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PHISH
Written By: Gary Crouthamel
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Trey Anastasio
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Page McConnell
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Jon Fishman
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Mike Gordon
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Susquehanna Bank Center
Camden, NJ • June 24th, 2010
 
         I have covered them a few other times but at this show these guys were on top of their game, on fire and brought the sold-out crowd of More than 25,000 Phish phans in this sold-out venue were on their feet all night long on the first of a two night engagement. The show, scheduled to start at 7:30 started a little later giving the phans time to get into the venue and enjoy their tail-gating. The party continued inside and it wasn't that Pachouli incense waffling through the air that I was smelling either. But when the lights went out and the band took the stage I could see that it was appropriate that the band’s most recent studio album is called "Joy" because of the glee on Trey Anastasio's face. When he grabbed his guitar and ripped into the opening notes of "David Bowie," he looked so happy to be there. And by the time the groove morphed into "Stealing Time From the Faulty Plan," the crowd was up and on their feet dancing in their seats, aisles, the lawn and probably on the decks of the USS New Jersey docked right behind the venue on the Delaware River. Phans were showered all night by hundreds of glow-sticks flying through the air and beer spraying - a really raucous crowd.  It's not hard to see why the band attracts a traveling village of phans.
        Not to be outdone by the Phans, Phish was also on top of their game - really on fire! Not a huge light show but I do have to give a big applause to the lighting director who put this together. The lights and lasers were in sync to every note and beat of every song, just beautifully and incredibly timed. Up next came "Water in the Sky," "Ocelot" and “Uncle Pen.” Known for throwing in covers all the time, Phish next played Stevie Wonder's "Boogie On Reggae Woman", where bassist Mike Gordon was all over this. Then "Gumbo," "Timber (Jerry)” and "I Didn't Know" before finally stopping to say hi to the crowd. Then Trey said to the Phans that he had made a prediction at this same venue on a year ago that the Flyers would win the Stanley Cup this year, and said he came up a little short but that the Flyers will win the cup next year. That got the crowd chanting "Let’s Go Flyers" for a couple minutes before racing into "Birds of a Feather," "Bouncing Around the Room" and "Reba" before the highlight of the night came when the band busted out their cover of Led Zeppelin's "The Rover." It was the first time the band had played this live and they absolutely nailed it, featuring keyboardist Page McConnell on vocals to end their first set.
        For set number two, Phish opened with another big jam song, "Down with Disease," which segued into a slow-paced jam of "Crosseyed and Painless." Trey then led the band into "Nothing" and a closing sequence of "Twenty Years Later," "Harry Hood," "Fluffhead" and "Julius," leading the fans to think this was the set closer ... but they had one more for us, "You Enjoy Myself." Phish kept the energy up all night long with not a single Phan exiting the venue.
        After a short break, the band returned and finished off the night with a mellow "Bug" encore before taking their final bow. If anyone is interested in seeing Phish live, please visit their website at www.Phish.com and check out all the dates and locations. The first leg of their 2010 Summer Tour is about to wrap up, but their second leg starts up early August. Hope you can catch them. It’s worth the Phishing trip.
– Gary Crouthamel, concert photo journalist
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