Phish always seems to kill it at the end of a swing, so what were we in store for tonight? Fire, of course.
Phish opened with the unique ‘Walfredo.’ Trey was on keys, Page was on drums, Mike was on guitar, and Fishman was on bass. It was the first time the band had performed it with the instrumental switch since 9/30/2000 in Las Vegas.
According to a post on Phantasy Tour, the opener also brought the birth of baby Walfredo to a couple who knew that the Sunday set was going to be epic. They chose to go to the show even though the due date was the next day. The birth was quick and they we back on lawn for the second set with baby Walfredo.
Phish went back to playing their regular instruments for the rest of the show. ‘Mellow Mood’ danced it’s way to ‘Stealing Time from the Faulty Plan.’ ‘The Divided Sky’ got everyone to scream along and included its usual nasty jam.
Then came ‘Tela,’ just another Gamehendge tease. Everyone was excited for ‘Tela,’ which hasn’t been played since Phish’s new year’s run in Miami last year. We got separated from our buddies Luke Burkett and Chet Trundy during the show, but we received a text saying ‘Tela!!!’ from Luke. Well put, my friend.
The crowd really got goin’ with Mymymymymymymy ‘My Soul’ into the bluegrass classic ‘Ginseng Sullivan.’ They continued with ‘Sample in a Jar’ and then ‘Bathtub Gin.’ ‘Bathtub Gin’ was a highlight of the first set. The crowd was well into it at this point and got into a serious groove, dancing around in circles on the lawn. And judging by the smell, us fans really did need a bath.
Phish then went into the first ‘Brian and Robert’ since the acoustic set at Festival 8 in Indio, CA last Halloween. While it’s a slow tune, it’s one that isn’t played often and very appreciated. Like so many sets in 2010, they ended with ‘Run Like an Antelope.’ This has been a trend for Phish this year. ‘Antelope’ has been played differently each time, but has ended a few first sets such as back to back shows between Sunday at SPAC and the next Tuesday in Mansfield. Not really a gripe here, but an observation at least.
The second set may have made it the best set of 2010 to this point. Simply put, it was epic. After an awesome first set, fans sat through the set break wondering what they would pull out. It started with ‘Wilson,’ which immediately got people screaming and jumping around. More Gamehendge here… got to love it.
Then things got really interesting with a super jammed out ‘Meatstick.’ It was the first since over a year ago at Jones Beach, NY. Last year’s was pretty good, but this one was slammin.’ Looking throughout the audience, there weren’t many that knew the ‘Meatstick’ dance. Admittedly, we didn’t really know it either. But we danced around like idiots laughing our faces off at the ridiculous tune.
The greatness continued with an amped up rendition of ‘I Saw it Again.’ They ripped through this and didn’t stop playing right into ‘Piper.’ Right out of ‘Piper,’ Phish jammed into the first ‘Ghost’ since the first night of the tour in Chicago. It seems like just about every ‘Ghost’ they play is kick ass, but this one was smack in the middle of a mega mash up.
Jamming’ right out of ‘Ghost,’ Phish played ‘Jumpin’ Jack Flash’ by The Rolling Stones for the first time ever. What a tune! As they have shown before, Phish knows how to play the Stones. This time, it melded in nicely out of ‘Ghost’ and then back into ‘I Saw It Again.’
A couple of my parents’ favorites were played next: ‘Contact and ‘You Enjoy Myself.’ During the vocal jam of ‘You Enjoy Myself’ they started chanting the lyrics: ‘I saw it again!’ over and over. It was the end of a truly epic set of music. Anyone who was at Merriweather could see how on fire Phish was.
Fittingly, Phish ended the night with ‘Fire’ by Jimi Hendrix. The boys killed it again on this beautiful Sunday night. After the show, helicopters flew around, spotlighting everyone and their brother. It didn’t matter what you were doing. You could have been just getting into your car and police were barking and singling people out. Fans avoided the immature, overbearing cops who called Amanda ‘Moonbeam’ and told us to ‘tell our friends to never come back again.’ Well, if Phish keeps playing like they did at Merriweather, it is pretty certain fans will be back there.
So long and thanks for all the Phish! Next up, CMAC in Canandaigua, NY!