@AndyShore Something special happens at a Phish show. Each show is a unique experience, never duplicated. Strangers around you become your new best friends. Tonight’s show was extra special. Three people in our immediate vicinity were seeing Phish for their first time at ACL 2010. Zack and I were seeing our first Phish show together. How is that even possible? We’ve seen 100s of bands together, but never our favorite live band? A momentous occasion indeed. We predicted the opener and tried to prepare our new friends for what to expect. You can’t prepare someone for Phish.
It was on from the first funky bass notes of “Down With Disease.” My almost yearlong wait to see Phish again was finally over. Trey and the boys must have known it was Zack and my first Phish show together. They honored another one of our favorite bands, by following up that opener with “Cities.” The set list was off to a great start. When all was said and done, I couldn’t have written a better one myself.
Everything was “alright” when they were also covering “Rock and Roll” and “2001.” It was a perfect time to work in a new tune after that. The guitar solo on “Backwards Down the Number Line” is always stellar and I was enjoying it with “all my friends.” Phish was in it to win it in their two hours set, lyrical puns aside.
An encore of “Cavern” and “First Tube” ended the night perfectly. Page side, rage side was the place to be on this night. Our neighbors entertained us, the band was on fire and Trey’s guitar sang to us. Phish 3.0 is the real deal Holyfield.
Set 1: Down with Disease, Cities, Possum, Wolfman’s Brother, Chalk Dust Torture,Rock and Roll > Also Sprach Zarathustra, Backwards Down the Number Line, Harry Hood, Light > Suzy Greenberg, You Enjoy Myself