Lonesome Cowboy Bill was played for the first time since October 31, 1998 (173 shows). This show marked the Phish debut of You Ain’t Goin’ Nowhere. On Your Way Down was played for the first time since October 2, 1999 (108 shows). FEFY included a Bathtub Gin tease from Page.
It's funny reading 03 reviews and seeing people complain about Phish jamming too much.
Excellent improv throughout this show, one of the best YEMs post-90s, a Scents that was completely blown out into the astral plane. One of the most inventive Chalkusts ever, a Twist around for the ages.
Flash forward 7 years, sneak this show into summer tour 2010 and it'd be the most beloved show of the tour. Secret Smile and all. It has something for everyone, but for some reason people chose to pour negativity into everything Phish did in the 2.0 era, developing stupid opinions that had little to nothing to do with the imaginary drop off in musical quality from 2000 to 2003. This show is a shining example of just how powerful the catharsis of stepping on stage was for Phish in those days. Everyone seems to take it the wrong way. This music is so dense and interesting because it's the sound of four guys stepping into their safe place and poring passion into every note. When the average review features people moaning about flubs in songs they never cared about instead of celebrating this fascinating brand of improv, it's clear why Phish recognized a massive disconnect between themselves and their aspiring Us Weekly beat writer fan base.
Miles Davis life was spiraling out of control pretty much his entire career. The heroin and busted-lip hookers and hustlers lurking behind every note. Someone alert huh..everyone that his musical value needs to be diminished by shit that really isn't any of everyone's concern.
Dark, dark, dark. If you like 2003 then this show is money in the bank; otherwise you're advised to steer clear, as this is 151-proof Summer '03 midnight madness. So many dark '03 jams were resolved with performances of Bug; this version of Twist is a perfect illustration of why that move was necessary. The half-hour Scents is tempestuous and imperfect and wonderful; Walls gets (surprise!) dark to close the show; late-Set II YEMs are always a little wild, and this one's no exception. If you care about the covers then these covers are something you'll no doubt care about, but it's the long aggressive jams that make this show. The runup to IT was excellent and this is the gnarliest of the pre-Limestone shows. Enjoy.
This show is dark and wonderful. Full of Type II bliss. This show has gotten many mixed reviews and is one of the shows that I like talking about the most. It's so amazing on one hand and so very dark and odd on the other.
All in all, best Scents and Subtle Sounds ever, period. The S&SS jam is actually one of my favorite jams of all time.
So far this summer, I had been to the Alpine and Deer Creek shows, and was really feelin’ the tour – much improved since the Winter, in my opinion. I live in the Philly/Camden area and was excited to be seeing a show in my home town, not to mention that it was the last "venue" shows of the tour.
My friends got searched and stubbed. I got searched, and I was ready to be stubbed, when the ticket ripper said, "Sorry, this is a ticket for tomorrow night. Nice try."
I realized that I must have taken the wrong ticket. My ticket was at home. I was standing there with a ticket to the next night. I stood there blankly for a moment, until it actually hit me that I might not be seeing the show. I argued and argued with the woman, begging her to let me in, explaining my mistake. No luck. I finally give up - I'm not getting into this show. Oh well, shit happens. Such is the way of the world (and careless people). I started to walk away, depressed. All of a sudden, in front of my eyes appeared a mail order ticket. I grabbed it out of what seemed like thin air. I turned only to catch my benefactor walking into the show without wanting any thanks. I'm not sure what he was still doing with an extra at this point (why didn't he sell/miracle it already?), but he anonymously decided to give it to me. I guess miracles do happen.
This night was interesting and everyone seems to have a different opinion of it. “My Friend” opener was certainly a treat, and got the energy going. Some uncommons/rares in the first set were a treat too, such as “Spock's Brain” and “Lonesome Cowboy Bill”. My highlight was the “Scents and Subtle Sounds”. Unlike a lot of people, I've really been impressed with (most of) the new material. It seems like they've been writing "jam vehicles" rather than actual songs, abandoning the epic, extremely technical sections of old, and instead writing relatively simple songs which allow them to fully explore the deep unknown of music. Ever since I first heard “Scents”, I felt like this song had serious potential, and the jam that came from this show's confirmed it. As they had been doing recently, they totally digressed from “Scents”, and truly traveled the seas. They did it again with the “Chalk Dust” (they also did this is on 7/10/99 in Camden).
Many people were disappointed with the rest of the show. A four song second set gave us some great, long jams, including a rockin' “YEM” (with a very creepy vocal jam). Still, the few number of songs and the “Secret Smile” encore left most fans wanting more.
I feel a lot differently about the 7/30/2003 show in Camden now than I did when I was actually there. I had witnessed the paramount show the night before in Burgettstown and was still in a state of shock. I was meeting my sister in Camden along with other friends and family from Jersey and PA. My brother in law Kyle actually predicted before the show that they would play Spock's Brain, just because of all the recent bust outs.
I apparently got into the wrong line coming into the show because it took forever to get in the gate. This hold up caused me to miss the My Friend, My Friend opener, so I was a little bummed out about that.
I met my friend Tania out on the lawn during Lonesome Cowboy Bill. I had worked with her and steered her musical interests into the Phish world, so it was nice to see her at her first show.
Scents and Subtle Sounds was spectacular. I always liked the dark reggae groove that opens the song and did not like how Phish rearranged the song later on without it. Anyway, this version has it and it is THE quintessential version of this song.
I like You Ain't Goin' Nowhere and it reminded me of a song my Dad would play. As soon as they hit the opening notes of Spock's Brain I hi-fived Kyle right away for nailing it. The rest of the set had some definite highlights such as the cool Chalkdust, the bust out On Your Way Down, a soothing Fast Enough For You, and a solid Taste to close the set.
The second set is what I like a lot more now at this stage of my life than I did when I was younger and at the show. Twist, Bug, YEM, and Walls of the Cave comprised the entire second set and the band journeyed all over the dark and spacy void. It was a completely different kind of show than Burgettstown was, which left me a little disappointed at the time. The Secret Smile encore put the nail in the coffin for me. I couldn't believe that one.
But as I stated, the show sounds much better to me now when I listen to it objectively instead of how I felt in the moment. I still like the second night much better though.
I remember this night fairly well. My friend and I drove from Okla. to catch IT festival and stoped at the Camden show. Having seen over 80 shows since 94 I am no newby.
This is one of the darkest shows I've ever seen Phish play. It was incredible Looooooong jams, strange setlist, and nods to the festi we were all waiting for. You ain't Goin Nowhere was a strange but appreciated cover. Hadn't heard Spocks Brain since '95. The second set was a melt down. Anyone complaining about only 4 songs played weren't listening to what they did with those songs. Lame encore, but I was puddled. Thank you boys.
this was a solid show. After hopping on at Star Lake, we made our way to the rough areas of Jersey known as Camden prior to heading up to Limestone. This show was just tons of fun. So many kiddies had no idea half of the covers of the first set and the Spock's was acknowledged, but went over most of the noobs' heads (much like Destiny at the 02.28 Nassau show earlier in the year that I caught) and received a joyous welcome from older fans.
The Friend opener was well performed, followed by a wonderful Bill cover to keep the pace. Scents just blew everyone away; for most it was their first Scents experience, but others were aware of the potential from Deer Creek. You Ain't Goin' Nowhere was just from left field and I still to this day believe that it was only used because of the lines
"We’ll climb that hill no matter how steep
When we get up to it"
The ChalkDust was double time and extremely exploratory (akin to the '99 Camden CDT and I will always tie it to the version a couple days later at IT and the 03 NYE run) to bring the tempo back up. The On Your Way Down followed and was well placed to advance the roller coaster ebb and flow of the set. FEFY was also well placed and questioned the audience after a wonderful set, only to lead into a very well performed, high energy Taste to close the first stanza.
The second set, well...we'll just say it was awesome. Not a big fan of the song choices, but the areas explored by the guys that night was blissfully wonderful. I don't know of many folks who weren't turned on by this that night. Even a mother of a young fan (who I would presume was their first show) got into the mix with the YEM and acknowledged that it "must be a fan favorite" by the roar it received upon the opening notes. Monster Twist, a solid Bug, wonderful jam on YEM and Walls. Unfortunately we were given a Secret Smile encore, but the show was stout, as were many shows on this Summer 03 tour, which is severely underrated.
This was a curious show. I remember the first set being very mellow. Everyone has preferences about what kind of Phish they want to hear but I’ve always felt that having no expectations and an open mind are just as important as wearing comfortable shoes. I recall some heads sitting nearby complaining about how the show was lagging. I understand where they were coming from but the band up there playing for 3 hours straight each night on tour and doing so better than anyone in the crowd so it always made me wonder how anyone could have a complaint about song selection. I felt that Fast Enough For You was a perfect response to the beginning of the show. It made me laugh and appreciate the music even more.
Scents and Subtle Sounds was the highlight for me. I had a version that I downloaded from Kazaa lite from one of the July shows. Not sure which. I was really drawn in by the opening of the song. The spacey weirdness was so unique and dark. I love the way Page’s keys create a vast bubble that Trey’s notes ping pong within. Its slinkiness and space between the notes makes me shimmy the way that only their beautiful music can. The double meaning of the word scents or sense is a reflection of speaker’s relaxed message and questions asking “what does it mean to you?” The second part of the song has a definite Who influence. The drumming in particular. It launches you into the colorful void that is the third movement. I was super stoked to hear this again a couple days later at IT. That weekend was a recorded rainbow of joy that I like to go back and visit from time to time.
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