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. Lycanthropist Says:

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

  2. AintNoTele Says:

    My name is hlhaun on photobucket. The pics will be trickling in if ya’ll want to check em out. I just got some up of the drive into telluride from silverton. Next up is the show and town

  3. El Duderino Says:



  4. b-rock Says:

    Holy crap voopa – the scenery around that stage is ridiculous!

  5. El Duderino Says:

    On Your Way Down…

    Mark it 8 Dude.

  6. Type III Jamming Personality Disorder Says:

    dang. sound cuts out on the video I just linked, but you can still see a couple of good shots of hips taking in the game last night.

  7. voopa Says:


    I know…looks ridiculous!

  8. Type III Jamming Personality Disorder Says:

    crowd shot vid of Take Me Out to the Kazoo Game

  9. negev79 Says:

    Ok – so now I’ve listened to both Cities and Simple…I previously said I would probably go with Simple over Cities if forced to choose. Now I’m thinking it’s gotta be Cities. Too much out of tune singing in Simple. Jam is insane, and unexpected, but Cities is just perfect. And all of 8/7 II after Wilson just kills me.

    Sorry, I know I’m still talking about the Greek. I’ll be moving on to last night’s show later tonight.

  10. b-rock Says:

    voopa, thanks for posting the pics. that place really doesn’t look like much fun at all. I’m glad I’m safe in my cube breathing recycled air instead of that fresh mountain stuff…

    OK, I tried. Didn’t work. Lucky fuckers.

  11. gavinsdad Says:

    they just sound, um, pumped or something. this BDTNL just has some, um, spunk to it. an overall crispness, attentiveness, energy, flow, cohesion, all that.


  12. ThePigSong Says:

    this Light Up is really more than I expected

  13. kayatosh Says:

    @GD: i found telluride to be more of an upbeat, uptempo, rock and roll show, w/ white hot peaks and such. Greeks sound more spacious and unhurried.

  14. kayatosh Says:

    but i’m only through tweezer. kids came home and jumped on bernstein bears. music off.

  15. Mr.Miner Says:

    mind left body jam out of caspian was the nob to Jerry imo….

    ….and boy did they tank that Tweezer!

  16. Mr.Miner Says:

    solid show…..tonight will blow it away imo

  17. AintNoTele Says:

    that was mind left body jam?!

  18. kayatosh Says:

    ho, miner. have a good time tonight. my best to all the BB peeps.

  19. Frycanthropist Says:

    starting Light again now.

  20. voopa Says:

    So when will we get Light Up -> Light?

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  22. KWL Says:

    tele, you upstairs??

  23. lastwaltzer Says:

    “mind left body jam out of caspian was the nob to Jerry imo‚Ķ.”miner

    ARE YOU SERIOUS, how many people have listened to the show and not mentioned this?!?!?!?

  24. ub40 Says: from the road just put up some nice telluride pics

  25. AintNoTele Says:

    last night was the best musical experience of my life (llamalee speaking not tele) and i don’t care what anyone else says

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