This was the second of the three-show SuperBall IX festival. This gig featured the Phish debuts of Susskind Hotel and Monkey Man. Camel Walk contained a Spanish Moon tease from Mike, Piper contained a Tweezer tease from Page, and Tweezer contained Scents and Subtle Sounds teases by Mike. Runaway Jim included introductions and trophy awards for the winners of the Runaway Jim 5K road race held earlier in the day. The first Secret Language since July 3, 2000 (213 shows) was a Simpsons signal after BOAF. Scents was played with the intro for the first time since August 2, 2003 (146 shows). The Storage Jam and Sleeping Monkey featured Page on theremin for the first time since August 11, 1997 (394 shows).
Spanish Moon tease in Camel Walk, Tweezer tease in Piper, Scents and Subtle Sounds tease in Tweezer
Debut Years (Average: 1994)

Show Reviews

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Review by Somantin

Somantin I think it has been established that this is the second longest Phish show ever (Big Cypress being the first)

1994/10/31 = 4.1 hours

1995/10/31 = 3.9 hours

1995/12/31 = 3.6 hours

1996/10/31 = 3.6 hours

1998/10/31 = 3.6 hours

2009/10/31 = 4.4 hours
2009/11/01 = 4.9 hours

2009/12/31 = 3.8 hours

2010/10/31 = 4.3 hours

2010/12/31 = 3.5 hours

2011/07/01 = 3.3 hours
2011/07/02 = 5.3 hours (6.3 with secret set)
2011/07/03 = 3.5 hours (2 sets only)
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Review by GallopingGhost

GallopingGhost I understand that Sunday night was fantastic. Believe me, I was freaking out from start to finish. Yet, I feel that it would be unfair to focus solely on Sunday when the band really rocked it on Saturday.

Two of my buddies and I were sitting patiently in front of the stage before the first set. We were about twenty or so feet away from the stage and man, am I glad that we were. The band opened up with a great Tube and the crowd returned the favor by spewing forth a massive cloud of balls. The next track that caught my attention was the Boogie On. They always do a great job with it but with the sun blazing in the sky, mike really let loose and got the phans moving. 46 Days was pretty sweet and a bunch of people were happy to hear it. Then came, suzy and monkey man. At first a bunch of phans, including myself, were a bit upset that they had not waited until sunset for Suzy but then the band quickly took the words right out of our mouths. They rocked it... Finally came a reall cool Monkey Man and page nailed it.

Alright, we all know it. The 2nd set was pretty weak aside from a pretty solid Its Ice, a surprisingly enjoyable scents/sounds and a classic antelope. Considering this, I understand the potentially low rating this day might receive. But the reason this show is really WORTH downloading, is thanks to what the band did in the 3rd set.

They kicked things off with a real pleasant Golden Age which put smiles on the faces of phans all over the crowd. They then nicely faded into a caspian which was followed by a pretty good piper. THEN, things got wild. They ripped right into a glorious tweezer. The crowd went absolutely beserk when they completely cut the music and then thundered back into the jam. Just before I could wipe the sweat off my face and catch a breath... they jumped into Julius. Wow, those 2 songs might as well be related. The way the band transitioned and played them made the combination epic. Then came an unusually mellow Numberline which gave us a couple minutes to cool off before they went into a fun and delightful Twist. At this point the energy was higher than it had been all week. Then came probably one of the most enjoyable 2001's I have ever heard. It was placed perfectly in the set and was simply awesome. I had been hoping for a Hood all evening and I am sure I was not the only one. But I was not prepared for it when it dropped. The band killed it, at which point the audience was roaring with excitement. Cavern was rocked, as always and golgi set the mood just right for what the band had in store next. Page starts going off when the crowd realizes that they were in for yet another treat... I had to sit down for Day in the Life because It was simply too perfect to close the set. Finally, they left us with a brilliant Loving Cup followed by a vibrant Reprise.

The 3rd set was really something special and in my opinion one of the best sets of 3.0. If it were not for that third set, I truly believe that Sunday would not have turned out as well as it did. Saturday night was wonderful and it without a doubt set the bar high for the next night to come.
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Review by MiguelSanchez

MiguelSanchez wow, after having had just written my review of the first night, i can tell you now, this will probably get long. first and foremost, we got a whole hell of a lot of phish on super ball-saturday. all in all, saturday was a mixed bag...

set 1:

tube: page rocks this one out. unfortunately, the highlight of this tube doesn't really transfer well to disc, the balls! the place was rocking, and there seemed to be almost as many inflatable things flying around as there were people between the sbd and the stage. crazy stuff...

kill devil falls: this song still strikes me as a watered down chalk dust torture, but hey, they rocked this one. it was not bethel, but hey, they kept the momentum going.

ocelot: they weren't getting as creative as yesterday's first set, but they were still playing very well. trey builds a great solo in this one.

lawnboy: go page!

divided sky: i was hoping this one would open up the skies. it was hotter than hell. either way. good version. nothing to out of the ordinary though.

boogie on>: as always, fish and gordo offer up a freaking funky foundation. the jam never fully takes off, but they opt to jump into...

camel walk: if you're not going to jam, you might as well play camel walk! nothing out of the ordinary, just a funktastic camel walk.

cities: i was hoping they would drift into some sort of jam here, but instead it dwindles off before trey starts up...

poor heart: after 3 straight funk songs, the boys avoid jamming and flip the vibe on its head. that said, i'll welcome a poor heart. it's always a nice way to get the place jumping, bluegrass style!

46 days>: good fiery climax, but not much out of the ordinary.

suskind hotel: i was shocked to hear this one pop up. great pick. well-played.

circus: one of my favorite slow tunes they do. great version. solid placement.

timber: this got the crowd jumping again. trey slashes through the middle section with nice flurries of notes before coming back into timber ho!. god, i love this song...

back on the train: standard

suzy: good energy. standard.

monkey man: i did not recognize this tune. i'm not much of a stones fan. my neighbor filled me in, and by the end of this one, i was really digging this tune. page gets real nasty, and he pretty much owned this one.

set 2:
first and foremost, this one had much more of a 1st set feel than a 2nd set feel. some what disappointing, but it's still a good set.

run away jim>: we didn't get much jamming here, but we did get a really cool moment with the 5k winners being introduced. good for them!

mcgrupp: i love me some mcgrupp, and i have a feeling a lot of cherries were popped on this one. page nailed a much lighter than normal mcgrupp solo. unfortunately, there were a decent number of trey flubs on this one. he seemed a bit lost at moments. for those of you hitting leg 2 shows, look for a well-rehearsed mcgrupp to come at you. trey will want redemption, like he got on peaches the night before!

axilla: this one seemed to mess with the mcgrupp vibe a bit, imo. maybe trey just wanted to rock after some troubles in mcgrupp. well, rock they did. good version.

boaf: here's another one that does not stray to far off the beaten path, but they really rip it within the framework of the song. this one builds to a fine climax.

stash: i was hoping this set would really turn it up a notch once we got to stash. unfortunately, the stash turned it up, but phish took their foot off the gas after. as for the stash, trey and page weave around each other in a slow but straight jaunt into a blazing stash closing section. not much in the weirdness category, but a blazing version none the less.

sample: ah, this set really starts to feel first set'ish here, and it keeps up for a while...

heavy things: i have really liked this song since they've been back. they seemed to be more willing to have some fun with it. unfortunately, this set needed it to have a bit more exploration, but it didn't...

horn>: like this song. not what i was looking for here.

it's ice>: good version. actually, i hadn't seen this one in a pretty freaking long time. standard/great it's ice.

the mango song>: i know many clamor for this tune, but i've always been a little luke-warm on this one. it was hard to get too fired up for this one. trey was a bit off...

rift: after missing on mango, i was really surprised to see rift, a song that trey has been very prone to wiffing on. well, tonight they nailed it. good version, but this set is way to first set like for my tastes.

scents: BOOM! i'd been wanting to see them tack the intro back on this song since they dropped into '04. that short passage of music makes a ton of difference. great version. passing on the old textured jams they used to play on this tune in '03, they strolled right through a nice ambient passage. they weaved around each other nicely before trey danced into....

antelope: this one does not take long to hit go-mode. they just climb from one level to the next, building to a typical antelope frenzy. the scents>antelope combo saved the set, providing the only real must-hear moment, unless you won the 5k.

set 3:

after a straight-forward second set, i was really waiting for them to cut loose...

golden age>: i was not a huge fan of this cover, until i saw this version. holy cow! outside of the storage jam, this was my favorite jam of the weekend. plinko stylings, or whatever you want to call them, were in full force as phish unloaded on us. leaving a serious funk groove, they travel into a more ambient passage. this finally gives way to...

prince c>: like bug the night before and number line later, this is a song i just plain don't like. they did take a different, interesting approach to this. instead of building to the typical climax, trey takes a more mellow approach to this one, allowing it to segue seamlessly into...

piper>: almost as if caspian was an accident, the boys show they can't wait to get rocking again! fishman really soars here, as he gets some bonham'esqu shit going. trey does not hesitate to throw down monster lick after monster lick. after a couple good minutes of solid rock, trey steers the boys into...

tweezer>: you can almost tell this one is going to rock right from the start. as they enter the jam, trey just finds some raunchy guitar leads. at one point, the band stops leaving trey with the spotlight on him just getting dirty. eventually, trey picks up on a more melodic but still funky solo. great, great version. a sure fire highlight of the festival. unfortunately, they cut this one off and trey drives into...

julius>: doh!

numberline: double doh!

twist>: this and jiboo are two songs i never really root for to hear, but once they are off and running, i'm always digging them. this one has some nice playing by trey, delivering some very well-choreographed flurries of notes. check out the vocal fun at the end of this one. good times...

2001>: they enjoy a moment of spaciness before fishman kicks this one off. this made sure to keep the energy going, but it offered zero in the ways of exploration. it did serve as a nice introduction to...

harry hood: good version, but not in the ball park of how the boys have been delivering on this tune recently. still solid jam. certainly worth a listen. as always, page shines.

cavern: well, i thought hood was the logical closer, but it looks like we get a bonus cavern. good rocking way to end a show, but wait...

golgi: now, if you're going to kick us bonus tunes, let's make them nifty. either way, bonus golgi...surely this is closing it...

aditl: good version, as always. standard. works well as a closer, but it's somewhat anticlimatic considering the last 4 songs could've closed the set. they sort of flat lined after hood, but hey, it all seemed to be bonus after harry...


cup>tweeprise: i don't even want to see how many cup encores or cup>tweeprise encores i've seen. too many. well-played though. they kept the rock vibe rolling

storage jam
i'll keep this one short...

jam: easily the most interesting thing phish did all week end. freaking awesome! this jam is, of course, loaded with tons of phish originality, but it also has flavors that resemble spacey led zeppelin and medeski martin and wood. eventually, you hear a familiar song being strummed...

sleepy monkey: certainly not one i root for, but this one was awesome. loaded with the vocal fun that from the end of twist in the 3rd set and general music mayhem from the boys. some went back to their tent grumbling. i heard one guy say, "if they're going to play shit like that, why even do a secret set?" well, it was right up my alley, and i was squinty eyed and glowing heading back to my tent....

you just can't complain about seeing soooo much phish, but it took them a good while to really hit full-throttle. when they did though....


set 1: camel walk, timber ho!, monkey man

set 2: mcgrupp (for rarity song, not so much for quality), scents>antelope

set 3: golden age, piper>tweezer, twist

set 4: yeah, all of it...
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Review by wauch

wauch First let me note that Lawn Boy was teased as they were tuning up for the 1st set and I thought it would open.
My thoughts are relegated not to the entire performance but select songs.
As a huge Axilla fan I was not even slightly offended that Trey basically ran through the first verse without actually uttering any of it. In 2002-2004 this would have struck me as mildly insulting and turned me off as it would have coincided with what I thought was a precipitous downard spiral. However, on this nite it struck me as simply eager musicians and really was compensated for by virtuoso playing on this tune.
I had just been informed by a friend that he locked into Page and sure enough The Chairman of the Boards took over the initial solo component of Heavy Things in a refreshing and dexterous manner that even Trey would have to admit was a welcome break from his carrying of the interlude of this tune. Great reworking of the song.
Antelope was as good if not better than ever!
I had never seen Golden Age or heard of its original or the band that originated it, but upon later listening to the original the verdict was unanimous...Phish once again owns a cover having really added texture, dexterity, and scale to a song that while good in its original form deserved the stretching out that only Phish could give it.
Twist was interesting in that I always found the final "Whoo!" somewhat childish but the rest of the song stout. Apparently from the mocking tone of the band at the tail end of this version they agree with me and they expressed this sentiment in a really playful, engaging, and unforgettable manner that reprized during the Self Storage "Sleeping Monkey" climax.
Well what really hasn't already been said about this Tweezer it was epic and the final 5-6 minutes harkened back to last year's MSG rendition. Chalk this Tweezer up in the category of why I still show up to shows after 135+ since 1989!
AND last but not least the Self Storage jam incorrectly labeled hear an encore. It clocked in at 60+ minutes which if you take out the 12/29/1997 encore is one the longest I know of on record if that is what you wanna call it. I would prefer to call this moment one in which we as fans got to experience the band in a moment where they tuned out everyone and everything and just drilled down to the center of their musical core. What spouted from the drill hole was a multitude of sounds and colors that I will never forget and be forever thankful that I experienced. The Self Storage jam started with a cadence that engulfed us and ended with a Sleeping Monkey for the ages. Sure there will be haters that say they simply pissed in our ear circa Bittersweet Motel. I would argue it is as close as this band or its fans will ever come to the type of moments the likes of Ornette Coleman, Mahavishnu Orchestra, or John Coltrane created. These are giant names but so is the name Phish and they proved that they have a respect for improvisation that goes beyond the word and gets at the pattern and process that drove their predecessors and their greatest moments alike. Conduits of the avant garde are Phish and I am glad to have experienced it for 60+ minutes at Watkins Glen.
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Review by makisupaman

makisupaman Saturday was my 25th birthday, and my 13th PhiShow. The first set was a mid-day funk fest at times, with the Boogie > Camel Walk, Cities taking the prominent front position there. Monkey Man was really great, a perfect new cover for this band.

Set 2 was fun and the highlights for me were McGrupp, It's Ice, and the Antelope. Mango Song was a struggle for the boys, and they knew the crowd needed a pick me up and thus Rift took care of that. I have heard three or four Antelopes since the band returned to touring in 2009, and this one stands out for me as the best I have seen.

Set 3 was my favorite of the three played on Saturday. Golden Age and the subsequent jam was really smoking hot. An older gentleman near me in the rear of the pit (Page side) called it before they even stepped on stage. Piper > Tweezer was phenomenal. The Number Line was a perfect nod to my birthday (and probably hundreds of other Phish fans' birthdays that were celebrated this weekend). Twist was another really stand-out version, easily the best I have seen/heard in this era.

The Storage set was on a completely different level of awesome. The engineering involved and the set up made for a total auditory/visual/transcendental experience the likes of which I had never experienced with this band or any other. Total chaos as all the spun out fans attempted to come to terms what was happening. I laughed openly at many points due primarily to the enchantment and wonder the band had provided to its faithful.

Needless to say, it was a birthday I will never forget, and I am so very grateful to the band, their crew, all the supporting organizations, and to all of my friends who helped celebrate it. Thanks!
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Review by Doopes

Doopes This was my favorite day of the Festival! From the crazy balls in the crowd with Tube (and being in middle of it added to fun) to that crazy spacey Sleeping Monkey late night... All day was awesome!! Lots of good jams and high points... Seemed like everyone was having a blast and just overall enjoying themselves! Just a great fun day :)
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Review by ledzepmaster

ledzepmaster Lawn boy was nice with Gordon on a fret less bass.
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Review by DanceTheJig728

DanceTheJig728 all around great day, mcgrupp is one of my favorite tunes but i feel trey could have nailed it a little more, the 3rd set gave me my first "holy shit" moment if im not mistaken
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Review by TheArgus

TheArgus don't let the low score turn you away from this show. Set 2 was really weak, spare Stash, Scents, and 'Lope, Trey was playing poorly and the band wasn't really tight.

Set 3 was the exact opposite, right out of the gate with a nice jam out of Golden Age. The whole set is extremely well played, and the only songs I wouldn't call some of the better 3.0 versions are Julius, #line, and Cavern.

words don't even describe what .net has titled "USA Storage Jam" and it should be listed >Sleeping Monkey. GO LISTEN TO THIS!!!!!

the first 2 sets had a few highlights, but also had some sloppy and uninspired playing, but set 3 and the 2 "encores" are some of the best 3.0 Phish available, and make this show worth a livephish purchase
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Review by DAI2IO64

DAI2IO64 loving cup was followed by a tweezer reprise. It says here on the top right:
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Review by toddmanout

toddmanout On July 2nd, 2011 I woke up in the temporary upper New York state campground that was the Watkins Glen Speedway and emerged from my tent ready to start the day. At least I assume so. It’s not like I actually remember waking up on that day over a decade ago. I do, however, remember my situation, and it was this: m’lady and I and our great friends Kyla and Jay and Chris and Jennie were parked on a small piece of grassy real estate in a vast field just out of view of one of the farther reaches of the extended non-oval auto racing track. We were camped in a trio of tents straddling my Mitsubishi Outback a fair stroll away from the main concert pitch, where Phish had played the night before to kick off Superball IX*, their ninth self-styled festival and their first of almost three solo Phish fests** at the Watkins Glen NASCAR track.

If I remember correctly m’lady and I spent a fair chunk of the morning waiting in line for posters and a couple of records and we spent the bulk of the afternoon getting out-and-about, visiting friends in the RV section and perhaps making a point to watch a wee bit of the Runaway Jim 5K footrace. In between meeting new friends and visiting old ones the remaining daylight hours would have been taken up revelling in the inevitable art installations, eating m’lady’s campstove quesadillas, and making sure the beer stayed cold.

However, I do recall the evening’s musical sets with unexpected clarity; all four of them.

Halfway through the first set the band played When the Circus Comes to Town, a song written by Los Lobos. Phish played the song quite often – at least they used to – and though I’ve never actually heard the original version I’ve never really liked the tune. So much so that I really couldn’t imagine why Phish even played it in the first place aside from the imagery in the title, which is very tour-ish. But somehow, some way this version was pretty great, and it bode great things.

The second set started off with Runaway Jim and included Trey awarding ribbons to the winners of the 5K run. Later in the set the band did it again: They went into Birds of a Feather, another of my lesser-favourite Phish songs (this one is actually written by Phish) and once again they played it so well that I was forced to reconsider my opinion of the song. Didn’t hurt that they went into Stash straight after, which might very well have been the first time I saw the band play Stash since I had learned how to play it myself. I’d spent several hours figuring out the slithery guitar parts and even longer getting it together (I even learned the lyrics) so I had a whole new appreciation for the song, and then I got to experience it live. I played along in my head.

Set three (yes…set three!) was just killer all around. Piper, Tweezer, Julius, Backwards Down the Number Line, 2001, Hood, Golgi, A Day in the Life…my word!

But get this: the very best was yet to come! Without fail, Phish festivals always include a secret set on the Saturday night, and also without fail I find these droning, improvised, instrumental jams unendingly entertaining. To say the secret sets are consistently my favourite live Phish is as accurate as saying that Space is my favourite part of every Dead show. Which it is…err…they are, especially (or perhaps: only) when I am standing there in person.

In this case the secret set took place inside a mock storage shed that was near the back of the concert field. Sometime in the early wee hours of Sunday morning lights, dry ice, and ethereal music started bleeding out of the storage unit, which I and thousands of my friends immediately encircled. Inside and out of sight the band grooved and jived, forsaking songs for sounds. It was exactly like the late night jam at The Great Went, or the drive-in theatre jam at Magnaball, or even the tower jam at Coventry, and totally unlike any Phish you’ve ever heard. I loved it. I loved everything.

This being a camping music festival, the end of the music was just the beginning. I can’t possibly tell you what went on next***, but I assure you it went pretty late.

*Why do you suppose we still sometimes use Roman numerals? Is it purely due to style? Don’t get me wrong, for reasons that I can’t at all understand I quite like it when Roman numerals come up, but in all honesty I can’t think of a practical reason why they should. They make even the most basic math rather confusing (XLVIII ÷ IV = XII or X x V = L or even X x X = C) and take a lot of time to decipher (MCDXCII being the famous year that Columbus went poking around Central America).

Is it really possible that society as a whole can still figure out this obviously outdated system (with the exception of D. Why is it hardly anyone knows that D is 500?) solely because “Rocky IV” looks cooler than “Rocky 4” (a turd by any other name…)? Really?!? I tell you, if Roman numerals are mostly still in use mainly for movie trilogies and eye-catching advertising graphics then I think they are all-too often under-utilized. Take for example Superbowl 40…err…Superbowl XL. Not one ad used the phrase “Extra Large”. Where were the Dominoes ad people? And of course the entire porn industry should always be aiming towards their 29th sequel.

**When I say “almost three” I am of course making reference to the summer of 2018 when a Phish festival scheduled at the Watkins Glen racetrack was aborted at the 11th hour due to a county-wide boil-water advisory. It would have been their third fest at Watkins Glen but the whole shebang got shut down before the band could play a single note. Though not before m’lady and I had showed up and giddily pitched our tents in the VIP section. We had been onsite for a solid twenty-four hours before the festival got cancelled. That non-fest had the most appropriate name of all of ‘em though. It was called Curveball.

***Stunted memory or unexpired statute of limitations? You decide.
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Review by fhqwhgads

fhqwhgads Long sets! Susskind Hotel (which I hope finds it way back into current setlists!) Monkey Man! Banter in Jim! Quality execution of It's Ice! Scents with Intro! Golden Age jam (sort of plinko, as much as I disavow that that was really a thing, though now I see how it presaged the percussion/Marimba Lumina/drums jams of 2016!) Piper > Tweezer, perhaps the highlight of the show! 5 set closers (Cavern > Golgi > ADITL, E: Loving Cup, Tweeprise!) Storage Jam! Whew!

Note: I don't really see what "Storage Jamming" is in the context of the consecutive few years of Phishtory; like "plinko," I think it's just an attempt--albeit good-natured--to "call" or classify Phish's jamming style, perhaps in hope of a full-scale renaissance such as the cowfunk of 1997, the ambient jamming of 1998, or the respective styles of 1999 and 2000. I think Phish has settled down in their jamming quite a bit since 1.0--and even 2.0--and that, while the jams are still amazing, there aren't as many paradigm shifts as some phans seem to "want to believe." $0.02.
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Review by Campster

Campster Day II of SBIX held the promise of the classic festival style treats. Three sets and one (not-so)secret set.

As I mentioned previously the camping was just immaculate. Not over crowded, absolutely stunning weather, a sprawling ground to explore & even easy access to some nice showers!

We headed into the campground for the day set a bit earlier to check out some of the vending and beer tents and grab a nice spot. This was a somewhat foolish move as this was a beastly hot set with the sun just beating down mercilessly on the typically nocturnal wooks.

On to the music.

Set I was very much a set I today. I think it lacked the X factor of the previous day's first set, which had great song selection and great jamming.

That said, the Tube opener was absolutely amazing. We were up close so we happened to be in the middle of all the beach ball fun. They kicked in a hundreds of inflatable beach balls sprung up. The band was clearly loving it and Tube was a nice celebratory opener. It was short though.

KDF lined up in the 2-hole and took it's typical path to a satisfactory peak.

Ocelot captured my mood slightly as I was feeling like the heat had me moving a bit more measured and conservatively. Overall it was a nice jam. I may be in the minority, but I like this song and I like the loping jams that accompany it.

Lawn Boy saw Page emerge and he cleared out some of the beach balls that were clogging up the stage. He crooned well, and Mike's bass solo was satisfying.

Divided Sky was a predictable call for the day set and this one was really well played (unlike the Holmdel version I had caught earlier on tour). Really glorious and a definite high point for the set.

The sun continued to beat down as the band kicked into a sequence of Boogie On > Camel Walk & Cities. Great triplet of tunes. In this heat with the dancing that those three elicit, it was a rather callous call though. Serious funk & fun. Water needed.

>Poor Heart kept up the energy.

>46 days did nothing to slow it down and peaked in fine fashion.

>Suskind Hotel was a Mike tune and they really nailed it. It sounded great, which is kind of a bummer considering they never took it back off the shelf I think. It also had a really nice jam.

When the Circus Comes to Town was so necessary at this point. Thank you for slowing it down. This one was so emotional (as always), and Trey nailed the solo. This was really well placed. After that I felt like I had the energy left to make it through the set (and caught a second wind).

Timber rocked me through to the core and was a great treat.

BOTT>Suzy were both a bundle of fun, but pretty much straightforward.

When the opening keys to Monkey Man kicked in I was ecstatic. I am a huge Stones fan so to have gotten Torn and Frayed and then Monkey Man's only ever performance was great. They really nailed it too. Vocals, arrangement, everything. Great closer.

Overall Set I: It was so hot out.... fun set, everything pretty much by the book so it's not much to re-listen to.
Highlights: Suskind Hotel is really worth a listen

Set II: Expectations were high - after a song based afternoon affair, everyone was hoping for one of those big middle festival sets to provide some serious jams (think middle sets of Went, IT, Clifford, Wheel, take your pick).

They kicked off with Runaway Jim which was a canvas to bring out the 5k winner versus play any serious music. A cool moment.

McGrupp was up next and I am never unhappy to hear this one. Great song, and I thought this one had a pretty good jam section too. Positive sign?

Axilla felt like a first set type placement. It was sloppy, but it rocked.

BOAF was fiery, but beyond a really scorching (and somewhat sloppy) Trey solo, this one didn't break out.

Stash kept the first set flow going, but offered the first chance to open up some deeper jamming. This was actually a really cool and interesting version. Trey and Fishman were working off of each other in some call and response rhythmic playing, just slightly encroaching on one another while still being highly complimentary. I enjoyed this version a lot.

Sample, Heavy Things > Horn was a run of tunes that really solidified the first set vibe and didn't offer much if we are being honest. They weren't played particularly crisp either.

It's Ice, well if you're gonna to a set one I will take it. This is a great song and was much fun to hear.

Mango Song was fun, but also played poorly. It didn't dampen my mood, but objectively, Trey just had trouble with it.

Rift kept the oldies coming - again, it was a bit tough on Trey, who was having a bit of a time up there.

SASS with the intro was absolutely awesome. This song had been hibernating for a while, and the intro, well I don't even recall how long it had been. They did a good job with the song and kicked into a nice building jam that was pretty straightforward but really satisfying after playing song after song for a while. Good and open, full band came together for it.

Run Like an Antelope gave us a nice bonus. This one was fierce too. I really dug it, and Trey did a cool run up during the Rye Rye Rocco section.

Overall Set II: Hopes of a legendary middle set were dashed. If this were a set I of a "normal" show I'd be pleased. McGrupp, Stash, SASS, Antelope were all great. Throw in a rocking Birds and a fun run through Ice, Mango, Rift, and I'd normally be saying pretty pretty good. However, this is set II of a three set festival show and we have to hold ourselves to a higher standard. There were also a bunch of flubs.
Highlights: McGrupp, Stash, SASS

Well, the sun had fully set during SASS/Antelope so it was time to get serious, particularly in light of the first two sets.

They opened with Golden Age - my first version. I enjoyed the song and thought they did well with it (vocal strain though). Plus I felt as though it had good jamming potential, which delivered in spades here. They broke it down into some good funk with Page hammering away. They soon entered the plinko zone, which was bundles of fun, and Trey moved to an effects laden plinko style throwdown. Mike was an absolute monster here just throwing out some serious dirt. This one turned evil quick and clocked in at a very respectable 14 minutes or so. If you were looking for hints of what was to come in the late night set, well, here's you're clue. Just terrifying, captivating, and utterly unique. This is music from the future. They peeled back the layers of effects towards the end and Caspian emerged.

Caspian did get the treatment at Watkins 2015! But 4 years prior they played this version, which wasn't the expansive type II beast of Magnaball, but was actually quite interesting. Trey played really well throughout the jam and I thought this was a good version.

>Piper brought some renewed jamming promise. This one was fairly short (I think under 10 minutes), but it did pack a punch and a really strong jam. Fishman was driving the bus with wreckless abandon, Trey was kicking in some heaters, and page was teasing Tweezer. So they took Page's idea after a strong Piper and kicked into the crowd pleaser.

Tweezer's opening lick is a tonic like no other. It's like discovering the fountain of youth. It hits and you know for some time you'll be treated to the magic that only music can conjure up. This one kicked into the jam in snarling dirty fashion, with Trey hitting that deep wah growl and the band getting minimal. Eventually a bit of stop start happens and Trey hits the absolute tastiest of licks during the one of the final pauses and a pulsating dance party ensues. Trey drives home a couple screeching notes during a cool middle segment and then they drive into some nice waters where Mike sees fit to teases SASS (woah that was cool..what a tease!). They find there way into some new space but you can hear it coming as Julius emerges.

That was a really nice run of tunes, with GA and Tweezer being really solid jams. That said kicking in Julius was kind of a bummer and I was hoping it wouldn't signal a horse>silent moment from the previous night.

Julius was a good sing-a-long bit of fun.

They came in with #line next and this one was pretty subdued. I'd caught some fine versions at Bethel and Holmdel, and this one was firmly below par in comparison.

Twist came in and was well poised to bring back the set a bit. This was a really fun version. Type I for sure, but really good jamming and the ended was really neat with Trey hitting the progression sort of backwards and the band shouting What? (a joke from earlier in tour).

2001 up next and more dancing ensued. Standard version (which does not mean it was bad!). Nothing too notable but everyone was getting down.

They kicked into Hood, which I was hoping would be very patient and well peaked. This one didn't really stand out for me. It was satisfying and beautiful as ever, but it just didn't feel "Festival Patient". Either way I was feelin' good by song's end.

Cavern>Golgi>ADITL was a good run of tunes to end it, but it did complete the set in a sort of fitting "songy" manner.

Loving Cup>Tweeprise was great as always.

Overall Set II: After the two previous sets I was hoping for jams. They delivered a really fun set overall with lots of good jamming, but nothing transcended and the set itself had some ups and downs I thought. GA and Tweezer were immensely fun - although I feel like Tweezer was one of those in the moment / present jams that doesn't quite translate to re-listen as well. Similar to night one after a strong run of tunes they sort of veered in an off direction and never quite recovered (although Twist>2001>Hood was a valiant effort).

Overall: Day II for me was the weakest day of the fest. But seriously am I going to complain about like 7 hours of Phish music.... uh kind of.
3/5 (gets a bump based on sheer quantity)

I won't touch the Secret Set, because it's impossible to describe in any adequate way. It's the peak musical experience of my life. I liked it even more than the Drive In Jam, I think because the music was so unbelievably weird. The way they positioned the speakers and the risks and sounds they took and made are things I don't think will ever be paralleled.

Hooray for Phish!
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Review by headyburritos

headyburritos That's a pretty big theremin bust out! And then he played it again at the next show, 8/5/11 at The Gorge. I never noticed that before..
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Review by Esquandolas76

Esquandolas76 A long, happy day. Wish they played all night!
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Review by bouncin7

bouncin7 BOOGIE ON! I don't have the sobriety to write about entire show, so let's focus is on Boogie. I have yet to hear a bad version of this classic Wonder song from Phish. Every time it fires on my Bose Dock, I run for it like I'm putting out a FIRE eager to press volume levels to peek highs so my ears ring. I then sit back holding my face in awe as I watch my son on schedule running into the room spinning - dancing - shaking like on fire to WHO? No it's THE PHISH!!! He has autism and spins to Phish Boogie On's. I join him with or without him. Long live The Phish. The love we feel is bold as love. ~ bouncin7
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Review by WaxBrain

WaxBrain I really, really loved Set 3. They were really spacy all day in their jamz; I guess getting ready for Storage Time!
The song choice of Set 3 was just perfect for the space. Golden Age > onwards was just blissful.
Now I'm one who thinks Piper has taken a turn for the worst these past few years. It's just not as sweet as it once was. The intro is rushed now, and it renders the whole tune moot for me. Even tho this one was rushed into per usual, it was an amazing spacey jam. And the Tweezer was just un-fucking-believable. One of the best I've ever heard. Period.
It was rad getting a McGrupp too!
Great show.
, attached to 2011-07-02

Review by SneakySally

SneakySally All I have to say is if you were at the secret set then... vvvVVVRRROOOOOoooommmmmm - I was freaking out! if 6 was 9.
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Review by GitDown

GitDown Wandering the halls of the Hampton Coliseum at setbreak of 11-21-97, I was amused yet also saddened at the musical ignorance when I overheard not one but two random kids talk about how much they dug "that new tune they opened up with" ("Emotional Rescue"). It appears The Rolling Stones have once again been neglected by the youth, as evidenced by the mention of the "debut of two new songs." I'll ignore the fact that "Suskind Hotel" has been around for years, as at least it was written by Mike. I love music and have devoured it all my life. Other than "Forty Licks", I've never owned any Stones albums (which doesn't even include this song), and I still know and love "Monkey Man." I'm sorry guy, I'm really not trying to make an example of you, but it's just surprising. I guess I'm just old (34).
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Review by DAI2IO64

DAI2IO64 sorry about the "add tweezer reprise" comment, i didn't think there was going to be a second encore. My real review of the show is the following. Right now, the show is rated 3.75 stars out of 5, i agree with this rating because i feel like this is a decent second day festival show. It surprised me that there wasn't that much added elements like teases and untraditional moves that phish enjoys doing to please the crowd, but phish did use secret language. They also debuted two new songs that will hopefully be on their new album that is supposedly being created this winter. Overall, when i look through the songs and song transitions, i am pleased with the show itself, and i know that phish will go out with a bang tomorrow.
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