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Link Monday, 07/07/2003
Cricket Pavilion, Phoenix, AZ

Soundcheck: Billy Breathes, Scents and Subtle Sounds, Spread it Round, Spices (x2), Discern, Funky Bitch (first verse only)

Set 1: Stash, SampleSample in a Jar, Billy Breathes > Waves, Spices[1], Anything But Me, BowieDavid Bowie, Dirt, Possum

Set 2: BOAFBirds of a Feather, Wolfman'sWolfman's Brother -> Scents and Subtle Sounds[2], TMWSIYThe Man Who Stepped Into Yesterday > Avenu Malkenu > WotCWalls of the Cave > CaspianPrince Caspian

Encore: Character Zero

[1] Phish debut.
[2] Debut.

Noteworthy Jams: Wolfman's Brother, Scents and Subtle Sounds

Average Song Gap: 7.73

Performers: Trey Anastasio, Page McConnell, Jon Fishman, Mike Gordon

Notes: This show featured the Phish debut of Spices and the debut Scents and Subtle Sounds.

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Song Distribution:
3 Round Room
3 Billy Breathes
2 Stash
2 Hoist
2 The Man Who Stepped into Yesterday
1 Undermind
1 Farmhouse
1 The Story of the Ghost
1 A Picture of Nectar
1 Junta

Songs by Debut Year:

metawhy , attached to 2003-07-07 Permalink
metawhy Drove down from Oregon to do this western leg of the summer tour, and this was the opener. I was in climate shock as I arrived down near Vegas, it was 90 degrees at 9 PM!! I looked over at my dog (border collie/heeler) riding shotgun, and I apologized in advance for the brutal temps that we would soon be experiencing. Looked hella hard for a place to pull over and sleep, but damn, it is a wasteland of barbed wire and private property from Vegas to Phoenix. I ended up having to stay in a junky hotel in Kingman, AZ.

After realizing there is no where to swim in Phoenix, we arrive on the lot mid to late afternoon. It is really thin, not too many people there at all. My dog is not doing so well, so I make him some temporary pads for his feet using duct tape. We end up sitting up on a grass hill near the lot, in the shade of some trees, talking to some tour heads from south carolina. The wind feels like a hair dryer on my back.

So I roll down the windows all the way on my civic, hoping that nobody will rifle through my meager possessions, and throw Ozark in the back seat with 2 bowls of water around showtime. He looks confused and wants to come along, but alas, NO DOGS ALLOWED. I saunter into the newish pavilion, and find my mailorder seat down in the left of the pavilion, near the front.

I take a moment to consume some fungi I brought in my underpants, and settle down, waiting for the band. Amazingly, nobody has settled in the seats around me, which makes me a little self conscious. l usually enjoy a little pre-show comraderie with the neighbors.

The band hits the stage in the hot dusk and starts up Stash right out of the ether. It is so hot the sound seems to be distorted like a mirage on the horizon. The heat bends and swirls the sound into little eddies of swelling volume. The first set goes by almost like a dress rehearsal, each song played very standard, and I hear a new song in there "spices" that I can't really comment on, except that it seemed bland.

The entire time I've had space around me, and haven't even made eye contact with anyone near me. I'm not liking it, so when the break music comes on and the lights beat into my opened retinas, I decide to split up to the lawn for some chillaxing. I'm really liking the music, "Reunited" by Peaches and Herb, a song my parents used to listen to. Up on the lawn I meet a kid and we burn a spliff. This coincided with the heat finally becoming bearable, and our conversation was pleasant as well. I finally felt like I was on phish tour again, my first since summer of 1995. With this revitalization, I bid my friend farewell, and headed back into the pavilion.

Now I urge you to hunt down set II of this show and give it a good listen. Trey just goes absolutely BONKERS on this Birds. He is trying new things with his solo, new ways to reach higher plateaus. It sounds freakin amazing. Even better is when they drop into the funk groove of Wolfman's next. Wolfman's heads into this light jam, but with a screech of a guitar, suddenly Fishman switches up the beat and we are deep in the jungle. Check out this improv! It is all over the map, and then we get this scary feedback. Next thing I know Trey is singing, and we have the debut of Scents. This song is absolutely amazing. It struck me as awesome then and I still get goosebumps when I hear the 'colors in the void' part. Such a buddhist song, with the theme of letting go. After this gem, we were delivered a great TMWSIY sandwich, with Mike really plugging away in the Malkenu part.

After that nice breather, Walls of the Cave started up. I really like the feeling of this song, although the lyrics seem kind of asinine. But the jam was huge, as only phish 2003 could produce. Caspian rounded out the set.

With the first notes of Zero, I was out of my seat and going to see how my pup was doing. He was glad to see me and I took him out for a little night walk before we hit the road to San Diego.

Check out this set II!
Score: 1
Guelah34 , attached to 2003-07-07 Permalink
Guelah34 This show is the start of the summer run I am doing listening to every 2003 summer show. The 1st set does not get off to a great start. Everything is very standard, and very mellow to say the least. Spices is a nice little tune I wouldn't mind seeing pop up in sets again.

The 2nd set is better. Scents and Subtle Sounds is nice, but really Prince Caspian is the best part of the whole show really. A nice 10 minute version, with Trey guiding us through with a beautiful solo.

Overall I probably won't listen to this show again.

Highlights: Scents and Subtle Sounds, Prince Caspian
Score: 0
westbrook , attached to 2003-07-07 Permalink
westbrook Wolfman's->Scents and Subtle Sounds is the best segment of this otherwise middling show. Wolfman's funks it up for a bit and then moves into a section with a repeating heavy riff, which is reminiscent of the famous 11/30/97 version. Thankfully, this one does not stay on that same riff for nearly as long as 11/30/97, and then the jam moves into some ambience before segueing into the debut of Scents and Subtle Sounds.

The rest of the show is pretty average, and less so in parts. The beginning of Bowie is botched, but I think WOTC and Caspian are worthy of your time.
If you just want a single highlight, it's Wolfman's Brother, but the whole sequence from Wolfman's through Caspian would make a worthwhile hour of 2.0 listening.
Score: 0
, attached to 2003-07-07 Permalink
(Published in the second edition of The Phish Companion...)

I got to the lot at 3:30 p.m. It was hot as hell, but it was a good scene. The show was the worst show I have ever been to. To close the show with “Walls”, “Caspian”, and encore with “Zero” just was a slap in the face to the fans at the show. But a bad Phish show is still a great concert.
Score: -1

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