6-20-09 - Alpine Valley Music Theater, East Troy, WI
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date Thu, Jun 25, 2009 at 2:37 PM
subject Alpine Valley 6/20/09
Opened the show with 5 absolute raging jam songs that completely blew me
away. How do you top PYITE, Jim, Stash, Yamar, Gin? You can't........Pyite
was error-free for the most part; Jim was solid with the jam kept close to
the vest; Stash was spot-on; Yamar is always fun; Gin had it's usual
bad-ass jam clocking in at 13min. Kill Devil Falls was pretty good but not
as jammy as other versions this tour, Oh well. I can do without Train
Song, Farmhouse & Sparkle. However it was only a chance to rest for the
killer Antelope to close the 1st set.......wasn't extremely long but
Set 2 was the highlight of the tour for me.........Waves is one of the
03-04 songs I was hoping to hear (never did get Walls of the Cave).
Average in length but solid. Sample is overplayed but the crowd loved it.
Maze had a glowstick war on Fishman's side that lasted the entire song.
Page's organ solo raged as did Trey's and was perhaps the peak of the
night. Makisuppa had the Trey jokes about his past troubles which led ino
a failrly tame Ghost. I've seen better but it was still good. This segued
beautifully into Lizards which always gives me goose bumps during Page's
piano solo. YEM was next and it seems everyone is pissed that it ended
prematurely into NICU. I never cared for the vocal jam so I had no problem
with it. My problem was how a 5star show totally wimped out at the end.
Caspian, Waste, Fire, Zero is as lame an ending as I have ever seen.
PALEASE. All in all I'd give the show a 9 out of 10.
date Wed, Jun 24, 2009 at 8:55 AM
subject Phish show review
6.20.09 Alpine Valley-Section 201 Row V
First show since 2nd hiatus, great seats, great crowd.
Punch you in the Eye 9:12 – Awesome opener, got the crowd up.
Runaway Jim 9:32 – Trey is on fire, Mike is loud and crazy good.
Stash 12:08 – Love this song, sounded great, Trey is still on fire, great
jam, Page is better than ever.
Ya Mar 7:14 – Crowd still on their feet, Trey smiling ear to ear, Mike &
Page are now on Fire, Play it Leo for Mikes Uncle!
Bathtub Gin 13:05 – Another crowd pleaser, great jam, Fishman is
Kill Devil Falls 8:20 – New tune, upbeat good jam, Trey still crazy, are
they gonna slow down, give us a little rest?
Train Song 2:47 - Nice
Farmhouse 4:56 – This is the first time I liked this song live, very good.
Sparkle 3:47 – gotta love Sparkle
Antelope 10:25 – Great set closer, Trey still on fire.
Waves 8:23 – great round room song, played flawlessly
Sample 5:20 – short and sweet
Maze 11:37 – mind blowing ass kicker, best song of the night(possibly the
tour), blew the roof off of Alpine.
Makisupa Policeman 5:13 – great placement, Trey mentioned calling his
probation officer (funny) and the police came to his house
Ghost 11:58 – Love ghost, great jam, nice
Lizards 10:31 – Gamehenge, my favorite good version solid.
YEM 12:28 – short version into NICU very nice
NICU 4:56 – awesome, very well played
Caspian 6:49 – played great for live version, kicked ass, did i mention
that Fishman is unwavering?
Waste 5:32 – nice cool down song played and sung well
Fire – 1st time played this tour, nailed it, Trey killing everyone.
Character Zero 7:37 – love the song played very well, not the best ender
but the Band was on, is on and are BAAACCKKK!
Thanks Boys, see ya in Chicago!!!!
from James Houck
date Wed, Jun 24, 2009 at 7:59 PM
subject Alpine 6/20 review
Review of 6/20/09 Phish
This show was/is a keeper from start to finish. My wife and I made the
trek from Maryland to Milwaukee and loved every second. We will never see
shows again from the lawn (I'm lying obviously), but the tunes were that
good from our seats (5th row-woo hoo!).
Without boring everyone with song by song notes, I will say that the
foursome brought it on night one and cleaned up night two. The first five
tunes on Saturday (Punch, Runaway, Stash, Ya Mar, and Bathtub) were what
we, long time fans/long time not seeing em, craved. The Bathtub was the
best (!) with their swirling epic climaxes and releases. End of set was
mostly bathroom break material and my wife and I joked about the abundance
of Antelopes we used to hear on tour (we're the better half of 200+ shows
for those that need justification). Funny enough then, it was pleasantly
surprisingly, in fact, to hear Phish finish set one with this great tune.
Zero flubs, run of the mill, but tremendous fun!
The second set was one for the  books; definitely a great set of
tunes. Waves>Sample was a party (listen to Trey's crescendo near the end
of Sample!), and Maze was Maze, a la early 90s. Fun stuff! The rest of the
set played out like an old friend telling a damn fine story; lots of
choice tunes. Ghost>Lizards and YEM>NICU, are you kidding me?! Even the
Caspian was monumental fun. Waste was amazing. Mind you, we were right
there just about as close to stage as you can be, which helps a lot. And
Fire was as freakin fun as it gets. Look folks, there were almost zero
flubs and the rock 'n' roll was ON (Fire!!). Phish is back folks and tons
'o' fun! Enjoy them . . .now!
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