Golden Dust

8.25.12 Lakewood Amphitheatre (Ryan MacNeill)

Historically, Lakewood Amphitheatre has been the site of legendary Phish shows. From the band’s first visit in ’97, featuring a monumental “Ghost,” to July 4th’s instant classic in ’99, and from the underrated two-pack in 2000 to ‘03’s smoking stop, Atlanta’s south side shed has almost always hosted shows of gold throughout its past. But last night, not so much. With two solid but unspectacular sets, the show never really hit full stride, though its highlights were certainly significant. Steering clear of any long-form improvisation—a facet of the second set that has become almost a given over Leg Two—the band, instead, shone through two more compact jams in “Golden Age” and “Chalk Dust > What’s the Use?” Interestingly, both Saturday night shows of Leg Two have produced the band’s spottiest efforts, but even on the nights that don’t form a total package in 2012, Phish still manages to crank out spectacular nuggets of music.

Official Atlanta Print (M.Davis)

The band opened the second set with an extended and laid-back take on “Kill Devil Falls” that flirted with breaking form for a few minutes, but never made it outside the box. But when then band dropped “Golden Age” for the second time this tour, one of highlights of the show emerged. Slaughtering the dance floor with exercise in robo-funk, Phish launched into a hard-edged groove fiesta. With playing intricate yet driving rhythms that were textured yet thick as molasses, the band crafted one of their most impressive groove-based throw-downs of summer. Backed by tripped out loops and effects, and anchored by Mike’s envelope-filtered leads, this jam transcended rhythmic interplay, eventually entering a demented realm of storage-laced psychedelia. Certainly the best “Golden Age” we’ve heard since Jones Beach, it was nice to see the band bring an improvisational focus back to the song.

Landing in “Free,” the guys were sitting on the precipice of a huge set, and when “Light” started, it seemed like a forgone conclusion that we’d have another jam to write home about. But for the first time in 2012, “Light” fell completely flat. Disconnected and meandering throughout, the band never locked up in what has become a virtually bankable jam, thus when they dissolved into “Velvet Sea,” the combination created a discernible lull of creativity.

8.25.12 (Ryan MacNeill)

When the guys revved up a late-set “Chalkdust,” it seemed like an odd call for that point in the show, but once the jam got going, the second highlight of night blossomed out of nowhere. A fast-paced jam turned into something far more interesting when Mike, then Trey, started soloing in a more feel-good tone, and the whole band jumped on the idea immediately. Resembling the famous Camden “Chalk Dust” of 7.10.99, Trey took his playing into a completely uplifting feel as the band smashed through the boundaries of the song ‘s structure. Hitting a staccato melody that was so smooth it sounded composed, Trey let loose as Page stuck right with him the entire time. Nobody’s offerings’ went unappreciated in this one, as all four members assumed joint leadership of this stellar excursion. Slowing into an ambient ending, the band made a drone and washy transition into “What’s the Use?” Pairing two songs that couldn’t be more dissimilar, once again Phish showcased their modern proclivity to cover all sorts of ground in a short amount of time. A notably laid-back, though somewhat botched, version of “What’s the Use?” blanketed the amphitheatre with its post-apocalyptic soundscape.

8.25.12 (R.MacNeill)

Rounding out the set with “Joy” and a hotter-than-usual “Antelope,” the guys closed the night with a final bang. Some Phish shows elevate into a cohesive night of music, while others remain more disjointed and highlight-based. And though Lakewood’s performance was one of the latter, there are certainly two jams in the show that every fan must hear right away. Check ‘em out today, because I suspect tonight’s performance in Charlotte will jump right over Atlanta’s on everyone’s Monday morning playlist. Only time will tell…

First Set Notes: The first set started with a whale of momentum with quality versions of “Cars, Trucks, Buses,” “Wolfman’s,” “Runaway Jim” and “Ya Mar.” But when Trey called for a mid-set combo of “Alaska” and “My Soul,” he halted any energy the set had built on the front end. A hot “Maze” was the only notable piece for the rest of the set that fizzled significantly in song selection.

I: Cars Trucks Buses, Wolfman’s Brother, Runaway Jim, Ya Mar, Alaska, My Soul, Wilson, Maze, Roses Are Free, Backwards Down the Number Line, Character Zero

II: Kill Devil Falls, Golden Age > Free, Light > Wading in the Velvet Sea, Chalk Dust Torture > What’s the Use?, Joy, Run Like an Antelope

E: A Day in the Life

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428 Responses to “Golden Dust”

  1. Mr.Miner Says:

    big crosseyed > ghost tonight

  2. Mr.Miner Says:

    alabama rock and roll ftw. Phish heaven.

  3. SillyWilly Says:

    Been cleaning up my apartment. Getting it set up after all the craziness the last few weekends.

    Got my UIC Masthay triptych on the living room wall. Just pops off the wall

    I have the AC threesome, but they’re not framed yet.

    Young woman who lived here before me painted one of the bedroom wall the exact turqoise color Masthay used in the AC posters, so I’m going to put those up soon

    Kinda fun to have a ton of phish prints up in my apartment

  4. TheSloth Says:

    Nice work. Masthay > official prints

  5. BingosBrother Says:

    RC : St. Louis


    Who else?

  6. SillyWilly Says:

    Speaking of….

    I have a big blank wall in my kitchen that id like to put up a big mural or quilt or something.

    Not sure I really want it to be Phish related as I have so many prints already up.

    So, is anyone on the board an artist/or know any artist. Id pay a few hundred dollars to have something for this blank wall.

    I’m big into abstract and absurd painting.

    Id also love to put up a big old fashioned quilt there, too. I have cream spanish plaster walls with deep brown/mahogany wood work if anyone has a piece they’re trying to get ride of

    I love decorating and messing around with the stuff in my apartment. And now that’s mine it means something

  7. PigSong Says:

    I don’t approve of that PT lingo Bingos, what is this place becoming…?

    I actually saw a SIIMB bumper sticker today. Didn’t see the driver though, unfortunately.

  8. SillyWilly Says:

    I’m also going to make a little shrine to Scratch in this weird unexplainable nook that’s built into the wall of my living room. Feels like Shrine For Scratch is the perfect use for it.

    I want to find the weirdest Scratch poster/print/painting I can. Preferably him in royal robes and crown.

    Ill buy Catholic Church frankensense (got family that are priests, they won’t know what I’m using it for) to burn to the shrine daily.

    And of course ill blow a wax hit into Scratch’s face everyday so he doesn’t get uncomfortable up there

  9. BingosBrother Says:


    I love the green board. Its the dark side of this board and funny as hell. Sometimes even good people show up, like that dude that dropped those 300 GD sbd’s last night. Glad I was there to grab em and bring them over to the light. Welcome to the party, bitches.

  10. sumodie Says:

    Mmmm….livephish app is terrific here at the house. Respinning my favs from last night’s set2

    A big shout out to the charlotte crew, leo, duder & guyute, and everyone else in the house tonight!!!

    Charlotte was such a gas last year, both at the show and pre/post at Leo’s

    Fingers crossed y’all get psychedelically sunday school’d by phish

  11. xpun Says:

    bgca 2 & 3 both had amazing first sets. high fives all around afterwards.

    wolfmans, ocelot, maze, 46 days, tube and split were highlights for me

    i couldn’t believe tube was 4:36, i loved the split and it got out there for sure, didn’t mind the stumble back into the song one bit

    i was straight back one row from soundboard and dead center. ck5’s new rig is amazing. first time ive really watched the lights in a long while. constantly showing new ideas and really adding another aspect to the show for me.

  12. xpun Says:

    though not much recently, i love reading pt

    funny shit, some really clever, witty posters, but too many douches to really have a conversation there.

  13. PigSong Says:

    yeah that was tic if you couldn’t tell, that place brings the lulz consistently.

    LivePhish app worked on my whole train ride home yesterday where I can’t even hold a phone call. They did some serious upgrading, although I would love to FF and RW in the future.

    I have a few more codes from last night to trade for any BGCA – if that is enticing at all.

    ThePigSong at gmail

  14. BingosBrother Says:

    I know pig. Lulzapalooza over there. And they love miner.

  15. PigSong Says:

    If you saw your only show of the year last night and then listen to IT Ghost, you may become slightly depressed.

    Sushi may be the cure, hopefully there is a stream I drink some IPA to later.

  16. Gavinsdad Says:

    Should be Scents>Ghost @Miner but you prob got the call right.

  17. Angryjoggerz Says:

    Have a great show tonight freaks

  18. joe Says:

    I’m going with a jammed out 15 minute (timer theme today) second set bag or gin tonight

  19. BingosBrother Says:

    Phish saves Ghosts for me. You wanna hear a Crosseyed->Ghost, go to St. Louis. Tuesday night, half full arena, indoor bball court, skip show. Gonna be a rager.

  20. thedayman Says:

    st louis will bring the heat.

  21. jtran Says:

    just threw on bill’s 3 II,first time since the show

  22. Angryjoggerz Says:

    I’m calling steam or no quarter tonight

  23. negev79 Says:

    Hi BB! Sending out vibes for a killer show to all, but especially to the BB crew in attendance.

    Talking about the green board, I too check in there periodically but I have never posted over there and doubt I ever will. It’s a lot easier being a chick in a bro’s world here and on .net, and that’s not a joke.

    I predict a big time Drowned tonight….

    good show all!

  24. Gavinsdad Says:

    Giddy up

    Strips, portobellos and doggies on the grill. Chill daze of summer continue.

  25. William H. Bonney Says:

    Seconded the drowned. After a trey-centric night time for Gordon and page to take over. Sec 3 row z. If any one wants to stop by.

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