Alpine Valley Music Theatre, East Troy, WI
 Seven Below tease.
 Vocal jam only.
Notes: Page signed an autograph while out on the front of the stage during Lawn Boy. Weekapaug included a Seven Below tease. The portion of YEM following 2001 contained only the vocal jam.
This show was part of the "2004 Early Summer Tour."
traffic was a bitch so we missed the opener all together, and only heard the first set up to glide in the parking lot. julius may have been a little nod to the usually tough alpine security. roses are free was a nice treat, but even from the parking lot, some flubs were evident. ac/dc bag was pretty straight forward. i loved glide here, especially since we were just walking in the door, but anything but me after was somewhat of a let down. a relatively quick bowie picked things up before a nice bluesy/funky wolfman's. trey really started to pick up steam on the back section of this wolfman's jam. golgi was sort of a blah closer.
we left our friends in the lawn and moved down to our pavillion seats for the second set. i was not very excited for the seven below set opener, but they found a groove, and kept riding it and riding it and riding it. this is a very cool jam. there are no crazy peaks here, but there is some lovely exploration. it takes a quick dip into buffalo bill, which while a rarity, i had managed to catch in 2000, '03, and now '04. good stuff. page was very interactive during lawn boy, which got the crowd rolling. mike's was good, but the straight mike's groove is just not popping like it did in'95. they still heat the same peak, but there is very little going on aside from that. this is something that i miss badly. even in '09, mike's song has not been all that impressive. you enjoy myself was relatively flub free, but this yem>2001>yem is not really as cool as it looks on paper. where they would normally have the "improv" jam in yem, they just popped a mediocre version of 2001 in there. then they slipped right into the vocal jam. unusual but not all that great.
all in all, a mediocre, show. i liked the next night and the deer creek shows better, but the seven below is must hear.
i really liked the 2nd set and this is still one of my favorite 7Bs. Besides the Buffalo Bill being special, the lawn boy was a big moment. Page bent down and signed someone's ticket stub at the end part and the crowd reacted hugely. This was a very cool goodbye moment that wasn't caught up with the magnitude of the Aug '04 shows.
The Mike's kranks and is a very powerful version. The YEM was nothing special and once again Phish encore with a single ripping power house song to close 1st night of Alpine.