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Phish Merriweather Post Pavilion July 27th 2014

Phish Merriweather 2014 poster
Phish Merriweather 2014 poster

Waking up in the same city as that nights show felt great, I had all day to kill.  Generally I like to hike on days like this but today I decided to relax first at the hotel with coffee and the Post.  Then around lunch I headed to a restaurant Nancy and I found while seeing The Killers the year before, the Frisco Taphouse.  I spent all afternoon here eating and more importantly drinking beer.  Like always when sampling new beers, it was not all good but I certainly had a great time doing it.

Today I arrived early to the venue and was able to score a spot in the lot near the entrance.  I forgot my lawn chair so instead I just sat in the trunk of my car.  I smoke a cigar and people watched.  There was this constant stream of cars coming into the venue and going in the opposite direction were people headed to shakedown street.  The cast of characters is wide and varied at a Phish show which is something I love about them.

Photo by Dave Vann © Phish 2014
Photo by Dave Vann © Phish 2014

After the previous night I had even higher hopes for tonight’s show.  Again it was being broadcast to the interwebs and it was a Merriweather show, come on guys rock this show.  Fee started the show and it was a weird version.  Trey used the megaphone but the song was played differently, the order was all wrong and it appeared to end abruptly yet Trey said it was all there.  The rest of the set was really good as well.  A good mix of songs and all played very well.  I love hearing Fuego being jammed out and ending the set with YEM was a killer choice.

Second set got off to an average start with Wilson.  The sun had set and the stage lights came up, the crowd was excited, throw in a good crowd interactive song and they ate it up.  Wilson segued into Tweezer and for the rest of the night the set revolved around Tweezer.  I have seen this done once before with Saw It Again at Merriweather in fact.  Almost every other song segued into Tweezer and then into another song before going back to Tweezer.  When Phish does this I love the playfulness from the band.

© Derek Gregory 2014
© Derek Gregory 2014

People ask me all the time if I get bored going to so many shows, aren’t they all just the same they ask.  I happen to completely disagree to both statements.  When they do things like this it just makes me love seeing the band in person. You often get special one of a kind shows that make it all worth while. All the teases during their normal songs were great, you never knew if they would find just one more sample before the show ended.

Most of the second set felt like it was the final song of the set and couldn’t get any better. Then all of a sudden they would squeeze another song in. At one point they played Jennifer Dance for the first time just short of 15 years since the last time. This continued till they finally walked off after Page’s I’ve Been Around.

This show quickly became a memorable show and near the top of my favorites list. This is why I still see them after all these many years. Musically they might not always play perfectly, but they will pull out some really great shows now and again. Besides a little drizzly rain and the second set, I won’t forget this show for a long while. Reason I keep coming back to this venue every time to see Phish perform.

after show fireworks in the lot
after show fireworks in the lot

Set 1 7:35pm
01. Fee
02. The Curtain With
03. 46 Days
04. 555
05. My Sweet One
06. Sand
07. Bouncing Around the Room
08. Saw It Again >
09. Fuego
10. You Enjoy Myself[1]
set over at 8:56pm

Set 2 9:25pm
01. Wilson >
02. Tweezer >
03. Back on the Train >
04. Tweezer >
05. Back on the Train >
06. Tweezer >
07. Waiting All Night >
08. Free >
09. Tweezer >
10. Simple >
11. Tweezer >
12. Free >
13. Catapult >
14. Slave to the Traffic Light >
15. Down with Disease[2] >
16. NICU >
17. Hold Your Head Up >
18. Jennifer Dances[3] >
19. Hold Your Head Up
20. I Been Around
set over at 10:43pm

Encore 10:45pm
21. Boogie On Reggae Woman >
22. Tweezer Reprise
show over at 10:55pm

Notes:
[1] With Trey waving his megaphone and using its siren.
[2] Unfinished.
[3] Fishman on vocals.

This show was webcast via LivePhish. YEM included Flash Light teases and featured Trey waving his megaphone and using its siren. The first Tweezer contained Back on the Train teasing from Fish. The third Tweezer included Page teasing Manteca. Simple included a Magilla tease from Page. Catapult was played for the first time since August 14, 2009 (206 shows). DWD was unfinished. NICU contained Under Pressure teases. Tweezer was teased after the first HYHU and in I Been Around. Jennifer Dances was performed at Trey’s request for the first time since December 17, 1999 (352 shows), featured Fishman attempting to sing the song but not knowing the lyrics, and was quoted at the end of the second HYHU. I Been Around was last played October 16, 2010 (149 shows) and while the band was walking off the stage in synchronized steps.

Phish Merriweather Post Pavilion July 26th 2014

Phish Merriweather 2014 poster
Phish Merriweather 2014 poster

Having woken up in Charlotte, I had a long drive ahead of me to get to Columbia.  I had to drive all the way back to my house and then continue another 1.5 to 2 hours further to get to Merriweather.  I was not to concerned about the 8 hour drive, what worried me was the summer traffic around DC on a Saturday.  It can take a one hour drive and quickly turn it into three.

I decided to leave rather early and take mostly back roads to get to Columbia.  I choose a route that took me north to Greensboro, through Danville and then out towards Richmond.  I took this route to get to Charlotte and found it to be a nice peaceful drive through the country.  Once I got around Richmond I detoured and headed out 301 and up through Maryland.  This allowed me to avoid all of 95 around northern Virginia and the beltway too.  While it was a little longer in terms of distance, I think I made better time than the more direct route.

Checking into the hotel first I didn’t have much time to make it to the venue.  If you arrive late parking can be a real bear.  There is not enough parking, especially for a sold out show like Saturday night was.  As I only had a lawn ticket I also wanted to arrive somewhat early to get a good spot.  Merriweather is know for how bad the lawn seats are, not only for sight line but acoustics as well.  This was unavoidable because of my travel time but in the end I wasn’t to bothered by it.  I was really just hoping it wouldn’t rain like the year before.

First set was a decent one.  I always have high expectations from a Merriweather show and at least it didn’t disappoint.  Both shows were broadcast and that was another reason to have high expectations from this show.  It was good but didn’t live up to the hype I was hoping for.  Opening night set one contained just one new songs and some good classics as well.  It also seemed to run longer than usual, clocking in at nearly 90 minutes.  Generally speaking the first set is always shorter than the second but tonight’s performance was split evenly between the two.

Second set started off on fire with Carini > Ghost which had a sick jam in it.  Ghost was a totally different version then ones I have heard in the past, the uniqueness of it made this song a good one.  The set flowed rather well from song to song with only a few abrupt changes in tone.  2001 > Harry Hood was a great way to end this better than average second set.  I always think of Merriweather and Harry Hood.  For me there is a special connection between the two so when I am able to hear this song here it gives me goose bumps.

On a whole just an average show I will confess.  What makes it special is the venue and the tour.  As the saying goes, the worst performance by Phish beats the best day of work anytime.

Set 1 (show starts at 7:35pm)
01. Sample in a Jar
02. The Moma Dance
03. Wombat
04. Backwards Down the Number Line
05. Roggae
06. The Wedge
07. Wolfman’s Brother
08. Nellie Kane
09. Lawn Boy
10. The Line
11. Stash
12. Suzy Greenberg
set over at 9:00pm

Set 2 (starts at 9:28pm)
01. Carini >
02. Ghost >
03. Steam >
04. The Mango Song >
05. Sing Monica >
06. Light >
07. 2001 >
08. Harry Hood
set over at 10:43pm

Encore (starts at 10:46pm)
09. Julius
house lights at 10:53pm

Phish Merriweather Post Pavilion July 13th 2013

Phish Merriweather 2013 poster
Phish Merriweather 2013 poster

Another summer tour with two stops at Merriweather again. This is becoming a traditional weekend run for the band as they have done this over the last few years. I had to miss last years run because of a family event in Wisconsin but I was looking forward to getting back in the groove this year. Because of work and other obligations, this was going to be my only shows of the summer run. Over the years I have become selective in what Phish shows I attend. I still get out and see shows, just not as many as I have in the past.

I started the afternoon off at my sister-in-laws house. Her family was having a family BBQ and it was on my way. It was a hot and humid day but it was suppose to get cooler and drop in humidity as a front move in. This had already caused some spots of rain but it looked to be clear in Columbia for the rest of the afternoon. There was a 40% chance of rain late in the afternoon but that was it.

Getting to Columbia didn’t take long but I had trouble getting into the venue as usually. The parking situation is always horrendous on sold out shows and it took almost an hour to get a spot and walk to the venue. I made one last check of the weather as I was prepared with a rain jacket but Columbia looked to be dry the rest of the evening. I walked in to find the lawn already pretty packed with an hour to go before the official start time. I had planned for this and brought two cigars with me, one for each set. Sitting there I noticed the clouds rolling in and things didn’t look good. It eventually started to drizzle but nothing serious. We were treated to a double rainbow which was cool.

taste the rainbow
taste the rainbow

Not long after the posted start time the show kicks off with Kill Devil Falls. A great upbeat song and then a bust out with Destiny Unbound. I have been fortunately enough to see this song twice before in the almost 50 shows I have seen of Phish (10/15/2010 and 2/28/2003). After this the set mellowed out in the energy which was unfortunate. The weather was slowly changing and I felt the band could have really played on that and made it a great set. They played several newer songs I suspect will be on their rumored new album to be released later this year.

As the set rolled on so did the clouds. It was a crazy scene as the sun set behind me illuminating these dark clouds rolling in over top the venue. They where thick and nasty, glowing from the light of the sun which were certainly bringing rain. In an instance, they heavens let loose with a downpour or rain. Unlike the rain before the set where it was just a light drizzle, this was a downpour. Some people scattered for cover, others dawned trash bags but the majority of us danced harder as the rain fell. The song choice during the rain could have been better but the crowd was excited as the band played on during the heavy rain. Almost as quickly as it started it was over just after the end of the set. I was soaked to the bone but fortunately my phone and Moleskine were safe.

smoke what you got
smoke what you got

At this point I couldn’t sit down to relax for a while and decided instead to do a little people watching. The rain soaked everyone and every thing and people started adjusting to being wet. The rain revitalized the crowds energy despite the down tempo song selection.

Second set as a whole was much better. DWD opened with a roaring success. Free had a good jam, Bouncing was to short in my opinion, and for me Birds of a Feather is a classic from Story of the Ghost I love to see live. They then played Harry Hood which at this venue brings back memories of my first show here back in 1998. Back then they turned all the stage lights off and the crowd went nuts with glow sticks. Now they barely turn them off and there are many more glow sticks. When the band busts into the start of the jam the crowd did manage to make one large push to get as many glow sticks into the air as possible. From my location down on the hill it was a rolling avalanche as the glowsticks made it down to the front of the lawn where I was. Later they played Mike’s so that meant a Weekapaug would be soon follow, the question what will be the in between song. Simple was the choose and a little weird one. The groove is an odd one to sandwich between the two heavy hitting songs, but they made it work.

The show ended with Waste > Good Times, Bad Times. I didn’t know it at the time but this was going to be my only show of the run. I had other obligations that prevented me from seeing Sundays show. At the time I thought the Good Times, Bad Times was a great way to end the set and show. The band loves playing this venue and that song shows it. The first set was a little off but the rain made it fun. For the second set they redeemed themselves for the most part with an better song selection and tighter jams. On the drive home I stripped down because I was tired of being wet. It felt good driving with the windows down, drying off after an excellent Phish show at Merriweather.

Set 1 (7:42pm start)
Kill Devil Falls
Destiny Unbound
Taste
Halfway to the Moon
Twenty Years Later
Maze
Yarmouth Road
Split Open and Melt
ends at 8:50pm

Set 2 (starts at 9:20pm)
Down with Disease >
Free >
Bouncing Around the Room
Birds of a Feather
Harry Hood >
Architect >
Mike’s Song >
Simple >
Weekapaug Groove
ends at 10:40pm

encore (starts at 10:42pm)
Waste >
Good Times Bad Times
show over at 10:54pm

Notes
Harry Hood featured Birds of a Feather and Divided Sky teases by Trey and a Dog Log tease by Mike.

The Killers Merriweather Post Pavilion August 10th 2013

The Killers
The Killers

 Photo Gallery

Nancy and I get a free night at Marriott when we renew our credit card, unfortunately it expired August 12. We tried last weekend to spend the night in Richmond but couldn’t use our free night. Good thing because the following weekend The Killers were playing at Merriweather and a Marriott is just down the road. We scored a couple pavilion tickets and booked our free night.

Saturday we headed up early to check out the Frisco Taphouse which was recommended to us. This place has over 40 beers on a rotating tap, all of which are craft and micro brews. Outside of the official Dogfish Head Alehouse, I have never seen so many of there their beers available on tap. I started with the seasonal Festina Peche from Dogfish and got a cask conditioned from a brewery I had never heard of. The cask conditioned was very botanical and while it was good, I wouldn’t get it again. We then checked into the hotel and took a cab to the venue. We started the afternoon off by pre-gaming and we’re going to continue what we started through the show.

killers_merriweather-aug_2013-01The weather turned out to be perfect for an August show. Rain fell the night before and a cold front pushed in putting the highs in the low 80’s with low humidity.  Weather wise it was a perfect night for a concert.  The opening act, The Virgins, did a pretty good job. Neither of us were familiar with their work and it wasn’t bad. We spent most of the time walking the venue, getting drinks and talking with fans. I was amazed how many people didn’t bring a lighter with them.

The Killers were supposed to start at 9 according to the cop that almost spit on me. If I did that I would have been arrested, he does it and it’s no big deal.  Point is the band was late. They didn’t get on stage till 9:12 and it was on after that. The played for almost two hours and it was a true rock and roll show. There were lasers, smoke, pyrotechnics. During the encore they even launched giant confetti canons that covered the first 30 rows. It was a wall of confetti, I have never seen anything like it before. Promptly at eleven the show ended and it was a killer show. Nancy even commented we need to see more concerts, to which I completely agreed.

Pyrotechnics!
Boom goes the pyrotechnics.

Heading home we grabbed a cab at the back of the venue. The guy wanted $20 buck which I knew was high and hoped I had. He never started the meter and as we headed back I realized I only had $17. I knew from the cab rid over it was a $12 fair and he wanted to charge more because it was after 9pm. I called bullshit on it so when he told me I shorted him I reminded him he never started the meter, this was an unregistered fair, and that it was a $12 ride cab with a $5 tip. He didn’t like it but he was going to have to live with it.

For me it was a great ending to a great but long day. The beer from Frisco Taphouse was excellent, The Kills rocked the house and the cabbie provided me some late night entertainment. On to the next concert.

start at 9:12pm
1. Mr. Brightside
2. Spaceman
3. ?
4. Smile Like You Mean It
5. This River Is Wild
6. Bling (Confession of a King)
7. Shadowplay
8. Miss Atomic Bomb
9. Human
10. ?
11. I Think We’re Alone Now*
12. For Reason Unknown
13. From Here on Out
14. A Dustland Fairytale
15. Read My Mind
16. ?
17. All  These Things That I Have Done
Ends at 10:41pm

Encore starts at 10:45
18. ?
19. Jenny was a Friend of Mine
20. When We Were Young
Show ends at 10:59pm

Notes:
* Tiffany cover

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Phish Merriweather Post Pavilion 2010 poster

Phish at Merriweather Post Pavilion June 26th and 27th 2010

Oh yeah!  Two more Phish shows on the current summer tour and I get to end up at my home venue, Merriweather.  For one thing I was so happy I wouldn’t have to travel all day to see a show or sleep in a hotel room.  The trip to Merriweather would only take me an hour or so and I could sleep in my own bed after each show.  It seemed like only last week that I was seeing Phish up in Saratoga Spring, oh wait I did.  ;)


June 26th – warming things up


Phish Merriweather Post Pavilion 2010 poster
Phish summer 2010 MMP poster

For the Saturday show I gave myself plenty of time to arrive at the venue and do a little tailgating.  Unfortunately I forgot how close Nancy is to the venue and traffic was not an issues so I arrived about three hours before show time.  No worry I just went to Columbia Mall and walked around for awhile and stuffed my face full of food while I was there.  Getting bored with the mall I decided to head in and get a good seat close on the lawn.  This meant spending over an hour in the hot sun and high humidity.  I took the opportunity to just lay out without trying to move.  I just covered my face with my hat and attempted to get a quick nap.  Plus laying out afforded me more space as the lawn filled in closers to the show start.  With show time fast approaching I couldn’t be more excited.

The set opener was a mediocre choice with Crowd Control, not my favorite but a good one.  They quickly followed it up with Kill Devil Falls and one of my favorites from Joy, Sugar Shack.  Mike seemed to flub the words and his voice cracked, on the current tour the song has not been played much but I love to bass line.  After Sugar we got a Tube which yet again was another fan request.  Trey again mentions how he can’t understand what the audience is yelling out and this is what they will play when ever the crowds start yelling.  It was great to see another request, even though it was the same song as requested at nTelos for the first set opener.  Stash was good, another old song from long ago as well as NICU.  Another new song from Joy they played was Backwards Down the Number Line.  This is another song I really dig from the new album but I got the feeling the crowd didn’t care much or the new stuff.  They certainly dug the old stuff and wanted more of the hits but we can’t always get what we want.  Suzie closed the first set out and we got another glow stick war during the “Suzie….Suzie” part which kicks ass.  I remember my first show and the glow stick war during Harry Hood, ever since then I love the fights.  To look up into the stary night and see the florescent lights streaking across the sky is cool.

Trey at Merriweather Post Pavilion 2010
Trey@MMW (copyright Keith)

Set two started with another Rock and Roll, this time with a Columbia jam according to the official release.  As I looked over the set list I was writing down, comparing it the previous two shows I attended on this tour, they looked strikingly similar.  Not only was some of the songs the same, but even the order in which they where played was the same.  That being said the show so far was full of energy and some great song selections.  Like always the sets are interspersed with slow songs that just kill the momentum, as a whole they have been very very good.  Some of the best in years.

As the set rolled on they played Sparkle which was a great upbeat tune and then busted out with a Tweezer.  After the show opener and closer Tweezer Reprise at SPAC, I was pretty certain on another Reprise at the end of the night.  In two consecutive shows I saw, Tweezer Reprise was played three times, pretty good odds of you ask me.  The audience knew about the opening and closing Reprise and was juiced for tonight’s encore.  Next up was Horse > Silent in the morning which I had not heard in years, rather slow, but the guitar work at the end by Trey is always a highlight.  The set quickly rolled on to Wolfman’s and ended with Tweezer Reprise.  Something we all knew was coming, but I didn’t expect it till the encore.  The choice for the encore could have been better in my opinion.  I would have rather heard Tweezer Reprise there and Good Times, Bad Times as set 2 closer.  The Show of Life was just two slow…..booooo.  Good Times brought things back again to end the night on a high note.

Leaving the show I took the long way back to the car.  I had to park in the business garages on the back side of the venue meaning I had to pass all the official lots as people streamed out on their way home.  In under an hour I was back home and in a comfortable bed to dream about the show I just witnessed and let my mind run wild with what would happen on Sunday.

Set 1:
01. Crowd Control
02. Kill Devil Falls
03. AC/DC Bag
04. Sugar Shack
05. Tube
06. In the Aeroplane Over the Sea
07. Stash
08. Backwards Down the Number Line
09. NICU >
10. 46 Days
11. Suzy Greenberg

Set 2:
01. Rock and Roll >
02. Columbia jam >
03. Free
04. Fast Enough for You
05. Sparkle >
06. Tweezer
07. The Horse >
08. Silent in the Morning >
09. Wolfman’s Brother >
10. Slave to the Traffic Light >
11. Tweezer Reprise

encore:
12. Show of Life
13. Good Times Bad Times

Note:
Prior to the start of the first set, Mike teased Do You Feel Like We Do. This show featured the Phish debut of In the Aeroplane Over the Sea (Neutral Milk Hotel).


June 27th – the best got better


Set 1 starts
must be the start of set 1 (http://blackmuddyblog.blogspot.com/)

Having arrived way to early the previous night I took my time leaving and arrived at what I would say was just in time.  I got into the pavilion at 7:30, the ticketed show start time.  But this is Phish and the show time printed on the ticket is never right, you can always add thirty minutes to that as the actual time the band will walk out on stage.  In years past the delay was not always so well defined.  They would always start late, you just couldn’t be sure how long you would have to wait.  It always pays to arrive early to the venue because you never know what traffic will be like as I found out the first time I saw Phish at Merriweather.

But I digress, back to modern times.  The weather on Sunday was not much better than Saturday, in fact it was a bit warmer but thankfully a little less humid.  As the sun was setting quickly I was hoping for things to cool off rapidly and become a pleasant evening.  In the end once the music started I didn’t even realize how hot it was, I just didn’t care any more.

The show opened with Walfredo which for me was a bust out.  I know it has been played several times over the course of Phish’s 25+ years and certainly 131 shows is not that long.  But wow what a opener!  I knew something was up when the band comes walking out on stage and immediately proceeded to different instruments (see show notes).  I kept saying to myself “this is going to be good.”  Just when I thought things couldn’t get better they played Mellow Mood by Bob Marley.  The last time I saw this performed was at IT second night, in fact it was the last time it was performed before the second night of Merriweather.  The opening of the show was very strong.

As the set rolled on other favorites and songs long put to rest made their appearance including Tela which I first heard at my first show.  Divided Sky had a great pause in the middle, it went on so long I just though the band might walk off for their set break.  Had some great blues action with My Soul.  Other set one highlights included Bathtub Gin which I remember as the classic old school lights-literally-go-out-glow-stick-war-in-sues song, love that one.  To end one of the best sets of the tour was Antelope which contained a tease from Brian and Robert.

Phish MPP with Tela sign
Tela request, which they played (http://blackmuddyblog.blogspot.com/)

During the set break I was amped and ready to rock!  The sunset was beautiful to watch over the top of the trees and the temperatures were finally breaking to something mildly comfortable.  As soon as the second set started things started to heat up again.  It was pretty much a none stop roller coaster ride of kick ass songs and great playful jams.  Wilson got things going with a little crowd participation straight into Meatstick with Japan lyrics, something I remember them doing frequently during 2000 after they went to Japan for several shows.  I Saw it Again was next up and during the remainder of the set lyrics would be interjected into various songs, in fact they did an I Saw it Again reprise after Jumpin’ Jack Flash.  Old school songs Piper and Ghost flowed effortlessly from the boys as they played a new debut, Jumpin’ Jack Flash by The Rolling Stones.  At this years Halloween concert in Indio, CA their musical costume was Exile on Main Street by the Stones.  They even played two Stones songs for Late Night with Jimmy Fallon as part of that shows week long tribute to the Stones reissue of Exile on Main Street album.  That was a kick ass song that literally had people jumping out of their seats.  Then back to I Saw it Again with things cooling off a little with Contact.

I couldn’t believe the set so far and welcomed the short break while they figured out what to play next.  Thankfully they picked a great song as the set closer, one that has a tradition spot here, YEM.  So far on this tour I had not heard it and it was a good 20 minute space odyssey.  Well actually it didn’t get to spacey, but it did have alternate lyrics from I Saw it Again (“Boy man I saw it again”) with some great lead guitar work by Trey and a slight hint of leading from Mike.  It ended with the traditional vocal jam and accompanying light work from Kuroda.  The bombed dropped at the start of the set finally exploded with the high energy lights and vocals.  After the short ovation period, it was so weak from the lawn I thought they would never come out, they busted out Fire and knocked the shit out of it for four minutes.  Jimmy would have been proud.

After this kick ass show I drove home in amazement.  Of the four shows (previous 1, 2) I saw this was certainly the best.  There were several bust outs and songs that are not generally played.  The selection of songs that are more often than not played were killer and accompanied the set perfectly.  I loved the playfulness of I Saw it Again lyrics in various songs and the reprise of it after the debut of Jumpin’ Jack Flash, that was just brilliant.  The following day when the show was available from Live Phish I immediately purchased it and have listened to the full concert numerous times.  What a great show, in fact a great summer tour, a very solid performance from the band and one of the best in years.  Currently they are on hiatus before hitting the Greek Theatre in Berkley for three night and a mini-festival at Telluride Town Park .

Set 1:
01. Walfredo
02. Mellow Mood
03. Stealing Time from the Faulty Plan >
04. The Divided Sky
05. Tela
06. My Soul
07. Ginseng Sullivan
08. Sample in a Jar
09. Bathtub Gin
10. Brian and Robert
11. Run Like an Antelope

Set 2:
01. Wilson >
02. Meatstick >
03. I Saw It Again >
04. Piper >
05. Ghost >
06. Jumpin’ Jack Flash >
07. I Saw It Again >
08. Contact
09. You Enjoy Myself

encore:
10. Fire

Notes:
This show featured the first Walfredo since September 30, 2000 (131 shows). Jon on bass, Trey on keys, Mike on guitar, and Page on drums.  Antelope contained Brian and Robert teases, a It Was a Very Good year tease from Trey, and an alternate “Michael Esquandolas” lyric. Meatstick contained Japanese lyrics. Jumpin’ Jack Flash was a Phish debut. Piper, Ghost, Contact, YEM and Fire all contained Saw it Again quotes. YEM also contained Jumpin’ Jack Flash teases and, in the vocal jam, quotes of Saw It Again and Surfin’ Bird (The Trashmen). The lyrics to Fire were changed to “Let Jon Fishman take over.”