The glowing fingers of god shot across the sky
Trip Start Dec 28, 2004
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we arrived at deer creek when the gates opened once again and parked the car. having set up base camp for the afternoon i headed out into the crowds looking at all of the goods for sale and keeping an ear out for some concert enhancers or as other people refer to them "mushrooms". Deer creek is always fun because the parking lot really is like a giant open air flea market and the security presence is pretty laid back so you aren't disturbed by kids running full speed past you with police in pursuit although that is sort of fun to watch....not because the kid is in deep shit (he is) but because the crowd will open like moses parting the red sea for this poor kid trying to get away from the cops and then after he passes it closes instantly usually with someone bending down to tie a shoe and a few beer coolers placed directly in the pursuing cops path......we all have to work together to combat these bastards.....enough said.
again, i wont discuss the actual music here because i don't think most of you care that much about that aspect of my life but what i will say about this show is that about an hour into this show you could start to see flashes out on the horizon which could be nothing but a very large lightening storm coming towards us. as the show progressed (and my ascent into full blown psychedelic insanity gained steam) the lighting creeped ever close. this was not the usual thunderstorm lightning but the very special heat lighting that rolls in finger like protrusions under the clouds. you have to understand that there are about 20,000 people at this show, most of whom are completely out of their minds on hallucinogens and then god decides to put on one of the best light shows ever. it was without a doubt the most constant and intense lightning i have ever seen in my life and it totally blew me away as the music kept building to a higher and higher crescendo along with the ozone sizzling light show.
finally the first set ends with one of the end all be all phish songs, bringing the crowd into a near frenzy as we danced and shook our bones until the last note rings out over the crowd. the first set ends and we are faced with a 30 minute set break where everyone goes and buys a beer and uses the bathroom (except me....all the chaos and strange faces completely fucks with me so i just stay put and refuse to put myself through the mental torment.) about halfway through he set break the keyboard player comes out on stage and says something to the effect of "they want me to read this to you guys.....there is a line of severe storms heading in this direction. they are expecting heavy rain and 70mph winds"....with this there is a loud cheer because we are all obviously completely out of our minds at this point..."no no, guys this is serious....what we need is for everyone who is on the lawn (about 15,000 people) to please go back to your cars and wait for 1 hour and then we'll start up the show again. everyone in pavilion can stay where you are"
well this shit is unprecedented and as Steve gets ready to head back to the car i grab his arm and push him towards the pavilion and we climb up and over into the seated section. the security apparatus had completely broken down and had given up for the evening as the hordes began going over the back row of seats like lemmings going over the cliff. when it was all said and done the show did indeed continue after being delayed by an hour and we kept our slightly improved seats throughout the second set. not only that but the rain completely held out until the last 15 minutes of the show and then the heavens did indeed open and completely washed away all the hippie funk that had been accumulating over the day in that podunk town. all in all i have to say that extreme lightning storm mixed with some seriously exploratory and crazy music AND a very hefty mushroom chocolate can make for a religious experience.