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Tuesday, July 18

Phish finally puts two amazing sets together for a Cuddly but Muscular performance.

Phish finally puts two amazing sets together for a Cuddly but Muscular performance.

There just something supernatural about Phish and The Erven J. Nutter Center. Throughout their historic career Vermont's Phinest are a 3 for 3 in Dayton over 3 different decades. First, I want to mention the level of high quality Live Phish Webcast display. They leave every other bands webcasts light years behind in production value, it's amazing and akin to an edited concert video. 

    Let's get to tonight's fireworks that makes a trip back to my birthplace of New York seem not that crazy of an idea. The boy's opened with the new song “Tuesday” on a Tuesday night,in the words of Forrest Gump “that's all I going to say about that”. Next up was Frank Zappa’s “Peaches en Regalia”, the first rendition of this Phish fan’s dream cover since I was in North Carolina with Sammy. Damn, this publication and myself miss you Sammy Martin. The rest of the first stanza was solid with magnificent moments sprinkled throughout. It featured another Phish debut “Sometimes”. There are fans out there complaining about all the new material. Take it from a veteran, back in the day a new Phish tour meant new songs and that is a good sign that our boys our still having fun Wilson.

  Let's get to the second stanza and first let me start by declaring, DAMN! That felt fucking great! That was a near flawless set and in an indoor setting the new light rig looks phenomenal. When “Down with Disease” kicked off, I knew we were in the grips of a wormhole of a night. The jam that bled out of this 3.0 jam vehicle was patiently perfect. It included many peaks and covered plenty of territory. It turned my living room into a dance party complete with friends knocking shit over. The majestic “Mountain of the Mist” that seemingly morphed out of the endless jam was perfect. It's the kind of song when properly placed in the set is a triumphant ballad. Obviously, this was one of those occasions. The segue into “Waves” left Trey breathless and baffled along with the rest of the viewing party. The fans inside the Nutter Center going absolutely apeshit made me grin and transformed me back to 1997 for that historic show, in which I was lucky enough to be young and sober enough to be on tour. 

That “Ghost” was so nasty, I am stumbling to even find words for, I will have to just put the video of it below. The show was certified gold when “Wombat” not only worked, but was as funky as Gordo’s lipstick wearing new David Bowie look. The heroic set ended with a rousing “Chalkdust Torture” with the Band connected and firing on all cylinders for a complete set for the first time of the

The encore was a majestic “Squirming Coil” but you already knew that. Wow! Glaze On! 

Dayton , OH
SET 1: Tuesday[1], Peaches en Regalia > Free, Roggae, Sugar Shack, Maze, Horn, Crazy Sometimes[1] > 46 Days > Runaway Jim

SET 2: Down with Disease[2] > Mountains in the Mist > Waves > Ghost > Wombat > Chalk Dust Torture

ENCORE: The Squirming Coil

[1] Phish debut.
[2] Unfinished.
This show featured the Phish debuts of Tuesday and Crazy Sometimes and was webcast for free via LivePhish. Trey quoted Waves at the end of Ghost.

Pro-shot footage of the entire Nutter Center show can be viewed (while it is available) below: