It’s Only Getting Better

3.7.09 (C. Jones)

3.7.09 (C. Jones)

With a show that brought the fire from the “Sanity” opener to the “Tweeprise” encore, Phish left the audience in awe and salivating for summer tour.  With a setlist that reads as a joke, Phish created a “perfect” show.  The band absolutely left no doubt in anyone’s mind or heart as to who their favorite band on the planet is again.  After nearly twelve hours of emotional and enthralling Phish music, I’m spent.  I will absolutely write about the show in detail, but it is going to have to be after a day of transit back to the west coast.

In a nutshell, the band took their final step from somewhat structured jamming into completely free flowing improv with a 22 minute exploration of “Down With Diesease.”  And the fantasy setlist became a joke when the combination of “Twist > 2001 > Moma” dominated the second half of the set.  Phish is back.  Miner is out.

No Spoilers is up for all three nights!!

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264 Responses to “It’s Only Getting Better”

  1. full tour! Says:

    thanks for the info on that kick drum mic…looks very cool!

  2. Thanks JFlorek! Haven’t heard of those mics……sounds pretty cool

  3. gtgwbab2495 Says:

    yes, full tour that is exactly what I have been thinking for a long time. I am always amazed by how well they transition into songs, when jams could easily keep on going, like that Halley’s. I also always love when they just suddenly break it down to just trey on wah, or page on his clav, or something that always sounds so good. always makes me smile.

  4. shit man…haven’t gotten to Tube yet…on SOAMule now…mike sounding good.

    But yeah…Page’s tightness was the first thing I noticed early Sat morn on the no spoiler.

  5. today in the car on the way home I said “is it just me or is page better” to which I got a resounding chorus of “hell yeah” .. man’s just hitting his stride.. being a front man was huge for him. Love the keytar 😉

  6. full tour! Says:

    “(’before the dark times…before the Empire’)” — nice one wax!!! Did anyone else notice the jam on “it’s ice” kinda sounded like someone was onstage with a light sabre? I could totally hear that light sabre sound during the jam. That kind of crackling energy sound? It’s cool considering the last time they played “it’s ice” at lakeoown on 7-26-2003 many people say that the jam had a slowed down “luke’s theme” from star wars in the jam.

  7. full tour! Says:

    *lakeoown = lakewood

  8. Trey can play 32nd notes again. I’m feeling redeemed. I’m having a hard time listening because I keep picking up my guitar and jammin along.

  9. youenjoy09 Says:

    I am surprised no one has mentioned the scorching jam during the end jam of ‘MAZE.’ To me, this was one of the peaks of the weekend… WOW! Trey was killing it! I think the main problem creating all of the negativity today may be a result of too high of expectations on the part of some…. anyways, we’re only going up from here! Thank you Mr. Miner for the no-spoilers!!

  10. maze was absolutely scorching, agreed ..

  11. 09. totally agree. I said it before…out from under small amount of rust that’s left shines a brilliant band.

  12. guyforget Says:

    just popped in set 2 sunday, DWD > ???????!
    i’v heard mention of 2001, twist, slave….but that’s all i know and i can surmise it’s not a 4 songer..

  13. maze is a face melter.

  14. i no longer have a face.

  15. full tour! Says:

    FACE MELT:

  16. LOL. exactly.

  17. This weekend as a whole was the best Phish experience I have had in at least 10 years. This has been stated in other posts, most likely more eloquently but, Phish is an experience! The trip getting to the show, hanging with friends, butterflies pre-show and excitement when the lights go out. All of these and more add to what Phish is and will be. I can’t leave out CK5 either, who worked absolute magic this weekend.

    Of course none of these things would be possible without the music. There were times this weekend I found myself dancing with a craze or wondering how they dropped back into a song from a jam. There were also times I found myself saying, “oops wrong key” or “that didn’t start off well”. But when these flubs or whathavya happened there were always good things that happened after. There was also a totally different passion or feeling coming off the stage this weekend. Like they really want to be up there rippin’ it up. I do not recall that happening at any post hiatus shows I was at. I remember some bad shows that kept getting worse. Especially the Hampton shows after the hiatus I remember looking on stage and thinking what in the hell is going on? They dont even look like they want to be here. This weekend was a totally different vibe and the music that was being played well far outweighed the flaws. I am very excited to see what is next!

    P.S. Loved the Stash jam

  18. on to set 2. Disease jam. SSSSSICK!!!~~~!!!. I swear…Page alone is worth the price of admission…I can hear his awesomeness driving the rest of band to be as good as him…and they are!

  19. Disease>Below – magic. We need some Page is a Jedi too stickers. The Keytar ripped. Sunday was hands down the fire.

  20. john ford Says:

    thanks for your excellent writing and keeping us updated, your opinion is valued and it means alot , especially to those of us who could not make the shows, thank you.

  21. headband25 Says:

    You are the man! Thanks for the beautiful picture you paint with your words. As I read this aloud to a friend I had a really hard time not crying throughout the whole article. I am invigorated beyond belief. For now, the world is a lot better with your writing about the obvious stimulus provided by Phish’s service commitment!!!

  22. Thanks again to Miner for the No Spoiler action this weekend. It made a lot of people who couldn’t make it down to VA enjoy the weekend with some great sounds and was great if you resisted temtation to find out what they played beforehand. Kind of like the internets version of Tivo.

    Good Times baby…keep them rolling.

  23. tubeopener Says:

    The weekend was perfect and the playing was far better than I thought it would be. I noticed trey had kind of his ’97 rig with the homemade cabinets and the CAE preamp and stuff, but I was hoping for that solid old style compressed sound. I guess maybe in the end he decided that the compressor did not work well for his new “muted chickin pickin slightly warbled” style of playing. I really noticed it on his solo tour and it seems he’s brought it to phish. God I can’t wait for summer. Alpine is gonna be just too much.

  24. Thank you so much not only for providing the no spoilers download, but also the sound quality of those recordings are FANTASTIC! I got to go to the first two shows but had to bounce for the Sunday night. I listened to the no spoilers version of night 3, and oh man, the sound is just fantastic (almost preferable to the SBDs from livephish.com). The levels are great, there isn’t much fan noise, and just all around crispiness (which of course has something to do with the mk41s, but still…). thanks so much for providing this service, I hope other people enjoyed the excitement of listening to these shows without knowing the setlist in advance – it made all the difference to me!!

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