The band lightened things up with a beautiful combo of Taste > Circus–Trey on point in both. This gave people the light of day before diving into the old school darkness with a Gumbo > Antelope closer. Gumbo, a classic version again, is always welcome in my book. It meanders into one of 3.0’s most energetic Antelopes. Keeping with the pattern Trey started last leg, he changes the lyrics in this version–“Marco Benevento”.
Setbreak was poppin’. While the lights high overhead in the pavilion and the huge flood lights light up the massive lawn, you could tell people were abuzz. People lining the sides, urinating where they could to avoid the massive lines so they wouldn’t miss the beginning of the second set. $13 Bud Lights were being slung at every tent as fast as they could be–second set was going to be hot.
In a rare fashion, The Sloth opened up the second set. A fan named Colin Foster was holding up a “Sloth” sign close to Mike’s part of the stage. However, the next day when Mike was rolling in lot, Colin asked him if The Sloth opener was for the sign–Mike looked at him, raised his finger as if thinking and said “aaaaaaaaah, NO” and then pointed at him with the finger he was holding up. Colin claims Mike was lying.
Down with Disease, the real opener was rumbled out next–the JAM of the second leg. This feverish oddesy clocks in at about 18 minutes and features some serious Phish 3.0 jamming. It even branches well into some type-II jamming, something I know we have all been craving. Beautifully and seamlessly Phish stretches this piece of improvisation into a glorious version of What’s the Use? It was only the second time it has been played in 3.0 and 4th time in post-hiatus Phish. Alpine Valley’s Down with Disease -> What’s the Use? double headed monster will be listened to for a long time to come, and that’s hard to say about most post-hiatus Phish.
Without stopping the magic, Trey slowly started up an interestingly and well placed Scent of a Mule–the “Mule Duel” was short but furious on both Page’s and Trey’s parts. Mike’s Song lit up the whole damn place for the second and last string of songs in the night. It was dark and standard before sinking into Dirt–this set’s first and only time to catch your breath. Figuring Weekapaug wasn’t going to come out of dirt, what was next was a mystery to all.
Sneakin’ Sally? Ok, I’ll take that in a Mike’s Groove! The Sally is short but sweet, complete with vocal jamming. Out of the end slowly rose the drum beat to Weekapaug Groove, lighting a match under the ass of everyone in attendance. Some people figured a YEM closer, but Phish had something a bit more mellow in mind, Bug. I love Bug, and this version was both gorgeous and hot–yes, usually both adjectives work well while describing a girl, but it’s not often that a song is both. What a great way to end a wonderful show. A show that finally used all the band members to make something special–rather than a show that only had Trey stepping on everyone’s toes. Thanks Phish!
Second show review coming up.
Set 1: Tube > The Oh Kee Pa Ceremony > Suzy Greenberg, Funky Bitch, Reba, Fuck Your Face, Alaska, Back on the Train, Taste > When the Circus Comes, Lawn Boy, Sparkle, Gumbo > Run Like an Antelope
Set 2: The Sloth, Down with Disease -> What’s the Use? > Scent of a Mule, Mike’s Song > Dirt > Sneakin’ Sally through the Alley > Weekapaug Groove, Bug
Encore: Quinn the Eskimo