Back on the floor for night 10 and what a great night for it! The Hole flavor was tough to predict and the only key hope was that it wasn’t covers from the band Hole. I had hoped for Head Like a Hole or some Alice in Chains but didn’t keep my hopes up for those. The show opened with Way Down in the Hole by Tom Waits just one day after a friend wore his shirt from The Wire. The Jesus references only continued into the second set when smoke filled the stage after Mike’s Song and they briefly dove into O Holy Night. We didn’t know how right they were till they burst into a deep jam during Taste. The entire second set was lacking holes in that they played non-stop. Bonus points there.
My initial reaction was, “So that exists now.” We get to witness the birth of new music each night. The songs are just a subtle framework and I fell in love all over again.
SET 1: Way Down in the Hole, Buried Alive, Kill Devil Falls, Guyute, I Didn’t Know, NICU, Meat, Maze, Ginseng Sullivan, Waiting All Night, Heavy Things, Run Like an Antelope
SET 2: Mike’s Song > O Holy Night > Taste > Wingsuit > Sneakin’ Sally Through the Alley > Weekapaug Groove
ENCORE: A Day in the Life
 Phish debut.
Tonight was extra special. You’ve heard me mention Hayley Jane a few times now and I managed to secure a miracle for her! Being on stage is amazing but a downside is it can keep you from being in the audience. I tend to prefer being on stage but feed off the inspiration and meditation that comes from being in the crowd. This was one of the few times we’ve had a chance to dance together on the same side of the stage.
Together we toured the bridge before settling with my crew who has been raging section 302 directly across from the stage. Not the best sound in the venue (near the sound board and the 200s behind the stage are favorites for that) but lots of room to dance and see the lights all at once. We danced through an amazing first set before I delivered her to friends in the 200s. Miraculously I made it back to 302 in time for First Tube which I had mentioned earlier in the night as the song that would make this an amazing first set. This was perhaps my favorite first set of the run.
Lemon theme shined bright with Radiohead’s Everything In Its Right Place (which explained the cryptic message from the band earlier in the day). Fishman singing may have “ruined” it for some but the music was great, the crowd went nuts, and it’s actually not an easy cover to pull off (it’s in 10/4 if you were keeping track). Hayley returned to 302 with Eric Gould of Pink Talking Fish for the Fluffhead (AKA song of unnecessary key changes) at the end of the second set. We traded miracles as they added me to the list for the Pink Talking Fish after party!
ET 1: See That My Grave Is Kept Clean, Punch You In the Eye > Party Time, Big Black Furry Creature from Mars, Dinner and a Movie, Ocelot, Poor Heart, Winterqueen, Bold As Love, First Tube
SET 2: Dem Bones, No Men In No Man’s Land > Everything In Its Right Place, What’s the Use? > Scents and Subtle Sounds > Prince Caspian > Fluffhead
 Phish debut.
 No intro.
 Page on keytar.
My last night on the floor. This was an easy show to call but they managed to surprise anyway. Boston cream donut. Hmmmm. Boston and Cream?! Ok! I expected Sunshine of Your Love but mentioned a hope for Tales of Brave Ulysses (my favorite Cream song). What I didn’t expect was that they would manage to mash them together with White Room and More Than a Feeling.
The set was great and only added to the let down many felt in the second set. Petrichor isn’t for everyone it seems. After a jam filled Ghost, the multilayered epic seemed to fall flat. Light picked it up and The Lizards was on many people’s lists so the recovery was swift.
The night ended with a trip to Chinatown for dinner and moon gazing around town while questing for ice cream.
SET 1: Soul Shakedown Party, Uncle Pen, The Sloth, Gotta Jibboo, Fuck Your Face, Sunshine of Your Feeling, Frost, Scent of a Mule, Fire, Alaska, Plasma
SET 2: Ghost, Petrichor, Light > The Lizards, The Horse > Silent in the Morning > Quinn the Eskimo > Rocky Top