Saratoga Performing Arts Center, Saratoga Springs, NY
Soundcheck: Jam, Sleep Again x2, Let Me Lie x3, Burn That Bridge [Unconfirmed and Possibly Incomplete]
Average Song Gap: 5
Notes: This gig featured the first Tweezer Reprise opener since November 9, 1995 (483 shows) and the debut of Halfway to the Moon. 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.
Songs by Debut Year:
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.
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.
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.
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!
6/19/10 - the day that changed my life forever. This show was f'in excellent.
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!
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!