Nikon at Jones Beach Theater, Wantagh, NY
Set 1: AlumniAlumni Blues > LTJPLetter to Jimmy Page > AlumniAlumni Blues, Head Held High, TMWSIYThe Man Who Stepped Into Yesterday > Avenu Malkenu > TMWSIYThe Man Who Stepped Into Yesterday, KDFKill Devil Falls, Bittersweet Motel, MomaThe Moma Dance > Gumbo > BowieDavid Bowie, Alaska > Susskind Hotel, HYHUHold Your Head Up > Purple Rain > HYHUHold Your Head Up, Star Spangled BannerThe Star Spangled Banner
Set 2: Boogie OnBoogie On Reggae Woman > Tweezer > Twist > Taste > QuinnQuinn the Eskimo > Julius > R&RRock and Roll > HorseThe Horse > SilentSilent in the Morning > HoodHarry Hood > Shine a Light > Show of Life > SlaveSlave to the Traffic Light
 Lyrics changed to "tucking in the Purple Rain."
 Lyrics changed to "Why'd you tuck my monkey on a train."
Notes: This was the second of two Pay Per view performances. Alumni Blues was preceded by a Dave's Energy Guide tease. Head Held High was played for the first time since October 31, 1998 (356 shows). The Man Who Stepped Into Yesterday and Avenu Malkenu were played for the first time since June 21, 2009 (136 shows). Bittersweet Motel was played for the first time since August 2, 2009 (132 shows). Purple Rain was played for the first time since July 25, 1999 (314 shows) and included alternate lyrics "tucking in the Purple Rain" and "I am Friar Tuck!" The setbreak featured All-American themed music. Sleeping Monkey contained alternate lyrics "Why'd you tuck my monkey on a train."
This show was part of the "2012 Early Summer Tour."
SET 1: Alumni Blues was a good energetic opener. Well played as everything almost is with 3.0. Sadly TMWSIY>AM>TMWSIY was RUINED by the audience around talking through the entire song. this was a recurring theme of the show Ill talk about later. Mike was great in kill devil falls, set took off during intro to Moma Dance which was funky as ever, song was well played. Gumbo sounded much better than when I heard it in AC. Now Bowie..what is going on trey..this is the second time this tour Ive seen Bowie, and the jam has started to get great, and then Trey smothers it by rushing into the outro. Good besides the rush. Alaska had the longest non set break bathroom crowd ive ever seen. Suskind had some interesting improv, then the obvious fishman antics to end the set which truly need no recap besides WOW purple rain Id never thought Id hear it.
SET 2: This set started off nothing short of great, on par with the rest of the tour. Boogie on up through Rock N Roll should be sought out by anyone who loves this summers jamming style. Tweezer was excellent, My dad though he heard teases of "The Wheel" by Grateful Dead in the Twist jam and while its hard to tell, the jam did seem slightly dead-esque to me (which was great). Taste had some different, interesting improv and Ive never really heard a version like this.
Now where it went wrong and why many will not like this show or bash it. I love horse and silent, and understand the band may need a breather, but it was just an awful choice after how great rock and roll was. You could feel the band and audience deflating during Silent and they never really regained the energy. This Hood, to me, explained why they havent finished that song alot this tour. The "feel good about hood" vocals at the end seem uninspired as if the band didn't really want to sing them. Shine a Light would have been tolerable, and was played quite well, but Show of life...what can I say. If the band felt the need to play a ballad I could have thought about ten others Id rather hear (If i Could, Lifeboy?) and at that point not even the moon coming out over the water during Slave could save the deflation that started with Silent.
Encore was ehh. after seeing the storage jam at super ball I really can never hear Sleeping Monkey the same again as all other versions pale in comparision. and Tweeprise, of course rocked.
Overall I give this show a 3.75 because everything was played excellent, but some problems that are typical of 3.0 were revealed..poor late 2nd set song choices, and certain jams just cut too short seemingly by Trey pushing a segue. Overall still a great time as always.
SIDE NOTE: Ive never seen an audience as disrespectful as this one. Whenever the band wasn't playing loud, EVERYONE around me was talking, and not even talking about the band or music, just bullshitting. Multiple times I yelled "shut the fuck up"(and im not much of a yeller) because people were talking over the music (especially during TMWSIY) and I couldnt hear the band well. Honestly Ive never been so appalled at how little the people around me seemed to care about the music. IF you want to talk and catch up with your friends, get the FUCK out of the concert.
I wouldn't change anything about that first set. Set I of the year so far. From set II I would only lift out The Horse>Silent and TSoL. And even then, gently, with a delicately fingered crane, the kind you see in the arcade game...only more gentle.
Really, the whole show was impeccable. Everything was well played (to my live ears anyway). The Tweezer>Twist>Taste is my nominee for jam of the summer or stretch of the summer or whatever. Topping even the previous night's Sand->Golden Age. Such patience and communication from all 4 guys. Get this show, get to SPAC, get webcasts...do whatever you gotta do to see this band now!
So happy to see alumni-letter-alumni THEN man-avenu-man
sooo f--n cool to see a band who does not ignore their past and yet does not wallow in it show after show either.. now lets add in two hotel songs, and and head songs all in one set, wow phish you came up with a set list masterpiece of brain tuck material !!!! ya lets toss in a bowie and prince just for the hell of it to boot...
And if someone complains about horse-silent I am gonna kick your...well ok not really but I have to say I LOVE SILENT in the morning its soooo beautiful, I sing it sometimes to myself, its just a really lovely song..
TMWSIY was awesome -- but between the description of the crowd & the second set after the T-trifecta, I'm glad to have caught this one on the couch!
Great show, great time, great run... I did a pair of JB shows in '09 and again in '10, and was sad the venue was passed over in 2011 (damned jumper!), so I took both those shows as a grand return... Welcome back boys!
That being said, I didn't love set 2 on the 4th. It had some GREAT highlights, but Silent in the Morning/Show of Life/Slave to the Traffic Light all were a tad dull. Following the rage party the night before and the grandiosity of set 1, it was all good though... Did a lot of thinking during that set (mushrooms help) and just had a very life affirming journey as a whole over those two nights! Sad to miss SPAC (family wedding) but looking forward to San Fran in August.
Is it too bold a statement for me to declare that Summer 2012 as a whole has been the best tour since '97? Josh says no.
I have had numerous instances where people have talked loudly or just been plain rude. I have been seeing shows since 98 and I have never had this problem as badly or as much as this year.
I wanted to write my review of the first set only, but what I will say about the second set is that yeah, towards the end they kind of petered out with several ballads, but with a short but nonetheless triumphant Hood, and haunting Slave complete with a full moon coming out during the slow build up and peak. Now that was awesome sauce and a highlight of the whole tour, along with the TMWSIY>Avenu>TMWSIY in the first set. At the time it was going on, my tour buddy Eric said that this was the most interesting Tweezer jam that we'd seen on this tour yet, but it was unfortunately abandoned for Twist, which had been a monster on this tour (c.f. Riverbend 2012 and even Bader Field Piper>Twist) But the twist, like Tweezer, just didn't lift off very much. Over all, the botched Taste doesn't help this shows ranking at all. But on this night, this didn't bother me. Also loved the attempt to re-up the energy with a Rock and Roll that had potential to go type-2, but Trey went for the straight-ahead rock type 1 jam, nothing wrong with that though.
This was the first show that me and my massive tour crew of 6 (10 from AC to Alpine, only 6 of us went to NY after Alpine) got to all see a show together since the AC shows where it was all GA, and we all had heads full of fluff. We were at the very top, dead center, front row. Great sound and seats. So this show is one of my favorites not just because of the music, but also because of set and setting. I love this show, I love all of you, and I'm so excited to be at the first 2 nights of MSG this year. Anyway, sorry for getting off track, but this show I guess gets the appropriate rating music wise, but all around show wise this was easily a 5-star show for me, which I rated it. I hope they play the 4th of July there again this year, or maybe back to the good ol' Watkins Glen
Side note: the next show (7/6 SPAC) I LOL'D when they brought back the Friar Tuck. God this band is having so much fun right now, I can't wait to see whats in store for us at the Garden!