A First Course of Fall

10.8.10 - Austin, TX - (Graham Lucas)

Phish stepped off the grand stage of Texas and into the cozy confines of the 1st Bank Center in Broomfield, Colorado last night, kicking off their undersized Fall Tour of 2010. Coming out of the gates with a solid effort featuring a lengthy setlist and a couple stellar moments, the band opened tour with a show that will likely be long forgotten by the end of this three-night run. Punctuating the night with a knee-buckling “Slave to the Traffic Light,” the band’s finale brought their most cohesive and triumphant playing of an evening that often seemed like was about to take that next step, but never did. Also blossoming during “Ghost,” Phish wound their way through several diverse feels en route to a space-aged oasis that bridged the gap to “Weekapaug, completing another highlight “Mike’s Sandwich.” The remainder of the set suffered a bit from a lack of flow, though the band did squeeze in a clever debut in the roots, Americana piece – “My Problem Right There.” All in all, the first night of Broomfield provided a solid opening act for a three-night circus that is bound to get far crazier.

10.8.10 - (G.Lucas)

After a sluggish opening frame, Phish lit up the start of the second half with the fiery flames of “Mike’s Song.” Jumping into the heavy and ominous fray, when the band segued into “Simple,” rushes of summer memories returned and it seemed that the “Mike’s Groove” interlude would transform into a show highlight. But just as the band began to get slightly ambient, they passed into “Ghost.”

Coming at a time in  when the show desperately needed a shot in the arm, the audience noticeably reacted when Phish slid into “Ghost.” Starting in a laid-back soundscape that had the makings of a stellar piece of organic improv, Trey used minimalist offerings to color the natural groove. Passing through a segment of gorgeous collaboration moving naturally at this slower pace, Trey gradually infused more forceful guitar leads into the mix, slowly pushing the band towards a peak but costing them some cohesion along the way. After playing with one wheel loose for a part of the jam, the band reconvened in the post-peak section for a more earnest experiment. Entering effect laden sequence of percussive sound, the band pieced together a psychedelic portal into a creative “Weekapaug” that favored more delicate contributions rather than its cliched, all-out, rock and roll sprint.

10.8.10 (G.Lucas)

But when “Weekapaug” ended, so did the flow to the set. While “Fee” presented the distinct possibility of psychedelic drama with its trails of musical ambrosia, the band ixnayed any of extended mid-set revelries with a turn into “Makisupa Policeman.” For the first time in ages, Trey actually made a weed reference in the song, as he passed comically passed the officer “the dank” and proceeded to crack up along the way. Abruptly ending the reggae rhythms soon after, Trey informed the crowd of a new song they had that was also about a police man, introducing the band’s newest piece, “My Problem Right There.” A humorous, lyrically-driven nod to everything that matters, Trey pokes fun his overactive mind, suggesting that we, ourselves, are are our only obstacle to our own happiness. While not necessarily jiving in in the middle of a second set, its message was delivered with a tongue-in cheek honesty that speaks to all of our paths on earth.

10.8.08 (G.Lucas)

Briefly stopping back in “Makisupa,” the band gradually built into a show-stopping “Slave” that peaked so profoundly that its notes seemed to jump from the animated pages of a Phish comic book. Setting a melodic theme early on, Trey carried his thoughts to the mountaintop in a glorious exclamation that led one of the most poignant versions in recent memory. Providing the only “no-brainer” take away from the opener, “Slave” was the brightest star in last night’s sky, standing head and shoulders above anything else played. Phish closed the set with a denouement of “Strange” Design” and “Julius” before finalizing the first night of tour with “Loving Cup.”

Starting with a show that carried less weight than previous tour openers of 2010, Phish will surely be back in hours to obliterate night one, turning the show into distant memory by this time tomorrow. That much is money in the bank. And when all three nights of Colorado conclude, “Slave” will remain the lone pillar from a fun opening night of fall.

First Set Notes: A late-set “Stash” provided the improvisational highlight of a slow-moving opening frame that read like a script of a generic first set of tour.

I: Chalk Dust Torture, Ocelot, It’s Ice, Bouncing Around the Room, Funky Bitch, AC/DC Bag, NICU, The Moma Dance, Horn, Stash, Golgi Apparatus

II: Mike’s Song > Simple > Ghost > Weekapaug Groove, Fee > Makisupa Policeman, My Problem Right There* > Makisupa Policeman > Slave to the Traffic Light, Strange Design, Julius

E: Loving Cup


881 Responses to “A First Course of Fall”

  1. Jtran Says:

    Looks like quite the show. Hopefully first set Tweezer starts a first set jamming trend

  2. gavinsdad Says:


    Posting this one last time on this thread and will post one last time on the new Tues post.

    I am giving away one ticket to each nite of the MSG NYE run to BB regulars (to repeat, i know who you are). If you have tix, be cool and don’t enter. There are 3 ways to win. One person can win multiple tics. I will only deal with answers sent to my email address.

    Person who answers these questions correctly, or gets closest to the right answer will win.

    1. What was the date of my first show?
    2. How many states have I seen Phish in?
    3. How many times I have seen Mikes Song?

    Send all answers to edlooram AT yahoo DOT com. I will reply with a single email to all the entrants announcing the winners tomorrow/Tuesday at ~9pm.

    good luck.

  3. Jtran Says:



    Nice jam

  4. guitarpicker420! Says:

    Here’s my review of the 10-10 sources. Quick synopsis, all are really good, but have to go with Neuman’s this time.


  5. kayatosh Says:

    just took a look at the setlist.

    halley’s ->tweezer. . . Goldenage->piper->camel walk — looks $$$ on paper. wow!!

    just when we stop mentioning golden age, bam! they rebust it.

  6. lastwaltzer Says:

    Goldenage->piper->camel walk — looks $$$ on paper. wow!!

    can’t wait to hear that.

  7. pencilneck Says:

    might cool of you G-Dad! Huzzah to you sir!

  8. neemor Says:

    pg. 30, I called the segue into Piper out of Golden Age.
    That’s about the only time I’ve ever been able to make and educated guess as to what song was coming beforehand.
    For people that do that stuff all the time, I bow to you.

    Good morning and enjoy the day, all….

  9. neemor Says:

    Huzzah, indeed.

  10. neemor Says:

    Looking at the second set and it’s ebb and flow, or rather, gas and brake, I have a feeling the flow of the set might’ve left something to be desired.
    A stand alone Jibboo and Twist broken up by Wading and kicked off with Alaska…
    I don’t know.
    Can’t wait to hear what you guys thought.

  11. neemor Says:

    I like the idea of a Marco, Polo between the audience and Trey during ‘Lope, though!

  12. BTB Says:

    I thought last night looked pretty good. Where are the CO BB’ers? Oh, sleeping. Cool.

  13. Little Buddy Says:

    The Livephish app keeps errorring out on me. Nooooo! I want to listen to that Golden Age>Piper!

  14. BeantownBoy Says:

    Mornin, BB!

    Just coming back into normal society after spending the long weekend in Burlington with the Ms. Absolutely beautiful up there with the foliage in full effect. Harry Hood, I envy you.

    Anyway, so did I miss much?

    Just loading up the last two nights of the external and then ready to dive head first both into fall and a deluge of work e-mails.

  15. lastwaltzer Says:

    In California, Pot Is Now an Art Patron

  16. Carl Says:

    GOLDEN AGE! That just made my morning.

  17. ThePigSong Says:

    Anyone doing the tour tourny over at the green board? If you are, well I’m smoking you 🙂 first place for now…

  18. Jtran Says:

    YEM blog said highlights of set II were Piper, Twist, end of Fluffhead. Also said set I was better

  19. DaNcInG fOol Says:

    trey’s guitar sounds super compressed on golden age, sweet

  20. DaNcInG fOoL Says:

    trey’s guitar sounds super compressed on golden age, sweet!

  21. pencilneck Says:

    Anybody streaming last nite’s show? No can doonload at the studio here.

  22. Guyute711 Says:

    The Carlton dance baby!!

  23. BTB Says:

    Carlton Dance is epic.

  24. BTB Says:

    Pig – if you win the tour do you get free garlic grilled cheese for life?

  25. Type III Jamming Personality Disorder Says:

    pretty pretty pretty solid first frame so far through Reba (which is a beaut).

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