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Date: Sun, 20 Jun 2004 22:46:34 -0400
From: Matthew F. Reyes
Subject: KeySpan Simulcast 6-17-04
First, I need to say that we have seen the future, and it is good. While
the concept of a simulcast is simple and not new, it of course took Trey,
Page, Mike, and Jon to make the obvious clear to everyone: if you can't
bring the fans to the concert, you might as well bring the concert to
them. This is a beautiful double banger: you make more of your fans happy,
and you make yourself and your company more money.
I saw the concert in Theater 7 of the United Artists "The Falls" theater
in South Miami, Fl, I've lived down there for years and did not expect the
ritzy, high class outdoor shopping mall, with Macy's, Bloomingdale's, etc.
to welcome the mixed class Phish fan base. I must say I was very
pleasantly surprised, and not only do I want to thank my fellow Phish fans
for being their typical courteous, peaceful selves, but I also want to
acknowledge Taubman Corporate (the Falls management), United Artists, and
Metro-Dade Police for holding any presumptive attitudes and allowing us to
intermingle and enjoy ourselves in peace.
They let us into the theater at 6:30pm, and lo and behold the screen was
already on; you could see the venue clearly! In my excitement, I called my
girlfriend at Keyspan and after 15 minutes of silly attempts, I finally
saw her walking around one of the yellow support beams! I mean, this was
indeed real time, and really clear! When I announced that I had seen her,
the few folks in the theater applauded me!
When the Concert started, it was very rough to say the least, and I
immediately grew worried that this was how the rest of the night was going
to go. The volume was too low and what I could hear, the sound board was
off adjustment badly. Their voices were overpowering their instruments. On
top of that, Trey and Page's voices were struggling to get on key at
first, and Mike seemed a bit off too during 'Song'. It was painfully
clear that this was a first for not only Phish and their sound engineers,
but for the UA theater engineers too. Thankfully, the theater people were
very receptive to our suggestions, and cranked the volume up and turned on
the rear speakers. Shortly after that, Phish's sound engineers were
tweaking the broadcast too, as the sound started getting better right
during 'Sample in a Jar'. I wonder if they had scouts at different
theaters to call in and tell them? After that, I slowly started to
realize the true nature of the technical feat, because when they finally
got it, THEY NAILED IT! Slowly, a wave of appreciation befell me: I have
never heard Phish sound so good! But I also had never SEEN them so good.
The cinematography was absolutely brilliant! Their use of fades, zooms,
and movement were genius. During the show I felt that I was a hummingbird,
hovering to a new angle, to another instrument feed on their musical
nectar, so to speak J. I have to say that Phish's newest, '6th band'
member--the camera crew--, set the standard that will be copied by future
bands who want to mimic the Phish theater experience. Just watch the
Rolling Stones or U2 copy this!
My favorite sequence was when the band was in "Phish-land" (regardless of
the song), and the cameras would focus only on Trey's guitar, the
headstock in the left top corner of the screen, the body, and his playing
hand in the bottom right. You could see the fine grain in the wood, the
wear marks from years of jamming, the finesse of his fingers strumming the
strings. Then fade to Page, focusing on his hands dancing across the
keyboards, adjusting knobs to find that perfect sound while his eyes
closed concentrating on who's he's listening to; then fade to Mike's
methodically flying fingers pounding the five vibrating strings against
the dark wood of the Modulus Q5, unzooming slowly to show his eyes closed
and head bobbing with Fish's drums. Fade into Fishman, with his steady,
slightly turned, concentrating head, eyes closed, facing the camera, his
lips occasionally synched with his sticks beating the snares and cymbals
and toms. For me, it was a total flying dream sequence.
My only hope is that they release some sort of DVD of the entire concert.
I know that they have camera crews at many of their shows, it would be
great if they could release videos of those shows too, BUT ONLY IF THEY
CAN MATCH THE CINEMATIC QUALITY of the show that I saw. Otherwise, they'll
be disrespecting themselves and the fans, as they seem to be so worried
Date: Fri, 18 Jun 2004 01:49:15 -0400
From: Jeffrey King
Subject: Keyspan Phish Review
I will keep my review short, as it is a bit late and I actually have to
work for a living.
I saw the Keyspan show simulcasted at the Regal 12 Ballston in Arlington,
Virginia. A nice selection of fans, none too arrogant or obnoxious.
Everyone there to enjoy a good show, many after work in professional
attire (which made it all the more interesting). One fan talking rather
loudly on his cellphone in the men's room during intermission said "this
is the best way to see a show, maaan". The whole congregation started
yelling at the guy. I think he got the point.
I thought the first set was downright antiseptic. I had a hard time
getting out of my chair and dancing, let alone sensing any sort of
rhythmic interia. Ocean, Dinner, and Curtain seemed almost boilerplate.
Little creative orientation by any of the band members, particularly the
redhead. Songs like Sample, Free, and Nothing were bland! They were
released on lousy albums and should rest in peace on lousy albums!
Frankenstein was forced, at best. A song of such complexity typically
leaves plenty of room for improvisational wandering, Trey instead
improvisationally stumbled around during Maze, a tune that typically
brings out Page banging away on the pipes. I stared to wonder WHAT exactly
was going on with the band...their verbatim performance of Frankenstein
really got me worried.
The second set was equally antiseptic but less cluterred than the first.
Possum had boilerplate characteristics reminiscent of the first set.
Gordon had a librarianesque demeandor during the tune, happy to be singing
it, though evidently elsewhere mentally. Oh Kee Pah and Greenberg had a
bit more umph, all of which was destroyed with a transition into a
incoherent performance of Axilla and an incohesive transition into 2001.
How can you build up a crowd with 2001 when you had a weak first set and a
mediocre second? Birds of a Feather is yet another song I could do
without. Ick. Please stop. Kung was a welcome change, especially because
it demonstrated the still existant social bonds between band members. Lots
of laughing and goofing around. Mike's Hydrogen Groove was perhaps my
favorite of the second set. Not overly solid but not shoddy. A decent
rendition with some energy.
Divided Sky was an enjoyable encore. Trey's sound was crystal clear, as
were his fingerings and band accompanyment. But too late, sadly enough.
Sorry if my review sounds a bit acidic. But the band was cluttered. Lots
of time spent discussing songs to play. Poor queing and reading of body
language. Lots of tinkering with pedals and levels. All this before the
last twelve shows during Phish's collective existence?
Date: Fri, 18
Jun 2004 03:00:37 -0600 From: Jason Nickel To:
firstname.lastname@example.org Subject: Phish show review
I never thought i would see a glow stick war in a theatre. i saw 7
tonight. mike wears stonewashed tapered jeans, and white hightop
Date: Fri, 18 Jun 2004 09:33:11 -0400
From: Leon Quesnel
AS A LONG TIME PHISH PHAN SEEING THEM IN THE MOVIES WAS WEIRD. THE OPENER
OF A NEW HIT WAS GREAT, SONG I HEARD THE OCEAN SING IS MY FAV FROM THE NEW
ALBUM. IT WAS EXTREMELY SOLID BUT HARD TO HEAR OVER THE EXCITED MOVIE
THEATER CROUD. SECOND WAS DINNER AND A MOVIE, NOT ONE OF MY FAV BUT IT WAS
TIGHT AND WELL DONE. ON TO CURTAIN WITH. I THINK THAT THESE GUYS ARE
AMAZING, A CURTAIN WITH WAS SO SOLID THROUGH THE MANY CHANGES THAT IT
ALMOST BROUGHT A TEAR TO MY EYE TO KNOW THAT I WILL POSSIBLY NEVER SEE IT
LIVE AGAIN. SAMPLE IN A JAR WAS A GREAT CLASSIC TO HEAR. SHORT BUT VERY
SWEET. THE MOMA DANCE BROUGHT US BACK DOWN TO GROOVE LEVEL AFTER THE
PUMPIN SAMPLE AND MIKES BASS WAS BOUNCY, BUBBLY AND ORIGINAL AS ALWAYS.
RIGHT INTO FREE ANOTHER ONE OF MY FAV BUT I THINK THE COULD HAVE ROCKED IT
A LITTLE MORE, NON THE LESS IT WAS SOLID. AS FOR NOTHING. I'M NOT A BIG
FAN BUT I HAVEN'T HAD TIME TRO LET IT GROW ON ME. MAZE WAS ABSOLUTLEY
SICK. IT'S STINKS THAT THE THEATER DIDN'T HAVE THE LIGHTS TO GO WITH IT
BUT THE SOUND WAS AWESOME. MAZE JUST TOOK US TO ANOTHER LEVEL. THE WERE ON
KEY,ON POINT AND JUST SLAMMED IT OUT LIKE I KNEW THEY WOUL;D. AWESOME
FRANKENSTEIN WAS A GREAT SET CLOSER . IT'S GOOD TO HEAR AN OLD COVER EVERY
NOW AND AGAIN. PAGE WAS ALL OVER THIS ONE AS USUAL. GREAT FIRST SET EVEN
THOUGH I WASN'T THERE. AS FOR THE SECOND SET. OH MY GOG WHAT A RIPPIN SET.
THIS SET KICKED OFF SUMMER TOUR LIKE A NUCLEAR EXPLOSION. 46 DAY SECOND
SET OPENER WAS FANTASTIC. SOLID AND JAMMIN. INTO POSSUM, NEED I SAY MORE,
SUZY GREENBURG WAS A SUPRISE THAT LIFTED US ALL OUT OF OUR SEATS AND GOT
THE THEATER DANCIN LIKE MAD HATTERS. PAGE WAS ALSO ALL OVER THIS ONE, WITH
A LITTLE DRUM SOLO FROM JON AND SON KICK AS RIFFS FROM MIKE AND TREY.
AXILLA, WELL AXILLA WAS FABULOUS. PUMPIN, FAST, HEAVY AND TIGHT. NICE
ADDITIVE FOR A LONG AWAITED SHOW. 2001 BROUGHT US BACK DOWN TO EARTH FOR A
MINUTE AND AS USUAL IT WAS SPACEY AND AMBULANT WITH GREAT NOISE ALL OVER
IT. BIRDS WAS OK BUT I LIKE TO SEE THEM TAKE THAT SONG FURTHER. YOU KNOW
WITH TREY JUMPIN AROUND LIKE A KID ON CHRISTMAS JUST WINDING OUT THE
SCREAMING NOTES, BUT IT WASN'T, HOWEVER IT WAS A KILLER TOUCH TO THE
NIGHT, SOLID AND STRONGF. KUNG WAS NICE TO HEART. ODD BUT NICE, AND A NICE
TRIBUTE TO THE WOMENS OPEN GOLF TORNAMENT. THEN THE END WAS NEAR. MIKES
H2O WEEKAPAUG WAS AWESOME. CLEAN ONE INTO ANOTHER JAM THAT HAD US WANTING
IT TO LAST FOREVER. MIKE WAS REALIN THE BASS AS WELL AS TREY MAKIN THAT
GUITAR WORK FOR HIM. SOUNDED GREAT TO THE LAST NOTE. ONCE AGAIN AWESOME.
ENCORE OF DIVIDED SKY. WISHED IT WOULD HAVE BEEN SOMETHING TO KEEP US UP
BUT IT DID MEELOW US OUT AND LEVEL US OFF FOR THE END OFA SPECTACULAR
SHOW. I CAN SAY THAT I THINK THE END IS TO SOON BUT THAT WON'T STOP IT
FROM COMING BUT IF THEY KEEP PLAYIN SHOWS LIKE THIS ONE WE HAVE NOTHING TO
WORRY ABOUT FOR SUMMER TOUR. MADE MY NIGHT AND A GREAT START TO THE
BEGINNING OF THE END. PHAREWELL PHISH WE LOVE YOU, LEON QUESNEL
Date: Fri, 18 Jun 2004 07:22:07 -0700 (PDT)
From: Stefan Frank
Phish show review-6-17-04 simulcast comment
Let me start out by thanking the boys for opening the show up to those of
us who couldn't make it to Brooklyn, and Regal Entertainment for giving
us space to dance, to puff, and to basically do whatever we felt like
doing (my theater in Philadelphia even had a glow stick war!!). Also,
kudos to the producers of the show for adding another excellent visual
element to an already stimulating show; these guys did some amazing
camera work, capturing everything from the faces in the crowd (a few
people in the theater actually were able to locate, call, and wave to
people in Brooklyn on the screen-talk about "being there") to the boys as
they entered the stadium, to the general pandemonium that was last
Speaking of the show, what an amazing statement! I have been seeing the
band since 1994 (never on a movie screen)†and this show was so good it
was almost sad-seeing Mike glance over at Trey, who was looking at Page,
who peered under his mike to Fish who had his eyes closed and forehead
scrunched feeling the beat-knowing†I was seeing some of the final
cues†Phish would ever give each other as a band.†It didn't look like a
band on the way out to me.†Those of us in the theaters†were
given†extraordinary coverage of the show and were able to see how much
pleasure the boys were getting from each other and the crowd; there were
many smiles, lots of laughter, and much collaboration. I think we all
know how much the†collaboration paid off!
I am†really looking forward to SPAC, the two shows I will see in†PERSON
this tour, but I have to say if I had the option of seeing them this way
again (HINT HINT: Indiana or Wisconsin) I'd jump at the opportunity.
Date: Fri, 18 Jun 2004 12:06:28 -0400 (EDT)
Subject: Phish show review 6/17 simulcast
Hello everyone, I am happy to say that the simulcast was a success in my
opinion, and I wish they were doing it for the whole tour, but we aren't
that lucky. I also want to say that everyone was well behaved out of
Date: Fri, 18 Jun 2004 11:35:38 -0500
From: Sara & Scott Eidam
Subject: Phish show review
What a treat to be part of the last tour opener, the Brooklyn show,†from
Brooklyn Center, Minnesota.† The only bummer is that they didn't start
simulcasting shows years ago!† It was a very†moving experience for me, my
friends, and all the other faces in the crowd.† What a trip to kick back
in comfy movie seats during I am Hydrogen!† And the sound?!?† Better than
being in the crowd at the show, it was amazing!† The camera tricks were
awesome as well, great close ups of the hands making music and cool crowd
shots (the coolest being the camera†above crowd looking down that spun
around and up into the sky, I've felt like I've been floating up there
Parting is bittersweet sorrow, and everyone is going to miss the boys,
but THANK YOU for all the great times!!!† Two more shows for me at
Alpine, and†I am†pumped and primed!!!† This has really all been
wonderful, but then I'll be on†my way.
Date: Fri, 18 Jun 2004 12:39:08 -0400
From: Theodore Gakidis
Subject: Phish 6-17-04 simulcast comments
6-17-04 simulcast comments
I was at the Marlboro, Ma. location. Chill parking lot scene. People
were enjoying myself and minimal security presence. Theater was sold out,
but there were plenty of seats. Band went on shortly after 7:30. Ocean
sings was good, with decent jam. Dinner & a Movie was a obvious choice
and well received. The curtain absolutely rocked! At this point no one
I whispered in my friend Cilla's ear and off we went to the aisle near
the lower section to dance. Once we broke the ice, others followed until
we were eventually gettin' down between the screen and the "front row"
seats. Sample was standard and good to hear. Moma dance was the shit, I
love that song. Great extended Jam that slid effortlessly into Free.
During the Moma Dance a glow stick war started up in the theater, not very
big, but cute nonetheless. At least this time no one in the band was hit
by projectiles. The new instrumental "Nothing" was excellent. Great
jammin with a slight Reba Jam feel. Maze was great, thought it was Bowie
at first, fooled again.
Rocking Frankenstein to close, Excellent set. I must comment that the
sound was excellent, very loud and very clear. Set break allowed us to
mill around the lot, typical set break partying going down.
Second set opened with 46 Days, ok new song from round room that had a
great focused. Possum jumped out of nowhere and was fun and bouncy.
Great middle jam section on the Possum. Oh Kee Pah -> Suzy Greenberg ->
Axilla -> 2001 -> Birds of a Feather was the longest stretch with out a
stop to the music. Great to hear OKP & Suzy. Seems like quite a while
since I witnessed either. Axilla was very quick and to the point and the
2001 > Birds was quite tight with a great bird's jam. Kung was hilarious
as usual. It was good to see them sending the positive energy that "kung"
invokes to such a large audience. Mike's Groove was a treat and a true
classic to close a show with a wide range of their catalog of music. Oh,
and you can't beat a divided sky encore.
Overall the experience was fantastic. Great sound system and video work.
Phish IS on the top of their game. A lot tighter and jammin then Vegas,
IMHO. It is hard to believe that a band that sounds so great, and appears
to be really have a great time, would be closing "the Curtain" for good.
Date: Fri, 18 Jun 2004 10:07:57 -0700
From: Justin Calvo
Subject: Phish show review - 6/17/04 Seattle, WA Simulcast
Brilliant! Simply put, the simulcast was a Phish show stripped to its
core, with a focus on the most basic elements a live show; music and
band/audience interaction. Some of the frivolous elements left out of the
simulcast experience were things like the annoyances of weather, lack of
dancing room, the big dude blocking your view of Page, etc. While the
latter all contribute to the ceremony of a Phish concert, the production
crew did a great job of teleporting me at Keyspan Park, and still keeping
me dry and in the front row ^÷ kudos.
Simulcast aside, the music delivered enough to shake theaters across the
country with dancing and jeering. The early theater crowd shout-out in
^—Dinner and a Movie^“ was playful, and the set closer was made all the
more animated by Trey^“s upright stiff Frankenstein impression to signal
the set closer to the rest of the band. The first half highlight (imo)
was the jam out of Free, particularly when the drums and keyboards dropped
out; leaving Mike^“s phased-out bass and Trey^“s harmonized tone to play
off and on with each others^“ riffs.
The set break in the theater was intimate.
Once the band took the stage again for the latter half of the show, they
didn^“t stop. 46 Days kicked things off a little sloppy at first, but the
jam out of it and into Possum was smooth and sublime. Oh Kee Pah gave me
a chance to catch my breath and retool for Suzy Greenberg, which was my
highlight for the second set; particularly being able to see the whole
band up close laughing and staring at Page, waiting for him to end his
prolonged solo. 2001 was a nice half way there treat, and the band^“s
homage to the U.S. Open at Shinnecock, NY with the fateful words ^—we can
stage a runaway golf cart contest^“ from Kung was worth a good laugh.
Finally the Mike^“s Song suite including I am Hydrogen and Weekapaug
Groove was a strong way to close out the set.
After watching the water-logged crowd at Keyspan cheer their hearts out,
the cameras refocused on the band for one last number; Divided Sky. A
glorious ending to my run of shows with the band, and throughout the fugue
I couldn^“t help but smile my biggest smile and think how grateful I have
been a part of this musical experience ^÷ something many will never get to
enjoy, and something many will always remember. Thanks Phish.
Date: Fri, 18 Jun 2004 12:14:32 -0500
From: Jason Freitag
Subject: Phish show review - 6/17/04 Simulcast
PH: Brooklyn, NY - 6/17/04†
1. A Song I Heard the Ocean Sing
2. Dinner and a Movie
3. The Curtain With
4. Sample In a Jar
5. The Moma Dance >
1. 46 Days >†
3. Oh Kee Pah >
4. Suzy Greenberg >
5. Axilla >
6. 2001 >
7. Birds of a Feather
9. Mike's Song >
10. I am Hydrogen >
11. Weekapaug Groove
††† The Divided Sky
First of all, I've been listening to too much Phish lately.† I
acknoweldge that.† Every day on the way to work, sometimes more at work,
sometimes more at night.† Maybe I feel disappointed†that I got into them
just as they went on hiatus, and I'm trying to cram years into†months.†
Maybe I'm trying to study them, so I can bring a deeper understanding of
their music to their last tour.† Maybe all of this setlist ephemera
appeals to the part of me that sorted and resorted baseball cards as a
kid.† And maybe (I hope this is really it), maybe it's just alot of fun.
Anyway, good show.† The movie thing was weird, but†not weird.† Weird that
it wasn't weirder, I guess†- it†had an entirely sterile, young,
suburban-kids-home-from-college-out-to-see-a-movie vibe (which is pretty
much what it was,†I guess).† Still weird to be†in stadium seats†watching
closups of Phish on the big screen.† Plenty of dancing in/around the
floor seats, a balloon or two quickly dispatched by†overzealous†ushers, a
request or two yelled at the screen (laughter), and lots of applause.
Notes from seeing them in closeup:
The energy of the crowd did not come thru on the big screen, but†it was
supercool to see a show in that much detail.† Closeups of their hands,
faces.† Very obvious that they're all amazing musicians who†take their
jobs seriously, but who enjoy each other's company.† Closeups of the
lights, too.† Best light effect was the Mothership thing during 2001.
Trey was sporting the solo album haircut; short and fashionably mussy,
like a hip c.e.o.† He wore a blue western-style shirt with white
stiching.† He's skinny, and he has really long eyelashes and plenty of
wrinkles around his eyes.† His†expressions during solos are so great.† My
fave is the squinty searching look - directly out into the audience, as
if the answer to whatever something he's out to get†is hovering
right†above the†roiling crowd.† Almost as good is the†openmouthed,
raisedeyebrows†blank stare at the ceiling.† The mother of pearl is almost
completely worn off his fretboard.
Page wears a grimace-smile when he sings.† I thought he was laughing at
first, but realized that he was just emoting.† He has big fingers.
Mike's hair is amazing; his head bobbing, stangely out of time with†the
apparent beat,†is even more amazing.† He was wearing a royal blue wicking
tshirt and acid washed jeans.† His playing is as sickening as his
Fishman is really, really ugly.† He looks like an old, fat†woman.† The
dog-face on the Phish†logo really is him.† His screams during Suzy G.
were fun to see.
Except for Trey, they all have obvious facial/head moles.† Page on his
scalp; Mike on his face near his mouth; Fishman on his neck.† Quite
Trey and Page were connected all night.† Trey and Mike didn't have many
moments together, except the gtr/bass duel in the segue btwn Moma and
Free (unreal porno/cow-funk).† Trey and Fishman had a nice laugh in the
pause before and all during Kung, which was really stupid but still kinda
As for the songs, briefly:
ASIHTOS:†A No Quarter-esque new song.† Strange opener, good jam.
Dinner and a Movie: A nice nod to the simulcast crowd, and the only
really gimme call of the night.† Looked like they were having fun with
The Curtain With: Very tight.† Trey was spot on, note for note.
Sample: ehh, nice enough, but I saw it last summer.
Moma > Free: The gem of this show.† Digital delay jam after†Moma was
amazing, and this segue featured a funk-filled gtr/bass duel (I think it
was the segue, but maybe it was the jammed-out Free).
Nothing: Another new song; short/sweet.
Maze: ehh, again; I saw it last summer.
46 Days: Another strange set opener.† Played well, but sounded alot like
the shorter cousin of the IT version.
Possum: Another gem.† The segue out of 46D was so†smooth.
Oh Kee Pah: I thought it was Antelope at first.
Suzy G: I don't like this song.† It's mean spirited and stupid, even if
Fishman's screams are funny.† Weird and super heavy†jam out of it, tho,
which I kinda liked.
Axilla: Great stuff; also super heavy.
2001: Great stuff.† Trey missed almost every money note on the breaks,
but not b/c he was f'n up; he missed them on purpose, almost like he was
approaching†the song differently, from inside not outside (if that makes
BOAF: I love this song, but I prefer it early in the first set.† This one
felt like a†rushed tack-on to 2001, almost contrived to be a
Kung: Stupid, funny-ish.
Mikes: Nice and pretty tight.
Hydrogen: I love this song, but Trey missed alot of key notes; flubs, not
intentional misses ala 2001.
Weekapaug: ehh, always sounds the same to me.
DvdSky for an encore?† Amazing.† Trey missed some notes (again, flubs),
but the energy made up for them.
Trey was using a†fuzzy, compress-y tone†during the whole show that†got
grating by the second set, esp with a blown speaker tweaking over my
right ear.† I'm trying to think of a song that has the same sound, so you
know what I mean: Maybe the end of Pebbles and Marbles on Round Room?† A
really bright and aggressive and in-your-face sound.† (You can hear it
alot on Vegas 4/15/04 and on much of the†new record.)
What else?† Seemed like they were having alot of fun.† The big
disappointment, and this is more a forecast of the remaining dozen shows
than a critique of last night: I think the pool of songs they're pulling
from is the same as last summer, so I don't imagine there will be any
awesome covers or bustouts - no Gamehendge, no Peaches en Regalia,†but
maybe†Fluffhead.† That's fine, if they play with as much energy as last
night.† And maybe better than fine - this isn't a greatest hits tour;
this isn't a nostalgia act; this is a working rock band, having fun, and
bringing it loud every night they have left.
One last note: I had a real empathetic feeling for the four of them on
the†first show on their last tour.† And I wondered how many repeats from
last night's setlist there will be.† Was that the last Sample or Maze or
2001?† Probably not.††The last Curtain or Kung?† Probably.† The last Dvd
Sky?† Man, I hope not; I'd love to see that at AV 2.
Date: Fri, 18 Jun 2004 13:38:44 -0400
From: Michael Etkins
Subject: Phish show review
Watched the show at the UA in King of Prussia, PA.† What a weird
experience to be watching the band walk onto the stage knowing that you
can almost count on two hands the number of times that will ever happen
again.† Even a stranger experience was watching the band in air
conditioned comfort while being able to see the crowd getting drenched in
what I'm sure was very uncomfortable weather.† However, the experience
was very enjoyable.† The atmosphere in the theater was just the same as
going to the show itself.† Same good vibes and good people.† The sound
was a little off in the beginning but the theater adjusted and soon I
couldn't even hear the person talking next to me.† If Phish decided to
broadcast every show of this final tour like that I would be there in a
heartbeat, except of course for the shows I'm already going to.
As for the show itself I thought parts of it were positively inspired.†
The jam in Free had me rocking in my seat and the sound that Mike used
for the first part of the jam was like something out of a sci-fi movie.†
I thought to myself how could the band be breaking up if they can still
play this well???†
I unfortunately got my answer as the night went on.† The last part of the
evening they just seemed to be going through the motions especially
during the Mike's>Hydrogen>Weekapaugh.† They just weren't tight at all
and in fact felt like they were rushing through just to get done.† Did
anyone else notice that Page, Mike and Trey got separated by two beats
from Fishman right before the jam in Weekapaugh?† This is just an example
of how not tight the band was in some sections.
Part of me agrees with Trey that it might be time for them to step away.†
If they aren't willing to put the time in like they used to for rehearsal
and touring then we will continue to see the songs decline the way the
already have.† But then I hear them lay down†a jam like they did in The
Curtain With or Free and I could care less how tight the composed
sections of the songs are since the jams have only gotten better and
better in the 12 years I've been following the band.† Irregardless, being
at, or in this case watching a Phish show, sure beats most†any other
activity I can think of.† Catch in you at Camden and Coventry!!
Date: Fri, 18 Jun 2004 16:54:34 -0400
From: Graham Kinard
Subject: Phish show review
I saw the show in a Theatre.† Although it wasn't as loud as I would have
liked, the view was awesome.† There is just something about seeing Trey's
guitar that big.† I was tripping out the whole time.† The set list I
would give a "B" however the performance was on time, I give it an "A+".†
Mike sounded great!† The harmonies sounded good.† I was really impressed
because there has been some bad music and harmonies since the hiatus.†
The Venue looked really cool and small.† Oh it was also good to see kick
arss light show once again.† Thanks - G$
Date: Fri, 18 Jun 2004 14:56:14 -0600
From: Ryan Phelps
Subject: Phish show review
That was a pleasant surprise! Wasn't expecting such a kickass show.
And the sound and picture quality was incredible! I wish they (and
other bands) would do that more often.
Date: Fri, 18 Jun 2004 22:01:35 EDT
Subject: First review of a First
Looks like I am the first to review a phish show that was witnessed live
but not in person.† I have to start by saying plain and simple WHY†DIDN'T
THEY DO THIS BEFORE????† Living in south Florida and being a huge Phish
fan is very depressing, Yes I will agree Big Cypress was amazing, and the
NYE's run was the best New years ever, I guess I just feel that so many
other shows could have been seen telecast from other venues like, or IT
or the upcoming sold out Coventry.††Imagine other fans like me, who live
in other states†could enjoy that amazing†feeling that Phish can inspire
like no other band.†I would shell out 12.50 to be able to experience
seeing my favorite band when I am not able to actually be there, and I am
sure I am speaking for many phans out there who by some reason cannot
make it to that particular show.† I know I sound bitter but I gotta say
thanks as well to the boys for coming up with another great way to get
the music out there!!†† Watch how many other band rip-off this genius
idea.† Well, I originally started this as a review of a new experience so
here it is.
††††††††††††† When I first arrived in the lot to the theater I
immediately saw the telltale signs that yes this was still a Phish
show,†the usual pre-show activities where going on to the somewhat
amazement of people just exiting "Garfield" and "Shrek2"† The looks on
those people faces kinda made me realize, maybe this is the reason Phish
hasn't done this before, maybe the Theaters are very hard to convince to
open their Venue up to us concert going folk!†† Well, too late
now†because†we are here!††Anyway after being approached†by heads looking
for extra tickets as soon as we got out of the car, and three more times
before we got to the doors I†started to think about†1st set openers and
that nervous feeling in my stomach like I get†at†all†other Phish shows.†
People were calling out song names in the lobby and chanting WILSON!†
Entering the theater room there was a police officer checking tickets, I
think he was mostly there to scare people, It didn't work!!† When the†big
screen in front of us showed the guys†making their way to the stage,
every one in the theater started going nuts!! HERE WE GO!!! this was it,
a new†venture a†whole new environment†completely,† but all that
dissappeared as the first notes of "Song" started, everybody in the
theater was on their feet grooving.† I will say you could tell nobody
seem to mind the fact that there is no room between rows to even walk.†
When the†boys went into†"Dinner and a Movie" and looked into the camera
with that silly grin we knew that was for us!† what a great moment. to be
able to see the show on the big screen was simply awesome the camera
would scan the crowd at times and give us shots of the surrounding city
and it was truly a unique new visual all together!! people at the live
show in the front row could not have seen what we were seeing!! I could
count the freckles on Treys arms the zooms were so close.† The next song
was "The Curtain" and this one of my favorite songs! seeing it live
finally and in this way was breathtaking I could feel my soul flying over
theater. "Sample" was next, I predicted some classics and so far three
out of four! A great sample even with a sight Fishman miscue, but I have
never been one to judge a show on musical perfection.† Its all about the
feeling, and we were feeling it!! The groove that stared out of the
Sample was amazing they never jam this song!!!! Slowly the jam started to
become "Moma" and everybody hit the aisles and stairs to do the Moma
Dance!!† the Moma jam then turned into "Free" and that was exactly the
right song for the moment,† all of us inside that theater felt free even
though we were in fact confined by four huge walls. "Nothing" was a great
tune and after a little discussion by the guys Mike started hammering
that muffled A chord that starts "Maze"† a really hot Maze at that!! Is
it me or is Trey getting better everyday? And what a great transgression
musically, and mentally, to go from the fluid melodious Free to being
trapped in a chunky riff-addled Maze! kudos boys! After maze was wrapping
up a thought set 1 was over but boy was I wrong! Trey turned around to
Fish and the whole crowd could read Treys lips on the screen and he was
repeating "Frankenstien" How appropriate were at the movies right? why
not a little classic horror!† And just like that set 1 was over.
†† Everybody returned to the lot during setbreak to engage in smoking and
drinking, 2 thing that are not allowed inside but a small few did
actually spark right up in the theater.† After returning to our seats
back in the theater we could smell the aroma of kind, maybe we should
have stayed?† Set 2 started with a blazing hot 46 days that jammed on and
on, the guy that was sitting next to me came back from the parking lot
late into the "days" jam and asked me what song this was and I had to
think about it for a second, maybe it was the blueberry during setbreak,
but the song had completely shifted gears and I couldn't even hear 46
days anymore.† This amazing groove started to become "Possum" and I
couldn't help laughing out loud after being reminded of the dead possum I
had seen roadside earlier that day, a not uncommon sight here in FLA.†
The segues in this set were just so damn tight I completely forgot we
were in a theater, The "O kee Pa Ceremony" was on point and it was good
to hear for the first time live!! movies or not! a rare classic indeed.
"Suzy" had the whole audience on their feet singing, people were yelling
at the screen as if the boys could here them!! "Axilla" another
classic!!! wow!! they are reaching back tonight!† "2001" appeared out of
"Axilla" and it was a very funky one at that, Page was bringing sounds
out of that keyboard that were vibrating in my head! and the jam out of
"2001" started to sound like "Birds" and I was right,† Its amazing how
Phish can create jams that take shape into another song and it can take
awhile to hear what its going to be. I love it!† "Birds was the highlight
for me,† I love the funky-ass groove that is "Birds"† once that song
ended Trey stepped up to the mic and started to say something about
playing a song for the U.S. open that was going on right down the road in
New York.†It was "Kung" weird but funny!† after a long discussion
between†the phab four, I was thinking to myself Mike needs to do
something, its been all Trey so far and just as I was saying out loud to
myself "C'mon Mike its your turn"† As if on cue Mike stepped to the mic
and started playing the opening to "Mikes Song" how cool was this!! what
a treat!!† The "H20" and "Weekapaugh" was f-ing incredible one of the
best Ive witnessed live!† I knew from the energy of the "Mikes Groove"
that the encore was going to be mellow, and "Divided Sky" was a good
choice, Ive seen it live before and this divide was exceptional,†During
the show it was raining on the fans in attendance in NY, and It†seemed to
stop†just†as they went into the encore, coincidence???
††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† We will never know,† Thanks
Phish for another
†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† great memory to share with
Date: Fri, 18 Jun 2004 22:10:46 EDT
Subject: Phish show review
Last night's simalcast was one that I anticipated greatly, never having
seen a similar presentation by any band, let alone a band like Phish. As
we entered the theater (in Philadelphia)† - the screen showed the stage
crew going through their last minute sound checks , as well as the "live
audience" milling around in anticipation of the show. It was still light
out at 7:32 - when the band came on the stage and jumped right into it. I
will not comment on the actual set list (it was great)† - but I will say
that the presentation of the band (in Hi Def), the camera angles and
visual presentation of the music, the sound quality and the overall
experience of the show was unlike anything that I have ever seen. I
honestly believe that we, in the theater, probably had a better
experience then those who were at the show. I don't know who produced the
event - but I give them kudos for an amazing production. I'm a 49 year
old guy who has seen most of the great bands over the years. Tonight,
Phish†was as solid and tight and creative as I have seen. My girls (whom
I took because I wanted them to have experienced a Phish show) were
really impressed with the whole event. Great job by everyone involved.
Philadelphia , Pa.
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