Creme de la Creme

8.9.10 (W.Rogell)

Due to family obligations I was unable to attend what sounds to be, hands down, the best show of 2010, if not the entire modern era. All I needed was one listen with headphones and closed eyes to know that. “Disease > What’s The Use” is a seminal piece of modern psychedelia and, in my opinion, leap-frogged over of anything from The Greek to hold the trophy for the greatest jam of the year. A segue for the ages created a single piece of music that flowed like few musical sequences we’ve heard thus far. Throughout the entire show, Phish nary flubbed a note while crushing an unrelenting setlist of dreams. Not to mention that Trey had one of his finest nights of since Phish’s return, providing scintillating work from the “Tube” opener, through the end of the show. First set highlights included a sublime “Reba” which ended in “Fuck Your Face,” a combination that must have had Alpine going bezerker. But through the headphones, the most impressive first set jam was the redonkulous “Antelope” that punctuated the first set. Wanna’ hear some shredding? Well, cue this one up; arguably the finest outing of the era for the song as well.

A furious “Mike’s Groove” with an even better “Sneakin’ Sally” in the middle? Forget about it. I’m not sure how much I can go on here. The entire show flowed effortlessly as Phish jammed all the way through a legendary second set. I had an undeniable instinct when I boarded a plane in Indy that I was flying away from the shows of the summer in Alpine, and lo and behold, one night later…Phish exploded. Shit, even “Bug” absolutely slayed. I hope everyone had a blast. I’m sure you did.

That’s why you don’t miss shows.

I: 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

II: 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

E: Quinn the Eskimo

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  1. brandofunk Says:

    I hear you miner! I was supposed to fly out to Alipne last minute but the flights were over $500 round trip and decided it wouldn’t be fiscally responsible for me to do. I regret that decision a whole lot right now.

    Down with What’s the Scent of Mule?
    Mike and Sally’s Bug Groove

    They sound sick right now, I just hope it carries over to JB

  2. brandofunk Says:

    Correction, Mike and Sally’s Dirty Groove.. I need to go to sleep!

  3. Foul_Domain Says:


    Downloading last nights show right now.

    Gonna burn it to disc, roll up some bane and go for a 3 hour drive.

    This show looks like a goddam gem!

    Sorry you missed it, Miner…and me too, for that matter.

    Morning All!

  4. Foul_Domain Says:

    Fuck the drive…

    I cant stop listening long enough to make the walk to the car.

    Almost through Alaska. So far so good. Tight playing all around.

    Tube was over before it started. A nice little piece of funk, nonetheless.

    The Reba is beautiful. Its here that you can tell Trey is feeling IT.

    Gotta love hearing FYF again.

    Im only a few songs in, but go grab this show! Immediately!!

    Cant wait to hear DWD after Miner’s most high praises.

  5. Kenny Powers Says:

    wow Miner, you’re giving me chills. i know what i’m listening to aboard Amtrak on route to Jones Beach Tues morning….(still on DC1)

  6. willowed Says:

    I want to give you a giant hig Miner.

  7. willowed Says:


  8. deckie Says:

    last night was my first show in 7 years and they brought the heat. Venue was PACKED! my buddy caught his first mikes weekapaugh in 14 years. FYF was huge and DWD was one for the record book! I’m giggling (39 yrs old) w/excitement for tonights send off!

  9. Highway Bill Says:, poor Mr. Miner…get over it.
    Family is more important than Phamily.
    and Sneakin’ Sally sux anyway!

  10. goat Says:

    ^ troll?

    you’re off-base son.

  11. beepaphone Says:

    Grieving. Can’t believe I’m missing Alpine this year. Bout to move in a couple weeks. Simply couldn’t swing it this time. Ouch.

    Hang in there, Miner.

  12. Carl Says:

    whoa! now thats more like it. dwd > wtu is great. 30 thousand plus recovering this morning from a serious hosing!

  13. guyuteflu Says:

    Show indeed did slay. Non stop songs, bombs by mike, page and fish on point, and trey building jams. First set just seem to keep going and capped with a smoking lope. Fyf…we were screaming Fyf at every passer by. Dwd>whats=blissful. Reba ending was also solid nd beautiful. So many highlights…time to do it all over again!

  14. Type III Jamming Personality Disorder Says:

    mornin’ all
    it’s those ones you miss that keep you comin’ back. the whole “they played what last night?!?” thing.


    and Sneakin’ Sally sux anyway!

    um, what now? does not compute.

  15. Leo Weaver Says:

    Wow…that looks like the show I was chasing at DC. Looks like we shoulda headed north rather than south yesterday.

    Today is recovery from the DC excursion/marathon.

    BTW, Deer Creek truly is a wonderful shed…I’ll make the trek back up there.

  16. Exree Hipp Says:

    Highway Bill’s tone is trollish, sure, but he’s right about family trumping phamily.

    Phish and their crew are probably the only people in our lives we have spent a significant number of nights in the presence of who wouldn’t recognize us if they saw us, or know if we ever spent another night together. The friends on tour are often only a few degrees away from that. Family are the people who make life worth living; they are companions as opposed to neighbors.

    I’m not saying it’s good to miss the best shows of tour, but I am saying that sometimes things come down the pike for a reason and can shake you up to show you what matters.

  17. BigNasty Says:

    First set was great and you could tell the band was feeling very good – great song selection. Short songs but good flow. But man, that second set was one of the best complete sets of Phish I’ve ever seen. It felt very old school – at least the guy on guitar was reminding me of someone I had not seen in a long time….technically perfect shredding, emotional peaks and valleys, zany antics and pleasant surprises. 3.0 has been good, but a progression back to prominence none the less. As many here have said, the band I fell in love with was back on stage last night…really back…and I didn’t think I’d ever say that again. Last night is why we go.
    Sloth opened the second set with furious intent. The DWD was unreal. The jam rolled on at a furious pace, the entire band unloading on this thing. The darkness of the jam was building and the landing in WTU was effing mind blowing. WTU kept the music dark and foreboding and it went on and on till it felt like they played it twice. Maybe it seemed that way to me because of the fear it stirred in my soul. I think Mike and Fish were scared too; it seemed they tried to pull out near the end but Trey kept going back to the WTU melody washing dark vibrations over the steamy green valley. Needless to say Scent of a Mule was the perfect antidote to the fear…I was giggling when Mule took off – talk about dark into light. This one got the full treatment, with Trey and Page shredding the middle section and long… LONG vocal belt by Mike to bring Mule back around. Super tight. High fives and ear to ear grins all around after this chunk.
    That was the first chunk and the show could have ended there, no prob. But everyone seemed to know by the band’s demeanor, especially Trey, they had more in store. And wowsers, the Mikes Groove chunk delivered the goods once again. Mikes was super tight and got everyone dancing hard. Not super long but to the point, tightly played with a great peak. One of the best Mike’s of 3.0 in my opinion. The landing in Dirt felt so natural and enhanced the ebb and flow of the set. I was glad to see the band continue to make new Mike’s Groove sandwiches and Dirt, Sally was the perfect recipe. The Sally was super fun, complete with a vocal jam and dance grooves galore. EVERYONE was getting down hard. I hardly remember the Weekapaug because I was picking up my marbles at this point.
    Following Week, the band could have played anything…Bug was a great choice. I love this song and had one of those Mr C. Greek moments. I was with my wife and because we purchased a new home this summer and have yet to sell our previous house this one hit home. Two mortgages, two kids and a shaky economy is serious shit and puts a certain amount of strain on our relationship but in the grand scheme of things…. it doesn’t matter. I pulled Michelle in tight…. It was one of those moments where you feel somehow the band is playing all this for you, like the music knows where you are at in life connects you to the bigger themes in the universe. It helped that one of Karuda’s two spot lights used during Bug (one center left and one center right) were directly on my wife and I. Like “Hey Mike, listen up…you need to hear this”
    So…overall super awesome show. Reminded me of back in the day. Trey is on the mountain top w/ his new ‘doc. The crowd was huge, hot and sweaty. I was calling Icculus last night, maybe tonight. But, whatever they play tonight is good with me…big thanks for last night, boys!

  18. Dancingpig Says:

    yeah…. definitely regretting the decision to pass on Alpine. How could Phish do this to me? ha

  19. albert walker Says:

    Were thinking about you miner during Dwd > wtu

    Don’t know what happened last night but it all clicked

    Masterful jamming great songs
    What a night

    That Dwd is why we see this fuckin. Band kids

    Fuckin love it

  20. albert walker Says:

    And antelope has been building the last 4 versions but just exploding here at AV

    Check it out

  21. ColonelJoy Says:

    Wow Miner…bummed you missed it.

    Best Disease ever….this Phish destroys all other Phishes that came before!

    How did they do it?

  22. Carl Says:

    well put, @ big nasty! thats why we keep going back to see these guys.

  23. Henry Says:

    God, i love when Mike plays the Dirt melody on his bass

  24. zzyzx Says:

    Looking at the setlist you missed and shaking your fist is part of the Phish experience. Going every night robs you of that. Therefore you should be glad for this 😉

  25. jdub Says:

    So it all came together last night! Way to go Phish.

    great post Big Jig!

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