Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival, Manchester, TN
Set 1: CDTChalk Dust Torture, STFTFPStealing Time From the Faulty Plan, DividedDivided Sky, Possum > DwDDown with Disease, Alaska, Stash, GolgiGolgi Apparatus, Wolfman'sWolfman's Brother, Poor Heart, KDFKill Devil Falls -> Free, Velvet SeaWading in the Velvet Sea, HoodHarry Hood > Highway to Hell > 2001Also Sprach Zarathustra > YEMYou Enjoy Myself -> Wilson -> YEMYou Enjoy Myself
· Salt Peanuts tease in You Enjoy Myself
Noteworthy Jams: Kill Devil Falls (highly recommended)
Average Song Gap: 20.05
Notes: This show marked Phish’s first appearance at Bonnaroo. This “late-night set” on the What Stage began at approximately 11:00 p.m. Highway to Hell was played for the first time since February 26, 1997 (325 shows). YEM contained a brief Salt Peanuts (aka Basie Boogie) tease from Page.
Songs by Debut Year:
- A 17+ minute DWD.
- A near 15 minute Stash (14:57 from the PHiSHows.com version of the show).
- A 15+ minute KDF (which is certainly, also in my own humble opinion, one of the more likable tunes from 3.0 [along with Stealing Time From the Faulty Plan ... which of course is part of this festival show as well].
- A near 15 minute Hood (14:31).
- And a 10+ minute Sprach (I prefer this abbreviated title as opposed to calling it "2001" ... Tsssss ...).
The Divided Sky is quite enjoyable too, especially after the band manages to work their way out of a somewhat dull start. (Again, hahaaa, another opinionated statement.)
It's not a show I'll go back and listen to as much as some of my other (real) cherished listens, but I am writing this review after listening to this Bonnaroo '09 set for the second time. That's gotta at least be saying something ...
Not a big fan of Alaska, and Stash was subpar at best. Golgi was fun as usual. Wolfman's Brother stood out as many 3.0 versions have. Stellar groove. This was Kill Devil Falls most exploratory jam by far at this point (and still is) for the song. Decent jam by definitely whale called a bit too much.
Hood>Highway to Hell was fucking awesome. I remember my friend tripping balls during the Hood jam and then brought back to reality during the opening chords of the AC/DC classic. Great bustout. 2001 was a great dance party with 80,000 other people. YEM->Wilson->YEM was definitely interesting but I wish they would have jammed out YEM a bit longer.
Overall a great show. The atmosphere was top notch in its late night slot at Bonnaroo. The setlist also relatively strong, with standout jams in DWD and KDF.
I even read that little bit over a time and a half and forgot to close the parentheses.
Anyways, a good show to listen to for surely.
Highlights for me were Golgi, Hood>Highway to Hell>2001, and YEM>Wilson>YEM. I will never go back to Bonnaroo but I will certainly never forget this night. Thanks Phish.