Category: 2004

Apr 17, 2004 Thomas & Mack Center Las Vegas, NV

Fenton Williams sat in for Chris Kuroda on lights. The band played Meatstick seemingly at the instigation of a crowd chant of the lyrics that began behind the stage. Caspian included a DEG tease from Trey. YEM included a lengthy Meatstick session immediately following the trampolines segment. As Fish took a drum solo, Trey set his guitar down to perform the Meatstick Dance while the crowd chanted the lyrics. The band jammed back into YEM, but then left Page to solo while again Trey danced and the crowd sang. This cycle repeated with Mike soloing on bass. YEM lacked its standard vocal jam. Trey rapped: “time for the Meatstick” over the intro to Tweezer Reprise, which also had its normal lyrics replaced with “won’t you step into the Meatstick?” Wolfman’s contained teases of Simple, Jean Pierre, Sneakin’ Sally, and Possum.

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Apr 16, 2004 Thomas & Mack Center Las Vegas, NV

Fenton Williams sat in for Chris Kuroda on lights. Rock and Roll included Low Rider teases. Camel Walk contained Wilson and Theme from Barney Miller teases. Little Drummer Boy appeared for the first time since December 2, 1999 (114 shows). Love You had Fish “playing” his new sonic dress, a garment woven from cassette tape that produced noise when touched with special gloves akin to tape heads.

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Apr 15, 2004 Thomas & Mack Center Las Vegas, NV

Dave Matthews Band lighting director Fenton Williams manned the board at all three dates on this Vegas run. This show marked Chris Kuroda’s first absence from the light crew since April 2, 1989 (1,179 shows). Disease was unfinished. Jennifer Hartswick assisted on vocals during Girls, a Jay-Z cover that made its Phish debut. Secret Smile featured a new arrangement. This was the first Sneakin’ Sally to contain a vocal jam since May 28, 1989 (1,150 shows). The vocal jam led into a brief quote of Coconut. Trey then asked Fish if he was wearing his “new suit,” referring to his sonic dress. After Fish answered “no,” Trey went on to rap about how people would have to attend the following night to see Fish play it. The rap slid into a bit of free-form vocal jamming to close the show.

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