A Phishy 4th Finale

"Ghost" - July 4, 2010 - Atlanta (Wendy Rogell)

Phish wrapped up summer’s first leg of tour with an explosive holiday affair that glimmered with setlist glory and was underlined by the band’s tongue in cheek humor, “honoring” America’s birthday. Playing a second set, split into two halves, Phish displayed their improvisational acumen throughout the first, while flexing their comic muscle, poking fun at American history in a classic Independence Day cover. Unveiling two sets of entertaining songs, the improvisational centerpiece of July 4th emerged at the start of the second set in “Disease > Piper > Ghost.”

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Opening patriotically, Phish stepped on stage and sang “The Star Spangled Banner” before earnestly kicking off the evening with the “Punch You In the Eye.” “The Landlady” posed some technical issues for Trey, but the urgency the band displayed illustrated that their intent was clearly for our delight on this holiday occasion. Dropping right into “Colonel Forbins’s > Mockingbird,” the band continued their Southern jaunts into Gamehendge, albeit without a narration. The band’s classic compositions brought a special feeling to the holiday evening right as the show began, a thread that would run throughout the show.

Continuing the retro-vibe with the tour’s second “Camel Walk,” the band rolled out their third consecutive animal-themed song with the modern-era “Ocelot.” Loafing along with long sustained whale calls, the band lifted a creeping, bluesy excursion as the show’s initial jam. “My Friend, My Friend” brought a menacing interlude before the set picked up with the closing combination of “Bowie,” “Jibboo.” Undulating through a bass-crafty “Bowie,” Trey played along with flowing, yet intricate, lead melodies. A dynamic version capped a month that saw the resurrection of “Bowie,” a song that had grown routine since the the turn of the millennium. Balancing the audience’s darkened head space with the glorious guitar acrobatics act of “Jibboo” Phish left the audience on the highest peak of the set as they hit the break.

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While the first set was song-based, the second set was backed by concept – first musically celebrating the holiday, then performing a Phishy skit within “Harpua” in recognition of the America’s skewed history. The opening sequence of the set started with the holiday “Disease” that almost everyone knew was coming. Only breaking form for a few minutes, the band delved into a groove as Trey began speaking in his gritty, uncompressed tone. Phish began to build outwards, momentarily, before Trey aborted the jam in favor of keeping the show moving along, pushing forward into the stellar second-set highlight, “Piper.” While not as exploratory as Merriweather’s sprawling epic, this version grew more cohesive, while still packing an improvisational wallop. Sculpting a dramatic piece of densely packed music, Phish squeezed quite a few ideas into the post-rock section of the song. Migrating through a musical forest, dropping bass notes as breadcrumbs, Mike led the band’s path into the woods, as members sculpted their offerings around his core. Notably shying from extended improv, Phish wrapped up a succinct”Piper,” slipping into the third and final “Ghost” of tour.

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The beginning of this version became a synergy of whale rock and groove as Mike and Trey anchored the jam with their interwoven thoughts. Growing in momentum like a downhill snowball, this rendition vaulted into a high-speed shred-fest. Shying from thick groove all summer, last night’s “Ghost” followed suit, capping the night’s central highlight in tightly locked and climactic fashion. Each segment of this three-piece sequence holds individual merit, but the “Piper > Ghost” is truly where it’s at for the show’s center cut of jamming.

After this flowing opening half of the set, the band juxtaposed a benign musical buffer of “Waste” and “Julius” before dropping into “Mike’s Song.” A particularly short rendition dropped off into “Tela,” the once elusive bust-out that has now been played three times in the past 20 shows. Again referencing Gamehendge, this time within “Mike’s Groove,” little did we know how Phishy things would soon become.

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With the opening “Oom Pah Pahs” of “Harpua,” the saga of Jimmy continued for only the second time this go-round. Getting analytical in his narration, Trey began discussing the lies of American History that are taught in schools, and how the real truth of the nation’s history is secretly woven into the lyrics of all Phish songs. The story soon turned to Jimmy’s ancestor who traversed the Atlantic, becoming the first settler of our great land. As the pilgrims soon came over to the New World, and “civilization” began to destroy the pristine landscape, Jimmy’s old relative sat in his house listening to his favorite music from “the only band other than Phish that won’t bullshit you,” imploding the venue with Rage Against the Machine’s “Killing In the Name.” A clear musical jibe at the glorification of our country’s murderous and bloody foundation, Phish chose a perfectly symbolic cover for a nation whose history is mired in hypocrisy; who throughout their past has said “Fuck You, I Won’t Do What You Tell Me” to just about every country and international force in the world. And they also nailed it. In a summer of one-time covers, this ’90s anthem of angst vaulted to the top-shelf as Fishman carried the vocals while the band perfectly mimicked the intense, punk-rock stylings of Zack de la Rocha’s outfit. Coming back around to “Harpua” and closing with break-neck”Weekapaug,” the band wrapped up a classic set that will go down in July 4th legend.

While carried by songs, Phish still carved a chunk time in their holiday show for jamming, ending tour with a crowd-pleasing evening that put a premium on fun to close out a significant month of music. Providing show highlights with multiple dips into the Gamehendge mythology, bust-outs, jamming, and comedy, the band put on a show that left everyone glowing for their post-tour holiday parties. With a month off before the Greek, there are many moons to break down the incredible month that was; but for now it’s high time for some rest.

Miner – over and out.

I: The Star Spangled Banner, Punch You In the Eye, Colonel Forbin’s Ascent > Famous Mockingbird, Camel Walk, Ocelot, Heavy Things, My Friend, My Friend, Lawn Boy, David Bowie, Gotta Jibboo

II: Down with Disease > Piper > Ghost, Waste, Julius, Mike’s Song > Tela, Harpua > Killing in the Name* > Harpua, Weekapaug Groove

E: First Tube

*Debut, Rage Against the Machine

7.4.10 - Atlanta (Wendy Rogell)

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484 Responses to “A Phishy 4th Finale”

  1. poop goblin Says:

    you don’t need any help sancho

    you’re all over insulting your intelligence on your own man

    trained professional

  2. GORDO G Says:

    It was insane absolutely insane!!! Killed all shows for sure! Man what craziness that would of been to witness when they busted kinthnof out of the harpua narration… They never cease to amaze and invent… A true show they put on for all… Trey was hilarious too when he was telling the story at one point he said “were am I going with this” and … forgetting the lyrics to waste he was like I don’t want to be…..I don’t want to be something… funny sht… That was probably the show since the reunion for real….this summer has been so special…and there is still another leg!!

    AWWWW Phish is awesomw!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  3. sanchothehutt Says:

    And how is that, Mr. Poop?

  4. Prince Nabby Says:

    Just as a point of trivia, can someone identify exactly when Bag slowed down? I seem to remember it being played just a tad faster back in the day. Lycan? Other musicians who listen for that sort of thing?

  5. BingosBrother Says:

    PoopGob’s back and theres gonna be trouble
    Hey now, hey now,
    The Poop Gobs back

  6. sanchothehutt Says:

    Because I don’t agree with a particular take on a segment of Phish music?

    I simply stated my opinion. I never insulted anyone. Mr. Poop.

  7. BingosBrother Says:

    @Prince : I don’t know, but I do love the way Bag has been played all tour. Kinda got sick of it after a while to be honest. When they opened Fall Tour with it, I kinda knew already it wasn’t gonna be my kinda show. But I couldn’t be happier with the turnaround it seems to have done.

  8. [Not Tom] Marshall Says:

    NTM factoid …

    Saw 16 shows from 1994 thru 1998

    Have seen 16 shows since last spring’s reunion.

    Pretty good trend.

  9. BingosBrother Says:

    Time for Ping Pong. Bitch is goin down tonight. If I win.

  10. Mr.Palmer Says:

    Love that Caspian fade into Tweezer…hot shit

  11. sanchothehutt Says:

    Nice, auntie em. my first 12 were 98-00.

    Ironic that I could do more shows back when I had no money. Not that I have a lot now 😉

  12. ChefBradford Says:

    Home after a long drive and the best fucking week I’ve had since I don’t know when.

    Great to meet so many of you

    Thanks to everyone who helped me with tickets (Marshall, Chris, BTB, Leo, Duder), again to Leo for letting me crash (and everything else; I’ll do your dishes anytime, bud)

    Pavilion was great the first three nights, but last night AintNoTele, Llamalee, Amy and I blew up the fucking lawn

    I called the hotel in Alpharetta, they’re arranging to have my face picked up at Encore Park and mailed back to me

  13. [Not Tom] Marshall Says:

    Great meeting you Chef.

  14. Prince Nabby Says:

    I was so bummed to miss the CLT meetup. We got so snarled in traffic from Raleigh that we didn’t make it into town until you were getting onto y’all’s bus. I guess that means the boys have to come back to the SE for the Fall 🙂

  15. kayatosh Says:

    7/3 destiny — $$$. jammed out.

    have been A/B ing 2 7/3 audience recordings using destiny for comparison.

  16. sanchothehutt Says:

    Mockingbird had a few flubs, and at first there was disappointment about no narration, but I like that they’re focusing on nailing those compositions again. That means a LOT about what they will be capable of come second leg.

    Still surprised at no Georgia Peaches, but leaves open the possibility that I might catch one live, so all good!

  17. ChefBradford Says:

    Likewise NTM, shame we never caught you guys in ATL

    picking through some choice nuggets on yawningdrone right now. I’ll have to spend time tonight and/or tomorrow freeing up some disk space so I can get this shit DL’ed. Or maybe I’ll go ahead and spring for an external HD

    loving this digi-loop jam out of Caspian, sickness. Really hope they explore this sound further. And further……and further

  18. Jtran Says:

    I know this is way off topic with where the board’s been today, but I want to talk about set lists.

    I think it seems pretty obvious a general idea is laid out for both sets these days, but how closely do they stick to that idea? Has it always been like this?

    Didn’t they not use setlists in 2.0?

    Excuse my noobness, it just intrigues me and I honestly have no clue.

  19. flarrdogg Says:

    Just finished listening to last night. Phishy brilliance. I love this fuckin’ band.

    Miner- You are on fire with your reviews. Crushing the bar that you’ve already set extremely high. Bravo.

    “I SAW IT AGAIN!!”*

    *(my coworkers and friends are growing tired of me screaming this every 3-5 minutes).

  20. kayatosh Says:

    continued the testing w/ mcgrupp and gin. this gin jam is really hot — $$, especially mike’s bassline. had to think long and hard what song i was listening to.

    mike is bringing the most variety/creativity to his game. page and fish definitely mixing it up more since last year, but mike takes the cake. trey is trey. love big red.

  21. kayatosh Says:

    most improved in 2010 — fish. the man is fillin it up in 2010. many mpre creative fills and accents. more confident and forceful. much more on point and a featured player in 2010.

  22. GORDO G Says:

    By the way I have been reading this board since latt summer…just never really post….but you guys seem to have such a close nit group and a special connection…must say its been neat to follow through ..almost on a daily basis from the sidelines….just felt the urge to hop on…my love for this band runs deep….. and this site has helped restore the feeling and the spirit that lives within the PHISH!…Thank you all seriously..

    set two MPP 1 brought me back…..so good IMO has to be one of, if not the set of tour at least for me… a little bias ha ing been there…but lisnening back..I still feel it!!!

  23. Prince Nabby Says:

    Nice to have you around Gordo!

  24. kayatosh Says:

    welcome, gordo.

  25. flarrdogg Says:

    Gordo G- Welcome. Please become a part of our community. It is a great thing where love of the band is foremost, but dissenting opinions are always welcome. Healthy debate.

    Jtran- My understanding is that there were not setlists used in 2.0, but they resumed using them in 3.0. As evidenced by the “all request band” moniker, there is always room for shaking it up. I’ve often wondered myself about the whole ‘setlist/ no setlist’ thing and am curious about it as well. Have yet to get a straight answer. Perhaps Miner, zz, Poopy, Robear, Completely, or another long-timer could clarify.

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