Phish really pulled through for us at their Summer tour closer in Commerce City, CO. Every night was chalk full of surprises, bust outs, and some degree of audience interaction. Let’s be serious, besides their undeniable talent, many of us love phish because they love to mess with us, tease us, play with us, laugh with us & interact with us. It’s never a flat show. Never cut & dry and rarely (if ever) a disappointment. The boys didn’t let us down last weekend, and left us with a tingling sensation and an anticipation for Fall tour (46 days! – coincidence?)
They started out the night with a Ghost opener, which definitely raised more than a few eyebrows. Great tune, definitely one of my favorites, but I did not see it coming as an opener (first since October 15, 1998). As soon as Trey began the narration to Icculus, I watched jaws drop around me. Earlier in the evening we all saw the place flying above with a “Read the Book” message, but I still didn’t see this one coming either. It must have been around “Theme from the Bottom” that a friend pointed out they were spelling something backwards, and it took a few times for me to realize that they were actually spelling the word “SOMETHING” backwards. At the time, this was a confusing concept :)
The entire set was a thrill. It felt so good to be back behind the Waterwheel table, boppin around to Phish & meeting smiles with smiles. I Love the phish community. The final highlight for me was the “Oh! Sweet Nothing” encore. One of my favorite Phish covers. If you weren’t at the show and you are a phish fan I would suggest purchasing this one for your collection. Hell, I would recommend purchasing every night from their Dicks run. Very impressive.
I: Ghost, NICU, Icculus, Heavy Things, Theme From The Bottom > Esther, Moma Dance > Ocelot, Stash, Lawn Boy, Limb by Limb, Easy To Slip
II: Punch You In The Eye > Sand, Say Something, Walls of the Cave > The Oh Kee Pah Ceremony > Harry Hood > Silent In The Morning > Twist > Slave To The Traffic Light
E: Oh! Sweet Nuthin’, Meatstick