nTelos Pavilion, Portsmouth, VA
Soundcheck: Stealing Time from the Faulty Plan
Set 2: C&PCrosseyed and Painless > WotCWalls of the Cave > SlaveSlave to the Traffic Light > Fluffhead > Sand > Sneakin' SallySneakin' Sally Through the Alley > Light > BDTNLBackwards Down the Number Line, SuzySuzy Greenberg
 With the band's fathers voicing the part of Jimmy's father.
 Phish debut.
 Lengthy pause near the end before band finished song.
· Theme from Leave It to Beaver tease
Average Song Gap: 8.14
Notes: Harpua featured all of the band's fathers voicing the part of Jimmy's father. For the third Father's Day in a row, Brother was performed and featured all of the band's children on stage and subsequent introductions. The theme to Leave it to Beaver was teased by Mike prior to DWD. This show marked the Phish debut of Thunder Road, which was dedicated by Trey to Clarence Clemons (who had passed away a day earlier). Near the end of Sand, there was a lengthy pause before the band finished the song.
Songs by Debut Year:
Beautiful mini-amphitheater, mini pit, mini pavilion and mini lawn, GREAT sound all around from those in the know. Father's Day was greeted with Harpua and all the fathers gathered on stage. Unfortunately, I don't think they all quite understood their cues, LOL!
Brother featured all the band's kids in a bathtub set up in the front of the stage ad along with the dads appearance, it made for some very warm and fuzzy moments.
It got better as it went deeper into the show. Back on the Train, personal fave, can never go wrong there. Funky Bitch, Paige wailing on the Hammond, Trey following up with some tasty leads upon leads, uh huh! Timber made me want to fall after raging to this version. The Wedge is even more of a personal fave and I danced even harder to it, the band helping that along with their spirited and on-point playing, everybody bought their "A" game with Trey literally, lol, leading the way. Really unfair to follow it up with The Moma Dance, it didn't give this rager any time to gather his breath. Not a complaint, it's a good problem to have...:-wink/smile.
Thunder Road was, honestly, clunky but it was the thought that counted. RIP Clarence.
Tube, Alaska, BOWIE, waves of energy in some way, shape or form. a pretty killer 1st set.
Crosseyed and Painless was great but I spent myself out@Merriweather's, it's all good. The Walls of the Cave played for the poster's 31st birthday totally acknowledged by Trey in the 1st set was absolutely K-I-L-L-E-R! A must have.
Slave, Fluffhead, slayed.
Sand. Ended. Then the guys talked to each other. And then basically played a Sand reprise. Totally mind-blowing.
I've been waiting for Sally, finally. Thank you, Phish.
Light, excellent then...
BDTNL, honestly not was I, with the emphasis on I, was expecting but it was what it was and well-played regardless.
But the Suzy was over-the-top, it was the best played that I've witnessed, Paige ripped it a new one.
Julius, of course, bought the house down.
Great show though not necessarily my favorite. Didn't matter, the playing was pretty much flawless from start to finish. Happy belated Dad's Day to those and it was a great tour overall, 10 shows, very blessed, great and generally stress-free venues, great and inspired playing by the band and closing it out in both a grand yet intimate style. Some of us were lucky enough to be there. If not, the memorex is there and, yeah, some shows were better than others but there is no better overall bang for the concert dollar than these guys today. And this show is one of the better examples of the brilliance that is Phish nowadays. The Walls of the Cave will always be one of my personal all-time highs, 'nuff said.
Those going to Watkins Glen or points west, have fun. It should be fun...:-wink/smile.
Set 2 had a good Crosseyed but Phish has been over-saturating us with that one recently.. Walls of the Cave was nice especially for the lady celebrating her 31st birthday who asked for it. Short but sweet Slave, great Fluffhead, a SUPER funky Sand which was stopped and as ajcmixer said, given its own Reprise of sorts. wow.. the whole venue went nuts. Short Sally, but great vocal jam on that one.. Light is worth a listen but we were painfully forced another Backwards.. only 2 days after our last! Few flubbs in Julius but it was an appropriate encore for the south.
See you at 9
There were cool people everywhere I went. As I moved back to walk up to the aisle for more room, a couple of people actually helped me and patted me on the back as I went past.
This was the closest to a west coast crowd you can get. Everyone was totally chill with big grins !
This is officially my favorite east-coast venue now. It's right on the water, very small and there is TONS of dancing room. This was the perfect show.
The Harpua was abbreviated but who cares !! It was too much fun.
Back on the Train and Timber were the other two 1st set highlights for me.
I've only seen three C&P and this one was power-packed !
I was hoping Trey would've allowed the jam to continue because it had full potential to hit the stratosphere.
There was a girl with her Mom on Mike's side in the pit with a sign that read '31 minute Walls of the Cave for my 31st birthday'
That might have prompted the bust out. I truly love this song.
The second set for me was all about the Sand. Arguably the best jam of the night. Sneakin' Sally was short but dripped with tight funk.
The Suzy completely blew the roof off.
I'm not even going to try and compare this to the other show I saw this tour (Pine Knob) they were both spectacular.
Can't wait for Hollywood Bowl.