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Link Thursday, 07/31/2003
Tweeter Center at the Waterfront, Camden, NJ

Set 1: Llama, MomaThe Moma Dance > DividedDivided Sky, Dirt > Seven Below, SlothThe Sloth, Water in the Sky, Wolfman'sWolfman's Brother > Possum

Set 2: Piper > Mike'sMike's Song > HydrogenI Am Hydrogen > WeekapaugWeekapaug Groove -> Free > Friday > HoodHarry Hood

Encore: Frankenstein

Teases:
· In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida tease in Weekapaug Groove

Noteworthy Jams: Piper (highly recommended), Harry Hood (highly recommended)

Average Song Gap: 7.76

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

Notes: Weekapaug included an In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida tease. The tease may have been homage to Iron Butterfly guitarist Erik Braunn, who passed away two days before.

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

Songs by Debut Year:

, attached to 2003-07-31 Permalink
(Published in the second edition of The Phish Companion...)

The next night, I felt the need to give back. I knew I couldn't find that man who gave me the miracle; I didn't want to. But I had to give back to the community. So I bought an extra ticket at face value and looked around for someone with his/her finger in the air, someone that looked like they needed this ticket, and they needed it for free.
I chose a girl in her early thirties, late twenties. I handed her the ticket, and she gave me a huge hug, extremely excited about her miracle. That day, I was wearing a “Harry Hood” shirt, and upon seeing this she started to flip out.
"I can't believe you're wearing a ‘Harry Hood’ shirt!" she screamed. She explained that she was from out West. She was doing the entire tour and has not been to the Philly/Camden area since Winter 1999. The last time she was here was for Phish's two-night stay at the Spectrum (12/10-11/99). I told her that I personally couldn't make it to the 10th, but I was at the 11th. This fact seemed to blow her away even more. After the show on the 10th, she continued to explain, she got a call from her Mom back West. Her father had passed away that night. His name was Harry. The next night marked the first “Harry Hood” opener since 1985 (10/30/85 at Hunt's), which was the first time the song was played. She felt like they opened the show with that just for her. She had not returned to the Philly area since then, and when she finally did, she is given a miracle from a kid in a “Harry Hood” shirt. We both stood there, stunned. Having such a strong connection to a person within five minutes of meeting her was overwhelming - and also what Phish is all about.
The show rocked, to put it simply. A classic setlist, with no huge surprises (although “Moma Dance” is always exciting). Still, every song was simply pumping. A sick way to end the tour and ready us for IT. And of course, they closed the second set with “Harry Hood”.
I can only wonder if she made it to the Boston anniversary show...
Score: 8
waxbanks , attached to 2003-07-31 Permalink
waxbanks As usual for Phish in summer, the second set under the stars easily overtakes the sing-songy sunset opener. And what a set! The XXL Piper opener dissolves into a beautiful ambient interlude before a filthy improvised segue into Mike's Song (which is appropriately raunchy). Weekapaug zips along per usual until the closing lyrics, but the band skips the final vocal line and keeps the rhythm going for a few minutes. Fishman drops some half-time nastiness on the assembly and we get yet another muted-scratching segue into Free. (Why doesn't Trey segue into the song's opening riff anymore? These rhythmic segues get boring when you're, y'know, an obsessive live recording collector...)

Free > Friday, blah blah blah, but the stretched-out Hood takes this show over the top. This version starts to head out into rock-riffing territory like the infamous 7/25 performance, but around 14:00 in (and far from the home key if I remember correctly), Trey tilts from straight-up rock to some eerie iii-I changes, and things get quietly spooky. Mike starts in with some sympathetic upper-register ostinato action, Page throws in some space-age keyboard textures, and we're in an intense musical zone halfway between Hood's standard major-chord lilt and the zonked-out uptempo haze of so many other summer 2003 jams. If (like me) you came to Phish fandom via the Hood from 'A Live One,' the ensuing build and lighthearted return to the standard Hood progression will seem like the logical extension of what you've long known and loved. Good as the other second-set tunes are, the Hood is the thing to write home about.
Score: 4
whatstheuse324 , attached to 2003-07-31 Permalink
whatstheuse324 I had an amazing show experience from 7/31/2003 in Camden. My wife and I were staying in a Philly hotel and had the day to kill, so we caught Pirates of the Caribbean in the movie theater before hitting the lot early. We were hanging with friends in the lot closest to the Ben Franklin Bridge for a while before heading in. We had seats for this show, and even though they were three rows from the back, it was still enough to be inside when the skies opened up and poured down rain.

This night seemed like a complete rebound from the previous night. Llama kicked things off and raged out of the gates. Moma Dance quickly took the reins and got funky right away. Moma Dance started blending into an ambient space when the opening chords to Divided Sky chimed in. This was my first Divided Sky, and I had been craving this song at every show I had ever been to. It was and is my favorite song and a pivotal reason that I learned to love Phish in the first place. Anyway, I was in my glory, Divided Sky was EXCELLENT, and Phish could have played a three hour long Brian and Robert to close the show and I still would have been fine. Fortunately for everyone else, this was not the case.

Dirt was a nice and mellow breather from the raging Divided Sky, and a slightly-lengthy Seven Below ensued afterwards. The Sloth was spot-on, Water in the Sky reminded everyone on the lawn that they were no longer dry, Wolfman's Brother soared to type-1 peaks as did Possum to close the set.

Set two opened with a twenty-two minute Piper that trudged along in a dark and mucky groove. Mike's came out of the dark Piper and took the classic approach, segueing into Hydrogen and then Weekapaug. The transition from Weekapaug to Free was obvious in the moment and signaled that the band wasn't pulling out any stops for the rest of the night. Friday was another breather, I don't like to hear Mike sound so sad. Hood was an epic, especially for 2.0. Frankenstein gave us all a little energy for the all night driving most of us were about to endure on our way up to Limestone, Maine for the IT Festival. I loved this show.
Score: 0

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