After much debate in the Phish community as to whether or not the band should headline the biggest music festival in the country, the band killed it and we all had a blast! Welcoming the wide open field and festival-sized open-air sound, we were once again at a Phish festival- sort of. The only band for which Superfly turned off the all-to gaudy Bonnaroo stage sign, when Phish took the stage, the place felt like a Phish show- with more a diverse crowd.
Playing their longest set since Big Cypress, Phish closed the main stage on Friday night with a three-hour late night slot from 11 to 2 am. Taking one day off, the band closed the festival with an outright two-set Phish show from 8-12 am on Sunday night. The band did a little bit of everything over these three sets, played to over 70,000 people. This weekend was certainly one of the high points of June’s tour.
Follwing the recent pattern of brutally sub-par-LivePhish soundboards, (more on that another day), the SBD releases of Bonnaroo don’t come close to conveying the size of the music. The “Tweezer” doesn’t crunch, the sound is flat. Audience tapes are the only recordings that give bring this festival-sized show to life. In short, if you download any AUDs, download these! (Note: The “Rock and Roll > Light > 46 Days” is a can’t miss highlight, taboot).
DOWNLOADS OF THE WEEKEND:
6.12.09 Bonnaroo Late-Night < TORRENT LINK
Chalk Dust Torture, Stealing Time from the Faulty Plan, The Divided Sky, Possum, Down with Disease, Alaska, Stash, Golgi Apparatus, Wolfman’s Brother, Poor Heart, Kill Devil Falls > Free, Wading in the Velvet Sea, Harry Hood, Highway to Hell > 2001 > You Enjoy Myself > Wilson > You Enjoy Myself
E: A Day in the Life
Source: Schoeps MK21 (nos) > kcy > Schoeps VMS5U + Schoeps MK4(ortf) > kcy > Schoeps VMS02IB > Lifted Chris Hall interconnects > Busman Mod R4 Pro – Taper: Jeff Hatcher
6.14.09 Bonnaroo, Manchester, TN < TORRENT LINK (whole show)
I: AC/DC Bag, NICU, Gotta Jibboo, Punch You in the Eye , Sparkle, Bathtub Gin, Character Zero, Tweezer > The Horse > Silent in the Morning, Run Like an Antelope, Mustang Sally*, Bobby Jean* > Glory Days*
II: Rock & Roll > Light > 46 Days, Limb by Limb, Farmhouse, Backwards Down the Number Line, Prince Caspian > First Tube
E: Suzy Greenberg > Tweezer Reprise
* with Bruce Springsteen
Source: Neumann U89i (Omni split 2′) > Apogee Mini-MP > R-09HR (24/48) – Taper : Steve Toney
VIDEOS OF THE WEEKEND:
“Tweezer Reprise” ending Bonnaroo 6.14.09
“First Tube” set closer 6.12.09
3-DAY FESTIVAL! (IN INDIO, CA?)
Just when things couldn’t get any cooler, Phish.com has asked us to “Save the Dates” of October 30th, 31st, and November 1st for the first Phish festival of the modern era!. Three days- the longest Phish festival ever- is believed to be taking place at the site of Coachella, in the desert outside Palm Springs, Califorina. Noone’s getting shut out of this one, as Phish will throw their their first fall festival- and their first on the west coast! Lovin it!