Memories of Being Free

July 4, 2010 (Wendy Rogell)


7.4.10 (Wendy Rogell)


7.4.10 (Wendy Rogell)


7.4.10 (Wendy Rogell)

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  1. c0wfunk Says:

    yes yes – I agree turn the page I was hesitant to even bring it up..

    Let me throw something else out there from being down front sunday that I noticed..

    there’s this really interesting subset of down front people who I like to call the “fans on a mission”..

    They’ve spent hours or months or minutes planning this big moment that will be the highlight of the shows. And they come down and say “I’ll only be here for 5 minutes dude, but JUST WAIT this will be epic you won’t even believe, just remember it was ME who did this man it’s going to be so cool.”

    This manifested in a few different ways:

    First we had the 2 dudes with the giant Spocks’ Brain sign that they unfurled and actually wrapped around me at one point. This was preshow so actually kind of funny.

    Then you had the guy with the broken orange cone he had written “fee” and “megaphone” all over it “we’re bringin back the megaphone” he whispered to everyone on his way to the rail as he threw his shard of trash on the stage.

    There was the girl w/ the “olfactory hues” tank top on and she was certain she HAD to show page so he would get overwhelmed by her assets.

    At setbreak we had the folded american flag guy who was certain once trey saw a flag on the ground he had no choice but to unfurl it and drape it over his shoulders rocky style. When it hit mike’s bass stand, Mike and Trey carefully picked it up and placed it on top of the ampstack with very little ceremony.

    All of them actually kept their word and left once their mission was over, though most deflated and slightly disappointed with the non-impact they had made with their carefully calculated plans.

    The only thing that seemed to impress Trey were the t-shirts – he seemed to really enjoy getting those. And the glow stick that hit him in the face to which he responded with a “woah woah woah” (palms in the air) signal

  2. kayatosh Says:

    morning, folks!

    these wendy rogell picture are fabulous. Thank you. She really captures the lights and the feeling in the room at any given moment.

  3. empire01 Says:

    Great weekend, I could not ask for anything more.
    I got to hear a bunch of tunes that I really didnt expect to
    hear or have not heard in years.. first night
    finally got a destiny unbound and a killer version of tweezer>SLAVE
    on the 4th a awesome Forbins>Mockingbird
    Camel walk. Harpua>killing in the name of was EPIC.

    best of it all is that I got to enjoy it with my family. The scene felt really positive and everyone was having a great time..First time in a long time that I felt that people were there for the right reasons. To experience what this band has to offer is what it is all about..

  4. c0wfunk Says:

    ^^empire well put very much the way I felt. Such a great group of phanners there in atl this weekend met some amazing folks all over the place.

  5. BTB Says:


    Big thanks, fist pump and ass slap to Leo Weaver and the rest of the southern crew!!!!

    “Killing in the Name” of rocked the fuck out!! Never rocked that hard at a PH show ever. period.

    Not sure what the chatter has been about regarding this song, but I couldn’t care less, no one can take away that amazing PH moment for me.


    Also, as I told others that night, I heard a collective “gasp” when Trey said started up the the Harpua speech about the founding of the country. It made me nervous for a second too, but I think peopled were worried about a “liberal agenda” moment, but I don’t think that’s what went down. That was good natured PH at its best. AND IT ROCKED!!!!

    Charlotte was the heat!!!!

  6. Mr.Palmer Says:

    Damn. the Caspian>Tweezer>Slave from 7/3 is top shelf Phish for this guy. Top 5 Leg 1 moment for sure so far. I haven’t even listen to the 4th yet.

  7. Guyute711 Says:

    Just wanted to pop in for a second and say that it was great to meet so many of you off the board. You all seemed like pretty nice people and it was a pleasure to hang out. Oh yeah, this weekend absolutely smoked, well right up until about 3:00 AM on Sunday when I was sleeping on the ground outside my hotel. If you ever see a show in Alpharetta do not stay at the Fairfield. People were getting kicked out left and right.

    @BTB I did not get booted for drinking Miller High Life. No hotel would even dare ban the champagne.

  8. empire01 Says:

    oh I forgot to mention that my son who is 12 loves RATM. When he was like 2 he used to jump up and down on the bed and rock out to gorilla radio..
    It was a great experience to witness that with him..

    I really hope that the scene stays this way reminds me when I first started seeing phish, when everyone was just happy to be there. I also feel that there are alot of younger fans attending which is pretty cool and refreshing. I did not witness any dark elements this weekend, though I didnt hang in the lot much..I think I only heard one hisss.

  9. Mr.Palmer Says:

    For some reason, i can no longer play youtube videos. This ever happen to anyone? It was fine last week, i go away for a few day, and now it doesn’t work. Thoughts, ideas? I’d like to see some action from this past weekend. Thanks

  10. Mr.Palmer Says:

    Forget it. Just needed to re install Adobe flash. Not sure why, but it works now.

  11. kayatosh Says:

    yo plams: updated report on the sony mdr 75056 heapdhones. good sound, great value, but after extended wear they begin to pinch my fat dome, especially the ears.

  12. Mr.Palmer Says:

    @ Kaya- Did they shrink? or did your head grow in a week?

  13. kayatosh Says:

    spinnin 6/26 now. love that crowd control. was not aware that CC could be so good. yet another pleasant surprise from tour.

  14. kayatosh Says:

    palms: the latter. I think all the phish i’ve been consuming through the ears is pumpin up my brain and expanding my dome.

  15. c0wfunk Says:

    @kaya: the deja vu show – such a trip that show was. CC is a tune I”ve always enjoyed -fishman has a couple great turnarounds on teh bridge and the lyrics are a great portrait of Trey’s disaffection with his space and time circa 2003 (the world around me’s changing, I’m just standing still). Funny how it mostly fell on deaf ears both years at MPP (show us why we came here, before we lay on the ground, give it to us loud and clear, make the devil turn around)

  16. lastwaltzer Says:

    Remember that oil spill from back in April? You know the one thats rekeasing millions of gallons of oil into the atlantic. Come on tell me you haven’t forgot already………..turns out the goverment has been helping keep the press away from the spill.

    AWESOME! (Thats sarcasm)

  17. kayatosh Says:

    @LW: the stock mrkt seems to have forgotten; big rally afoot. NAS up over 2%. ha.

  18. kayatosh Says:

    @cowfunk: 6/26 is a $$$ show, top tier of tour. lovin this sugar shack w/ trey nailing his part. Happy little ditty with an ominousness just below the surface. classic phish.

  19. lastwaltzer Says:

    Damn Bp released 538,000 pounds of benzene, nitrogen oxides, and carbon monioxide into the air in Texas in early April. CrAzY

  20. kayatosh Says:

    time to put some bane in my game.

  21. kayatosh Says:

    BP = bastards polluting

  22. Halden Says:

    Cover to Keep:

    I am the Walrus

  23. SillyWilly Says:

    Just got back to Madison (and the office) from a long 4th of July weekend in Cleveland.

    Wish I could have been at any of the last 3 shows.

    Its crazy how strong the feeling of missing out and being disconnected from the Phish community can feel. Im starting to understand how one could literally drop life for going on tour.

    I know many of our BBers have done this and I used to wonder if I could actually make that plunge, and after checking the setlists on my old ass cell phone and feeling that almost physically sick to your stomach feeling, I know I really could do it.

    not being there this weekend is a tough pill to swallow.

    Anyway, I hope to read back and live vicariously through all the stories.

    Rest up, Blackboard! Phish is destroying America again. I can’t wait to be free and back on the road again.

  24. KWL Says:


    peep this:

    geographer david harvey on the financial crisis, pretty sweet

  25. lastwaltzer Says:


    “Im starting to understand how one could literally drop life for going on tour. ”

    you and J too, she keeps trying to get me to cancel are hiking trip to hit alpine llfa

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