After some decent shows at Berkeley and what was reported to be mediocre shows at Telluride (LET ME KNOW IF YOU DISAGREE), Phish and the traveling circus rode into Noblesville, IN to kick off a two day swing. Fans braced the 95 degree heat and raged the lots and campsites throughout the day, anticipating some great material.
When you get to a lot filled with tickets, you wait it out. This was not the case in Indiana. The tickets were cheap and then went faster than Bobby could say,”Do you still have that $30 for tonight?”
It was a major bummer not getting into another show, but that just how Phish goes sometimes. Getting into every show at the beginning of tour was definitely a blessing. At least these venues have great spots outside where you can hear the music and party with the other stragglers who were foolish enough not to hop on $35 tickets.
This one was a goodie right from the start with ‘Runaway Jim’ as the opener, followed by ‘Punch You in the Eye.’ We knew we were in for something special when they tore through ‘Punch,’ getting the fans amped up for a powerful, patient jamming ‘Roggae.’
The highlight of the first set came next with ‘Cars Trucks Buses.’ Phish kills this instrumental jam every time, and slipped it in perfectly between ‘Roggae’ and ‘Sample in a Jar. Next came ‘NICU’ where “Leo” ripped it up on the keys as usual. So far this show seemed to be blowing anything from the previous shows in the second leg out of the water.
Phish continued the set, which had been full of 6 to 8 minute straightforward songs, with a couple more in the likes of ‘Horn’ and ‘Sugar Shack.’ This is what is great about Phish, because not every set needs to be full of 20 minute ‘Tweezers’ or whacked out jams. Sometimes they just kill their songs.
Then they got funky with one of Gypsy’s favorites, ‘Wolfman’s Brother,’ which really got the crowd going before they played ‘Time Turns Elastic’ in the first set. While ‘Time Turns Elastic’ appears to be the most hated song on Phish lot, it was noted by one fan that TTE at least shows that Trey is still writing intricate compositions. It seems like Phish might be starting to figure out how to get fans into this song, instead of using it as an early set break.
We are still waiting for them to throw out a ‘Time Turns’>’Tube’>’Time Turns’>’First Tube.’ Try it out guys!
After a rockin’ first set, Phish kicked off the second one with a nice, jammed out rendition of ‘Drowned’ straight into ‘Gotta Jibboo.’ This segued into a slow jammed and trippy ‘Bathtub Gin’ that preceded the always creepy ‘My Friend My Friend.’
Then they busted out the first ‘Buffalo Bill,’ in 81 . The song was neglected from set lists since 6/25/2004. This has been a year of epic bust outs with ‘Alumni Blues’ and ‘F*ck Your Face’, so maybe this one doesn’t even count. But hey, it was great to hear.
After the semi-bust-out, they played ‘Twist,’ which has become a more common song to hear but comes in a variety of renditions. This one did not disappoint and funked things out before ‘Horse’ into ‘Silent in the Morning.’ ‘Split Open and Melt’ segued into ‘Dog Faced Boy,’ which had not been seen in over 60 shows. The set ended with some favorite, ‘Harry Hood’ and Golgi Apparatus.’
But they weren’t done. The encore was the best since the second leg of the tour started, with Trey busting out a megaphone to sing the lyrics to ‘Fee’ and then they spun everyone out by flowing right into ‘NO2’ and then into ‘Kung’ which was not played in 88 shows. It segued straight into the Jimi Hendrix classic ‘Fire’ which ended one hell of a show.
Unfortunately this was going to be our last show of the summer, but we know that fall tour dates are right around the corner. Look for us at the east coast shows in October, and we’re going to try to get to Vegas if Phish ever announces when the run will be.
See you all in the fall and for those of you at Jones Beach, have a blast and rip it up this last show!