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. negev79 Says:

    @Ybor – Greek miracle! That kind of thing always seems to happen just when you need it most, turns it all around. Jimbo FTW!

  2. Lycanthropist Says:

    shit no Runaway Jim yet either!

  3. Type III Jamming Personality Disorder Says:

    @lycan
    add

    Sparkle
    Runaway
    Waste
    Wading

  4. Lycanthropist Says:

    or FMS!

  5. joe Says:

    I’d like to think our positive energy sent to Ybor helped make that miracle ticket happen. And, if so, I think I need to tap into the energy source here for something good for myself. not sure it works that way though. The bb isn’t a gennie in a bottle granting wishes.

  6. Aquaman Says:

    So these setlist comments keep flying in.

    Does last night’s Telluride seem like 2009 Toyota Park?

    A good show to be sure, but better if rearranged?

    -Aqua-

  7. Lycanthropist Says:

    our positive energy worked for Ybor because he was OWED tickets.

    I don’t think we can just pull wishes out of thin air πŸ˜‰

  8. negev79 Says:

    @joe: “The bb isn’t a gennie in a bottle granting wishes.”

    Who says? Might as well ask and see what happens, right?

  9. Lycanthropist Says:

    i am failing to see what is so odd about the setlist..

    From all accounts it flowed well…

    Whats so odd about this setlist?

  10. gavinsdad Says:

    SOAM and Silly (if you didn’t get nite 2 JB)

    here are your JB2s if you act fast

    http://newyork.craigslist.org/mnh/tix/1890985391.html

  11. Lycanthropist Says:

    add:

    Twist

  12. gratefulcub Says:

    Lycan, the 6 minute Tweezer is what has thrown me. not saying it’s bad, good, other, just odd.

  13. gavinsdad Says:

    ^SNAP! i’m sorry boys…i thought those were for Weds. oof.

  14. AintNoTele Says:

    Nah, it was great. 2nd set was amazing, it was one of the best shows I have seen in 3.0 no doubt. The tweez>boogie was really good but the segue was slightly botched…such thick funk though, soo good. Piper and sand were top notch. the 2nd set really kept you on your toes and I think it was my fav show so far, neck and neck with the gorge…

  15. joe Says:

    I really just want one of the nights of jones beach off so I can bomb down there to hit the show. nothing too major. (well, and maybe a ticket for face)

  16. nonoyolker Says:

    Pretty awesome Trey pic from the Greek: http://1.bp.blogspot.com/_hM414hl9uRg/TF6-MEl4ikI/AAAAAAAAAZ4/JKduzV2kd4E/s1600/38886_416869306289_6458611289_5229866_7045487_n.jpg

    ^ looks surreal

  17. Lycanthropist Says:

    well yeah.. granted if your break it down into timings things may seem a bit odd

    but hell:

    Sand > BDTNL > Caspian > Tweezer > Boogie On > Piper > Mist, Bowie, ADITL

    That looks awesome to me, if you are gonna just make an assessment of the setlist alone.

  18. Aquaman Says:

    @Lycan

    Good question I was looking for some elaboration from the peanut gallery.

    -Aqua-

  19. AintNoTele Says:

    6 min tweez cuz they were dropping funk bombs that fell into boogie on. Such a serious groove, my boogie shoes actually caught fire and flew off

  20. Lycanthropist Says:

    almost looks like a top notch 99 setlist

  21. Kenny Powers Says:

    Telluride lossless (16-bit) up on Demon

  22. Kenny Powers Says:

    Fuck, it’s not the soundboard, false alarm πŸ™

  23. negev79 Says:

    @Lycan – Sand > Backwards Down the Number Line > Prince Caspian > Tweezer > Boogie On Reggae Woman > Piper…

    In my brain, the #line is in an odd place. Sand, Piper and Tweezer should be together. Normally, I would say Boogie On is in a weird spot too, but from what I’m reading, the Tweezer to Boogie On transition was great and flowed really well.

    Really, WTF do I know? It’s Phish and Phish always wins.

  24. Lycanthropist Says:

    so for those that are/were there…

    did the stash do anything exciting?

  25. Lycanthropist Says:

    See I like how they broke up their big jams

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