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Link Vida Blue, Friday, 07/26/2002
Avalon, Boston, MA

Set 1: Most Events Aren't Planned, Manic Depression, Jealous Guy > Get Ready, Sheep, Electra Glide > CJ3, Who's Laughing Now?, Where's Popeyes > Russell's Tune, Day or Night, Magilla

Encore: No Quarter

Notes: The Slip opened. Following "Russell's Tune," Page wished lighting director Chris Kuroda a happy birthday and Oteil played "Happy Birthday" on bass. The end of "Magilla" featured a "Call to the Post" tease from Oteil.

Musicians: Page McConnell, Oteil Burbridge, Russell Batiste, Jr.

ColForbin Phish.net Staff , attached to 2002-07-26 Permalink
ColForbin I was at this show, and I remembered quite liking it at the time. Here is my original review from my blog (some of the odd wording was due to those words being linked to pictures I took at the show):

"Despite what you may have heard from the naysayers, Vida Blue was excellent.

They aren't Phish, of course (but they did bring some of their equipment), but how can you not love seeing Page on stage? It was a special feeling, just like seeing Mike play with Trey at Great Woods this summer. Call me a sentimental idiot, but something about seeing anyone from Phish play music just makes me feel giddy.

Vida Blue really gives Page a chance to stretch out, and while some of his lyrics are a bit...unsophisticated...his keyboard playing is first-rate. Page truly has his own sound which sometimes got overshadowed in Phish - you really get a sense of what each of his 8 keyboards sound like. If you go to the show expecting Medeski you will be disappointed, but if you go in with an open mind you'll have a great time. Page's rhythm section (or is the whole band a rhythm section?) lay down a great base for his techno/funk/classic rock explorations, and Oteil sings a damn good "Manic Depression." Hearing Page sing through the voice changer on Zepplin's "No Quarter" was a dream come true.

Of course it didn't hurt that it Paul Languedoc and Chris Kuroda were along for the ride. As you can maybe see in the Kuroda Pic, Chris has a piano keyboard that he uses to control the lights. It was amazing to watch him work, because you can never get that close to him at a Phish concert. He even brought the high beams!

All in all it was a great night, and well worth the price of admission. If only they could have had a better beer selection!"

I recently re-listened to it for Phish.net verification purposes and I was pleasantly surprised at how well it has stood the test of time.
Score: 1
TwiceBitten , attached to 2002-07-26 Permalink
TwiceBitten Took my friend Steve to his first Phish related show. Got to the Avalon early and met Page outside. Shook his hand, said "nice shirt" and that was all. Also met my good friend Ted for the first time outside (same time as Page). All three of us ended up going to the same college, reconvening a year later to form a band that still exists (in a different form - without me!). The show was energetic and memorable. The No Quarter encore really blew Steve away as he was a huge Zeppelin fan and never dreamed of hearing the song performed so well live. Nice to know that Phish would start playing it from time to time years later. There was a time when Steve, Ted and I all disowned Phish, and as of now I'm the only one who has returned to the flock, but I'd like to think that one day they might do the same. Hey Mr. D'Agostino, they're playing in Atlanta on August 25th!
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