Dust And Stars And There You Are

10.8.10 - (Graham Lucas)

Phish stepped to Broomfield’s undersized arena in over-sized fashion last night, torching the building with two scintillating sets of music. Beginning from note one, last night’s show boasted a polar opposite vibe of the tour opener, flowing unflappably through the most impressive first set in eons and winding an adventurous path through a second set filled with twists and turns. Compiling a setlist that could make eyes bleed, Phish got back to business in earnest on Monday night, foreshadowing a fall run that will bring the band further down the unforged wilderness of the modern era.

The opening frame read like a page from the Phish canon, from the “Runaway Jim, “Foam” opening combo to the late-set “Halley’s > Tweezer” and everything in between. Following the clean and crisp beginning, “Wolfman’s” got the meat of the first frame underway with snapping, collaborative dance rhythms that stoked a fire of groove in the band which continued for the duration of the show. Piggybacking on the swank excursion, Phish went right ahead and dropped a divine “Reba” that brought the show to a colossal peak very early on. A dynamic version that sprinted right past the several”Rebas” of summer, its likeness in this era may not be found. Treating the piece with utmost delicacy, the band came out incredibly gently, worked cohesively from the start to create an intricate ocean of bliss. As the piece gained momentum, so did Trey, leading the band with an emotional solo that carried them to monumental heights, pushing through the song’s apparent peak to yet a higher plane of sonic sorcery.

Jones Beach (M. Ladd)

And just when it seemed Phish might insert a breather into the set, instead they dropped into the hallowed combo of “Halley’s > Tweezer.” The short launch pad carried a certain tempo and energy that spilled directly into the next massive peak of the opening half – “Tweezer.” Surprising everyone with its first set appearance, “Tweezer” delivered the message that nobody would be waking us from this first-set dream. As Phish splashed into the jam with a laid-back rain forest of funk, Mike grabbed the lead while Trey came in with a set of low-key rhythm licks before stepping to the forefront with a pimped-out, bluesy solo that Page comped masterfully. Clicking with the same semblance of groove that drenched the entire first frame, Trey gradually led this “Tweezer” into more climactic territory with the entire band locked at his hip. Taking the classic version through charted but highly dramatic waters, Phish built an intense, old-school incarnation of their seminal launchpad, all the way down to the gradual “wind-down” ending. Fitting perfectly with the theme of the set, “Tweezer” brought a darker counterpoint to “Reba’s” lucid dream.

And after a sluggish Gordon debut – “What Things Seem” – that combined the sounds of “Spock’s Brain” and “Fikus,” Phish got right back to the their catalog of greatest hits, punctuating the set with the combination of “Squirming Coil,” and “Antelope,” with a hearty emphasis placed on the intense and jazzy set closer. Phew! And that was only the end of the first half? That’s what the clock said, so everyone hunkered down for a whole ‘nother set of Phish. Sometimes after the band drops such a crushing opening frame, the second set becomes an afterthought. But that was not the case last night in Colorado, as the band came out to play another set that continued to light up the 1st Bank Center, including a to-die-for “Twist” that provided the unquestionable highlight of the show.

10.8.10 (G.Lucas)

10.8.10 (G.Lucas)

As Trey began strumming the to open the set, one could barely make out the beginning of…”Golden Age?!” Out of the blue the Phish’s one-time cover of the indie, electro-pop outfit, TV On the Radio, came soaring back into play, kicking off the second set with a celebratory vibe. Playing the piece far more crisply than last fall in Albany, the band shot everyone with 1000 cc’s of adrenaline to the dome while initiating a three-piece musical puzzle. Riding on and the cathartic melodies the song, Phish extended their take this time around, providing a gorgeous structured jam and then continuing the piece after the lyrical refrain. Deconstructing the jam into a percussive canvas that continued to move further away from “Golden Age,” Phish morphed into a shimmering, ambient outro and moved seamlessly into “Piper.”

Bursting with energy as soon as the lyrics subsided, the band tore into this piece with passion, moving as a single entity through a multiverse of musical density. Blazing an aggressive path of one-minded music that featured a subtle, high-speed nod to “Guy Forget,” Phish packed a wallop within a succinct piece, proving again that the length of their jams are meaningless at this point in their career. Soon after the band peaked the blistering affair and broke it down into an alternate canvas, Trey coyly slid in the opening lick to “Camel Walk” and the band was right on top of it, converging to form a seamless surprise segue. The musical molasses of “Camel Walk” brought the set’s opening sequence to a close, but the night’s best music was yet to come.

8.7.2010 (W.Rogell)

Phish inserted “Alaska” as a mid-set cool down before re-upping the show’s proclivity to groove with “Jibboo.” More of a showcase for Trey than anything else, “Jibboo” fit within the feel of the show and got the crowd moving again with a lengthy stretch of straight-ahead rhythmic calisthenics. As the jam moved forth, Trey grew more creative with his offerings, bringing some melodic diversity to the largely, one-dimensional song. Taking “Jibboo” to the top with relentless guitar leads, Trey brought the band from the dance crescendo into a “Velvet Sea” that he laced with particularly soulful playing, transcending any standard version of the ballad. With a slot set up perfectly for “You Enjoy Myself,” the band made a far wiser choice, dropping into the hands-down highlight of the show – and this young fall tour – in a masterful “Twist.”

Official Broomfield Poster

Setting sail into an improvisational matrix, Phish slid into an emphatically slowed down groove in which all four members connected in the type of virtuoso improvisation we dream about. Oozing into a fully locked and ultra-patient groove, the band converged in a dripping psychedelic fantasy that evoked true magic for the first time this tour. Playing off each others’ ideas as if reading minds, Trey and Page formed a melodic pairing that combined with Fishman and Gordon’s slicker-than-ever pocket, forming the standout moment of Colorado thus far. Taking a deep dive late in the set, not only was “Twist’s” placement a surprise, the jam shocked and persuaded souls to ignite throughout the intimate venue. Skillfully steering the murky improv to back to the end of the song, minds were left in puddles on the floor after the final note.

Albeit a somewhat sloppy version, “Fluffhead” brought a boisterous final peak to the set before an randomly placed “Number Line” provided an afterthought to a redonkulous evening of Phish. And to close the show, another nugget of classic lore – “Monkey,” “Reprise” – and all was good for the night. Some evenings of Phish just pop more than others, and the second show of fall did just that. Taking giant steps forward from night one, and leaving night three hanging on the brink, fall tour is just getting underway. Hop on for the ride…

I: Runaway Jim, Foam, Back on the Train, Wolfman’s Brother, Reba, Halley’s Comet > Tweezer, What Things Seem*, The Squirming Coil, Run Like an Antelope

II: Golden Age > Piper > Camel Walk, Alaska, Gotta Jibboo, Wading in the Velvet Sea, Twist, Fluffhead, Backwards Down the Number Line

E: Sleeping Monkey > Tweezer Reprise

*debut

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1,045 Responses to “Dust And Stars And There You Are”

  1. (looks too much like)Dave Says:

    OH SICK! PHISH YOU BASTARDS

  2. (looks too much like)Dave Says:

    Split

  3. plord Says:

    Ooooh, the old double whammy. Brimfilled: Sucker. Punched.

  4. jcman311 Says:

    heh, split

  5. mr. murph Says:

    There goes the split 🙁

  6. (looks too much like)Dave Says:

    Clever girl, Phish, clever girl

  7. Lumpyhead Says:

    Dammit!!!! I wanted split in charleston

  8. (looks too much like)Dave Says:

    Nice! Meatstick encore

  9. jcman311 Says:

    no way

  10. RamblinOnMyMind Says:

    This is pretty cool: set break music was Beck – Sea Changes and Charles Mingus – Blues and Roots (Fucking awesome album). Setbreak music was from Dexter Gordon.

  11. RamblinOnMyMind Says:

    i meant walk in music was Beck and Mingus. Setbreak was Dexter Gordon

  12. (looks too much like)Dave Says:

    carini>bowie, light, theme>free, split=pretty fackin awesome; TTE, joy, bug, summer of ’89=pretty meh

  13. jcman311 Says:

    Meat Meatstick show… with other sillyness. Not quite the rager everyone was thinking

  14. jcman311 Says:

    I do agree Dave

  15. (looks too much like)Dave Says:

    and that’s it

  16. jcman311 Says:

    TTE, joy, bug, summer of ’89=pretty meh

    Id still rather sit through that than work. lol

  17. Lycanthropist Says:

    murph

    what are we gonna do now?

  18. Stupendous a.k.a The Beasel Says:

    Awesome night, got my first melt ive been chasing since 03!
    Again had an awesome time with Halcy Jdub and his sister, KWL!
    already missing them! overall the 2nd night was the tits. fresh from top to bottom. It seems like theure starting the first frame of the second set raging
    and then they sorta leave you hanging until the closer… example:
    mikes>simple>ghost>paug:::Golden Age>Piper>Camel Walk ::Carini>bowie>theme::: back in the day that frame wouldve been the set plus a breather or two…anyway 3.0 is on and theres no guessing anymore…they are hot hot hot
    Great Fucking SOAM!!!!
    nite yall

  19. Mr. Murph Says:

    Im thinking YEM or maze. those are some favorites of mine that I think they will play.

  20. The Light Between Says:

    So I haven’t listened closely to a lot of this Broom run, but have listened to some of all on the crappy live streams. Listening back on the live feed from last night now (Light, Theme) and what I will say is that the end of Light had a looseness, where it was no longer Light, no longer anything, call it Type whatever you want, but they were straight up jamming for a lot of this run, even though the songs weren’t stretched out for the most part.
    Flamers come on, but I dare say the end of Light sounds like 94 or 95, not neccesarily in execution, but in spirit. As far as — let’s just fuckin play.

  21. Foul_Domain Says:

    Interesting looking 2nd set last night. Certainly not typical Phish (as if there were such a thing). HTTM, Joy, S89 need to be kept farther away from one another IMO. When Miner wrote that he would ‘like to see’ S89 shelved for the fall, I agreed 100%. Its not that I dont like the song, but its a summer amphitheatre song, not a fall arena song, IMO.

    Also, not sure about that TTE placement.

    Having said all that, I wasnt there, and maybe it all worked beautifully…

    Pumped for my big ‘Ghost’ in Utica!!

    Morning BB!

  22. AintNoTele Says:

    The charleston airport welcome party is complete, sign is up and ready to welcome friends and phamily!

  23. Gavinsdad Says:

    Lack of show attendee late nite posts = they are baffled, too spun or too tired?

    Glad to see that phish will still continue to do whatever they want to do setlist-wise. Now please unearth some of those hidden gems.

  24. neemor Says:

    Good stuff, Stu…glad you got that nutty Melt.
    So good.
    Looks like Colorado was fun and there were some real treats in the run.
    Surprised that Summer of ’89 stayed…but there’s no telling anymore.
    Looking now for that monster Gable in Manchester.
    I’ms starting to see Light as a crutch.
    This is a statement I can soon eat and I know every versions is nutso (almost), but I’m starting to see it as a go to jam at any point, high or low, jamming or tight…
    I hope they don’t lose sight of the other 300 songs they can insert…
    Maybe not fair.
    Enjoy the day, all!

  25. neemor Says:

    Curious if they Harpua teases during Carini were noticable or not….

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