The Age of Miracles

Great Woods - 6.7.11 (Rob Sadowski)

In their first visit back to the amusement park environs of Darien Lake since 2009, Phish dropped a spectacular second set filled with a rhythmic focus and monster grooves, providing their western New York audience with plenty of music to dance to on Wednesday night. Focusing their pristine playing of summer on anthemic groove-based improvisation, the band crafted a fun-filled second set that featured a continuous flow throughout. Lacing the opening frame with a series of summer debuts and rarities while providing the knockout blow the second, Phish played a complete show that set up a weekend blowout at Camden and Merriweather Post.

Darien Official Print (Slater)

Beginning the show with a string of three bustouts—”Nellie Kane,” “Mellow Mood,” and “Buffalo Bill”—the band set an exciting mood early on and balanced this song-based excitement with high-quality, rhymically-focused escapades in “Wolfman’s” and “Undermind.” Trey jumped into his refined stacatto playing early in the night during “Wolfman’s,” and he’d continue along this path through many jams of the show. As the set rolled on, the summer debuts continued to roll out—”Ride Captain Ride,” “It’s Ice,” “Dog Faced Boy” and “Brian and Robert.” And the final improvisational highlight of the set came sandwiched between scorching doses of arena rock (“46 Days” and “Character Zero”) in a “Limb by Limb” that Trey attacked out of the gate with cathartic lead melodies. Though totaling 15 songs, the first set didn’t ever drag as the band wove together songs and jams in a combination that kept things moving right along. But when the band came out after setbreak, Phish carried a different kind of motion.

Kicking off a set-long dance-party with the third-ever cover of TV on the Radio’s “Golden Age,” the band unveiled their most developed version to date. Moving from the song’s fusion of uplifting melody and driving groove, the band added an infectious funk exchange once the song reached its usual climax. Setting the tone for the second set with high-octane dance music, the band continued down this path with a passionate roar through “Mike’s Song” that passed through the always-welcome “Fast Enough For You,” en route to one of the standout highlights of the show—”Weekapaug.”

PNC (C.LaJaunie)

Transcending the”Groove’s” fun-filled, thematic jam, the band dove into a far more intricate exercise in groove. Trey leapt into the fray with a high-speed tease of “Golden Age,” and the entire band hopped on for a reprise of the jam (that was teased throughout) as “Weekapaug” set sail into collaborative textures. Amidst a quick-witted interplay, the band dropped into their new-school staccato jamming-style, shredding the piece to bits with “plinko funk” improvisation. Smoothly remerging with the song’s theme, the band likened a locomotive as they collectively took the jam to its peak as Trey played with sublime phrasing—a trend of his leads throughout the night. And as the band hit the last note of “Weekapaug,” they let it drip out into a brief ambient note (in which Trey dropped another “Golden Age” tease) which quickly morphed into the post-apoalyotic soundscapes of “What’s the Use?” Phish took their patience with the surreal mid-set interlude, treating the piece with immaculate delicacy. And as the final layers resonated over the audience, Trey picked out the beginning of “Theme.”

Flowing quite well, as the band emerged out of the dark instrumental with a high-powered version of “Theme” that continued the groove-based ethos of the set. Though “Number Line” never seems to fit naturally into any slot of any show, once its jam got going everything changed. Trey immediately ripped off lightening-quick, multi-note runs that encouraged the entire band into faster and creative interplay. This dynamic piece set up a monumental exclamation point of the set in “2001 > Harry Hood.”

6.7.11 (R.Sadowski)

Drenching their laid-back space-funk escapade with full-band teases of “Golden Age” throughout much of the jam, and then crafting a ridiculous mashup with “What’s the Use?” in the piece’s final segment, Phish threw down a definitive version of “2001” that showcased their glue-tight playing and musical playfulness at this stage of the game. A full-scale throwdown of the likes we haven’t seen from the song this summer, the band used the swarthy dance excursion to tie the set together. And then Phish put their signature on the night in the form of an outstanding “Harry Hood.” Continuing their liquid phrasing of the show, both Mike and Trey stood out amidst this jam. But it was when Fishman switched from a fluttering beat into a subtle groove, taking the whole band with him, that this version really jumped off the stage. Crafting an original take on their spiritual opus, the band finalized an outstanding set with a triumphant musical conversation that shot an arrow through the heart of the audience. Trey led the way with gorgeous leads that—in the moment—brought memories of Darien ’97’s top-shelf rendition under the very same circus tents. Capping the night of fire-filled grooves with a sublime and

Weaving a non-stop second set to compliment their song-heavy opening frame, Phish played to all facets of their audience within one show last night. And as without touching any of their more exploratory jam vehicles, this weekend is looking as promising as ever…

I: Nellie Kane, Mellow Mood, Buffalo Bill, Kill Devil Falls, Wolfman’s Brother, Rift, Undermind, Ride Captain Ride, It’s Ice, Dog Faced Boy, Brian and Robert, 46 Days, Limb By Limb, Character Zero

II: Golden Age, Mike’s Song > Fast Enough for You > Weekapaug Groove, What’s the Use? > Theme From the Bottom, Backwards Down the Number Line > Also Sprach Zarathustra > Harry Hood

E: Good Times Bad Times


1,385 Responses to “The Age of Miracles”

  1. tela'smuff Says:

    second set tease tonight. i’m out.

  2. GhostPhunk Says:

    I’m out too. Peace BB.

  3. BrandonKayda Says:

    Can somebody give me a setlist so far? I don’t care anymore haha.

    Just finished Candide by Voltaire. Good book.

  4. vegas wolfmans Says:

    Set 1: Rocky Top, Mike’s > Hydrogen > Weekapaug , Stash, Tube > Guyute, Guelah > Scent of a Mule, Cavern, The Sloth, The Curtain With

    Set 2: Down with Disease, Free, Possum, Big Black Furry Creature from Mars, Swept Away > Steep, David Bowie…

    I’m out too. PEACE

  5. halcyon Says:


    I wanted to hit this up this weekend, but am working. If you have time, hit this up, and then hit Sushi Den up for some killer sushi

    June 11th

    Truth & Salvage Co (8:45-10pm)
    Split Lip Rayfield (7:10-8:25pm)
    Ryan Montbleau Band (5:45-6:55pm)
    Missy Raines & the New Hip (4:15-5:30pm)

    Whitewater Ramble (3-4pm)
    The Giving Tree (1:45-2:45pm)
    Loose Cannon (1-1:30pm)

  6. Doc Says:

    Very frustrating tonight. Finally got it to work and he’s off air. Next time.

  7. punkmug Says:

    On a happy note. Its my birthday today. According to a phishnet email I got. 17 years ago today, right this moment actually! I was experiencing my first Phish show. 6/10/94 Red Rocks!

  8. tela'smuff Says:

    ok. i lied. back.

    julius has been a good tune for me since Telluride. but this Golgi, not so much. this might be the strangest second set i’ve heard. detroit is starting to look like an oasis in the desert.

    will do Hal. thanks!

  9. phoammhead Says:

    That’s cool, punk!

  10. vegas wolfmans Says:

    This is not a good show.

    Happy Bday, punkmug. My first show was summer ’94 also. Cleveland 6/25/94. Hooked.

  11. phoammhead Says:

    Happy Bday!

  12. vegas wolfmans Says:


  13. halcyon Says:


  14. phoammhead Says:

    From what I heard not a bad show at all. Some ups some not so up.

  15. tela'smuff Says:


    no sense to this set. after the Disease, not one song has led to a jam in the last 8 years, at a minimum. not what i expected in Camden on a Friday night. Bring on MPP!

  16. phoammhead Says:

    Uh, maybe you are right wolf’s.

  17. tela'smuff Says:

    snap. my drunk ass forgot about bowie. stupid couchtour.

  18. BrandonKayda Says:

    And here we go. They played Fluff first night Camden last year too.

    😀 😀 😀 😀 😀 😀 😀 😀

    bkayda at gmail if anybody wants to meet up at MPP tomorrow or Sunday. So, so excited!!!!

  19. punkmug Says:

    Thanks guys. It has been a somewhat phishy reflective day. Been revisiting the show all day. crazy. Hard to believe its been so many years.

  20. phoammhead Says:

    What will miner say?

  21. punkmug Says:

    miner will be down on it. Call it a speed bump?

  22. vegas wolfmans Says:

    I’m certainly not a hater, have been listening via a stream, and didn’t stay at a Holiday Inn Express last night, but this show has seemed disjointed and “off” since I hopped on to a butchered Mule and Sloth late in the 1st.

    Win some lose some. I’m gonna go eat some tacos.

    g’night gentelmen.

    ::crossed fingers for quality MPP stream::

    Get some, BK!!!!!

  23. BrandonKayda Says:

    While you guys are bitching about Phish, I’m going to go cultivate my garden. 😉

  24. halcyon Says:


  25. punkmug Says:

    we just want what phish wants us to be. happy. 🙂

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