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8/15/2004 – NEWPORT STATE AIRPORT

 Coventry, VT   

SET 1: Mike’s Song > I Am Hydrogen > Weekapaug Groove, Anything But Me, Reba, Carini > Chalk Dust Torture -> Possum > Wolfman’s Brother[1] > Taste   

SET 2: Down with Disease[2] > Wading in the Velvet Sea[3], Glide, Split Open and Melt -> Ghost   

SET 3: Fast Enough for You, Seven Below[4] -> Simple > Piper -> Cool Jerk[5] -> Dickie Scotland[6], Wilson > Slave to the Traffic Light   

ENCORE: The Curtain With[7]
   
[1] Explanation from Trey as to the history of the song; also features Trey’s mom, Mike’s mom and John Paluska on “sexy bump”.
[2] Unfinished.
[3] Page and Trey break down.
[4] “Seven Below” shouted by all band members sporadically during the jam.
[5] Phish debut; lyrics changed to honor Mark “Bruno” Bradley.
[6] Debut; lyrics referenced Hadden Hipsley and Dickie Scotland
[7] Jam segment stopped and restarted in correct key.

This was the second show of the Coventry festival and was the presumed “Final Show.” When Trey made his “break-up” announcement the preceding May, he indicated that Coventry would be the final Phish shows. In reality, this turned out to be the final public show for over four and a half years. This show was simulcast in movie theaters nationwide. Before Anything But Me, Trey announced that, for the first time in 21 years, he was nervous performing a Phish show. During Wolfman’s, Trey revealed that the Wolfman’s Brother is, in fact, Fish (as well as the fact that he handed the phone to his friend Liz Durfee). Also, during Wolfman’s, Trey and Mike invited their mothers onstage (and later John Paluska) to do the “sexy bump” dance. Disease was unfinished and featured Trey briefly playing his guitar with a glow stick. Both Page and Trey broke down during an especially emotional Velvet Sea. After a thoroughly botched Glide, all four band members offered words of thanks to the fans for their continued support and dedication and brief reflections on their twenty years together. Trey then stated that what they really needed to do was “blow off some fucking steam” before starting up Melt. There was an enormous glow stick war during Ghost featuring hundreds, if not thousands, of orange glow sticks. This version of Seven Below saw all of the band members sporadically shouting “Seven Below” throughout the jam. The Phish debut of Cool Jerk contained alternate lyrics honoring monitor mixer, Mark “Bruno” Bradley. The Dickie Scotland Song was spontaneously created and included lyrics in honor of production manager, Hadden Hipsley, and tour accountant, Richard Glasgow (a.k.a. Dickie Scotland). Before Wilson, Trey asked the crowd to sing to another of their friends “for the last time.” There was a fireworks display between the end of the third set and the encore. Before the encore, while explaining the origins of The Curtain, Trey jokingly announced that the entire Chicago Symphony and the Twyla Tharp Dance Troupe were going to perform Gamehendge. Trey explained that they chose The Curtain With as the last song to bring them full circle, because, not only was it one of the first Phish songs he wrote, but he wrote it in a cabin one town over from Coventry. Trey stopped and restarted the jam segment of the Curtain With, because they were in the wrong key or, as he explained, ”Since we are going to be bringing ourselves back in time, we may as well do it in the correct key.” There was no P.A. music after the Curtain With.

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8/14/2004 – NEWPORT STATE AIRPORT

 Coventry, VT   

SET 1: Walls of the Cave > Runaway Jim -> Gotta Jibboo, You Enjoy Myself > Sample in a Jar > Axilla > Poor Heart > Run Like an Antelope[1], Fire   

SET 2: AC/DC Bag -> 46 Days > Halley’s Comet -> Ya Mar, David Bowie, Character Zero   

SET 3: Twist -> The Wedge, Stash > Free, Guyute, Drowned > Friday   

ENCORE: Harry Hood[2]   

[1] Tom Marshall on vocals.
[2] With Trey banter. At the end of Hood, the band stopped playing allowing the audience to sing the “You can feel good, good, good about Hood” refrain.

This was the first show of the Coventry festival and was simulcast in movie theaters nationwide. During YEM, the band gave away their trampolines. Throughout the duration of the set, groups of fans held the trampolines above their heads, and some fans jumped on the trampolines as well. Tom Marshall sang the lyrics to Antelope. Trey teased Waves in Halley’s Comet. Before Bowie, Trey told a story of the summer he spent living in a cabin in the Northeast Kingdom where he remembered writing several songs, including Bowie. Trey explained that Bowie was an attempt to see “how far can you push it in the harmonic and rhythmic language and still have people dancing.” During Hood, Trey (speaking in rhythm) noted that because there were a row of rocks separating the band from the crowd, they were feeling a certain level of disconnect (particularly when Mike plays a “sexy” note). To remedy the situation, Trey and Mike ventured down onto the rocks for the duration of the song. At the end of Hood, the band stopped playing, allowing the audience to sing the “You can feel good, good, good about Hood” refrain.

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