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. KWL Says:

    AC cities is some slick shit

    thanks, mr m, for all your hard work & dedication this fall. truly amazing.

  2. thedayman Says:

    Definitely cal, tough to compare when phish is killin

  3. Litteringandd Says:

    My envy chart is at a 11 for all you jerks going to the new years run after this Halloween show. Geez is that going to be amazing

  4. kayatosh Says:

    I second the thanks for miner. miner’s articles are always a fun read. great pictures and the BB is $$$.

    spinnin AC 10.31 set I started with Ghost skipped DS. really enjoyed Ghost>spooky. very Featesque. roses and bitch are both on the money. full-on pocket groove. looking fwd. to hearing the melodic Stash.

    peace, everyone.

  5. Timber, YO! Says:

    um is ok if you like that shit
    gimme some k and maybe i’ll go
    rather spend my ducats on the real players like bisco

  6. Stashly Says:

    Hello Phishy’s, this was on of the best Phishing trips i’ve taken yet, and i just wanted to thank everyone that came by the Water Wheel. Robear and I can’t wait till New Years.. see you all there.. peace and love

  7. cal Says:

    llfa, T-YO.

  8. JP Says:

    @ silly – not sure how you are listening to the flac-hds, but…..

    hoping you can help me understand what i am messing up:

    want to upgrade to hd-flacs (have never dealt with these before in any way), but whenever i have burned .mp3s to DVD, when i play them through the stereo/dvd player – I can’t get the receiver to play anything other than DTS, 5.1 type surround sound – so the majority of the music seems to come out of the center channel vs a 6 channel stereo setting and it sounds like crap.

    wondering how i burn a dvd with 24 bit wav files that will play like a normal CD through DVD player, but still provide the upgraded sound

    any help would be seriously appreciated! thanks

  9. Phamily Berzerker Says:

    “And so it was.”

    Everytime I get to hear a native american storyteller, doing what they do. They all seem to throw this one in after every 5th or 7th sentence.

    It is a musing to me even if the story being told is not.

    As you were….

  10. EL Duderino Says:

    First off…

    You have to make sure that your computer has a 24 bit sound-card or “IT’S NOT 24 BIT”

  11. lumpyhead Says:

    I want to go to new years so bad

  12. Chuck D Says:

    i spend my ducats on _______.

  13. tela'smuff Says:

    into my second run through of WFC and i could go on and on about the highlights. but i’ll just mention how great of a peformance Fish pulled off on Willin. I think it’s the best vocal i’ve heard him do. Well done!

  14. Type III Jamming Personality Disorder Says:

    @smuff
    yeah, that along with the Sweet Virginia one from last year. I think both are solid fish vocals

  15. lumpyhead Says:

    anybody have an extra barcode or download link for 10/30?

    post tour depression

  16. ThePigSong Says:

    So, was anyone up big in AC?

    I hardly gamble at all and left +$100, which was a nice bonus. 🙂

  17. tela'smuff Says:

    this may have been discussed, but the beginning of Sailin Shoes sounds a little like Ghost right?

  18. KWL Says:

    i spend my ducats at the one stop shop

  19. DukeOfLizards Says:

    Morning pholks.

    Contemplating the following lineup:

    12/27-28 – Discuits at T5
    12/29 – Prince at MSG
    12/30-1/1 – The Phish (VT) at MSG

    With work that whole week. Can it be done sans dying?

  20. halcyon Says:

    Tela!!!

    I just finished Sailin, and thought the same thing ❗

    Fishman did a heckuva job ( 😯 ) on Willin.

  21. DukeOfLizards Says:

    Oh and obviously hetty late-night pancakes with the Revolution on 12/29

  22. Type III Jamming Personality Disorder Says:

    forgot how much I like phish’s version of Ride Captain Ride. just a great song. fun little rock solo from trey that they could take out it they wanted to. i’d be okay with it getting more than one play every 130 shows or so.

  23. c0wfunk Says:

    thanks for all of the umphree’s thoughts.. about what i figured. I’m looking forward to hearing their show for myself. I don’t see it being life changing and I probably won’t be on UM tour next week but it should be a fun friday night boyz night w/ my bro..

    Re: musical communication – the more I learn about music the more transparent the musical communication in phish is to me – not quite as magical as I once had it in my mind.

    I do hear the thought that it is cool to hear musicians communicate purely through music, and phish definitely has some of that, but you know they have quite a few practiced tricks and watching them onstage they are definitely using various cues, as all musicians will. UM doing it through speaking may seem to make it a bit contrived, but anything that services the groove I’m all for – if it makes the music better, go for it.

  24. Chuck D Says:

    sans dying? nope

  25. BingosBrother Says:

    Good Morning. I encourage all of you to hit up Karaoke Activity Partner’s blog. Located on Page 4. It is worth your time. Welcome to the show KAP.

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