Jukebox Phish

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Phish greeted the South with a song driven affair totalling 28 selections and little improvisation to note in a disjointed show that never achieved liftoff. The band played sharply but with little creativity as they delighted the noticeably-drunken audience with a show reminiscent of their Hampton recitals of ’09. Featuring quasi-bustouts in “Destiny Unbound,” “Buffalo Bill,” “Dog-Faced Boy,” “Roses Are Free,” and “Mexican Cousin,” Phish dotted the show with some rarities along the way; and though not playing anything poorly, they didn’t do anything particularly special in a show that will unquestionably be eclipsed by Saturday night.

Opening with a scalding combo of “Punch,” “Possum,” and “Bathtub Gin,” things looked promising as Page’s dad, Dr. Jack McConnell joined the band for his famed spot “Bill Bailey Won’t You Please Come Home?” But after Phish front-loaded the set, things took a turn for the generic for the rest of the frame. Only “Stash” and “Antlelope” provided notable structured improv, each boasting legitimate first set high points. An old-school “Stash” reached a supremely psychedelic peak without ever leaving its build, and featured some nasty guitar wizardry by Big Red. And when Antelope ended the set with a bang, anything seemed possible in set two.

12.2.09 (W.Rogell)

The second half started in blistering fashion, as Phish unveiled the “Disease” that eluded Broomfield; though it would provide the only significant jamming of the second set. The band moved from high speed rock and roll into an uptempo rhythmic section that bridged the way to a legitimate ambient experiment. Drifting into “Prince Caspian” to resolve the opener, Phish slayed the anthem favoring a heavier guitar solo than the summer versions, though the song came at a time that slowed the opening vibe of the set. As the band started up the subsequent “Twist,” the show felt like it could be restoked – especially after Broomfield’s stellar rendition. But a meandering jam that noodled around the theme for its duration never developed into anything to write home about. With the onset of “Roses Are Free” amidst the second set, Phish held the fate of the show in their hands. It sure felt like they were stepping to the song for the third time of their career, as this was an unprecedented slot for the coveted cover. But just as the jam prepared to launch, Trey called for “My Friend, My Friend,” killing the possibility of a improv-based show and initiating a string of songs that would take us to the end of the set.

10.12.10 (S.Short)

“My Problem Right There” featured a new bridge between verses, possibly signifying more to come from the Trey’s clever new song. And though “Tube,” “Mike’s,” “Weekapaug,” and “Slave” all look good on paper, none of these crowd favorites blossomed significantly last night, all bringing standard fare to the table in Charleston, South Carolina. And that was about it for night one. A fitting encore of “Character Zero” ended this relentless escapade of songs that will likely be balanced by a Saturday night show strewn with improv. Ya’ gotta figure, right?

I: Punch You In the Eye, Possum, Bathtub Gin, Bill Bailey Won’t You Please Come Home?*, Boogie On Reggae Woman, Destiny Unbound, Backwards Down the Number Line, Bouncing Around the Room, Stash, Joy, Buffalo Bill, Dog Faced Boy, Run Like an Antelope

II: Down with Disease > Prince Caspian > Twist, Roses Are Free > My Friend, My Friend, My Problem Right There, Tube, Mike’s Song > The Horse > Silent in the Morning, Mexican Cousin, Weekapaug Groove, Suzy Greenberg, Slave to the Traffic Light

E: Character Zero

*w/ Page’s dad

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879 Responses to “Jukebox Phish”

  1. KWL Says:

    stick around for the meat of set II or go home and get baned with last night’s highlights?

    i need to get back to civilization where i actually have internet at home

  2. butter Says:

    Hey Jig – showboatin around campus huh?

  3. lastwaltzer Says:

    @GDAD

    AMEN! I made it back home for that one. Twas AWESOME! Completely out of left field, a tune I’d been hoping to see only to have it blow up like that made the show for me.

  4. Gavinsdad Says:

    And Leo w just echoed col joy. Tho he said possibly best S1 of 2010. Zoinks!

  5. Mr.Palmer Says:

    Those chucktown bastards are gonna get my Crosseyed , aren’t they?

  6. Robear Says:

    awesome for Colonel Joy. big win!

  7. vtbowie89 Says:

    @BK/All: Back from the dead here…Finally got my Mac working again. on my (sniffle.) VA couchtour. 11/25 Birds was the only highlight of that show for me…night before was ridic. Mainly b-c the joint was practically empty at showtime. You know what’s in store when Trey sees that shit going down….

  8. Spacephunk Says:

    Yep..wild MSG madness that nt..divided encore (in an era when it was a major kick down)

  9. lastwaltzer Says:

    @vtbowie

    the kill devil>46 days opener on 11/25 was hot.

  10. Mr.Palmer Says:

    HAHAHAHAHA!

  11. Mr.Palmer Says:

    Bastards!!!

  12. KWL Says:

    that must mean crosseyed

  13. Gavinsdad Says:

    Motherfucking Palmer! C&p

  14. Mitch Says:

    called that one palmer. the show everyone wishes they weren’t at home for.

  15. lastwaltzer Says:

    @KWL

    what are you doing?!?!?!

    I mean were fun and all but you’ve got a crispy sbd and bane!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  16. lastwaltzer Says:

    so palmer called the cavern and c&p, nice.

  17. Oldskool Says:

    Called it!!!

  18. KWL Says:

    heh… thanks lw

  19. nonoyolker Says:

    wow, this is starting to sting. Setlist is a cream dream…

  20. Mr.Palmer Says:

    still waiting…… never has a lyric been so appropriate.

  21. BrandonKayda Says:

    Crosseyed and Painless!

  22. lastwaltzer Says:

    nono did you read the article or are you just making overt masturbation references because phish has made it so you can’t stop masturbating?

  23. BrandonKayda Says:

    Crosseyed and Painless!

    I think this is where the LSD blood orgy shall begin

  24. DukeOfLizards Says:

    Evening, pholks.

    What stream is everyone going with?

  25. lastwaltzer Says:

    i love cross eyed but i wish they’d bring the great curve back.

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