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Link Saturday, 06/19/2010
Saratoga Performing Arts Center, Saratoga Springs, NY

Soundcheck: Jam, Sleep Again x2, Let Me Lie x3, Burn That Bridge [Unconfirmed and Possibly Incomplete]

Set 1: TweepriseTweezer Reprise, CDTChalk Dust Torture, Funky Bitch > Runaway Jim, Ya Mar, SampleSample in a Jar, Axilla > Fluffhead, GinBathtub Gin, SuzySuzy Greenberg

Set 2: R&RRock and Roll > Free, BDTNLBackwards Down the Number Line, Halfway to the Moon[1] > CaspianPrince Caspian[2] > Joy, BowieDavid Bowie, Show of Life

Encore: CoilThe Squirming Coil, Character Zero > TweepriseTweezer Reprise

[1] Debut.
[2] Unfinished.

Teases:
· Living After Midnight tease in Suzy Greenberg

Average Song Gap: 5

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

Notes: This gig featured the first Tweezer Reprise opener since November 9, 1995 (483 shows) and the debut of Halfway to the Moon. Suzy contained a Living After Midnight (Judas Priest) tease from Trey. Tweezer Reprise was teased by Trey after Sample in a Jar and closed both this show and the previous night's show in Hartford as well, making this the first time since July 16, 1993 (691 shows), that two consecutive Phish shows had each closed with the same song (Free Bird closed both the July 15 and July 16, 1993 shows). Caspian was unfinished.

Links:
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Song Distribution:
3 Billy Breathes
2 Joy
2 A Picture of Nectar
2 Lawn Boy
2 Junta
1 Stash
1 Hoist

Songs by Debut Year:

dreamtard , attached to 2010-06-19 Permalink
benjedi420vt - Aside from my criticism of the sightlines, everything else I mentioned was easily fix-able. Put a ton of small beer vendors around the place like there are at Hartford. Put about 5x more porta-poties around the venue orrrr...... just sell fewer tickets! And, take one of the 500 people working security and put them at the will-call line. There were about 7 windows and 2 employees (and 5 supervisors behind them doing NOTHING). That scene seriously almost bordered on inhumane and i'm shocked people still flock there. Oh, well......maybe it's cause of Phish.

But, you're totally right. Next year (if they go back there...hear rumors they're switching to Bethel) I'm definitely buying Pavilion tickets.
Score: 4
wrinkledraisin , attached to 2010-06-19 Permalink
wrinkledraisin overall an excellent show. may i please take the time to voice my one small critique. i was fortunate enough to have been at hershey this year, which was ridiculous, and friday hartford, and couldn't have been any happier to have been part of the complete tweeprise tour 2010!! however, there were five songs completely overlapped from hershey, which seems a tad too much given the ridiculous volume of deliciousness sitting on the shelf dying to jump into the pool. am i really complaining about seeing fluff twice in six days---no. cdt, fluff, funky bitchy, runaway and free is a lot though. especially given that the 2010 versions are complete departures from 2009 or themselves, there is redundancy here. that said, it's been an amazing start to the tour, and i am highly excited about camden, and especially t-ride. i'm impressed with the high output of new material, particularly in light of the fact that 2009 was its own enormous treasure trove of new material. quick anecdote from spac. i was smack in the middle of the chaotic lawn, grooving next to a young phan. he mentioned this was his third or fourth show, and i asked him how old he was when i saw my first back in '91. he replied 'three', smiled a huge shit-eating grin and said, 'but look where i am now....' there's lots of great energy being provided by the next generation, and it's unfortunate that some of the old guard seem to feed on negativity, with harsh criticisms of the band and the newbs. remember everyone, we were all once newbs. see you out there!!!!
Score: 4
freerwilson , attached to 2010-06-19 Permalink
freerwilson Can you say: HOLYSHITYEATHATWASFUCKINAWESOME!!?

The first notes sent the crowd into a frenzy, and that mutual energy back and forth from the band to the audience sustained itself through a FIRST SET that was in my opinion, nothing short of spectacular. There were no "cookie cutter standard versions" of any song in this set. It felt like each song was pushed to the edge of it's musical framework, or beyond. Fluffhead was performed superbly, Bathtub Gin was extremely tight and jammy, and Suzy as a closer capped off an incredible set that left us all 5 pounds lighter and dying for water.

The second set couldn't help but be a bit of a let down, but the Rock-n-Roll jam and Free, along with an inspired Bowie were highlights for me.

Now lets consider this encore that started off innocently enough with a nice Squirming Coil. Where we were sitting in the pavilion, a lot of people left during Coil, leaving large empty spaces for the rest of us to dance. This space was very well used when the band launched into a blistering Character Zero that would have been a great enough ending on it's own, but the rip into Tweezer Reprise AGAIN completely blew everyone's mind! The energy level at that moment can only be measured by the soul. The crowd went absolutely apeshit insane, and the band reciprocated by hammering the music to the edge of the known universe.

This Band continues to get better and better. I can't wait to see what transpires tonight and beyond.
Score: 2
benjedi420vt , attached to 2010-06-19 Permalink
dreamtard - FYI to you...SPAC was built in 1966, probabaly one of the few remaining amphitheatres built from that time period that is still used. Yes, it sucks but don't blame the people that work there for bad engineering or design, it's nor their fault.

If you can get in the pavillion it's actually quite nice and sounds great...there are a couple of spots where you can jump in and I always spend the first few minutes there doing just that...they also have their own bathrooms and vendors so the lines aren't so bad. I won't watch a show there if in the lawn, agreed it is sucky!
Score: 2
DPhresh , attached to 2010-06-19 Permalink
1st Tweezer Reprise opener since 11/9/95 (482 shows)

1st set was an Arena Rock Assault that never let up...
Great flow the entire set.

2nd set was a Lava Lamp for your ears.
If I had to give the 2nd set a color... It would be purple for sure ?

Really enjoyed Coil & Zero as an encore...
A perfect end to a really solid show.

Tweezer Reprise ended the night, which makes it the 4th time it has been played over the last two shows.
Score: 1
Glen_Quagmire , attached to 2010-06-19 Permalink
This was a really fun show. Halfway to The Moon has potential to be a great jam vehicle.
Score: 1
GreenSparrow , attached to 2010-06-19 Permalink
GreenSparrow This was my first show. With my "Phish-iversary" having just passed, and a week before I go back to the same location for a 3 day run, I thought it'd be a nice time to revisit the one that started it all! When I first "got it" if you will. Of course this deflowering leaves me far too biased to point out any mechanical flaws. I've since forgotten the logistical nightmares that SPAC so openly provides. What I do remember is, Tweeprise opener, a Fluffhead in my first set, Open with a VU song in the second, it was all going so so well, but, during Caspian; when I had that feeling. . . you know the one. . .Remember your first one? I knew I had just moved home with thousands of roommates. Anyway, I'm just glad to be here and thanks for having me. See you in the lot.
Score: 1
fromtheaxis , attached to 2010-06-19 Permalink
fromtheaxis This was my very first Phish show, and I've seen them 13 times since (and just mailordered for 2 upcoming NYE shows). My best friend is a huge Phan, and he had been trying to convince me to go for quite a while before I finally agreed to the four hour drive to SPAC. Let's just say that I wasn't disappointed. I listen to this show, and 6/20/10, in my car almost daily. I am so lucky that this was my first because it was a tight show with excellent song choices at one of the best venues I have ever been to for ANY band. I went back to SPAC again this summer and it was equally awesome.

6/19/10 - the day that changed my life forever. This show was f'in excellent.
Score: 1
Doopes , attached to 2010-06-19 Permalink
Doopes I wish they would stop playing such good shows here... I hate SPAC.. somewhat with a passion... if you get lawn tickets you are basically screwed... the sound sucks, it gets totally packed where you can hear some music and the beer tent is so friggen lame its not even worth it... I gave it a chance again for this show.. (which is an amazing show, i'll admit it, I loved hearing the show later! lol)... but spac sucks! ;) ... but maybe I just need to get myself some pav tickets and sneak in some minis?
Score: 1
dreamtard , attached to 2010-06-19 Permalink
Just a great great show. I think the boys are just looking really poised and comfortable this summer, and they're just having a blast. SO MUCH REPRISE I LOVE IT! The First set just ruled. Axilla > Fluffhead and closing with a Suzy.... DO IT!

Also gotta give them a hand on "Joy". This song normally made me cringe when listening to the album, but I think they really did a good job of working with it, jamming it out to a fairly awesome apex, and I'll happily give it another shot. Textbook example of how live Phish re-contextualizes album Phish.

Important point of contention having nothing to do with the brilliant Phish show: SPAC is easily the worst venue I've ever been to. Sightlines are terrible, and the lawn is a complete unorganized clusterf*ck. (Anyone else see that dude hanging from the pavilion ramp!?!) The beer situation was an immediate non-starter. Am I really going to spend 40 minutes of the show I just paid for waiting for a beer? Bathroom situation was deplorable. Overall the show was just ridiculously over-sold and the concessions/bathrooms were miserably laid out. Didn't help that the Will-Call line was slower than the entrance line (i'm partially to blame for Will Call in general...but, jesus). Solid F for everyone who works at and is responsible for organizing shows at SPAC. Seriously, you guys suck at Venue and need to visit any other venue in America to realize that. Positive note: the landscape is gorgerous!
Score: 0
SoularT , attached to 2010-06-19 Permalink
The energy in this show was unparalleled. Trey had the biggest grin on his face during the opening Tweeprize and well into the first set, and, likewise, so did I. The boys were having an absolute blast, and it was infectious. It felt like they were celebrating the opportunity of playing at SPAC, one of their favorite venues to tear up!

This show may not have been the tightest musically, but I was in a pure state of bliss the entire time and that was a direct result of how much fun the band was having.

The highlight of the show was probably the encore. When we all thought the show was over, the boys busted into a really dope Character zero, leaving me fully satisfied yet at the same time very hungry for another night of SPAC magic!
Score: 0

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