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. guyforget Says:

    Miner, you and your crew rule!!!! Last night was other-wordly!

  2. full tour: Announced! Says:

    also, heard a rumor today that livenation leaked 8/5 as a date for shoreline!!!

  3. TJ Says:

    Thank you for everyone that put together the no spoiler links. My wife, my 18 day son, and I rocked out this morning. It was the best thing other than being there. I am so glad I didn’t take a peek while all the madness was going on.

    I feel so happy inside that Phish is back and is playing with passion again.

    THANK YOU ONCE AGAIN YOU ROCK MR. MINER

  4. Andre Says:

    Man in the Suzy Greenberg…Fishman isn’t doing his usual yelling and shit…what is up with that? I did like Page in this Suzy though….tight, funky sound…never heard that sort of sound from him before.

  5. themanatee Says:

    No Spoilers is the best ever! the drop into tweezer was real for me…thanks so much for this kid. can’t wait till tomorrow night. the phish are back. soak it in.

  6. Andre Says:

    Wonder why they didnt play Tweeprise in the encore…? Maybe saving for opener…nah I doubt it.

    I call a AC/DC Bag opener for 2 night!!!

  7. stormchasingmikey Says:

    Hey Fellas,

    I was able to shoot the HD Video Last night for 60 minutes. All my videos are here. http://www.youtube.com/profile?user=stormchasingmikey&view=videos

    I hope you guys enjoy it. Friday was my only show, but I have someone taking two HD cameras into tonights show and will get it on the net ASAP later tonight.

    Thanks to Mr. Miner for the inspiration to get the camera in and share the HD Video of the show.

    SCM

  8. M.Sun Says:

    Well worth the wait for the No-Spoilers feed… Nothing like hearing the first notes of Fluffhead come out of the crowd anticipation — can’t get that seeing a song name pop up on a website… THANKS SO MUCH to Mr. Miner and phriends for all the effort to bring it to the phans this way!!!! Keep ’em comin’…

  9. ben Says:

    Well done guys….really felt the community aspect of Phish from my living room in northern NY hitting that set 1 download with ~ 2k others…thanks to all! Looking forward to the next 48 hours!
    Quick show notes:
    Loved the loose, spacey jams in Chalkdust and Stash…couldn’t figure out who was at the front of the line…loved the throwback country “Water” and rippin Rift and Bowie…called Coil early in the set as Page seemed to call out all throughout and thought for sure that was the closer….then heard the scratching guitars after the solo and … BOOM no messin around into Bowie for a soaring closer….immense return set!
    What a night…thanks again, enjoy #2 and we be waitin’!!!!

  10. Andy Says:

    I cannot thank you guys enough for this! I stayed up last night to grab the torrent and plan on doing it again tonight. Massive gratitude from the GA.

  11. RebaReba Says:

    So who’s ready for tonight?

  12. dyda Says:

    just got my clifford ball dvd and the last extra with the band talking about ‘the long gig’ makes me think that we’re going to get a cypress box set at the end of the year

    is that a new synth (suzy) or is page just playing with his alesis more? his setup had the capability to produce a lot of other sounds that he rarely used with phish or his solo shows but did more so with vida blue.

    also, how about the return of the original ‘water in the sky’. a minor thing to note but i like it.

    oh and going back to the modulus talk. mike used it during the acoustic mini stage summer 96. just got the dvds and noticed that. so there’s another example in addition to the white album songs.

    mike’s groove tonight? piper, gin, soam? some round room songs? actually i wouldn’t be surprised if tweezreprise opens…

  13. Russell Says:

    I am sniffing a Wilson opener, I think.

  14. Henry Holland Says:

    NO SPOILERS ALL SET FOR TONIGHT!!

    It can’t be said enough, Mr. Miner, what an inspired idea to do the no-spoilers thing, like M. Sun said ^^ to hear those first notes of Fluffhead come out of the crowd noise was pure magic. Thanks to you and your crew for all the work you’ve done to make this happen.

    I like a Jim > Foam opener too.

  15. Carl Sagan Says:

    here we go again. opener in the books

  16. A C Says:

    Thank you for doing the no spoilers. I think it is great. Thank you for the hard work

  17. dyda Says:

    hmmm…kind of an unexpected opener, but still quite appropriate

    julius, limb by limb, cavern, ghost – tonight?

  18. full tour: announced! Says:

    i heard there is hidden material on the ball dvds during antelope….

  19. Carl Sagan Says:

    Jibboo, Beauty of my dreams, Sand, Reprise, and a Gin is what I’m thinking…oh and definitely a Reba.

  20. Carl Sagan Says:

    oh and I love the opener. think it’s so underrated and hated on. Page is sick on it, and like 3/4 in it gets real hot. $.02

  21. RebaReba Says:

    @dyda

    It seems like Page is playing a Moog Voyager from the shots I’ve seen.

  22. proconkid Says:

    wow wow wow

    fluff > sky opener was mindblowing
    tweezer > taste – what a transition
    loved trey’s groovy possum solo
    still trying to figure out if the YEM restart is for real just a gag – we may never know!

    Tonight: PYITE opener, Ghost, Maze, Moma, Tube
    Time for some first set PHUNK!
    SEcond set Piper Curtain Slave, Gin, Waves, 7 Below RNR
    Encore: 2001

  23. Russell Says:

    wow….really cool set so far. that’s all i will say.

  24. RebaReba Says:

    The set (with a couple exceptions) is very mid90s

  25. full tour: announced! Says:

    wishing i wasn’t home on the couch like usual…..

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