Dixie Cannonball and Gone were Phish debuts. During Love You, Fish mentioned Trey's announcement on December 28, 2009 that it was Fish's last vacuum solo "of the aughts," so he announced that he needed "someone dressed like me" to do it, brought audience member Rich onstage to do the solo, then gave him the vacuum. Antelope included numerous Boogie On teases, the Marco Esquandolas lyric had "Marco" replaced with "Rich, let's hear it for him," and subsequent lyrics were changed to "Been you to have any Electrolux?" Frankenstein featured Page on keytar. Corinna was played for the first time since February 24, 2003 (100 shows) and Tela was played for the first time since November 24, 1998 (238 shows). This gig featured ten songs not previously performed in 2009 inclusive of two debuts.
Boogie On Reggae Woman tease in Run Like an Antelope
Debut Years (Average: 1993)

This show was part of the "2009 NYE Run"

Show Reviews

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Review by lunkdjedi

lunkdjedi This show marked my 25th to date and my first ever arena show on the floor. It was incredible to be so close with so much energy from all directions pouring over us.

From the opening notes of Soul Shakedown I knew that this would be something special, I was not prepared for the masterpiece to follow. The Runaway Jim was fairly standard and a good warmup for Jesus Left Chicago who's blues licks and piano backup got the hair on the back of my neck standing up. I hope the guy that dressed as Jesus for the Charlottesville show was in attendance. Dixie Cannonball was fun, but wasn't really sure what it was until getting back to the hotel. Continuing the 12 bar blues a Stealing Time seemed to fit into the set well and resonated off the walls of the venue with the sound that many where anticipating when the tune moved to an indoor venue. Corrina was simply special, an amazing harmony from the boys. As the roar of the crowd quelled a bit, Trey heard someone screaming a request from behind him and obliged by busting out What's The Use! Dark, beautiful, amazing. Then to continue with the mind-f$*# of a first set, Tela. Always requested, rarely played, the solo soared and the energy in the crowd was palpable. Rocky Top worked everyone into a fervor and then a specially placed Chalkdust that I thought would end the first set was nailed, with everyone wanting to live while they were young. Thinking that I had never heard Chalkdust close a set, I was pleasantly surprised with a Bowie money shot to close out the first frame.

Sand, first and last heard 6 years ago to the day, got everyone dancing as Mike layed down the law on how to groove. Next, a fully electric Curtain that wound down into With and Lifeboy was special and a nice hand hold to the insane, tempo gone, structure gone Jam that would be Back On The Train. Not usually a vehicle I expect to launch us into space but this version was out of this world sick. Next my girlfriend got her Velvet Sea, which has always been special for us and her excitement for the beauty of this song is contagious, even with a straight forward rendition. Now the shennanigans started up with Trey taking over on Drums for HYHU and Fishman taking center stage to....not play his vacuum as stated during Monday's show, which was Fishman's last. So as Fish started singing Love You (which he didn't have to scat through like in `03) and got to the vacuum solo part, he pulled Rich from the crowd because he was dressed as Jon. Holy crap, Rich must have been practicing with his vacuum at home because he was able to stay in 'tune' and on rhythm while at the same time pumping up the crowd, who ate up every minute of it. Rich was so good and Fishman so impressed with his performance he gave the electrolux away as a sign of gratitude. I love this shit. Next a huge, arena shaking, Free brought down the house with Trey and Mike trading licks. This playful back and forth continued through a bombastic Boogie. Trey kept pushing Mike to not bring the song to a conclusion so quickly and Mike obliged with some heavy synth that 'enveloped' the arena. To close out the second set the always high energy Antelope was FILLED with Boogie on Teases throughout the entire opening section and at one point it sounded like they went back into Boogie completely only to switch back in only one or two bars. Closet thing to a mashup I've heard in a while.

Two incredibly long sets made for a quick Encore that brought Page front and center on the Keytar to rip up Frankenstein.

Overall this show melted my face off and it's one I won't soon forget.
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Review by BillZauggsCabin

BillZauggsCabin I remember just standing in the hallway after this show watching people walk out because I couldn't bring myself to leave the venue. I knew once I did, the vibe would change... Amazing how four guys standing on a stage playing music can make a person feel.
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Review by waxbanks

waxbanks This version of 'Back on the Train' is maybe the single-song highlight of the NYE run - the boys go deep without hesitation, and a rich ambient passage gives way to a scorching outro jam. The Boogie > Antelope combo to close is also quite nice, especially Trey's repeated Boogie On invocations during Antelope. Sand is Sand, but this is a fine example of the form. As for the first set, it's perfect of its kind, and the performances of even the long-shelved rarities are swell - as is the set-closing Bowie, which is ol' fashioned tension/release magic. I think 12/29 is still the deeper show, but is probably going to end up the fan favourite (even if the 'Love You' antics don't quite translate to tape).
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Review by dpwilljr

dpwilljr This 1st part of this second set is so natural and organic...I felt like the music was moving through me. I was completely immersed in the groove....
It's one of those shows where everything is in alignment and the music moves you spiritually and physically.
I wasn't aware of my surroundings....my eyes were closed and my body was moving. I don't think I opened my eyes until after Back on the Train.
I'll never forget this show...my favorite.
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Review by Colonel_Forbin

Colonel_Forbin i split open and melted, this show blasted me into a black hole. i was tripping balls
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Review by jeh5253

jeh5253 my first show..

hooked from here on..
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Review by mantecatweeze

mantecatweeze Great show all around but the Corinna, What's the Use?, Tela, Gone combo is my highlight.

What's the Use? and Gone do not get played enough!

Great show!
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Review by lunkdjedi

lunkdjedi So this summer tour I met Rich in the lot first night of Merriweather. Turns out he actually had never played the vacuum, no practicing or anything and was able to just wing it. He said that sometimes people recognize him and always ask him the same thing.

Well played Rich.
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Review by rozyelf

rozyelf boogie on antelope...
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