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Phish Bonnaroo ‘09: Setlists, Reviews, Video, Audio & Bruce Springsteen!



June 12nd and 14th, 2009


Manchester, TN

Phish Rock Bonnaroo with the Boss!

Hit “play” above to watch Phish with Bruce Springsteen.

The 8th annual Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival in Machester, TN has just wrapped up. And though the festival was inspired by Phish's off-the-beaten-path-festivals, this year is the first time Phish played the festival.

On Friday Phish played three-hour set featuring a Highway to Hell bustout (first since 2/26/97) and later a YEM > Wilson > YEM sandwich to close the 2nd set at 2:15 am.

The band had Saturday off, but Fishman (in a suit) and David Grisman joined the Del McCoury Band at Bonaroo for three songs including Beauty of My Dreams.

On Sunday Phish closed the festival with a two set show. The obvious highlight — a sit-in by Bruce Springsteen during the 1st set for Mustang Sally (first since 8/05/88), Bobby Jean, and Glory Days.

My boyhood hero and still hero.
— Trey Anastasio introducing Bruce Springsteen

Overall the whole experience looked like a blast, and with the help of PhishTube, Joephus and Bonnaboobs, once again I almost feel like I was at the show. Thank you intrepid streamers. Total game-changer.

Read on for setlists, audio, reviews, photos and more from Phish at the 2009 Bonnaroo Festival.

June 12, 2009: Phish Bonnaroo Setlist, Audio, Reviews

From the Archives

  1. Destiny Unbound [10/31/09]
  2. Born Under Punches [10/31/96]
  3. Sabotage [8/16/98]
  4. Ghost [5/22/00]
  5. Lengthwise [11/19/92]
  6. Sneakin’ Sally [9/28/99]
  7. Tweezer [11/23/94]
  8. Llama w/Bela Fleck [10/18/94]
  9. After Midnight [12/31/99]
  10. Born to Run w/Tom Marshall [07/16/99]

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  1. Chalkdust Torture
  2. Stealing Time From the Faulty Plan
  3. Divided Sky
  4. Possum
  5. Down With Disease
  6. Alaska
  7. Stash
  8. Golgi Appartus
  9. Wolfman's Brother
  10. Poor Heart
  11. Kill Devil Falls >
  12. Free
  13. Wading In The Velvet Sea
  14. Harry Hood >
  15. Highway to Hell > ^
  16. You Enjoy Myself >
  17. Wilson >
  18. You Enjoy Myself


  1. A Day in the Life


  • Late night set
  • ^ Last played 2/26/97

June 14, 2009: Phish Bonnaroo Setlist, Audio, Reviews

From the Archives

  1. Foreplay > Longtime [11/12/94]
  2. Theme From The Bottom [06/07/95]
  3. The Ballad of Curtis Loew [12/29/99]
  4. Forbin’s > Vibration of Life > Mockingbird [05/03/93]
  5. Dave’s Energy Guide [9/26/85]
  6. 2001 [09/29/99]
  7. Doomsday (Mike Gordon Demo) [Circa 1993]
  8. Run Like An Antelope [10/24/95]
  9. Harry Hood [11/12/94]

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Set One

  1. AC/DC Bag
  2. NICU
  3. Gotta Jibboo
  4. Punch You in the Eye >
  5. Sparkle >
  6. Bathtub Gin
  7. Character Zero
  8. Tweezer
  9. Horse >
  10. Silent in the Morning
  11. Run Like an Antelope
  12. Mustang Sally ^$
  13. Bobby Jean ^#
  14. Glory Days ^#

Set 2

  1. Rock and Roll >
  2. Light >
  3. 46 Days
  4. Limb by Limb
  5. Farmhouse
  6. Backwards Down the Number Line > *
  7. Prince Caspian
  8. First Tube


  1. Suzy Greenberg
  2. Tweezer Reprise


  • ^ w/ Bruce Springsteen
  • $ last time played 8/05/88
  • # first time played
  • * fireworks at end

Jamtopia's Pseudo-live-blog of Phish at Bonnaroo 2009

June 12, 2009, 4:00 pm

For the past two hours Phish Archivist Kevin Shapiro treated fans to rare and semi-rare soundboards live on Bonnaroo Radio. It was a great set, including such gems as the '94 Fox Tweezer and After Midnight from Cypress. Full From the Archives playlist and download above.

Download past archive shows here.

June 13, 2009, 1:00 am

Just walked in the door, loaded up PhishTwit, and there's a mellifluous Hood raging Highway to Hell coming at me live from Bonnaroo.

Setlist so far looks par for the course, but if the playing so far has been like the last few minutes I'm confident everyone's enjoying themselves.

Oh now I'm certain they're enjoying themselves. I nice YEM complete with fireworks tramp jam that segued into a Wilson out of nowhere … a dark one, with hints of Foxy Lady perhaps … and then bammo, right back into YEM to close the set.

Very nice.

June 14, 2009, 4:00 pm

Oh yeah. Today Kevin Shapiro laid down some of my favorite tracks during his From the Archives program on Bonnaroo Radio. Hood, Antelope, 2001, Curtis Loew, Theme and more. Not to mention a Gordo demo entitled Doomsday. See above for the full From the Archives playlist and download.

June 14, 2009, 8:45 pm

Phish has just kicked off the final set of Bonnaroo, and so far so good. Got a pretty standard Bag and NICU (at least as far as I could tell on the choppy streams) but Jibboo came in crystal clear and had some nice jamming between Trey and Page.

Tweezer just wrapped up and it was my kinda Tweezer... a good jam that's mostly faithful to the main theme without venturing into never-never land for too long. Horse Silent up next, followed by a really nice Antelope and then…


Bruce Springsteen just joined Phish on stage for Mustang Sally, Bobby Jean and a rip-roaring Glory Days to close the first set.

This is the first Mustang Sally for Phish since 6/21/88 (or about 1150 shows) and obviously the first time Phish has been joined by the Bruce Springsteen.

Glory days indeed.

He instantly brought this sense of melody and just bold statements out of his singing and guitar playing, it was undeniably great. It was a real joy to play with him.
Mike Gordon in reference to practicing with Bruce Springsteen

For those who haven't heard enough jamming out of the newly reunited Phish, the first two songs of set 2 will be welcomed with open arms. A really nice Rock and Roll (the end of which will probably be called “Bonnaroo jam” on the LivePhish release) and an extended Light (the end of which was a superb vehicle for Mike to drop some bombs on the place).

Those were followed by a sneaky little 46 Days and Limb by Limb, then things slow down a bit with Farmhouse.

Next up a raging Backwards Down the Number Line — not an oxymoron — followed by Caspian and fiery First Tube.

Encore with Suzy and Tweezer Reprise and that's all she wrote for Bonnaroo 2009. Hope to see you again next year!

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