What I think most people missed was Phish saying F you to all the haters during the climactic build up of 2001 which transformed into Alaska. The band intentionally started teasing 2001, which the real name starts with A (Also Sprachzuthuriasis? or something like that). We have experienced this huge build up of tension a few times this summer, sometimes this build up went into 2001, ghost, twist, and sometimes Bug (see jones beach). Phish duped everyone, even phish.net put up that the song was 2001, but on this night the band went into Alaska to say fuck you to all the haters of that song.
So many people bad mouth the band on .net or PT. Even the reviews of this show are all over the place, makes me think that people just don't get it. Kuroda even said at the All Good Fest that the band does peruse .net and PT and is in fact affected negatively by some of the comments on these sites. One has to go into a show with low expectations, accept what the band is going to play what they want and hopefully you can have fun no matter what. Like what Ben and Jerry said, "if its not fun why do it!" Sure Alaska is Phish's version of Tennessee Jed, but if they are having fun playing it then I am having fun.
I saw 20 of 33 shows this summer. Every show I was hoping in the back of my mind for a Forbins>Mockingbird, but one can not be disappointed by not getting one or two of thousands of songs the band may play.
To be honest, it took me a full 24 hours of recollection to fully grasp what The phish had done night one at Dicks. They were able to say to a crowd of who knows how many people: fuck you, fuck you for hating on some of our songs like Alaska, fuck your face, and grind your meatstick, all the while throwing down an epic set of live music.
I am not sure how much they are practicing these days or what has changed amongst the band since 09, but the the boys are back. If they keep playing like this they are going to start out growing venues like Dick's and tickets are going to become harder and harder to get.
So enjoy them while you can before the circus gets out of control again.
just my $.02