I’m alive! I’m almost home but I wanted to get an update on the site for the fresh Monday morning folks to let everyone know that we’ll be back and kicking with some live music goodness tomorrow after I clean my toes off at home tonight. I did all four nights of Red Rocks and from there went to Shoreline and the Gorge. For those not following along elsewhere, here’s what they played after the Red Rocks run:
8/5/09 Shoreline Amphitheatre, Mountain View, CA
1: Golgi Apparatus, Halley’s Comet, Chalk Dust Torture, The Divided Sky*, When the Circus Comes, Time Turns Elastic, Ya Mar, Stealing Time From The Faulty Plan, Suzy Greenberg, David Bowie
2: Backwards Down the Number Line, Down With Disease > Limb By Limb, Oh Sweet Nothin’**, Cities -> Maze, Mike’s Song > Simple, Weekapaug Groove
E: Encore: Let Me Lie, Bold As Love
Notes: * big cargo plane repeatedly flew over the crowd during the first set, including during the silent part of Divided Sky, with Trey hitting the note after it flew away. (See one of the flyovers. Ben Baker – “an air traffic controller, Air Force veteran, and avid fan” – reports that it was a standard unarmed military C-130, though the branch couldn’t be identified from that video.) ** long-awaited bust-out from Loaded (damned great song, and possibly a wedding present), but Page flubbed half the lyrics. :(
08/07/09 – The Gorge Amphitheatre, Gorge, WA
1: Down With Disease, Ocelot, Pebbles And Marbles, Possum, Sleep, Destiny Unbound, Stash, Sneakin’ Sally Through The Alley > Cavern
2: The Moma Dance > Light > Taste, Fluffhead, Joy, Bathtub Gin > Harry Hood
E: Slave To The Traffic Light
08/08/09 – The Gorge Amphitheatre, Gorge, WA
1: The Mango Song, Chalk Dust Torture, Middle Of The Road, Tweezer, Driver, Twenty Years Later, Ya Mar, It’s Ice, Wolfman’s Brother, Character Zero > Run Like An Antelope
2: Rock & Rolll > Makisupa Policeman, Alaska, The Wedge, You Enjoy Myself, Backwatds Down The Number Line > Piper, Grind
E: Good Times Bad Times, Tweezer Reprise
For my money, the final night of the Gorge might have just been the best Phish show I’ve ever seen. The jamming was on, but the song selection kept everyone guessing and hearing new notes and old notes that haven’t been played for a while. I was locked in on the band the entire time.
More to come once I land at home, but just wanted to say hello to the readers and wish everyone a great week reflecting on the crazy goodness that is live music these days. Oh snap, Lollapalooza was this weekend, too! I forgot.