Beyond Belief

8.15.12 – Long Beach (Sam Heller)

Opening the floodgates of creativity, Phish redefined possibilities with a second set that elevated this game to a completely new level. Storming out of the gates with nearly 45 minutes of experimental jamming in “Rock and Roll > Ghost,” and continuing with an immaculate “Limb by Limb” and “Harry Hood” that will make a you cry, Phish brought their A+ game to a tour-opener of dreams in Southern California.

As not to sound redundant throughout this piece, allow me to say up front—this was the best I’ve heard Phish play in ages. Last night’s second set was a case study in virtuoso communication and the metaphysical explosions that result from such human achievement. Touching on every facet of their sound that makes them the phenomenon we know and love, Phish gave a glimpse into paradise. The best thing you can do for yourself as a Phish fan right now, is to stop reading this review, cancel the next 90 minutes of your life, grab some headphones and bask.

8.15.12 (Sam Heller)

Weaving musical gold while lacing together one dreamscape after another, Phish came out with a massive statement in Long Beach. “Rock and Roll,” in and of itself, contained a entire show’s worth of standout improvisation. Spanning the the full spectrum from wide-open fields of melodic glory to demonic lairs of a “storage” sequence that sounded plucked from the wee hours of Super Ball, itself, the band could do no wrong. After plunging such depths with the first jam of the set, they could have easily hit cruise control. But that’s about the farthest thing from what happened.

Moving from a monumental excursion directly into “Ghost,” it felt that the band turned a corner with this decision. Feeling no need to reel things in, they forged forth into—arguably—the most spectacular portion of the night. Using the entirety of “Ghost’s” jam to peak “Rock and Roll’s Odyssean journey, the band converged on a life-altering peak. Taking but a couple of measures to move outside the box, “Ghost” proved, as it has all summer, to be an efficient path to original music. And this time, they drove the piece right through the heart of the audience, sparking a communal bolt of reverie. After 45 minutes of unbridled, wide-open jamming, the band could have dropped their instruments and walked off stage to a standing ovation. But they just kept moving forward.

8-15-12 (S.Heller)

Concluding almost an hour of non-stop improv with a spectacular take on “Limb By Limb,” it became quite apparent that the entire set would be laced with grandeur. A spot-on and notably raging “Guyute” fit within the context of this set better than any recent appearance of the song, and “Dirt” felt as poignant as ever Trey’s guitar lines dripped with emotion. And when the guys rolled into “Harry Hood,” they could have taken this show to the bank with a standard version—but they didn’t. Sensing a theme here?  Instead, Phish played what has to be considered an elite “Hood” of any era. Listening to each other with a subconscious marksmanship—a hallmark of the entire show—the band sculpted a final dip into majesty. Providing the proverbial cherry on top, this multi-tired “Hood” sealed the deal on a night that was far better than imaginable.

And we may have just scratched the surface…

First Set Notes: A more than solid tour-opening frame was marked by high energy playing from start to finish. “Cities” got things moving as the second song of the show, while both “Stash” and “Gin” popped with extra spirit along the way. But, as many tour-opening sets of this era, this one was long in the rearview mirror by the time the encore hit.

I: Suzy Greenberg, Cities > Kill Devil Falls, Guelah Papyrus, Cool It Down, Rift, Stash, Bouncing Around the Room, Bathtub Gin, Quinn the Eskimo

II: Rock and Roll > Ghost > Limb By Limb, Guyute, Dirt, Harry Hood > Good Times Bad Times

E: Julius

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405 Responses to “Beyond Belief”

  1. Mr. Palmer Says:

    sorry for the delay kids…

    last nights Rock and Roll..

  2. Kaveh Says:

    Thanks @Palmer!

  3. Leo Weaver Says:

    Pack a few discs if ya make it to Denver. I think Telas is trying to put together some plastic-slangin’ activities.

  4. kayatosh Says:

    TT. come on by

  5. Duder Says:

    So what happens when the loaning bank appraisal comes in @ 35,000$ less than the selling/asking price????

    this just happened to us, and I guess the sellers can legally back out?

  6. Mr. Palmer Says:

    they will ask you to put more $$ down..unfortunately.. I think.

    I’m far from an expert though..

  7. Mr. Palmer Says:

    Debating Trey at the Beacon in October. Love that venue.

  8. Phamily Berzerker Says:

    Mr. Palmer Says:
    August 16th, 2012 at 1:06 pm
    sorry for the delay kids…
    last nights Rock and Roll..

    ^ Yeah, Palmer, you are slipping man. I fully needed this last night, oh wait, nevermind.

  9. tela'smuff Says:

    lots of issues there Dude. bottom line, they have to come down, or you have to pay the difference.

  10. pat Says:

    Check this out guys. Here is a take on the show and the {Phish experience} that we all chase. Also lots of other cool stuff on this site

  11. Type III Jamming Personality Disorder Says:

    these indie versions are great and all but when do the phish twerkin’ vids come out!?!?

  12. ColonelJoy Says:

    SSo, the Justin Bieber so a phat show. Good for him. Easy for us less talented bastards to belittle him. This is a surprisingly painless revelation. Last NYE, Phoebe’s uninspiring show had me flipping between that and the ABC times square show…I remarked, “this Berber/Santana jam is better than what Phish is playing!!”

  13. ColonelJoy Says:

    Bieber is more man than Lang will ever be…

  14. Henry Says:

    I thought of an interesting solution for the post-demonoid world, that would also potentially remove the issue of stealing music. (depending on the way one views it – not claiming this is an airtight ethical solution, just curious to see other’s reactions.)

    ALAC/FLAC for the whole tour is $150 dollars. What if there was a BB account, and everyone who wanted in contributed their percentage of the cost through paypal. They would then either be emailed the password to the account, and could download each show.

    What do people think? It seems like gray area to me, and I’m curious if people would be for or against it. I could understand an argument against it, that it was unethical, but it seems to me similar to a large group of friends sharing their mutual CD collections. This way no one is getting the music for free, just at a discounted price

  15. Duder Says:

    From what i understand no bank will lend any buyer more than the appraised value of a house, correct?

    the seller can get their own appraisal and they and the bank battle it out for a revalued price or the sellers can back out and take the house of the market…?

    most of their shit is moved already and they already have a place in VA.
    I hope this ends up saving us a pretty penny

  16. ColonelJoy Says:

    Jusgin is more man than Kang will ever be…

  17. Kaveh Says:

    @Henry: I would be down for this. The only fly in the ointment I see; is that you only have 48 hours to download a show; and I don’t know how their server responds to having multiple people downloading under the same account at the same time from different machines.

  18. Phamily Berzerker Says:

    Palmer, I like what your amigo is doing with his site. It is fave of mine. Lots of good knowledge. highly congruent with my intentions

  19. henry Says:

    Well when my friends and I go to shows, we only use 1 code and everyone downloads from my account. 3 or 4 people downloading is different than the whole BB, though.

    Maybe one person downloads and then uploads to a mediafire only paying members of the “club” get a link to?

    That could have moral ambiguity with the temptation to share w non paying members though

  20. Mr. Palmer Says:

    Dude- have you and the seller already agreed on price? And now the bank won’t loan the full amount you intend to finance? If that’s the case there may be some wiggle room. Maybe you both need to meet somewhere in the middle.

  21. Mr. Palmer Says:

    In reality, the buyer and seller set the market price for the home, not the bank. All depends what you agreed to.

  22. Duder Says:

    @ Palmer

    Yes we have agreed to a price and signed a contract

  23. ThePigSong Says:

    If anyone has a line of extras for sf plz hit me up. One of my est friends hit last night, now he’s spontaneously enroute to the bay area.

    ThePigSong at gmail dot com

  24. butter Says:

    Home. gotta love CA tour. get a little taste of you easties poppin home between shows.

  25. Duder Says:

    ..and no, we qualified for much more then the sale price of the home.

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