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. ub40 Says:

    about to start slave and this show just woke me the eff up at my desk for realz

  2. BTB Says:

    Phish dudes in big $$$ condo’s is pretty funny I must say.

    Don’t know weather I should play a game of pool, take a steam shower or enjoy a cigar on the veranda. 🙂

  3. lastwaltzer Says:

    “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”BK

    Seriously, SHAME ON EVERYONE ON THIS BOARD WHO HAS LISTENED TO THE SET AND DIDN’T NOTICE THAT.

    That is really awesome glad they paid their respects in a classy way. Very cool.

  4. bhizzle Says:

    cigar on the veranda might knock you out with that thin air…careful BTB

  5. Frycanthropist Says:

    just dropped into hood jam

  6. lastwaltzer Says:

    @lycan

    That hood is where its at!

  7. pbs Says:

    From the 6 min mark, that hood is pure magic. The stuff I hunt for in Phish’s music. I listened to that on my commute home yesterday…thinking of Ole Jer and listening to Trey leave himself on the stage of the Greek with that majestic Hood jam. Tears welling up in my eyes, nearly had to pull over.

    Simply magical.

  8. ub40 Says:

    8/7 is really something special IMO

    such gorgeous tones from big red and such patient jamming by the whole band…im getting chills just listening at my desk

  9. Billy88 Says:

    I have an extra Charlotte merit badge for trade. Looking for a SPAC or if anyone is dong the AV merch sprint an AV badge.

  10. pbs Says:

    Something with that date, eh?
    Gorge ’09 8.7 too. Such amazing patience.

  11. ub40 Says:

    that whole second set is flawless, not to mention some nice higlights in the first set (foam>jibboo>reba>sleep again, 46days!) plus the lizards as an extra bonus b4 first tube

  12. Type III Jamming Personality Disorder Says:

    hmmmmm…

    MLB jam you say? yeah, I suppose I hear that in there. definitely not as pronounced as 6.18.94 but the elements are there. that section starts around the 6:20 mark or so.

    is this fully planned? I suppose it could be. they do slip pretty seamlessly into the theme…

    btw, the Sand pwns. total band involvement from the get go.

  13. negev79 Says:

    I looked at my watch (ok, ok, my phone) during Hood and realized how early it was in the set…blew my mind a little bit.

  14. DaNcInG fOoL Says:

    “Seriously, SHAME ON EVERYONE ON THIS BOARD WHO HAS LISTENED TO THE SET AND DIDN’T NOTICE THAT.”

    @LW, a SPOILER ALERT would have been nice

  15. DaNcInG fOoL Says:

    ^the mind left body jam from that bowie was not planned btw

  16. lastwaltzer Says:

    fucking candians………since when is this board spoiler free llfa

  17. Type III Jamming Personality Disorder Says:

    @how do you know that, fOoL? not disagreeing, just curious why you are so sure about this.

  18. negev79 Says:

    Yeah, and it was @Miner was spoiled it too, wasn’t it?

  19. DaNcInG fOoL Says:

    @type III, from an interview where trey clearly states this. great interview too, it’s on youtube i will try and find it now. it’s from the next day i believe

  20. negev79 Says:

    oops, I mean, @Miner *who* spoiled it

  21. Aquaman Says:

    Is that Canadians? LW

  22. DaNcInG fOoL Says:

    @T III, from this interview, not sure if it’s from part one though but you should watch the whole thing anyway http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5hLiaWEt92Y

  23. Type III Jamming Personality Disorder Says:

    cool, fool.

  24. voopa Says:

    *new Miner post*

  25. lastwaltzer Says:

    “@how do you know that, fOoL? not disagreeing, just curious why you are so sure about this.”t3

    “He’s A MISTA KNOW IT ALL

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