Phish Matthew Knight Arena October 17th 2014

Eugene, OR concert poster
Eugene, OR concert poster

Nancy and I took a trip out west to visit family, this trip just happened to coincide with the start of Phish’s fall tour.  While Nancy was not thrilled, she said I could go, she knows how much of a fan I am.  I took a few hours out of our trip to head down to the Matthew Knight Arena in Eugene to see the show.  Like always there was traffic getting to the venue and this turned what should have been a 3 hour trip into 4.  I was pissed but there wasn’t much I could do about it.  Once I finally got to the venue it took forever to find my seat but let me tell you, once I sat down it felt good to see Phish again.

I am not even sure how much of the first set I missed but once I was sitting down it didn’t much matter.  The place was not sold out but it certainly was packed.  I purchased my seat rather late so it was on the back of the stage which was perfect for me.  I moved to a more center position and settled in for the remainder of the show.  At pavilions you can only sit directly in front of the stage but at arena’s there is a little more freedom.  I like the change of perspective that comes with sitting directly behind the stage.  I feel like a part of the band, gazing out towards the grow getting the same view as the band.  The lights dance around the arena, its just a totally different experience.

phish_eugene_2014Pretty standard fair would be my opinion of the show.  The one thing that did stick out with this show was the crowd.  While there are usually a lot of hippies, here in Oregon there seemed to be a crap ton more than usually.  In fact I have never seen so many dreadlocks on white people in my life.  Song highlights included Reba and The Squirming Coil from set one.  Coil ended the set and it was again perfect, all the band members leave the stage except for Page who finishes off the song with some great solo piano work.  Before he leaves he thanks the crowd and mentions they love this place but don’t get out here enough.  Living on the east coast I don’t have this problem, I am able to see a ton of shows every year.

Second set was better than the first, standard fair again.  Plasma was a debut for the band so that was cool, traditional a Trey song Phish played it for the first time that night.  Crosseyed and Painless > Harry Hood was a good one.  This Talking Heads cover has certainly been played in the past but not with any regularity.  When it does make its appearance it is a treat.  The lead into Hood Hood which was certainly an above average jam.  Not sure what sparked the band but the jam was great.  For the encore they played Sleeping Monkey along with two others.  Trey remarked that this is Page’s most requested song when they do encores but rarely gets played.  This night it was dedicated to Page with Trey and Page singing duet on the song.  Even the crowd go into the fun and sang a verse.

First west coast Phish and I was not disappointed.  Honestly I think the worst Phish show still beats any day not seeing them.  Yes the show was pretty much the same with only the crowd being a little more hippie then usually.  I can at least check the box for seeing a Phish show on the west coast.  Now they just have to tour Europe again so I can see them play there and check that box as well.

you don't have to go home but you can't stay here
you don’t have to go home but you can’t stay here

 

Set 1
01. Waiting All Night
02. Free >
03. Poor Heart >
04. Sample in a Jar
05. Strange Design
06. 555
07. Bouncing Around the Room >
08. Reba
09. Roggae
10. Simple >
11. Maze
12. The Squirming Coil
Set over at 9:34pm

Set 2
Starts at 10:04pm
01. Carini >
02. Plasma[1]
03. Farmhouse
04. Halfway to the Moon >
05. Twist
06. Crosseyed and Painless >
07. Harry Hood >
08. Rocky Top
Set over at 11:22pm

Encore
Starts at 11:25pm
09. Wingsuit
10. Sleeping Monkey >
11. Quinn the Eskimo
House lights at 11:44pm

Notes:
[1] Phish debut