Soundcheck: James, Phase Dance, Will I Dance > Funky Bitch -> Mustang Sally, Camel Walk
SET 1: Buried Alive, Rift, Weigh > Chalk Dust Torture, Esther > Split Open and Melt, Colonel Forbin's Ascent > Fly Famous Mockingbird -> The Vibration of Life -> Fly Famous Mockingbird, Possum, Lawn Boy > Cavern
SET 2: AC/DC Bag > The Curtain > Tweezer -> Manteca -> Tweezer > Contact > It's Ice > McGrupp and the Watchful Hosemasters > Runaway Jim, Big Ball Jam > Hold Your Head Up > Love You > Hold Your Head Up > Love You > Hold Your Head Up, My Sweet One, Tweezer Reprise
ENCORE: Memories, Amazing Grace, Highway to Hell
Weigh included a tease by Trey of the theme from Woody Woodpecker. The Esther intro contained a Random Note signal. Trey teased Under Pressure in Split Open and Melt. The Mockingbird narration included the Vibration of Life and a teases of New York, New York and the theme from Star Trek from Page. The Possum intro contained a Mockingbird tease from Trey. Mike teased Do You Feel Like We Do prior to the second set. AC/DC Bag included a Jean Pierre tease from Trey. Tweezer included I Feel the Earth Move, Fire (Ohio Players), and Can't You Hear Me Knocking teases. Big Ball Jam contained a "Charge!" tease from Page. Love You included a Blue Monk tease from Page and a Page-led HYHU sandwiched in the middle after Fish rambled on with crew introductions. Memories and Amazing Grace were performed without microphones. In the soundcheck, Minuano (Six Eight) was teased at the end of Phase Dance, Will I Dance ended with a Hold Your Head Up tease from Page, and Black Or White was teased after Mustang Sally. This show was originally released (and is now available as an archival release) on Live.Phish.com with proceeds benefiting the Hurricane Sandy relief effort.
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Review by Anonymous
The State Theater in New Brunswick is perhaps the nicest place I have ever seen the boys. Not nearly as funky as the Fox in Atlanta, it is the type of place you would expect see the Philharmonic, not a rock show. It made the Tower Theater we visited the night before look like a complete dump in comparison. I can't tell you how relieved I was to see how nice the place looked as I walked in with my Dad in tow.
It seemed my parents just couldn't fathom why I would travel to see so many shows by the same band ,so I invited my Dad to this show and he loved it! Needless to say, I did, too. It is still one of my favorites.
The "Tweezer" was the first time I heard Phish really take a left turn from the structure of the song. They completely left the typical "Tweezer" jam behind (they were in a groove of playing "typical" "Tweezer"s at the time) and forged ahead, landing in "Manteca" before coming full circle back into "Tweezer". This may not be shocking to anybody now, but it completely blew my mind at the time, and I was already pretty well versed in things Phish.
While that was perhaps the musical highlight of the show, it was a far cry from my personal highlight. The real magic of this show was the moment the boys absolutely nailed the big "Baby's mouth" harmony in "Curtain". It was so perfect and beautiful it sent chills down my spine. I turned to my Dad and he to me, both of us grinning ear-to-ear, and I could tell he had the chills, too. This is absolutely my favorite Phish moment, ever. Incomparable!
After the show, I asked him what he thought. He loved it! He recalled how caught up in Beatlemania he had been as a youngster, and said he completely understood my obsession. His one complaint: "they just shouldn't play one note over and over like that." Upon further questioning I surmised that he was referring to the "Melt" jam that featured Trey locking in on one repetitive pattern for a solid minute. He didn't like that!