6-19-09 - Verizon Wireless Music Center, Noblesville, IN
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from Daniel Smith
date Fri, Jun 26, 2009 at 8:42 AM
Deer Creek Music Center (Cool Name)
aka Verizon Wireless Ampitheatre (like every other place now...lame)
OK. My first show since Coventry and the disaster which was Phish's "final
In the meantime, I had somewhat moved on from Phish; I have like 800+
shows on disc, but I quit listening cuz it just made me bummed.
So once I actually had the tickets, I didnt know how to feel. But as the
date neared, I got pretty psyched up...was going to Alpine too but I knew
this one would be the gem...
Boy was I right (for once!) :)
Set I was pretty standard I guess...for once, I like almost all the new
songs; Stealing Time and Number Line are nice, as is Ocelot. Fluff was the
treat of course - and maybe the best played version I have seen dating to
Then the rain delay. I knew the weather was gonna be crazy a few days
ahead; shit, I was hoping it would be even worse, b/c I knew Set II would
be nuttier for it. In the end, it wasn't much of a storm during Setbreak -
Polaris 7-14-00 was WAY WAY worse when they delayed first set by 25 min.
the delay seemed long, but I was glad set II wouldn't even start til
11...kinda makes the show unique knowing it's gonna go real late.
Set II....now this was friggin sublime to my ears. Call me nuts, but the
guys seem to have regained some sort of spark that they just didn't have
at most 03-04 shows. Shorter jams isn't always bad, b/c everything in this
set flowed and was tight. "Song I Heard" just melts into drowned
beautifully. And when they drop into the jam, this shit RIPPED! Twist
seems a little forced to start, but the energy continues, as the jam
quickly moves right back into the territory of the Drowned jam preceeding.
"Let Me Lie" - another new one, I like this too....WTF I never like the
new songs?! :)
Tweezer- once this dropped, I knew this was possibly the best second set
since the comeback. Having listened to almost all the shows already, I
hadn't heard anything that flows like this. Some of the transitions and
the Page stuff in the jams reminds me of Fall 97....and that can only be
good, as most of us know! :) The jam again is not long, but IS intensely
focused. They seem to be taking each song just far enough, til it
melts.....then they dont linger, but instead go into another tune, in this
case, 2001. Suzy and Possum finish with energy; neither is even close to a
"best-ever" version, but both are interesting and inspired; the "light"
jam in Possum is actually quite nice.
Sleeping Monkey is a pretty win encore - especially when you're dancing in
the downpour. :)
Loved it. Loved It. Blew away both Alpines w/o a question imho. Some of
the Set II stuff is possibly the most inspired playing I've heard out of
them since 10-7-00...and that's saying something. 03-04 had it's
highlights, but overall you could tell something wasn't clicking most of
Well, I'm pleased to report that they're back, and they're tight...and
(this may be most important) they're definitively having fun. :) This show
ruled...not the best ever but one of the best Creek shows I've seen (and
I've seen every one since 1998).
date Thu, Jun 25, 2009 at 2:31 PM
subject Deer Creek 6/19/09
Opened up with Number Line which was OK as was AC/DC Bag which was kept
pretty short. Limb by Limb was also kept pretty close to the vest with
Trey's solo kept fairly tame unlike in 1997 when he would really shred it.
Moma Dance was also well played with Trey nailing the bridge section. I
caught my breath during Water in Sky and then they launched into an
excellent version of Melt. Killer interplay between Gordo and Fishman
during the jam. Zipped to the bathroom during Lawnboy and smoked a fatty
during the Wedge which has been a personal fav since the Went (Limestone).
Little did I know that Faulty Plan would be my theme song for the
torturous ride back to Chgo but I'll spare the details. This song sounds
an awful lot like Number Line.......same tempo and same key. Oh well.
Connection is supposedly from Undermind and now I know why I don't listen
to that cd very often. Ocelot was my favorite of the newer songs and I
really like the harmony vocals at the end. Of course the highlight of the
set and perhaps the show was Fluffhead. All 4 members were fully engaged
and there were no screw-ups that I noticed. Trey nailed the solo as the
lightning began to increase to the point of concern as I was sitting in
An announcement was made to go to your car during the long intermission
(for lawn seats only) and they would return in 75min. We did and it
allowed me to drink a few cheap beers (like free!)
Second set opened with Ocean Sing and it did not disappoint. Hadnít heard
this song live yet and it was AWESOME!. Killer Wah-Wah by Trey and the
ending jam was extended a bit. This led into Drowned which couldnít have
been more appropriate considering the downpour occurring. The jam out was
also good and thought it would go alittle longer until Twist started
abruptly. Kind of caught Page off guard a bit. Let Me Lie is a Trey solo
song which was decent but the Tweezer that followed was sick. Great Type
II jamming which segued seamlessly into 2001.....Phish at its best. Rest
of the show was standard fare with special mention to Possum. I'd give the
show a 8 out of 10
date Fri, Jun 26, 2009 at 7:39 AM
subject Phish Show Review- 6.19.09 Deer Creek
This was my phirst phish show and couldn't have been happier. I have been
into phish a for a couple years now, got into them right after they split,
and i have well over 300 phish CDs. I had been waiting for this forever!
My kidz picked me up at noon and we left Lake County only to be SLAMMED in
traffic in BOTH chicago and gary. It took us around 8 hours to get to the
show when it should have taken around 5, but whatever, it didn't even
matter on the way to the show. we finally got to noblesville only to wait
for another hour, we decided not to check in at Riverbend campsite, and
just do it after the show. Thank god we did that ;-) We entered deer creek
without any search or hassle just as BACKWARDS DOWN THE NUMBER LINE was
starting up. i really do love this new tune, it's just so happy. we were
walking around the lawn trying to find a good spot to rage just as AC/DC
BAG started. standard, but fun. i was really happy to hear LIMB BY LIMB.
next was MOMA DANCE and was really phun to dance to even though they
didn't jam it out. WATER IN THE SKY was standard, but nice to hear. the
fishman dropped the beat to MELT and we all went nuts! This was a good
one. i was so happy to see leo come out from behind his piano to sing LAWN
BOY. lawn boy was the first album i got and always loved the song and was
happy to hear it. oh and gordo's solo was great. we all got down hard for
THE WEDGE, none of us expected to hear this one and we were so grateful
for it. next was STEALING TIME FROM THE FAULTY PLAN, i do enjoy this song,
hopefully it will have some potential for a jam vehicle. i know THE
CONNECTION was on undermind but i didn't recognize it. OCELOT is definetly
my new favorite song and was happy to hear it live after hearing it on the
phenway tapes. damn that tune is catchy. next was.... FLUFFHEAD????? what
the hell was happening? i was loosing my shit and the boys NAILED IT. it
was flawless. trey's final solo blew my head off. perfect set closer.
during set break we chilled on the grass and couldn't think what would
possibly be next. all during set break there was incredible lightning. and
it wouldn't just flash, it would shoot across the sky.. like a comet. and
everytime it happened the crowd ERUPTED. the chairman of the boards
himselft came out and told us that we needed to go back to our cars
because of the lightning and the little rain. i'm thinkin' to myself ohhh
shit this is gonna be deer creek '95 dead show again... but everthing was
cool. my kidddz didn't even want to leave so we just chilled by the fence.
by the time everyone got to their cars, they started letting everyone in
and didn't even check tickets. kidz without tickets even got it. the house
lights dropped and they opened with A SONG I HEARD THE OCEAN SING. always
love this song. the phirst live phish cd i got was live in brooklyn so it
was good to hear then they segued into DROWNED!!! man i LOVE thier sense
of humor. i was acutally laughing. drowned was awesome and had a short
beautiful jam at the end and went into TWIST! this was a f'in RAGER the
jam was awesome, you gotta listen to it. then they played LET ME LIE the
TAB song. i liek this ballad alot. they went into some heavy space and
then, oh shit, can it be?? 2001! yes!!! love this song. i was dancing so
hard it was great and then right into TWEEEEZAAA!! hell yess! so much
energy and the jam was fantastic then into SUZY! awesome energy! by this
time it was a full out deer creek dance party in the rain. then right into
POSSUM. this version was rockin' the page builup was great and when it
dropped, we all danced HARD. what a GREAT second set. they came out and
played SLEEPING MONKEY which was nice to hear and then a rockin'
TWEEPRISE. trey was LOVIN every second of it. he was dancin around and
raising his leg, they were all having soo much fun. by the time we hit the
lots ther was a TORENTIAL DOWNPOUR. and it was amazing. my first show was
from Paul McDowell
date Sun, Jun 21, 2009 at 5:26 AM
subject Phish Show Review 6/19/2009 Deer Creek
What a show! I waited almost 5 years to the day for this show and the boys
did not disappoint. First set was littered with very tight and purposeful
jams. Backwards... Bag, Limb by Limb were very well played. Moma and Water
were both nice and neat and straight to the point. Split Open and Melt
went into an absolutely filthy jam that saw the band pull it back together
seamlessly for the outro. The last Melt I saw was very sloppy so I was
really excited about this one. After Lawn Boy, Wedge, which really kept
the crowd into it after the ridiculous Melt, Stealing Time... blew me
away. It was very heavy and it looked like the band was having fun playing
it. The energy of the crowd deflated slightly with Connection, but I
enjoyed the light and fluffy jam at the end. Ocelot was good but it didn't
take off like some of the other versions I've heard so far. Then, it
finally came. After 29 shows, magical number 30 finally gave me Fluffhead.
I almost jumped right out of my skin when I heard the first couple of
notes. That's all I have to say about that.
The lightening storm that put on a spectacular display towards the end of
the 1st set ended up delaying the start of the 2nd set until 11:00. The
band more than made up for the delay. Song I Heard...>Drowned>Twist was a
set opener that might not look that impressive on paper, but WOW! The band
travelled through an alternate universe where anything was possible and we
all were fortunate enough to go with them. They had to throw in a slow one
for everyone to collect their thoughts for a few minutes so Let Me Lie
served that purpose. Then they unleashed the fury with Tweezer>2001 in
which I believe Trey was teasing 2001 very slowly and with some effects at
the end of the Tweezer jam, but I have to listen to the playback to verify
that to myself. They closed out the night with Suzi, Possum and a
beautiful Sleeping Monkey>Tweprise encore just as the skies began to
really open up.
Now that I have a family and real responsibilities, I fully appreciate the
opportunity just to have just one night out with the greatest band of my
generation, so maybe my opinion isn't the most objective. Maybe being
completely stone cold sober at a Phish concert for the first time truly
opened my eyes to the genius of this band. Either way, in my humble
opinion, they are back and better than ever. O.K., maybe not better than
'93 but that was a different time and place. The vocal harmonies are
beautiful and elegant, the free form jamming is fun again, and the rigid
technical sections of the Melts and YEMs of the world are dead on. If they
broke up again tomorrow, I'd be extremely disappointed but I would be
satisfied with this being the last show I ever saw.
from eric tipton
subject Deer Creek
OK. Let it be duly noted: My second show was at Deer Creek 6/19/95. Cool
that I would see them again on 6/19/09, 17 time I have seen Phish at the
6/19/09 Verizon Wireless Music Center , Noblesville, IN
Backwards Down the Number Line (7:46)
AC/DC Bag (6:51)
Limb By Limb (8:42)
The Moma Dance (7:27)
Water in the Sky (3:51)
Split Open and Melt (12:01)
Lawn Boy (3:22)
The Wedge (6:25)
Stealing Time From the Faulty Plan (6:36)
The Connection (4:41)
A Song I Heard The Ocean Sing (11:33)
Noblesville Jam (6:42)
Let Me Lie (5:44)
Suzy Greenberg (5:44)
Sleeping Monkey (5:34)
Tweezer Reprise (4:25)
I won't bore you with the details of my brutal journey to get to Deer
Creek. All I care to comment about that was that it indeed was brutal.
Me and my buddy snuck into a VIP box only to be kicked out halfway in
Was a bit suprised to hear this open the show. It worked though. Nice
little jam. Right about now we are being escorted out of our VIP box, ha!
Now it's officially on. Page and Trey seemed like they weren't totally on
the same page during the jam. It was still fun to get down to and try and
avoid the security guards in the aisle.
This one is short but Trey rips it a new one. Killer. "Johnny B Fishman
on the drums - go go Johnny go go..." Funny little banter from Trey after
Fish takes his little outro solo.
Moma: My buddy totally called this one. Fishman whispering the "up the
rigging" lyrics was kind of cool.
Water in the Sky: Meh, we went to go get a beer.
SOAMelt: Up in the lawn at this point. We were both hoping for something
markedly better than the one from Jones Beach. meh. Didn't do a thing
for me. This song used to melt faces. Not so much anymore. It's just
I wore a tshirt from a pizza place that I used to live about a block away
from in Denver called the Wedge. So, I wore that to the show hoping to
hear it that night. I got lots of remarks from people about it and I
would just say, "Sure hope we get one tonight!" Lo and behold, it
happened. So we went bonkers on the lawn.
Stealing Time: It was fine. Having just listened to it again, it
actually rocks hard. But I guess I was hoping for something more.
The Connection: Beer line reprise.
Ocelot: Like the others played so far. That said, it does rock.
Fluffhead: I hadn't seen one since Vegas 00. Ever since they busted it
out at Hampton - I hoped I would get to hear it again. Those opening
notes were cathartic. The set up until now was pretty meh to me. This
saved the first set. It certainly wasn't the tightest version they have
played since being back. But that storm rolling in and lightning going
OFF throughout, tough to put into words. Trey absolutely tore up the
ending. It was a fist pumping, raucous good time.
A Song I Heard the Ocean Sing:
Early on this one is really loose - really psychedelic. Space jam.
Trance inducing. Really like the notes Trey was playing through the 9 and
10 minute mark. Beautiful. The segue into Drowned is ridiculous...
Smiling ear to ear at this point. Couldn't have asked for a better song
in this slot. Dancing, grinning - gettin' DOWN. Page's section was
totally off the hook.
Noblesville Jam: Yeaaaaaaaaaaaah. The four to five minute is so damn
danceable. Page is laying down grooves that are delicious. Segue into
Twist: Page must have been pissed because Trey just kind of cut him off
and bolted for Twist. Wish I could have been closer to gauge the
interaction between Trey and Page at this point.
Let Me Lie: I actually don't mind this song as long as it isn't at the
show I am attending. Unfortunately I was at this show - therefore I
wasn't cool with it.
Tweezer: Helluva way to follow up what I would consider a lack in
momentum with Twist and especially Let me Lie. For me, I really did enjoy
this Tweezer at the show and then again on the tapes. There is nothing
ground breaking in here. Nonetheless, fun to get down to - the last
minute or two gets pretty dark and trippy and segues nicely into >
2001: Awesome. Couldn't have asked for a better selection that this one!
encore, Sleeping Monkey: Nice choice, I can always dig it.
Tweezer Reprise: Rocked.
So, for me the highlights would be Fluff, Ocean and Drowned.
When they announced that you could go out to your car and return once the
storm was over - the crush of people trying to get off the lawn and to
their cars was NUTS. I got stuck in the middle of all that. Thank God I
wasn't in "the wrong mindset".
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