@AndyShore The first night of a three night run is tricky. The band needs to be careful not to blow their load too early, while not seeming like they’re holding back. Phish took night one at Festival 8 and did not only that, but so much more. I was left with my mind spinning, trying to figure out what they were going to do with six more sets. So excited for the possibilities.
The first set opened with “Party Time.” The perfect welcoming to a festival. The L’cha Dodi* of music festivals if you will. From there is was go time. “Chalkdust Torture” made way into an especially funky and groove-tastic “Moma Dance.”
There were other older favorite such as “NICU” and “Stash,” but the first set had many new favorites as well. It was nice to see “Steal Time From the Faulty Plan” draw such a big reaction from the crowd. “Ocelot” proved to be a fun sing-a-long song and “Time Turns Elastic” was the 20 minute set closer it was made to be.
Set two, aside from the pleasant “Joy,” was a who’s who of fan favorites. “Punch You in the Eye” kicked the set off and “Down With Disease” completed the 1-2 punch. Throw a dart at the rest of the songs, and you’ll likely hit a highlight. My personal favorites was the set closing trio of “David Bowie” (possible hint?!?!), “Harry Hood” and “Golgi Aparatus.” The first and third of which were first times seeing for me.
I hope you’re all as excited as I am for tonight. I’m still pulling for my hometown (campground) favorite, Exile on Main Street. It’s rumored that Sharon Jones & the Dap Kings are in the house. Happy Halloween!
@ZackTeibloom I had to experience the first set from my computer at work on a five-minute delay on Sirius on my iPhone as I watched the tweets stream in. I was unimpressed with most of the song selection in set one, aside from “Party Time” and “Chalkdust Torture,” but I had just enough time to pick up a friend and lock myself in the bathroom with a big pair of headphones in the dark for set two.
My body was spasming during the epic “Prince Caspian” > “Wolfman’s Brother” that seemed to go on forever until Brother dissolved into a nasty “Piper.” I tweeted that I felt like I was having multiple orgasms during that Caspian-Brother 1-2 punch, and I meant it. An ethereal experience, even from Austin.
Set 1: 8.6/10
Set 2 & Encore: 9.8/10
Set 1: Party Time, Chalk Dust Torture, The Moma Dance, NICU, Stealing Time From The Faulty Plan, Stash, I Didn’t Know, Poor Heart, Cavern, Beauty Of A Broken Heart, Ocelot, Time Turns Elastic
Set II: Punch You In The Eye, Down With Disease -> Prince Caspian > Wolfman’s Brother -> Piper -> Joy, David Bowie, Harry Hood, Golgi Apparatus
Encore: Character Zero
*Lekhah Dodi means “come my beloved,” and is a request of a mysterious “beloved” that could mean either God or one’s friend(s) to join together in welcoming Shabbat