Phish | 06.06 | Great Woods, MA

Words by: Brian Bavosa | Images by: Dave Vann

Phish :: 06.06.09 :: Comcast Center (Great Woods) :: Mansfield, MA

Phish :: 06.06.09 :: Great Woods
Saturday night saw Phish return to one of the most beautiful Northeast summer sheds: The Comcast Center in Mansfield, MA (affectionately known to any Phish fan as Great Woods). The show started earlier than previous nights, and horrific traffic on the way up caused some ticket holders to get in a little late.

After an absolute barnburner of a show on Friday (read the review here), I knew it would be tough to live up to expectations. The show was by no means bad, but sorta felt like the band was just going through the motions. Starting with some newer material, "Stealing Time From a Faulty Plan" and "Nothing" off of 2004's Undermind, the setlist was a bit thin.

A very welcome "Golgi Apparatus" was a highlight of Set One with a packed house screaming along and fist-pumping to the line, "I saw you with a ticket stub on your hand!" Saturday was also by far the hardest ticket of the tour with many fingers in the air pre-show.

"Sparkle" was fun and lighting speed, while the debut of another Trey solo tune, "Let Me Lie," proved a little flat. Standard versions of "Makisupa Policeman" (sans any keyword at all), "Taste" and "Prince Caspian" closed out one of the weaker sets of the summer.

Trey & Mike :: 06.06.09 :: Great Woods
Set Two was a bit more upbeat and brought another very good "Harry Hood," albeit it much more straightforward than the darker, exploratory version at Jones Beach. The other obvious highlight of the second set was the second version of "Fluffhead" since the return. To be honest, I expected this tune to be shelved for good after Hampton, but the band looked to be inspired playing this one and delivered a great rendition. I have no problem with them keeping this is the rotation once again if they put the effort into it like Saturday.

"Scent Of A Mule" was great to see for the typical duel between Trey and Page, but coupled with "Heavy Things" it sucked the life out of the set. If a few of the past setlists were aimed at the older vets, tonight seemed to be geared for the casual fan.

A strong "Bug" closed the show, and then during the first encore, "Contact," Gordon was waving his hands in the opposite direction of the other three and some dumb concertgoer jumped onstage in front of Fishman and ran across the stage waving his arms. It prompted Trey to joke, "Hey! Watch out for that guy. Oh, now he's gonna get thrown out and miss the next song!" A pity since the band absolutely crushed the first "Julius" since the return, and it was so fire-blazing hot I'd call it the song of the night, along with "Fluffhead."

Up next, the long haul down to Camden for the final northeast show of the summer tour's first leg...

Phish :: 06.06.09 :: Comcast Center (Great Woods) :: Mansfield, MA
Set I: Stealing Time From The Faulty Plan, Nothing, Back on the Train, Golgi Apparatus, Sparkle, Gotta Jiboo, Lawn Boy, Let Me Lie, Taste, Makisupa Policeman, Prince Caspian
Set II: Seven Below, Fluffhead, Scent of a Mule, Heavy Things, Harry Hood, Possum, Bug
Encore: Contact, Julius

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