With a couple days left to vote in the poll (to the right), I’m not surprised that Red Rocks is in first. I voted for Red Rocks’ for a few different reasons:
-The Tweezer sounds awesome. It gets so thick and spaced out so fast. Kuroda gets Red Rocks super psychedelic with the lights flickering across the stage and the thick smoke. It’s awesome when Trey busts out after the last “breakdown” in the jam.
-The second set of that concert was the real rebirth of Phish in 2009.
Up until that set, Phish had not experimented too much musically. There was the 6/7/2009 Sand that a lot of people love, but out of the 20 minute song, really only the last 7 minutes are interesting. This whole set was interesting. The Drowned->Crosseyed and Painless is Phish’s first seamless segue of 2009. Up until that it was only awkward or forced segues. When Phish executed that segue, it blew the lid off Red Rocks.
The Tweezer, which I commented on above, takes the set to another level. It is one of the most original versions ever, while it settles down and eventually goes into Backwards Down the Number Line.
The BDTNL is the best version of it (until Miami’s version later that year) because of how clean Trey sounds in it. He also hits a joyous peak at the end, before returning into the end of the song.
The Fluffhead is full of energy with Trey screaming “OOOH YEA!!! FLUFFHEAD!!”.
The Piper is short and fierce with guitar and piano, eventually fully giving way to the piano. Page decides to start A Day in the Life, then.
Also, the Suzy is especially fun because of it’s Drowned, Crosseyed and Painless and AC/DC Bag teases. Littering a song with teases is another thing they didn’t do much of up until this show, or much of in the Phish 2.0 years. When they do this it shows old Phish playfulness, and means they are having fun.
A GREAT show.
To get back to the poll, I am surprised that Cincinnati’s Tweezer is beating Miami’s. Cinci’s was definitely fun, but in no way could beat Miami’s. I guess I will need to relisten.
Camden’s is exciting because it was during the set of that 20 minute Ghost, and that Tweezer was it’s first extended version of the year if I can remember correctly. It’s clean and comes to, not a huge but a nice, band peak at the end.
This Post’s Related Shows:
Set 2: 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
Notes: After forgetting the lyrics to Fee, Trey remarked that “We knew this one backstage.” This show marked the debuts of Sugar Shack and Joy. Before the extended encore, Trey asked, “You guys in a rush to go anywhere?” He then talked about how much they had enjoyed the northeast run and that they wanted to play a few more songs before heading south (though he was careful to note that they love the south, too).
Friday, 07/31/2009 Red Rocks Amphitheatre, Morrison, CO
Soundcheck: Time Turns Elastic, Sugar Shack, Seven Bar Blues Jam
Set 1: Runaway Jim, Chalk Dust Torture, Bathtub Gin, Time Turns Elastic, Lawn Boy, Water in the Sky, Stealing Time From the Faulty Plan, Split Open and Melt
Set 2: Drowned -> Crosseyed and Painless > Joy, Tweezer > Backwards Down the Number Line > Fluffhead -> Piper -> A Day in the Life
Encore: Suzy Greenberg > Tweezer Reprise
Friday, 11/20/2009 U.S. Bank Arena, Cincinnati, OH
Set 1: Chalk Dust Torture, The Moma Dance > The Divided Sky, Alaska, Water in the Sky, Fast Enough for You, Time Turns Elastic, Gotta Jibboo > Fluffhead
Set 2: Punch You In the Eye > Tweezer > Light -> Back on the Train -> Possum, Slave to the Traffic Light, You Enjoy Myself
Encore: Joy, Golgi Apparatus > Tweezer Reprise
Tuesday, 12/29/2009 American Airlines Arena, Miami, FL
Set 1: Golgi Apparatus, Maze, Driver, The Connection, Wolfman’s Brother, Ocelot, Reba, Access Me, The Divided Sky, Cavern
Set 2: Kill Devil Falls > Tweezer > Prince Caspian > Gotta Jibboo > Wilson -> Gotta Jibboo -> Heavy Things > Also Sprach Zarathustra > Slave to the Traffic Light
Encore: Sleeping Monkey > Tweezer Reprise
This show was part of the “2009 NYE Run.”