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. BeantownBoy Says:

    Type III,

    We enjoyed the Pumpkin Regatta in Burlington on Saturday.
    It’s definitely something that needs to be witnessed to full comprehend and enjoy. What made it even better was that the loser in the race that we saw jumped out of his pumpkin and began pulling in the other participants.


    Thanks again for the heads up.

  2. lastwaltzer Says:

    Gotta get down to the disco……..

  3. Type III Jamming Personality Disorder Says:


    “Fail-i-er and fail-i-er by the day”
    “Now with more Fail!”
    “Sad Trombone does not even begin to capture it”
    “I looked up ‘Fail’ on wikipedia and there was a screen shot of phish.com”

    I wish I knew why that website was so full of fail. It has to be purposeful at this point, right?

  4. ThePigSong Says:

    ^I thought it was a lifetime supply of hetty crystals. damn.

  5. willowed Says:

    Phish.com is crap…I went on this morning and I couldn’t navigate the site.

    Last night I was trying to follow the set list…It was an abomination.

  6. KWL Says:

    back of the floor was gettin down hard last night

    hot hot show

  7. willowed Says:

    The company who created the site is infiltrated by angry UM fans. Angry becuase Phish steels all of their thunder during Phish tour.

    Thsi is just a rumor but I am pretty sure it’s factual

  8. Type III Jamming Personality Disorder Says:

    I learned it from watching you, willowed!


  9. lastwaltzer Says:



  10. nonoyolker Says:

    Setlist looks nice from last night. First set tweezer and the return of Golden Age?? The version from Albany last fall is a tune that stayed in rotation

    can anyone kangfirm that What Things Seem is the new song of Mike’s new album? If so, that track is sweet. Livephish app fail this morning, so I am waiting to spin the show

  11. Guyute711 Says:

    Love this Gordon quote.

    “It’s kind of silly when [fans are] are making pie graphs about set list openers. But then, I always liked a good graph.”

  12. willowed Says:

    It is nonyo…On the Moss album

  13. nonoyolker Says:

    Thanks willowed, bomb track kangfirmed. That was my favorite joint on the album, glad it transitioned to the big leagues

  14. lastwaltzer Says:

    “What Things Seem” was definetly one of the better tracks on Moss, nice.

    Slow Funk.

  15. lastwaltzer Says:

    Anybody else think the moma had a little extra umph?

  16. Type III Jamming Personality Disorder Says:

    huh. I thought I recognized What Things Seem. Gordo’s band opened their second set in Noho last year with it. Solid tune. I like the ocedoc on it.

  17. Mr. Murph Says:

    Speaking of fail, failing and failure. IMO the biggest fail in a song has go to be the god awful trombone in Union Federal. I am pretty sure thats Fish, and hes sucking it up real bad. Might be my least favorite “song” if you can even classify it as one.

  18. willowed Says:

    OK…this is the lasttime I will bitch.

    Phish.com….I don’t want to join the god damn twitter conversation.


  19. willowed Says:

    One last bitch….If you click on the facebook tab it goes to the dry goods page.

    What a bunch of bozo’s

    Miner take over that site, they need a winner on that team.

  20. EL Duderino Says:

    Actually Mr. C would be the person who we should put in charge of Phish.com

  21. Guyute711 Says:

    Don’t jinx Miner willowed. As soon as you post I get this…..

    Error establishing a database connection

  22. Type III Jamming Personality Disorder Says:

    you do know what UF really is, right? don’t take it too seriously… 😐

  23. tela'smuff Says:

    can i just make it very clear that night one Stash is the heat. the real deal. the fire.
    i’m just finsihing the first set from night one and this isn’t a bad little set. The CDT actually has some real nice Trey work. Page slays Funky Bitch. Moma is hot. and the Stash is easily my favorite of 3.0, which isn’t saying a whole lot, but it’s very very good to my ears.

  24. Type III Jamming Personality Disorder Says:

    ha ha, me too. that was too coincidental…

  25. EL Duderino Says:

    3 Days ’til Charleston fellas!!!!

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