The Rest of Halloween

10.31.10 (Graham Lucas)

While Phish’s take on Little Feat’s “Waiting For Columbus” was the clear centerpiece of an amazing evening, Phish played two other sets as well. The first frame, filled with Halloween-themed selections featured one of the jams of the tour in “Stash,” and a dancy early sequence of “Ghost > Spooky.” During the third set – practically an afterthought following such a masterful Halloween cover – Phish marched out a sequence of high-energy anthems to close the show, weekend, and tour. Without getting into any serious jams other than a smoking “Jibboo,” Phish used a fun finale to celebrate the achievements of the season. And after a transformative few weeks, that felt just fine.

"Frankenstein" (G.Lucas)

Phish crafted a Halloween-laced opening set with the heavier rock of “Frankenstein” and “Big Black Furry Creatures From Mars,” before catching everyone off guard with an early “Ghost.” Playing with a collective direction and relaxing feel, the entire band toyed within the song structure while building closely off each others’ offerings. Trey stepped out front with an enthusiastic solo while Fishman kept a cymbal heavy beat. Continuing the holiday theme, Page seamlessly came in with piano chords that smoothly transformed the jam into the late-’60s cover, “Spooky.” One couldn’t tell where “Ghost” ended and “Spooky” began in a particularly seamless segue. Though Trey has often teased the guitar lick from this piece (a la 12/31/95’s “Weekapaug”), the song hadn’t been performed since April ’93, making it the largest bust-out in Atlantic City.

Phish passionately nailed “Divided Sky” as a mid-set interlude and continued the holiday cheer with “Roses Are Free,” but the improvisational peak of the Phish-only section of the show came in a staggering “Stash.” The band dove headfirst into this top-notch highlight; a jam that illustrates the band’s current no-nonsense style as well as any. Within a minute of exiting the lyrics, Phish fully locked into a synched pattern that began to build away from the song. As Mike and Page joined Trey in a major key, the band transformed the usually evil opus into a blissful magic-carpet ride into the sunset of Fall Tour. Fishman remained loosely-anchored in “Stash’s” rhythms, while the other three band members took off into an alternate reality. Forging a pristine path through this musical wormhole, the band subconsciously slid right back into the key of “Stash,” picking up the snarling journey at the end of the sonic rainbow. A crunchy “Character Zero” punctuated a highly-engaging opening frame, bringing the evening to into its first setbreak.

10.31.10 Graham Lucas)

After playing, arguably, their most impressive Halloween set to date, Phish came out for a third set with all sorts of possibilities. Some darker selections that seemed like a given – “Mike’s Groove” and “Light”- never showed up, and the band favored an upbeat, high-energy affair to close out their tour. A scalding “Disease” ripped the frame wide open, roaring out of the composed rock into a snapping section of percussive grooves. Locked and loaded, the band seemed to be on the brink of something significant as Trey wove guitar effects into the increasingly abstract piece. Slowing into a series of collective hits, the band landed in a murky psychedelia; Phish was set for liftoff. But in an inexplicable move, Trey called for an abrupt change into “Back On the Train” as “Disease” reached its deepest point. This move signified the type of set that would roll out – a fun, song-based third frame rather than a Vegas ’98er.

10/31 Official Poster (Duval)

The centerpiece of this high-octane conclusion came in a fiercely-active “Jibboo.” Trey’s non-stop solo formed the scintillating icing on a musical cake which showcased more full-band interplay than usual. Trey even drew the band into his melodic template towards the end of the excursion. But when the dust settles, “Jibboo” is a vehicle for mind-numbing guitar work, and that is exactly what underlined is what this third-set standout. Building to a white-hot peak, Phish settled the audience with the slowed-funk of “Camel Walk,” a clear nod to Little Feat’s musical influence.

The set got a bit choppy in the middle, as “Suzy” and “Wilson” seemed completely out of place; but the band decided to jam out of “Wilson” for one few times in their career. Beginning with a guitar lick that sounded like the precursor to another Led Zeppelin tease, the band stayed on their own turf this time, crafting a thrashing heavy metal-turned-ambient passage that showcased far more creativity than they have infused into the song in eons. As Phish drew out the cosmic sludge into a drone landscape, Trey subtly teased the original lick that got this shindig started before he dropped out for the opening drum roll of “Harry Hood.” A delicate and mellow version of the usually high-spirited jam reached the ending chorus with no real build up to it, leaving the last “Hood” of fall a bit short of spectacular. But this entire set was gravy after such a stunning and satisfying Halloween performance.

"YEM" - 10.31.10 (B.Lovelace)

As soon as Trey started “The Horse,” everyone in the venue knew where we were headed – “Horse > Silent,” YEM.” And so it was. A largely guitar-based “YEM” jam put the final stamp on an unforgettable evening of music on the Boardwalk in Atlantic City. Finalizing things with a set of joyful Phish songs, everyone drifted into November 1st with the energy and inspiration that only Phish can provide. Bringing all their guests back for a “Julius” encore, the show ended with the band of the hour – Little Phish – on stage for one last time. Closing tour with a special encore, the band took a bow to a notably enthusiastic ovation. Putting down their instruments for the last time of tour, Phish had arrived. Sometime during the magical fall of 2010, their comeback came to a close, and Phish took the first bold step into in the next golden era of their career.

I: Frankenstein, Big Black Furry Creature from Mars, Ghost > Spooky, The Divided Sky, Roses Are Free, Funky Bitch, Boogie On Reggae Woman, Stash, Character Zero

II: Little Feat – Waiting For Columbus

III. Down with Disease > Back on the Train, Gotta Jibboo, Camel Walk, Suzy Greenberg, Wilson > Harry Hood, The Horse > Silent in the Morning, You Enjoy Myself

E: Julius*

* with Giovanni Hidalgo and horn section

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981 Responses to “The Rest of Halloween”

  1. albert walker Says:

    in way too many Phish shows to say without being embarrassed that Little Feat set is damn near the top for me

    loved that shit

  2. albert walker Says:

    goin runnin kids

    done walkin the dog

    laterz

  3. William H. Bonney Says:

    late AW

    Have to agree top five Phish IMO

  4. butter Says:

    the band subconsciously slid right back into the key of “Stash,” picking up the snarling journey at the end of the sonic rainbow.

    ^that’s exactly what happened, a sonic rainbow is a great description of that uplifting jam -way to go Miner

    busy day, just getting a chance to read this piece

  5. SillyWilly Says:

    What’s up, Bill Bonney!

    great meeting you and hanging out this weekend.

    still no signs of bed bugs on my body

  6. GhostPhunk Says:

    Sonic rainbow all the way!

  7. DukeOfLizards Says:

    Holy shit, missed the sonic rainbow line. Brilliant imagery.

  8. Selector J Says:

    Silly- Glad to hear you got in for the big event.
    I know you were sweatin it a little while back.

  9. butter Says:

    Putting down their instruments for the last time of tour, Phish had arrived. Sometime during the magical fall of 2010, their comeback came to a close, and Phish took the first bold step into in the next golden era of their career.

    ^that’s gold right there

    so happy and thankful to have caught some of this tour

  10. thedayman Says:

    you know its pretty insane the progress that phish made this fall. when i think back to summer, it was incredible, yes, but i can think of many of the standout jams offhand. this fall i cant even begin to compute how miner is gonna come up with a best of fall list, theres soo much quality phish

  11. SillyWilly Says:

    @Selector J

    yeah. Pulled the trigger on StubHub.

    good move I think.

    I didn’t hear of anyone scoring real tix for Halloween in AC.

    Lots of kids tricked or forced their way in. At least that’s what I heard at the airport post-show.

    Pretty pumped for the radio show tomorrow, J.

  12. Mr.Palmer Says:

    This is from 9am(pst) on Saturday morning.

    Mr.palmer Says:
    October 30th, 2010 at 9:02 am
    Over hearing some cats talking here.
    Some dude says it’s Little Feat. Waiting for Columbus. Seems pretty convincing.

    ^^^ I guess that guy knew what he was talking about……

  13. SillyWilly Says:

    yeah, Mr. P.

    I remember you telling us it might be LF Saturday at FireWaters.

    Have we talked about how cool it was that Phish kept it so secretive?

    Jtran and I honestly had no idea (we turned off our phones) what the album would be until we got into the venue.

  14. jdub Says:

    @Palmer, did you post something earlier in the week about insider info pointing to Little Feat? That Saturday post may be what I was thinking of but I could’ve sworn you said something before that.

  15. Mr.Palmer Says:

    Thats some serious willpower @Silly. I couldn’t have done that. You didn’t hear anyone talking about it?

  16. William H. Bonney Says:

    @Silly You too man, was great to hang with you as well. Cool cat, two words for you DIVORCE PARTY. Selling franchises real soon…Got to have one in Madison 🙂

  17. Nagarjuna Says:

    @Bonney- on vocals, I think it’s one of phish’s weaker aspects in general but it kind of works on their core nerd/prog rock, a bit less on ballads, and least of all on anything particularly soulful or southern sounding. It just doesnt work that well for me, though to their credit they’ve gotten better over the years. I think LF vocals have a soulful/twangy thing going pretty well and for me that was the part of the costume that translated least. Of course, to my original post, others clearly hear it very differently and that’s cool.

  18. Mr.Palmer Says:

    I don’t think so Jdub. I think the first one i heard was Derek and the Dom. w/ Derek Trucks. Then again, last week feels like months ago right now. Still a little crisp…

  19. William H. Bonney Says:

    Ramada West was too ghetto for bed bugs. Hookers and hustler chased em off.

  20. DukeOfLizards Says:

    @T3

    If you’re out there – pulled the Santanastasio at the Warfield ’03 from your mediafire, looks like the Mozambique file is corrupted or something. Just FYI.

  21. gus Says:

    just spun festival 8 piper for the first time in about a year- shit is as good as i remember. gets so melodic and beautiful. i love when they all come in singing ‘save our soul’, but is it a tease of a song? i never figured that out

  22. SillyWilly Says:

    @Bill Bonney

    It was a Hoosier throwdown.

  23. SillyWilly Says:

    @Mr. P

    we told everyone not to tell us.

    Willowed did a great job not telling us anything. He read one of miner’s posts early in the day and kept quiet all afternoon while Jtran and I watched the Pats with him.

    I’d say Willowed had more willpower.

  24. Mr.Miner Says:

    “In way too many Phish shows to say without being embarrassed that Little Feat set is damn near the top for me

    loved that shit”

    ^ me too. 100%.

  25. vegas wolfmans Says:

    Englisgtown 9/3/77- Why do I always forget about this show? Spicy.

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