Phish are returning to an old favorite tonight, as they will play Hartford’s XFINITY Theatre after a 252 show gap. Formerly known as Meadows Music Theatre and The Comcast Theatre, the venue is right in the middle of Phish’s home turf, holds 30,000 people (with a 22,500 person lawn!) and has seen some classic performances from Phish over the years. While the band gears up for tonight’s show, let’s go back in time and look at some of the best shows they’ve played at this classic New England amphitheatre.June 30th, 2000 – Meadows Music TheatreTheir first show at the venue, Phish showed up in a particularly playful mood, which was evident from their first-set-opening “Ha Ha Ha.” They followed that up with, “AC/DC Bag,” which flowed into a raging “Tweezer” that then bounced its way into “Runaway Jim.” A rare first set “Sneakin’ Sally Through The Alley” came next, which wound its way into bluegrass standard “Ginseng Sullivan” before landing on “Guyute.” Up next was “Golgi Apparatus,” which segued into another first-set-rarity in “Tweezer Reprise,” which was surprisingly followed by an uproarious, set-closing “Possum.”The segues continued in set two, as Phish opened up with “Halley’s Comet” into “The Mango Song” into “Twist.” Following a short “The Inlaw Josie Wales,” “Back On The Train” started, which eventually morphed into “Makisupa Policeman,” complete with the key phrase “One Bourbon, One Scotch, One Big Fat Doob.” The show ended with a trio of songs in “Farmhouse,” “Sleeping Monkey,” and “David Bowie,” before encoring with “Cavern.” What a show.See below for full setlist details and audio of “The Mango Song” from 6/30/2000.Listen to audio from “The Mango Song” from Meadows Music Theatre below, courtesy of YouTube user dgmaffi.Setlist – Meadows Music Theatre 6/30/2000Set 1: Ha Ha Ha, AC/DC Bag > Tweezer > Runaway Jim, Sneakin’ Sally Through the Alley > Ginseng Sullivan > Guyute, Golgi Apparatus > Tweezer Reprise > PossumSet 2: Halley’s Comet > The Mango Song > Twist, The Inlaw Josie Wales, Back on the Train > Makisupa Policeman, Farmhouse > Sleeping Monkey > David BowieEncore: CavernAugust 14th, 2009 – The Comcast Theatre, Hartford, CTIn 2009, Phish came back with all their cylinders firing. With their stop in Hartford coming in August, this show came near the tail end of their first summer tour after reuniting early that year. It was certainly a celebratory summer, and Phish’s return to venue, which was then known as The Comcast Theatre, was one of the grandest celebrations of them all. In what was an instant-classic 3.0 show, Phish opened with the always-exciting “Punch You In The Eye,” followed by “AC/DC Bag” into “NICU.” The real surprises began with the next song, as Phish busted out “Colonel Forbin’s Ascent” -> “Fly Famous Mockingbird” for the first time in the 3.0 era. The mere mention of “Icculus” during “Forbin’s” set the crowd on fire, and set the table for what was to come in the second set.Set two was ridiculous, and set the standard for high-energy crowds in the 3.0 era. After opening with a “Down With Disease” that contained a “Reba” jam, the band segued into a raucous “Wilson,” the found itself blissfully landing on “Slave to the Traffic Light.” “Piper” was next, which flowed gracefully into “Water in the Sky,” and then the real prize of the night arrived. The band closed the show with a ridiculous segment in “Ghost” -> “Psycho Killer” -> “Catapult” -> “Icculus” -> “You Enjoy Myself.” The Talking Heads’ “Psycho Killer” hadn’t been played in 282 shows, and “Icculus” hadn’t been performed in. 193 shows. The crazy “Icculus” focused on how people don’t read anymore, and encouraging the “kids” to put down their iPhones and read THE book.Also of note, Phish encored with The Beatles‘ “While My Guitar Gently Weeps,” which they also encored with at their previous concert at the venue on 7/1/2000.Watch an HD video of “Catapult” -> “Icculus” from The Comcast Theatre below, courtesy of YouTube user notmkdevoSetlist – The Comcast Theatre 08/14/2009Set 1: Punch You In the Eye, AC/DC Bag > NICU, Colonel Forbin’s Ascent > Fly Famous Mockingbird, Birds of a Feather, Lawn Boy, Stash, I Didn’t Know, Middle of the Road, Character ZeroSet 2: Down with Disease > Wilson > Slave to the Traffic Light, Piper > Water in the Sky, Ghost -> Psycho Killer -> Catapult -> Icculus > You Enjoy MyselfEncore: While My Guitar Gently WeepsJune 18th, 2010 – The Comcast TheatreThe last time Phish performed at this venue, they scorched the earth beneath them with a fun show, capped by a memorable encore. The first set contained fun versions of “Rift,” “Wolfman’s Brother,” “Foam,” and a great “Reba,” while the second set contained some great segues, with “Halley’s Comet” > “Light” -> “Billy Breathes” opening things up, before the meat of the set followed with “Tweezer” > “Theme From the Bottom” > “Harry Hood” > “Wading in the Velvet Sea.”However, it was the encore that truly captivated the audience. First, due to a request via a sign in the audience, Phish busted out “Sleeping Monkey,” which he encouraged the crowd to sing along to, since the sign was no-longer in sight and the person who made the sign might be able to hear the crowd singing it for him on the recording. Gotta love Trey Anastasio.Then, After a standard (yet always raging) version of “Tweezer Reprise,” Trey announced that they were going to play the song a second time to make it up to all the fans at Hershey Park who witnessed a “Tweezer” without its “Reprise. They started things back up for a wild, ripping version of the song. The band definitely loses tempo a few times getting lost in their excitement, but it doesn’t matter, as the crowd in front of them was going bananas.See below for full setlist details, and a video of the band playing both versions of “Tweezer Reprise.”Watch back-to-back versions of “Tweezer Reprise” from Hartford 6/18/2010, courtesy of YouTube user HarpuaFSB.Setlist – The Comcast Theatre 06/18/2010Set 1: Fee > Rift, Wolfman’s Brother, Summer of ’89, Foam, Possum > The Moma Dance > Julius, Reba, CavernSet 2: Halley’s Comet > Light -> Billy Breathes, Tweezer > Theme From the Bottom >Harry Hood > Wading in the Velvet Sea, Stealing Time From the Faulty PlanEncore: Sleeping Monkey > Tweezer Reprise, Tweezer Reprise
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Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on January 31, 2014 at 3:53 am Contact Matt: [email protected] | @matt_schneidman In fifth grade, Rasheed Sulaimon’s parents made him sit out of an Amateur Athletic Union game. Angela and Kenny Sulaimon didn’t hold him out because of an injury. He didn’t get in trouble at school. He even had A averages in all but one of his classes.But Sulaimon had a B in math.“Rasheed knew that if he received a B+,” Kenny Sulaimon said, “he shouldn’t settle for that good grade.”He was always a bright kid, but with five siblings, a mother who emigrated from Jamaica and a father who emigrated from Nigeria, things weren’t always easy for him and his family. AdvertisementThis is placeholder textSulaimon still faces challenges as a sophomore guard at Duke. But with the help of Blue Devils assistant coach Jeff Capel, along with the values instilled in him by his parents, Sulaimon has been able to overcome obstacles on and off the court.This season he’s faced one of his hardest tests yet — trying to work his way back into Duke’s core after falling out of it — and is keeping his same positive outlook. Even though being held out of a fifth grade basketball game perplexed a young Sulaimon, he acknowledged that his parents simply wanted to set a standard of excellence for him.“Just like in basketball, being a ‘good’ player is sometimes not good enough,” Kenny Sulaimon said. “You should work on the skills that will help you become a ‘great’ player.”The Sulaimons weren’t the wealthiest of families. But Sulaimon said as long as he showed his parents he was giving nothing short of 100 percent, they’d reciprocate and put all their effort into transporting him to workouts, getting him to games and paying for him to travel.“My parents did a great job of supporting me,” Sulaimon said. “ Both of them humble me, having come from foreign countries. They’ve always told me not to take anything for granted.”Kenny Sulaimon mentioned how he and his wife raised all six of their children to support one another and that their family is very tight. He said that Rasheed is very close with his brother and four sisters. When Rasheed wasn’t playing basketball, he was attending his little sister’s volleyball matches.“We raised our children to work hard and value the opportunities,” Kenny Sulaimon said. “We take the time to make sure we help our children understand how fortunate they are to live in the United States.”Sulaimon adopted these morals, maximizing his academic and athletic potential at Strake Jesuit High School in Houston. He was highly recruited by major schools, eventually committing to Duke over UNC, Arizona and Baylor. In his freshman season with the Blue Devils, Sulaimon started 33 games, averaging 11.6 points and 3.4 rebounds. He was also named to the ACC All-Freshman team and the All-ACC Academic Team.But then things changed.Three freshmen came in, a transfer was now eligible and a senior stayed for a graduate year.In 10 games from Nov. 15 – Dec. 28, Sulaimon failed to amass more than three made field goals in any contest. He didn’t even see the floor in a 10-point win against Michigan on Dec. 3.As Capel explained, his senior season at Duke almost mirrored Sulaimon’s early-season predicament this year, which is why he’s been able to mentor him through the struggles.Capel averaged 19 points in the conference and 16.6 on the year one season, but found trouble hitting that stride the next. “You just assume next year those numbers are going to be the same, maybe a little bit more,” Capel said of his junior season with the Blue Devils. “Now all of a sudden when I’m a senior and you have more guys, you can look bad. I think that’s one of the things that happened to Rasheed.”Capel noted that Sulaimon didn’t come into the season in ideal shape, and this, in addition to the newcomers, provided for an obstacle.“Rasheed had to change a lot of things,” Capel said. “It certainly knocked him back, but he’s stayed the course. I think he’s grown up a lot with how he’s handled it all.”Through these struggles, Sulaimon said Capel has been a tremendous influence, as he was the first one to reach out to Sulaimon to help him get back to playing at a high level.Against Virginia on Jan. 13, Sulaimon dropped 21 points, including the game-winning 3 with 19 seconds left in a 69-65 victory. Said Sulaimon: “I just had to keep my head up and know that God won’t put you through anything you can’t get through.” Comments