Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival, Manchester, TN
Set 1: BagAC/DC Bag > NICU, JibbooGotta Jibboo > PYITEPunch You In the Eye > Sparkle > GinBathtub Gin, Character Zero > Tweezer -> HorseThe Horse > SilentSilent in the Morning, AntelopeRun Like an Antelope, Mustang Sally, Bobby Jean > Glory Days
 Bruce Springsteen on guitar and vocals.
 Phish debut; Bruce Springsteen on guitar and vocals.
Average Song Gap: 62.59
Notes: This show, performed on the What Stage, closed out the 2009 Bonnaroo Festival. Before Mustang Sally, Trey remarked that he had seen a show at Jadwin Gym at Princeton University when was 12 (apparently referring to a 11/1/78 performance by Bruce Springsteen at this 3,000 seat venue, though Trey would have been 14 at the time), and added that Phish would now have an opportunity to play with one of his heroes, Bruce Springsteen. Springsteen joined in on guitar and vocals for Mustang Sally, Bobby Jean and Glory Days. Mustang Sally was played for the first time since August 5, 1988 (1,273 shows). This show marked the Phish debuts of Bobby Jean and Glory Days. Rock and Roll included a brief Rift tease. Limb By Limb contained a Dave’s Energy Guide tease.
Songs by Debut Year:
Mr. Burns: Smithers, are they boo-ing me?
Smithers: Uh...no. They're saying boo-URNS, boo-URNS
Mrs. Burns: (To the crowd) Excuse me, are you saying BOO or BOOURNS?
Hans Moleman: (to himself) I was saying boourns.
I think the crowd was yelling BRUUUUUUUUUCE!! but a couple of people may have been saying BOO
This show was a fun way to close out a good fest.
The first 5 songs all serve as great first set dance numbers . Then Gin hits! it's fitting because Snoop just played his song about gin an hour ago on the same stage. (E. Badu played before Snoop) ((Not quite as good as the Al green>Beasties/David Byrne> Phish late night we had on Friday))
Zero and Tweezer keep the energy high fish rips in the tweez which trey ripcords for horse. This is the first brake pump of the night.
Lope picks things back up and is played with gusto- trey prolly trying to impress Bruce who is no doubt watching side-stage.
The sit in was fun to watch, you could tell trey was having a blast! Trey takes nice solos in Bobby Jean and Glory days. Mustang Sally- what a bustout!
First set was rocking and straight forward best-of-hits/classics with the "surprise" guest ending
Song selection is spot on with the rock and roll set II opener. Trey still high from playing with his hero, comes out blazing and actually uses the whammy/pitch bender/whale call successfully creating tension with it at the 8:12 mark and releasing perfectly at 8:27
After that nice little peak mike and fish hold down the fort while trey rambles around with little direction and page plays out adding ideas.
trey lands some nice licks and mike seems to lead the band into type II territory with page jumping on synth to create an eerie sound-scape that turns into> Light which has some full band interplay in the 8th minute and some funk in the 10th (great ending) 46 days is always good, but I don't love it in this spot.
so after a cover, the first 3.0 song of the night,and a 2.0 shredder, we dive back into the classics with LxL. LxL soars majestically and trey gives you the goods at the end.
They play farmhouse as a nod to the farmland we are standing on
# line amps things up with it's rave up ending and caspian pokes his head out to the delight of some. for me this set would have been better if they decided to do something like a ghost>twist>piper instead of the farmhouse, #line, Caspian , but oh well it made the 1st tube all the more thrilling. For me it was a breath of fresh air to close the set. Suzy>reprise ends the fest with a !!
This was a good fest for me, I had been to roo 6 times before this one (did Roth instead in 08) and always wanted to see phish there. They were a bit jammier on Fri night with the disease and the killer KDF, but this night was special too with some really great moments
I enjoyed seeing E. Badu and Snoop open up for Phish this night
maybe I'll go back there someday...