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Link Thursday, 07/10/2003
Shoreline Amphitheatre, Mountain View, CA

Set 1: Spices -> Waves > Reba[1], Lawn Boy, MomaThe Moma Dance > AntelopeRun Like an Antelope

Set 2: 46 Days, DividedDivided Sky, Friday > Free[2] > Seven Below, Velvet SeaWading in the Velvet Sea, 2001Also Sprach Zarathustra > DwDDown with Disease

Encore: Rift, Character Zero

[1] No whistling.
[2] Began differently than usual, as the band omitted the usual guitar-driven intro.

Noteworthy Jams: Reba, The Moma Dance (highly recommended), Divided Sky (highly recommended)

Average Song Gap: 6.06

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

Notes: Reba did not have the whistling ending. Free began differently than usual, as the band omitted the usual guitar-driven intro.

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Song Distribution:
4 Round Room
3 Lawn Boy
2 The Story of the Ghost
2 Billy Breathes
2 The White Tape
1 Stash
1 Hoist
1 Rift
1 Junta

Songs by Debut Year:

This show was part of the "2003 Summer Tour."

dscott , attached to 2003-07-10 Permalink
This is not one of Phish's stronger efforts. Antelope is inventive enough to merit a few extra listens. Otherwise, the modest highlights aren't especially noteworthy, and much of the time the band sounds clunky + disjointed.

Spices is an interesting opener, and not necessarily in a good way. In hindsight, it sounds compositionally like a "beta version" of Time Turns Elastic...before the song's positive qualities got added. A couple minutes of generic mud-crunching improv leads into a blissful, but "by the book", version of Waves. Reba is a little bit underpowered, but enjoyable enough. Lawn Boy is standard. Moma Dance gets into an atmospheric funk space for a bit before fading into Antelope, which has a little extra spring in its step and a couple of interesting thematic twists.

Set 2 starts solidly with a worthy, but not spectacular, version of 46 Days. Unfortunately, the added length to Divided Sky is more a matter of the band trying to find its footing, as opposed to inspired improv. Uncharacteristically sloppy version. Friday is extremely well-played, richly mining the intended emotions. Free starts off with a simmer, instead of the customary thunderous intro, but this works well in its context. Otherwise, it's an ordinary version. Seven Below is tight and crisp. Very brief jam at the end before it comes to an album-style stop. Velvet Sea is somewhat off-kilter, but solidly delivers the cathartic finish. 2001 is plenty good for a short version. Down With Disease is tight and energetic, a straight-ahead rocker to finish the set.

A two-song encore. Rift is well-played and does what it usually does. Character Zero is uncharacteristically tepid and murky, lacking its usual punch.
Score: 2
RabeldyNugs , attached to 2003-07-10 Permalink
RabeldyNugs No reviews? I never do them but here we go bc it can't be empty if I can help.
I was on tour from Phoenix with a great buddy of mine and his 120 lb lab, and after a great show the night before they just didn't do much tonight, the 2nd night of the stand. But that meant they would be throwing it down @ the Gorge, and we saw that they did with a sick Ghost + Mock Song(only time) night 1 + all of 7/13 but I went off topic for a second...sorry. BUt before I go into 7-10, 7-9 the night before has to be mentioned:
(7-9 w/ the fuckin' YEM opener->Simple as a nodd to their last show at Shoreline on 10-7-00 last show pre-hiatus. Another example of the band playing to the audience. But the Gin was insane and they didnt mean to close on Gin I think but they just brought it so fuckin far out there, awesome stuff. Set 2 rocked with an all-start lineup. Amazing Piper w/ a couple great jams within but the Twist----->>>>>> SEGUE into Scents was just sickness and perfect stuff right there. Then a Mikes taboot...Awesome!!!)

The 1st set with Spices as a opener does nothing at all and I wished that in Phoenix they would only play it that one time, but here it pops up again and to open? No thanks but anyways it went on into a ok Waves for that time but right after Waves was a very nice Reba, 1st one of tour so I was pumped!!! It had no whisteling but not many do those/these days. Lawn Boy for Page to say hi to everyone and then the highlight of the show I think in the MOMA DANCE. SIIIIIIIIIIIIICK hit here and I think it was unfinished too and bled into Antelope which brought the momentum right into the jam! Sweet shit. But the moma was similar-ish to the UNREAL NASTY Moma from Woosta 2-26-03. That one has Gordon just ripping it up and that version is one of my favs for sure. So a short 1st set and I could only expect good things after that Moma->Antelope.

The opposite happened and they felt like they fell flat. They played cookie-cutter songs and no flow with weird placment all around. Opener was 46 Days which rocks but it didnt hold up to anything special (at that point the 1-2-03 Debut was the best to that point). I mean 2nd song where there should be some action in my point of view they play Divided, really?? Come one guys, I will always love the song soooo much and I appreciate you switching things up and not making it a standard, but this is just not the place. And after 19 minutes you'd think a rocker or something will follow...well Friday comes in for the 3rd slot in the 2nd set of the last night @ Shoreline...that was just not nice and it killed the vibe. At that point Free and -7 just dont go anywhere and then we're back at Velvet Cheese. The song ended and out of nowhere Fishman starts the beat to 2001, no space intro, no nothing and it felt odd for me. However the cherry on top was the DWD closer?? Lastly the Rift>0 closer which I was already outside selling my waters...
So I dont think I need to summarize it but I will for the hell of it. Reba, 1st of tour and I love all versions, Moma is sick and unfinished and whacks right into Antelope to close the 1st set. Set 2 didnt have much at all but a 4 minute jam in Divided of all places to reach it to about 20 min.
Best thing about this show was that the Gorge was right after it.

Long live Phish.
Score: 1
jcmarckx , attached to 2003-07-10 Permalink
I don't have too much to say about this show. After the night before, I was hoping they would step up and kick some ass on this night. Not to be. This was the first time I got to hear Spices (only time in person), and it was okay, but the Waves made me very happy. Waves is my favorite song from Round Room, and I was stoked to hear it. The rest of set 1 is a total throwaway. Reba is embarrassingly bad.
Set two was not much better. 46 Days rocked, but Divided Sky was sloppy sloppy sloppy. Friday was nice, and I like this placement. Too bad they don't play it anymore. It's a nice song. Seven Below was another nice treat, but the set really didn't do much until the 2001>DWD. I love Disease as a set 2 closer, and I wish they would do it more often.
The encore was another slop-fest. This show was the first time that I felt like things were going very wrong with Phish. I had my suspicions back in the 1999 Shoreline, but I guess I was hoping the hiatus had fixed things.
Score: 0
kipmat , attached to 2003-07-10 Permalink
kipmat Ever listen to a show, and the setlist reminds you of a different show? Phish just finished a 3-night stand over the Independence Day holiday, and the third show on 7/5 with Divided Sky, Wading, and ->Waves reminded me of this setlist, so I thought I'd throw it in and review it. Turns out that this is currently the lowest-rated show of 2003 on .net, but I have to say I've heard a few sets from later in the year that IMO are worse than Shoreline.

Admittedly, there are flubs, and the setlist flow is wonky. The Round Room material sounds really good to my ears, though, as does new tune Spices. I skip right to the jam in Reba to hear Trey inch up to the peak, grab hold of it and throttle it. A very nice moment in time.
Score: 0

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