Like A Dream

"Grind" (R.Layne)

"Grind" (R.Layne)

So much for warming up.  In one of the most surreal evenings in history, Phish came shooting back into our lives at a million miles per hour.  Transcending anyone’s wildest imagination, the band leapt to life with a a sacred party that was a virtual antithesis of their their previous comeback in 2002. Words could never quite express the myriad emotions and feelings that painted the masterpiece that was last night, but one can only attempt.  Clearly practiced and coming out to prove so, the band played a show that exceeded any possible expectations from anyone in attendance.  A showcase of their intention, the band ran through sixteen first-set songs in most impressive fashion, proving a two-hour welcome home soundtrack.  Tackling expectations right out of the gate, Phish came out and slaughtered “Fluffhead” in a statement that conveyed not only enthusiasm and preparedness, but a reconnection to the spirit of old-school Phish.  In what was certainly one of the most dreamlike moments in the band’s history, the entire crowd was whisked away within two notes.  After ignoring the “Fluffhead” for the entire 2.0 period, opening the next phase of their career with the song couldn’t have meant more.  And if that statement wasn’t enough, they came right back with another one of their most difficult and cathartic songs in “Divided Sky.” Every selection throughout the extensive two hour set was played precisely and emphatically, but it wasn’t until “Stash” that the band took their first dive into improvisational territory. In a jam that slid into play under the watchful command of Mike and Page, the band created a contoured passage that moved from dark psychedelia through several minutes of bliss, and back into an exciting peak of the song.

3.6.09 (B.Lee)

3.6.09 (B.Lee)

The entire night felt like an out-of-body experience, as if we were watching something out of a dream- and it couldn’t have been more real.  Every song played with precision and emotion, the band took a ride through many early ’90s  classics before landing in “David Bowie” to end the set.  With a concise, yet ripping version, Phish punctuated a marathon return. At set break the overwhelming feeling was that of awe. People spent the entire time catching their breaths, legs, and minds from the inconceivable. Almost unable to think, and absolutely speechless, many basked in the feeling that had been absent for so long, and came back into our lives like an anvil. Catching me off guard, the lights were all of a sudden out again, but everything seemed a little bit more normal this time through.

As the band stood on the precipice of their first second set, they decided to bring a taste of what is to come with the first new Phish song, “Backwards Down the Number Line.” Staying within the template of the song played on Trey tour, the band busted out what is sure to be a huge new jam, and a song whose lyrics couldn’t be more appropriate for the occasion.  The new quickly merged with the old as the playful song poured into the opening of “Tweezer.” The first licks of the haloed song brought everything back again. Like a shaft of light poured into The Mothership, every note sounded better than the next as the band set up their first dive into off of their deepest platform. With intricate and massive dance grooves that brought echoes of the raunchiest funk of yesteryear from the rafters of the Coliseum, the band doused us with some of the best feelings that any of us had felt in years. The path of the jam turned from an experiment in excessively gooey funk into some stunning improv from the band that reminded each and every one of us why we love being alive. Bringing the jam to a plane of majesty, Phish took their time building down from this phenomenal section of jamming and settling to the melodies of “Taste,” completing the connection of the symbiotic pieces.

3.6.09 (B.Lee)

3.6.09 (B.Lee)

Channeling every bit of emotion into a soaring “Tatse,” the band crafted one of the most intricate and exclamatory jams of the night. Collectively killing the polyrhythmic improv, the band was off and running into the next phase of their lives with all the intensity and potency possible.  Yet, the most sublime moment of the show came after Phish had blasted their way through one of the most energetic “Possums” in recent memory, taken a blissful sail on the oceans of “Theme,” and shredded a “First Tube” to bits, when they dropped into “Harry Hood.” Like a rebirth for all of us, as individuals and as a community, the unveiling the epic piece crystallized the entire evening with a tidal wave of emotion and amazingly interlocked improvisation. If this entire experience wasn’t overwhelming enough, Kuroda broke out a disco ball effect during the climactic jam creating a blissful mash-up of aural and visual pleasure.  The sheer power of “Harry Hood” showered us tonight, as its revelation was an reminding affirmation of all that is beautiful out life; this was the ultimate.

3.6.09 (R. Layne)

3.6.09 (R. Layne)

In a quintessential moment of reflection, Phish spun a gorgeous, seemingly set-ending “Waste,” allowing us to think about the flood of magnificence we that had absolutely washed us under. But they weren’t quite over.  As if springing from some fantasy setlist, the band dropped right into the beginning of “YEM.”  Making fun of their last, not-so-hot, comeback shows at Hampton, the band intentionally botched the opening much like did circa ’03.  Yet after their joke, the band restarted the opus with ferocity, and delivered us to the promised land ,while providing the most up tempo dance music of the night.

A welcomed “Bouncin’” encore, saw the large balls that had decorated the top of The Mothership drop and begin to- in fact- bounce around the room! What seemed set up for a classic “Bouncin,” “Reprise” encore was diverted into a celebratory romp through “Loving Cup” to the delight of all. Bringing the heat far more than anyone could of imagined, the entire experience was like being shot directly back into the middle of a raging Phish with no time to acclimate to the surroundings. Thinking of the future is now dizzying, let alone tonight!  Taking the music deeper and deeper as the show moved on, one can only imagine what they have in store for the next two. We are living the dream, folks- welcome home.

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NO SPOILERS UPDATE

WE ARE SET FOR TONIGHT!!

hampton_outsideThe first No Spoilers is in the bag!  Set one was up at 1:30 am, 90 minutes after the show ended, and set two followed two and a half hours later, at 4 am (mind you the show ended around 12:30.)  Thanks if you participated – we hope you enjoyed them! We learned some lessons – the main one being that decent bandwidth (in The Mothership and in nearby hotels) is very hard to come by in Hampton!  We’ll try have it go a little faster for Saturday night.

Big thanks to:
Jamie L aka Jerryfreak (for crazy service way above and beyond the call of duty Friday night)
Jesse H
Mark H

The crew that brought you set 2:
Dave F
Scott G
BAustin
Greg L.
Mikey K.
Carrington C.
Matthew
Rick
Elliot
Oliver
Foxy
Steve F.
Tara
Jim P.
Jenny
Jerryfreak

And all the other tapers at the show.

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217 Responses to “Like A Dream”

  1. telecaster1 Says:

    If you missed the jamz (with a z how cool) they were in the stash, the tweezer, and the taste. You’ll get your 20 minute piper brah don’t worry. I think you are really missing the point of last nights show.

  2. verno329 Says:

    I thought I was transported back to 1994 last night. The boys are back, no doubt about it. Can’t wait to see what the next three nights bring us.

    And you have to love how those giant balls that dropped during Bouncin’ almost took out Page. Typical Phish! Trey was running over to try to keep it from crushing poor Page and it was hysterical

  3. Frankie Says:

    All i can say is WOW! The No Spoilers thing was so satisfying and i would’ve never ever put money on a Fluffhead/Divided Sky opener!! 😀 The first set alone was as long as some people’s entire show!!! PHiSH is back and it feels so good!!

    Thank you so very much to all involved in the No Spoilers project! Have fun tonight!!! 😀

  4. Billy Breathes Says:

    tonight….could be the complete opposite!!!!

  5. soulish Says:

    Just quick, because I could completely review the show last nite, but don’t have the time, but the crowd level was intense at the beginning and started to lag at the end, but the reason was because we were all dead. They had played almost 30 songs over almost 4 hours, it takes its toll on you. I can assure you last night’s crowd was one of the best I have seen and they were totally into it, just gassed by the end of the show. And yeah, you can complain about the lack of huge jams, but I don’t want to hear a 30 minute Tweezer if it is just noodling, that 12-15 minute Tweezer we got smoked from beginning to end. They’ll get back to them, maybe a long Mike’s tonight.

  6. phishtwain Says:

    Thank you SOOOOO much for those auds! Listened to the 1st set at about 3am and had such a great time.

  7. Mrs. Miner Says:

    sick, sick, sick! holy sickness!!
    so phishy, so awesome!
    thanks, miner.
    (that’ll be a fun reprise sunday night!)

  8. Worthless Swampy Fool Says:

    THANK YOU MR. MINER!!
    Seriously.
    I tried to stay up but had to crash. I kept watching the lot cams to see when people were coming out and when it was past 12 and the show was still not over I couldn’t believe it and went to bed. I guess I have become an early riser. Got up at 6 this morn to dl the show. I did a fist pump, laugh out loud when I heard Fluffhead.

    Wow, just wow! Amazing show. I could truly feel the smiles and excitement from the guys in the music. Not knowing what was coming was the only way to fly. Haven’t been to a show since 99 so this was the first time in 10 years for me to hear a show without a setlist and it was AWESOME!

    This was def a message being sent and I think it was successful. Won’t do a song by song but will say that I had not heard Backwards Down yet and I dig it. Thank you again to all who helped with No Spoilers. I am sure that it was a pain in neck but a labor of love. We really appreciate it!

  9. anabiono Says:

    so, livephish appears to be down…did anyone else get the free mp3s yet?

    this is a bit of a turd position

  10. BDunn Says:

    Awesome. Thanks! I love technology!

  11. muckster Says:

    Thanks a ton for the no spoilers. I stayed up till 4 to listen to the first set, then got back up at 8 for set2. It was the perfect way to experience this for those of us who couldn’t be there. Your efforts are greatly appreciated.

  12. JFlorek Says:

    Like a dream, indeed. Listening to set 2 right now…I feel transported! Thanks for your efforts!!

  13. contact420 Says:

    I got the mp3’s this morning. Right now I’m at Stash. I’ve been saying this…See what some practice will do! Fuck man! Tight!!! Tight!!!! Tight!!!!

  14. joe shields Says:

    thanks for the quick upload last night. I didn’t get to listen to the whole show yet because I was pretty drunk by the time the show became available. I figure that is due to the huge first set they threw down.

  15. tanveer Says:

    This is really amazing and delusive.

  16. showhe Says:

    Thanks Miner and the no-spoilers crew…Great recording, sounds pefect on my stereo at home. Can’t wait for the next installment tonight.

  17. Mike Garcia Says:

    Thanks so much for everyone’s hard work on the NoSpoilers project, I waited up all night for it to come online and rocked out way hard w/my headphones – totally worth it. You guys made this show really special for a lot of people who couldn’t be there – it’s just not the same without being surprised by the setlist. Thanks again!

  18. anabiono Says:

    gah…where is the no spoilers recording?

  19. OceanbeachIke Says:

    Nice writeup! I got goosebumps. Keep it up for the next 2 nights!

  20. Pence Says:

    I find it odd that Phish.com asterixed the YEW with a restart.

  21. anabiono Says:

    nevermind, figured it out…

    would still like these free mp3s…i hope they still have them up tonight because i have to go work in a couple of hours

  22. Pence Says:

    http://phishthoughts.com/nospoilers/

    Its on the main page on the right under phishthought links

  23. Zach Says:

    Thanks a lot! Great description. Made me wish I was there. Listening to the show now, sounds amazing!

  24. momadancejam Says:

    Many, many, many thanx for the no-spoilers last night. Made my weekend to be able to experience the show in total shock & surprise. Can’t imagine what it must have been like to be standing in the room during the 1st few noted of FLUFF…….. Thanx again Mr. Minor & GO PHISH! Can’t wait to hear tonight….

  25. russ Says:

    no spoilers was fucking amazing!!!! couldnt believe i was hearing those notes when fluffhead started… goosebumps all over. have fun tonight everyone!

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