Little Lies and Massive Dreams

My name is Bear. I play in a band called Talking About Commas and live and work in Providence, RI. I like music.
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Jan 7, 2011

Hey Phish, "Welcome tah Wustah, dawlah twuntee fiave"

Phish 3.0's first shows at the Worcester Centrum (now the DCU Center) proved a nice warm up to NYE in NYC but the band obviously saved the big stuff for MSG. However, I went on night 2 and had a blast. I can't over analyze Phish shows anymore because it gives me a headache. There are always imperfections and slow/new numbers that don't stand out but overall this band kills it on a nightly basis.

The first set was book-ended by new songs from Joy but in between we got a huge bust out - a cover of Taj Mahal's "She Caught the Katy (And Left me a Mule to Ride)" (first since 1998) - solid versions of "Stash" and "Wolfman's Brother" and a hilarious beginning to "Alaska" complete with Trey playing a Sarah Palin doll in to the mic. The doll was loaded with vocal samples of pure Palinisms like “We eat therefore we hunt it”, “pretty relevant important stuff, to me anyway” and “yeah quit makin things up”. The band's vocals were a little off due to Trey's hoarse voice but musically, they were dead on.

The second set started with a nice "Carini" but it never entered the major key jam realm as it has the past year. A nice "Back on the Train" > "Limb by Limb" heated things up before the cool down mid second set, which was eventually saved by "Harry Hood". And what a "Hood" it was. Atypical to most "Hood's" this one featured strong band interplay and bouncy, staccato rhythmic jamming before cruising back in to the climax we all know and love. A solid yet uneventful "Bug" closed the show before a great encore of the Rolling Stone's Exile on Main St classic “Shine a Light” which ushered the almost capacity crowd in to the cold night with warm hearts and big smiles.

Venue Info:

beer sitch:
$7 Miller Lite's
Street parking if you get there right at 6pm (when the 2hour limit stops) or Garages/Lots for $20+
Arena, end stage
14,900 (95% capacity)

Set List from
Set 1: Kill Devil Falls, My Mind's Got a Mind of its Own, Alaska[1], She Caught the Katy and Left Me a Mule to Ride, Wolfman's Brother, Pigtail[2], Stash, Bouncing Around the Room > Rift, Stealing Time From the Faulty Plan, The Birdwatcher[3]

Set 2: Carini > Backwards Down the Number Line > Back on the Train[4] -> Limb By Limb > The Wedge > Frankie Says > Albuquerque, Harry Hood > Bug

Encore: Shine a Light

[1] Trey used a device that played Sarah Palin quotes. [2] Debut. [3] Phish Debut. [4] Streets of Cairo tease from Trey.
Notes: She Caught the Katy was last performed on July 21, 1998 (323 shows). Trey used a device that played Sarah Palin quotes during Alaska and after the debut of Pigtail. This show also featured the Phish debut of Birdwatcher. Back on the Train featured a Streets of Cairo tease from Trey.


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