After hitting up Lollapalooza I was lucky enough to head to Bridgeview, IL this past Tuesday to see my first concert at a soccer stadium. Toyota Park is the home venue of the Chicago Fire, and is the newest major venue in the Chicago area. Phish’s only stop in the midwest allowed me to meet people from Florida, California, Pennsylvania, and Texas.
We got to the lots at about 3:20pm and the festivities had already started. It appeared as if the vendors had been set up and ready to go for a while, and the normal lot staples of alcohol and burritos were plentiful. It was interesting to see(and hear!) how many nitrous tanks were in the lot. Though I don’t indulge myself it’s always amusing to see people scatter when they see security heading towards their tank.
The first set was held together by new songs. A Kill Devil Falls opener got things moving early on, and I was pleasantly surprised by the debut of “Windy City”. I was happy to hear The Curtain and Gumbo in he first set as well. Time Turns Elastic drew itself out far too long and I wish they would shorten it up.
Backwards Down the Number Line opened the second set and provided ground for the transition into the first Carini since 2004. The crowd raged as one of the few Phish staples yet to be played was crossed off the list. An exceptional ‘Gotta Jibboo’ followed. Set two also provided 2001, a song that had been teased several times during the show, in addition to a stellar Harry Hood that broke the mold the song has taken this tour. Phish ended things out in a fashion that I have seen before but never can complain about. The concert ended with Page McConnell alone at his piano ending out ‘The Squirming Coil’ by himself. The Rolling Stones’ Loving Cup is always a great way to end out a show, but I was disappointed to get only one song as an encore. Why was the Chicago show the only one that didn’t have a two song closer?