Merriweather Post Pavilion, Columbia, MD
Set 2: BOAFBirds of a Feather > Tweezer > HorseThe Horse > SilentSilent in the Morning > Waves > CDTChalk Dust Torture, R&RRock and Roll > Albuquerque > Piper > Velvet SeaWading in the Velvet Sea > 2001Also Sprach Zarathustra > STFTFPStealing Time From the Faulty Plan > SuzySuzy Greenberg
 No whistling.
Average Song Gap: 14
Notes: Daniel Saw The Stone was played for the first time since August 3, 2003 (137 shows). Reba did not contain the whistling ending. Antelope included an On Your Way Down tease from Trey. Chalk Dust included a BOAF tease.
Songs by Debut Year:
This show was part of the "2011 Early Summer Tour."
While very familiar with Phish's music, last night was only my 6th show (I'm an old crusty Dead Head who never jumped on board until 09). Caught a lot of firsts last night... Daniel, Access Me, Vultures, Sand, Roses, On your Way Down, Waves, ABQ, and Wading. Loved all my firsts, 'cept Wading. I get Wading, it's just too repetetive and slow for me.
Last night had a "Saturday night" setlist feel to it, with lots of classic hits. I'm still too much of a noob to be sick of AC/DC Bag, Wilson, Antelope, Chalk Dust, or even RandR. Love those tunes!
The band was on. I couldn't pick out a flub if it was wearin' a tee shirt that said, "Hi, I'm a flub". I don't drink, I'm pretty critical, and consider "listening for flubs" part of the concert "sport".
Highlights for me: AC/DC bag, Vultures, Sand (good jam), Roses, Reba (nailed it), Antelope (very high energy), Birds (I love Birds), Tweezer, Chalk Dust, RandR, 2001, Faulty Plan and Suzy (high energy).
Another highlight was watching John K from Furthur try to pretend he could traverse the MPP parking lot without being recognized and stopped every 5 feet to shake people's hands. Sorry John, time to break out the fake mustache. John K and his wife stopped and shook every outreached hand. What would Jerry do (sorry, couldn't resist).
Lowlights: The mellow songs! They weren't played bad, I just can't stand when the energy from a show comes crashing down on me. With so much energy about, even Horse, ABQ, and Velvet Sea couldn't bring me down.
Can't wait for tonight.....
Birds of a Feather and Tweezer were average, fun versions. Tweezer was followed by The Horse>Silent in the Morning, as it was last year at MPP. Another song that had a very strong year, Waves, came next. Unfortunately, this version did not include the post-lyrics jam, which the other versions of the year had. Despite this, I really like Trey's playing in the first jam section. The transition to Chalkdust Torture was abrupt, but the BOAF infused CDT was very good. The meat of the second set consisted of versions of Rock and Roll and Piper that were given the storage jam treatment. The segue between Rock and Roll and Albuquerque was great. The end of the set had really high energy. Page was all over Suzy Greenberg.
P.s. no glow sticks in the pavilion? Their were tuns in the lawn I saw, was a minor downer
P.s. #2 kick as poster
Set I opened with Daniel. Nice and fun. Rarity points for all.
Bag gave us a second "opener". I love it always.
Ocelot was pretty good. Nice little jam, and I thought the 2011 versions of this song all seemed to be pretty solid.
Access Me and Vultures were both great to catch. Nice rare songs. I've caught better Vultures, but still great.
Wilson>Sand was my favorite part of the set. Really rocking and then an excellent fun Sand groove. This was maybe the show highlight for me?
Roses was good and had a little outro into Reba.
Reba was pretty well played and had a nice, but very typical jam. Not the a version I go back to, but still was awesome at the time.
On Your Way Down was another cool rarity.
Antelope closed us out. Nothing super special about this - other than a nice tease.
Overall Set I: This was a pretty good set. I really dug the Wilson>Sand and the song choices were all good. Toss in a Reba and I was pretty happy, despite no real standouts.
The second set kicked off with BOAF, which wasn't particularly notable.
Tweezer was similarly non-descript (in the canon of Tweezer that is.)
Horse>Silent was kind of a crummy choice up next.
Waves had a nice jam within the general song structure, but nothing post lyrical refrain - in the box. A good song though.
Chalkdust was a fun dust up, but aside from the usual energetic run through it was by the book as well.
Rock and Roll was long, but not particularly good in my mind. They gave it a shot though and it got some weird spacey treatment. Normally I'd love that sort of thing, but this one didn't feel connected. Still A for effort.
>Albuquerque was awesome to hear.
Piper had a moment or two, but wasn't anything to get to bothered with.
Wading>2001>STFTFP>Suzy was a run through some songs. No reason to note much about any of 'em.
Encore was Show of Life and I heard this one too many times in 2011. Tweeprise was typical greatness.
Overall set II: I liked set I better, and I don't say that often. Not much to seek out. Still a good time, and I'm glad they gave us some good effort in the R & R through Piper segment.
2/5 kind of below average.
birds of a feather wasnt the best to begin the 2nd set. a little weak, but pleasurable. tweezer sort of surprised me. horse>silent in the morning were ok, just to lower the energy a little bit. waves>chalk dust was a little choppy. i could tell trey just wanted to get into it immediately. stealing time was great, as well as a high energy suzy.
show of life sucks, but tweezer reprise nailed the end.
cant wait for tonite!