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Link Wednesday, 08/11/2004
Tweeter Center, Mansfield, MA

Set 1: DividedDivided Sky, SuzySuzy Greenberg -> DwDDown with Disease[1] -> CaspianPrince Caspian > SOAMuleScent of a Mule -> The Tears of a Clown[2] > SOAMuleScent of a Mule, Mexican Cousin

Set 2: AntelopeRun Like an Antelope[1] > 2001Also Sprach Zarathustra > GolgiGolgi Apparatus > Waves > Tweezer -> HYHUHold Your Head Up[3] > Terrapin > HYHUHold Your Head Up, Drums[4] -> TimberTimber (Jerry) > SampleSample in a Jar

Encore: Bouncin'Bouncing Around the Room > TweepriseTweezer Reprise

[1] Unfinished.
[2] Phish debut; with audience member on vocals.
[3] Jammed for awhile, with Fish on vacuum.
[4] Trey and Fish.

· Hold Your Head Up jam in Tweezer

Noteworthy Jams: Suzy Greenberg (highly recommended), Down with Disease, Run Like an Antelope, Waves

Average Song Gap: 26.25

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

Notes: Disease and Antelope were unfinished. During Suzy, Trey introduced Fish as “Johnny B. Fishman” on snare drum, whereupon Fish took a snare drum solo. This show featured the Phish debut of Tears of a Clown. Unfortunately, no one knew all of the words to Tears of a Clown, so they picked a member of the audience to come onstage and sing (prompting Trey to note, “She saved our ass.”). Tweezer contained a HYHU jam at the end (with Trey still on guitar and Fish on drums). During HYHU, Fish introduced himself as “Prince” and added some vacuum accompaniment. Before Terrapin, Trey joked, “Won’t be needing this anymore!” and acted as if he was going to throw his guitar into the crowd, to a reception of lusty boos from the crowd. After Terrapin, Trey took an impromptu poll of the audience as to whether a Fishman tune makes the show or destroys the show, with Page notably coming in on the side of destroys the show, though softening the blow by explaining, "Well, it's a crapshoot. Sometimes it's great, but sometimes... you wonder." Mike, more charitably, stated, “On a scale of two to three, I give it a three.” Before the Drums Jam with Trey and Fish, Trey noted that it had always been a dream of his to start a song with a double drum solo; this was the first known instance.

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Song Distribution:
4 Stash
3 Hoist
2 Round Room
2 A Picture of Nectar
2 Lawn Boy
2 Junta
2 The White Tape
1 Billy Breathes

Songs by Debut Year:

This show was part of the "2004 Late Summer Tour."

beerman , attached to 2004-08-11 Permalink
beerman As Antelope is my favorite Phish song and this version started strong, I will admit to this day: I am still waiting for that performance to end. Why, Trey, why didn't you come back to set the gear shift to the high gear of your soul?!
Score: 6
waxbanks , attached to 2004-08-11 Permalink
waxbanks Touching, charming, fun, silly, and ultimately a letdown. Some folks love this version of 2001; I count it maybe the most boring modern version. I imagine few people listen to the August '04 shows with any regularity, especially when the June shows offer such pure doses of (an admittedly very specific and perhaps limited kind of) pleasure. Along with Coventry, this is in my Just Too Damned Painful file.
Score: 2
andychatfield , attached to 2004-08-11 Permalink
As my 34th show that I had seen in person I was excited by "The Divided Sky" opener (promising to be as strong as the previous night). But as "Suzy Greenberg" followed, I suspected the show would go toward the more predictable crowd pleasers (like the "Down With Disease", and "Prince Caspian"). "Tears Of A Clown" in the middle of "Scent Of A Mule" was bizarre (planned?) but amusing. As "Mexican Cousin" closed the first set I hoped for a comeback in the second set. YES! Opening with "Run Like An Antelope" reminded me of the 1995 show at Great Woods with a person doing backflips (where there were now seats at the Tweeter Center...) But the song doesn`t end - it morphs into..."2001"! Another strong jam building anticipation, SO funky, as is "Tweezer". But as the "Tweezer" jam leads into "Hold Your Head Up" I felt that the Fishman song ruined the flow of this particular set. "Drums" was great, showing the bond between Trey and Fish. "Timber" always rocks, but have to admit I had hoped for a better ending (the last three songs: "Sample In A Jar", "Bouncing Around The Room", "Tweezer Reprise"?) I just thought maybe there would be a return to the unfinished "Run Like An Antelope"? Still a great show though. Thanks Phish!
Score: 1
nichobert , attached to 2004-08-11 Permalink
nichobert It's a Divided Sky from August 2004. Draw your own conclusions on how that one's going to go.

The snare drum solo and drop into the funk in Suzy is awesome, seems like Trey is teasing Heavy Things for a minute in there. Suzy has probably the shortest version of the "Suzy Reprise Jam" that popped up a few times in the 1.0 era. It's a nice knotty groove, Mike's DWD effects kind of creep into his playing for a little bit before the jam drops out and the DWD intro starts.

The DWD jam is basically all of a piece, rhythmic yet spacey, some nice piano from Page providing the gravitational well at the center of it and Mike & Trey circling it with dramatic minimalism. The descent into Caspian is fucking gorgeous. Another reviewer characterized this 3 song sequence as a cheap crowd pleaser, but it defied convention at every (ok, the first two at least) turn. Plus I'm pretty sure that by the year 2004 we should have stopped pretending that the shows were filled with 14 year old kids who only wanted to see Bouncing and Sparkle and the other massive radio hits.

I love when Phish doesn't finish the "Big Finish" songs. Bowie, Hood, Antelope, Slave, whatever. Leave that crescendo hanging and try something different. Phish's decision to bail on the Antelope peak and just get a little weirder was a good one. There are good moments in this, especially after the Peak That Wasn't, and the -> and 2001 itself is nice and clean. Just nothing too special despite the uniqueness on paper. I can see why someone would like this 2001 a lot, if they're not into the loops and whatnot.

Second sets highlights are Waves- soaring Type I.5 improv, beautiful stuff with shades of mystery- & the Timber with the double-drum solo. FWIW, The Ghost from 7/25/97 starts with a double drum duo also doesn't it? C'est la vie.
Score: 1
Stash , attached to 2004-08-11 Permalink
Stash One of the wacky ones folks... Not the best jams, not the best setlist, but so much fun. Alot of interaction between band and audience (opposed to other shows of same tour). The "last" Boston area show. The lot before the show was as always a shit show. I miss taking the commuter rail to phish shows. Gotta love Divided Sky to open the show.
Score: 0

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