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. AintNoTele Says:

    we’re about to pop in KWL

  2. kayatosh Says:

    tweezer on headphones just now. it’s movin along nicely and then it takes that sharp turn right into boogie town. jam blue balls. mike’s tone in boogie — $$$.

  3. Frycanthropist Says:

    so anybody got any calls for openers tonight?

  4. Frycanthropist Says:

    Punch?

    KDF?

  5. Aquaman Says:

    Misty Mountain Hop.

    I guy can dream , right?

  6. voopa Says:

    Rocky Mountain Way

  7. Frycanthropist Says:

    That would be super sweet Aqua

  8. Leo Weaver Says:

    Llama

  9. Leo Weaver Says:

    Is the wolfman fried or sumpin’?

  10. Frycanthropist Says:

    its in relation to my avatar @Leo

  11. Leo Weaver Says:

    Yep…I get it now. Totally missed that one. Great show BTW.

  12. kayatosh Says:

    $$ boogie on. complete w/ manteca teases

  13. willowed Says:

    Ginseng Sullivan or Yamar

  14. negev79 Says:

    Hey, I posted yesterday about the 8/6 -7 being out of tune (and perhaps that why they bailed on it early, as it wasn’t working), and someone (don’t remember who) said I was crazy. Re-listening, and no way, I was right! Pfft!

  15. Frycanthropist Says:

    Light > 20 years is astounding.

  16. BrandonKayda Says:

    WOW – Miner is right.

    Listened to the 6.18.94 Bowie intro, then last night’s Caspian – definitely Mind Left Body jamming – awesome. Subtle nod to the big man for sure

  17. negev79 Says:

    Just saw the official Phish pics of Telluride. Yeah, that place looks like it totally sucks. 😉

  18. Frycanthropist Says:

    20 Years gets more and more psychedelic every time they play it.

    Even the song part of it is nasty.

    I love it.

    I know this has all been said already, but these Greek shows just fill me up to the point that I can’t help but gush about it it.

  19. Frycanthropist Says:

    and I still have Telluride 1 to go after I finish 8-7!

  20. BTB Says:

    When quinn the eskimo gets here…

    Overall a solid show with some good highlights. Really hoping for top shelf jams tonight.

  21. negev79 Says:

    @Fry – you and me both. I’ve been gushing about the Greek shows since I got back. And I LOVE 20 years later. One day Phish is going to really stretch it out and my head will explode.

  22. Leo Weaver Says:

    Just texted with a buddy in Telly…told him I heard the show smoked, esp second set. His response, “I’ll take your word for it…chocolates did me in second set.”

    Fun guys indeed. Pace yourselves boys (and girls)!

  23. ub40 Says:

    @fry

    watch put for the sick theme and suzy coming up! just finished 8/7 and this is the real deal, light > 20 yrs is sick, hood is amazing!!

  24. ub40 Says:

    *watch out

  25. kayatosh Says:

    8/9 piper — $$$. mike teases maze, i believe.

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