The Harpua narration centered on a depressed Jimmy calling on his Spirit Guide who happened to be a “funny little man wearing a dress” who spoke truth through song (in this case, I Kissed a Girl). This show featured the Phish debut of I Kissed a Girl (described by Trey as “so wrong on so many levels”).  After Harpua, Trey remarked to Fish that he was waiting for the day when Fish went to see Katy Perry and she performed a Phish song, prompting Fish to declare, “I don’t apologize to Katy Perry for that. I only apologize to [the audience].” Prior to the encore, Trey stated that it was hard to play the last show of the tour because they felt like they could just keep going.  Before starting the debut performance of I Been Around, Trey explained that they were playing it because he realized that it was the one song off of the upcoming album (Joy) that they hadn’t played live.
Jam Chart Versions
Debut Years (Average: 1994)

This show was part of the "2009 Late Summer Tour"

Show Reviews

, attached to 2009-08-16

Review by waxbanks

waxbanks Every song from Chalkdust through Antelope (save Ocelot) is an ideal first-set closer. It's just that kind of show: every song seems like the climax to something. Excellent CTB, fun first set, but the second frame is where it's at, of course. Backwards > Twenty unites two best-version-yet performances - lovely segue too - and Harpua is a rapturous thing, even with one of the Worst Ever Fishman Songs. Closing with YEM: classy. We can accept that the pre-hiatus 'anything goes' vibe is long gone and enjoy a show like for what it is: a working band of middle-aged men at their empathetic best but no longer as hungry as they were even five years ago. Similar show to Hartford in some ways, and both are stronger than the MPP show they bracket, but neither offers a jam with the end-to-end excellence of Maryland's 46 Days. But this show is what it is: a three-hour celebration of second chances, fellowship, and the healing power of The Rock and Roll. Amen.
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Review by BrotherGhost

BrotherGhost I dig Phish in just about all their musical styles and feel like we got a great mix of things at Saratoga... Llama was a crazy opener (my funguys were still on and the was they just came out and tore into that blew me away), from there we got some funk, some great story telling and whistling! Old school torture , a good beer break with David Bowie which kept me in my seat through the set break...I was at this show with a friend of 20+ years and Backwards Down The Number Line had us hi-fivin and really just savoring the moments...what a cool song it is. I saw some intense rockin from the crowd (fittingly)during Rock & Roll, I lit up a smoke for the latest edition of Jimi's saga and loved the good old goofiness they gave us. One of my favorite tidbits was Trey telling us how much fun he was having there in Saratoga Springs and it really is a great , great venue and town.
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Review by NoFIller

NoFIller Pretty solid unordinary Number Line jam. Worth a spin for sure.
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Review by fhqwhgads

fhqwhgads This show rates a solid 4-out-of-5 stars on the 3-is-average-great scale, according to me! The setlist is totally stacked, especially in contrast to the previous night's Alaska, Let Me Lie segment three and four songs into the second set (here that space is occupied by Halley's Comet > Rock and Roll!) All the playing is on point compositionally, as it was throughout this first year of Phish 3.0 (or, the "common era.") Anything But Me is encouraging to hear rendered so lovingly at this point in Phishtory, debuted at a time when the band and the scene were going through growing pains. Cars Trucks Buses, incidentally, has always struck me since I got one at my first show as a quintessential summer song. Maybe yours is Ya Mar but I like the intensity of CTB a lot better. Backwards Down the Number Line gets its first 20-min. jam to open Set II with a segue into Twenty Years Later... admirable showing for those two then-new tunes, and the BDTNL jam is actually pretty exploratory considering the frame it comes from, with a modulation and everything (which Trey is on record as loving when we notice!) Harpua, what can I say? It's funny to me that you don't hear the crowd really "get" I Kissed a Girl until the refrain... I had heard it ad nauseam because at the time I was listening to popular radio. It was kind of ubiquitous in 2009. You Enjoy Myself set-closer, as I say: stacked! I Been Around debuts in the encore surrounded by the lovable Grind and the enthusiastic Highway to Hell, I'd just have to say this is an outstanding tour-closer of a show!
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Review by OswegoDevo

OswegoDevo I LOVE BEING FROM SARATOGA! It was really cool that Trey lived here, just makes it seem all that more special.....this was one the only shows I actually couldn't get a ticket for, but SPAC is so beautiful that we had a group of like 20 of us hanging right on the back gate where you could hear it perfeectly, and we had the entire lawn for just us!
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