Phish | 03.07.09 | Hampton Night Two

Words by: Brian Bavosa | Images by: Josh Miller

Phish :: 03.07.09 :: Hampton Coliseum :: Hampton, VA

Trey Anastasio :: 03.07 :: Hampton, VA
Okay, let's take a breath. After Friday - which, let's face it — was a nightmare getting in, and saw a non-existent shakedown street and an incredibly high anxiety factory. Come Saturday, people started chilling the fuck out, realizing that the band was back, and there was after all, more than a single show happening over the next few months. It was time to rage, and Saturday seemed just a bit more rambunctious outside, as witnessed by the bottles littering the fountain area directly outside of the venue's entrance.

Saturday also saw an influx of newcomers who missed Friday, either due to work, being shut out or simply refusing to pay the ridiculous asking price of a ticket. Regardless of why, the rowdiness outside on Saturday afternoon was somewhat magnified, and the vibe carried straight through into The Mothership.

Opening with the appropriate "Back on the Train," the crowd cheered wildly at the line, "It took me a long time to get back on the train." A fun and loose "Runaway Jim" took the energy up a notch, while "Split Open and Melt" was the first heavy hitter of the night. With reckless abandon, the band tried to find their way through one of their darkest jam vehicles. "Melt" was solid, and very "safe," as many of the jams until this point of the run seemed to be. By safe, I mean well-rehearsed, and that's not a bad thing; but it did illustrate that the band was still finding their legs.

"Punch You in the Eye" was a very welcome treat and had everyone screaming "Hey!," even if Trey missed a few changes in this one. Miscues didn't matter: there was no hate anywhere to found as Phish was still clearly playing above expectations. A loose, funky "Gumbo" again found McConnell working his magical fingers with a spew of smothering funk, as he continued to absolutely dominate the first two nights. Let me be absolutely clear: McConnell seems rested, reinvigorated and more confident in his playing than he has in the past ten years. Maybe that's because he put out his own self-titled album during the break (you can read our feature with him here). The band even played "Beauty of a Broken Heart" from McConnell's album a little later in the first set, and featured McConnell out front and Trey soaring on some tasty licks.

Phish :: 03.07 :: Hampton, VA
Other favorites like "Reba," which was as welcome as an old, trusty dog licking your face on a warm, summer day, "It's Ice" featured a very creepy, spacey middle section, and a loose, goofy "Halley's Comet" told us that the band was ready to play anything at anytime this run. Toss in a "Lawnboy," which saw McConnell swoon to the middle of the stage and a raging "Run Like An Antelope," and the first set again clocked in at almost two hours.

However, it was the second set that made the biggest statement of the weekend, thus far. It was the first one in years that I was truly able to lose myself in, and saw the band honestly just let go and as Anastasio always says, "let the music play them." Firing up with a sizzling "Rock and Roll" and an exceptionally strong "Limb by Limb," which saw Fishman showcase his very underrated and often overlooked drumming, the band bounced into "Ghost," led by the thick, gooey bass bombs of Gordon. Somewhere near the end of this jam, the place turned the corner and set the stage for an absolutely epic end of the night.

"Piper" was triumphant and I couldn't help but think of MSG '02 (read MSG review here), before it somewhat abruptly landed into "Birds of a Feather." Next, one of the best songs of the night, the high-five, karate chop your friend, funky dance vehicle "Wolfman's Brother." Admittedly one of my favorite tunes, "Wolfman's" has been a true monster since '97, and was one song that continued to progress post-hiatus. This night's version showed no signs of slowing.

But, hands down the strongest moments of the run thus far were the following 30-plus minutes of an absolute, razor-sharp "Mike's Song > I Am Hydrogen > Weekapaug Groove." "Mike's" was dirty, danceable and had the entire building grooving with every turn. "Hydrogen" was as beautiful as ever, while during "Weekapaug" I realized I was absolutely drenched in sweat and had been spontaneously pulling dance moves that I wasn't sure my slightly older frame could still pull off. But, I did, and more importantly, so did the band. A smoking "Character Zero" closed out a frickin' barnburner of a show. This second set — not on paper but in energy and intensity — was the set of the run until now. Raw power.

Toss in an encore of "A Day in the Life" — only the third one since '97, and everyone was floored. I personally hadn't heard Phish play this chestnut of a Beatles cover in over 13 years, and can safely say they are pulling out all the stops. Stay tuned for the final barrage of fireworks to come on night three...


Mike's Song Jam 03.07.09 from Jesse Borrell on Vimeo.


Story of the Ghost 03.07.09 from Jesse Borrell on Vimeo.

03.07.09 :: Hampton Coliseum :: Hampton, VA
Set I: Back On The Train, Runaway Jim, Brian and Robert, Split Open and Melt, Heavy Things, Punch You in the Eye, Gumbo, Reba, Mexican Cousin, It's Ice, Halley's Comet, Beauty of a Broken Heart*, Guelah Papyrus*, Lawn Boy, Run Like An Antelope
Set II: Rock and Roll, Limb By Limb, Ghost, Piper, Birds of a Feather, Wolfman's Brother, Prince Caspian, Mike's Song > I Am Hydrogen > Weekapaug Groove, Character Zero
E: A Day in the Life
*First time played

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Words by: Kevin Schwartzbach | Images by: Josh Miller

Phish :: 03.07.09 :: Hampton Coliseum :: Hampton, VA

Phish :: 03.07 :: Hampton, VA
A tinge of electricity always seems to permeate the air before historical occasions such as these. This electricity, I would imagine, would have been present before such events as Martin Luther King Jr.'s "I Have a Dream" speech or the tearing down of the Berlin wall. Okay, so maybe Phish's reunion isn't quite as momentous as the civil rights movement or the end of the Cold War, but hey, for those of us that have endured a nearly five-year Phishless hiatus laden with an incessant onslaught of reunion rumors, it's pretty damn close. And one only needed a taste of the precipitous amounts of electricity collecting in the air surrounding the Hampton Coliseum before Saturday night's show to gauge just how historic this reunion really was.

In an instant all that electricity in the air was immediately discharged promptly when Phish took the stage – lightning had struck. With an obsequious grin spread across his face, Trey Anastasio started the opening riff from "Back on the Train." From the moment the rest of the band joined him it was clear that the boys were on top of their game, quelling any skepticism of their triumphant return that the sub-par Coventry shows all those years ago may have created (read the Coventry review here).

With an abundance of heavy hitters played on the previous night, Phish had no qualms with busting a few of their shorter, "poppier" songs such as "Brian and Robert" and "Heavy Things" early in the first set. It was clear from the crowd's reaction to these songs that this was not the reason thousands of desperately dedicated fans traveled from the farthest reaches of the country (or in my case another country entirely) to Hampton's hallowed ground. They were fun nonetheless. Finally the heat turned up as Mike Gordon brought us into the crazed "Split Open and Melt." The astonishingly tight jam over a chorus of "Melt, split open and melt" slowly dissolved into loosely structured atonal acid jazz, something that can be a bit of an acquired taste. But, those who appreciate the disorderly genre know that few groups do a better job of it.

Gordo :: 03.07 :: Hampton, VA
Perhaps the greatest test of Phish's return came during "Reba." If they could nail the thoroughly composed and thoroughly complicated instrumental portion contained within the heart of the Lawnboy classic, they could nail just about anything. Surely enough, this was indeed the case as the band members' individual chops stayed true to their respective virtuosic reputations. While it's easy to focus on each musician separately, one has to appreciate the cohesiveness that Phish displays, something that can only be achieved after decades of playing together. The tightly knit section of "Reba" abruptly let loose into sublime, modal ecstasy. Trey let note after note eternally hang in the air, as each one conducted the ever-present electricity. The band chose to forgo the chorus of whistling in favor of "Mexican Cousin."

The uncharacteristically sinister "It's Ice" proved that the cohesiveness of "Reba" was no fluke – Phish is back and perhaps better than ever. "It's Ice" moved into an otherworldly ambiance that made one thing clear: The Mothership was about to take off. Giving themselves a chance to dust the cobwebs off their pipes, The Ship eventually landed on "Halley's Comet," a rarity both in the night sky and Phish shows.

The first set contained several of their more obscure songs, such as "Lawnboy," that only true Phish connoisseurs would likely appreciate, and it was evident from the lips moving in tandem with Page McConnell's smooth serenading that it was just that caliber of fan that had made the pilgrimage. Lightning struck continuously during the straight up electrical storm that was "Run Like An Antelope." The set closer harnessed so much energy that every person present couldn't help but feel the charge run through their body.

The band left the stage without addressing the audience, giving us a chance to recharge our batteries after having just gotten boisterously "out of control." Maybe it was merely the familiar smile on Jon Fishman's face, but despite failing to address the audience all night and the sheer size of the coliseum, the band curiously managed to establish a tender feeling of intimacy.

During set break, one of the most heartwarming of all Phish related phenomena could be witnessed. Phish fans of all ages and creeds began conversing with one another as if they were lifetime friends despite being complete strangers from different backgrounds, all sharing their previous Phish experiences. After years away from the scene, it's easy to forget just what kind of camaraderie Phish's music is capable of spawning. Whether it was their first show or 114th, every person in there had something in common.

Trey Anastasio :: 03.07 :: Hampton, VA
The second set kicked off with a strong rendition of The Velvet Underground's "Rock and Roll." Coming early in the second set, "Story of the Ghost" finally gave Page a chance to shine, something he hardly seemed to do during the first set. After a downright funky keyboard solo, Page and Trey combined forces to create polyphonic textures ranging from glorious explosions to silly sounding hocket-like rhythms.

Gordo, as per usual, held down the low end of the spectrum. With his shaggy hair fully intact, Mike delivered on everything from a wah-smothered bass solo in "Wolfman's Brother" to skillfully blending into the background during the ever-ascending "Piper." To resolutely affirm their exultant rebirth, the second set closed off with a resilient trio of "Mike's Song > I Am Hydrogen > Weekapaug Groove" followed by an explosive "Character Zero." Looking around at the frantically moving bodies in the upper levels of the coliseum during these last songs gave the illusion that the venue was breathing, lending a whole new meaning to the phrase "Hampton comes alive." An encore of "A Day in the Life" seemed an appropriate close to the evening, as several thousand voices synchronized to the timeless Beatles hit, four of which seemed to put a smile on everyone's face.

Walking into the musky Hampton air outside, still shaking, I gradually began to shed the electricity that had surged through my body over the course of the night. This kind of electricity is unmistakable – the kind that results from something utterly momentous. There is no doubt in my mind that this show was an event of such nature. A new era in the Phish saga has begun – and a bright era it shall be. The worst part of the show was the fact that it had to end. This summer just simply can't come fast enough.

Read the review of Hampton Night One here.


Back On The Train 03.07.09 from Jesse Borrell on Vimeo.


Rock and Roll, Limb By Limb 03.07.09 from Jesse Borrell on Vimeo.


Character Zero 03.07.09 from Jesse Borrell on Vimeo.

03.07.09 :: Hampton Coliseum :: Hampton, VA
Set I: Back On The Train, Runaway Jim, Brian and Robert, Split Open and Melt, Heavy Things, Punch You in the Eye, Gumbo, Reba, Mexican Cousin, It's Ice, Halley's Comet, Beauty of a Broken Heart*, Guelah Papyrus*, Lawn Boy, Run Like An Antelope
Set II: Rock and Roll, Limb By Limb, Ghost, Piper, Birds of a Feather, Wolfman's Brother, Prince Caspian, Mike's Song > I Am Hydrogen > Weekapaug Groove, Character Zero
E: A Day in the Life
*First time played

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nickfig81 starstarstarstarstar Sun 3/8/2009 01:13PM
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These reviews are gonna make me explode! Can't wait for summer tour!!

mateotee Sun 3/8/2009 01:19PM
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mateotee

Fishman's drumming is underrated?

WharfRat Sun 3/8/2009 01:34PM
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SlaveTotheDarkStar starstarstarstarstar Sun 3/8/2009 01:35PM
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SlaveTotheDarkStar

June 15th can't come sooner. I will not be getting ANYTHING done the rest of this semester. But there will be a huge smile on my face in the meantime. =)

Flat5 starstarstarstarstar Sun 3/8/2009 01:43PM
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Flat5

hey Swartzbach, excellent review. Unpretentious, clear, and concise. Awesome show, great job!

acomma Sun 3/8/2009 01:54PM
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acomma

To the writer: thank you for such great and lengthy reviews. When I read a review, I normally look at the style and structure of the writing, but you are producing lengthy reviews at an absurd pace, and that is after assumedly dancing your ass off for 4 hours! Much thanks! The dedication and love for music really comes through in your reviews.

Festival Footprints Sun 3/8/2009 02:23PM
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Festival Footprints

THANKS!!!

Dire46daysWolf Sun 3/8/2009 02:58PM
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Dire46daysWolf

great reviews great pictures thank you jambase! so sunday nights set could include down w/ disease, wilson, ya mar, twist, pebbles and marbles, 46 days, Frankenstein? just a thought

bloggersrlosers starstarstarstarstar Sun 3/8/2009 03:13PM
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bloggersrlosers

Guyute, Bathtub Gin... Start covering GD songs here and there !!!

nomemory starstarstarstarstar Sun 3/8/2009 03:14PM
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nomemory

the pictures confirm it, Fishman still has a moo moo/ dress fetish... somethings never change.

Roswellznutsack Sun 3/8/2009 03:28PM
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FAITH NO MORE!!!!

Jenny Jen Sun 3/8/2009 03:28PM
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Jenny Jen

Wislon opener for sure!

dmartin2 starstarstarstar Sun 3/8/2009 03:29PM
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Good review. Love the pics!

Why is Guelah Papyrus listed as "first time played"?

...since the reunion?

SlaveTotheDarkStar starstarstarstarstar Sun 3/8/2009 03:44PM
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SlaveTotheDarkStar

I noticed that too dmartin, theyve definitely played guelah before!

Let me get this clear, LEO IS ON LIKE DONKEY KONG.

Gamehenge tonight, anyone?

phishinpanic Sun 3/8/2009 03:57PM
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phishinpanic

Harpua

mudbuddy11 starstarstarstarstar Sun 3/8/2009 04:03PM
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right on. good article. on point. I wasnt there, but I've listened intently to both show. They're nailing it... I just wish they wouldnt have fucked up the end of pyite so bad.. one of my favorite songs. By this summer this band is going to be so on fire, you'll spontaniously combust just by proximity.

phunkyjedi08 starstarstarstarstar Sun 3/8/2009 05:34PM
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phunkyjedi08

To say that the second set opened "with a sizzling "Rock and Roll" and then simply move on is nearly criminal! PLEASE NOTE: PHiSH IS BACK! Anyone with any doubt should turn their 'drums to this jam, which seems to me be a revivification of what I heard as Phish's actual STYLISTIC PROGRESSION (removed from the negative influences, and focusing on the musical progression post-hiatus, which, though some may doubt it, did indeed occur) around '04 -- and, in this jam, they take that style they'd developed, SHINE it, and run with it -- awesome!

I was at Saturday, not any other day, but I got the tapes for free @ livephish.com -- LISTEN! (SOAM is pretty convincing, too)

rainydaywomen420 starstarstarstarstar Sun 3/8/2009 05:38PM
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rainydaywomen420

2001

rainydaywomen420 starstarstarstarstar Sun 3/8/2009 05:41PM
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rainydaywomen420

ooo ooo bathtub gin, page side = rage side

futhepharmer Sun 3/8/2009 07:16PM
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futhepharmer Sun 3/8/2009 07:20PM
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pwahl89 Sun 3/8/2009 07:46PM
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pwahl89

i cant wait for the FOX THEATER ST. LOUIS!!!!

cubensis Sun 3/8/2009 08:16PM
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so what if theres not a dready in sight thats not the whole fucking scene u stero type piece of wookie shit. basically what u r saying is that people that dont have dreads arnt into the music. man grow up u fuking hippocryt. its u that ruins the scene. mango wedge encore tweezer reprise.

jacoyle1 Sun 3/8/2009 09:18PM
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how could you want phish to play dead tunes

and for the second review:

Halley's comet has 2 L's

and it is Jon Fishman, not John

bloggersrlosers starstarstarstarstar Sun 3/8/2009 10:05PM
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bloggersrlosers

The crowd looks great, and lets just say that tonight instead of playing While My GUitar Gently Weeps they threw down Help on the Way... who would complain? but this weekend has been ridiculously amzazing and better than anything heard outta the scene in years. ALL HAIL PHISH and I only criticize them on here to ruffle peoples feathers

manjotar starstarstarstarstar Sun 3/8/2009 10:44PM
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manjotar

good lord, what a blast!

don't be bitter that you didn't get to go futhepharmer...

there was plenty of dreddies there. chill out.

the only thing that wierded me out was the bible thumpers, that's awesome jambase got a picture of them! "phish is the music of the devil!" "you're dancing with satan!"

i couldn't help but laugh my ass off at those guys!

Lord-K. Sun 3/8/2009 11:07PM
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Lord-K.

EPIC....On Point.....Just got home............Oh and futhepharmer nice to see books still being judged by there cover too bad some people are so obsessed with appearance rather than substance. See you all this summer!

AlephFredHead starstarstarstarstar Mon 3/9/2009 12:32AM
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PHISH SUCKS....... just kidding, dont kill me, cant wait for alpine valley

WidespreadPhanic Mon 3/9/2009 04:52AM
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WidespreadPhanic

futhefarmer, just because you don't have dreadlocks and a pocket with an ounce of deamsters in it doesn't mean you like american idol and play beer pong in the lots. go fk yourself and maybe take a shower after

cubensis Mon 3/9/2009 07:48AM
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some of these dreadies r soo confused they dont know who is playing. just 4 ur information i dont think phish plays or caters 2 dreadies. they play 4 there FANS no matter what ur style is andi'm sure every1 here is a hard core phan. when are some of u wookies going too understand its not about the drugs. the only reason dreadies r pissed that thaey could'nt get into the parking lot without a tickett is becsuse thet r unable 2 make money off the band &thescene get ajob and support ur tour.

BGsteveBG Mon 3/9/2009 08:29AM
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BGsteveBG

futhefarmer, you are a fucking douchebag

GeorgieP Mon 3/9/2009 08:31AM
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GeorgieP

Say what you will about the lot scene, but leave beer pong out of this. Berr pong has done nothing to hurt anyone.

cUB_nAsTY starstarstarstarstar Mon 3/9/2009 08:35AM
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cUB_nAsTY

futhepharmer drank his HaterAde today

gregboyer Mon 3/9/2009 09:38AM
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Great music just isn't the same without dirty "dreadies" making the place smell like ass, right fu?

Dire46daysWolf Mon 3/9/2009 09:45AM
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Dire46daysWolf

futhepharmer get off your high horse! "not a dready in sight" has to be the biggest bitch statement i've ever heard. i didn't know there were fashion requirements to listen to phish....ass hole

futhepharmer Mon 3/9/2009 10:24AM
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futhepharmer

alright, my bad for judging from a couple of photo's.

I don't want to take away from anyone's fun, I think the shows sound great.

seriously though. I think jambase mixed it up and got the picture of those two dingoballs in the styrofoam cowboy hat's from a Travis Tritt show instead.

Also, for anyones information, Phish would have been NOTHING without the wooks who followed them throughout the first ten years of their existence. I repeat, and you're an idiot if you think otherwise, Phish would never have become famous without the faithful, dreadie sporting, patchy-wearing, shower avoiding (not on purpose), COLORFUL hippies that cared enough to go on tour and sell handmade items and other goodies so that they could buy the tickets to make Phish the money to keep touring and building word of mouth about a scene that was going on.

Yes, I'm not going to any shows on this tour by choice (yes I know that makes many of you happy). Too many of the new generation of jam phans are only passionate about the music, but NOT passionate about what used to be our culture of kindness and community (throw your cigarette butts on the ground anyone?).

Also, it's sad that Phish has turned their back on the true phans that made them what they are today. I'm sure the new Nazi Lot Policies will continue for the summer tour. What fun.

Thanks for the free shows though. they sound great.

Soxfan5590 Mon 3/9/2009 01:35PM
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I here what your saying futherphamer. But the times have changed, this isn't the nineties anymore, the culture just isn't there anymore. I would love it to be but that has to happen with the masses and it just isn't there. And if it makes you any happier i just gave myself dreadlocks last week, and i am one of those kind colorful hippies. Great shows keep it goin strong, and maybe a few more dates please.

phunkle starstarstarstarstar Mon 3/9/2009 01:53PM
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phunkle

Ahhhh, what a night! It was wonderful to feel the boys melting my brain again. All the jams felt so epic tonight, more than usual. There must have been 3 or 4 times I said to myself "this has to be the set closer", but no, they just kept on ripping it. Was pleasantly surprised to find a cool shakedown pre-show, but there was nothing afterwards which was a bummer. Hope night 3 was great for everyone, I had to return to family duties...but damn, thanks for a great weekend Phish!

IFORGETGUYFORGET Mon 3/9/2009 02:36PM
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i am happy

Strainger Mon 3/9/2009 03:02PM
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Another point for futhepharmer - Did you ever consider that people grow, change, mature, maybe even look differently now than they did 10 plus years ago? I for one, as well a many of my friends, have had long hair, dreads, nothing but tye-dye shirts, etc. What happened to me is that I got married, have a stable job, and dont feel the need to have a certain "look" to fit into a scene. Sure, I still get home every day, hit the bong, put on some good tunes, play guitar, scratch the dogs butt. Point is, I may look different than I did in 92, but I have the same passions and habits. Some of the most trippy, interesting, and unique people I have met look like total nerds! Just my 2 cents, glad you are still positive about the shows.

Nick1257 Mon 3/9/2009 04:09PM
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Nick1257

the scene changed post hiatus and it aint never going back... we all have to get over that and just go for the same reason we started, the music.

futhepharmer Mon 3/9/2009 04:48PM
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futhepharmer

thanks Soxfan, I was hoping to hear from someone else who had wittnessed the absence of culture. I was just expressing my opinion. I don't hate Phish or their fans as I am indeed still a Phish Phan myself. I've already resolved myself to just enjoying the music anymore and passing the baton as far as going to shows goes (plus, with the economy in the tank, I just don't have the bread anymore).Peace, and I hope everbody who went had a great time.

oh yeah, anybody have more information on the 194 people arrested over the 3 day run? Just curious, I heard there were an extra 200 officers working and that Phish had to foot the bill.

bloggersrlosers starstarstarstarstar Mon 3/9/2009 08:14PM
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bloggersrlosers

Phish hired the "security" and they confiscated $1.2 million in drugs and $68,000 in cash. don't know what to think about that

cubensis Mon 3/9/2009 08:26PM
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ok futhepharmer let me just understand what u r tring to tell us. its because of the dreadies that phish gained its popularity. huh thats a bunch of bull shit. i have a video from 92 connecticut and theres not 1 dready in sight that didnt even start happening untill at least 94-95. further more there r phish phans in every state even new mexico. phish does'nt need a group of dreadies 2 follow them around and sell out shows. if nobody ever followed them from show to show they would be just as big as they r now because of need i repeat myself 18000 ITS THE MUSIC. so stop tring 2 sale everybody that shit about how dreadies made the scene the music made the scene. stop stero typing shit uare once again saying that dreadies r the most die hard phish phans i've never had dreads and have seen well over 80 shows saw them 4 the first time in 96 at ucla.and by the way most of u dready venders r saling goods not 2 get into the show because at the same time ur looking 4 a free ticket get a job and fund ur own tour. it was 3 solid nights of music see u at alpine valley. much love phish

cubensis Mon 3/9/2009 08:37PM
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hey bud u sound like some1 who would rather tripp his face off in the parking lot than b in the show. its about the music and it will always be about the music part of the reason all of those dreadies toured so much living from show to show is because they have no job and no home so dont feed me this crap about faithful dreadies made phish popular. c how happy all those phans where they probly gave a shit less about a shakedown street there all there 4 the music not the scene. so teel ur parking lot stories to some1 else.

superkicker Tue 3/10/2009 05:48AM
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superkicker

dude the dreadies and wooks were everywhere. And just beause the wooks followed doesnt mea they held the scene together. I was talkign to one guy who looked like he stepped out of a business office and sunday was his 134 show. Alot of those orginal wooks grew up got jobs, shaved the dredz etc..doesnt mean they arent there..they jsut moved on for a little while and dicovered showers and deodorant. But the lot scene was very pleasant in my opinion. nothing out of control, barely any frat bros,

Hell the msot annoying person in the lot was the preacher saying god wants us to burn in hell for listening to phish smoking etc.

futhepharmer star Tue 3/10/2009 11:16AM
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futhepharmer

Phish had NO radio airplay. none. zip. zero.

your gonna tell me a band that has no radio airplay is gonna get that huge without the touring faithful? take off your rose colored glasses man!

And I mean (old school)tour kids in general, not dreadies.

nobodysjam starstarstarstarstar Tue 3/10/2009 12:30PM
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nobodysjam

Dig that Camel Walk intro to Back on the Train.

boom5 Tue 3/10/2009 04:12PM
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I really miss the old scene, but it's not the young kids faults that they were born late. I am going to see Phish this summer for the music, not the lot scene. Great shows, great reviews can't wait for Alpine!

phishinpanic Tue 3/10/2009 04:17PM
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phishinpanic

pharmer...what is it with you? why the poo poo all the time? I was there during what you call "old school"...it was good. It's still good. They opened with Fluffhead for Christsake. Be nice.

cubensis Tue 3/10/2009 04:33PM
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ok pharmer i am an old school kid was there in the first 12 years of the bands exsintence. about no radio time thers the internet bro so u really didnt need word of mouth too hear abbout them(phish). my uncle has a flyer that has phish playing a after show when he saw the dead play in boston.

Natey starstarstarstarstar Tue 3/10/2009 08:55PM
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Natey

pharmer, you really should really just revoke all of your comments, because you are incredibly wrong. Since when did people with dreads or people on tour that sold shit in the lot make Phish who they are today?? Phish became popular because of the internet/taping/fan base being a bunch of nerds. By nerds, I mean overwhelmingly in-to-the-music. I am one of them. I have been watching Phish for the last 17 years and I still am nerdy about them. I also looked different back then, since that obviously matters to you. It is not how you look it is how you act and how you feel about the music. Phish would be better off without an out of control parking lot anyway. By the way, there were still plenty of people with dreadlocks in all three of the shows....and you know what we ALL had PHUN!!!

brooklynite84 Wed 3/11/2009 06:20PM
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Love the pic of that guy and the bible...

Elemley Sat 3/14/2009 09:00PM
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fu, im sure there were plenty of head stash dreadies there so chill

phunkyjedi08 starstarstarstarstar Sun 3/15/2009 04:40PM
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phunkyjedi08

@ nobodysjam

"Dig that Camel Walk intro to Back on the Train."

I hear you, but that's seriously just how the *good* GBotT's start!

@ futhepharmer

it's sad that the "scene" is no longer so brimmingly positive, but, given the current state of affairs, focusing on the music and generally being kind yourself seems to be the way to go. I've always thought the scene was secondary - maybe "corollary" is a better word -- that the music is so unspeakably special that the community that grew around it was bound to be so blazingly positive? I still feel that shockingly close connection with other true phans at shows when it's clear we're both there for the music, and THAT is where I find the community that seems so elusive now.

Excuse my elaborations

long live teh Phish!

bruff76 Tue 3/17/2009 12:19PM
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bruff76

It wasn't until Jerry died that the dreadies came on "over" to Phish. And I would say that up till then Phish was a college band, lots of college kids @ the shows. Shoot, know yer stuff, futhepharmer.