Welcome to the Future!

5.31.09 (T.Tunick)

5.31.09 (T.Tunick)

In a show every bit as big as its spectacle, Phish fused what we love about them with everything we’ve yet to discover.  In an earnest welcome to the next chapter of their careers, Phish played a show- and more specifically- a second set that inter-wound the new with the old, creating a stunning welcome to the future.

The inaugural second set of Summer ’09 was underlined in vibrant fashion by combination of the dirtiest “Tweezer” we’ve heard in quite some time with a slowly moving transition into the debut of one of Phish’s brightest new songs- “Light”- just like it was scripted.  Echoes of past glories were felt and furthered upon within the monstrous “Tweezer” in which the band moved through the nastiest grooves we’ve heard in years into a impeccable peak before twisting into a spirited debut of the much-anticipated, “Light.”  With a section of improv that could easily develop into a 3.0 “Piper-esque” jam, Phish previewed a song that will certainly jump into this summer’s rotation and highlight many a setlist.

5.31.09 (Phish.com)

5.31.09 (Phish.com)

Following this symbolic combination, the band dropped into a perfectly-placed “Bathtub Gin” that brought the entire crowd back onto the same page after the other-worldly excursion that directly preceded it.  Following precise playing within the feel good jam and “Bowie’s” darker counterpart, Phish took Fenway’s grandest stage of tour to debut their new multi-part epic, “Time Turns Elastic.”  With an additional jam tacked onto the song’s final peak, Phish brought the crowd deep within and without their dynamic piece, showcasing Trey’s composition in the most focal point of the show.  A song that many fans thought might not translate well onto the Phish stage came off magnificently, one movement seamlessly moved into the next, climaxing in a far more dramatic fashion that imagined.  With the band’s announcement of its newest arrival in the middle of the second set of the tour’s first show, we’ve definitely got many more versions to look forward to this summer – and it will be interesting to track the song’s potentially changing form.



With a performance of “Time Turns Elastic” that could have ended the night in a fitting way, Phish wasn’t even close to done.  Dropping a bombastic “Free” deep into the second set, Phish showed they still had some love left to give.  And if continuously playing wasn’t enough, the band broke out “The Ballad of Curtis Loew” for the first time since  August of ’93, enthralling the stadium crowd before finishing with a dynamic “YEM” that gradually built from laid back grooves into a jam with more teeth to it, ending in a centerfield bass-solo by Gordeaux before the band’s first baseball-stadium-sized vocal jam.

Finishing the night with a three-song encore that punctuated an evening that already has made Hampton seem like a distant memory, Phish was good to the last drop.  With “Tweezer Reprise” having seen many fitting settings, none was quite like this.  Gazing up past the Green Monster, into the night’s glowing half-moon, everything in the universe was right again.  Phish was moving forward again, creating new adventures with songs, old and new; adventures that reached out and gripped us in a way that we remembered; the way it’s supposed to be.  Hampton needed to happen to get here, but there seems to be no time like the present in Phish’s universe.  Night one is in the books- here we go- “Destiny Unbound!”

I: Star Spangled Banner*, Sample in a Jar, Moma Dance, Chalk Dust Torture, Ocelot**, Stash, Bouncing Around the Room, Poor Heart, Limb by Limb, Wading in a Velvet Sea, Down with Disease, Destiny Unbound, Character Zero

II: Tweezer > Light**, Bathtub Gin, David Bowie, Time Turns Elastic**, Free, The Ballad of Curtis Loew, You Enjoy Myself

E: Cavern, Good Times Bad Times, Tweezer Reprise

*from picthing mound ** debut


“Tweezer” 5.31.09 partial


192 Responses to “Welcome to the Future!”

  1. snigglebeach Says:


    funny all i could here was fishman. barely heard a note that Page played. every section had its own issues.

  2. MP Says:

    The boys are all about the new stuff. TTE is outta control, huge and getting huger. Everything else was great, but there is hunger, fire, urgency when they play the new songs, especially Elastic. Cant wait to take a turn on the carousel. Love it!

  3. El Duderino Says:

    That’s just it, He’s never broken a string on stage! sounds like our man Trey met some dude down @ the crossroads IMO 🙂

  4. El Duderino Says:

    I haven’t received my Alpine Valley mail-order tix… should I be worried?

  5. Chalkdustin Says:

    @El Dude Someone told me they got an email today that said they’re shipping June 3. I haven’t gotton my email yet, but would expect to get an email sometime before then.

  6. Albert Walker Says:

    I was just looking at pictures on Jambase and there is an Ampeg amp by Trey

    looks like a reverb rocket

    I don’t remember ever seeing this.

    Does anyone know what amps Trey has been using

  7. Jon Bailey Says:

    Wow, Lot’s of negative feelings on this post. I do agree, I would be a littl pissy if the souns was flubbed.

    The entire evening. Couldn’t stop smiling from ear to ear the entire night.
    Highlight Jams for me:
    Entire second set (2 in particular Free, Light)
    No forgotten words to cavern

    What a special night. See you all in NY.

    One negative…I hate to do it.
    Holy Nitrous Batman
    No need for it…..keep it out!!!!!

  8. Albert Walker Says:

    Can’t find the fender either

    there is a head and a cabinet and you can see the Ampeg off to the side, but no Fender in site

    could the other amp be the Mesa. I can’t really tell

  9. Mr. Completely Says:

    so let’s see. they have debuted 4 new songs and one rearrangement (undermind) and every single one goes right into the “oh I’d like to hear that at a show!” pile.

    very encouraging.

  10. El Duderino Says:

    thanks for the info Chalkdustin, i can breathe a sigh of relief

  11. Chalkdustin Says:

    Does anyone else’s Destiny cut off before it’s over at the end?

  12. MP Says:

    Just got through with YEM and it keeps getting better. Someone (likely not a fan) tweeted during the 2nd set that “The Phish show sounds likes a dying whale”. Must have been the YEM vocal jam! Ha. I guess I like the sound of whale on the verge of death. Way to rock the hood, boys.

  13. Mr. Completely Says:

    finally giving this a close headphones listen…halfway thru set 1…Ocelot is a winner…this Stash jam gets outside the box very nicely for a first set tune…a nice ballistic jam, nearly into orbit and then back down quickly.

  14. the serpent deflector Says:

    I am now on my second run of Ocelot… Much better the second time. The name is odd and when Trey sings it, it sounds odd, but after run number 2 I really like this song. As for it sounding like a dead song, sheez, can’t you people let a dead horse rot in the sun??? Light is great and TTE is 100 times better live and my ADD doesn’t have me shutting it off at minute 7…

    After my initial headphones in bed experience, I am very impressed with the tightness compared to Hampton. The second set is off the chain and it really all starts with the DWD. This reminded me of the disease from Atlanta summer 98, machine gun style as one mentioned earlier. Shredding phish.

    I am psyched to listen to Jones Beach tomorrow night!!!

    Keep up the good work Miner. How psyched are you for 3 shows in 5 nights? Can you say “Fresh Head to start tour”? See you in Indy…

  15. snigglebeach Says:

    I really am starting to understand the Phish snobbery. It really did annoy me the way the majority of the crowd got excited and all stood during Bouncin’, and then those same people went to get more beer when Destiny Unbound began.

    Just finished listening to the spoilers download. what a difference a seat makes. thanx for the recording. almost sounds like a different show. I really enjoyed the second set (by that time i thought it sounded good) but i was still listening to 3-piece band. there were times when it went quiet and i had no idea why. I think that was the few Page solo riffs we didn’t hear.

  16. Frank Cal Says:

    Listen for the Take Me Out To The Ballgame tease before Trey drops into Stash . . .

  17. Frank Cal Says:

    . . . and now I just heard it (Take Me Out To The Ballgame tease) again after the Stash was over right before Bouncin begins . . . He played more of it this time (“Take me out to the ball game, Take me out with the crowd. Buy me some peanuts and cracker jack, I don’t care if I never get back”). The 1st time it was just (“Take me out to the ball game, Take me out with the crowd.”) then they busted right into Stash.

  18. old dude Says:

    SHNs and FLACs on etree:


  19. old dude Says:

    play ball!


  20. Rolling Papyrus Says:

    Quick “Take Me Out to the Ball Game” quote at the start of the Limb jam as well.

  21. tela'smuff Says:

    also a TMOTTB tease in the Bowie intro from Mike, very slight.

  22. hairy pood Says:

    trey broke a string at spac in 04

  23. HT Says:

    Great show. Epic venue. Now I need some help. I was in section A 5 15 rows from the stage on Pages side. I dropped my camera during the encore and can’t find it. For more detail I posted on craigslist lost and found. Appreciate the help!

  24. Frank Cal Says:

    Just heard the TMOTTB tease in the Bowie intro from Mike (nice catch tela) . . . However heard nothing in the Limb. Rolling Papyrus you have a time count on that?

  25. Mr. Completely Says:

    note that etree fileset is a 24-bit one for archiving/remixing and NOT for easy conversion to a listening format. I’m sure the normal 16bit fileset will be up before long though.

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