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


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. Robear Says:

    Chilly rain. Adds a new dimension of beauty out here. Need some rest and relaxation before the show. Excessive dancing the last four nights. People like when I bust the ‘Sprinkler’. Tonight, maybe the ‘Mower’.

    Be good all. The band has been playing at a level that I can hardly describe. Powerful, effortless, just a real pleasure to be part of. I suspect the trend will continue through this fairly short tour. Hold on tight, and bring extra screws for your jaw.

    They’ve been building this back up in a way that works for them. We’re basking in that now.

    The Show of Life.

  2. Lycanthropist Says:

    meaning you had a big jam into a crowd fav new song into a crowd hated song (yet i imagine a lot of people are becoming fast friends with Caspian these days).

    Then kick it up with Tweezer and psych everyone out with the Boogie and then lay into the improv with Piper.

    Great construction in my eyes

  3. negev79 Says:

    It’s all completely subjective anyway

  4. Robear Says:

    Lycan, nice freaky, menacing ‘Stash’. My favorite along with Portland since their return.

  5. Aquaman Says:

    :: It’s Phish and Phish always wins ::

    /\ Those damn lucky bastards!

  6. AintNoTele Says:

    I think with the sand>#line the idea was that dark/light transition. they brought the dark groove then brighten things up a bit.

    I didnt like that at the gorge though. The yem vocal jam got so intense then slammed into number line. I like it last night though

  7. Lycanthropist Says:

    no doubt @neg

    its subjectivity that makes GREAT discussion.

  8. halcyon Says:

    Second set made my summer complete…..

  9. AintNoTele Says:

    You out here robear?

  10. jdub Says:

    It’s not just the positive energy it’s acting on it. Ybor got his ass to the venue and did the work, hence he get’s the prize. It’s got to be both positive vibes and some kind of positive action to get the desired outcome.

  11. El Duderino Says:

    @ gcub

    Try and save some real estate if you can for the southern crew…

  12. gratefulcub Says:

    Don’t get me wrong Lycan, the second set is tailor made for me. Sand Tweezer and Boogie on make for a funk fest, regardless what else happens. I can’t wait to get into it after work as I pack for Deer Creek

  13. Robear Says:

    excellent show last night. obvious highlights for me were:

    camel walk

    whole freaking second set. great ‘sand’ sweet ‘Caspian’, tweez>boogie on with the new phunky sounds and then the best ‘Piper’ i’ve heard since 7/9/03. a huge version. tight ass ‘bowie’

    then ‘Quinn’ encore. nice little nod to Jer Bear.


  14. Lycanthropist Says:

    true dat @jdub

  15. Type III Jamming Personality Disorder Says:

    just wrapped up the Stash. definitely a solid version. dare I say best Stash of 2010 thus far? I may just dare. needs a second listen before that kind of declaration though…

  16. gratefulcub Says:

    We are saving space for about 40, so when you get there, we will have you a spot and a flank to defend from all the midnight marauders showing up in the middle of the night trying to move into our campsite 😉

  17. gavinsdad Says:

    i dunno shit about setlists and never have. songs fall outta the sky on my head. telly Sand commencing.

    “They’ve been building this back up in a way that works for them. We’re basking in that now.”

    ^i like this Rob. and i agree. let em breathe. 2011 heads pop off.

  18. Lycanthropist Says:

    @Bob Saget

    how those pics comin?

  19. Frycanthropist Says:

    Man I am so bummed that I haven’t seen ANY Phish in 2010.

  20. AintNoTele Says:

    I’ll second the best stash of 3.0. Maybe best piper too…that one needs a relisten though!

  21. AintNoTele Says:

    Lyc: On the way, they were 14mp pics so they are taking forever to upload

  22. voopa Says:

    Some pics:

  23. Type III Jamming Personality Disorder Says:

    Mickey, Billy, and Mr. Walton from last night

  24. jdub Says:

    So many elements of this music the last 4 shows to be excited about. I’m extremely pleased to hear the dense retro funk make some substantial appearances at every show, it seems to be the underlying groove of everything they are doing.

  25. Frycanthropist Says:

    Yeh its like the 97 funk but much thicker and more engaging and waaaay less meandering.

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