My Friend did not contain the "Myfe" ending. After Winterqueen, Page brought out his keytar, ostensibly to play Frankenstein. He played a brief jam on the keytar (with Trey playing it as well), but apparently had equipment problems and opted for Bold as Love instead. When Frankenstein closed the second set, Page attempted to play the keytar again but had more technical difficulties and had to play the song on his standard keyboard rig. Simple contained a Magilla tease from Page. Martian Monster featured Trey on Marimba Lumina, Mike on guitar, and Page on bass.

Photo © Derek Gregory

Noteworthy Jams
Teases
Magilla tease in Simple
Debut Years (Average: 1997)

This show was part of the "2016 Summer Tour"

Show Reviews

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Review by duggy

duggy Just a friendly reply to the review by @upstateholly: I count 6 songs debuting 2009 or later ... that's 21 other songs all coming from pre-2009, and actually they all come from pre-2000 ... doesn't get much more "classic" than that these days, my phriend ...

Agreed this show pales a bit in comparison to Great Woods and Hartford, but the band was still HOT and the playing is pretty inspired to my ears ... lots of fun on stage ... that first set was a great listen ...
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Review by Slewfoot

Slewfoot Interesting reading some of the initial reviews of those who attended. I just finished listening to the show on Live Phish and thought it was pretty raging. Felt like a lot of energy to me with some songs having a bit of a faster tempo than normal (especially Twist). The early stage banter helped set a great mood I thought. The second half of the second set seemed to be a bit shaky at times, but they were swinging for the fences for the most part so can be forgiven.

All in all I found it to be a pretty massive, down and dirty sounding show. I haven't listened to everything from this tour yet, but this show has a lot of character. Whether or not it's the type of character you prefer is a personal preference.

Seems like they are getting their mojo back in time for a fun West Coast run. Have fun to those who are going!
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Review by voidoform

voidoform I dont understand the hate for this show at all. This was a fantastic show at a fantastic venue. Trey was on fire tonight. There werent any 20 minute deep space jams but they were tight and the energy was there. Definitely worth a listen. One of the best shows of the tour so far.
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Review by julius54

julius54 I'm pretty much still a noob I guess, I've been listening to this band for like a year and half now and this is only my 6th show but it was my first show going solo. After hitting Hartford the night before with two first timers, I made the trek up to Syracuse on my lonesome Sunday morning.

I got to the venue around 5:30 and made my way around Shakedown and what not. Didn't smell any of the toxic fumes I'd been warned about but thought the area was really nice. On the way in to the venue around 7ish there was a security guy on megaphone trying to coral people his way through the venue with "Got a blank space where a line can be....don't have cliff bar or green tea though." This was hilarious and set the right vibe for the night.

Made buddies with a few people on the lawn, some who were there for their first show. Lots of chompers and teenagers though. Enough about that shit though let's get to the show.

Landlady opener? Fuck yeah. High fives were given to strangers all around. Incredibly white attempts at salsa dancing were observed and eventually attempted by yours truly. No success. Great opener.
Blaze on in the two spot is fun. Kept the place moving and Trey was sounding very on point. Good sign for the rest of the set.
Ha Ha Ha and Friends. The Fishman segment of the show. Lots of hilarity. I really like Friends, even if sounds like a song The Clash left on the cutting room floor.
Tube. Who doesn't love Tube, even if it's short? Always great to get down to Tube.
Destiny Unbound. Oh shit. I don't deserve this.
MFMF oh hell yeah. Fishman just pounding away. Great little version.
Mango Song was on point, no flubs that I saw. Good time.
Timber Timber Timber was awesome.
Curtis Loew?! Tonight is bustout city! I remember listening to the Alpine show last summer where every song in the first set was a tour debut and wishing I could be at a show like that one day. Curtis Loew was when I realized I was now the closest I'd probably ever get to that.
STFTFP-The security guy outside vibed this song into existence tonight. Hell yeah.
Mound-Love this tune. Very greatful I got to see it.
Winterqueen. Not a fan of the lyrics whatsoever but Trey made the jam very enjoyable.
Bold as Love. After what seemed like a Frankenstein tease they shifted to Bold as Love. Great closer choice for what was a fire of a first set.

Set two
Drowned. Wow we're heavy on the covers tonight but I'll take it. Seemed like they were about to take these into the darkest of the dark before Trey slipped into his comfortable little Twist riff that he loves so much. This one again seemed like it had a lot of potential in the jam but Trey brought it back around to the chorus before segueing into Waste. It's the noob in me for sure but I LOVE Waste. I'll never complain about that one, although weird placement tonight. Piper>Simple was great, lots of exploring by everybody in the Simple jam. Breath and Burning is ok so far, they need to just take it to the next level though like they did with NMINML on NYE. Rocky Top is like Waste. I won't ever complain and I'll dance my ass off every time. Martian Monster was awesome live. I don't know how well it translates to tape but the rotation jam was a lot of fun. Very Drums/Space-y. Golgi was ridiculously fun and Frankenstein, albeit technical difficulties with the keytar, was a great closer. Page is a godsend.

Zero encore. Lawn was grooving. Everybody loves to do the "ah-ah-AHHHH" chant at the end there. Great show.

Really enjoyed myself and met some cool people on the lawn. Can't wait for fall tour announcement. I love this band!
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Review by DARKH0LL0W

DARKH0LL0W do you like songs under 10 min ? if you don't, then you don't like phish. most songs are not going to be jammed. I would love a sick 20 min tube, but that's not going to happen every time you go to a show. You know what else is not going to happen every show, getting a mango, ha ha ha, land lady, timber, destiny, MFMF, and a god damn perfect Curtis Loew. that was my second mango since 1998. i missed it so much.
by the way that tube from Syracuse, was bad ass at only 4 min. because that's all it took. Winterqueen was amazing beautiful as was waste. Martian monster brought the dark funk. rocky top brought the love. so many great moments. Lakeview is going to be a special place for phish and its phans.
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Review by morning_dew

morning_dew I was at Deer Creek, all 3 SPACs, Great Woods, Hartford and Syracuse and this was my favorite of them all. They were in sync from the beginning, the venue was gorgeous. Highlights: Drowned, Simple, Curtis Loew and Rocky Top in the same show, keytar and Frankenstein fakeout in 1st set, Bold As Love, best Winterqueen evah, sick Timber.
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Review by SkyTrainWand

SkyTrainWand Disclaimer: This isn't really a fantastic show review, but it's an honest one since I was there.

I had a lot of fun at this show, the sunset was absolutely beautiful over Lake Onondaga, the crowd was nice. To be honest though, I only gave this show a 3 out of 5 and I feel like I'm being forgiving. There was almost NO musical exploration in either set. There were 17 songs in the first, with a combined total of maybe 5 minutes of jamming. The second set Drowned was interesting, until it got ripcorded into Twist, Waste, and a seemingly pointless version of Piper that didn't go anywhere.

Simple is always fun, but again I thought they'd actually TAKE it somewhere and explore, but nope. They went into Breath and Burning. I actually enjoy this new tune, but it only lasted 5 minutes until Rocky Top happened. Martian Monster was actually cool and featured some rotation jamming. Still didn't even break the 10 minute mark - felt like the band just had A.D.D. and was bored.

Just speaking for myself here but when I go to Phish I like to hear a mix of powerful songs and improvisation. This show was mostly songs and hardly any improv. Honestly really disappointing considering what happened at Mansfield and Hartford, but hey, can't win 'em all.
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Review by quincydog420

quincydog420 I loved everything about this show!!! Great new spectacular venue, I flew from Colorado back to Syracuse( I grew up in Utica & went to college in Plattsburgh) it was like a huge high school and college reunion! Haters gonna hate but they sounded fantastic, even the trippy drums/space like Martian monster was cool seeing Gordo rip Trey's axe, security & surprisingly the cops were super chill too. I like the mix up in song selection, totally unpredictable show, I danced my ass off! I irritates me that a show is defined by a huge 20+ min jam by some people and not the overall quality of the show. I would've preferred a Reba encore over Zero, but overall excellent show for sure, see y'all at Chula Vista & Dick's!!
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Review by MagnAnt

MagnAnt I heart gamehenge, but I also heart Blaze On. This was a great show to see. Fantastic mix of good old shit and great new shit! I will say I like fast tempo My Friend better than sluggish tempo My Friend, but that's my only beef, and I'm over it. How can you beat watching a beautiful sunset over the lake while The Heads of the Phamily play soothing and energizing melodies to revive and enlighten The Soul! Blaze On, Keytar On! See you in Mexico!
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Review by Donkenshtein

Donkenshtein Very enjoyable show on a Sunday. Partially because I liked the venue so much. It was really cool! Right on the water so you're literally watching the sun set over the horizon as the band plays their first set. And it was a beautiful night. Also, the stage is relatively small, so the band members are closer together and it seems to make for a more intimate setting. I got some great photos, which doesn't always happen.

Cuse was not quite the rager that Hartford was the night before, but still great. I was with a large pham at the Hartford show and we all had a great time. But it was just me and my two best Phish buddies who took Monday off and drove up to Cuse. Last show of the tour for me, Fishman's hometown, last show of the east coast leg, brand new amphitheater and my tenth show overall - I was feeling great and expectations were high.

Consensus among my friend and me was that we were a little more impressed with the first set than the second. The Landlady opener was really sweet, very happy I got to see Trey and Mike bust out the dance moves. Blaze On was good, then the band jumped into the Fishman medley and it seemed like they were having a lot of fun up there. My Friend, My Friend absolutely rocked, definitely a S1 highlight, and there was a big cheer when they went into the Mango Song. For me, the best part of the first set was the Timber > Timber > Timber medley. That was awesome. Most of the crowd looked around confused at the Halloween narration coming over the PA, since Phish hasn't played this one since Vegas. But everyone cheered when Trey's Timber riff came in. I was stoked because this is one of my favorite songs and I've never seen it live. I'm surprised it took the band this long to do this medley - it was really cool. I'm also a huge fan of Curtis Loew, so that was a treat. A lot of covers at this show. Stealing Time was groovy, Mound is a sweet song. They threw a jam on Winterqueen in an attempt to legitimize the song. A lot of piss breaks during this one but the jam was pretty good. Trey was on. Then Page says they're going to play a song from one of their favorite 'composers'. Bold As Love drops, CK5 coordinated the light colors with the song lyrics and Trey absolutely shredded the solo as the daylight disappeared.

With such an enjoyable, energetic first set, expectations were high going into the second. Opening with Drowned was awesome, they really rock that song and it was a good setting with the water right behind the band. It seems like they're playing Twist a lot, which is fine, it's a fun song. This particular Twist was really mellow and low volume but not in a bad way - I was hanging on to every note Trey played. I had a feeling they would play Waste, cool cool what's next. Piper. Not a typical Piper though. Trey went straight to the lyrics with the band playing low. Usually we expect a long, kinda psychedelic jam to build up to the verse but not this time. They didn't really blow up Piper like you hope they would, but they did go into a sweet Simple. That was a real good Simple - the crowd was into it. Breath and Burning, yeah they're really pushing that one. It's ok...what's next. Frickin' Rocky Top! I think Trey wanted this one; he walked over to each of his band mates and then started playing the intro riff by himself. Martian Monster always makes for a cool jam. They let it hang for just a moment and went right into Golgi which rocked. Again, the 'sea' setting was nice. Page had gotten on a little keytar jam earlier in the show but I think they had some technical difficulties or they just didn't gel on it. So I had a feeling they'd come back to it on some Frankenstein. Page quickly took his seat at his normal keyboard though. But the song absolutely rocked, as you would expect. Character Zero encore seems like a bit of a cop-out. There's no way they're going to end their east coast tour with just a Zero, right? Wrong. It was a rockin' Zero, but still...give us a little more.

Overall good show - I hope Phish plays there again. I love the venue!
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Review by Knox_Harrington

Knox_Harrington Just a great-solid show from top to bottom. I've seen a smattering of shows since 1995 and I'm not sure I've ever seen the band communicate better while on stage.

The first set is just fantastic. Nothing goes long, but they get right down to business in every song attacking each jam with a mastery and precision that is simply beautiful to witness. Mango might have had a few minor rhythm hiccups, but nothing that derailed it and hey...it's a tough song that is not played all that often. Specific highlights for me were the tight Tube, Destiny Unbound (Trey lays into a nice thick swampy groove out of the chorus), Timber/Timber/Timber, phenomenal solos in STFTFP and Winterqueen and a killer Bold as Love. Also...of course...all the stage banter and The Fishman Trilogy during songs 3-5.

The second set kept up the energy and fun. Drowned was a perfect example of what these guys can do in a relatively short amount of time...just so much texture. Together Drowned and Twist made for a pretty great 20 minutes of music. Waste was a great cool off song at that point of the show and I'm so happy to hear Trey nail the end solo. It's beautiful when executed that well and for me makes or breaks any live version of the song. Piper through Breath and Burning was just fun. Nothing that will stick with me for a long long time, but I couldn't imagine a better way to spend another 20 minutes of my time here on earth.

After B&B (which I enjoyed a lot more than imagined I would) I feel like they played 4 set closers that just kept carrying the energy 'til the very end. It did appear Mike had some trouble hearing the rest of the band during the start of Rocky Top as he seemed to jump into the vocals early. No matter, they recovered nicely and rocked it out. Martian Monster was a show highlight that got pretty damn tribal towards the end of the Marimba Lumina solo...plus more band fun with instrument switch. They executed Golgi with the energy it deserves. I'm so glad (and relieved) to hear it played with expert precision again.

At the end of Golgi, Page made another move for the Keytar (after a failed attempt to end set 1). While he did, Trey and Mike got on their backs and started pedaling they're air bikes to buy some time. More fun, so much damn fun on this night. Unfortunately this was not a fun night for the Keytar. It was by far the biggest disappointment that was quickly forgotten during Page's fantastic solo. It looked (and sounded) like he gave this rendition little extra intensity to make up for the malfunction.

One note: at about :40 of the LP recording you hear a strange synth sound...that comes from the Keytar tech, behind Fishman still trying to get it to work. I had a great view in the pit Page side and when that note is played he gave a funny, somewhat exasperated, look to Trey like " great, now they get it to work". Trey just smiled back and they went on to kill the song. Great moment.

Character Zero encore was my 4th or 5th in my last 5 shows...so no surprise for me. There are other tunes I'd love to see in the encore slot, but once it kicks in you can't deny just how damn much it rocks. I think it's the best example of the influence covering Quadrophenia had on them. Arena rock in it's purest form.

All in all just a great, fun show. To my ears and for my taste, Phish is playing as well (and quite possibly better) than I've ever seen them play during my limited time as a fan. They're 4 focused, expert musicians that have just about mastered their instruments. The West Coast run should be something pretty special!
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Review by ivebeentheretoo

ivebeentheretoo YOU CAN PROBABLY MISS A SUNDAY SHOW AND BE OKAY

2014 is long gone, and so it seems are the days of the best shows falling on a Sunday. That's not to say that Sunday shows haven't been good, but with the exception of alpine last year, the heaters seem to fall more on Fridays and Saturday. This show continues that trend, offering a promising and fun first set, but ultimately falling into juke box phish second set. The song selection was standard in set 2, and overall this show doesn't have a ton of relisten value. It sounded fun to be there, but after GW and Hartford this show fell fairly flat.

If you want to hear a highlight, the winterqueen was very good. Hopefully things will sync up at the gorge!
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Review by dhillz21

dhillz21 I was at the show last night, and I'll start with the venue itself...one of the better outdoor ampitheaters you'll find. Lots of space, gorgeous views, phenomenal sound from the lawn, and great security. On to the show....first set on paper was cool, but there was definitely a lack of execution. Trey was pretty sloppy. Being that the boys only play a limited number of shows a year, and probably don't practice a ton, rare bust outs are often likely to have flubs. It's unfortunate, but that's our reality. I'm also finding that when the band does find a great groove, the rip cord is often pulled too soon. There seems to be a lack of patience in many shows.

Second set was like hearing a different band. They were very tight, and I only remember Trey have one small rough patch. Drowned thru simple was awesome, but again, there was a lack of patience that would normally see many of these tunes extended. Very well played set and tons of fun.

Last thought...I think that the band has so many songs in the repertoire that song selection and flow often suffers. It's like being at a restaurant that has a huge menu and it's hard to choose what to order. When the band doesn't play many of their songs enough, the chances of mistakes are greater and I feel like we're really hearing that more and more. Also, certain songs in my opinion really need a certain tempo to deliver the required punch if you will, and the slower tempo that the band plays some of these tunes in nowadays kinda kills the song in my opinion.

Anyway, it was an average first set and some great playing in the second set. Hopefully, west coast tour steps it up a notch!
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Review by Phandomonium

Phandomonium This show was mostly "New Phish" (songs they've written since 2009) and covers. I being a long time Phish fan would have really liked to hear more "Classic Phish" (songs that were written before 2009) or as the other review calls it - Jukebox Phish. I just can't get into the slow tempo and rolling lyrics of most of the new Phish songs. Phish for me has always been about the dancing for sure which is much better and a higher pace. The sound quality was good and the boys were talking with the crowd on multiple occasions which is really not typical. Fishman is from Syracuse so there were a few shout outs to his home town which was really cool. But even when they did play classic Phish the tempo was slower than I would have liked. Overall I had a great time, the atmosphere was really nice and the boys sounded awesome but I really wish there had been more energy from both them and the crowd as well as more classic Phish songs.
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Set 1: White Winter Hymnal[1], Cars Trucks Buses, My Soul, Roses Are Free > The Very Long Fuse, Gumbo, Yarmouth Road, Pebbles and Marbles, Farmhouse, Tube

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