phish new album article from rolling stone.com http://www.rollingstone.com/rockdaily/index.php/2009/06/24/phish-capture-famous-live-vibe-on-new-summer-album-joy
Having seen exactly half of Phish 3.0's 18 total shows and most recently the final four of the tour, I feel confident when I say "they're back."
I think the best metaphor I've seen tossed around to describe Phish's latest tour is that they're "firing on all cylinders."
So, rather than write a lengthy review of each show I'm just going to do the short version.
Thursday, 06/18/09 @ Star Lake
Personal highlight: not getting ticketed, etc. when pulled over 5 minutes away from the venue.
Musical highlight: surprisingly, Guyute (start at the 1:15 mark or the 4:15 mark if you're really impatient).
Honorable mention: You Enjoy Myself; pretty much flawless.
Friday, 06/19/09 @ Deer Creek
Personal highlight(s): sneaking into the pavilion seats undetected and avoiding most of the torrential downpour; watching the greatest band to ever grace this Earth kill it in the middle of a lightning storm.
Musical highlight: Drowned
Saturday, 06/20/09 @ Alpine Valley
Personal and musical highlight (of the run): The Lizards
Sunday, 06/21/09 @ Alpine Valley
Perfect way to end the run: Frankenstein with Trey on a 5-neck guitar, Mike on the flame-cut bass, and Page on the Keytar that was once owned by none other than James Brown.
Some other notes:
-I felt like an idiot for paying face value for these shows (and Knoxville) when tickets were widely available in the lot from $20-$30. There were so many extras for the second night of Alpine that a ticket in the lot was roughly valued somewhere higher than a cigarette but lower than a lighter.
-It really seems like the band is trying to appeal to every segment of their fan base. Jaded vets and newbs, hippies and hipsters, frat boys and sorority girls, music nerds and DMB fans - they all go to Phish shows.
-The band is getting better every night. It is scary to think how good they'll be by Halloween, New Years, etc.
Again, the whole run was spectacular and these are only a few of the many highlights. The last time I was anywhere near this excited about anything was when Michael Jordan and the Chicago Bulls were winning championships and I was 10.
Top 3 songs I'm still waiting for: Llama, Sneakin' Sally, The Curtain.