It has been long rumored that the celebrity that overcame Phish in 2000 with the success of The Meatstick was the impetus behind the hiatus Phish took in 2000-2002. Trey Anastasio was rumored to have remarked, “That fucking song, I never thought a song would drive the band apart. If anything, Jennifer Dances would have done it, but not the Meatstick. I’m still amazed.” Page McConnell’s well known love of sandwiches expanded at this time, leading to an intervention when he attempted to build two Subway franchises on either side of his house in Burlington, to satisfy his desire to become a ‘sandwich artist’. These were known as ‘the dark years’
Wednesday, August 4, 2010
This Thursday Phish will return to the Greek Theatre in Berkeley for only the second time in their career. The band’s only previous visit was in August of ’93, when they played the venue to close out their summer tour. This time, Phish will open the second leg of summer tour 2010 with three shows at the storied venue.
As the Phish community begins to descend on the bay I thought it would be appropriate to feature the Vermont quartet's last and only visit to the west coast 8,500 capacity venue. The closing show of the legendary August '93 tour. Highlighted by a fierce extremely well played first set that closed with the rarity Crimes of the Mind with the Dude of Life on vocals. While the second set would be one for the setlist notations. The set includes Run Like An Antelope with Brady Bunch teases and Simpson signals. It's Ice with Random Note, All Fall Down, and Oom Pa Pa signals. The west coast would also be treated to the soon to become non-existent Big Ball Jam and Purple Rain. The YEM kills with a straight up Oye Como Va jam and Contact evolving out of the YEM vocal jam.
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Set 1: Llama, Bouncing Around the Room, Foam, Ginseng Sullivan, Maze, Fluffhead, Stash, The Squirming Coil, Crimes of the Mind
Set 2: Also Sprach Zarathustra > Rift, Run Like an Antelope, The Horse > Silent in the Morning, Sparkle, It's Ice > Big Ball Jam, Purple Rain > Hold Your Head Up, You Enjoy Myself -> Oye Como Va Jam -> You Enjoy Myself -> Contact, Chalk Dust Torture
Encore: Daniel Saw the Stone, Amazing Grace
Notes: Crimes featured the Dude of Life on vocals. Antelope included Brady Bunch theme teases and a Simpsons signal, while It’s Ice featured Random Note, All Fall Down, and Oom Pa Pa signals. Amazing Grace was performed without microphones. Also, while several versions of YEM have teased Oye Como Va, this version featured an all-out jam of the song. Contact segued out of the YEM vocal jam. During Daniel Saw the Stone, the band introduced and thanked each member of the crew. J.J. Cale was the opening act.
[setlist source: phish.net]
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