Phish Bethel Review
June 3, 2011
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"I bet we would have blown Woodstock away"
Whatup errbody. Im back and better than ever after the best vacation week of my life. I got to spend some time with some of my oldest and best friends and do what we do best, which is getting
obliterated silly at Phish shows. I’m not going to give you every last detail but i thought i would give you the cliff notes version of what went down.
I have to say, if you get a chance to go to this venue, do it. The place is just unbelievably beautiful. Rolling hills, green grass, great weather, and you can almost envision the original Woodstock taking place with hippies tripping on LSD, wandering around looking for the stage. Phish decided to set the tone early with a tour opening Tweezer that really got everyone fired up for the whole weekend. Wooks and Custies alike were high fiving and in full rage mode for the remainder of the first set that included an obvious nod to a former performer at the hallowed grounds with a Axis: Bold as Love set closer. Set two featured standout performances of Waves–>Prince Caspian which had the crowd roaring for more. A Julius encore was a great way to end the fantastic tour opener for the phab four.
Night two started off with a Theme From the Bottom Opener, which at first thought seemed odd, but after some consideration I love. Set 1 high lights included a Great Bathtub Gin–>Manteca–> Gin jam that really had the crowd sharin in the groove. Set Two Opened with a rousing Down With Disease–>Free—>Backwards Down the Number line which saw fine work from everyone onstage. A crowd pleasing Makisupa Policeman, which Trey took the opportunity to let everyone know that he’s still smoking spliff, got a solid cheer from the crowd as the band inter-played within the song, allowing for a solid solo from everyone. A Day in the Life encore sent the crowd away with smiles from ear to ear on night two.
Night three was my first in the pavilion for the year and let me tell you, I never want to sit on the lawn again. The sheer volume that is generated underneath the pavilion at the outdoor sheds is worth the price of admission. Night 3 started off with a solid version of AC/DC bag that kicked off the night. Other first set highlights were a fantastic version of Suzy Greenberg–>46 days, which has been taken completely to another level after the Holiday 2010 run at MSG. Second set opened with a real down and dirty version of Mikes–>Simple–>Weekapaug that had the audience clamoring for more. What makes me love phish so much is what they did next. Just as i was catching my breath they played my great white buffalo. The opening riff for Meatstick sent the audience into a frenzy as everyone howled in delight. Other Set two highlights included the always funkfied 2001 as well as a sublime version of Slave to the Traffic light. The encore was an expected Loving cup–>Tweeprise which absolutely blew the roof off the place.
Overall I couldn’t have been more happy at the Bethel shows and I really hope that they go back and play there again. This was just Part 1 of Dan’s Vaca tour so stay tuned for part two coming up tomorrow. Until then check out some video highlights: