Friday, July 6, 2018

11/1/2009 - EMPIRE POLO CLUB

 Indio, CA  

SET 1: Water in the Sky[1], Back on the Train[1], Brian and Robert[1], Invisible[2], Strange Design[1], Mountains in the Mist[1], The Curtain With[1], Army of One[1], Sleep Again[2], My Sweet One[3], Let Me Lie[1], Bouncing Around the Room[1], Train Song[1], Wilson[1] > McGrupp and the Watchful Hosemasters[1]  

ENCORE: Driver[1], Talk[1], Secret Smile[1]  

SET 2: AC/DC Bag > Rift, Gotta Jibboo, Heavy Things, Reba[4], The Wedge, Guelah Papyrus, Undermind, Sparkle, Split Open and Melt  

SET 3: Tweezer -> Maze, Free, Sugar Shack, Limb By Limb, Theme From the Bottom > Mike's Song > Also Sprach Zarathustra > Light > Slave to the Traffic Light  

ENCORE: Grind, Esther, Tweezer Reprise  

[1] Acoustic.
[2] Acoustic; Phish debut.
[3] Acoustic. Fish whistled his solo.
[4] No whistling.

This show was part of the three-show Festival 8. The first set, which started at noon, was billed as Phish's "first full-length acoustic set" (complete with complimentary coffee and Festival 8 themed donuts). The first set featured Trey and Mike on acoustics, Page solely on piano, and a unique stage setup that had Fish stage right with Page on the far left. Before Brian and Robert, Trey encouraged the crowd to sit down due to the "mellow" nature of the set; he added that they had never before played to a crowd that was sitting. Whether the crowd should stand up or sit down became a running joke throughout the set, until Trey confessed during Wilson that he only asked the crowd to sit down at the request of the crew and, in fact, he hates telling people what to do (and also hates sitting down). This show marked the Phish debuts of Invisible and Sleep Again. Fish performed a whistle solo on My Sweet One. The band briefly left the stage after McGrupp, returning to encore with Driver, Talk, and Secret Smile. The second and third sets were played later that evening. Reba lacked the whistling ending. Trey took a moment before Tweeprise to thank those who helped put on the festival.