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. xpun Says:

    I never saw that angle of pages grand with lyrics posted that set. Still something new looming perhaps?

  2. LukasChuck Says:

    xpun: Phish twitter said 11:30. I’m hoping they’ve pushed it to at least 12.

  3. phishm Says:

    Time for some dark Phish. Absolutely mind melting darkness that makes people want to hide. Ya right. Would be cool though.

  4. Stoney Case Says:

    11:30. they’ve played this perfectly. lots of time left for a chunky third set and encore.

    best couchtour set I’ve seen BTB!

    Mikes Theme > Week > Golden Age Waves Piper Slave > $$$

  5. Stoney Case Says:

    I thought they soundchecked something new last night.

  6. Skyballs Saxscraper Says:

    That oas one hell of a string of musics right there.

    Cannot even fathom what is to come.

  7. Foul_Domain Says:

    Good set. Waves had way more left, but otherwise really fun and unique.

  8. phishm Says:

    Time to get weird.

  9. Willowed Says:


  10. Stoney Case Says:

    Watch for the Ride Cap’n encore

  11. Willowed Says:


  12. Skyballs Saxscraper Says:

    Shocking start here

  13. sumodie Says:


  14. Dr Pronoia Says:

    Is it turning 2014 tonight?

  15. sumodie Says:

    This one’s for the hipsters at Pitchfork only listed Burn That Bridge plus jam for Friday. That’s all I got

  16. Willowed Says:

    My favorite.

  17. Stoney Case Says:

    This goes Storage!

  18. Stoney Case Says:

    sumo! I heard the ‘plus jam’. it sounded burn that bridge like, but then some.

  19. Oldskool Says:

    In 3 setters set II is deeply my favorite. Hopefully they prove me wrong tonight

  20. Oldskool Says:

    Usually my favorite

    Stupid autocorrect

  21. Stoney Case Says:

    deeply sounded good. thought you were opening up there.


  22. mayhem Says:

    Yeah that’s usually the way, but I’m hoping too

  23. Stoney Case Says:

    Dreams are coming true.

  24. Willowed Says:

    Is this the first set or the third?

  25. Oldskool Says:


    Most priceless autocorrect ever

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