Reba did not have the whistling ending. Wilson included an extended jam segment. NICU, Ya Mar, and Rocky Top were played in succession for the first time ever – which would be quite an obscure item to report, except that all three songs found Trey exhorting Page to “Play it, Leo!” Trey subsequently announced the songs as the “Leo Trio.” Ya Mar also included a lyrical change to reference Mike’s Segway. Trey teased San-Ho-Zay in Julius. Piper contained a tease of Tweezer Reprise. Rock and Roll and Seven Below were unfinished.
Tweezer Reprise tease in Piper, San-Ho-Zay tease in Julius
Debut Years (Average: 1993)

This show was part of the "2003 Summer Tour"

Show Reviews

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Review by FunkyCFunkyDo

FunkyCFunkyDo Alpine's first inPHISHtation in 3 years resulted in a show of one Everst-esq peak, several K2s, and a handful of Mariana's Trenches. It was, in a word, inconsistent. But it also contained, in another more optimistic word: potential. That massive DWD and firehose combo of Gin -> Mango showed some real promise. The mid set lulls though, hmm, well... let's hope those were outliers to what the finale of this run held.

Let's get one thing straight. This is a high-powered first set. This first set powers the fences the line the Tyrannosaur Paddock. This first set can be seen from space with in infrared camera. Hooo boy! Fasten your seatbelts. Let's go!

Sample in a Jar sets a simultaneous energetic, playful, and elevated mood to the show. I don't know what it is, well I suppose I do - the intangible aspect of Phish. A seemingly "regular" song that can be placed anywhere at any time, and really have a feel of "meh" to a feel of "HOLY VOLCANIC SPACE MONKEYS!!!" Intangibility of this *feel* is what a Phish show is all about. Sometimes Sample is just Sample, but sometimes it is indeed a volcanic space monkey. This one is the later. Followed up a #2 Reba, holy cow. Phish means business. Composed section was adeptly played, with that slight 2003 edge, and the bliss jam featured some focused, bird-like trilling from Trey and fancy fill-work from Fishman. The jam built upon itself in quite economical fashion, much like 7.10.03 Shoreline. It won't blow the roof off, but it is certainly a fine version that features a series of very pretty builds and melodic webs. Wilson crashes the setlist party, and everyone celebrates his arrival. The hard-rocker adds a few extra head-bangs during a slightly extended mid-song jam segment and the energy of the show starts to amplify upon itself. We. Are. Rolling. Scents and Subtle Sounds in the 4 slot of set 1 is a treat. This laid back, somewhat slowed down jam is a nice counterpoint to Wilson. It does not feature the blissed-out cathartic-peak of 7.9.03 Shoreline, but as a first set jam, there is nothing to complain about here. A smokin Maze comes next. Maze, like Sample, can be "meh" or can be "COSMIC MUSICAL LASER GEYSERS!!!" This one falls nearer to the latter on that spectrum. A few almost-sloppy transitions do not diffuse the power this Maze brings to the table. Furthermore, Trey really goes nuts on the peak. Good stuff. Driver (I love Driver. always) is a *perfect* respite after a, count it, 5 song show-opening volley of Sample, Reba, Wilson, SASS, Maze. Whoa. NICU picks the pace back up and sets the table for a breezy Ya Mar. Tropical and calypso-y, even if short on the time scale, this is a superb follow up song to NICU, as they both have that island-feel. Rocky Top is an odd choice, but given the songs natural energy, it suits the set well and adds to its ever-growing energy! Page hams it up during Lawn Boy and we all have a good laugh as he croons his way through the song. Mike has some nifty work too. The peak of this set-long energy, to my ears, comes to a boiling point during this ferocious, incendiary Julius. Regardless if you "like" this song or not, this version is FANTASTIC!!! Do not skip it. What a first set!!!

Whew. So the band obviously is feeling it tonight. They are crackin. Snappin. Poppin. The energy is vibrant and the vibe is energetic. Let's see how set 2 shapes up. Can it hold serve for set 1? Set 2 can be divided into 3 mutually exclusive 20+ minute segments. That should whet your appetite.

A monstrous Piper starts off the second set. Now, I saw monstrous with more a negative connotation. Some fans love this version. I am not one of those. It is dark, dissonant, and discorded... in a more specific word, it is jagged. Some fans love this stuff, not me though. Not to say it isn't worth a listen, but allow me to break it down. 0:00 - 13:00 is Piper grimy-jam. It groaaans along. Dark. Deep. Dirty. 13:00-16:00 it feels as though the are about to lock into a melodic, peppy groove... but 16:00-19:00 they dive back into the depths, weird stuff, only to be saved by... 19:00-23:00 where they find this (still brooding) but metal-esq chord progression that builds and builds in an intense frenzy ... it is really fantastic to listen to. It'll pump you up. I love these last four minutes! The jam winds down and Rock and Roll winds up and delivers a Nolan Ryan fastball. This is where the second 20+ minute segment begins. WOOSH!!! This Rock and Roll is furious and given its relatively tame timestamp, packs one hell of punch. It drips into a slinky, poppy outro groove after a wild Trey-driven Rock and Roll outro before a totally seamless, perfect, amazing -> Seven Below. WOW! What a segue!! Seven Below bounces along and much like Rock and Roll, packs a great jam into a very limited time frame. Must listen stuff between these two. Seven Below eventually evaporates into Prince Caspian, which showcases some inspiring Trey soloing. They are feeling it tonight. Not 10 seconds after the extend Caspian jam ends, the finale begins. 28 minutes of You Enjoy Myself: check please. This is no ordinary YEM. This one is burn-burner sitting atop a volcano on the sun while fireworks are exploding overhead. It spews comets and asteroids. It absorbs negativity and hatred and turns them into dance moves and flailing limbs. This jam section contains three separate jams sections. Each one building, then subsiding; then building even higher, then subsiding (into some dirrrrty Mike/Fish combo work); then building finally into a HUGE, machine-gun Trey peak that is, I don't even know, I just threw my thesaurus at the computer screen. DO NOT EVER SKIP THIS YEM. Wading is, whatever, I mean honestly at this point an encore wasn't even necessary. Phish had nothing left to destroy. What a complete show!!!!!

Must-hear jams: Julius, Rock and Roll -> Seven Below, You Enjoy Myself!!!!!!
Probably-should-listen-to jams: The continuous segment of Sample-Reba-Wilson-SASS-Maze, Piper (especially the final 4 minutes)
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Review by Corey

Corey FWIW"... I wasn't sure I'd want to see Phish again after these two last concerts. The setlist the first night at Alpine was enjoyable, but some of the songs were lackluster performances, and, mostly the crowd was pretty shitty. Not dancing, standing around, strung-out"... more interested in the fact that they were Messed Up at a Phish show, than actually enjoying the show. I felt this showed in the band's playing.. Not sure who they were playing to anymore or if people were actually coherent enough to HEAR what they were playing.

The song selection for both nights was pretty standard and I felt that most of both nights were overly-predictable. In particular, the second set, the second night"... I got stubbed down to third row, Trey side"... and from Seven Below through the jam in YEM they were just playing to play. First time I was 3rd and 1 and it was so sad, I wanted to cry.
By the time the Velvet Sea encore started I was already walking up the steps. Up and Out. They weren't my band anymore"... Phish were playing to people I couldn't understand and really didn't have any desire to be around. And I'm pretty sure they felt the same way. It was the first time in the umpteen years I'd been seeing them and I was leaving a show not WANTING TO SEE MORE"...

I didn't make a show in 2004. I was stationed in Korea in the US Army. They announced Coventry and"... just like that, it was over, again. This time, it seemed like it was forever. All that was left were memories of some of the Best nights and most fun I'd ever had. The great times I'd had with my Brother, with my friends, with complete strangers... and, with songs. Calling first set openers, Closers and Encores were the stuff of Legend in our little social circle. No more lot-style t-shirts to flaunt. No more parking lot tapes and CD's of jams played on the other side of the map by bands that didn't frequent the Midwest in those days. Sharing stories of getting tickets to impossible shows, ditching work, or school, just to make the gates before the first set started"... It was all over for the mighty four-sum from Vermont"... Then, on Oct.1, 2008,
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Review by humalupa

humalupa Believe it or not, I just listened to this one for the first time since I attended it. Overall, I think this two-night stand has been somewhat forgotten, and I believe both shows are worth a listen to almost any fan.

The first set starts off with solid energy, which propels the band through soaring and thrilling solo sections in Reba and Maze, and adds some additional heavy-metal menace to Wilson. S&SS was fairly new at the time, and Trey's somewhat ethereal approach to its jam section is interesting at the least. The "Leo Trio" of songs is fun for its novelty, but from NICU onward, the show sounds exactly as it looks on paper.

The first of three giant Pipers of the summer kicks off the second set, and although I was lucky enough to catch two of these monsters, this version is the weakest in my opinion. Much of it is little more than an uneasy vamp, with a nice cohesive section in the middle and some rising chords at the end. I remembered being a little bored with it in person, and upon relisten, I feel much the same. It's worth a listen, but there are much better jams of a similar length from this tour.

R&R offers concise and punchy type-I jamming, and the segue into Seven Below is butter-smooth. This Seven Below is mostly in-the-box, but Page adds some interesting synth textures and there's a nice ambient dissolve at the end.

The following YEM should be heard at all costs, and is among the strongest of 2.0. Trey locks into a unique riff early on, and the power level is sustained for a good bit, which makes for very enjoyable listening. At the moment the D&B section might typically start, the band brings it down, and then a glorious build takes things to a big peak in a way more typical to the song. The entire jam is locked in, focused, and more than anything, a really good time. The Wading encore is nothing special, but a good choice in drawing contrast to a higher-energy set.

Conventional wisdom seems to dictate this night as the superior show of the run, but I think it's fought to more of a draw, with the previous night showcasing an old-school first set replete with absurd banter, and a second set that, although a little doughy in the middle, is book-ended by spectacular jamming. Check them both out and see for yourself.
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Review by NiceCarMrsLarusso

NiceCarMrsLarusso Second show of a two night stand and at times, it seemed like Trey was diving head first into shred territory (even in the jammed out Caspian). Wilson provides a heavy jam and Maze seems to follow suite some intensity of its own after SASS. SASS was still a work in progress but it was fun to be there in the evolution. The "Leo Trio" was good stuff, added some smiles, and makes for a fun spin.

Set two highlights in this set o' jams are the 20+ minute bookends. Piper started the set during a mild drizzle and builds into a monster. The other jams in the second set are decent (even Caspian ::ducks: :) but the YEM is where it's at. No joke. Couldn't Stand the Weather tease and the whole band was on.point. Great vocal jam at the end to round it out. A must listen YEM!
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Review by deceasedlavy

deceasedlavy I don't want to get into a terminology argument, but I think you can go ahead and call it a "Tweeprise" jam rather than a tease; it takes up a good two minutes. Not much else going on in this show, but this "Piper" is must-hear Phish. Also, what is the point of labeling a "Seven Below" as "Unfinished"? Shouldn't you also put that label on "Piper" then? What about "Rock And Roll"--that was definitely not finished.
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Review by hambone024

hambone024 As of this writing, the ratings here are 3.992. Seems low to me.

First set: Good Reba, nice Wilson jam, the Leo trio. Fun first set.

Second set: One of my favorites of my 38 shows spanning 1.0, 2.0, 3.0. Big Piper. Perfectly placed, needed Rock n Roll. And that YEM, my favorite of the 12 I've seen live.

If you listen to nothing else from this show, listen to the YEM. Precursor to the more recent 3.0 jamming style (but without the echoplex). Sounds like the jam was precomposed. Really nice example of jamming around and building an idea, rather than some of the lost, meandering they often did around this time. Trey employs a strumming chords style in here that is lovely and unusual for him. But the tight funk jam they drop into was absolutely incredible live, and still packs that punch.
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Review by deceasedlavy

deceasedlavy I must've been in a grouchy mood when I submitted that ^^ "review". Shit, this was my birthday show! What I wouldn't give for just one extended wicked heavy jam in "Wilson" nowadays; it's not much but it still sounds fresh compared to every single 3.0 "Wilson". On the other hand, "Reba" was your typical 2.0 slop/no peak version, "Scents" (as usual) was boring as shit, and, well, the Leo Trio. Yep. But all I wanted for my birthday was "Piper", and "Piper" I got. Damn, I miss that kind of fearless exploration being the rule rather than exception--even if it rarely resulted in greatness, it did this time. "7 Below" was also my fave of the new crop of tunes, although the only thing notable about this one was how beautifully it segued out of "R&R". My night was already made anyway.
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Review by jabberstin

jabberstin This show really does go above and beyond the show of the previous night. Reba, while not necessarily a 'best-ever'(brah!)version, is spectacular in its own right. Wilson contains beaucoup metal-style shredding and wailing from Trey; or rather, should I say 'whaling'?! Scents and Subtle Sounds was still coming into its own at this point and time, and, while ambient, is nothing to write home about. Maze was the real 1st set jewel, here...fucking hot, hot, hot! Soaring, focused, energetic and frenzied, this version rips! The 'Leo-Trio was cool, and mucho energetic as well, saving the portion of the crowd still trying to shake the dreamy-high of Reba and SASS from their domes. Julius was a rip-roarer, as well.

2nd set ruled! Awesome, long (!) Piper>R&R>Seven Below>Caspian. This jam touches on everything, folks. Well-worth the listen and time. This YEM, my first, was awesome and mucho fun. I fondly remember a man tear his shirt off and start yelping at the start of was memorable. As for the encore, Wading is Wading, but I would rather have heard something a little more upbeat for the evening's send-off.
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Review by spreaditround

spreaditround The weather was just as good as the day before. Not too hot, not too cold and the humidity was bearable. Gotta love Wisconsin. We made it to lot quite early. Tony went on a walkabout as soon as we got there and met Mike out on his golfcart. He asked for a picture but was denied. This unfortunately would not be the last time on tour Tony would be denied by Mike! I walked in around 7:15 w/ a great buzz and high expectations. They would be met and then some!

SET 1: Sample in a Jar: Good opener.

Reba: You know it's going to be one hell of a night when the second tune they play is this gem in the two slot. This Reba is damn fine, just another soaring version of this classic. I like it so much I would deem it "mid-90's" worthy, no joke either! Beautiful, thank you Phish!

Wilson: Christ, they just rocked our socks off! Trey and Page both botch the lyrics at 2:34, funny stuff. People up front in the pavilion, how were your eardrums after this? Bleeding? It was loud as hell at the front of the lawn so I can only wonder. I can't remember a Wilson that rocked this hard - they are really feeling it tonight.

Scents and Subtle Sounds: Great placement for the best of the newbies. Trey puts an awful lot of feeling into his solo, lovely.

Maze: Wow. Just roaring! Another long Maze, but this one easily gets the nod over the one from the Gorge and the one from Kansas. The other two were too mellow for me, this one just plain goes off in your face. I imagine a few of the 35,000 in attendance lost their stuff over this Maze!

Driver: I will keep saying this over and over throughout this review, great placement! I know I needed a breather after that Maze. I really enjoy the lyrics to Driver.

NICU: Back on those days when my life was a haze line got a big reaction from everyone! Play it Leo! Cool segue into >

Ya Mar: "You've got a nice shiny Segueway" (hilarious!!!). Nice grooving Ya Mar, Play it Leo!

Rocky Top: Something's afoot at the Circle K - Play it Leo! Ah the Leo Trio... old school comical Phish.

Lawn Boy: Sweet! Nice crooning by the Chairman as he struts in front of his baby grand. Real nice Mike solo too.

Julius: Holy mother of god this blew me away. Straight ripping take no prisoners (insert your favorite cliche here!). But seriously Trey climaxes this puppy like 3 times - just absolutely raging. Left me in a puddle on the ground at set break!

First set highlights: Reba, Wilson, Maze, Julius. This set gives you so much bang for the buck! You want rocking Phish? Got that: Sample, Wilson, Maze, Julius. You want introspective? Got that: Scents. You want goofy Phish? Got that: NICU, Yamar, Lawn Boy. Throw in a grooving Reba for the jam fans and we have covered all the bases!

SET 2: Piper: My goodness this goes to another planet and back. Unreal my friends. Outstanding Piper. 24 minutes of some very psychedelic Phish - very tasty. Seamless segue into >

Rock and Roll: This Piper > R and R pairing was a repeat from Alpine '00. This one takes the cake because of the Piper alone. Both the Rock and Roll's ('00 and '03) were relatively short and standard. No complaints from me though, this is such and energizing song and at this point I am thinking this is Mr. McConnell's show! Awesome vocals Page. Another great segue into->

Seven Below: I figured this would make up the majority of the second set. Wrong. They kept it very short and sweet ->

Prince Caspian: Smokes! >

You Enjoy Myself: Complete insanity. This YEM just is a groove machine throughout. Strange yet cool echo effect from 6:02 -> 6:05, never heard anything like it. You can tell how in tune all four band members are w/ this version, just a pleasure to see and hear. Stunning way to end the Alpine run - stunning. No drums and bass on this one.

ENCORE: Wading in the Velvet Sea - You know what, I didn't give a flying f*** that they played this in the encore slot tonight. Know why? Because they played their collective hearts out tonight and EARNED the right to play this. Not to mention the EMOTION that was put into this version. Completely clean Trey solo and nice chops by Page on the baby grand. I personally loved it and was a tad verklempt when it was through.

Replay Value: Wilson, Piper, Prince Caspian, You Enjoy Myself – would recommend each of those for sure.

Summary: Great show, Phish just feeds off the energy at this shed. It's a beautiful thing to behold and to take part in. I had an amazing time at this two-night run. Again, much respect goes out to JoeR67 who organized a group campsite for 45 of us at Mukwonago Park. Expectations now are running full tilt w/ 3 nights of Mecca in front of us. EyesoftheWorld would be jumping off after this run to fly back home to LA so I was hoping he would get some serious throwdown action from the boys. He would in fact get just that! Would rate this as a strong 3.9 out 5.
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Review by Doug_Butter

Doug_Butter This was my first show when I was just 16 years old. We drove from Michigan and my dad dropped me and a friend off. It was a complete culture shock arriving at the lot. I remember buying a beer for a dollar and being uncertain as to whether or not we were allowed to being doing this, so my friend and I jumped into a port-a-potty and chugged them. I only knew Reba, Lawn Boy and YEM, I was still new to Phish, but I loved every second of this show. When they hit the peak of Maze it totally blew my mind. There is an excellent video of this on youtube that is pro shot. I love being to relive this life changing night.
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Review by s1177375

s1177375 A slightly under rated gym from 2003 obviously not two 2803 or even as good as six 1904 but definitely want the top 10 shows of 2003I love any show that has play at Leo and this show has the whole first set is Leo KottkeI still want the idea of a Orchestra dedicated type show to venues like Nash Ville or blossom so for example divided sky summer of 89 Mr. completely basically anything from treys solo stuff. A lizards Petrichor guyute pebbles and marbles SaSS never heard that w the big band full. A show like as if it was from 1991 with that band but with all the new songs that phish now has
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