The segue into Jibboo wasn’t pretty but the way Phish then transitioned into Bathtub Gin was impressive. Most of 2010’s Bathtubs featured Trey whaling away but he didn’t make much use of the whammy instead using speed and precision to repeatedly peak this most enjoyable take on the tune – one you should hear for sure. I was a bit worried when the boys started My Friend, My Friend knowing the difficulties they’ve had with the composed segments, but outside of one bum note they delivered a tight version of the Rift tune. Up next was the first Buffalo Bill since before the band broke up, probably in reference to a huge “looking for owls” sign directly in front of them. The reggae-tinged tune was welcomed with open arms by a crowd that gobbled everything thrown at them enthusiastically this evening despite any mistakes.
Split Open and Melt was interesting for a few reasons – it was unfinished and the jam went off the beaten path for a few minutes when Mike Gordon kept repeating a funky bass line and his band mates fell in behind him settling on the groove. I wish it went on for longer though Dog Faced Boy was a treat. Harry Hood was similar to the first version of the tune on tour in Berkeley as the group patiently worked up the tempo with great interplay between Gordon and Trey in particular and there was no big peak.
08/12/2010 Verizon Wireless Music Center, Noblesville, IN
Set I: Runaway Jim, Punch You in the Eye, Roggae, Cars Trucks Buses> Sample in a Jar, NICU, Horn, Sugar Shack, Wolfman’s Brother, Time Turns Elastic
Set II: Drowned> Gotta Jibboo> Bathtub Gin, My Friend My Friend, Buffalo Bill, Twist, The Horse> Silent in the Morning, Split Open and Melt1 Dog Faced Boy, Harry Hood, Golgi Apparatus
Encore: Fee> NO2> Kung> Fire
[via Phantasy Tour]
When Trey came out for the encore with a megaphone you could guess where we were going. The first Fee encore since 1996 saw the return of Trey singing the lyrics through a megaphone as he did during the band’s hey day. A short “transition jam” based on harmonics eventually led into Mike Gordon’s N20 off the White Album. Mike gave his spiel as Trey swung the megaphone wildly. Red kept swinging the megaphone and started Kung with drummer Jon Fishman making for quite the unique segment. Once everyone had “stood up” out came a cover of Jimi Hendrix’s Fire. Anastasio substituted “let Cactus take over” for rover leading to a quick bass solo from Gordon. Overall the second set and the encore saved the show and sent everyone off for the night on a good note. The quartet returns to Deer Creek again tomorrow.