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Link Tuesday, 07/22/2003
Verizon Wireless Music Center, Noblesville, IN

Set 1: PYITEPunch You In the Eye > Beauty of My Dreams, Gumbo, DividedDivided Sky, Boogie OnBoogie On Reggae Woman > Carini > Magilla, Possum

Set 2: SOAMeltSplit Open and Melt -> Free > Friday, LizardsThe Lizards, WotCWalls of the Cave

Encore: Bouncin'Bouncing Around the Room, Frankenstein

Noteworthy Jams: Gumbo (highly recommended), Split Open and Melt

Average Song Gap: 18

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

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Song Distribution:
3 Stash
2 Round Room
2 Lawn Boy
2 The Man Who Stepped into Yesterday
1 Billy Breathes
1 A Picture of Nectar
1 Junta
1 The White Tape

Songs by Debut Year:

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

waxbanks , attached to 2003-07-22 Permalink
waxbanks Best-of-the-decade versions of Gumbo(!) and SOAM(!!) and an appropriately evil/silly Carini > Magilla highlight this otherwise standard-excellent summer '03 show.
Score: 4
MiguelSanchez , attached to 2003-07-22 Permalink
MiguelSanchez phish was coming off a very hot show, but as always at deer creek, we were looking for them to top the previous night. i don't know if they topped it, but they came down close.... i'll let others debate their favorite of this run...

punch: nice hot version. they dug deep in the intro before making it into the "song".

beauty of my dreams: ahhhh.... i love this song. good snappy version. got the slightly buzzed crowd jumping.

gumbo: here we go! this was a dark, nasty, funky gumbo. it might be my favorite ever. it is at least my favorite version since tinley park 97. fishman held down a nice funky beat while trey, page, and mike just laid down this nasty funky jam. lucky for us, we would get to revisit this realm in sneaking sally the next night.

the divided sky: after a 20+ minute gumbo, i was expecting the boys to chill on this one, but they kept the ball rolling. trey really soared on the post silence portion of this sky. there are a goof or two along the way on this one.

boogie on: quick and to the point, but this kept the momentum of a nice no nonsense first going.

carrini: talk about momentum...this got the creek rocking. they started to stretch this one out a bit before quickly turning a corner into the seldom played...

magilla: talk about an odd pairing! this magilla really caught the crowd off guard. page was killing this one, and trey quipped afterward that they should play this one again. good 'ol deer creek.... you can expect just about anything here.

possum: they closed this set with a barn burner possum. trey lights up the night on this one. he was hitting those hot, bluesy, licks that he finds in possum so often. very good, completel band effort here.

set 2:

soa melt: this one had been shelved for a while, and some rust was evident. once they "breathed deep in the steam dream," they absolutely took off. this jam was spectacular, the best of the 3 night run and maybe the best of the year. after really rocking and rolling the melt theme, they find themselves in this far out spacey/bluesy jam. for a minute i thought they would go into jesus left chicago, but after a little more exploration they moved into...

free: this fit like a glove. this free had more of a funky mid section than some of its hard rocking brethren. gordon was hot on this one. good free, following a sick melt.

friday: hmmm... gotta cool down some time.

the lizards: nice little treat here. nothing out of this world. good solid lizards.

walls of the cave: i wasn't a big fan of this song, and this version didn't do too much to change my mind. the deer creek 2004 version with the dwd ending nudged me a little in its favor. trey and page were sharp on this take though.


bouncing around the room: nothing to see here

frankenstein: nice change of tempo after bouncing. they ended a great show in style.


this was a good solid show, with some thick jams in some slightly unexpected places. I did feel that the 2nd set petered out quite a bit torward the end, but who can complain about anything after that mind blowing melt.

1st set:
gumbo, carrini>magilla>possum

2nd set:
soa melt>free
Score: 3
Split_Open_My_Face , attached to 2003-07-22 Permalink
This is still my favorite Free. The Split>Free is where it's at in this second set. Maybe the most underrated Gumbo ever. These are the highlights of a kinda ho-hum 3 night run at Deer Creek.
Score: 1
tubescreamer , attached to 2003-07-22 Permalink
tubescreamer This show features an out-of-nowhere awesome Gumbo, a hilariously paired Carini>Magilla, which contrasts mayhem and old timey hammed-up jazz executed wryly and flawlessly. Then the SOAM. This piece helps along to define a year when the four explored an atonal battle dance like no other time. It menaces discomfortingly into a well-earned and yet strange and sometimes frightening resolution that > excitedly into Free. This version keeps the energy high and positive before settling out into a delicate and beautiful space then > the best placed Friday of all time-- and it shines. Lizards, a song that has lost a bit of its holiness with age brings an old school head nod and offering to what had just transpired.
Score: 1
JonBaker , attached to 2003-07-22 Permalink
This was my second night of the three day run. I was happy so far with the first night and was hoping for another one. I came to this show solo, and down the road, this wouldn't be my last one doing this. Thank GOD I didn't drive the first night, anyway, it ended up being as decent a show as it was the night before. Very surprised with the set of songs they did the first set. Very good Punch You In the Eye, great Gumbo and Divided Sky, both first timers for me. Another great first times was Carini and ending the first set with a great Possum. They can't go wrong when they do this tune. Not only do I love it, but usually the crowds do to. Started off the second set with a sizzling Split Open and Melt and going into Free, and Friday. Then came Lizards, another good one and ending with a great Walls of the Cave. That was the first time seeing it and I was not disappointed at all. They finished off the night with Bouncing Around the Room and a great Frankenstein. So far so good with these two shows. What was gonna happen my third night? I didn't know what to expect at this point. I'd have to wait and see of course....
Score: 0
TheEmu , attached to 2003-07-22 Permalink
TheEmu This show would be an easy four stars from me, based on the strength of the Split Open & Melt -> Free, Walls of the Cave, and Carini. The SOAMelt is clearly the highlight of the night, with a jam which cooks during the standard Melt portion and then kicks into a rockin' high gear. The Carini is short but very strong, and the Walls of the Cave is a raging closer.

But the show is loaded with slop, even for 2003. Almost every song is messy, but the composed part of Melt is terrible, and the Magilla is flat out the worst version I've ever heard. Even the jam in Gumbo, which ends well, starts out rough and takes time to smooth out.

Based just on the amount of slop, I'd would have to go two stars, but combined with the four star aforementioned jams, I think it evens out to three stars. But definitely check out the Carini, Melt-> Free, and WotC.
Score: -1

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