Last Night: Phish at Red Rocks, 07/30/09
Thursday, July 30, 2009
Red Rocks Amphitheatre
Phish's first show in their return to Red Rock was, by all accounts, a success. The four-night run sold out instantaneously, and spare tickets were a rare site in the parking lot before the show. The few that were available were being sold for $300 to $400. Phish is a counter-culture phenomenon and since its return from exile in March, the act's shows have been snowballing into musical bliss. The outfit's fans travel from far and near to experience its live shows, and Thursday night's show was well worth the distances traveled. The energy in the crowd could be felt in every corner of the venue. Last time the band was in town, things did not go as smooth. Riots in Morrison led the city to ban the jamband kings from playing at Red Rocks for ten-years. Phish waited thirteen years to come back, and judging from the expressions on the audiences faces, it was well worth the wait.
The second set began much like the first, starting out with another crowd favorite, "Mike's Song," named after Mike Gordon, Phish's eclectic bass player. Opening the set with this fan favorite always gets the crowd into a frenzy and this version was no exception. The rare "Ghost" followed about mid set, and the long space infused song proved to be the highlight of the show. The funk-laden tune proved to be an excellent transition to the rest of the second set, eventually closing out the night with the Rolling Stone's "Loving Cup." A sing along, piano-driven cover the band consistently plays to close out its sets, the song was a fitting way to end a triumphant return to the storied venue.
Personal Bias: A longtime Phish fan, this was my 47th Phish show overall.
Random Detail: Phish started at 8:02pm and ended at 11:35, taking a 35-minute set break.
Phish - 07/30/09
Red Rocks Ampitheatre
The Divided Sky
The Moma Dance
Silent in the Morning
I Am Hydrogen
Limb By Limb
The Squirming Coil
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