Let me tell you, they are playing GREAT right now. It's hard for me to imagine that they've ever been any better than they are right now. I know everyone says the late 90s up to an including Big Cyprus was the band's heyday but, again, I can't imagine them not being at least as good now as they were then. They're simply crushing it, every night.
For this trip, we stayed at the lovely Red Roof Inn in Jessup, MD and what a scene it was! Tons of hippies doing hippie things. For example, our next door neighbor, EB, was a complete show, vaping hash oil and hopped up on acid (btw, from this weekend it seems as though acid has made a *major* comeback with the hippie set), getting his mind blown by my friend's #DinosaurTruther spiel. The dude told us a story of his house getting robbed and getting shot (for his drugs) and then not even caring if the shooter was ever caught because "The cops gave me a break on the drugs I had in the house." Absurd! Anyway, on to the shows...
SET ONE: Sample in a Jar, The Moma Dance, Wombat, Backwards Down the Number Line, Roggae, The Wedge, Wolfman's Brother, Nellie Kane, Lawn Boy, The Line, Stash, Suzy Greenberg
SET TWO: Carini, Ghost, Steam, The Mango Song, Sing Monica, Light, 2001, Harry Hood
We really lucked out this night. Two of us had pavilion seats and stubbed the other three of us down. Amazingly, the three seats that were not ours were never occupied the entire show! Like I said, lucky.
I'm usually not a fan of either Steam or Light but they killed every song, including these two. One of my buddies -- who we call a "Phish Snob" -- complained about them fucking up The Mango Song in Chicago (which, of course, I did not notice) but, to the extent they did, this one was perfect. The Hood was probably the highlight though.
SET ONE: Fee, The Curtain With, 46 Days, 555, My Sweet One, Sand, Bouncing Around the Room, Saw it Again, Fuego, You Enjoy Myself
SET TWO: Wilson, Tweezer, Back on the Train, Tweezer, Back on the Train, Tweezer, Waiting All Night, Free, Tweezer, Simple, Tweezer, Free, Catapult, Slave to the Traffic Light, Down with Disease, NICU, Hold Your Head Up, Jennifer Dances, Hold Your Head Up, I Been Around
ENCORE: Boogie on Reggae Woman, Tweezer Reprise
In the lawn tonight...Storms held off all night until I was driving back to DC...Another stroke of luck!
Trey initially forgot the words to the last verse of Fee (performed with megaphone) but then did it out of order. When the song finished he said, laughingly, "The words might not have all been in the right order but they were all there!" Ha! Oh, that Trey.
Again, they were completely on their game. They love playing Saw it Again at MPP and who am I to complain about it?
The second set, with all the in-and-out of Tweezer was, quite simply, unreal. For Jennifer Dances, Trey and Fishman switched spots...
Trey requested Jennifer Dances, then Fishman didn't know the words but did the best he could. Then he ran around the stage like a crazy person.
Then they handed things over to Paige for Been Around Awhile, which ended with the band doing a conga line around the stage, backstage, then back on the stage again. Another really cool moment:
Then, after the concert, oh man, NITROUS ISLAND! MPP has been notorious for its tough police presence but I guess they're lightening up. I saw just as many cops but they weren't doing anything. Right at the entrance to the back parking lot, down the hill from the venue, THREE tanks going at once. The "supply car" was parked right by me and they kept running the fresh tanks and bags of balloons from there. This went on for at least the hour we were waiting for traffic to clear and God knows how much longer after we escaped. Insanity!