A Utica Preview

10.20.2010 - Utica (Michael Stein)

On May 24th, on the brink of Summer Tour’s kick-off in Bethel, Phish will drop the DVD/CD Box set “Live in Utica,” commemorating what many fans, including myself, selected as the show of 2010. As the release gets closer, the band will likely release several previews of the DVDs, and the first snippet came today—footage of the show’s first set “David Bowie.” Below is my description of the jam, excerpted from last year and the video clip.


While Fishman’s cymbals danced into the intro to “Bowie,” Trey continued to play “Guyute’s” triumphant lick with increasingly distorted phrasing, a seemingly innocent move at the time. But these teases sparked a theme for the rest of the set – self-referential integration of one song into another in with the spontaneity of lore. As “Bowie’s” jam dropped, Trey used the same “Guyute” line, phrased differently, to initiate the improvisation. Almost immediately, the band landed in the opening hits of “Wilson” and the crowd caught on just as quickly. In a call and response exercise, the crowd chanted “Wilson” to which Trey answered in Guyute-speak, “He’s bouncing like a new born elf.” Instead of dropping into “Wilson,” in earnest, the band made the far shrewder call of melting back into a delicate, full-on “Bowie” jam. Page’s piano leads wove with Trey’s melodies, pushing the piece in an ominous direction. Mike supported with harmonizing rhythm offerings that catalyzed a darker feel, and the band took off running in a powerful version of their revitalized classic. Passing through an additional “Wilson” tease on the way to a smashing final section, Phish had dropped a twisting tour highlight smack dab in the middle of the first set. And that wouldn’t even be their most impressive excursion of the half!



Read the rest of my Utica two-part retrospective…


Jam of the Day:

Run Like an Antelope” 10.20.2010 I

The peak of Utica’s opening set.



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426 Responses to “A Utica Preview”

  1. butter Says:

    agree Cable on Greek 2, 3 wrap up

    +greek 2 had the cities, a couple of bonus funk minutes, that lit a fire under the tour

  2. KWL Says:

    First post from the new phone, watch out now

  3. tela'smuff Says:

    Lee Perry – Lost Treasures of the Ark. $$$$

    I can’t wait to hear this Big Boi produced Modest Mouse album being worked on. Love Modest Mouse, and seeing them live finally cemented their place for me.

  4. butter Says:

    nice Miner, way to stay with the times

    i’m a firm believer in: if your not movin forward your getting passed by

  5. Mike in Austin Says:

    That third set AC3 DwD was … rough. At least the restart was funny.

  6. Mike in Austin Says:

    Wish I had a better way to see comments on my iPhone.

  7. butter Says:

    they were exploring some really rad territory when that dwd was aborted

  8. Chuck D Says:

    YES, now i can radiate my phish obsession to all my friends on Yorumcuyum, with just 3 clicks!

  9. ThePigSong Says:

    There is 300+ social networks out there, one seems more than ample.

  10. ThePigSong Says:

    ahh I see where Completely has gone, the mRcNEtwORK

  11. KWL Says:

    studiously avoiding the news, but code name for bin laden was geronimo? Thats fucked up if so

  12. Cable Hogue Says:

    I heard the code name for OBL was “jackpot”, but that “Geronimo” was the code word indicating that Bin Laden had been killed…
    it’s all pretty fucked up though, that’s true.

  13. Undermind Says:

    11/28/09 Video Footage here:

  14. Monsterpus Says:

    Mitch-I’m on the fence, but might be looking for a HWB single. Should know by end of the week, if you still have it

  15. Mdawg Says:

    yo BB!

  16. Mr. Palmer Says:

    howdy comrades! Thinking about firing up some Utica.

  17. Mdawg Says:

    Greek Simple –> http://vimeo.com/14069822

  18. Mr. Palmer Says:

    I’m kinda meh on My Soul for the most part. But when they open a show with it, your in for a doozy most of the time.

  19. Mr. Palmer Says:

    Nice! Countdown clock up. That is one lush looking lawn at Bethel Woods.

  20. Willowed Says:

    Posting from my new iPhone. Woot woot
    This is my first smart phone

    Welcome to the future bitches

    I concur. The ac dwd was getting freaky….then blink. Over

  21. roberto luongo Says:

    what’s up comrades! clock up and counting down!!

    lawn does look lush P. hope they let that little path between the lawn and pavilion blow up

    getting stoked on Bethel now. damn.

  22. roberto luongo Says:

    AC Wilson!

  23. win butler Says:

    AC wilson was bomb. Frankie and co went around to the back where you are above the cattle run on the walkway behind the seats. way at the back. we were going nuts all by ourselves watching all the lights. literally jumping up and down.

    thats how we canadians do. speaking of, frankie needs to come back.

  24. Mr. Palmer Says:

    AC Wilson? i’m missing something.

    One of the beat things about lawn is battling for a nice spot to post up in. That area looks tight though. I’ll have to bring a tarp for just us cool kidz.

  25. Mr. Palmer Says:

    Mitch- your a Mets fan, no? Lets get to a game. Tix are $5 on stubhub!

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