Post by nodepression on Jun 16, 2009 17:37:46 GMT -5
My first Phish show Sunday, and I was really disappointed. I used to be a big fan in high school, but then moved on to other (read better) things. I was in the pit and could not get into it at all. They are very very talented (especially Paige) but I just cannot take the 20 minute jams, they come off as completely self indulgent and useless. I left after Bruce came on with them because I knew it would not get any better. I also got pretty tired of hearing as I was walking around that field how Phish was the reason why they were here, or that it's just not Bonnaroo anymore. Some phans need to get over themselves.
On the other hand I did meet some really nice people in the pit line who were very excited that it was my first show. They also said that Phish were better than anything I'd ever seen. Unfortunately once they started with Ac/Dc bag, it became obvious I would not have that epiphany. Radiohead and MMJ still come off as miles ahead of Phish, sorry guys.
Post by questionablesanity on Jun 16, 2009 21:37:39 GMT -5
My 6,7th shows and I'm seeing them again on Friday. I thought Sunday was better than Friday, but that's just my opinion and it had nothing to do with Bruce sitting in (although very cool). I'm glad to read that many new phans have been converted over the weekend.
A Thieve's Parade 2/24 Conspirator 2/26 Kevin Smith 3/11 Keller 3/17 Papadosio 3/18 JJ Grey 3/25 Bela Fleck/Edgar Meyer 3/26 Toubab Krewe 3/27 O'Death 4/11 Budos Band 4/22 EOTO 4/28 Summer Camp 5/6-29 All Good
Post by ilovebonaroo on Jun 16, 2009 23:00:11 GMT -5
My first two Phish shows as well this weekend. I had my expectations far exceeded! This band, live (I haven't started listening...yet), was top notch. I don't really know how to explain my reaction. Physically it was very calm but emotionally/internally I was incredibly happy that I gave these guys a chance. I thought some songs were better than others...well at least Run Like an Antelope really stole me. I'll be looking into heading to some of their shows later this summer! Oh yea, the phans that me and one of my good friends (who is also saw Phish for the first two times) were around each show were absolutely phenomenal, every single one of the people I met were class and completely helped us out in every way to enjoy our first Phish experiences! Friday I was on the right side of main stage probably about a little closer than halfway from the stage and the potties. Sunday, my friend and I decided to boost our Phish experience so we were the second row behind the pit in the "normal" area. We had so much room, we could dance, chat, and even sit down for when the legs where wearing down! An excellent experience!
My first show was in Knoxville, where I was bowled the hell over. Then, like most, seemingly, was absolutely knocked off my axis by Friday's set. The YEM>Wilson>YEM was completely unexpect, but OH so appreciated. Sunday, seemed more 'regal' for some reason - maybe a little cleaner? I don't mean that in a bad way though. I think my experience changed a little, when I decided to abandon my spot up front to take in the second set on Sunday from the back. There were a lot of older fans, many with children and big ol' layers of excitement - just tons of smiles and dancing and all that goes along with it. Glad I changed it up a bit.
Can't wait for Red Rocks - even if it's only one night for me.
Post by spacedoutokie on Jun 17, 2009 11:57:01 GMT -5
I'd never heard of Phish prior to Bonnaroo, I checked out a couple of the live tapings, never got into it, actually hated it. I'd never been able to make it through more than 5 or six songs. Then I showed up to Bonnaroo and camped next to a group of Phans. They were some of the coolest people I've had the pleasure of hanging out with. When I finally decided to give Phish a second chance on Sunday my face just melted. I can now see why people follow them around. The crowd and the energy at the show was like nothing I'd ever seen.
Friday seemed to be more for the die hard phans, and Sunday was a little more mainstream, but honestly I just enjoy Phish any way I can get it.
My first show was in Knox. Been a Phan for around 6 or so years now. Kind of a late bloomer. Since I first listened to them I was completely hooked. These 3 shows I saw in a week made the addiction even worse. Personally I enjoyed Friday's set better than Sunday. Sunday was cool because of Bruce but some of my favorites were pulled out Friday. I do have to say, I am glad I saw them in Knox before Roo because it was all Phish phans, Bonnaroo however; was a mixture of everyone and it gave it a different feel in the crowd.
-When I Hear My Name -Dead Leaves and the Dirty Ground -Blue Orchid -Passive Manipulation -Red Rain -Death Letter -My Doorbell -Hotel Yorba -Same Boy You've Always Known -Lovesick -Little Ghost -We're Going to Be Friends -The Hardest Button to Button -Black Math -The Nurse -I Just Don't Know What to Do With Myself
Encore: -Ball and Biscuit -Seven Nation Army -Screwdriver
WTF? I get that you are entitled to an opinion but.....
My first Phish show Sunday, and I was really disappointed. I used to be a big fan in high school, but then moved on to other (read better) things. (You were a fan in highschool, but you are 19, and yet a fan that has never seen them live?)
I was in the pit and could not get into it at all. They are very very talented (especially Paige) but I just cannot take the 20 minute jams, they come off as completely self indulgent and useless. ( I have heard this before.. I know what you mean but the indulgence is purely mine on this part)
I left after Bruce came on with them because I knew it would not get any better. ( you must have espn)
I also got pretty tired of hearing as I was walking around that field how Phish was the reason why they were here, or that it's just not Bonnaroo anymore. Some phans need to get over themselves. (Bonnaroo as a fest kinda sux now, remember the year before this one? Phish was the only thing bringing me back and I'm better for it)
On the other hand I did meet some really nice people in the pit line who were very excited that it was my first show. (because phans generally are nice people)
They also said that Phish were better than anything I'd ever seen. Unfortunately once they started with Ac/Dc bag, it became obvious I would not have that epiphany. (really after the FIRST song no epiphany???) Radiohead and MMJ still come off as miles ahead of Phish, sorry guys.
(why be sorry for liking other bands??)
I have seen tight shows, sloppy shows, and epic shows.... both for me were epic.
Amazing: Phish, Bruce, Amadou & Mariam, Vieux Farke Toure, Rodrigo y Gabriela, Wilco, NIN Good to great: Animal Collective, NIN, Jimmy Buffet, King Sunny Ade, Tobacco, MGMT, Passion Pit, Kraak & Smack Glad to have seen: Oakenfold, Grizzly Bear, Beastie Boys, of Montreal, Snoop Dogg
Post by minneapolisaroo on Jun 17, 2009 17:51:23 GMT -5
I've never listened to them before and even skipped the friday show to recharge. I've never liked "Jam" bands and sort of assumed some things that were not true. Then Sunday happened, my God that was fun. So increadibly amazing, just pure joy. Phish fans are the most fun people to party with ever. Thank you all so much.
Post by groovy_uv802 on Jun 17, 2009 18:03:17 GMT -5
My first Phish shows. I was a fan of the studio stuff in high school. Then i went to college in Vermont and got the roots experience of phish all though burlington has changed A LOT since those days. I was blown away. Great experience for me. It is up there with some of the top head liners like Tool and Radiohead for me, different and by no means am i ranking them just saying it is on the same plane. I think phish should always close Bonnaroo, and that is coming from a seven year Bonnaroo Veteran. Some people don't like it and that fine to each there own its what makes life great, but damn they had fun. Became such a fan of live phish after bonnaroo that i am going to see them on friday at deer creek, super excited.
Post by justANOTHERnewb on Jun 17, 2009 21:42:07 GMT -5
My first two Phish shows. I had been listening to them for about a year now. I've been listening to the studio albums and a handful of the live shows. I was blown away. My girlfriend and I have been trying to figure out how to get tickets to another show.
Post by SouthGA_Festival Machine on Jun 17, 2009 22:05:42 GMT -5
I went to the Phish show Friday night and stayed an hour. I think they took a set break or something, not sure. Anyway I was ready to leave and did.
Sunday night I planned to see them, ran into a friend I hadn't seen since Bear Creek last Nov. on the way in with his wife and others, and still wound up not going in, but hung out with a few Camp Inforooers for a while listening from there.
I am someone who has never seen a non-headline timeslot on any Bonnaroo schedule in the last four years that didn't have multiple conflicts. But after listening to all the Phish I could bear beforehand and the hour Friday night, I just had no desire to go thru the arch Sunday night. But I feel like this is o.k. because of all the posts I've read from others talking about whole days they didn't have anyone they really wanted to see. But it's like some people want to make it a requirement to like Phish. I'm sorry, but to me, they are just a band with a lot of fans that I don't care for. I can think of a lot of bands with a lot more fans that I don't care for that would put me in the majority on this board. But by god, if you don't love Phish and a few other sacred cows, there's something wrong with you and you just have to keep working on your problem.
I sort of felt the same way about WSP after seeing them for the firs time from the pit last year. But after seeing them at All Good a month later, things changed completely.
Also, if I'd known Bruce would be playing with them, I most likely would have gone in.
The YEM>Wilson>YEM was completely unexpect, but OH so appreciated.
I totally agree! I'm a hardcore listener but this was my first chance to see them live. Wilson is one of my favorite songs (anything with king Wilson makes me laugh since Wilson is my last name) and to sandwich it in a YEM was phenomenal. I couldn't have asked for more for my first live experience. I bought the recordings right when I got home!