Cumberland County Civic Center, Portland, ME
Soundcheck: Dog Log, Undermind, Glide, My Friend My Friend, Uncle Pen
Set 1: Possum > DwDDown with Disease, Nellie Kane, Weigh, CircusWhen the Circus Comes, KDFKill Devil Falls, Water in the Sky, Stash, Meat, Undermind, Mike'sMike's Song > HydrogenI Am Hydrogen > WeekapaugWeekapaug Groove
Noteworthy Jams: Light
Average Song Gap: 24.56
Notes: Nellie Kane was played for the first time since July 1, 2000 (137 shows). Before Meat, Trey announced (in a reference to Meat's lyrics) that Mike had changed his name and is now "The Artist Formerly Known as Cactus" and "The Artist Presently Known as Prince." Subsequently, during Meat, Trey introduced Mike as "Prince" and Fish as "Prince's alter ego on the drums, 'Princess.'" Free Bird was played for the first time since June 22, 2000 (144 shows) and was performed a cappella for the first time since December 29, 1998 (223 shows).
3 The Story of the Ghost
2 A Picture of Nectar
1 Round Room
1 Billy Breathes
1 Lawn Boy
1 The Man Who Stepped into Yesterday
1 The White Tape
Songs by Debut Year:
This show was part of the "2009 Fall Tour."
Have a nice day
Awesome little venue, the sort of tiny New England multi-purpose arena that finds its niche when hosting a baseball card convention or Tupperware General Assembly but really earns its stripes when the Phish comes to town.
The band's history practically drips from the rafters here and they seemed to be feeling it this late night in November. It served to be a perfect warm up show for the MSG run around the corner but is in no way a door mat to those shows musically.
Nestled into the quaint little town of Portland, the "Quad C" as I've taken to calling it, is an easy access venue and I had the entrance scoped out well prior to showtime. This allowed me plenty of time to check out the town and its watering holes before I had to be back to get a good spot in line. And did I ever? I was about the tenth in line to enter and from there it was a straight up sprint to the GA front row. I had to choose between Mike and Trey side...a tough decision for some but I'd been dying to feel Mike's bass bombs wreak havoc for months, so I knew my spot would be on the rail right in front of Gordeaux.
I was standing right next to a guy with a little orange sign with glitter letters that said, simply, 'Weigh'. Trey came out, all smiles, and sort of panned his gaze through the front row.
He mouthed the word, "weigh?" to the guy as sort of a question to which the dude simply nodded.
He got his Weigh.
I had on the Antelope's Jersey which Mike seemed to stare at blankly with passionate interest. (Hey there, Mike. What's up? You ah...you looking at my shirt there?)
Whole set was a Mike fiasco.
I chose well.
Mike became a Prince this night.
The Meat and Undermind were the clear set highlights. Meat had been M.I.A. for far too long and Undermind was great to hear live. Of course, Nellie Kane was hot and hadn't been played since I last saw it live, a cool connection.
This happened a few times in 3.0 for me.
Most recently with the Manchester Song I heard the Ocean Sing and, more outlandishly, After Midnight.
The second set in Portland is one that I still have dreams about.
Enough about me.
Moma continued the thick atmosphere out of the break (*ting!*) but from there the show just happened in a big way.
Rock and Roll was played for another cat's sign and raged well into the still infant Light.
Crimes of the Mind took the crowd a stanza to place but was well received. Great tune. Lots of >'s...Pebbles was hot and long overdo and 2001 was raucous. Fish owned this one.
Portland was very much to me a defining show in that this (including MSG '09) was the first time that I started to notice the new, concise jamming that would become the 'sound' of 3.0.
All of these songs had it, especially this 2001. Power-packed. Nothing missing. Pocket Einstein shit!
Then the closer/closer fakeout of Golgi and Cavern led us into the beast of the second set, as it should be-
Antelope was bliss.
This one had it all and should be checked out by any serious 'Lope fan at all costs, as well as it's twin at the next show in NYC. Crystally accurate, fun, loud and unbridled...this Antelope was one for the books and was nailed.
The encore basically served to let us all know they'd had as much fun as we'd had. Freebird was so sweet sounding to someone who had recently been calling for acapella Freebird. Too much.
Carini opened up the pores again one last time and they let us slide down into the night in style with Waste.
All in all, Portland may have been the perfect show.
It's certainly one that should be in any collection and could be relistened to on the reg.
See you on the NYE run '10!
I thank you so much, had a wonderful time down there.
a few hours before the show i actually ran into trey and got to talk with him for about 5 or 10 minutes and I told him i had been watching the setlists and no Weigh in a long time. he said it was a good request! I was so happy when I heard the beginning of that noodle. Amazing experience. And then the show.
Mike defintely gave alot of funk throughout the show, dwd was crazy. weigh was great just what i wanted, a few songs they played a little faster then normal, great energy. Stash and Meat was awesome, Then Mikes to Weekapaug was unbelievable! Moma Dance ,Mike mind phucked us all ! Trey had alot of energy and the show was pushing 4 hours! The lights have definetly gotten a nice transformation that flows well with 3.0. Not alot of 3.0 tunes here but I loved Crimes of the Mind, great bustout! They really just jammed the entire show and let everyone groove. Acapella Freebird Was funny trey fell down laughing at the beginning, and Carini left my ears ringing even after I left the show. Small crowd didnt even look soldout. 8k people?
To Jean who wrote: "I just want to say thanks to the guy who traded his floor ticket for a CC section ticket when they started the 3rd song of the second set... I thank you so much, had a wonderful time down there."
... C'est moi. You caught a great one for what I recall you saying was your second show. Thanks for helping hold down those killer seats on the side of the arena during the break. On my way out of the arena I handed your CC ticket to a collector. That CC ticket radiated good karma.
Way to go boys, you still got it!
Set two features an above average Moma and a good RnR that gets to spaceland near the end (with excellent Kuroda work that doesn't translate well on tape...because it can't). Light is also finding it's legs in the live setting, and the band probably walked away from this jam pleased. A good, early take. Crimes of the Mind followed, and I thought it was an excellent call, listening back. Who knows when THAT song will come back...
I'm a sucker for anything Round Room, so when Pebbles started I was psyched. Quality version too. In the box...but still. Given how little they play it these days, I'll take any version I can get. 2001 was great to see for the first time, and Golgi/Cavern/Antelope was a good end to the set for 2009 me. 2012 me would probably be pissed and found complaining on this very website the following morning. My, how times have changed
Encore was excellent. Free Bird was both shocking and hilarious. Carini was also shocking but I loved the call, and I was delighted to hear Waste.
Overall, a fantastic two-set affair that left 2009 me mindblown. Don't miss Phish in Maine.
(actually, please do...it'll make it easier for me to get tickets)
The second set is full of welcome songs and revolves around the swell R'n'R > Light > Crimes segment, but it never quite coheres into magic. (Golgi, Cavern, Antelope - c'mon boys, one set-closer will suffice! Dig deeper!!) Mike dropkicks the first set into a new dimension after a fine-but-monochrome Stash, and the Meat/Undermind combo is unexpectedly perfect, but it feels like a recital set up to that point. Freebird is their most joyous a capella tune, but this version is a dreadful mess.
This show is an exciting, unevent 6.8, y'know? Worth the trip to be part of such a small, uncomfortable crowd in the ol' northeast, but you probably won't listen to this show all the way through. Trey has said that he envisions the band's present purpose as *escapist pleasure*, and this is that. But the first 20 minutes of 12/2/09 II (that MSG Light!) contain more 'Type II' improv than this show. If that's your thing then worry not - there are other shows. Still, you can't go wrong with Phish '09.