I have not been to a Phish show since 1998 when I still lived in the Jerz. I’ve always been a fan of the band, but when I moved out west, life just got in the way and I never had the opportunity to see them play live out here. Then 15 years later the text came:
“Guess who’s still got some hippie in him? This guy. We’ve got an extra Phish ticket for Monday night at The Hollywood Bowl. Want to go? Come on…you know you want to.”
My response? YES!
Good friends, a great band and a phenomenal venue, I hardly needed anyone to twist my arm. I had no idea if the years had been kind to Trey and the boys, but I was curious to find out. More importantly, I was interested in seeing if I still cared about them so many years out of high school and college. I really didn’t have any huge expectation since I have been out of the loop for sometime. I’m pleased to report they’ve aged like fine wine and still have it in them. Crisp, clean and a great setlist. There were a few tunes I would’ve loved to have heard like Wilson and Lizards, but I am not scoffing at what we were graced with. This was the first time I recall ever being at a show when they played While My Guitar Gently Weeps which is a fave of mine.
The people watching. The two places I love to people watch the most are airports and Phish shows. Both for entirely different reasons, but now that I’m a mom, I think I am going to have a coronary the day JetSet Tot comes home and says, “Mom, JetSet Friends and I are following Phish this summer!” I’m scared. Very scared. Sure, I love the culture, the music, the dancing, the phans, the light sticks, and the hobo chic festival fashions, but I can’t tell you how much I can do without the trips, one hitters and streets lined with helium tanks and balloons. I think from now on if I want to see Phish play, I will wait for special shows like the Sessions at West 57th show that I went to about a 100 years ago. They played twelve songs to a group of 100 of us or so. We sat on folding chairs in a garage in the middle of NYC and life was good.
:: SETLIST ::
Set One: AC/DC Bag, The Moma Dance, Sparkle, Stealing from the Faulty Plan, Lawn Boy, Wolfman’s Brother, Roses are Free (Ween), Scent of a Mule, Ocelot, Cavern, While My Guitar Gently Weeps (The Beatles).
Set Two: Chalk Dust Torture, Golden Age (TV on the Radio), Birds of a Feather, Sand, Down with Disease, My Friend, My Friend, Harry Hood, Character Zero.
Encore: Loving Cup (The Rolling Stones)
What concert should we hit up next?
Photo credits: Nicole Standley
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