoreline for the first time since 2009. One Shoreline gig equaled three nights at Bill Graham in the heart of SF. I'd prefer three nights at an intimate indoor venue (despite the mushy sound) versus one night at the ginormous amphitheater in the NSA (aka Google) and Zuckernerd's backyard.

Sean drove to Portland and we flew PDX>SFO instead of driving the long slog between Oregon and Mountain View. The downside to Left Coast shows were the huge distances between major cities/venues. We partied in SF for a night (I lived there and knew few old haunts like my bud Big Dog's bar) and Anna snapped a pic in front of 710 Ashbury Street, like any good Deadhead should do when visiting SF. The next morning, day of show, we rented a car and drove to In-N-Out Burger, something so scintillating even vegetarian friends from Colorado indulged in its awesomeness. We eventually hit up the Shoreline lot, which is always a bacchanalian psychedelic scene. Another influx of older Deadheads and grateful vibes at this show. After all, the Bay Area was ground zero for the Dead and the entire jamband scene.

Everyone in the lot since Bend was speculating... 1) Will Phish cover any Dead songs this summer, and 2) Which members of the Dead will sit in on the West Coast? The answer to both was no and none. As Fink said, "If it didn't happen at Shoreline, it isn't going to happen." Alas, prior to the Shoreline show, the entire lot had an overwhelming electric vibe. That's all anyone was talking about... will Phil or Bobby sit in with Phish? I caught Shoreline shows in 1999 and 2000 when Weir and Lesh separately joined Phish onstage (I was also at the Red Rocks show with Billy Kreutzmann... epic Undermind), so a precedent had been set regardless if Dead50 with Trey never happened.

"If Phil Lesh sits in, he won't let Trey sing again!" said Sean.

Gordo drove by on his golf cart in the lot and a zombie Wook yelled, "Yo, Mike! Jews for Jerry!!!"

Sunday, July 26, 2015

Bend Recap: Phish Blazes On With New Tunes in Oregon

Phish summer tour kicked off on the Left Coast. This recap covers the two shows in Bend, Oregon.

7.21.15 BEND, OREGON

Johnnie Salami drove the windy roads through lushly green Willamette National Forest and got us into Bend a couple of hours before the show. Bend was a little weird because I thought it was going to be more like Telluride. That part of Oregon certainly had a Colorado vibe, but Bend was eclectic in its own way. Sean had found us a motel in downtown Bend, which was perfect location walkable to the venue. The front desk people and the town of Bend were not prepared for the cavalcade of party people who invaded their cozy little community along the Deschutes River.

Sean's roommates threw a curveball upon arrival: they brought both a dog and a pet wook without informing Sean. Cosmo the puppy was super chill and the motel let them keep the dog even though they rented out the only pet-friendly room. Alas, the motel did not have any wook-friendly rooms, so we had to be slick and sneak him in and out. We ended up adopting the pet wook N-Dawg for this leg of the tour. He was well trained, friendly, did not bite, and most importantly... had a vial of liquid on him. Of course, he did not have a place to crash nor any tickets to Bend or Shoreline, but N-Dawg managed to score a Tuesday ticket at the last possible minute. Johnnie Salami only had a Wednesday ticket but somehow found a trade for his Wednesday/Tuesday swap. Both got super lucky.

Bend was one of the toughest ticket I've seen (non-Halloween, non-NYE) in 3.0. Sean and I did all of west coast fall tour together and we witnessed day-of-show-prices plummet with plenty of tickets available for Eugene, Seattle, SF and Santa Barbara. We both assumed (incorrectly) that tickets would be easy to find in Bend. Boy, were we wrong. Tiny venue on a grass lawn that was wedged in between a couple of motels and condos, and the mellow Deschutes river wound around most of the venue. Bend seemed smaller than Tahoe, but we had grass to groove on instead of a blacktop parking lot of Harvey's Casino.

Saturday, July 25, 2015

Phish Setlist: L.A. Forum 7/25/15

Setlist art mashup by @neillybop and @change100

Phish returned to the historic L.A. Forum in Inglewood. Since I live in L.A. these days, this is a hometown show.

As always, follow @CoventryMusic for live updates from the lot at the Forum.

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

Phish 7/25/15 L.A. Forum, Inglewood, CA

Set 1: Martian Monster, DWD, Waiting All Night, Heavy Things, Axilla, 555, YaMar, Limb By Limb, Fuego, Walls of the Cave

Set 2: No Man's Land > Carini > Tweezer > My Friend > Roggae > Backwards, Slave


Here's the LA Forum recap by Pauly.

Phish Video (Official): Twist - Light from Shoreline 7/24/15

Here's the Twist > Light from 7/24/15...

Friday, July 24, 2015

Phish Setlist: Shoreline 7/24/15, Mountain View, CA

Setlist art mashup by @neillybop and @change100

Phish returned to Shoreline for the first time since 2009. I love Bay Area shows, because you never know if someone from the Dead crew might sit in.

We're currently on tour, so follow @CoventryMusic for live updates from the lot and Shakedown... weather permitting of course.

Here's what you missed at Shoreline...
Phish, 7/24/15 Shoreline Ampitheatre, Mountain View, CA

Set 1: The Line, Moma Dance, Kill Devil Falls, Yarmouth Road, Undermind, Free, Reba, 46 Days

Set 2: Blaze On > Twist > Light > Joy, H00d > Cavern

E:  Character Zero

Here's Pauly's recap of the Shoreline show.

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Phish Setlist: Bend, Oregon 7/22/15 - Night 2

Setlist art mashup by @neillybop and @change100

Phish stuck around Bend, Oregon for the second night of a two-night run, which kicked off summer tour.

We're currently on tour, so follow @CoventryMusic for live updates from the lot... weather permitting of course.

FYI... if you wanna rage it up on couch tour, tonight's Bend shows will be webcast on LivePhish.

Here's what you missed on the second night at Bend...
Phish, 7.22.15 Bend, Oregon

Set 1:  Stash, How Many People are You?*, Winterqueen, Heavy Rotation*, Back on the Train, Scabbard**, Maze, Mercury*, Possum

Set 2:  A Song I Heard the Ocean Sing > Waves > Wingsuit, Farmhouse, Simple, First Tube

E:  Bathtub Gin

*= first time played
**= Phish debut of TAB song
Here's Pauly's RECAP of BEND.

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Phish Setlist: Bend, Oregon 7/21/15 - Night 1

Setlist art mashup by @neillybop and @change100

After a lengthy hiatus, Phish returns to the stage tonight to kick off summer tour. Tuesday evening is the first of two shows in majestic and magical Bend, Oregon.

We will be at these west coast shows. Follow @CoventryMusic for live updates from the lot!

FYI... if you wanna rock it out on couch tour, both Bend shows will be webcast on LivePhish.

Okay, so the first night of summer tour is underway. Here's what you missed....
Phish 7/21/15 Bend, Oregon

Set 1:  Sample in a Jar, Sand, 555, Rift, Halfway to the Moon, Horn, Devotion to a Dream, Blaze On*, Tube, Wolfman's Brah

Set 2:  Ghost > Birds of a Feather > Mike's Song > Wedge, Fuego > Shade*, No Men in No Man's Land* > Weekapaug Groove > Boogie On Reggae Woman > Chalkdust

E:  Theme from the Bottom

*= first time played

Here's Pauly's RECAP of BEND.

Friday, July 17, 2015

FREE PHISH: New Live Bait, Vol. 11

The new Live Bait dropped. Volume 11 is some dope-ass shit. Twelve tracks including a bit of the Storage Jam and one killer Halley's Comet from Blossom 2000. Oh and the YEM? With MMW. Yup. Something tasty to nibble on before tour kicks off...

Live Bait, Vol. 11

1. Runaway Jim 1997-07-31 Shoreline - Mountain View, CA
2. Tweezer 1996-12-01 Pauley Pavilion – UCLA, Los Angeles, CA
3. You Enjoy Myself 1995-10-14 Austin Music Hall, TX – with Medeski Martin & Wood and Dominic Placco
4. Stash > I Didn't Know 1995-06-15 Lakewood – Atlanta, GA
5. Mike's > Hydrogen > Weekapaug 1991-11-08 Ivory Tusk – Tuscaloosa, AL
6. Bathtub Gin > The Vibration Of Life 1996-11-19 Municipal Auditorium – Kansas City, MO
7. Halley's Comet 2000-09-18 Blossom  – Cuyahoga Falls, OH
8. Reba 1997-08-09 Alpine Valley  – East Troy, WI
9. Split Open And Melt 2000-06-25 Walnut Creek – Raleigh, NC
10. Harry Hood 1998-08-08 Merriweather – Columbia, MD
11. Storage Jam > Sleeping Monkey 2011-07-02 SuperBall IX – Watkins Glen, NY
12. Prince Caspian > Light 2012-09-01 Dick's - Commerce City, CO


Thursday, July 16, 2015

On the Road Tao Pauly Videos: Phish in 2009 and 2010

It didn't really hit me until the other day when I realized, "Tour starts in a week!" To celebrate the oncoming summer tour, I want to share a couple of videos I shot. The first batch are travel videos I spliced together that include being on the road during the earliest days of Phish 3.0. The second batch are montages from Festival 8 Halloween 2009, MSG 2009, Miami NYE 2009, Halloween A.C. 2010, and Hampton 2009.

At the end of every year, I posted a video with highlights from the places I traveled through both work and fun. 2009 was a special year because Phish reunited and returned to the stage, thus 3.0 was born. The reunion shows and 2009 summer and fall tour are briefly documented in these short year-end videos... and I mean snippets of a few seconds here and there from the actual show or partying it up in the lot. FYI... You'll also see other music festivals/shows sprinkled throughout the travel footage (along with random work stuff when I was a reporter covering the World Series of Poker in Vegas and the Latin American Poker Tour, oh and the time I covered the porn convention and AVN awards in Vegas).

Highlights from On the Road 2009, Part 1... Hampton comeback shows, Camden NJ, Bonnaroo, Red Rocks Colorado, and The Gorge...

Highlights from On the Road 2009m Part 2... Festival 8, Albany, and in front MSG...

Highlights from On the Road 2010...Vegas porn convention, Raleigh lot wook patrol, Alpharetta lot, and Atlantic City Halloween...

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Okay you kindly sat through my travel vids, so here's a special bonus... expanded vids which are all 100% Phishy-related content and shot by yours truly from either inside the show or partying in the lot. And we're talking early 3.0 stuff circa 2009-10.

Here's Festival 8 footage including the parrot on molly, the weird balloon thing, acoustic set, issuing wook tickets, alien having sex with an unicorn...

Here's the Joker at Festival 8 dressed as UPS man delivering packages to spun-out chicks...

If you ever wondered what it like to sit behind the stage at MSG? Here ya go 2009 MSG...

2009 ended with a Phish blowout in Miami (we randomly had seats behind the stage on NYE which worked out for the gag)...

And some Boardwalk hijinks with Phish Halloween 2010 montage (I love the crew who brought an entire raft inside the show!)...

And here's the comeback video that always gives me goosebumps: the Hampton 2009 montage...

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Tour starts in a few days. Don't forget to follow @CoventryMusic for random updates from the lot. And you can find @CoventryMusic on instagram too.

Sunday, July 05, 2015

Dead 50: Chicago Setlist and Recap - 7/5/15 Sunday - Fare Thee Well, Soldier Field

It's Sunday and time for the Dead50 grand finale. The third and final show of the three-night run in Chicago (and fifth overall including Santa Clara). Lots of stuff left on the table. As the saying goes... "Never miss a Sunday show!"

Rock it out on couch tour via MLB stream (On-Demand for 30 days),, or YouTube.

Follow @CoventryMusic for couchtour updates.

Here's what went down on Sunday...
Dead 50 Setlist, Sunday 7.5.15 - Fare Thee Well - Soldier Field, Chicago, IL

Set 1: China Cat Sunflower > I Know You Rider, Estimated Prophet, Built to Last, Samson, Mountains of the Moon > Throwin' Stones

Set 2: Truckin > Cassidy, Althea, Terrapin > Drums/Space > Unbroken Chain > Days Between > Not Fade Away

Encore: Touch of Grey
Encore 2: Attics of My Life
Dead50 Quick Links: Chicago 7/4/15 Setlist/Recap - Chicago 7/3/15 Setlist/Recap - Santa Clara setlists - Santa Clara Recaps

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Quickie Couch Tour Recap: Chicago 7/5/15 Dead 50
By Pauly (@taopauly)

The fifth and final show and the last show in Chicago. China Cat Sunflower opener. Tad shaky on vocals but wondered when the dynamic duo was going to pop up. I Know You Rider completed the China > Rider one-two punch... Thought they were going to open the show with Estimated Prophet. Weir antics. Dunno if he was simply excited and trying to channel all the emotion of the final show, or if he was straight-up self-medicating. Humorous to see his exaggerated movements like your shitfaced uncle embarrassing himself at the family BBQ... Built to Last was a Pauly Takes A Piss Song. Even G-Money thought it was meh and he loved 80s Dead... Weir attempted slide guitar during the Samson jam out. Weak-sauce drums breakdown at the end. Billy knew they blew it and laughed it off. Billy was rocking the shirt: "Uncle Sam wants you to grow hemp!"... Phil back on vocals for Mountains of the Moon. Rough choice. Trey made up for it and launched into a mini-Moon jam though... Slowed down, faded version of Throwin Stones. Parker said it best that it had the pacing of a post-Drums/Space Jerry ballad, which was out of place for a first set tune. Weir in tears by end of song? He looked like a haggard man who had been alone in a dark room with nothing but his thoughts and a bottle of scotch. No one took the death of Jerry Garcia harder than Bobby. Jerry was our god, but he was Bobby's older brother (Bobby was adopted so Garcia was also Bobby's father figure). Bobby carried the band from the mid-80s on and one day it was all gone. Nothing breaks your heart like losing someone you love to soul-crushing addiction. Plus, he had to carry the burden of survivor's guilt, while knowing you're letting everyone down with your own bad habits...

Setbreak. Anyone try to sneak off and watch "True Detective" via HBOGo? Final setbreak lasted an hour and we got treated to some fireworks before band took stage one last time...The final set kicked off with Truckin' (only the second repeat of the run, which kicked off the Santa Clara shows)... Cassidy and Weir full-cheese factor. Jam went so far off the deep end that I forgot what they were playing and had to ask my girlfriend what song we were on. That's always a good sign if they lose you in a jam... Althea. Didn't think we were going to get it. Typically a first-set tune so at setbreak I gave up on Althea. Oh man. Thrilled it popped up... The Terrapin everyone was waiting for. Trey botched one segment and was visibly irked with himself. Yeah, it wasn't pretty but I'm glad they took a shot at the behemoth...

Drums had the tribal rumble thing going on again. Mickey busted out a train horn at one point. "You can't handle that shit on strong acid, man!" Drums/Space bled into Unbroken Chain. Heck of a jam out... Days Between not bad, but slot was questionable when it was the next to last song. Not Fade Away is all about the crowd sing along as we fade to black. One of those epic moments at Dead shows when the crowd chants the lyrics until the start of the encore... I thought they might kick off the entire run in Santa Clara with Touch of Grey, but fitting encore. I used to laugh at Touch of Grey when I was a teenager because the video was an MTV hit, yet now I have grey and white hairs in my beard, so the song hits home... A second encore. With Bobby on acoustic. Attics of My Life. Used to listen to this song a lot in college, but usually it marked the tail end of a psychedelic journey after being up all night and catching the sunrise and when the craziness subsided, it was finally time to call it a night after listening to one last album (American Beauty). On a personal level, Attics was a fitting ending.

Final thoughts on Dead50... On the second night of Santa Clara I mentioned that a lot of what I was experiencing was indescribable. A week later and it still feels like that. If anything, it was great to get re-acquainted with my former self. The Grateful Dead has been around for fifty years and it weaved its way in and out of the duration of my life. Jerry Garcia died before we really got to say goodbye. It's closure for a significant amount of the community. On a personal level, I feel fortunate that I got to celebrate the awesomeness of the Dead one final time.

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Saturday, July 04, 2015

Dead 50: Chicago Setlist and Recap - Saturday 7/4/15 - Fare Thee Well, Soldier Field

The Fourth of July. The second of three shows at Soldier Field in Chicago. The Dead 50 shows continued after a hot Friday night show.

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Here's what went down on Saturday...
Dead 50 Setlist, Saturday 7.4.15 - Fare Thee Well - Soldier Field, Chicago, IL

Set 1: Shakedown Street, Liberty, Standing on the Moon, Me and My Uncle, Tennessee Jed, Cumberland Blues, Lil Red Rooster, Friend of the Devil, Deal

Set 2: Birdsong, Golden Road (To Unlimited Devotion), Lost Sailor > Saint of Circumstance > West LA Fadeaway, Foolish Heart > Drums/Space > Stella Blue, One More Saturday Night

Encore: U.S. Blues

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Quickie Couch Tour Recap: Chicago 7/4/15 Dead 50
By Pauly (@taopauly)

Happy birthday, America. No better way to celebrate a nation of outlaws by throwing down with the first great American outlaw band. Shakedown Street kicked off the festivities. Definitely not a throw-away opener. Schwilly crowd soaked it all up, particularly the first mini-jam of the night... Liberty, a sincere patriotic selection, brought the LULZ because Dead used to pass that tune off as encore at every other show I saw in the 90s. "Liberty encore tonight" became an inside joke among my friends during the Dead50 run... Trey vocals on nostalgic Standing on the Moon. Those Jerry melancholic ballads are tough to stomach. It's like picking at those old scars that still have few scabs on it. "Trey cheesed out a Caspian-like solo on Moon," described my girlfriend... Me and My Uncle gave Bobby chance to pretend he's a cowboy... Tennessee Jed sounded like the intro licks to Ocelot. Like how they shared the vocals on Jed... Cumberland first repeat of the run. More upbeat then Santa Clara, what a difference a week makes, eh? "But the boys still can't figure out how to play it," explained G-Rob... Bobby slide guitar for Lil Red Rooster... Upbeat, uptempo Friend of the Devil with rare inclusion of the lost verse... Deal set closer. Swapping lyrics again. Trey tore it up. Never thought I'd ever hear Trey sing on one of my favorite Dead songs. As a poker player holds a little extra sentiment...

Another hour-long setbreak. Phil on vocals for Birdsong to kick off second set. Too bad Page didn't sit in on piano... Trey & Bruce sharing vocals on Golden Road (To Unlimited Devotion) aka the song that starts Skeletons from the Closet. It came outta nowhere. Crazy jam out... Lost Sailor highlight was the sailor hat that Mickey busted out. My girlfriend said, "Wonder if someone dosed Mickey with that Chinese counterfeit molly laced with rat poison?" Nah. Probably just trolling on Bobby. I just read Billy's book and he wrote about how Mickey loathed the lyrics on Lost Sailor. I'm not the biggest fan but the best thing about Lost Sailor is that you're gonna hear Saint of Circumstance. It always perks the crowd up. Even as an old man, Bobby can still bring the "cheese"... As a resident of West LA, I have a special affinity for West LA Fadeaway. Faded-version. Bruce on gritty vocals and Trey slicing and dicing up that jam was one of highlights of evening. West LA Fadeaway is subversive song about how capitalism is cocaine for the masses and getting hooked on materialism has the same perils of being a binging coke fiend... Foolish Heart was not one of my favorites, but Trey did his homework... Drums had that "Apocalypse Now" rumble-in-the-jungle feel. Drums/Space bled into sentimental Stella Blue... Cue one last batch of Bobby cheese with One More Saturday Night... As anticipated, U.S. Blues closed out the show. Only a single encore, but a fitting capper on a July Fourth blowout with a cavalcade of fireworks.

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Friday, July 03, 2015

Dead 50: Chicago Setlist and Recap - Friday 7/3/2015 - Fare Thee Well, Soldier Field

The Daed50 carnival touched down at Solider Field in Chicago. The July 3rd show kicked off the first of three nights of Fare Thee Well.

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Here's what you missed...
Dead 50 Setlist, Friday 7.3.15 - Fare Thee Well - Soldier Field, Chicago, IL

Set 1: Box of Rain, Jack Straw, Bertha, Passenger, Wheel > Crazy Fingers > Music Never Stopped

Set 2: Mason >  Scarlet > Fire > Drums/Space > New Potato Caboose > Playin >  Let It Grow > Help On Way > Slip > Franklin's

E: Ripple

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Quickie Couch Tour Recap: Chicago 7/3/15 Dead 50
By Pauly (@taopauly)

Box of Rain kicked off the Chicago run and Phil sang right off the bat. That's okay, it's his song afterall... Trey seemed really really relaxed during Jack Straw, whereas he walked on eggshells in Santa Clara... Bertha first time Trey really opened up and he didn't hold back. The other guys showed their age and couldn't keep up. Trey found his breaking point. Reminded me of the first Jurassic Park and the raptors were randomly running into the electric fence to test its weaknesses. Trey's guitar was smugly glancing at Bobby's guitar like a cat that's about to eat a cornered mouse... First glimpse of shit-eating grin on Trey appeared during Passenger. I think the ghost of Ram Rod dosed him... Phil's mic didn't work at one point. Twitter was ablaze with jokes that Shapiro turned down Phil's mic on purpose so he wouldn't sing anymore. Momentum slowly built throughout The Wheel. Trey got so out front of the jam once again, they couldn't keep up. Bruce gave Trey a head nod like "Yeahhhh boooooy, way to smoke these fuckers!"...  Wheel jam smoothly blended into Crazy Fingers with Trey on vocals. Glad Phil didn't sing it but Trey was a tad shaky. Shoulda let Bruce sing that one. Trey made up for it with a torpedo-like solo... Music Never Stopped delivered but where's Donna Jean? Almost seemed like Bobby cockblocked another wildfire solo by Trey. Ah, what comes around goes around. Trey getting little payback karma for ripcording Carini at Dick's last year.

Sun had set and everyone's drugs kicked it for set 2. Dead went way deep into their bag of tricks for Mason's Children and Phil launched both sets with lead vocals... Scarlet > Fire was the reason why Trey got hired for the job. My girlfriend noted that Trey had this orgasmic look on his face like "I can't believe I'm playing Scarlet Begonias with the fucking Dead." Scarlet delivered. Trey took off and never looked back. I always thought Phish ripped off Meatstick's melody from Fire on the Mountain. And man, did Bruce sing an awesome Meatstick. Seemed like only the drummers and Jeff could keep up with Trey when he launched into different orbit on jams, whereas Phil/Bobby/Bruce seemed lost in space... During the second set, Mickey Hart looked like a bag man for the mob with his shades, hoodie, gloves, and mallets. All he needed was a ski mask and we can go bust some kneecaps... Drums/Space birthed the rarely-played New Potato Caboose... Grooving rendition of Playin... I'm not the biggest Bobby fan, so Let It Grow was a Pauly Takes A Piss Break Song. I got back in time for the ripping solo by Trey... Then we finally got the Help > Slip > Franklin the world was waiting for. I never expected it to pop up in the same show, let alone same set as Scarlet > Fire. Trey flubbed some lyrics on Help On the Way, which was funny because Jerry notoriously fucked up Franklin's lyrics... Bobby picked up the acoustic for Ripple and I got Jerry goosebumps.

Final thoughts.... I guess Coach Ditka gave Trey a pep talk. Much better performance by Trey. He stepped up and unleashed the beast. Bobby didn't hold him back... too much. Bruce/Trey sang little more too.  After six sets, safe to say they've gotten better with every set.

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