7-23-03 - Verizon Wireless Music Center, Noblesville, IN
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Date: Thu, 05 Feb 2004 17:20:04 -0700
From: eric tipton
Subject: Re: Phish 7/23/03 review
07/23/03 - Verizon Wireless Music Center - Noblesville, Indiana
Set 1: Scents & Subtle Sounds > Theme from the Bottom, Rift > Sample in a
Jar, Sneaking Sally Through the Alley, Billy Breathes, Seven Below,
Set 2: Down With Disease, Squirming Coil, Makisupa Policeman, Buffalo
Bill, Run Like An Antelope*, Thunderhead, Slave to the Traffic Light
* dedicated to Greg. Trey begins song by saying: "Don't let it get you
Obviously expectations were running really high after the past two nights
behind us. I was hoping we would not see a letdown on night three like
the '00 run here. Some people will tell you '03 night three was a
letdown, but I won't be one of those people.
Scents and Subtle Sounds: Wow, big, huge gamble by the band opening w/
this newbie tune in the face of the aforementioned expectations. But you
have to love the willingness Phish has to take chances. This Scents is
not for the the faint of heart. It jams way out there, a good twenty
minutes or so. I personally loved it but I'm sure many will not agree w/
that sentiment. Very sweet segue into >
Theme: Woo hoo! Would it be as good as Philly from February? Not even
close. But I love this tune when it's played just a couple of times a
tour. Good Theme.
Rift: Good not great Rift. Still chasing that 100% clean Rift that I have
not heard since 96. This must be such a difficult song to play!
Sample: Eh, it's Sample. Again.
Sneaking Sally: Nice, another one we've been calling for all tour! This
Sally like Scents is not for the faint of heart. Jammed out like there is
no tomorrow. Definitely the highlight of the set for me. I happened to be
at the 12/30/97 bust out of Sally. 7/23 is just a tad behind that one in
my book. Very sweet jam.
Billy Breathes: Minor flubs, not used to hearing difficulties w/ this
tune so it was a little distracting for me.
7 Bel ow: Very standard and short. Nothing to write home about.
Cavern: Ah Trey, you've been practicing haven't you. Quite the
improvement over the debacle that was the Bonner Springs Cavern.
Setbreak, First set highlights: Scents and Sneaking Sally. Fairly choppy
DWD: Great way to start off the last set of the Crick run! At 9.5 minutes
it goes off into some more introspective space but by 13 minutes is backto
it's nasty old jamming self. At 19 minutes it calms down again and is
over and done at 21 minutes with no return to the theme and no segue
either. Kind of disappointing if you ask me.
Coil: Odd choice if you ask me. Save this for the encore but second song
second set? Me no likey the placement. At all.
Makisupa: This song was quite appropriate for what happened to my dumb
ass friend Pat during it! We were set up on Page side, 20 rows back;
close to the aisle. He was quite open about his "smoking" and
subsequently had his piece taken. Dumbass! Hilarious Makisupa w/ this as
the keyword: Thought I'd write a letter to my good friends Max Creek. I
said Dear Creek. [Long Pause] Then I smoked some Pot! Funny shit! Killer
segue into > (Phish.net has no segue listed, again w/ the crack smoking!)
Buffalo Bill: Great segue, wow! Short and sweet.
Antelope: Big dedication goes out to Antelope Greg from Trey. I heard
some crazy rumors about what actually happened to him but will not
speculate to those rumors here on the board til I hear some sort of solid
confirmation on it. This 'lope gets pretty mellow around the five minute
mark and you can tell the boys are just settling in and will rip it in a
few! At 8 minutes it slowly begins to crank back up. Page hits a really
nice stride at 9:50 w/ Trey playing behind him. By 10:30 it's back to
machine gun Trey, shooting holes in my brain! Nice tension and release.
Thunderhead: Whatchyou talkin' 'bout Willis? This can't possibly be the
set closer? Right? Guys? Someone hold me! [wink.gif]
Slave: Fuckin-A-doody! I don't care what you say, it does not possibly
get any better than being at Deer Creek night 3 seeing Slave to close out
the run. Magical. Apparently the fellas read my mind and decide to melt
me once again (seemed to me a constant theme for me during these shows at
the Crick [wink.gif] ). At seven minutes Trey breaks my trance and starts
machine gunning Slave the way it's meant to be! Nice, progressive build
up here. Trey's solo is completely irrepressible. Was it as good 12/97?
Course not. But I liked this version more than the Utah version if that
Waste: Well, at least I'm going onto Charlotte is what I first thought.
However, it was played well and with plenty of feeling.
Second set highlights: DWD (sorta), the Makisupa>Buff Bill segue,
Antelope, SLAVE .
What can I say? It was wonderful being back at Deer Creek amongst so many
great people. This was probably, no definitely; the most fun I had on the
whole tour - the experience as a whole is a must have for any serious
Phish fan. Everything comes together here and you need to see it for
Date: Fri, 25 Jul 2003 21:18:35 -0400
Subject: review 07-23-03
DEER CREEK 3RD NIGHT----great end to a great three night run. this show was top
notch!! i know a lot of phans are not fond of scents & subtle sounds as an
opener but how could you not like this one. 20 mins of new exploritory jamming.
after the opener the standards started flowing with the likes of rift and
sample. the first set pleaser would have to be SALLY, can you say FUNK
GROOVE!!!! after all that cavern took us home for the break.
set two DOWN W/ DISEASE>JAM>JAM>JAM>the most intense glow stick war fueled
by the disease that was phishes experimentation with hard core jazz meats funk
rock. if you were on the lawn you know what i'm talkin about. squirming coil,(
i was callin for it to end the first set so it was a great surprise to get
early in the second. trey and page really played a beautiful peace at the end.
makisupa>buffalo bill.TREY>"I wrote a letter to my friend max creek. I satrted
it deer creek..... great pun. great time.ANTELOPE THIS NIGHT = INTENSE!!!!!..
thunderhead was great, i just love the little guitar riff. SLAVE to bring the
house down. waste encore.
people this was a great three night run.if you were there consider yourself
very lucky.thank you phish for a great week of phun in the sun. Peace dan
Date: Fri, 25 Jul 2003 15:26:24 -0500
From: [email protected]
Subject: Review of 7/23/2003 - Deer Creek
Ahh, the third night in a row at beautiful Deer Creek, Indiana. The weather has
been absolutely beautiful all three nights. Life was good as Phish started into
Scents and Subtle Sounds. This song is a nice new one, better than most on
Round Room and the jam was nice, just a little too long for this song as an
opener. Then Theme, Rift, Sample, all nice versions. The highlight of the first
set was the Sneakin^Ò Sally, the jam was super tight and very funky and bluesy.
Then Billy Breathes was nice and chill as usual as was seven below. Cavern has
always been a high energy set closer, and this one proved to be just that.
After a chill first set, the band opened the second with DWD. This song is
always high energy and great, especially as the second set opener. Then a
Squirming Coil, Page kicked ass on this one as usual. Then came a funny and
entertaining Makisupa. The keyword was Trey saying something like ^ÓI have a
friend named Max Creek, so I wrote a letter to him and it said Deer Creek^Ô,^Ô
and then I smoked some pot^Ô I always thought Makisupa would segue well into
Buffalo Bill and it sure did on this night. Looked like they let Fish pick the
song so he started the semi-drum solo start of Buffalo Bill. This song is
starting to become somewhat traditional at Deer Creek as the last time they
played it was here in 2000 and they don^Òt play it too often. Onto the jam
starting Antelope. This Antelope had some crazy peaks that left people,
including myself, going holy shit! An amazing Antelope. Then into the
Thunderhead instrumental and closed the set with Slave, a great set closer in
my opinion. No encore could top that set so they played Waste, which I think is
always a beautiful song, I don^Òt know about it as an encore, but who cares.
After 3 nights at Deer Creek, you look back and think of all the great music
you have heard and great times you have had. I feel they played an excellent
run of 3 shows, all with their highlights, ups, and downs, which is what makes
a Phish show so great. I hope everyone has a great time throughout the rest of
the tour and in Maine.
Date: Thu, 24 Jul 2003 20:56:15 -0700 (PDT)
From: ed izsak
Subject: review of 07-23-03
After two solid nights expectations were running high for another amazing night.
Unfortunately the boys were in sleep mode from the get-go. Sense and subtle
sounds was a 20 minute dirge. The energy was just ripped out of the crowd. The
set got going only with the sneaking sally. Each songs seemed have a very slow
jam in it that just kept the crowd and the boys from building any positive
energy. Disease is always nice but again a slow jam kept it from being all
that. Coil is best used as a set closer because of the piano jam at the end.
Makisupa is without a doubt the most overrated song in Phish catalog. After the
vocals,it is basically a slow reggae rhythm that goes nowhere. Only a stoned
hippie would appreciate this song. Thunderhead and Slave and then the encore of
Waste kept to the theme of slow songs and jams. Very boring. Probably the
worst Phish show i have seen since i started seeing them in 1991. I think the
best set of the three nights was first set of the first night. The band had no
where to go but down.
peace, ed izsak
peace will come with tranquility and splendor on the wheels of fire- bd
Date: Thu, 24 Jul 2003 12:27:47 -0500
From: Jason Boley
Subject: 7/23/03 review
I'm not much for writing reviews, but I enjoy reading them and felt
compelled to comment on last night. Once again, the boys put on a solid
show. Monday's show was just phenomenal, so it was impressive to me to see
them improve on that show on both Tuesday and Wednesday. The culmination
was second set Wednesday, and I thought it was the most solid set of the
I started out the show in about the 14th row and was really excited. That
stopped after the first few songs though. People were really annoying and
there were a lot of younger people on X around us giving the security
guards crap, so my girlfriend and I headed back to the lawn for the second
set. It was a much more mellow scene and you could enjoy the lights more.
Without giving a full review, I'll just say 'Scents and Subtle Sounds' was
great. I think this song will grow into something great over time. I had
never heard it before, but it seems to continue a recent theme of theirs
where the songs are divided into two parts: one really slow and beautiful
part at the beginning which leads into a second part of the song which
serves as a jam vehicle and a way to bring the crowd up. Works fine for me.
The whole second set was a dream, and it was a good one. I was really
surprised that they brought out Makisupa so soon again, but it was a great
version, and Trey was really funny during his line. Bill was an old treat.
But really what this review is about is the Antelope. This was why I will
download the show. It was not a particularly long Antelope, but I've never
seen it raise to this kind of crescendo before. It was truly amazing. I
hope it comes through on tape, because the lights were a big part of it,
but it was truly an amazing Antelope. They dedicated it to someone named
Greg, and I think Greg was probably pretty damned happy. I was speechless.
Then they followed with Slave, and I was mesmerized. This was a rock solid
What a great run. So good to see so many come out and have a great time. I
hope everyone has a great time in Maine!
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