Phish | 06.07.09 | Tweeter Center

My first Phish show. The band broke up just as I was getting into them and 4 years later they get back together. I was online with two computers the day tickets went on sale and I was lucky enough to grab 2. Who else to take by Winslow.

After seeing Soulive and The Decemberist over the last two days we both were a bit on the tired side but the excitement of seeing Phish kept us going. We tailgated early with some jack and cigars from the Dom. Rep., tailgate classy. Also met up with mary jo in the lots before hand. It all put me in happy spirits to witness Phish.

As we made our way onto the lawn they had started with Chalkdust Torture. A we found our way about 3/4 up the lawn in the center. Not a bad spot considering the place ended up being packed. The next song was 'Fee' and this made me extremaly happy. 'Fee' was, as i remeber, one of Quake's favorite Phish tunes. I felt blessed to have them play that while I was out on the lawn. A great way to remeber a great friend. This was followed by Wolfman's Brother. These three songs in the beginning really are the ones that really make me remeber my high school days listening to Phish. Such a fun way to start the show.

When I heard the first few notes of 'The Lizards' I knew this night was already more than I imagained it could be. Quake's favorite tune and now mine! Bliss. The first set eneded with great jamming on Tube and First Tube.

The second set began with a song I had never heard, 'Sand'. A lengthy jam that really drew me in and by the end of it I was grinning ear to ear. This was followed by two fun dancy tunes, 'Suzy Greenberg' and 'Limb by Limb'. I loved it! The set ended with an amazing Tweezer. Seriously, at the end of the second set my cheeks were hurting from grinning so much.

Trey came out at the beginning of the encore and said how much they enjoyed the northeast and how they didn't want to leave and if they could play all night. It was just a hint as to what came next. As far as encores go, this was one of the best I've witnessed. Started with a new tune that went by listly but then busted into 'Bounching Around the Room', fun, dancable, enjoyable. Then it went into 'Run Like An Antelope' and everyone was amazed. A bit of a rabbit pulled out of a hat, it felt like. I love that song and to get it as the last song (or so I thought) was great. But they weren't finished yet. They then finially ended with 'Tweezer Reprise' which is so rocking and awesome that it was the best possibly way to end my first show.

Overall, it was great to finally see Phish. The band sounded tight and seemed like they were really having fun and are serious about their comeback. You could actually hear Paige's keys in the mix and it added a lot to their sound. I didn't always hear the keys so much in earlier shows and he definiatly has more presence nowadays in the sound.

Winslow and I left the show happy. A perfect ending to triple nights of music. Ending with the epicness that is Phish. (however, we came to the conculsion that the Decemeberist show was the best of the three nights. Mostly because it was above and beyond our expections. Phish was more or less what we expected.) Nothing in the show was overly mind blowing. Nothing left my jaw on the floor. But the overall presence of the band and fans, my first time, the remerance of Quake, and the song chooices, all lead to one of the better concert experiances for me.

Set I: Chalkdust Torture, Fee, Wolfman's Brother, Guyute, My Sweet One, 46 Days, The Lizards, The Wedge, Strange Design, Tube, First Tube
Set II: Sand, Suzy Greenberg, Limb By Limb, The Horse > Silent in the Morning, Sugar Shack^, Character Zero, Tweezer
Encore: Joy^, Bouncing Around the Room, Run Like An Antelope, Tweezer Reprise
^ - First Time Played
Thu 9/10/2009 5:51 PM