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Link Saturday, 10/30/2010
Boardwalk Hall, Atlantic City, NJ

Soundcheck: Whole Lotta Love (x2), Thank You, Billy Breathes, Can't You See, Ramble On, Whole Lotta Love, Ginseng Sullivan, Rock Me Baby, Destiny Unbound [Unconfirmed and possibly incomplete]

Set 1: KDFKill Devil Falls, Cavern, Foam, GuelahGuelah Papyrus, CDTChalk Dust Torture -> Whole Lotta Love[1] > CDTChalk Dust Torture, Ha Ha Ha, Walk Away, Wolfman'sWolfman's Brother[2] -> Undermind > GinBathtub Gin, CoilThe Squirming Coil

Set 2: Tube > Possum > Tweezer -> Heartbreaker[3] -> Tweezer -> Ramble On -> Thank You[3] -> Tweezer -> Stairway to Heaven[3], Halley'sHalley's Comet > 2001Also Sprach Zarathustra > BowieDavid Bowie, Show of Life, BDTNLBackwards Down the Number Line > GTBTGood Times Bad Times

Encore: Sleeping Monkey > TweepriseTweezer Reprise

[1] One verse only.
[2] Vocal jam.
[3] Phish debut; Incomplete.

Teases:
· Whole Lotta Love tease in Ha Ha Ha
· Whole Lotta Love tease in Bathtub Gin
· The Rain Song and Thank You teases in The Squirming Coil
· Whole Lotta Love and Sneakin' Sally through the Alley teases in Possum
· Whole Lotta Love tease in Tweezer
· Whole Lotta Love quote in David Bowie
· Whole Lotta Love tease in Tweezer Reprise
· The Lemon Song tease

Noteworthy Jams: Chalk Dust Torture, Whole Lotta Love, Chalk Dust Torture, Wolfman's Brother, Undermind, Also Sprach Zarathustra, David Bowie

Average Song Gap: 57.89

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

Notes: Whole Lotta Love was incomplete (one verse only) and was played for the first time since March 1, 1991 (1,033 shows). Wolfman's contained a vocal jam. Ha Ha Ha, Gin, Possum, Tweezer, and Tweezer Reprise all contained Whole Lotta Love teases and the Bowie intro contained a Whole Lotta Love quote from Trey. Squirming Coil contained The Rain Song and Thank You teases from Page and Possum also contained a Sneakin' Sally tease. The incomplete versions of Heartbreaker, Thank You, and Stairway to Heaven were all Phish debuts. Ramble On was played for the first time since August 12, 1998 (305 shows). After Stairway to Heaven, Trey joked, "Happy Halloween! See you all next year." Mike teased The Lemon Song before Halley's. Appropriately, Whole Lotta Love was also the post-show music. From the soundcheck, Ramble On and the second and third versions of Whole Lotta Love were incomplete. Destiny Unbound was played by only Mike and Fish, started out as being sung to the drumbeat of Time Loves A Hero and included a Live and Let Die quote from Mike.

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Song Distribution:
5 A Picture of Nectar
2 Joy
2 Lawn Boy
2 Junta
1 Undermind
1 Hoist
1 The Man Who Stepped into Yesterday

Songs by Debut Year:

IdRatherBeOnTour , attached to 2010-10-30 Permalink
IdRatherBeOnTour Just got back to hotel. WOW Insane show!! Sick glowstick war during Guelah Papyrus pause that got the crowd rocking! The Zeppelin theme made the vibe/energy levels blow the roof off! 1st HA HA HA, thank god!!

My 51st show and easily the top 4! My 1st, Big Cypress 2nd, my first show Vernon Downs 98, 3rd Deer Creek 2000 (Zeppelin-Moby Dick night) 4th Tonight.

FYI, I wore my 2000 Phish Deer Creek Shirt tonight that I've never worn to a show and BAM Zepplin again allllllllll night!! 1st show I ever saw they played Ramble On, 304 shows later the 2nd time ever!! 1st Stairway EVER!! The set list on paper doesn't even begin to explain how awesome this show was. Listen yourself and you will wish you were there!!
Score: 6
YorkvilleBeerLover , attached to 2010-10-30 Permalink
YorkvilleBeerLover It's taken me 11 days to recover from AC - did it really happen? Fuck me good!
Score: 4
SignManJoe , attached to 2010-10-30 Permalink
I think this was my best show ever, or at least my top 3. Been such a long time waiting for this kind of show. Not the Zep, just the quality of music that was played. Hope I am lucky enough to see another show as good as this one was!
Score: 3
andrewrose , attached to 2010-10-30 Permalink
andrewrose There's a lot to say about this show, not the least of which is the number of people who also all listened to a very high quality live stream via "couch tour 2010," it's own marking of time in this, the epic tale that is Phish which seems to swallow technological leaps whole. the internet, huh? 93? this band has been around a long time. Anyway.

TweeZeppelin, obviously. But man, that David Bowie. Coming out of a hot and spacey 2001 they go Bowie->TypeII->bowie jam->Type II->nailed finale. That's the show (and maybe year's) highlight (so far) for me. The #Line carries similar freshness. Great stuff in the Bathtub (always) Wolfman's (ethereal bouncy playing out of the vocal jam they've been doing). And the real machine gun Trey action, (other than the Stairway solo, perhaps) come in Walk Away and GTBT, the latter of which just gets bigger and bigger and then explodes like I've never heard.

Then Mike drops a bomb in Tweeprise that was heard across the world like an asteroid (slickest short Tube ever to open this set, by the way?). They're feeling that one way back in the prohibition era.

Looking forward to your continued development this year, Phish.
A+
Score: 3
julius , attached to 2010-10-30 Permalink
Wow. Let me first say that I did not go to big cy. Having said that, this was the best show a have ever seen. The boys played that classic old building like it was a fifth member of the band.

KDF-was the first opener I've ever called (over 20 attempts) and it didn't disapoint. Cavern, foam and guelah were outstanding and the crowd was deafening during the glowstick war break.

The set then vaulted into Halloween Phase One when whole lotta love burst out of a blistering chalkdust. Crowd went crazy. The hahaha followed confirmed they wouldn't be playing zep tomorrow.

The rest of the first set was devastating. Walk, wolfman's undermind, bathtub, and coil were all as good as I've ever heard. The boys danced and laughed. Amazing set one ended on a high high high note as page twinkled the way out.

Meaning no disrespect to the rest of set two, I really felt like that zepplin medley we experienced was a gift to the faithful for being here the day before Halloween. The hard driving base lines and thrashing riffs seamed to be designed for that building. I lost count of the times I felt the bottom of my pants vibrating against the hair on my legs.

The rest of the second set maintained the incredibly high standard they had set early highlighted by a strong show of life and a heartfelt numberline.

A return to zep for GTBT, a fun monkey and a dizzying tweprise ended the best show I've seen.

I'm scared about tomorrow. They're going to tear the roof off that place.
Score: 2
Guyute_The_Pig , attached to 2010-10-30 Permalink
Guyute_The_Pig WOW! Atlantic City was hopping on Saturday night. After a good start on Friday night, I expected high energy from this show. However, I was shocked by the experience at this most-memorable event.

The build up to 'Whole Lotta Love' in the first set was incredible. Following the long pause in 'Guelah' the Hall erupted into jubilation. That joy carried through 'Chalk Dust' and right into 'WLL'. The floor, at this point, was moving underneath the crowd and there was not a still body in the building. Having heard all of the costume rumors, I turned to my wife and said, "they aren't playing Zepp tomorrow!" 'Coil' rounded out a great, high-energy set and left me thirsty for more (music and beer!)

The second set started nicely, 'Tube' and 'Possum' are two songs I personally love shaking-it-loose to while hearing live. Following this summer's tour, I laugh when I hear 'Tweezer' or see it on a set list. This one, though, had me texting friends in DC and at the Hullaween event in Hampton saying, "Best. Tweezer. Ever. No Shit." That was when all Hell broke loose and 3.0 unloaded what has been dubbed the 'LZ CLub'. One word sums this experience up: FUCKING INSANE! (I think that was two words.)

'Heartbreaker' > 'Tweezer' > 'Ramble On' > 'Thank You' >'Tweezer' > 'Stairway' WTF! WTF! WTF! My wife peeked at me half-way through this epic medley and asked, "what in the hell is happening, what are they doing to us?"

Unfortunately, this set had two down moments. Firstly, 'Show of Life' sucked the energy out of Boardwalk Hall faster than Monica Lewinski. This was remedied two songs later when 'Good Times Bad Times' popped up and got the crowd dancing again to end the second set on a high note . The second down moment during the second set was pretty heavy and had nothing to do with the band. I was witness to the most depraved spectacle near the restroom / concession concourse in GA. A young dude, late-teens or early-twenties, was absolutely zombified and unable to respond to EMTs and Police. The poor kid got dragged out of the venue strapped to a gurney and was off to spend the rest of his Halloween weekend in the ER.

I wish him, and everyone else who was at these shows the best! That was FUN! See you all soon, hoping for a long Summer 2011 run.
Score: 2
mully , attached to 2010-10-30 Permalink
I wasn't at the show but gotta say WOW looks amazing! Thanks to phish again for getting back together!!!!!!!!!!!
Score: 1
the_Crested_Hogchoker , attached to 2010-10-30 Permalink
the_Crested_Hogchoker Note: Spontaneous Halley's Comet preceded the second set in the stage left floor level pisser
Score: 1
LawnBoy0925 , attached to 2010-10-30 Permalink
LawnBoy0925 did anyone notice the subtle No Quarter tease from page at the end of Halleys leading into 2001?
Score: 0
phishhead1989 , attached to 2010-10-30 Permalink
phishhead1989 This show was just utterly amazing! Everyone is right! No one has mentioned though the monster Tweezer Reprise, best one I have ever heard. What an awesome way to end the night! Mike tore it up with the biggest bass bomb ever! Show of tricks for sure. It's going to be strange when this weekend is over. I will miss this venue a lot! Hopefully they return in the future!
Score: 0
pleasemehavenoregrets , attached to 2010-10-30 Permalink
Let us make this simple, greatest thing we've ever heard. They continue to make us all so happy. Perfect.
Score: 0
jdisk , attached to 2010-10-30 Permalink
best show ive been too. on top of all the obvious hard hitters that you see on paper, i highly recommend the undermind-->gin--->squirming coil... um....just epic classic phish grooves out there
Score: 0
jdisk , attached to 2010-10-30 Permalink
ps to those left rail dancing peeps, shout out to you guys for the second set of both the second and third nights. had a great time! till we meet again!! (NewYears??)
Score: 0
jmason124 , attached to 2010-10-30 Permalink
jmason124 This was a show where at times I was torn, because I wanted to jump up and down and rage like crazy, but I also wanted to just stare calmly at the stage in order to remember every moment. The venue was awesome, we were straight back in the second row above the floor, and the sound was perfect. This show reminded me that although there are a million little things that make going to a Phish show fun, at the end of the day, they can just simply play Rock & Roll. And during this show, they just simply rocked.
Score: 0
mblum , attached to 2010-10-30 Permalink
Page teases the Rain Song in Coil at 5:33
Score: 0
DogsStoleThings , attached to 2010-10-30 Permalink
Excellent show!!

The energy was amazing! The venue was great!

First set highlights Kill Devil, Guelah, Chalk Dust Torture, Ha Ha Ha, Walk Away

Second Set was the best of 2010...Tube, Possum, Tweezer

Can't wait for NYE!!
Score: 0
kingskunk45 , attached to 2010-10-30 Permalink
kingskunk45 Does anybody else hear some " streatbeater" ( theme from sanford and son) teases in 2001?
Score: 0
dpwilljr , attached to 2010-10-30 Permalink
dpwilljr I was home a week or so before the show thinking which Zep album would be best suited for a costume.
Hands down it was Led Zep II.

I actually thought the Show of Life was inspiring. The Bowie is good but I like the Utica version much more.
The Tweezer was a great launching point for the Zep medley, but doesn't rank as the best I've ever seen by a long shot.

There was so much energy coming from every section. People were hanging off the rails totally freaking and the floor was a sea of bodies moving and dancing for pretty much the whole show.

I really loved the first set. It was my first Guelah Papyrus. The entire arena went through the roof during the pause/glowstick war.

Good show made even better by paying tribute to Led Zeppelin.
Score: 0
CreatureoftheNight , attached to 2010-10-30 Permalink
CreatureoftheNight This was the first time I flew across the country to see Phish. Living in Oregon now, where Phish hasn't played since 1999, it probably won't be the last (SBIX). AC was where I met most of my current west coast tour buddies and had my second peak experience in as many years (Gorge 09). The energy of the crowd and band were perfectly connected and this night was by far the best of the three nights in NJ. The boardwalk was packed with heads and it was righteous to stumble out on the beach after a show. Utica was the consensus vote for best show of the year, but my money goes with 10-30. I know I wasn't at Utica, but the number of ridiculous jams just doesn't measure up as well. I'll take soaring jams over funny antics every time.

The first set could be the best opening frame I've seen since 2003. KDF has become a pretty standard 3.0 opener, but this version had a little extra heat and we all need more Foam. Even before the Zeppelin was set loose, the Chalkdust jam build up huge tension. The Wolfman's funk was super thick right from the vocal jam and it carried over into a mesmerizing boogie that marked the first exploratory adventure of the night. Until UIC, this was the best version of Undermind that the band had ever played. Bathtub Gin gave us our first soaring jam that would show up again in Bowie and the superb Stash the following night. The band was hot, inspired and moving as a singular unit. The last three songs proved that this was the night, not Halloween.

The Tube and Possum won't get a lot of replay value from me, but the Zeppelin Tweezer sure will. Sure the vocals were rough, but we couldn't hear them very much as we all screamed along with the band. The crowd was SO loud and seemed to be right with the band around every curve. It was almost a mosh pit by the time Stairway blew the roof off. We did get 60 seconds of jamming out of Halley's before the highlight of the evening began: 2001 > Bowie. Pure funk boogieness followed by the most heart wrenching Bowie I've heard in a long time. This unique version could rage and bring a tear to your eye at the same time. Syncopation, hose, storytelling, it's all here in this jam. Pure bliss.

Unlike some phans with JVS, I loved the Show of Life placement. We all needed a breather and this was the first time this song really clicked with me. Along with Backwards, we all need reminders of how fortunate we are to be seeing the greatest band in the world. Number Line hadn't gotten formulaic yet, and this version has some inspired playing from the band. We all knew GTBT had to make an appearance and the Sleeping Monkey was a must for Tera Lee's jacket. This was the only show in AC that I wasn't on the floor, but Mike's bomb during T.Repise made it all the way up to the rafters. We waited forever before leaving the venue, but the crowd in the foyer was still cheering loudly as we made our way outside.

The shows in NJ gave me an entirely new outlook on Phish. They could not only do great things after reuniting, but now there was the possibility that they could surpass their old glory. As we found out in 2011, the Golden Age of Phish was upon us!
Score: 0
skipper , attached to 2010-10-30 Permalink
My fave 3.0 show and top 5 of all time for me. Amazing energy in the building, amazing venue, craziness on the boardwalk, and what a performance. Highlights for me were Cavern, Coil, Ha Ha Ha, Tweezep, and Sleeping Monkey. Just an amazing night
Score: 0
happyhappyohmytela , attached to 2010-10-30 Permalink
Thank you for the reviews, everyone. Months after this show I am still re-listening to it constantly. Starting with these guys on 10.22.96, this show was absolutely top 3 all around. I was Page side floor and the energy was better than its been in a while.

Just a couple of points to add to what has already been written about this show:
CK5 completely nailed Guelah with low blue & white spiraling spot lamps like a look-out party. It was smooth and mysterious.
Trey amps up his voice with excitement during Chalkdusts' "he plugs the distress tube uptight!..." They were having so much fun up there.
The meaningful sequence of Whole Lotta to HaHahaHa to Walk Away was carefully planned and perfectly executed, and
The Wolfman vocal jam was unexpected and a delicious treat.

I will, before I close, disagree with some of what has been written about Show of Life sucking the energy from The Hall. "Thank you all" encapsulated the moment for me and with its pace you just knew it wasn't the end of Set II. Numberline was pretty tore up by the time they were done with it- Trey beating the solo into oblivion. I remember screaming "numberline!?" in puzzled amazement with how they could end a set with that, just ungluing the crowd. The popping high notes could be felt within the atoms.

Truly a great show...this is a must listen selection---but only to be played in its entirety in natural sequence (Dr's orders). Put some time aside for this one and check out HarpuaFSB's HD video on You Tube of the entire night.
Score: 0
ADAWGWYO , attached to 2010-10-30 Permalink
ADAWGWYO This show has got to be one of the top 5 overall shows of 3.0 to this point. Yeah, the jams aren't long but they sure are inspired. Each song is executed very well and anyone that was there will tell you the energy in that venue was nuclear. Truely a special night of Phish. It is shows like this that keep me hungry and searching for that feeling I forgot.

Most likely the last time I will ever ingest hallucinogens as well. I'm retired. It was a long strange trip. Loved every minute and I'm cool with it. I will forever remember the fractals that spun on the backs of my closed eyelids during that Bathtub Gin.

Thank you Albert
Score: 0
tds418 , attached to 2010-10-30 Permalink
Okay, it has been almost two years since I witnessed this show but I'm feeling a bit nostalgic so I'll try to recap it the best I can from memory. This is the only show I saw of the AC run, so I can't really compare it to the other two.

I should note that out of all the shows I've seen, this is the one I probably have returned to the most.

I had called the Kill Devil Falls opener so was thrilled when they started it up. I think Trey kills this song and it is one of my favorite from Joy in the live context, right behind Light. A standard rendition, but a fiery way to open the show. Guelah Papyrus featured an impressive glow stick war during the absurdly extended break in the song.

The CDT -> Whole Lotta Love sandwich/bust-out was the first indication that this show was going to shape up to be something special. The segue into the song was seamless and the energy in the building shot out of the roof. Ha Ha Ha followed and was a subtle hint from the band that they had been having a little fun with the crwod and that they wouldn't be covering Led Zeppelin the next night.

Walk Away kept the energy level high, and the following Wolfman's Brother had a bit more mustard than the typical 3.0 rendition, including a great vocal jam. Wolfman's oozed away satisfyingly into an entertaining Undermind that featured great fill work from Fishman. This show had left us plenty to talk about all ready, and we still had a whole set to come!

Set 2 started off in an underwhelming fashion after the raging first, with an average Tube > Possum. The following Tweezer, however, has become something of legend. It's impossible for the tape to pick up the incredible energy in the building during the ridiculous Zeppelin-segue-fest, but it was off the charts and out of the 20+ shows I've seen the most amazing Phish experience I have had. Every time the band dropped into another Zeppelin tune, the audience would explode forth with energy and approval. By the time Trey capped it off by starting the Stairway to Heaven guitar solo on a dime, it seemed something straight out of fantasy.

I remember there was a quite a bit of chatter among the band and a long break between the end of Heaven and Halley's Comet, mostly so the band could give the audience a way to chill out and so that they could catch their breath.

The rest of the set felt like a nice come-down after the craziness that was Tweezer, with a better-than-average 2001 and one of the better 3.0 Bowie's.

I wasn't a huge fan of some of the latter-2nd set song choices, (the Show of Life, BDtNL pairing deflated the audience quite noticeably), but at this point they could have played Katy Perry's "I Kissed a Girl" over and over or left the stage and I still would have been happy with the show.

If you haven't listened to this show yet, stop what you are doing and listen to it immediately. It doesn't translate perfectly to tape, but it's still one of the most memorable 3.0 shows to date. And the Kervokian remasters sound fantastic!
Score: 0
HHCCCCAA , attached to 2010-10-30 Permalink
Second set is a masterpiece. This is a real gem for any Phish phan, and a prized possession of a show for any Phish/Zeppelin fan ... And doesn't EVERYONE love both of those bands?!?!?!?! Get and listen to this show ASAP!
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n00b100 , attached to 2010-10-30 Permalink
n00b100 Now that time has allowed this show to settle a bit into memory, we can see it more as a fine example of how strong Fall 2010 was than as any kind of life-changing experience or truly Great Show (although if you were there, that obviously changes things). The Tweezer/Zeppelin fest (as fun as its reputation) is the obvious drawing point, as is the surprisingly dramatic set-opening Tube and a 24-karat gold 2001/Bowie with some sprightly playing in the former and beautiful major-minor key shifts in the latter. But don't miss out on the first set, CDT -> amusingly shoehorned in Whole Lotta Love as teaser for Set 2 > CDT aside - there's a very fine Wolfman's that mixes in a surprise vocal jam, a nifty Manteca-esque bouncing beat (from a tour where Manteca popped up in the most unexpected places), and a sharp rhythmic funkiness all throughout, a great segue into Undermind, and a very nice Type I Gin that recalls 2013's strong Type I Gins. There are other shows you should start with when dipping into 2010, but this one is well worth your time, especially if you enjoy songs about hobbits and the bedding of fair maidens.
Score: 0

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