Deer Creek II: Cliff Notes

6.16.12 – Atlantic City (S.Lehrman)

I just got to Lake Geneva after an all-night drive, so tonight but I’ll go with the Cliff Notes version on a herky-jerky show that didn’t totally elevate. With a first set filled with fresh songs and bust outs, the band set the stage for a huge second with opening “Disease -> Sand.” As the band segued out of “Sand into “Twist,” it seemed like they were setting up an improvisationally-based five or six song stanza of dreams. Flowing like a river through the first thirty minutes of the main event, the band seemed primed to weave one of their sets of the summer, but all of a sudden, Trey got jumpy. Red bailed out of “Twist” with an insistent transition into another oddly placed, mid-second set “Rift” before the jam even got going. But when the guys cranked into an ever elusive second-set “Bathtub Gin,” things seemed primed to get nasty. But as they forged into an original and engaging jam, Trey got the idea that cutting the excursion for a second set “Fluffhead” was somehow a good idea. Though “Fluff” certainly popped off, the set that looked super-promising from the early jump off had dissolved to a disjointed ride. A late-set bust-out of “Ride Captain Ride” kept the energy high and was great to hear, and when Trey wove the piece into the “Antelope” intro and the jam, they formed a quality late-set couplet.

All in all, last night didn’t contain the coherency that has underlined most of the show’s of this summer. “Disease – > Sand,” however, is definitely another stellar segment of Phish that must be heard. The “Disease, in fact, flowed incredibly well, ballooning over the fifteen minute mark and was jammed to completion for the first time this summer. Flowing nicely into “Sand,” the band kicked down another rhythmic throwdown, in what is quickly developing into the leading “MVP” candidate for Leg One. Check out that segment for sure. Notable bust-outs in fun a first set included the third “Sweet Jane” ever, “Mound,” “Life On Mars?” and “While My Guitar Gently Weeps.” A fun night of Phish, but the second set really coulda been a contender…

I: Crowd Control, Dinner and a Movie, Sweet Jane, Limb By Limb > Possum, Mound, Life on Mars?, The Mango Song > Big Black Furry Creature from Mars, Strange Design, Birds of a Feather, Halley’s Comet, While My Guitar Gently Weeps

II: Down with Disease > Sand -> Twist -> Rift, Bathtub Gin –> Fluffhead, Ride Captain Ride, Run Like an Antelope

E: Cavern > Sanity, First Tube

PS…I rescind my comment from the last review saying that the Deer Creek “Tweezer” is the “Tweezer” of the summer. It’s not.

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  1. Zac Cohen Says:

    man, watching this set list pour in last night was agony, especially after the 1st set bust outs. Sounds like there was some anxiety on stage last night. I had big hopes for that 2nd set gin.

  2. Oldskool Says:

    Cannonball run from DC to Alipne is a stable of summer tour, nice.

  3. In Flagrante Delicto Says:

    Thanks for the review, Miner, even after the drive. Hoping the avoid the Saturday night special tonight.

  4. angryjoggerz Says:

    I thought I saw storm clouds to the south but it is just wook clouds. Alpine Valley: brace yourself.

  5. angryjoggerz Says:

    Im not even sure what is left on the table after DC, just gonna go with it and have a blast. Nothin like Alpine to say summer. Miner, you should skip tonight so they can just kill it 🙂

  6. Oldskool Says:

    AJ, big Piper coming tonight…

  7. Shpongleyez Says:

    Tweezer rescinded = Stairway denied!

  8. Readiccculus Says:

    Respect Miner’s opinion, but completely disagree. 2nd set was the BEST of the 5 midwest shows so far. Heavy hitter after heavy hitter after heavy hitter. They hit ’em hard and quit’ ’em. The magic is back.

  9. Cable Hogue Says:

    Portsmouth Tweezer?

  10. Litteringand Says:

    Blossom tweezer

  11. Cable Hogue Says:

    Hmmm, Blossom was a little goofy for my taste…preferred the DC one to that for sure. Blossom was hot for sure but it got choppy through the Under Pressure stuff.

  12. SillyWilly Says:

    We got packed up, and had breakfast and are on our way to Alpine

    Really happy with Deer Creek. Definitely some rash decisions by red last night, but the disease>sand was so good

    The segue from sand to twist seemed awesome too

    Pumped to be sleeping inside tonight.

    See some of you in wisconsin soon!

    Acflatbrims. Out. (Haha, that sounds silly when I actually write it…)

  13. neemor Says:

    Wondering if the summer Tweezer’s have been leading up to the bombast in the big house. Glide>Tweezer.
    Head’s up, could be a monster.

    So will the Stash>Catapult>Mountains in the Mist segment.
    Enjoy the run, all.

  14. angryjoggerz Says:

    Where you staying tonight Silly? I def want to hook up with you. Are you going to be at WW pre-show? Shoot me a text.

  15. neemor Says:

    Taken from the .net:

    – Wear lightweight, light colored clothing. blackboard series one tees are an ideal selection.
    – Wear lightweight breathable hat with brim. Preferrably flat.
    – Liberally apply sunscreen throughout the day. To the beautiful girl next to you.
    – Stay hydrated. Drink water, drink water, drink water. Licking the sweat off your arms does not count.
    – Alcohol actually dehydrates. If you’re drinking alcohol drink at least one glass of water with every alcohol beverage. Or whatever.
    – Stay in a shaded area as much as possible. Like in the pavilion. Everyone knows that the lawn is awful.
    – Utilize the 2 misting stations and 15 misting fans located throughout the venue. These will significantly improve your trip.

    Always looking out.

  16. Gavinsdad Says:

    Happy bday BK. hope you’re enjoying your first pack of Marlboros 😉

  17. Gavinsdad Says:

    Or the split Albuquerque first tube segment

  18. elementset Says:

    thank you miner for your energy / review here. i have an extra DL code for DC1 if anyone in need

  19. robear Says:

    Thx for the quick notes Miner!

    Trey, band sounds great. Dwd, Sand and Twist played a bunch already. Scents and Subtle Sounds, ASIHTOS, waiting patiently.

    SillyWly, u doing Waterwheel? R u avoiding my question?

  20. Gavinsdad Says:

    Gah. Missed that they encored FT last nite

  21. elementset Says:

    have done woostahs, rust belt and DC1 this tour … when i take a dump, pure joy comes out

  22. Weight Says:

    Best Tweezer of the summer…. No its not? Damn I was hoping you would crown that king of all Cheesers. Some shows are stellar for different reasons than an epic show even a night earlier. The 3.0 Phish can achieve the same goal nightly with a different formulas. The goal being Bliss

  23. poop goblin Says:

    Cooks in the oven. Butter is stanky danky jack h stylee

    Painting papes with oil and pre rolling down

    See you bitches north of the border

  24. TheSloth Says:

    Spot on review. Great bust outs; amazing disease->sand; huge possibilities with a twist cut short. The show was very high energy all night long. DC gave us two great shows

  25. poop goblin Says:

    Mcgrupp bott and waves just filthy sickness

    Killer set 2 of dc 1

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