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. BOB Says:

    you know what is awesome (as a phan) is that I’m sitting here trying to figure out which show out of the last four to buy off Live Phish and I’m having a really hard time picking because they all supposedly rocked. I’m gonna go broke. Which to start?

  2. bouncin fan Says:

    This weekend caused atl pit tix to jump from $130 last Monday. To $280 today


  3. Robear Says:

    Bobert, skim the highlights on yawningdrone.com

    buy according to taste, and musical amazingness.

    type III, go back about a week and read comments for a list of the guilty naysayers.

  4. DaNcInG fOoL Says:

    @bob camden 2

  5. Phamily Berzerker Says:


  6. Mr.Palmer Says:

    ^^^ that’s nuts. Like a biotech company with a promising new cancer drug or something.

  7. DaNcInG fOoL Says:

    hm i wonder if the band pays any attention to which shows get purchased the most

  8. Guyute711 Says:

    my buddy just saw the setlist from last night and thought set II looked pretty pedestrian. Bwahaha!

  9. zzyzx Says:

    I think Spac2, Camden2, and MPP2 are all worthy for different reasons. Don’t really have a preference between the three… they’re too hard to compare.

  10. Robear Says:

    df, sadly yes.

    they blow up the ones with low sales.

    Trey hates hype like he hates haters.

    Lucky for us, he loves Atlanta.

  11. Type III Jamming Personality Disorder Says:

    really, robear?

    I don’t think I’ll tread in the negativity. let them lie.

    and I’m sorry I still haven’t emailed you about gear. totally dropped the ball there. I owe you one there…

  12. DaNcInG fOoL Says:

    robear, i meant the downloads

  13. She Divides Says:

    last night’s show just restarting on hood stream now….fyi.

  14. joe Says:

    I think the question is do they pay attention to which shows were bought off live phish after the fact?

  15. DaNcInG fOoL Says:

    yes joe, that’s my question

  16. Mr.Palmer Says:



  17. joe Says:

    and then what would they do with that information? interesting…

    ok, so you math/business wizards need to figure out the live stream model that works for them for profit. Would people buy the high quality official stream from the band every night for $5, or just wait for one person to buy it and then rebroadcast it on another site? probably the latter unfortunately. I don’t really think they can do it on a nightly basis and make any money off of it. too bad. maybe kick down a sirius broadcast on the 4th though! please!

  18. El Duderino Says:

    Raleigh Pav for sale… Sect. 8 Row Y Seat 6

    Charlotte PTBM GA/Lawn for sale

  19. Mr.Palmer Says:

    @ she divides- did you go to MPP? I thought you said you were going..

  20. Robear Says:

    gotcha’ Df.

    tIII, bought daughter a north face aleutian sleeping bag and an Osprey Kestral pack. cheap foam sleeping pad

  21. phoammhead Says:

    Was at the Saturday Nite MPP show and it was epic . . . show good time! 😉 The boyz sound checked Liquid Time before the Saturday nite show . . . they essentially played it three times by starting and stopping it three times. The lucky show to get Liquid Time is coming soon! I’ll be in Raleigh through Atlanta and can’t wait!

  22. Moby Dick Says:

    I think everyone of us should buy at least one show from Live Phish.

    They are only ten bucks and I for one am very happy that they are offering these shows to us so quick.

    It would be nice to support the band, especially us couch tourers.

    And while you are at lets drop some flow to Miner for all his hard work and incredible reviews.

  23. Type III Jamming Personality Disorder Says:

    good choices. osprey makes really good packs. she’ll have that one for years.

  24. Lycanthropist Says:

    and i am about to get deep into this second set from last night.

  25. Mr.Palmer Says:

    $265 round trip from NYC to Raleigh…..hmm…

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