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Phish
Written By: Gary Crouthamel
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Bassist Mike Gordon
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Guitarist Trey Anastasio
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Keyboardist Page McConnell
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Drummer Jon Fishman
Susquehanna Bank Center
Camden, N.J. • June 7, 2009

        Back for my third show in three days, I knew to leave a little earlier for this one to beat the mad-house traffic rush. I got there just in time before the parking lots started to back up bumper to bumper.
        As the afternoon went on, I noticed how different three back-to-back shows can be.  For NIN/JA show, they were upgrading lawn seats to pavillion seats. For NKOTB, they were pretty much giving tickets away (more on this one later), and for Phish, you couldn't even find a ticket if you had the money. Don’t know why they didn’t play here two nights which they could have easily done like Dave Matthews and Pearl Jam.
        Phish, the only band playing that night, was suppose to start at 7:45, but as the lights went out and the band came on, it was 8:05. The opened with "Chalk Dust Torture", "Fee", and "Wolfmans Bother," ending the photographers’ three-song shoot at an incredible thirty minutes, and giving myself and the other photogs plenty of time to shoot and get what we needed to get. Most bands don’t even come close to that length of time for three songs.
        For the next two and a half hours the band dazzled, feeding off terrific crowd enthusiasm and turning that enthusiasm into a night packed with hits spanning their entire catalog. The band, Trey Anastasio on guitar, Mike Gordon on bass, Jon Fishman on drums and Page McConnell on keyboards, never veared away from the mike stands and stools the entire night, and with a stage production that would go at times from almost complete dark to a full major lighting spectacle, they jammed to other songs - "Guyute", "My Sweet One", 46 Days, "The Lizards", "The Wedge", and ended the first set with "First Tube."
        After a short intermission the band returned and opened their second set with "Sand", "Limb By Limb", "The Horse", "Silent In The Morning" and "Character Zero" before ending the second set with "Tweezer."
        The 25,000 sold-out crowd, who had been singing from the beginning of the show, were getting even louder and way more into it (wonder if the alcohol and other things might have had something to do with this by this time of the night) as they returned for the encore.  And if you ask me, I don’t think a single person even attemped to leave the venue. The band finished up with "Joy", "Bouncing Around The Room", "Run Like an Antelope" and ended with "Tweezer Reprise" - a great show!
Gary Crouthamel, concert photo journalist
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