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.