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11/1/2009 – EMPIRE POLO CLUB

 Indio, CA  

SET 1: Water in the Sky[1], Back on the Train[1], Brian and Robert[1], Invisible[2], Strange Design[1], Mountains in the Mist[1], The Curtain With[1], Army of One[1], Sleep Again[2], My Sweet One[3], Let Me Lie[1], Bouncing Around the Room[1], Train Song[1], Wilson[1] > McGrupp and the Watchful Hosemasters[1]  

ENCORE: Driver[1], Talk[1], Secret Smile[1]  

SET 2: AC/DC Bag > Rift, Gotta Jibboo, Heavy Things, Reba[4], The Wedge, Guelah Papyrus, Undermind, Sparkle, Split Open and Melt  

SET 3: Tweezer -> Maze, Free, Sugar Shack, Limb By Limb, Theme From the Bottom > Mike’s Song > Also Sprach Zarathustra > Light > Slave to the Traffic Light  

ENCORE: Grind, Esther, Tweezer Reprise  

[1] Acoustic.
[2] Acoustic; Phish debut.
[3] Acoustic. Fish whistled his solo.
[4] No whistling.

This show was part of the three-show Festival 8. The first set, which started at noon, was billed as Phish’s “first full-length acoustic set” (complete with complimentary coffee and Festival 8 themed donuts). The first set featured Trey and Mike on acoustics, Page solely on piano, and a unique stage setup that had Fish stage right with Page on the far left. Before Brian and Robert, Trey encouraged the crowd to sit down due to the “mellow” nature of the set; he added that they had never before played to a crowd that was sitting. Whether the crowd should stand up or sit down became a running joke throughout the set, until Trey confessed during Wilson that he only asked the crowd to sit down at the request of the crew and, in fact, he hates telling people what to do (and also hates sitting down). This show marked the Phish debuts of Invisible and Sleep Again. Fish performed a whistle solo on My Sweet One. The band briefly left the stage after McGrupp, returning to encore with Driver, Talk, and Secret Smile. The second and third sets were played later that evening. Reba lacked the whistling ending. Trey took a moment before Tweeprise to thank those who helped put on the festival.

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10/31/2009 – EMPIRE POLO CLUB

 Indio, CA   

SET 1: Sample in a Jar, Divided Sky, Lawn Boy, Kill Devil Falls, Bathtub Gin, The Squirming Coil, Runaway Jim > Possum, Run Like an Antelope[1]   

SET 2: Rocks Off[2] > Rip This Joint[2], Shake Your Hips[2], Casino Boogie[3], Tumbling Dice[4], Sweet Virginia[5], Torn and Frayed[3], Sweet Black Angel[2], Loving Cup[5], Happy[4], Turd on the Run[4], Ventilator Blues[4] -> I Just Want To See His Face[6] > Let It Loose[4], All Down the Line[4], Stop Breaking Down[4], Shine a Light[4], Soul Survivor[4]   

SET 3: Backwards Down the Number Line > Fluffhead > Ghost, When the Circus Comes, You Enjoy Myself   

ENCORE: Suzy Greenberg[5]
   
[1] Lyrics changed to “Been you to have any Coil?”
[2] Phish debut; Dave Guy on trumpet, David Smith on trombone, and Tony Jarvis on saxophone.
[3] Phish debut.
[4] Phish debut; Sharon Jones and Saundra Williams on backup vocals, Dave Guy on trumpet, David Smith on trombone, and Tony Jarvis on saxophone.
[5] Sharon Jones and Saundra Williams on backup vocals, Dave Guy on trumpet, David Smith on trombone, and Tony Jarvis on saxophone.
[6] Phish debut; Sharon Jones and Saundra Williams on backup vocals.

This show was part of the three-show Festival 8. Playbills were distributed on-site (beginning at 12:30 p.m., 8 hours in advance) confirming that the second set (the band’s “musical costume”) would be the Rolling Stones’ Exile on Main St. After Divided Sky, Trey acknowledged the beauty of the venue and announced that Page would now play a love song to the lawn since it was the first time they had played on grass in a long time. Antelope’s lyrics were changed to  “Been you to have any Coil, man?” (The Coil was an art installation on the venue grounds.) Set 2 began with a video highlighting selections of the 99 classic albums displayed and then systematically eliminated on the phish.com web site leading up to the festival. Selections in the montage included snippets from Michael Jackson’s Thriller, T.Rex’s Electric Warrior, Metallica’s Master of Puppets, Miles Davis’s A Tribute to Jack Johnson, Fleetwood Mac’s Rumours and The Doors (self titled), among others. All of the Exile on Main St songs were Phish debuts, except for Loving Cup and Sweet Virginia. All songs in the second set except for Casino Boogie, Torn and Frayed, and I Just Want To See His Face featured Dave Guy on trumpet, David Smith on trombone, and Tony Jarvis on saxophone. Tumbling Dice, Sweet Virginia, and Loving Cup through Soul Survivor also featured Sharon Jones and Saundra Williams on backup vocals. Trey introduced the horn section after Tumbling Dice and again after the completion of the costume, before saying “We are the Rolling Stones. See you later.” Suzy Greenberg was played with Jones, Williams, and the horns. This show featured the first Sweet Virginia since September 26, 1999 (173 shows).

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10/30/2009 – EMPIRE POLO CLUB

 Indio, CA   

SET 1: Party Time, Chalk Dust Torture, The Moma Dance, NICU, Stealing Time From the Faulty Plan, Stash, I Didn’t Know, Poor Heart, Cavern, Beauty of a Broken Heart, Ocelot, Time Turns Elastic   

SET 2: Punch You in the Eye > Down with Disease[1] -> Prince Caspian > Wolfman’s Brother > Piper > Joy, David Bowie, Harry Hood > Golgi Apparatus   

ENCORE: Character Zero   

[1] Unfinished.

This show was part of the three-show Festival 8. Stash contained an L.A. Woman tease. During I Didn’t Know, Trey announced that Henrietta would, for the first time in human history, suck and blow at the same time, in the shape of a figure 8. Disease was unfinished. During Bowie, Trey said, “I’m gonna give you a little hint about the Halloween album now.”

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