Page signed an autograph while out on the front of the stage during Lawn Boy. The portion of YEM following 2001 contained only the vocal jam.
Debut Years (Average: 1991)

This show was part of the "2004 Early Summer Tour"

Show Reviews

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Review by waxbanks

waxbanks Beautifully spacey/funky Wolfman's Brother highlights an otherwise undistinguished first set. The big news in the second is the huge Seven Below, which goes to some of the same hazy summer spaces as the 40-minute take on 46 Days from 8/3/03 and ends up unexpectedly at Buffalo Bill. I like the Weekapaug, which dwells for a long time in staccatofunkville, but the YEM > 2001 > vocal jam is too much of a muchness - and Trey all but sits out the 2001 before leading a silly-not-musical vocal jam. Get the Seven Below and the Wolfman's but don't worry if you never get around to hearing the rest of the show. On the other hand, if you're doing some manual task in the kitchen, say, this the perfect soundtrack. Is that a compliment? I couldn't say.
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Review by makisupaman

makisupaman A brief meditation on the ninth anniversary of my first show seems in order.

Being the youngest of four siblings, each separated by three years, I had heard rumblings of Phish early on in my childhood hey-days of the 1990s. Slip Stitch and Pass registers as the first album I remember really getting into as a middle schooler, and subsequently Hampton Comes Alive. I remember being at a hotel for an adult-supervised New Years Eve party in 8th grade, and seeing the Peter Jennings report about the traffic at Big Cypress. At sixteen, I read about THC-infused soy milk at a place called IT in Rolling Stone while supposedly working the cash register at Walgreens. Summer 2004, during an equally transcendent three-week high school trip to Spain, I received e-mailed confirmation that indeed, I had finally acquired a golden ticket to see a band for two nights somewhere in Wisconsin. Just shy of eighteen, along with good friends and a girlfriend of two months who I would ask to marry almost exactly eight years later at another Alpine Phish show, destiny appeared unbound.

Such brimming optimism about a first-time experience with a band of my childhood stood in stark contrast to the scene on the lot this night. The atmosphere was one of almost somber remembrance, likening a wake of old Irish tradition - festive, but with a heaviness. I can recall people asking for predictions about when the band would get back together - "Six years!" shouted a stranger; "Ten!" another. At the time, the two Alpine shows were the last to be played before Coventry, as the few August shows were announced in July. These shows marked what was then thought to be the end for a lot of Midwesterners.

Walking through security and over the hump at the top of Alpine was a revelation. The view struck me as dramatically out of proportion with the cornfields and more familiar landscape of southeastern WI. As I stood in contemplation, a voice jarred me. A college kid at a tented table was calling me over to sign up to vote. What a great gig, I thought, registering people to vote and seeing Phish all Summer. He was from Colby College in Maine if my memory serves me well, and I am a registered independent thanks to my first Phish show.

In terms of show details, I remember the ACDC Bag had a different sounding jam than I was used to, and Mike's stop-and-start solos during Wolfman's Brother made the place erupt. The Seven Below stretched on to the point that I had to ask if it was still the same song. A first epic jam experienced live will do that, I suppose. Upon a recent relisten, I would further highlight the staccato-esque, over-driven jamming in Weekapaug, as well as the highly agreeable composed section of YEM.

I more often than not choose the next show, my second, to listen to in order to relive the experience, but I will never forget this night, and the feelings it evoked still resonate deeply despite almost a decade having elapsed.

This night and this weekend sparked something in me I still cannot fully render in words, and I can only end by humbly expressing my continual gratitude to a band, an organization, and a community.
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Review by kipmat

kipmat Seven Below and Wolfman's are the clear highlights, but don't skip the Mike's Groove. This is a solid, rocking version. YEM->2001->YEM is also worth hearing. All in all, this show is right there with 6/23/04 Deer Creek in quality.
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Review by Bob_Loblaw

Bob_Loblaw An above average show.

Above average Julius to open. Roses is standard and has a tease of a jam at the end, a joke on the guys part? Bowie is very strong and packs a punch for 11mins. Wolfman has a cool jam with some great drumming by Fish, it then goes into a nice little Page + Trey led jam.

Seven Below quickly goes into a nice cohesive groove which morphs into a kind of eerie Trey led jam. It grows and peaks to a great conclusion. Buffalo Bill is very short. Lawn Boy is shoved into the 2nd set which is very weird. Mikes Groove is straight forward but strong as usual. The YEM -> 2001 -> Sandwhich is fantastic and executed very well.

Standard Sample Encore.
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Review by deceasedlavy

deceasedlavy When I'm at a Phish show, almost invariably, I'm loving it. Every one I've walked away from was some shit no other band could do. But I definitely had blinders on at this one. And even given that, I'd hate to have seen the look on my face during "Glide". It wasn't until I saw Trey walk onstage with a big smile at Deer Creek in '09 that it hit me like a ton of bricks how wasted he looked throughout basically all of 2.0; that humorless, slack-jawed, dead-eyed gaze translated to either an inability or a lack of care as to playing his compositions on guitar, much less bothering to sing them properly. In the moment, I could look past it all in light of the "Wolfman's" and "7 Below", the latter being my fave of the new crop and getting its due without a doubt in this "final" Alpine stand. At the time I even dug the notion of sticking "2001" into "YEM" because the fucking song obviously meant so little to them now--they couldn't play it and wouldn't jam it so what was the point? But the awkward playing by Trey was a little too much even for me once "Buffalo Bill" was done, and I'm grateful that I wasn't obliged to write a review of the show at the time because I'd be ashamed of it now. The sad part is how much worse so many shows on the rest of this tour were. We made the most of this weekend and had a blast, but thank God this era ended when it did.
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Review by BassPlayer

BassPlayer Nice Seven Below!
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Review by ThinMan

ThinMan show starts off pretty bad, but the Bowie, Wolfman's, Golgi is really well played and ends the first set with some strength.

i really liked the 2nd set and this is still one of my favorite 7Bs. Besides the Buffalo Bill being special, the lawn boy was a big moment. Page bent down and signed someone's ticket stub at the end part and the crowd reacted hugely. This was a very cool goodbye moment that wasn't caught up with the magnitude of the Aug '04 shows.

The Mike's kranks and is a very powerful version. The YEM was nothing special and once again Phish encore with a single ripping power house song to close 1st night of Alpine.
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Review by MiguelSanchez

MiguelSanchez I really kind of "accidently" went to this alpine run. i lost my cell phone at deer creek, which in turned caused me to lose my ride. well, the only people i knew that could take me home were going to alpine first, and so it was...

traffic was a bitch so we missed the opener all together, and only heard the first set up to glide in the parking lot. julius may have been a little nod to the usually tough alpine security. roses are free was a nice treat, but even from the parking lot, some flubs were evident. ac/dc bag was pretty straight forward. i loved glide here, especially since we were just walking in the door, but anything but me after was somewhat of a let down. a relatively quick bowie picked things up before a nice bluesy/funky wolfman's. trey really started to pick up steam on the back section of this wolfman's jam. golgi was sort of a blah closer.

we left our friends in the lawn and moved down to our pavillion seats for the second set. i was not very excited for the seven below set opener, but they found a groove, and kept riding it and riding it and riding it. this is a very cool jam. there are no crazy peaks here, but there is some lovely exploration. it takes a quick dip into buffalo bill, which while a rarity, i had managed to catch in 2000, '03, and now '04. good stuff. page was very interactive during lawn boy, which got the crowd rolling. mike's was good, but the straight mike's groove is just not popping like it did in'95. they still heat the same peak, but there is very little going on aside from that. this is something that i miss badly. even in '09, mike's song has not been all that impressive. you enjoy myself was relatively flub free, but this yem>2001>yem is not really as cool as it looks on paper. where they would normally have the "improv" jam in yem, they just popped a mediocre version of 2001 in there. then they slipped right into the vocal jam. unusual but not all that great.

all in all, a mediocre, show. i liked the next night and the deer creek shows better, but the seven below is must hear.
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Review by jabberstin

jabberstin Get this show exclusively for the Wolfman's, where Mike drops certified bombs before the jam embarks on a rollercoaster-ride into dark, unchartered, Santana-esque territory. Seven Below>Buffalo Bill kindly revisits this strange land of eccentric improv, ala Mike Gordon.
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Review by fhqwhgads

fhqwhgads I like this show a lot more than I thought I would, which is possible because I skipped 2.0 almost entirely, only occasionally keeping tabs on what was going on with Phish from 2002-2004. Which is why I have yet to make conclusive strides in finding my own rhythm with 2.0, whereas many phans view it disfavorably in hindsight, for reasons. Anyway, I've heard far less tidy shows from 2.0--or "sloppier," though I don't like to be that mean--but there is a fair amount of looseness here, i.e., the compositions are not delivered with much of the white light and white heat which one could expect in the 90s. In fact, a lot of 2.0 sounds to me like the band is kind of winging it, but in a way that fortuitously and serendipitously comes together into something very distinctive.

Anyway, I think the highlights of the first set are AC/DC Bag, David Bowie, and Wolfman's Brother, with the latter two getting above-average for this era recitals and jams. I was particularly impressed by the Bowie, as I go into listening to any 2.0 show with the caveat emptor mindset of, "this may be difficult to enjoy knowing what you know." The Seven Below to open the second set is a great big jam, and the song itself is one of my favorites from the Round Room and Undermind songs. They kind of just drop out of nowhere into Buffalo Bill and then again (!) into Lawn Boy. The Mike's Groove is also worth hearing from this set, and, though @waxbanks calls You Enjoy Myself > 2001 -> Vocal Jam "too much of a muchness," I'm inclined to disagree, based on the novelty of pre-empting the vocal jam with 2001, though I do side with him that the vocal jam is "unmusical." I just don't really like vocal jams. Sample encore.
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