7.5.13 (Jake Silco)

7.5.13 (Jake Silco)

On a night nobody in attendance will ever forget, Phish played through one of the heaviest rainstorms of their career while matching mother nature’s theatrics with plenty of their own. The use of superlatives has become useless in this torrid Phish climate of Summer 2013, as the band is on a mission to thrown down the gauntlet on a nightly basis. The amount of tremendous music they have showered us with in the first week-plus of tour just saw another sharp spike with a monstrous second set that remained in a deeply improvisational space for the duration. Opening up the groove refinery in the main event, the band cranked out a filthy centerpiece of “Tweezer -> Cities -> Wedge” in the middle of the second set—and all of that happened after a twenty minute exploratory “Rock an Roll” wound its way into “2001!” Yeah, it was a special night of Phish.

7/12 Official (DDL)

7/12 Official (DDL)

Historically, the band has responded to mammoth deluges with memorable shows—the most famous of which is the iconic date of 7.22.97 in Raleigh, North Carolina. Etched along side Antioch ’99, Columbus ’00, Darien Lake ’00 and Deer Creek ’09, history now has Jones Beach 2013. Things started out quickly as the band took the stage amidst a raging storm and punched out spirited takes of “Chalk Dust” and “Cars, Trucks, Buses.” But then Trey made some interesting song choices. “A Song I Heard The Ocean Sing” matched the fury of the moment, but songs like “Ocelot,” “My Sweet One,” “Sugar Shack” and “Number Line” seemed to suck the energy out of a crowd that may have as well have just jumped into a swimming pool.  When they started up “Number Line,” the vibe was so far off what was actually going on I looked up and realized that the band was bone dry on stage and playing a below average first set—with plenty of flubs—like it was a sunny afternoon at Great Woods. But then something clicked. Maybe Trey looked beyond the front few rows of dry fans to the thousands of others who were braving a biblical deluge to be there. When the band started “Reba,” the entire night turned around as quickly as the Dukes of Hazzard pulling a U-Turn to escape from Roscoe P Coltrane.

The rain had not let up one iota, but when the “Reba” jam dropped, it no longer mattered. The band launched into a stunning, multi-tiered rendition of their classic that saw Trey effortlessly tear off gorgeous arpeggios while bringing the jam to a monstrous peak. One had the thought that they might end the set with such a triumphant version, but instead they followed “Reba” with the most ferocious “David Bowie” we have heard in a quite some time. This 25-minute combo completely flipped the script on the evening and left the drenched amphitheater abuzz at setbreak as everyone fled for cover.

7.5.13 (Jake Silco)

7.5.13 (Jake Silco)

When the lights dropped after a welcome interlude, Phish wove yet another seamless set of non-stop action—all doused with original ideas while avoiding any cliché jamming whatsoever. This was the real deal Holyfield, Phish-meets-mother-nature, full-blown gauntlet. As soon as the main event kicked off with “Rock and Roll” everyone knew we were in for a treat, but little did we know we would totally forget about the inclement conditions for most of a 50-minute sequence that we will be listening to forever. “Rock and Roll’s” jam provided an interesting stylistic juxtaposition with PNC’s “Crosseyed.” While Holmdel’s centerpiece featured several staggering peaks with heart wrenching melodic work from Trey, “Rock and Roll” was more exploratory and expansive—like a freight train in your living room—without the monstrous peaks. Both jams are amazing and illustrate just how diverse and masterful the band’s jamming is right now.

7.5.13 (J.Silco)

7.5.13 (J.Silco)

The band’s relentless attack continued with a version of “2001” that served as both a landing pad for “Rock and Roll’s” voyage and a springboard into “Tweezer.” And when the “Tweezer” jam hit, the rain and wetness fell one stage deeper into our collective memory as the band threw down a groove session of monumental proportions in “Tweezer -> Cities -> Wedge.” The band has returned to sculpting super-thick, gooey soundscapes this summer as Mike and Page are using more sounds than ever while dictating the course and the sound of jams as much as Trey. Fully locked, the band served up musical crack for the duration of “Tweezer -> Cities;” the type of music that offers salvation on the dance floor. This was the stuff the band had left behind in recent years; this was the candy-grooving of lore filtered through a modern lens; this was the type of rhythmic escapade hat leaves traces on your soul forever. This was utter bliss.

7.3.13 (P. Harrington)

7.3.13 (P. Harrington)

The band brought “Tweezer’s jam to an emotional, “Theme”-infused arrival, and as they slid out of this section, Fishman started up beat to “The Wedge.” It sure sounded like the band would merge these two songs, but instead, Trey started a rhythmic vamp and steered the band into “Cities.” Blowing out the “Cities” jam like no time since Atlantic City 2010, the band played one of the most infectious pieces of the night. And all the while, Fishman never give up. Continuing to lay down the “Wedge’s” beat in between verses of “Cities,” and then all over the song’s uber-infectious jam, he finally got the other guys to come along and they wound down their set-long chunk of sashimi grade Phish into the Rift era piece.

All of a sudden, Summer 2013 has taken on a very retro contour. And by that I mean that the band is serving up the goods night after night after night after night. Not since the late-90’s has Phish thrown down a week of shows soaked in the quality of improvisation than the one that has just transpired. And as many fans like to note, we are have only cracked the second week of tour!

See you in a few hours!

I: Chalk Dust Torture, Cars Trucks Buses, Ocelot, My Sweet One, A Song I Heard the Ocean Sing, Water in the Sky, The Sloth, Beauty of a Broken Heart, Sugar Shack, 46 Days, Backwards Down the Number Line, Reba, David Bowie

II: Rock and Roll > Also Sprach Zarathustra > Tweezer -> Cities -> The Wedge, Wading in the Velvet Sea, Character Zero

E: Sleeping Monkey > Tweezer Reprise

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362 Responses to “Unforgettable”

  1. El Duderino Says:

    have no idea KP.

    I get very ‘lil computer time these days, or free time for that matter.
    Just stumbled upon this

    always a pleasure to see shows with you.
    Hope your path has become more clear

  2. tela'smuff Says:

    you too MiA! playlists made, car packed.

    glad ya’ll were rewarded with that second set. blue balled on that Tweezer on the stream. sounded worthy.

  3. kenny powers Says:

    i miss the ‘noid 😉

    great to see you to man, and yes things are much better. only wish we had more time to chill.

  4. El Duderino Says:

    the noid is back fellas’

    although not at full strength since it was down for so long


    they call it D2 now

  5. El Duderino Says:

    your accts should still be good fwiw

  6. El Duderino Says:

    Fall tour has hopes of Charleston, SC.

    If it happens come on down, we’ll be getting the same beach house/original cu$ty crib again.

  7. Stoney Case Says:

    Tela, stream cut out literally the second Tweezer ended.

  8. butter Says:

    Great article Miner

    I see what u did there with showered, doused, soaked, very nice.

    Can’t wait to spin this set 2 on my drive today. I’ve heard the gooey funk brewing this tour at the beginning, and then they’ve mixed in so many diverse styles of jamming.

    Still trying to wrap my head around Holmdel Xeyed. They’ve really expanded on the ’12 Melodic major keyed style and fused in the high speed attention grabbing “chase” style from 94-5. I think my 3rd spin of that Xeyed blew me away the most

  9. Angryjoggerz Says:

    Safe travels everyone, have fun tonight

  10. Joe Says:

    46 days deserves honorable mention in the first set for me. Definitely the song I got down hardest to. My own trip, I’m sure, but in the moment it was smoking. Also page really on his game right now. Really nice work on ctb

  11. kenny powers Says:

    yeah i meant to say Duder, i’ve been up on that new site a couple times but it doesn’t seem anyone is upping any Phish there.

  12. willowed Says:

    Love this piece. Thanks for everything Miner.

    I hope Wedge stays a while. Loved the SPAC version. This was one of my favorite jams as a wee fan.

    If I remember, they opened up with Wedge back in Worcester the night with that crazy three song encore with Moby Dick, Buffalo Bill and some other jam, could have been Fire if I remember. Since that night, I had a certain relationship with Wedge. May have been the super strong boomers I took that night.

    Rage hard tonight boys. The time is now!

  13. kenny powers Says:

    plus it looks like they had to start over with new servers? i.e. manually put stuff back?

  14. ren Says:

    46 days was smokin!!! And just what I needed at the moment. Still trying to fully process last night before the respin….gonna let this one marinate for a bit

  15. gavinsdad Says:

    Wedge is my personal “Phishy” tune @willowed. It’s always welcome.

    Reba relisten…was “good”. Not as magnificent as I thought last nite. But this Bowie is 3.0 fire. Very solid outing. Transition into the jam tells u all u need to know.

  16. El Duderino Says:

    @ KP

    not sure what’s gonna happen.
    the other day i tried to up my 1st torrent over there to see if I could get things moving but my attempt wasn’t successful.
    The site was down for so long most forgot about it.
    Once the word gets around it’ll come back.
    just gonna’ take awhile

  17. Mr. Palmer Says:

    Summer ’13… The “Snooze you lose, Tour”

    What an amazing run of shows with no signs of letting up. Happy to see everyone got rewarded for getting soaked last night with that second set.

    Listened to some of the 1st set via stream and wasn’t feeling it. Bailed before Reba.. Got some much needed rest and now am at work.

    Will get home in time for MPP stream and a Leo caramel.. yum.

    Can’t wait to spin JB. Feel free to shoot me any extra codes…;)

  18. InAMinute Says:

    Plus a very amusing botched lyrics start to monkey…page said we have to give trey a shot at redemption.

  19. Unit Monster Says:

    It was like everyone jumped into a pool. Things got so wet I couldn’t light my J’s. The second set redemption is what’s up. I’m thankful that Page gave a shout out to those who got beat up by Sandy. JB was flooded and f’d up from Sandy.

  20. kenny powers Says:

    gotcha duder. just found a torrent for the whole 1990 spring set in FLAC on PirateBizzle. hate that site but what can you do.

  21. sumodie Says:

    Count me still as a huge fan of Jones Beach – a very unique venue in a beautiful setting, no matter if it’s sunny or deluging

    Something to be said for an open air venue exposed to the elements come hell or high water

    And unlike most every summer shed, JB provides a much more uniform experience for all; no lawn vs. covered pav crap

    Last night’s mellowed out much of the bitchy in your face usher attitude, hoo rah

  22. kenny powers Says:

    i love JB and wish i could’ve gone.

  23. plord Says:

    Wedge lyrics are inscribed in sharpie on the framing of my house. Right next to my daughter’s crooked rainbow, my son’s spike haired cartoon figure who says “booger!”, and a small square with the legend “Lick here, you may be one of the lucky 25!”

    If some future owner pulls down the drywall, decades from now when we are all gone, they are in for some perplexing moments.

  24. BillyCampbell Says:

    Sashimi grade? Now Miners quoting the BB? This is some meta shit. If Girth shows up next ima be pumped!

    Always loved being on the road and seeing sneakers in the windshield day after a wet show. Gives my chub mad girth. Giggity.

  25. ren Says:

    Managed to somehow smoke about 3 prerolls in the 1st set…near impossible. Perfect reason for why I had some edibles in pocket 😉

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