August 15, 2009

Phish at Merriweather Post Pavilion, Columbia Setlist

Tonight was the 1,212 show Phish has performed in its history. provides a web site that aggregates streaming web casts of tonight's show -- if memory serves me correctly there is a strong Internet connection inside and around Merriweather Post.

August 15, 2009

About 3:30pm EST

*Crowd Control, Kill Devil Falls, **The Sloth, ***Beauty Of A Broken Heart, ****Axilla, ^Foam, ^^Esther, ^^^Ha Ha Ha, ^^^^Party Time, Tube, Stealing Time From the Faulty Plan, Strange Design, Time Turns Elastic

Tweezer -> Taste, Alaska, Let Me Lie, 46 Days, #Oh! Sweet Nuthin', Harry Hood

Good Times, Bad Times -> Tweeprise

*Only the fifth Crowd Control in history and first since Phish's return to the stage this year; **First time played since Phish's return. Last performed on 7/31/03, 57 shows ago, the longest gap between performances since debuting on 8/9/87; ***Each time Beauty of a Broken Heart has been performed it followed a rare-ish song 3/7/09-Halley's Comet, 8/2/09-Grind, 8/15/09-The Sloth; ****Axilla was last performed almost five years ago to the date on 8/14/04. Surprisingly, it's been played just 60 times in history since debuting on 11/19/92 in Colchester, Vermont, a show that included many, many firsts; ^Only the 12th time played since 6/16/95 in Raleigh, N.C.; ^^Only played five times since 10/19/96; ^^^Just the 24th time Ha Ha Ha has been played since debuting May 16, 1995 in Lowell, Mass. at Phish's sole political-event performance; ^^^^Debut performance of new Fishman song Party Time; #Second Oh! Sweet Nuthin' since Halloween 1998.

An audience copy of tonight's show is available for download courtesy of's "No Spoilers" series.

Or download the official multi-track soundboard recording, which now comes directly from the stage as opposed to the front-of-house, soundboard-audience mic matrix recording of the past (in layman's terms, it sounds better than ever!) from for around $11.

8/15/09 Merriweather Post Pavilion, Columbia, MD

Click below to preview tracks from this show


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Review: Phish 8.14.09 Hartford, CT (Jambase)
Recap: Phish at the Comcast Theatre on Aug. 14, 2009 (Metromix Connecticut)
Concert Review: Phish hit right notes at Darien (Rochester Democrat and Chronicle)
Phish to Trigger Traffic Jams (WBAL AM 1090)
Live Review: Phish at Toyota Park (Time Out Chicago)


If the Merriweather Post Pavilion had ears, it would tell stories about some incredible shows that have taken place inside its wooded retreat. In fact, The Grateful Dead and the Jerry Garcia Band (both of whom were eventually banned from the venue due to the Nazi Columbia police, I'm sure, who were prompted by drug arrests of fans) played so well there, and so often, there is a plaque on a tree as you walk up to the venue noting the number of shows the band played there, and the years they set up shop for those multi-night runs.

Of course, Phish has its own history with Merriweather Post, including the 9/17/00 show, which had the second-to-last Fluffhead until Hampton of this year, into The Curtain With into Chalk Dust Torture to end set one. The second set consists of one of my three favorite sets of Phish music that I personally witnessed over 144 shows. This show is a must have for collectors of gems from 2000. Arguably, and in my opinion, it is the best show of Fall Tour 2000.

Finally, do you know where the Merriweather Post Pavilion's name comes from? The 19,316-seat venue that sits amid the 40-acre Symphony Woods site, originally planned as a home for the National Symphony Orchestra, was named for Marjorie Merriweather Post, an American socialite, philanthropist (the main reason the venue was named for her) and founder of General Foods, Inc., which over the years owned goodies like Kellogg's cereal, Jell-O, Minute Rice and Birdseye Frozen Foods. At one time during the mid-20th Century she was the wealthiest woman in America -- her fortune reached $250 million, on par with about $1 billion today.

Hartford Slide Show from Metromix Connecticut

Phish 8-14-09 Read the Book (Hartford w/ Icculus!!!)

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