A Colorado Crusade

9.2.2012 (Graham Lucas)

More than a week has passed since tour’s finale and I still can’t get these Dick’s out of my ears! It’s been all but impossible to listen to anything else from summer tour, as Phish hit a new level of playing over Labor Day weekend in Colorado. The band finally got there this past tour, crafting thematic journeys that stretched over long periods of time, always connected by innovative ideas. Seldom did the guys shy from improvisation, and more often than not, they saw excursions to completion. Phish even beefed up the back end of many second sets this tour, tying up almost every loose end from 2011. With the band back on the train like never before in this era, everything came to a head at Dick’s, where timeless music unfolded all weekend long.

The opening of Denver’s Labor Day stand has, within two years, has grown a tradition of setlist trickery. Last year, the band composed a show of songs only beginning with “S,” but this year, they one-upped themselves, spelling out “F.U.C.K. Y.O.U.R. F.A.C.E.” in a twelve-song show! Forcing their own hand, the band  jammed their proverbial faces off, crafting the show of the year. With two epics in each set, Phish rarely throws ’em down like this these days, and the quality of playing was to-die-for. When “Carini” erupted only three songs into the show, Phish turned the Hose on full blast, and left it there for the weekend. When the dust settled on August 31, “Carini,” “Undermind, “Runaway Jim” and “Chalk Dust” had vaulted into their groups of all-time versions, respectively.

9.2.2012 (Michael Stein)

Though the first night took the cake for the show of the weekend (and the year), moments everyone will eternally remember were the 23 plus minutes of Saturday night’s “Light.” A showcase of improvisational mastery like few others, the band morphed through several stunning jams with a criminal smoothness, arriving in a final sequence that put the icing on the cake. Spanning almost everything Phish does, this jam sprung into the band’s elite performances of all time (top 5?), and ran away with “Jam of the Summer.” This “Light is so good, in fact, that its preceding “Golden Age > Caspian”—a pairing that contained top-shelf jamming throughout—is getting thoroughly overshadowed. But this set-opening combo should not be sold short, as it certainly features Dick’s-level playing throughout. And what a “Caspian!”

Colorado Print (Masthay)

The band finished things off Sunday night with the set of the weekend, a seamless masterpiece highlighted by summer’s final “Sand.” The jam was chugging along with its usual, sinister groove when the band soared off course and the universe split open and melted all over the stadium. Veering into legitimate open jamming for the first time ever within “Sand,” Phish crafted one last piece of blissful, transportive music to punctuate the weekend. Turning quickly from hard groove into an ambient space, “Sand” immediately elevated into the heavens, riding a mid-tempo wave of glory. Passing through a massive rock peak, Phish places “Sand” on the top-shelf of Dick’s jams, but they didn’t slow down for a minute. Sculpting almost an hour of full-on improv, the guys backed up “Sand” with a seething “Ghost” that crept into a circusydelic “Piper”—all connected with meticulous care.

It’s hard to remember another run like Dick’s 2012 since the band came back in ’09. That’s because there hasn’t been one. Leaving us with a more all-time Phish jams than the rest of Leg Two, combined, Dick’s shattered anyone’s loftiest expectations. Providing a musical expose like none in memory, one might have to go back to the late-90s to find any arguable parallel. As I said after Worcester, 2012 is a great time to be a Phish fan, and at the summer came to a close in the Rockies with a phenomenal “Harry Hood,” this sentiment resounded through the mountains and valleys. And it was good.

9.2.2012 (Graham Lucas)


Jam of the Day:

Sand -> Ghost -> Piper” 9.2 II, Colorado

Got an hour?

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563 Responses to “A Colorado Crusade”

  1. xpun Says:

    I meant with the dsky. At work. Crazy long day. Lots of new faces or new masks on here. Did we ever find out who the universe was. He always seemed to show up when mentioned.

  2. xpun Says:

    I always thought it was snow. Can’t remember why now though

  3. Phishm0610 Says:

    you all have my email address. If not then It’s not hard to find. thank you Mr. Miner. I love it when people share thoughts in an open music type in the moment discussion.
    Cool that you all had a listen to the FYF show all together at the same time. That’s IT for me. Night all. and then they startup box of rain. Think i heard this show before. Not sure

  4. TheLongCon Says:

    Think I read that post before, not sure.

  5. Lycanthropist Says:

    Before or after glasses @TLC?

  6. xpun Says:

    Haha. This guy is pretty good. Prolly going to try to hit treys Richmond show. Haven’t been since 98. It ain’t the real thing but I’ve got a pretty bad itch after that dicks playing

  7. Phishm0610 Says:

    the glasses that make us follow nothing for just that amount of time
    I get where you’re coming from Lycan

  8. MiA Says:

    I don’t know Xpun on why the shows are out of order.

    I was going to compare the webrip to the Vimeo though to see how different Light is. I guess BGCA Tweezer too.

  9. MiA Says:

    Itch and dicks playing. The jokes never end.

  10. Bwana Says:

    @Robear, the Petzel Tikka Plus is a classic headlamp that includes both white and red LED bulbs… Option is great — as red is nice for not losing your night vision.


    Princeton Tech also makes good headlamps. I’ve been happy with models from both brands.

    I have a 22-day Grand Canyon river rafting trip this November, and I’ll have both my Petzel Tikka Plus and my Princeton Tech Apex Pro with me.

  11. bobby weird Says:

    @ SW, dude if you care what I think about you given my horrendous reputation on this site, you must really be a caring, sensitive guy, which I admire. Among other things. Yes, I often chafe at what I see as idealistic naivete, but who cares what I think! You’re something of a legend here, I’m a turd. Just know I try to send you views I think you may hold twenty years later, but what do I know, maybe not. In other words, I think you are interesting not a douche and mean well with my points. Alls good kid, I hope anyway. Keep being sw. But I might also continue occasional well intentioned jabs. Sorry to pull a long phishm.

  12. Bwana Says:

    ^ but you didn’t need that extra context… right?

  13. snivelingsneven Says:


  14. Phishm0610 Says:

    How is SW thought of as bad on this site? Dude makes me think everyday. to each their own.
    love this playin. bobby’s lyrics are so good on this version.

  15. Phishm0610 Says:

    dang misread what you wrote bw. thought someone was rippin ons SW. My bad. gotta shut up. seriously my bad.

  16. Phishm0610 Says:

    and into UJB. sorry to review a show I’m only listening to. It’s just a really good show.

  17. xpun Says:

    I never knew bobby w had a bad rap on here. I like the guy. And sw too. We were all young naive and idealistic once too. Doesn’t mean a thing.

  18. dognamedwilson Says:

    stole one of my wifes summer shandy’s. delicious!

    ^whats that like an edible tank top or something ?

  19. voopa Says:

    phishm- Were you referring to the 10-10-99 YEM? If not, check it.

  20. bobby weird Says:

    Xpun FTW.

    bw, definately a turd to some (many). Cool in person though! Ha.

  21. DavidSilver Says:

    Stimpy has put me over the edge. This place is trippin hard. Need some AW to come in and knock some sense into this place.

  22. dorn76 Says:

    I love the grumpy lawyer thing. Don’t go sensitive on me.

  23. bobby weird Says:

    Fuck off dorn!

  24. Phishm0610 Says:

    ready? here we go.
    another argument about nothing. What should the topic be?

  25. dorn76 Says:

    There we are.


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