Phish 12.3.09 Madison Square Garden
Set One: Punch You In the Eye, Backwards Down the Number Line, Axilla > Taste, Boogie On Reggae Woman, Stash, Lawn Boy, Time Turns Elastic, Back on the Train > Julius
Fittingly, Gordon and his talented band — Scott Murawski (guitar), Tom Cleary (keyboards), Todd Isler (drums) and Craig Myers (percussion) — opened with “Only A Dream,” bolstered by a clean, linear solo by Murawski and percussion textures. “Pretend,” a quirky and pleasant love song from Gordon’s 2008 album “The Green Sparrow,” flowed into an ambling jam.
A first-set highlight was a stunning cover of Radiohead’s “15 Step,” complete with the powerful and edgy bassline in the midsection. When “15 Step” melted into an airy jam, the taut but laidback feel of the music combined with most of the nearly 500-person audience swaying in the front of the stage gave the show a small club feel. Later in the set, the Latin-flavored “Cruel World” was amplified with green lasers and patterns projected on the walls and ceiling.
Last night was a great gig! We had some folks from The Chieftains sit-in with us during the first set, and that was cool but I thought that second set raged!
It was a rainy day in Philadelphia but I walked to a coffee shop anyway and skyped with Cheryl for a bit. South street is a pretty cool neighborhood.
Sound check was very minimal with most of the time spent doing jamming exercises. The jamming exercises are awesome. They really get the band playing like a band and they get everyone’s ears opened up.