Over the weekend: Phish at Red Rocks, 8/01/09
Phish's return to the stage after five years on the lamb has them reenergized, focused and most importantly, sober. The effects of these changes have greatly enhanced the Phish experience. Phish 3.0 was on glorious display this past Saturday night at Red Rocks. The quartet from Vermont built upon their momentum from Friday night's stellar second set and turned in one strong performance. The setlist was full of surprises and many crowd favorites. It seems not only are the fans reaping the benefits of Phish 3.0 but also the members of the band. Their enjoyment was apparent as they smiled along with the crowd all evening long.
As if to say, "We can top that," Phish kept the engine going full steam after a quick set break. Velvet Underground's "Rock N Roll" got things going, and after a couple well played staples like "Down with Disease" and "Free" kept the weight on, "Esther" made an appearance for the first time since 2000 and only the fourth time ever - an astonishing pleasure that electrified the crowd. Thankfully, Phish followed it up with the slow ballad "Dirt," giving the crowd a chance to catch their breath. "Harry Hood" closed out the set, and what a closer it was! The reggae infused rock song is quintessential Phish and a perfect way to end a show.
Saturday nights set will be revered for years to come in the lore of Phish.
Phish - 08.01.09
Red Rocks Amphitheatre
"The Curtain With"
"Punch You in the Eye"
"Run Like An Antelope"
"Rock and Roll"
"Down with Disease"