In an unprecedented move that was hard to wrap one’s head around at the time, Phish and / or authorities called off the opening night of Northerly Island one song deep in the second set. After a sluggish opening half, the band dropped a spirited “Down With Disease” that ended far too quickly for a “Prince Caspian” that never happened. Page got up from his piano—a move many thought was in reaction to the ripcorded—to inform Trey that the concert had been called off. Lightening in the distance was the reason provided, but the massive storm that was coming never materialized. In fact, across town Pearl Jam took a two-hour set break and played until two in the morning. This is the second bush league fiasco of tour that could have been avoided with any level of forethought.

7/19 Official (R. Kelly)

7/19 Official (R. Kelly)

Everyone knew the storm was coming from early afternoon, but why should be last night be any different from SPAC, Jones Beach, Merriweather or Alpharetta? Phish has played through storms far more severe than the one in Chicago last night all tour long. And let’s be serious—this was no lightening storm. The show should have continued. By the time everyone had found their way home, the rain had stopped and Pearl Jam was taking the stage. Granted they had a later curfew, but these are the situations for which rock stars have millions of dollars. I can name at least ten shows off the top of my head that took place in for worse conditions than last night. Everything that happened on Friday reeked of poor form, and here’s what could have happened.

Phish announces—via social media—that are starting promptly at 7pm due to impending storms. The band takes the stage for real, not with a worthless first set, and plays—without a break—through 9:30pm and sends everyone home dry and happy. Instead, they waste the only time we had with meaningless music, take a setbreak, and come back as if all is progressing as planned. Who makes these decisions?

I don’t feel bad for myself or the kids on tour, they’ll see the rest of the shows. But what about the people who flew to Chicago for three shows? What about the people who could only come to last night’s show? One would assume Phish will come out with their biggest show of tour tomorrow night. They almost have to. How bout playing two improve based sets instead of one? How bout playing three sets tomorrow? Something? Anything? Buller? Bueller?

I: Suzy Greenberg, Wolfman’s Brother, Backwards Down the Number Line, It’s Ice, The Moma Dance , My Soul, Scent of a Mule, 46 Days, Limb By Limb, Julius

II: Down with Disease > Prince Caspian*

*aborted at least 30 minutes before any rain hit

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707 Responses to “Really?”

  1. sumodie Says:

    Chairman unleashed!

    Terrific Piper jam

    This set just kept getting better, and slave to tie it up

  2. Willowed Says:

    Starting my own blog tomorrow.


  3. sumodie Says:

    Xpun, caught that too ;0^

  4. Andrew Says:

    Something like this…

    Crosseyed > Seven Below > Tweezer > Ghost > Circus

    E: Ride Captain Ride > Tweeprise

  5. Dr Pronoia Says:

    Meaningful set

  6. Willowed Says:

    I was nervous after the short Bott in the opener role.

    I have been proven wrong.

    Great set.

  7. Willowed Says:

    I would love a 7 below set opener for the 3rd.

    Was thinking that a while back. Andrew and I are on the same page.

  8. LukasChuck Says:

    that mike solo gets me every time. so beautiful.

  9. Dr Pronoia Says:

    Incredibly dense. I don’t think one song broke 10 min

  10. voopa Says:


  11. negev79 Says:

    Dr P at some point they’re going to take this incredible level of playing and jam a song out to the 20 minute mark, and it will be one of the best things they’ve ever played. It’s coming, I know it!

  12. Stoney Case Says:


  13. sumodie Says:

    Burn That Bridge was soundchecked yesterday

  14. halcyon Says:


    What a beautiful slave

  15. LukasChuck Says:

    i’m cracking a laughing dog DogZilla Black IPA because I’m convinced that it will conjure an evil raging Harpua > Rock You Like a Hurricane* > Harpua.

    * I would also accept When the Levee Breaks, Purple Rain, or Sweet Home Chicago.

  16. btb Says:

    That was unreal. Top 5 set of my life. It was that good.


  17. sumodie Says:

    Rippin set, true nothing very extendo. Fingers crossed they dont let up for #3

  18. locust the lurker Says:

    Huge thanks to Lukas. Turned a party at my inlaws’ into a throw-down with Ph!

  19. xpun Says:

    And somewhere an MiA is crying

    Very special set. Not even there and still elevated by it.

  20. sumodie Says:

    Bliss, baby, bliss, BTB!

  21. Willowed Says:

    Big fan of that set.

    It all worked. Great selections with passionate playing.


  22. LukasChuck Says:

    You are most welcome locust!! Happy that I could share the couch tour party after all the lurking I’ve done around here. 🙂

  23. Willowed Says:

    Page = wow. He made that Piper his bitch.

  24. Dr Pronoia Says:

    Reminded me of UIC1 – perfect flow, nothing super extended but everything had a tight, blissful jam to it

  25. xpun Says:

    Is curfew 1130 or 12?

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