, attached to 2011-06-08

Review by CanadianPhan

CanadianPhan My 25th show and my buddy's sister scored us 2nd row in section 200 day of the show. We had lawns that I bought months ago when tix were released so we sold those off. Also hooked up with a lot of other friends from southern Ontario since this show is as close as Phish came to us on this tour. I was stoked for some serious fun and everything was falling in place for a great day.

What a scorcher though. Lot scene was great and Shakedown had lots of great variety for goodies and eats.

First set was unique in that they played Nellie Kane and Buffalo Bill for people that had signs. Trey also grabbed a Jennifer Dances sign from someone in the front and I thought we would see that at some point too. I got a lot of "firsts" in this set like Nellie Kane, Mellow Mood, KDF, Undermind, Ride Captain Ride and 46 Days. Also got a lot of "treats" like Buffalo Bill, It's Ice and Rift which I have only seen once before. I realize that may not make this a great set without them nailing the tunes. Highlight's were the high energy jams in Wolfman's, KDF and 46 Days and the intricate band play in composed numbers like Rift and It's Ice. They had a few flubs but they were minor and, overall, those songs were well played and great to see.

We went back to the lawn at set break and hooked up with some old friends that I had not seen in years. I kind of missed Golden Age and first part of Mike's getting caught up with them but as soon as Mike's jam kicked in, we had to get back to the primo seats we had down in front. Mike's kicked ass and they really seem to be digging the mellow tunes out of Mike's b/c FEFY was a surprise here. I do like this song and it has been many years since I have seen this one. At Alpine Valley last year they did Dirt out of Mike's so I am noticing a trend of Mike's>insert lullaby>Weekapaug. Weekapaug was it's usual raging self but they had some nice funky jamming in there as well which made this version a bit unique from others I have seen. Page was on for this one.

What's The Use was cool, but I found it strange that it started from scratch and was not jammed into, which is the usual placement I see for this tune. Energy went vary high from the Theme Jam>2001>Hood.

What a fantastic 2001 with the big time funk and lots of teases on Golden age and What's the Use again. Hood was always uplifting.

I just went to the Pine Knob show last Friday so GTBT encore was a bit of a letdown for me b/c they encored with that a few days earlier. I know I should be grateful for Zeppelin but I was praying for a Harpua or something b/c someone had the "oom pa pa" sign" in the front and Trey sure was taking requests that day. But, alas, it was not to be. No complaints though. The boys brought the energy tonight and I am always privileged to see them and, after 25 shows, my love for this band and the fun at the shows is still going strong. Come back to Toronto sometime boys so we can have you in "our house" :D


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