Transformations

The Greek Theatre - 8.5.10 (Wendy Rogell)

So I just got to Telluride – what a freaking paradise! Following another outstanding Phish show, containing the most transcendental jam we’ve heard since the day Phish stepped back onto the stage – and a smooth day of travel – the arrival in this mountain town could not feel more magical. Phish opened the western week of their tour with the most eventful and creative three-night run of this era; shows flooded with relaxed musical exploration excursions. Exercising a collaborative patience that we’ve been waiting for in their jamming, Phish blew up the Bay Area with a third night of mystical music on Saturday night.

Concluding the stand with a night focused far more on psychedelia than the previous night’s top-notch offering, Phish used their intricate communication to craft a deep trek into the band’s rejuvenated soul. Plain and simple, “Light” blossomed into the most impressive exploration we’ve seen since the band stepped back on stage in 2009. With a stunning journey into the heart of the unknown, the band proved their intention, beyond a shadow of a doubt, to confront new musical frontiers on a nightly basis. In nothing short of a revelation, Phish sculpted the jam of 2010; a cohesive and directed escapade into the source of it all. Playing a piece so spiritual that it truly needs no qualification of era, the communication between the entire band during this jam was simply astounding. And the way that Mike and Trey responded to each other throughout brought a new level of modern mastery. Phish transformed into cosmic juggernauts in front of our eyes, donning their Jedi robes and summoning the force like never before in this era. Bottom line – the progression continued with an improvisational showcase that immediately set a new bar for the band.

8.5.06 (Wendy Rogell)

One-upping themselves for three consecutive nights, Phish provided completely different vibes during the final two shows of the stand, but jamming their way throughout. As the band emerged from their newest epic, leaving the crowd floored, they oozed into “Twenty Years Later.” Resolving the extended darkness, the band rolled into a most spectacular “Harry Hood.” Applying their patient playing to the ethereal piece, Phish resulted with an emotive classic that stood as majestic resolution to the musical depths they had reached.

8.5.10 Pollock

At this point, the second stanza already had proved its worth in full, but the action was hardly over. A gorgeous “Theme” left the crowd in a summer bliss before getting a shot of adrenaline with a late-set “2001.” The crystalline space-grooves wove through the packed amphitheatre as Phish continued to crush the beautifully flowing set. Releasing into a boisterous “Suzie” jam, the band felt the excessive flow of the collective experience, and restarted the funk after the song’s conclusion. Raging The Greek with contagious energy, Phish orchestrated their crowd like personal marionettes. Concluding Berkeley’s final show with “Slave” – fitting the intricate playing of the set perfectly – the band exclaimed their virtuosity with a superior rendition that signified the triumph of an amazing three-night return to the west coast.

The first set, though not as high-fueled as the previous night’s, contained a phenomenal “Reba” that immediately jumped into the upper-echelon, if not the top, of all of 3.0 versions. In addition to smoking daytime “Jibboo,” “46 Days > Tube” brought the weight to the set’s second half. I’d go into more detail about the first set, but I’m fading right now and need to call it a night. In short, things have transformed once again over the course of The Greek, boding quite well for the next two nights in the heart of the Rockies. This is gonna’ be special.

I: AC/DC Bag , Foam, Gotta Jibboo, Reba, Sleep Again, Army of One, Poor Heart, 46 Days > Tube, Character Zero

II: Wilson > Light > Twenty Years Later, Harry Hood, Theme From the Bottom, Also Sprach Zarathustra > Suzy Greenberg, Slave to the Traffic Light

E: The Lizards, First Tube

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Note: Telluride is on the verge of explosion with the quaint mountain town about to transform into an over-sizeed Phish playland. Due to the 24-hour nature of this event, I’m taking the next two nights off, and will write about Telluride after its over…until then….the “Light” continues growing brighter by the day.

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1,929 Responses to “Transformations”

  1. halcyon Says:

    Friggin cold in mtn village….need a winter hat right now

  2. Jtran Says:

    @gcub

    Ganjala refers to the Gondola itself. One can bane or not on a ride, but either way it is still a Ganjala if baneing occurs at some point.

  3. halcyon Says:

    Ganjola cabins had billows of bane flowing from them…

  4. halcyon Says:

    Gondolas as public transportation is such a great idea. There should be more of these in cities.

  5. lastwaltzer Says:

    Pictures people! Come on lets see these ganjolas and this mountain village. come on!

  6. joe Says:

    very little whale* again last night?

  7. joe Says:

    and did trey play the new guitar exclusively last night?

    where’s the green tte doc? maybe tonight

  8. gratefulcub Says:

    whale = old toy
    Ocedoc = new toy

  9. El Duderino Says:

    @ gcub

    You heading out tomorrow night?

  10. AintNoTele Says:

    How can I post these pics?

  11. lastwaltzer Says:

    somebody help bob saget out.

  12. Lycanthropist Says:

    @aintnotele

    go to photobucket.com

    free and easy way to share photos.

  13. Kenny Powers Says:

    Hi rez T-ride poster .jpg now up on Phish’s FB page

    http://www.facebook.com/album.php?aid=184522&id=6458611289#!/photo.php?pid=5254215&id=6458611289&ref=fbx_album

  14. AintNoTele Says:

    Thanks lycan, I’m syncing the pics through google/picasa now

  15. Kenny Powers Says:

    oops, aborted link i guess. anyway easy enough to find. sweet poster!

  16. Type III Jamming Personality Disorder Says:

    Did they jam out LUOLMA like they did in Raleigh????

    yes. yes, they did. great energy in this one.

  17. Lycanthropist Says:

    soo..

    still got left for this leg:

    Drowned
    Bug
    Hydrogen
    The Curtain
    Rift
    TTE
    Waves
    ASIHTOS
    Col Forbins > Mockingbird
    Axilla
    Birds
    Carini
    Crosseyed
    Split
    Taste
    Limb
    Gumbo
    Timber
    Heavy Things
    Halfway to the Moon (PLEASE!)
    >HORSE! Silent

  18. Gavinsdad Says:

    Nice work Ybor. You put yourself out there man. That stuff happens at the right time. Really great to hear. That’s one for your record books dude.

  19. negev79 Says:

    Hi! Whew, busy today. Stupid work.

    Still making my way through the Greek re-listen. Page was killing it on It’s Ice. Now, of course, rocking Cities. Love!

    I tried to listen to streams of Telluride last night and it was just not working out. I am interested to hear the show, because I’m with, I think it was @LastWaltzer, who noted that the song selection was interesting and would have made more sense rearranged. I had thought exactly the same thing last night. Don’t flame me! Not saying bad, just saying interesting!

  20. Lycanthropist Says:

    add:

    Punch
    Fast Enough
    If I Could
    McGrupp
    Roggae

  21. AintNoTele Says:

    I got photobucket uploading now

  22. Gavinsdad Says:

    Miracled at the fuckin Greek. Sick action.

  23. ub40 Says:

    listening to Light for the first time, holy shiznit

  24. gratefulcub Says:

    Dude, yeah, we will be onsite by 6ish

  25. AintNoTele Says:

    If no one has told ya’ll yet, last night ripped! Serious shit went down that 2nd set. Pretty crazy ending to caspian to which suprised me. Good times indeed

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