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Link Friday, 05/27/2011
Bethel Woods Center for the Arts, Bethel, NY

Set 1: Tweezer > My FriendMy Friend, My Friend, Poor Heart, RosesRoses Are Free > Funky Bitch, Wolfman'sWolfman's Brother -> Walk Away, Stash, Bouncin'Bouncing Around the Room, KDFKill Devil Falls, Bold As Love

Set 2: Carini > BOTTBack on the Train > Boogie OnBoogie On Reggae Woman > Waves > CaspianPrince Caspian[1] > C&PCrosseyed and Painless > Velvet SeaWading in the Velvet Sea > Possum, CoilThe Squirming Coil

Encore: Julius

[1] Unfinished.

Teases:
· Streets of Cairo tease in Wolfman's Brother
· The Fish (Schindleria Praematurus) tease

Noteworthy Jams: Back on the Train, Boogie On Reggae Woman, Waves (highly recommended), Prince Caspian

Average Song Gap: 10.52

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

Notes: Wolfman's contained a Streets of Cairo tease from Trey. Before Stash, Trey teased The Fish (Schindleria Praematurus) by Yes. Caspian was unfinished.

Links:
Photos Official Photos
LivePhish Download LivePhish Download
Video "Waves" Official Video

Song Distribution:
3 A Picture of Nectar
2 Stash
2 Hoist
2 Lawn Boy
1 Joy
1 Round Room
1 Farmhouse
1 The Story of the Ghost
1 Billy Breathes
1 Rift
1 The Man Who Stepped into Yesterday

Songs by Debut Year:

ProfJibboo , attached to 2011-05-27 Permalink
ProfJibboo From the moment they came out, you could hear them playing with a particular crispness in the way they hit their peaks and lows. Mike particulars, and Trey as well. The notes were pronounced and the base was particularly deep.

While the first five songs were well played and high energy, with the exception of the smooth segue from Tweezer > My Friend, they were pretty much as written with little to no improv. But that Wolfman's was something special, a nice brief trek off the beaten path that was funky and lead perfectly into a Walk Away, which has developed into on of my favorites.

The second set was brilliant....not because of the brilliant music....but the way they did it...without many of the second set show stoppers we've come to expect. Perhaps because of the omission of the DWD's, Chalkdusts, Pipers, 2001s, Yems, Fluffs, Slaves, ....it gave the set a unique feel. A "hey, to all of you that say our sets are uncreative and our shows have been repetitive...kiss our @sses.". The Back on the Train was intense and it lead the way for a deep funk, almost ominous Boogie on. The true surprise of the nigh was the way Waves felt like a second set masterpiece and sequeing seemlessly into Caspian was superb. The Crosseyed was the absolute highlight of my set.

My only sadness is the omission of Tweeprise. Perhaps two tonight? See you there!
Score: 5
Kurtzboy , attached to 2011-05-27 Permalink
Kurtzboy Wow. What can I say that truly expresses how awesome this show was. The first set was fairly normal (besides the segue into MFMF) until Wolfman's Brother. The jam coming out of this Wolfman's was tight and impeccably played as was the segue into Walk Away. Watch this combo. Stash was also incredibly tight and jazzy, but it didn't get quite as psychedelic as it could've IMO. But, the highlight of this set was by far and away, Kill Devil Falls. My jaw dropped when they hit the jam. I think that this version demonstrates 3.0's newest jam vehicle. It was that insane. Bold as Love had a great peak solo and made me wish that it closed sets more often.
The first set was great. The second was beyond words. Carini opening a set is always an exciting prospect in my mind, and I was not let down. Carini was well played and featured a spectacular if slightly abrupt segue into Back on the Train. Once Boogie On hit, however, I knew we were in for something special. Boogie featured some great bombs from Mike, and once it felt like it was going to slow down, before it hit into this wonderful effect-laden jam from Trey that felt almost like Boogie was being played backwards. It was brilliant. From there, there was an awesome segue into Waves. I'm going to be honest, I'm not that familiar with Waves. This version makes me wish I was. There was some absolutely beautiful jamming into Prince Caspian (anyone else catch the theme? Both Caspian and Waves heavily reference water.). I think the best way to describe Caspian would be mellow-raging. It sounds odd, but, that's the only way that I could think of to describe it. Bethel heated back up with Crosseyed. I've always loved this song and this version was no different. The segue from Crosseyed to Wading to Possum was also a real treat (I lost the stream at this point, but LivePhish the next morning truly is a lifesaver). Coil and Julius were simply the icing on the cake. I was truly amazed at the creativity that they put into the setlist. Get this show now. If nothing else, get the second set. It is truly amazing. Here's to stellar beginnings and what promises to be a stellar tour.
Score: 2
BrotherEarth , attached to 2011-05-27 Permalink
BrotherEarth I love the way Boogie On Reggae Woman descends into a spacy chaos jam which transforms beautifully into the blissful Waves and then transforms yet again into the celebratory Prince Caspian.

An absolutely transcendental slice of Phish.
Score: 2
dueyv9 , attached to 2011-05-27 Permalink
There is a nice tease of "The Fish" by Yes right before Stash. You can hear Trey say "Sounds like Yes".
Score: 1
l00ke , attached to 2011-05-27 Permalink
Before this show started, a friend and I were hanging out at the campground. I've never listened to Yes, but he told me they're a band i absolutely need to check out. he kicked on The Fish (Schindleria Praematurus), and i was blown away by it.

Was it a coincidence that when we showed up to the show, Trey fucking TEASED IT BEFORE STASH?

no. it was magic. that whole weekend was fucking magic.
Score: 1
GhostTube420 , attached to 2011-05-27 Permalink
GhostTube420 If you're reading this right now, head over to the Live Phish video of 'Waves'. Immediately!!
Score: 1
moestavern , attached to 2011-05-27 Permalink
Tighest tour opener I've heard in a while. First set was better than the first, IMO! Second set made me wanna snooze! Did anyone else hear the Tweeprise called for near the end jam of Walk Away?!?!? Still two notes left! I'm stoked for a Woodstock M'bird!
Score: 0
natem421 , attached to 2011-05-27 Permalink
one of the best tour openers I can remember
Score: 0
rozboz , attached to 2011-05-27 Permalink
the true gem was the squiring coil closer.... i was there insaane . They killed the light show and left page on stge alone to do his thing so so badass amazing opener and great show
Score: 0
TheEmperorJoker , attached to 2011-05-27 Permalink
TheEmperorJoker Very underrated show and not one I attended.
First set highlights: Wolfman's>Walk Away transition and a really good Kill Devil Falls (one of the best versions to date)

The second set in my opinion is one of the masterpiece sets of the summer. Just a great flow from beginning to end with lots of Page stepping up. I love the irony of prince caspian following waves on the setlist. One of those Coil otros where you can tell the crowd had the time of their lives and is grinning from ear to ear.
Score: 0

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