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. SillyWilly Says:

    Trey loved this weekend.

    it was awesome to see.

  2. c0wfunk Says:

    some nice jerry band on Dead Air right now

  3. albert walker Says:

    10.30.10 I

    hot fuckin Phish my friends

    that Wolfman’s is my new favorite 3.0 jam

    def Spanish Moon influence in that groove and some of the textures

    don’t sleep on the outro jam to Walk Away. first interesting 3.0 version IMO and also feat feel towards the end

    Chalkdust > Whole Lotta Love had a nice jam in it besides the segue

    FOAM was pretty tight

    great set. wow.

  4. SillyWilly Says:

    Yeah, AW

    Wolfman’s, Undermind, Gin was one of my favorite 30 minutes stretches of the run.

  5. SillyWilly Says:

    Shit. 2001>Bowie is too.

    that show was a blast

  6. Mr.Miner Says:

    IMO 10/30 I > 10/30 II

    Though 2001 > Bowie ruled the show

  7. Mr.Miner Says:

    don’t sleep on the outro jam to Walk Away. first interesting 3.0 version IMO

    ^ they’ve done this since Hartford.

  8. SillyWilly Says:

    and christ

    why don’t own all of these HD-Flacs.

    these are unreal crisp

  9. SillyWilly Says:

    Imagine if the Tweezer was more tweeze less zep…

  10. albert walker Says:

    yeah

    I’ve not been that excited as far as tightness and direction of the jams

    agreed I think I remember one being kinda hot but they really lock up on this one.

    just a real nice Page, Mike, Fish locked in shuffle goin

    a little more feat style then the rockin versions I believe

    could be mistaken though. it perked my ears on re listen

  11. c0wfunk Says:

    “don’t sleep on the outro jam to Walk Away. first interesting 3.0 version IMO

    ^ they’ve done this since Hartford.”

    Yah – glad they’ve kept this around – ti’s a tweezerprise based jam and blows it up

  12. SillyWilly Says:

    I was telling a heady older guy in the law school today (more of a Deadhead) about how Trey was playing those slide parts….

    the guy was blown away

    still blows me away, too.

  13. Mr.Miner Says:

    will give it another spin…

  14. Robear Says:

    Miner, IYO, was the playing in general a little off @ Amherst? Or was it the unbelievably long strings of songs they wove together each night that were highly un-danceable or uninteresting? (i.e., the stretch after ‘Tweezer’ night 1, or the stretch after ‘Number LIne’ night 2)

    Haven’t used the bandwidth to download those yet. At the time, it seemed like the playing was pretty on point, and they played till nearly midnight both nights.

    and I tenth the fact that 10/30 I was phricking bombastic. I’m thinking from afar that the SLF was all in, hook line and sinker after that set.

  15. SillyWilly Says:

    I don’t know how to describe this, but sometimes Trey gets in this mood where he plays very melodic, delicate licks in and around the percussion – like in the middle to late part of the 2001.

    I don’t know how to say it.

    I think thats my favorite version of Trey. When he does it it’s like one the most aesthetically pleasing sounds I’ve ever heard.

  16. William H. Bonney Says:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1FekVR_SC5M&feature=related

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SkZsSydzQjM

    Couple of Little Feat video’s. You be the judge, for me Phish nailed the vocals. Little easier than doing Robert Plant all nite for sure 🙂

    All though I guess I have always enojyed Page and Trey vocally, even more so Page over the years. So guess I am overly biased on this subject to say the lest.

  17. Mr.Miner Says:

    @ Rob. playing was just fine imo.

    the song choice and setliists. and lack of jams are what killed the shows…esp night 2…night 1 had enough to keep it afloat I thought.

  18. Type III Jamming Personality Disorder Says:

    @duke

    weird. so it is. and it is on my computer here too. I think I have the clean version on my work computer so I’ll try to re-up it tomorrow. sorry about that! that’s not a track with santana anyway though.

  19. Mdawg Says:

    “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 Love IT!

  20. William H. Bonney Says:

    I’m out fellas check ya later

  21. SillyWilly Says:

    Later Bill Bonney!

  22. Gavinsdad Says:

    Not sure Ive heard AW this gushy before. Lot of wows in the past couple days.

  23. SillyWilly Says:

    @G-dad

    Heard he might hop back on tour.

    after all these years.

  24. Type III Jamming Personality Disorder Says:

    shit, if that’s true I’m definitely bringing a padlock to Hartford next summer 😉

  25. lot rat Says:

    Free Mike Show Sunday in SF. Blocking off haight…sorry if already mentioned.

    http://www.spinner.com/2010/11/03/phish-mike-gordon-free-bonnaroo-buzz-san-francisco/

    My 3 year old is pumped. Ice cream taboot…

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