This show marked Phish’s first appearance at Bonnaroo. This “late-night set” on the What Stage began at approximately 11:00 p.m. Highway to Hell was played for the first time since February 26, 1997 (327 shows). YEM contained a brief Salt Peanuts (aka Basie Boogie) tease from Page.
Jam Chart Versions
Salt Peanuts tease in You Enjoy Myself
Debut Years (Average: 1993)

This show was part of the "2009 Early Summer Tour"

Show Reviews

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Review by charlielorine

charlielorine This was by far one of my favorite phish shows..........We made our way to the first main stage around 5:30 so we could be close for phish.........snoop dog came on 30 minutes late.....that was a good time.... then the beastie boys.......before they came on stage I was standing in the crowd and I saw this man wearing an indiana jones hat with a vile in his hand.......I told him it was my 2nd show and I didnt have ne money but I would give him all the rest of my cigs and a bottle of water for a taste.......he smiled shook my hand and introduced himself......he said He was at the last show before they broke up and he swore he would never trip until phish got back together......he told me after they announced bonnaroo he bought his ticket and he would be happy to share.....then he poured a few drops in my hand and winked at me and said see u on the other side.....then the boys came out and my world changed forever.....Ill never forget u jon.....Ill never forget that moment in time.......thank you PHISH!
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Review by HHCCCCAA

HHCCCCAA An underrated show in my opinion ...

- A 17+ minute DWD.
- A near 15 minute Stash (14:57 from the version of the show).
- A 15+ minute KDF (which is certainly, also in my own humble opinion, one of the more likable tunes from 3.0 [along with Stealing Time From the Faulty Plan ... which of course is part of this festival show as well].
- A near 15 minute Hood (14:31).
- And a 10+ minute Sprach (I prefer this abbreviated title as opposed to calling it "2001" ... Tsssss ...).

The Divided Sky is quite enjoyable too, especially after the band manages to work their way out of a somewhat dull start. (Again, hahaaa, another opinionated statement.)

It's not a show I'll go back and listen to as much as some of my other (real) cherished listens, but I am writing this review after listening to this Bonnaroo '09 set for the second time. That's gotta at least be saying something ...
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Review by cjfphan21

cjfphan21 My first show. Anyone who says Bonnaroo shows shouldn't count as a first show can suck it. CDT opener was awesome. When Divided Sky started, I almost lost my mind. It was one of the few Phish songs that, at the time, I had become very fond of. The Disease was solid, and I didn't know Alaska at the time, but thoroughly enjoyed it. The following Stash, Golgi and Wolfman's I loved, all three being some of my favorites. The Hood is adequate. When they went into Wilson, I felt a bit discouraged because I didn't think they were going to finish YEM. I didn't fully appreciate what was happening at the time, but I was glad they did. A Day in the Life encore to top it off and you got yourself a stew baby! Or a full-length Phish show played in one set.
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Review by Golgiappa789

Golgiappa789 This was my first show! I know the review is a bit delayed, but looking back, all the excitement and thoughts of how I went into this are filling my memory. A few of my close friends from college and I were extremely excited for the whole Bonnaroo experience in and of itself and the Phish shows were just icing on the cake. I remember Chalkdust was a blast as the first in concert song EVER! During Stealing Time I was like what is this? Divided Sky got the ball rolling and it was a party from then til now. I'm happy to say that every show I've been to has been an amazing experience and it all started here. The people and memories I share from this night still trickle their way to the present day. One of the girls who came with us on that trip just came to Merriweather with me two weeks ago and I'll be with her for four years this November. Happy times, good vibes, and all the rest. I can't wait for more! Oh, and its a one set show, mixing it up (I like looking at the stats). Rock On!
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Review by ReadIcculus_

ReadIcculus_ This was my first time seeing Phish. It was an amazing experience after a great day of music under the hot Tennessee sun. This show is so memorable because it was when I realized that Phish was much more than a band but a large community of people who look out and care for one another. My eyes felt like they finally opened during this performance.

Highlights for me were Golgi, Hood>Highway to Hell>2001, and YEM>Wilson>YEM. I will never go back to Bonnaroo but I will certainly never forget this night. Thanks Phish.
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Review by feesrevenge

feesrevenge As my first Phish show im gonna say it was phenomenal. i was 3 rows back dead in the middle of mike and trey and before the band ever struck a note i was in heaven. chalkdust was a great way to start the show with some nice energy. the disease really hit nicely. wolfman was nice as i remember with a pretty good jam. kill devil's was fun but i can't wait till they really bust out on that one. highlight of the night and i would say the whole show was the yem> wilson> yem. all around a good show but i cant wait to see them at at PHISH show.
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Review by chapter2unit4

chapter2unit4 Solid standard Chalk Dust opener. It was cool that they were playing a headlining late night set. Great energy through Possum, and Disease killed it.

Not a big fan of Alaska, and Stash was subpar at best. Golgi was fun as usual. Wolfman's Brother stood out as many 3.0 versions have. Stellar groove. This was Kill Devil Falls most exploratory jam by far at this point (and still is) for the song. Decent jam by definitely whale called a bit too much.

Hood>Highway to Hell was fucking awesome. I remember my friend tripping balls during the Hood jam and then brought back to reality during the opening chords of the AC/DC classic. Great bustout. 2001 was a great dance party with 80,000 other people. YEM->Wilson->YEM was definitely interesting but I wish they would have jammed out YEM a bit longer.

Overall a great show. The atmosphere was top notch in its late night slot at Bonnaroo. The setlist also relatively strong, with standout jams in DWD and KDF.
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Review by HHCCCCAA

I even read that little bit over a time and a half and forgot to close the parentheses.

Anyways, a good show to listen to for surely.
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Review by teafunk

teafunk definitely was a pretty solid show, wish i could've managed my way a bit closer through the roo crowd but the tunes were all that mattered anyways. the YEM was great, but by the time the encore came on I was blackout. thumbs up
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