The Phish from Vermont play at Ruoff Music Center in Noblesville Indiana on June 04 2022 Words by Jason Berenstein Pictures by Jordan Eisman
Phish opening the second night of this run with “Turtle in the Clouds” was an incredibly accurate celebration that this Saturday night was to be an absolute house party, with our friends dancing on the hillside. “Drift While You’re Sleeping” has become a personal favorite and major stand out, anywhere in a set. This was followed by their cover of Shuggie Otis’ musical love note “Strawberry Letter #23.” “Stealing Time from the Faulty Plan” included the briefest references to the theme from the Odd Couple on guitar, it was dinstinct and oh so brief.
The set continued with rareties “Camel Walk” and Timber (Jerrry) to help keep things funky while a gloriously chaotic and spacey “Split Open and Melt” was ready to close out set one.
“You Enjoy Myself” as a second set opener is akin to Babe Ruth pointing to the bleachers to call his shots. The vocal jam transitioned back to instruments and we were hit with another extremely powerful “Wave of Hope;” the band semmed to be reminding all of us to be mindful that “This too, shall pass.”
After “Bug and an addictively dance-y ” Gotta Jibboo,” things started to get dark. The Howling unfurled, taking us to a different place. Phish finished up this set with one of the only songs that gets me 3 feet off the ground just from the intro, the ever-rocking Zeppelin classic “Good Times, Bad Times.”
There were very few in the venue who were prepared for the debut performance of the funked-down, seductive and sexy version of “Maze” that served as the encore that evening, but all were more than satisfied. This was the first time that “Maze” was played in the slower tempo.
– Raindog –
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Turtle in the Clouds
Drift While You’re Sleeping (Trey Anastasio song)
Strawberry Letter 23 (Shuggie Otis cover)
Stealing Time From the Faulty Plan
Timber (Josh White cover)
Split Open and Melt
You Enjoy Myself
A Wave of Hope (Trey Anastasio song)
Good Times Bad Times (Led Zeppelin cover)
Maze (slow version; first time played slow)
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