A Sinister Sunday

6.27.10 - Merriweather (Graham Lucas)

Phish concluded their transformative weekend on Sunday night with a dark, thematic set filled with shredding musicianship and exploratory jamming. Punctuating a four-night run that nobody will soon forget, Phish leapt into the fray with an igneous experiment that read “Saw It Again > Piper > Ghost > Jumping Jack Flash > Saw It Again.” Bookended by groove sessions, this psychedelic suite provided the core of the show, careening into uncharted territory with the new and improved Phish from Vermont.

Sparking the eighth set of the weekend with “Wilson,” the band cranked up the heat on an unbearably hot evening at Merriweather Post Pavilion, using Gamehendge as an energetic trampoline into the final frame. Potentially responding to an “up-fronter’s” sign, the band dropped into “Meatstick” out of left field, juicing the millennial anthem’s feel-good funk with emotive guitar leads and an out-of-character jaunt into a series of swamp grooves. As Trey, ripped a single chord, the band left the song’s progression for swanky dance rhythms that stretched seductively until Trey got another idea in his head. Once Red awkwardly ended a growing “Meatsick” with the opening riff of “Saw It Again,” the set flowed impeccably from here on out.

6.27.10 (G.Lucas)

Staging a sonic assault in “Saw It Again,” the band stretched the piece into thunderous sheets of sound and psychedelia while screaming the lyrics over the top of the evil soundtrack. Morphing into a significant piece of musical dramedy, the band continued shrieking the one-liner as they built a spacey segue into “Piper,” much like SPAC’s “Makisupa > Piper” transition from a week ago. And with “Piper” came the unquestionable creative and innovative highlight of the evening. Take the full-band crushing from “Oswego” ’99’s legendary version, and cross it with “Miami’s” crafty piece of musical density, and you’d come close to approximating the vibe of this stellar summer standout. Bombarding the crowd with a sawed-off shotgun of musical ideas, Phish exploded in an ever-morphing series of mini-jams. Without a tangible linear theme, the band took a jump off the deep end, going for the jugular in an experimental piece of roaring proportions. Transcending the uptempo rage-fest and avoiding generic percussive jamming of ’09, Phish wove through many creative portions of new-era music. This is one that needs to be heard to truly comprehend, as it reaches so many diverse places. In the jam’s denouement, the band broke into a groove that brought rhythmic resolution to the freight-train that had just demolished the venue. Moving the outro into a spacier texture, the band slid from their sprawling epic into the long-awaited second “Ghost” of summer.

6.27.10 (G.Lucas)

Left untouched since opening night in Chicago, the crowd was more than ready for the seminal late-90’s vehicle. This version shied from straight groove, as Trey began soloing early with notable nimbleness, and he simply never stopped. The whole band toyed with the changes of “I Saw It Again” throughout the “Ghost” jam, thematically uniting the non-stop sequence. Taking center stage, Trey slayed his leads as the band continued a driving groove beneath his display of fireworks. In an aural double-take, virtually nobody in the audience realized that Phish had sculpted “Ghost’s” jam directly into The Rolling Stones’ “Jumpin’ Jack Flash.” Trey simply stepped up and sung the lyrics over the existing pattern in the smoothest possible segue; the kind you don’t even realize is happening. Blowing out the end of the cover, the band began chanting “I Saw It Again” over an increasingly menacing texture, moving back into the song that started all this madness. In a fifty-minute period of maniacal music, Phish painted Sunday evening black, celebrating their new found confidence with a compelling trek into the underworld.

Official Merriweather Poster

Breaking out “Contact” for a light, late-set interlude, Phish capped the evening with a short but sweet “You Enjoy Myself”, featuring “Jumping Jack Flash” teases at the beginning and end of the jam. The lyrical reprise of “I Saw It Again” that surfaced throughout the set came out most creatively as Trey substituted “Boy,” and portions of the “Wassha Uffizi” lyrics, with “I Saw It Again,” all completely in rhythm and with hilarious intonation.

Last night Phish underlined a set of seething music with their classic sense of comical creativity, illustrating, once again, that the band has arrived. Playing another flowing set flooded with modern ideas, Phish followed up their past two nights with yet another magnificent evening.With three straight nights of next-generation Phish, the band has redefined what it means to be a fan in 2010. Cranking out everything in their repertoire, from exploratory jamming to ornate compositions, and doing it like the maestros that they are, Phish has taken the second half of tour by storm. After this weekend, the south should take heed, as a musical cyclone is about to hit the region. With only a Tuesday stop in Canandaigua separating us from tour’s four-night finale, June will always be remembered as the month when the band began moving forward again. And the future has never looked brighter.

Set I Notes: The first set featured six summer bust outs, most notably, “Walfredo,” “Tela,” and Bob Marley’s “Mellow Mood.” Though everything was played quite well, the set picked up steam, in earnest, with another scorching “Bathtub Gin,” which, in turn, set the table for a closing “Antelope.” Before the two classic vehicles emerged, the set had translated as a somewhat choppy recital; but its ending salvaged the opening frame.

I: Walfredo, Mellow Mood, Stealing Time From the Faulty Plan, The Divided Sky, Tela, My Soul, Ginseng Sullivan, Sample in a Jar, Bathtub Gin, Brian and Robert, Run Like an Antelope

II: Wilson, Meatstick > Saw It Again > Piper* > Ghost* > Jumpin’ Jack Flash^ > Saw It Again > Contact*, You Enjoy Myself**

E: Fire*

*Saw It Again lyrical quotes
**Saw It Again quotes and Jumpin Jack Flash teases; Saw It Again and Surfin’ Bird quotes in vocal jam.
^ Phish debut

"Tela" - 6.27.10 (Graham Lucas)

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1,083 Responses to “A Sinister Sunday”

  1. Bad Nirvana Cover Band Says:

    sheets of sound and psychedelia while screaming the lyrics over the top of the evil soundtrack.

    ^ πŸ™ what happened to ‘Joy’?

    that show would have freaked me out! I’m gonna’ go spin SPAC 2 again.

  2. lastwaltzer Says:

    “There aren’t many, if any, bands out there playing today that could muster that amount of energy for that length of time” sandstone

    Seriously. I took a friend to camden night two who had zero knowledge of phish, he doesn’t even really listen to rock music. Not only did he enjoy the show but he was absorbed the whole time, the only thing coming out of his mouth was a blend of “whoa, sick, what!?!?!, oh man, can you pass that over here”.

    I can’t think of too many bands that you take someone with no knowledge of their music too and they still be captivated for such a long period of time.

  3. BrandonKayda Says:

    Robear –

    Waterwheel went good. I didn’t stay for too long because i saw my sister and brother-in-law and wanted to say hi to them, but I did buy a Waterwheel sticker which has found a home on the front of my wallet now πŸ™‚ Seemed like really nice folks.

  4. Robear Says:

    word^ till next time.

    three ingredients to make a good or great show a spectacular one:

    Trey, Trey and Trey

    one man’s opinion

  5. El Duderino Says:

    “BTW guys, trey is using a teleprompter, so i take back what i said about it being ridiculous that he is learning all these new lyrics for one time covers”


    The more things change the more they stay the same…

    In ’94 I believe Fishman made fun of the use of TelePrompTers in the GD…

    Ironic is more like it.

  6. Mr.Palmer Says:

    Book your hotel rooms for NYC and NYE now!!!!!

  7. Robear Says:

    best free program to unzip .rar file on a mac?

  8. Selector J Says:

    Nice work, BK. I bought myself a WW hat @ P-town that ended up being too small (never bought a ‘flex fit’ before). No worries. Fortunately, my wife looks awfully good in it.

  9. Bandito Says:

    Hahahahaha! I love Phish.

  10. Mr.Palmer Says:

    For the one off covers i’m sure he uses a teleprompter. Not Phish songs. We knew this going back to Albany and Golden Age. Not a big deal IMO.

  11. Robear Says:

    selector, phunny stuff. i bought my lady friend one of the hats @ Hershey, and it was too big!

  12. Mr.Palmer Says:

    robear- stuffit Expander

  13. Type III Jamming Personality Disorder Says:

    P-town has a much different meaning up here in MA…

  14. zzyzx Says:

    How is using a teleprompter different from having a lyric sheet on the ground a la summer 98?

    Due to the comment on the last page, I switched over to Spac 2, and it’s a very different show but I like it as much as I liked last night. Phish can do quite a bit.

  15. DaNcInG fOoL Says:

    i don’t really care if he uses a prompter, at least for these covers or old tunes, just wanted to point it out

  16. Mr.Palmer Says:

    i loved Spac 2. and Spac 1. and everything this past weekend. Top notch Phish for this kid.

  17. yanzlow Says:

    Golden Age was a lyric sheet taped to the monitor – i was behind the stage and low for that albany show.

  18. DaNcInG fOoL Says:


  19. Robear Says:

    thx. mr. P. was drawing a blank over here!!!

    did you fill your first hard-drive yet?

  20. FNDomination Says:

    That streaming soundboard site is wicked awesome! Thank you for the post…

  21. HarryHood Says:

    Let me say that I’m first in calling dibs on floorspace at Mitch’s place for New Years! πŸ˜‰ That is of course if it’s OK with him.

  22. Selector J Says:

    “selector, phunny stuff. i bought my lady friend one of the hats @ Hershey, and it was too big!”
    The guy asked what size and I had no idea so I said medium. Which turned out to be a S/M. My wife looks better in it anyhow.

    P-Town probably means something entirely different than ‘Portsmouth’ here in Texas, too. :mrgreen: That’s just what we used to call it down in VA.

    Just a little revenge for all the ‘DC’ Deer Creek abbreviators. Always takes me a second… “Wait. People are camping in Washington DC? That seems like a bad idea. I should say something.”

  23. neemor Says:

    Phish is good.

    Who ever doubted it?

  24. Phamily Berzerker Says:

    I eat your banana!

  25. Type III Jamming Personality Disorder Says:

    yeah, I did an electronic double take. P-Town = Provincetown up here. took me a sec to figure out where you were talking about πŸ˜‰

    not me!

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