as for the show, disease started this one off nicely. it opened the last show i was at, bridgeview, so i kind of wanted something different. either way, you can't complain about disease. this one was played well but straight forward, like bridgeview's. camel walk got this one moving full steam ahead. good take of the classic. ocelot has really taken off. this version has a nice laid back feel, but they really pick it up. trey buries his solo on this one. then they drop a personal favorite of mine and scratch one off my wish list. page was right on on the vocals in light up, and once again, trey buried his solo. this was some what short, but it was very well executed. summer of '89 is a decent ballad, but it goes on a bit too long for my taste. they picked things up in stash, but i did not feel that this one ever really took off. it was a touch disjointed. of course, they pulled found a way to bring it all back home, but it felt a bit forced. i thought this nice rocking cavern would close the set, but trey twisted it into the wedge. this was a fairly unique take of the wedge. trey found a slightly different tone for this one. once again, i thought the wedge would close the set, but they slipped right into a rip roaring possum. this one really got the crowd jumping, and foregoing set break once again, they jumped into a jumping julius. this is not my favorite song, but this was a good fun version.
it got pretty damn cold over set break, so i think everyone was looking for phish to get them moving. they did just that with a nice grooving, funky sand. this one was a monster, and the boys found an awesome collective groove here. the jam does end a touch awkwardly, and the groove that they established seemed to be lost a bit in bdnl. this is not my favorite song; it seems a bit cheesey to me. decent version though. i really hate caspain, and i liked it even less on this cold colorado night. although, i must say that there was a very nice musical passage between caspain and tweezer. it had a very cool ambient feel. tweezer came out of the gates funky and rocking. as they enter the jam, page finds a very cool funk groove. i was hoping they would really take off into a wonderful funk tweezer, but gordo and page quickly shifted into boogie on reggae woman. this was a very nice segue, but i would have liked to have seen them explore tweezer a little bit further. they did make up for it with a nice jam in boogie on, and it touched upon some of the turf that sand explored earlier in the set. the piper that follows is just mind blowing. fishman and gordo lock down a rock solid groove, and trey and page come over the top and just rip this one. as the night got chillier, i was hoping they would keep buring, but they dipped into mountains in the mist. not a big fan of this one, and i like i said, it was cold and i was looking to stay upbeat. it did serve as a nice breather before a nice focused bowie. this bowie is not as complex and contemplative as some, but it served as a nice climax to the back end of the second set. aditl was a nice treat and like most songs in this show, it was well-executed. quinn served as an excellent encore, especially considering the aforementioned weather. this and tweeprise sent us back to our tents cold, cold, cold.
this show, in my opinion, pails in comparision to the second night, but with some good jams, sand and boogie on>piper, and some nice rarities, camel, light up, and quinn, this was a beautiful introduction to what was phish in telluride. while this show may not be, musically, the best show i've seen, the overall experience is one of my fondest phish memories.
camel, ocelot, light up, cavern>the wedge, possum
sand, boogie on>piper, quinn