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. David M. Says:

    thank you for all your hard work in getting these shows up…this is the first time I’ve listened to a show without knowing what was to come…the “no spoilers” section of the blog is a fantastic idea..

  2. dan v Says:

    Thanks so much for getting this up last night. It was plenty early for West Coast.

    Much appreciated. I’ll take advantage of this as often as you do it.

  3. Keep Stella blue Says:

    Thanks for the No Spoilers Mr. Miner… most enjoyable. Keep it up.

  4. CS Says:

    Thank you so much for the spoiler free work. It was such a delight to listen to those first notes of Fluffhead last night. I truly can’t thank you enough!

  5. slippery dan Says:

    you guys are the best. we had an amazing listening party out here in SF and owe it all to you. thank you so much. it was like we were there. hope y’all have a great rest of the run.

    – sd –

  6. Matt Says:

    And now the world is restored to normalcy again. Wow. This feels wonderful.

  7. RebaReba Says:

    I noticed the 420 MB show size as well. Haha.

    So what’s in store tonight????

  8. Per Says:

    I can not thank you guys enough, being able to listen to the show last night was absolutely amazing.

  9. shpongleyez Says:

    Whoa

  10. Billy Breathes Says:

    So much left in their tool belts.

  11. andrewrose Says:

    I’m down with gtgwbab2495. An old school Runaway Jim>Foam to open tonight!

  12. TheGeneral Says:

    Thank you Thank you Thank you!

    The no spoiler site was a stumbled upon godsend. Lying in bed with headphones, not knowing what was coming next….next best thing to being there. In fact…at certain moments, I was.

    Whoever is responsible…let me know when you are in NYC. Next round is on me.

  13. famous mockingbird Says:

    is anyone else really excited about backwards down the number line? it sounds awesome

  14. Zim Says:

    Thank you to all you made this kid stuck in Seattle a very happy guy! Thanks Mark H for turning me on and tuning me in. You are Family brother.

  15. Jeff Says:

    THANK YOU SO MUCH!

    The “no-spoilers” thing was amazing, as I listened from Cali with 10 phriends on delay and while we weren’t at The Mothership, we were able to enjoy the show in a unique and exciting way.

    What an amazing show!

  16. Asher Says:

    What a great night. I grabbed the first set around 11pm Pacific, built a fire in the fireplace, cranked up the surround sound and was transported. Talk about feeling those feelings I forgot. Listening to last nights show with no-spoilers was fantastic. I kept laughing with glee as each new song popped up to blow my mind.

    A couple of observations (IMHO)
    First and foremost they were really LISTENING to each other! This was a more democratic Phish than I have heard in a very long time. Their egos were really well balanced. It felt like Page had more influence on the direction of the improvisations than he has ever had. I am always down with more Leo. Also, it sounds like the Chairman of the Boards has some new toys (SUZY!!)

    Most self referential song selection -I Didn’t Know. Loved this call. You could hear it in Treys delivery. It felt like he was directly addressing all the fans with an (unnecessary IMO, but appreciated) apology of “I didn’t know I was that far gone.”

    Some folks on here so far have said that they thought the vocals sounded rough or whatnot. I thought the opposite. To me it seemed like they (Trey in particular) were just approaching them differently. I think the emotions of the evening came across in the vocals really beautifully. I absolutely loved the free and easy delivery of Suzy and especially Farmhouse. When Trey drew out “cluster flies” and especially “all right” near the end. I got chills.

    Tweezer>Taste = perfection. The highlight of an evening full of highlights!

    Can’t wait to see what happens tonight! The boys are truly back and I couldn’t be happier!

  17. phishisoneagain Says:

    I just wanted to say a big THANK YOU to everyone involved with getting these out so fast. I listened to them last night (being in CO) it worked out perfect. When set II ended I checked livephish and booom d/l that and woke up for some tasty soundboards.
    I just put on some BIg DJ head Phones, and shut my eye’s, even found myself dancing around my apartment….Love a good NICU

    I really think they should open with halley’s comet, but have think it will be my friend. I know a masterful, SLave is comming

    A great cover would “wish you were here” for all us that arent… 🙁

    but at least with great people like mr. miner and the botch of taper’s we all can get our phix…

    I for one am really grateful to have Trey back after his addictions. Coming from someone with similar back ground it’s not easy to let those things go….and sometimes you gotta say “I didn’t know I was that far gone” !!!!!!!!
    BUt to my surprise is how Paige killed it, especially the first set…I love to hear all the members equally and the best part about PHISH 3.0 is that it’s PHISH “all one” like Dr. Bronner says…
    Ironic lyrics, all through the show…

    If the ticket god’s prevail see ya in St. Louis, otherwise Deer Creek is on…

  18. Tom Says:

    Listening to the first set for the first time….and it is like the first time all over again. I thought that they really hit it with a Fluff > Sky opener. At least from te setlist many things that say, guess what…We’re Back, can’t wait until Pittsburgh, which is when I get a chance to see them.

    Oh yeah, the Stash was sweet.

  19. Mr.Miner Says:

    NO SPOILERS ALL SET FOR TONIGHT!!

  20. Pence Says:

    Word to that Mr.

  21. Pence Says:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zMehiQcELxU&feature=related

    This is pretty sick, other videos on as well, in HD

  22. hosemasterflex Says:

    Thank you ever so much. Your efforts made my day one of the best in memory, thank you thank you and thank YOU. And a beautiful review that almost had me crying a bit. What a grand time to be alive.

  23. sunset & labrea Says:

    not much i can say other than thank you very much. being able to listen to them last night in LA til 430 in the morning was nothing short of IT.

    WE THANK YOU FOR ALL YOUR WISDOM AND KNOWLEDGE

  24. full tour: Announced! Says:

    won’t ticketmaster release any left over tickets for the sunday show tonight at midnight?

  25. Pence Says:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j8_coTbqjwM&feature=related <—fluffhead, the guy in the crowd is going NUTZ lmao

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