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:

    That was a very good night. All who could stick around for tonite got their reward

  2. Stoney Case Says:

    Saturday Night Special Sauce’d

  3. negev79 Says:

    loving cup?

  4. negev79 Says:

    even better!

  5. negev79 Says:

    This is for you Voopa! 🙂

  6. sumodie Says:

    Stones. Great choice!

  7. mayhem Says:

    Must win, Trey comes through big time. I love this band!

  8. Willowed Says:

    Fun night.

    Good night friends.

    Take care of eachother out there.

  9. negev79 Says:

    good night everyone – see you at the Gorge!

  10. phishm Says:

    Anyone think AW enjoyed that show? I hope he did. And being totally serious. Everyone needs a good show to open their heart. If not just for a night. Peace everyone.

  11. LukasChuck Says:

    Great show! Thanks for the digital company y’all. Be safe and “may the good lord shine a light on you.”

  12. jtran Says:

    Hosed? It seems. Glad for everyone there

  13. Stoney Case Says:

    someone got trey an easy to read clock for this show.

    when life gives you lemons, squeeze that shit into 3 fat sets of Phish.

  14. Skyballs Saxscraper Says:


  15. xpun Says:

    Uri Finstenbirth needs a song written about him.

  16. xpun Says:

    Really good show. Good chatting here. Perfect stream. Not a single hiccup all night. Got a set with the kids. One with them snoozing on the couches and one by myself. Enjoyable evening.


  17. Joe Says:

    Phish and iPhone for the whizzy

  18. kayatosh Says:

    I suck at webcast — either passed out or seriously distracted. We thirst for waves. Was it quenching? Was piper the jam of the night? Or was this a show w no discernible high point due to an abundance of goodness?

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  20. phishm Says:

    Fairly certain that MiA summed it up for me. I’d love to hear other perspectives. Great show?

  21. voopa Says:

    I was on the phone w/relatives for Mike’s>Waves but I everything I heard after that sounded dialed fucking in. 1st set was nice too.

  22. LukasChuck Says:

    my immediate reaction is that the piper was highlight of the night but just barely. So much goodness all around. Snap judgement says set 2 would get my vote for best of the tour. The Light was also awesome (and will require some focused re-listening) and the hood was sublime. As voopa said: “dialed fucking in”.

  23. phishm Says:

    Anyone else still dialed in? It’s all good. Shit doesn’t vanish when the band leaves the stage. Ride it out in style. Hope you all enjoy it.

  24. phishm Says:

    or enjoyed. Sorry. Late night. Time for sleep.

  25. jp Says:


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