For a little context. This was the first time I had been out west. We came from Oregon which was like the land of milk and honey. Went up to WA expecting more of the same, pine trees and grizzlies and trout jumping out of rivers and shit, and drove right into the heart of some weird desert up in the mountains. It was dry and hot as fuck and barren.
We camped onsite, got all set up and started walking down to the venue. We had no idea how special the place was, thought it was just a regular venue up in the mountains.
The walk from the campsite takes like 30 minutes. It was like 100° and you're up on a mountain walking straight into the sun and there's thousands of wooks kicking up dust. It was brutal. Then you wait in line to get in sweating balls and covered in dirt. So we go in and walk up the back of the hill, and you crest the top of the hill and everything falls away. You're standing at the top of a mountain and a quarter of the way down there's a tiny stage sitting on the end of a cliff with a mountain sitting on either side like shoulders, and behind the stage a straight drop off hundreds(thousands?) of feet down with the Columbia river winding away into the distance. Completely mind-blowing experience when you aren't expecting anything like that.
I had been to the grand canyon with my family so I had seen natural beauty but nothing like this. We were about to see phish play there.
Show starts and its still insufferably hot, but so is the music. Sun finally starts to go down a little and a little breeze kicks up and you can feel the crowd let out a collective sigh of relief, and you can feel the energy ratchet up. Then at the exact moment that the sun hits the top of the mountain on the left the bands kicks in fast enough for you. This was the most synchronistic moment I've ever experienced at a concert. Everything was absolutely just exactly perfect. My gf was openly weeping. Emotions were running high. Were all struggling to keep it together. Complete euphoria. The band times the song to end at the exact moment that the sun disappeared completely behind the mountains. And its night time.
During this 2001 intro they had the smoke machines blowing full blast and they're just layering the sound. Every couple of minutes trey would step up out of the smoke and point to UFOs up above him. The vibe was crazy leading into the song.
They did the same thing with the divided sky pause as fefy the night before. A completely surreal moment. 30k people dead silent just watching the sunset.
On the buildups every time plays that ascending note hed point out a ufo
This was such a throw down. We were dancing so fucking hard.
Aliens coming in for a landing down in the gorge. You can hear the moment coming up when the band acknowledges them and starts rolling out the red carpet with the royal welcoming music. Dark -> Light.
They're landing now (8 min)
This dirty shit was like, "are you sure you want to land here? Were fucking raging so just be forewarned." (10 min)
After 7/17 we were super spun in the campground and there was someone flying a light up ufo looking kite that was what appeared to be 10k feet up in the air. We followed the kite for like an hour stumbling through the campsite in the dark. Finally found the guy and he had like five of them and let us fly it a little. They were the size of small car and super tricked out. After that we found a massive drum circle and laid down next to it and watched a meteor shower. Most shooting stars(and stars in general) Ive ever seen by a lot. It was crazy. After awhile we went back to our campsite and everyone else wanted to crash but I grabbed my drum and went back to the circle and banged on that bitch till dawn.