Monday, July 24
Phish delivered three performances that satisfied everyone's musical pallet with music so melodious it made all Phans Sweet tooth’s ache.Read why We are three shows into Phish’s crowning achievement
Phish delivered three performances that satisfied everyone's musical pallet with music so melodious it made all Phans Sweet tooth’s ache.Read why We are three shows into Phish’s crowning achievement.
Let me start off by eating a huge pile of crow. I have been a Phish fan since 1991 and have seen well over 250 shows. Unfortunately, this all worked against my judgement and is a huge reason why I am missing Phish’s career defining run. When they released the Summer Tour dates(or lack thereof), I turned into a jaded vet. I know it's what I despise most and what I boast that Grateful Music is not. I committed the biggest sin against Phish. I doubted them, I thought I had our band figured out and now I have to suffer the ultimate punishment. I am missing Phistory! The same reason I caught “Dark Side of the Moon” and most fans missed it, is why my sweet tooth is aching. I thought this run was going to be 13 New Year’s Eve shows. After the first night we established I was Coconuts and our band reminded the world why they are the best live band playing today. Every point I made in my review Friday night has been solidified. We are three shows in and the only thing I am sure of, is we will get one hell of a “Tweezer Reprise” to end the thirteenth show.
I could review Saturday night and Sunday Night similar to how I reviewed every show this tour and how I will going forward. But it would get repetitive , because the two shows that followed Friday's night revelation we're both equally unique and awe inspiring. All three shows will be forever brain freezed into our memory, discussed, debated and celebrated.. I think Saturday's night first set was the best opening stanza in the 3.0 era. The reason is simple, it's because the effort the band put into every selection. In an era filled with first sets that are so mediocre, I began to think Phish was content opening for themselves each show. Take “Momma Dance” for instance, a tune we earned to be musical explored actually took flight. The fan favorite bled into improv heaven with the jam dipping into darkness and light terrain before they put it to bed. Each tune with the exception of “Mound” was played with joy and passion and we all felt the extra musical mustard each selection was given. The M.V.P of the first half was easily Page and reminiscent of the Phish of old, he was rewarded with a “Squirming Coil” to showcase his unbelievable chops to close the set.
The second set was jaw dropping unbelievable. From the jams to the unusual song selection, it was perfect.
I could point out my favorite moments or songs, but most likely your defining jam or tune would vary from mine. The wonderful thing about a Phish show when the stars are aligned is we both are correct.
Then Sunday, just when we think we figured a few things, they gave Velvet Underground a musical standing ovation. Shit, Sunday even CK5 was Red with excitement. The third show of this historic run was mind blowing and had me Red with envy. It was everything this era has lacked on a consistent basis. It was unpredictable, but predictably marvelous. They encored with "Sweet Jane". The band is having more fun then we are. They just announced Tuesday’s flavor is Jam filled. Wow! This is the band I fell in love with twenty five years ago, we still have ten show left and the only question is which show will they paint their masterpiece? Glaze On indeed!
New York , NY
SET 1: Sunday Morning, Axilla, Your Pet Cat, Back on the Train, How Many People Are You, Glide, Theme From the Bottom > It's Ice > More
SET 2: AC/DC Bag > Wolfman's Brother > Twist > Waves > Miss You, Boogie On Reggae Woman, Wading in the Velvet Sea
ENCORE: Sweet Jane
 Phish debut. Trey on drums.
This show was night three of Phish's Baker's Dozen run at Madison Square Garden and consisted of a red velvet donut theme. Red velvet donuts with cream cheese frosting were given to fans arriving at the venue and the show featured the Phish debut of Sunday Morning with Trey on drums and Fish singing while wearing cape, a Pope hat, and tossing holy water on the crowd. The venue was draped in red lights for the "velvet" themed songs: Sunday Morning and Sweet Jane (both Velvet Underground covers) and Wading in the Velvet Sea. Trey teased Streets of Cairo in Back on the Train and Super Bad in It's Ice. Wolfman's Brother was unfinished. Sweet Jane was played for the first time since June 29, 2012 (193 shows). This show was webcast via Live Phish.
New York , NY
SET 1: Strawberry Fields Forever, Halley's Comet > The Moma Dance > Breath and Burning > Funky Bitch, Mound, Foam, Roggae, The Squirming Coil
SET 2: Down with Disease, Strawberry Letter 23 > Birds of a Feather, I Always Wanted It This Way > All of These Dreams, Split Open and Melt > Down with Disease > Shine a Light
ENCORE: Peaches en Regalia > Cities, My Sweet One
 Phish debut; a cappella.
 Phish debut.
 With Trey on Marimba Lumina.
This show was night two of Phish's Baker's Dozen run at Madison Square Garden and consisted of a Strawberry donut theme. Strawberry donuts were given to fans arriving at the venue and the show featured the Phish debuts of Strawberry Fields Forever (performed a cappella) and Strawberry Letter 23. Moma Dance was unfinished. Trey teased Pictures of Matchstick Men in the first DWD. I Always Wanted It This Way featured Trey on the Marimba Lumina. All of These Dreams was last played on October 26, 2010 (251 shows). Mike teased Dave's Energy Guide in Split Open and Melt. This show was webcast via Live Phish.
New York , NY
SET 1: Shake Your Coconuts, Martian Monster, Timber Ho! > 555, Pigtail, Halfway to the Moon, Reba, Moonage Daydream, Walls of the Cave
SET 2: Tweezer > Seven Below > Billy Breathes > Sparkle, Everything's Right > Slave to the Traffic Light, Suzy Greenberg, Coconut
ENCORE: The Mango Song, Good Times Bad Times
 Phish debut. Lyrics changed to reference the Baker's Dozen.
 No whistling.
 Phish debut.
This show marked the beginning of Phish's Baker's Dozen run at Madison Square Garden and consisted of a Coconut donut theme. Coconut donuts were given to fans arriving at the venue and the show featured the Phish debuts of Shake Your Coconuts and Coconut. The lyrics of Shake Your Coconuts were changed to reference the Baker's Dozen. Reba did not have whistling. Walls of the Cave contained a Streets of Cairo tease by Trey. This show was webcast via Live Phish.
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