I can't believe I didn't see you at Mohegan Todd! I felt like I saw dozens of people I didn't even know were going. Glad you enjoyed it, I loved the whole package of the venue, casino, quick room access, food options, no driving etc. To be fair to the rugged vets, I have not ever been to Vegas, let alone Vegas for Phish so my mind was on total overload the whole time.
As for Phish, I saw them play 3 out of 4 consecutive shows over 6 nights (no Night 2 Fenway for me) and I didn't see them play tour stalwarts like Tweezer, 2001, Harry Hood, Mike's Song (maybe the oddest since I got 2 [?] Weekapaugs, Split Open and Melt, Carini, Down w Disease, Fluffhead, Divided Sky, as well as so many others that are somewhat frequent like NICU, Funky Bitch etc. I, for one, loved hearing the new music and watching a band oozing with creativity and with a renewed fervour that I can't recall from any 35 year old band. Some of my highlights included the newest songs like Beneath a Set of Stars, Everything's Right, Say it to me S.A.N.T.O.S, Mercury, More, and I really loved I've Always Wanted it That Way. Since Rochester 99, I think that is the smallest venue I have seen them play and all of the the preshow reports of "not a bad seat in the house" were totally accurate. We sat in the third row of the stands behind Kuroda night 1 and were on the floor for night 2 (next to Isbella Anastastio and her crew- weird) about 30 rows back in the middle. Sound, lights (except for those red security lights in the hallways behind the 100 level partition), and crowd energy were perfect. The crowd night 1 was like NYE levels of energy, I think the sunrise patio parties took a bit of wind out of the sails of night 2.
Mohegan was a party of epic proportions. If they have us back you can be sure I'll be there again. And for those who opted to not go due to the tight ticket situation, let me tell you that if you were at all, even minimally connected, tickets were readily available. But overall, I do doubt that will happen because due to the double booking of Phish and a girls dance competition. I have seen a couple of horrible reviews from those dance parents - not surprising. But what was surprising is that I did also hear a lot of folks complaining that they didn't serve alcohol past 1am and started confiscating alcohol by 2am at the outside parties. Seriously though it was 2am on a Tuesday in CT and Phish threw down unexpectedly until midnight. My opinion is that if you need that last drink late night, keep your head about you and do it discretely or just go up to any number of party rooms. Security was dealing with nitrous tanks and zombies everywhere (in my experience this was happening even at 1020am when I was heading down for breakfast), a crowd that was not respectful of other guests at the resort, and was just generally raging. Also it was really interesting that people complained about beers being taken away while many joints and even lines were being consumed in front of said security, who only wanted to maintain the casino liquor license and told us so at every turn.
"Ladies and gentleman from the Big Cypress Indian Reserve, The Phish!"