This show was webcast via Live Phish and featured the Phish debut of Sigma Oasis. Trey teased The Little Drummer Boy in Buried Alive. The Curtain was performed for the first time since August 28, 2012 (270 shows). After Midnight was performed for the first time since September 6, 2015 (153 shows). Trey quoted Sigma Oasis at the end of Soul Planet. Chalk Dust Torture Reprise was performed for the first time since July 11, 2000 (524 shows) and ended with a Plasma tease.
The Little Drummer Boy tease in Buried Alive, Sigma Oasis quote in Soul Planet, Plasma tease in Chalk Dust Torture Reprise
Debut Years (Average: 2003)

This show was part of the "2019 Fall Tour"

Show Reviews

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Review by DevinB

DevinB Let's be honest: this wasn't a very good show. The second set seemed to be cobbled together from leftovers, which -- as another reviewer noted -- made for a long and somewhat tedious program. It was heavy on ballads at inopportune times. It wasn't cohesive. Neither set was able to gain much momentum, but the second set really fell off a cliff and never came back. I'm sorry if that upsets you, but the band is not infallible and there's no need to trash one another for being honest about that.

And if I'm being honest and objective, I felt the show was about half-good. I thoroughly enjoyed The Curtain (without!) for the first time in a long, long time. I would also be insane to complain about the Chalk Dust Reprise. The bulk of the encore, really. As with ANY Phish show, there were flashes of brilliance. There were a couple moments (see: Walls, Midnight) that absolutely tore the roof off the place! But for every moment like that, there was also an obscure cover, a newer ballad, or a generally jamless song in the wrong spot.

And, look, I had a blast in Charleston. Tonight was my 70th show. It wasn't monumental or even particularly memorable. That's fine. Five good sets and one colossal bummer still averages out to a pretty good weekend. I love this town. I love this community. And, despite my criticism, I still absolutely love this band. If you had a good time tonight, great! I'm thrilled. If, like me, you didn't, know that a lot of people agree with you and Phish shouldn't be some sacred cow to us. It's ok to not like a show every now and then.
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Review by HarpuaTheBulldog

HarpuaTheBulldog Look I don't honestly care about too much of the super insightful stuff or the critical analysis, but I will say this.

I had been calling for Chalk Dust Torture Reprise for YEARS. It's been one of my favorite songs to talk about and hope they play some day. I had resigned myself to the fact that they would never play it again and it would always be shelved as a meme.

When they started jamming it in the encore I just about exploded. How can this band continue to amaze night in and night out!

Literally 7,089 days, 540 shows, and 19.5 years since the last Chalk Dust Torture Reprise. That is ANCIENT in modern day Phish. I now know how people felt at Hampton 86 with the Box of Rain, or at Formerly The Warlocks 10/9/89 with Dark Star, or at 2/28/03 the Destiny Unbound.

This was my personal Destiny Unbound, this was my Dark Star. More like Chalk Star. Thank you Phish!
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Review by Itch_to_the_nag

Itch_to_the_nag While the no repeat run is impressive for about 99.9% of bands touring today, it was an unflattering look for phish tonight.

Forcing themselves to play songs just for the sake of not repeating created a disjointed 28 song show.

Dropping petrichor late in the 2nd set was the epitome of unnecessary. For a Sunday “tour” closing show this fell extremely short and might be the worst show of the run.

Nothing was misplayed but nothing even sniffed the deep end of the pool and a barrage of 5-8min songs left this fan wanting so much more.

No real relisten able moments based solely on completing a gimmick that was already achieved at MSG in ‘17 was very disappointing.

As the show unfolded it became crystal clear that we were going to be forced into moments tonight that nobody really wanted in order for phish to complete their “mission”

It’s been a long time since this band let me down in this fashion.

The old adage...even the worst phish show is better then no phish show barely holds true here.

This run produced plenty of amazing moments but tonight just wasn’t one of them.
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Review by kevtree

kevtree I'd just like to make a point in reference to the review by Itch_to_the_nag: sure the no repeats thing is an endeavor, but based on the fact this show is insanely dense with songs, I think it's silly to blame that feat for the lack of jams and poor song choice (timing). Considering all of the options they had, they could have strung things together better, or if they were feeling it, jammed out half of the songs in the second set. Sometimes IT just doesn't happen, and that was tonight. My interpretation was more the following... they were maybe exhausted and things weren't syncing up, and so Trey made a call to go out with a bang (in a way) and play a sheer quantity over quality show. Like hey, look at all of these songs we still have to play. Sure, it's gimmicky, didn't really make for a good show, and has already been done before, BUT I think conflating it to the reason the show didn't vibe is wrong.

Sick encore. Not so sick everything else.
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Review by Xpanding_Man

Xpanding_Man I caught most of Saturday night despite trying to study for my last final of grad school, so I knew Sunday had big shoes to fill.

Best part of the show (for me) was getting an Alumni Blues suite, literally the day I finish a 3-year journey of a Finance MBA. God I love this band!

That said, I'll echo other reviewers by noting that the show lacked cohesion in my view. Highlights for me were clearly in the first set and the fun encore. Guelah is always great to hear, and Curtain sans With was had a decidedly old school vibe. Alumni through Walls was solid, with It's Ice having some particularly fun funk, and Trey sounded completely switched on during the finale.

Second set started strong, and I had another "get out of my f---ing head" moment when I head Energy, a rarity which they played on my 40th bday show in Atlanta in 2013 and that for some reason I had been hearing in my head the last few days. When Wingsuit dropped, my jaw hit the floor, but my wife reminded me that sometimes the band plays songs for their own reasons. Petrichor through the end was largely par for the course, which by Phish standard means it's still better than almost anything else happening on the planet :) Perspective is nice. I missed the irony of playing a song called Come Together on the anniversary of Lennon's assassination until just now; I doubt it was intentional.

I love P&M, and from there it seemed like they tried to raise the energy level for the tour closing encore, and actually succeeded. I love when this band gets silly and I got that from the encore for sure.

Overall, my main memory from this show will always be hearing the Alumni Blues! It's allright, 'cause I got a degree!!
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