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Link Saturday, 07/20/2013
FirstMerit Bank Pavilion at Northerly Island, Chicago, IL

Soundcheck: Nellie Cane, Jam, Vocal Jam, Architect, Burn That Bridge

Set 1: CaspianPrince Caspian > Twist > Ha Ha Ha > Possum, Cities, Lawn Boy, IDKI Didn't Know > Rift, DestinyDestiny Unbound > My FriendMy Friend, My Friend, KDFKill Devil Falls > Cavern > BowieDavid Bowie

Set 2: BOTTBack on the Train > Mike'sMike's Song > ThemeTheme From the Bottom -> WeekapaugWeekapaug Groove, Golden Age > Waves > Piper > SlaveSlave to the Traffic Light

Set 3: Meatstick > BOAFBirds of a Feather, Strange Design > Ocelot > Light > HoodHarry Hood > GTBTGood Times Bad Times

Encore: Shine a Light

Teases:
· Oye Como Va tease in Twist
· Dave's Energy Guide tease in Light
· Melt The Guns quote in David Bowie

Noteworthy Jams: Piper

Average Song Gap: 8.28

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

Notes: This show was webcast via LivePhish and was announced as a three-set performance the afternoon of the show, as a make-up for the set suspended due to weather the previous night. Twist contained an Oye Como Va tease from Trey. Bowie contained Melt the Guns quotes from Fish. Light featured a Dave's Energy Guide tease.

Links:
Photos Official Photos
Audience Recording Audience Recording
LivePhish Download LivePhish Download
Phish.net Blog Recap Chicago 2 Recap

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

Songs by Debut Year:

kikikza , attached to 2013-07-20 Permalink
kikikza All I have to say is that the Theme > Weekapaug made my head explode. Almost as good as the Light > Weekapaug from 6/23 last year.
Score: 19
oceanbear , attached to 2013-07-20 Permalink
Oh my God! They don't always earn 5's but they also don't always give 3 set gifts mid tour to new venues and offer them free to us on the couch tour as a compensation for their previous show which was good but only half finished. I am not going to make you read my individual song by song analysis, because it is shouldn't take as long to read this as it does to hear a live version. I will say you should have the live version by the end of the day if possible. Here is why:

First, the band members. Everyone will have to offer an observation about something the band members do individually, and I would rather say that Trey didn't miss a beat tonight, and Page kept his newly found leadership role in tact, and Mike and Fish picked up where those 2 left off in a way that really made the whole group shine. It was so cohesive!

Second, the song selection was utterly perfect considering that the spotlight really came down on this show after the previous night. They only really missed queue once (on Meatstick opener but I can see how it would be fun live) and other than that, you would have to be super picky to think otherwise. It was as good or better than Saturday Dick's last year in terms of song selection. Hahaha 3 in? seriously? Destiny Unbound>My Friend? I will harp on that in a second. Unreal for real! Segue'd second set (which is debatable apparently according to this site), and the third set just improved until the Good Times Bad Times really laid down an exclamation point.

Third, there are moments of rehearsed Phish intertwined with moments of beauty. Caspian made sense, in terms of picking up where we left off, and the first set might be the best first set I can remember (again going hand in hand with last year's Sat Dick's, and then before that all the way back to the Everglades (which isn't really a first set but you know) and 97-99 tour with emphasis on Nassau and 97 fall). That is a bold parenthesized thing to say, but again Destiny Unbound>My Friend is a new personal Phish highlight I have witnessed, although from my couch and not to edge out 98 Alpine Encore which was live for me. You know what I am talking about! Bowie was great, and evil, Mikes > Theme gave Theme a chance to shine and this showcased great Trey, followed by the Piper which showcased Page's Hammond. The second set was my favorite. Third set really got off on Light>Hood>Good Times Bad Times (also not to be out done by the Everglades). The DEG tease in Light really keeps tempting a bust out and also gives hope to the possibility of a ?>DEG>Foam. Hint Hint.

Well Encore is Encore. Whatever right?
Score: 13
Busta_Move , attached to 2013-07-20 Permalink
Busta_Move I don't really review shows. I'm trying to get out of that habit, but it's tough. Especially when I was there, cause I can get really long winded with it. Anyway, I wasn't at this show, but I streamed it. This isn't a full show review by any means; I'm not getting into details. All I'm going to say is that this show is a perfect example of the flow Phish has right now. None of the songs top 12 minutes, and looking at each set in it's entirety, that doesn't matter at all. Each song flowed perfectly in & out of each other. It was a beautiful unfolding of music. They packed so much in each set. There's a little of everything in it. Rather than a couple 20 minute jams & whatnot in a set, the last two sets are each a continuous tapestry of music that just so happens to include many songs, and it works out beautifully! I really enjoyed streaming this show, and I'm most definitely a little bit jealous of those that were in attendance.
Score: 12
bark_obama , attached to 2013-07-20 Permalink
Really nice Bowie to end the first set. Best Mike's Groove since the CDT>Hydrogen one on 12.29.11. Ocelot is becoming one of those songs where every version is the "best version ever." Or maybe this one actually was the best version ever. It seemed to foreshadow the insane GTBT solo from Trey that didn't quit until your face was 100% melted.

Somewhat tame versions of BOTT and Waves are my only complaints. Also I don't really get the song Strange Design, never have. It makes me feel like I've been temporarily teleported to a Barry Manilow concert, but anyways. No real big Type II monster jams either, Piper and Light were great but didn't really rival the best 3.0 versions.

Overall, the show was a lot of fun, and probably better than I expected given the impromptu 3rd set.
Score: 8
makisupaman , attached to 2013-07-20 Permalink
makisupaman Call it a Saturday Night Special, a Soul Shakedown Party, or a new peak from a band that continues to give and give to its fan base without reserve. Tension/release, intergalactic connections, glorious improv, enough bust-outs for any yearning seeker. If you were present, physically and mentally, and were open to what this band just gave, then I know you walked away with as big a grin as I did. One more night? Let's do it!
Score: 7
AlbanyYEM , attached to 2013-07-20 Permalink
AlbanyYEM Well I hate to be that guy again, but after some of these reviews I feel the need to offer a little perspective. This was a fun show to be at, but the purpose of these reviews IMO is to let people know if the show is worth the $ or hard drive space to dload.

Jams aren't entirely about length and shows aren't entirely about jams. That being said, there needs to be a minimum jam to song ratio, especially give the *extremely* narrow rotation of '13. If you don't have some decently lengthy jams, then you're going to play a whole hell of a lot of songs. If you don't have as many songs to play...well you get the math I'm driving at here.

First set had some nice choices in it to keep things fresh but was pretty standard as far as they go. Second set had really nice flow and the jam of the night. Check out the Piper. It is exceptional. Yet I thought the set suffered somewhat from some hesitancy to let the music decide where things go instead of the band, if you know what I mean.

Third set I was getting a little antsy until Light which was certainly a relief to hear as this is THE jam vehicle of 3.0. You can pretty much bank on it going deep, but this one just couldn't get there. I hate to be negative but you can feel the searching, the lack of melodic ideas, and the eventual giving up. I'd be cool with 5 minutes of beatless space until something really takes hold. Which *would* happen if they gave it a chance.

Anyway, Slave and Hood are pretty decent versions as well. Ocelot shredded. Just felt this was an extremely safe sort of show and was a bit of a dissapointment listening back. Again, fun to be at but that's not my point in writing this review.
Score: 7
tubescreamer , attached to 2013-07-20 Permalink
This tour has been about bad weather, but also about REDEMPTION. They did it. Three set of pure IT. To be so remote and feel so close. Couch tour has reached all new heights!
Score: 5
yembbq , attached to 2013-07-20 Permalink
yembbq I had an absolute blast last night (sober, must include this) and thought the band was so damn precise tight & complimentary.

The piper was sick, light was sick, and I looooved the Ha Ha Ha - possum.

See yall tonight!
Score: 5
SignManJoe , attached to 2013-07-20 Permalink
Piper Jam was simply amazing.....with Kuroda’s lites amplifying the performance. Not a fan of yet another GTBT, but from a couch tour perspective, pretty dam great. Really looking forward to some "off the back wall" tracks tonite! Page side!
Score: 4
nOOborn_elf , attached to 2013-07-20 Permalink
Tell me more about

back on the training > mike gordon's song > themes for bottoms > weeklong groove > golden rage > riding waves > pa pi piper > slayed !

ha, Ha , HA

Sick second set sally$
Score: 3
harpuaman , attached to 2013-07-20 Permalink
This show was a top 5 for me. Mid nineties vibe at times. Manchester in 2010 was a close rival....with the alumni>letters>alumni opener and a Gregory Isaacs tribute and great woods in 1994 was a life highlight for me....but last night was awesome. So tight and they were obviously enjoying themselves!! Cheers boys!
Score: 3
Josh006 , attached to 2013-07-20 Permalink
Josh006 So I was trying to just let it go, but it's really getting under my skin and I am just feeling compelled to follow up on my previous review. I PERSONALLY don't like looking at reviews immediately following a show I attended only to see people not in attendance critique a show so incredibly negatively. It just puts a bad taste in my mouth (so to speak) that the rest of my "extended phamily" did not extract the type of enjoyment I did.

I reviewed night 2 of Chicago off an official webcast because it just straight melted my face and I honestly feel like the music was better than any show I've ever attended. When I commented "best show since Cypress" (Cypress being what was meant to be my first show, but was in a very bad car accident a few days before and was not able to attend and later had an opportunity to discuss the show with Trey Anastasio himself- leading me to idealize that performance), I meant just that and I still stand by that statement.

If you all choose to disagree with me, or if you disagree with my distaste for a "couch tour review" that's fine- you all are entitled to your own opinion just as I feel that I feel that I am entitled to mine. For 6 of you to vote my comment down like my opinion is inappropriate or unwelcome, however, really just gets under my skin. I defend the netter community at every waking moment (Paul Glace, the founder of PT, is the brother-in-law of one of my closest tour friends, so the debates are both frequent and heated). That being said, those negative responses to my sharing of my honest (and very positive) opinion really make me embarrassed to be part of this community. I'm sorry if people take offense to this, but I am genuinely bothered by said negativity and felt people should know.
Score: 3
harpuaman , attached to 2013-07-20 Permalink
I've been a loyal fan for 20 years and haven't missed a summer tour. I saw the gamehenge at greatwoods, attended all festivals, numerous Halloween shows and I won't hesitate one second to say this show was definitely top five......for me. Can't speak for everyone, obviously, but I had a blast. Great vibes. Band was having fun. Ha ha ha>possum was really fun! Destiny at any show is awesome and they ripped it in Chicago. Seems like a real fan who attended this show couldn't possibly consider it mediocre. :)
Score: 3
brooko , attached to 2013-07-20 Permalink
Just ridiculous. Thank you Phish and Chicago.
Score: 1
mfisher32 , attached to 2013-07-20 Permalink
mfisher32 Favorite moment: Ha Ha Ha > Possum.

I laughed out loud and figured they enjoy messing with us. Great times!
Score: 1
BOBinonthesurface , attached to 2013-07-20 Permalink
First set was solid minus a few minor hiccups, second set made me forget the camcled set the night before. Theme in mines groove was awesome I wouldn't mind that being a regular occurrence. Piper and slave were pure energy! The third set to me wasn't quite as good as the second but had some highlights for sure!
Score: 1
pomalley , attached to 2013-07-20 Permalink
I heard the soundcheck for this show on our boat docked in the harbor behind the stage, which included a jam to the repeated line "Puppy Puppy Sodomy Orgasm." Phish humorously blared this across the harbor for about 4 minutes. I imagine it could be heard as far as Soldier Field. The next and last song of the soundcheck was Architect.

This show was an old-school barn-burner, reminiscent of some great 90's shows. Slave & Harry Hood>GTBT raged. Classic show and weekend on the lake in Chicago.
Score: 1
Louisville_Jason , attached to 2013-07-20 Permalink
Louisville_Jason Alright alright!!! Boys make good with 3 sets which makes me not feel so down about the storm!

First set starts with Caspian. Had to. First set was again, fun and musically tight. Personal highlights were I Didn't Know (Can't go wrong with a vacuum solo) and Destiny Unbound (A song I finally got after wanting to hear it for years). Could tell the guys were happy to be back to playing and had some left over steam from the night before.

Second set includes a fun Mike's Groove just as the rain started to fall. Golden Age melts into a fun, 4 minute jam that goes somewhat ambient and dissolves into Waves. Highlight of the set is Piper. Must hear version. Really got into this one.

Third set begins with Meatstick and kind of simmers through the first half. Finally we hit Light which is it's usual greatness and provides a decent jam to get into. Hood follows with it's usual greatness and GTBT closes with pure energy as Trey shreds and the crowd goes nuts. Good times. Show closes with Shine a Light which felt very appropriate for the night for some reason.

Some songs to check out here and an enjoyable show. Some personal favorites made this one super enjoyable, and we got to blow off steam in the rain after our good time was rained out the night before.
Score: 1
Piper72 , attached to 2013-07-20 Permalink
Piper72 Hi all, this is my first review on the Phish net and I'll keep it short. My first show in 13 years, since Big Cypress. Third best show ever, after previously mentioned and of course my first show, 11/25/94 UIC. The combination of lucking out on three sets after so long (with all due respect and a pang of sadness for all you who could only go Friday), the weather, the phlow of music, the combination of tightness and exploration and the song choices all made one ginormous winning combination. (Three words - The Chicago Piper.) Just to make sure, I downloaded the show with the code I got from PTBM and, three listens later, determined that it held up to my expectations. Thank you Phish. I can see couch tourers not being as impressed, but if you were there and did not feel anything similar, you were not really "there".

Thanks for letting me in your community and the opportunity to post.
Score: 1
JARdale , attached to 2013-07-20 Permalink
Did the webcast....... Killer!!!!!! So many highlights.
Score: 0
BreezeElway , attached to 2013-07-20 Permalink
Sooooooo gooooooood Chicaaaaaaaaagooooooo!!!!
Score: 0
AlumniBlues420 , attached to 2013-07-20 Permalink
Saw that Prince Caspian has only been an opener 2 times back in 1995
Score: 0
Garfield , attached to 2013-07-20 Permalink
I agree with the more negative reviews. I didn't think this show was anything special - neither at the venue or listening to the recordings on the way home.

I am not one to write reviews (this is my first) and typically I am just happy to be at a show and have the boys back. But for the first time since my first show in '97 I left feeling disappointed.

The band sounded tight and the build->release energy flowed fairly well but songs were short, rushed, and fairly bland. It was almost like the focus was on energy and not music/notes.
Score: 0
mwittin , attached to 2013-07-20 Permalink
mwittin Long (25-minute) soundcheck included Nellie Cane, Jam, Vocal Jam, The Architect, and Burn That Bridge.
Score: 0
its_a_glorious_feeling , attached to 2013-07-20 Permalink
Great show, I loved it. I thought it sounded like there was a timber jam in light but its not listed on here...cavern>bowie is great...theme>weekapauge is awesome...ocelots been really good all year...whole show's good, fun 3 sets
Score: 0
LlamaLover , attached to 2013-07-20 Permalink
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Score: -2
CentralScrutinizer , attached to 2013-07-20 Permalink
I feel so bad for Chicago phans. Phish started for so hot and then fizzled at one of the worst shows I've heard, second Alpharetta show, followed by a rained out Chicago affair. Yikes. But this Saturday Chicago show was supposed to make it all up to the phans who got short changed on Friday. I wa expecting huge things from this show. Boy was I wrong. This second Chicago show was three sets I nothing. It looked like it could be all that we thought and more when twist came out so early. But they didn't bring it on this 3 set night. They must have left it at home because it was nowhere to be found. Not on the golden age. Not in te piper. Not in the waves. I was so excited to hear waves, one of my newer rarer favorites, I cued up mr pipe and directed my full enthusiastic attention to a Waves that let me down. I watched the waves like I watched the rest of the show, completely unmoved. I don't think there's any question that this was a mediocre show. I think the people saying top 5 and best since big cypress must be trolls trying to get a rise out of real phans. That's the only explanation I can find for these other reviews. I love phish. Haven't missed a New Years since 1992. Big cypress was a phenomenal experience. And there have been a few hundred shows since ten that were better than Saturdays Chicago 3 set show. This one is completely skippable. No highlights, no downloads worth buying or relistening to. Nothing to see here. First 6 or 7 shows of tour were special. This Chicago show is not special at all. Just a very flat uninspired collection demonstrating how average their awesome songs can sound when they're not hooking up or having a blast. Hope my favorite band can turn it around after very disappointing visits to Georgia and Chicago.
Score: -3

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