Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre at Encore Park, Alpharetta, GA
Soundcheck: Ginseng Sullivan (Incomplete)
 Japanese lyrics.
Notes: This was the first of two Pay Per view performances. In Cities, "Elvis" was changed to "Mary Johnson." Light Up Or Leave Me Alone and Disease were unfinished. Meatstick contained Japanese lyrics.
This show was part of the "2011 Early Summer Tour."
The show seemed pretty average for 3.0. The Light Up and Gin jams were fantastic and by far the highlights of the first set (and entire show). Unfortunately other songs that used to jam (Moma, Cities) in the first set were really just short, maybe even less than standard. Fluffhead was very well executed, and being able to watch Trey and Page up close during some of the runs they play was great. Page in particular seems like he's having the time of his life up there, all smiles all night.
Set two started off with what seemed like a promising Carini jam which then came to a crashing halt when Mike seemed to miss the Sand riff that Trey was laying down. The Sand jam was good, in fact the entire sequence through Maze was fun. Although truth be told, I would have preferred one tune with a long jam in the place of Carini> Sand, pick either one Trey, I don't care. Meatstick was entertaining since the webcast let us see the dance, but audio only it was completely standard. As for the rest of the second set - well - it was fairly typical by 3.0 standards (Bug was kind of boring, and I actually kind of like it as a song), although I always enjoy ADITL. The Quinn encore was really, really great, high energy, crowd at the show singing along, as well as the crowd on my couch.
This show is probably a 4.0 all time, scale it up to a 5.5 on a 3.0-only scale if you want. On a scale of what is usually on my TV on a Tuesday night, 10.0! Definitely check out the Light Up and Gin.
But nothing in the show hit me like Light up or Leave me Alone--seeing that was a top 10 highlight to me--veteran of 113 PHiSH shows all around the world and spanning 18 years. Wow--was I blown away to hear this one live--it seemed as if they weren't gonna let up and the ferocious jam just seemed to go on and on--and that's actually what we DREAM of in jams--I was dancing like I used to when I was YOUR age--hellfire, I was dancing so hard if the jam had been longer and I might have probably had a heart attack! hahaha Cavern kept the heat going and never let me catch my breath. I just pogoed up and down ecstatic to see Light Up and riding on the high of that intensity all the way thru Cavern. Couldn't wait for my download to finish to hear this one again. Its not letting me down in anyway re-listening.
Carini seemed short also but was great to see--it seemed like Trey prematurely cut it to go into Sand but Sand was awesome. My only complaint was after seeing Trey do it several times on TAB 2001 tour, I like the extremely long versions (red Rocks 2001 is a 22 minute example) DwD is usually a launch pad for a long space trip but also seemed short Tuesday, but still crunchy. I had also been wanting to see another Meatstick--something my phriends were busting on me about. I don't care about the dance (I was in Oswego when we DIDN'T set the world record and haven't danced it since) but love the rhythm of the Japanese lyrics and you are prolly laughing at that but its true. BUG was an EPIC version with aDitL and Antelope ending a great set.
Not a perfect 10 show but REALLY are any?? And, to mirror what someone wrote earlier, I am also a Dead Head (and dig Dylan, the lyricist) and love Quinn, but it didn't thrill me for some reason that night (I have seen 3) but did enjoy the fact that they played it for us. Anyways, on the scale of 1-10, I would say 8.8. But I was always satisfied with a "B+" in school if I couldn't nail the "A."
So, quoting the epic song itself is a way of pointing a finger at those couch tourers who weren't there fussing and complaining--can't wait to dish on the 6/15/2011 show
You're up all night preaching your mind
Come home in the morning with your latest find
I'm gonna have to lay it to you straight on the line
Either light up or leave me alone
Carini roared out of the set break, Sand showed some spunk and DWD featured some rip-roaring Trey leads and some monstrous Mike bass bombs. Maze was monstrous itself and might have been the best song of the night if not for Bug, Trey ripped and then ripped again and again and again, this one overflowed with passion and emotion.
The Meatstick and 2001 that preceded it got the crowd into a very heavy groove.
The A Day in the Life that followed it was near perfect but, more importantly, passionately performed but the song-ending crescendo was something to behold and neat to be in the building for. After all that the Antelope felt anti-climatic but that's a good criticism to have if any at all.
And I might be in the minority here and being a DeadHead but the Quinn didn't quite resonate with me as it seemed to do with most others. I was kind in the mood for more Phish material, not a cover song, that's all. My problem and in general if that's the worst thing I can lobby against a show then I should have such problems in life in general. This was an extremely solid show simply overshadowed a bit by the previous show to these ears. Looking forward to tomorrow, GA Pit seats and looking to rage hard with them.