Look, The Storm’s Gone!

7.22.13 (Jake Silco)

7.22.13 (Jake Silco)

Phish closed a totally surreal, weather-tortured weekend in Chicago with a high energy throwdown on Sunday night centered on both music and antics. The second set encompassed all of the elements that make up Phish—to-die-for open jamming in “Energy > Ghost,” a Gamehendge composition in “Lizards,” a prank within a “Harpua” narration, and a smoking contained jam in “Antelope” to close things out. Following a mediocre performance on Saturday, Phish capped the insane three-night run with a signature performance in the Midway.

7/21 Official (R. Kelly)

7/21 Official (R. Kelly)

Playing their second version of “Energy” in four shows, the guys opened up the jam considerably beyond Alpharetta’s revelation, pointing clearly to the emergence of the next preeminent jam vehicle in the Phish universe. And what a jam it is, containing a little something for everyone. Starting off in a wah groove, “Energy’s” path contains infectious rhythms while giving way to wide open cathartic playing and eventually ending with a spiritually haunting voyage into ambient space. Opening up a new galaxy of improvisational possibility, “Energy” is the best thing to hit the rotation since “Light” debuted at Fenway Park in ’09. By the end of the summer—and two more versions that diverge from structure—we will be looking at the new jump off for fall tour.

At the conclusion of “Energy,” the band dissolved into “Ghost,” finally dropping the second version of tour that had been looming since Merriweather. In terms of adventure, there’s nothing quite like Phish merging two open jams like they did last night. Instead of reeling the audience back to earth with a “landing pad” song, they kept everyone in orbit while amping up the intensity of the show considerably. The band continued to dish out the goods in this rhythmically dynamic “Ghost,” passing through beautiful and intricate sections, and sounding like they might follow Mike’s lead into “Seven Below.” Trey, however, steered the jam into “Lizards,” capping the opening triumvirate with the Gamehendge classic. And then things got silly.

7.22.13 (J.Silco)

7.22.13 (J.Silco)

With all of the crazy rain storms that have plagued Phish tour this summer, fans have been expecting to hear “Harpua,” with its iconic line “Look, the storm’s gone!,” for quite some time now. But Phish waited for the absolute perfect place to drop their elusive tale. Sunday night’s first set had to be cut short due to a torrential downpour over the city, and most fans waited it out in the unbelievable conditions. But believe it or not, deep into an extended setbreak, things started to clear up! Thus, when the “Oom Pah Pahs” signaled the first “Harpua” in two years, the place absolutely went bonkers.

And then came the prank. The band had planted actors in the crowd to look like fans, so when called up on stage during “Harpua’s” narration, everyone—for at least a bit—thought some fans were having a dream come true. The Second City troupe went on to tell Trey that they had actually been there for the Harpua versus Poster Nutbag fight, and that Trey had been telling the story wrong. At this point, I thought Trey had found the most tripped out fans on lot, but in the end the actors and the band had prepared an entire comedy act that provided a brief mindfuck at the same time.

7.20.13 (WCProductions)

7.20.13 (WCProductions)

The skit was funny and when the band brought back the “Harpua” music, fans began anticipating what might come next in this monster set. But then Trey passed the mic to Gordon. Launching into a second “Harpua” story, Mike wove a genuinely funny tale, but now the audience had been standing around for almost twenty minutes in the middle of the second set and things started to drag. When the guys finally wrapped up the sought after rarity, the crowd roared and the band responded with a second go at “Antelope” after the rains put the kibosh on the first set closer. Coming full circle in another smoking contained jam, the band sealed their most complete Chicago show with their favorite set closer of the summer.

Years from now, when fans think back on Northerly Island 2013 the predominant memories will surround the unprecedented weather that bombarded the shows for three days straight. Filled with enough moments over the first two to make them complete, the Friday and Saturday’s Northerly Island performances, were—creatively speaking—a step below the rest of tour. But on Sunday night in Chicago, the band bounced back with a vengeance in a memorable show that nobody in attendance will ever forget.

First Set Notes: The strongest first set of Chicago opened with the bust out of “Dinner and a Movie,” while containing superb versions of “Maze” and “Bathtub Gin.” These two pieces of improve—specifically “Gin”—anchored the set while high energy selections and sharp playing, less “Mound,” filled it out.

I: Dinner and a Movie, AC/DC Bag > Maze, Mound, Funky Bitch, Bathtub Gin, Wilson, Water in the Sky, Boogie On Reggae Woman,  Run Like an Antelope*

II: Energy > Ghost -> The Lizards, Harpua, Run Like an Antelope

E: Character Zero

*rains came and the band was forced off stage

7.22.13 (Jake Silco)

7.22.13 (Jake Silco)

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1,370 Responses to “Look, The Storm’s Gone!”

  1. JanxSpirit Says:

    OK a couple of things – when did it become such that no one needs Tahoe tickets? I’ve been holding two pairs for some fence sitters and now they’re bailing, and all of a sudden no one wants to go to Tahoe. WTF?

    Also, can anyone tell me how to do Hollywood Bowl? Seems like you can’t just cruise on up and park? Or can you? Protips welcome.

    also anyone who needs some Tahoes – sleeper shows….

    greggcarrier gmail

  2. MiA Says:


  3. MiA Says:

    Tahoes were trade baits for things like SPAC. Suddenly the demand for WC tickets was increased because east coasters bought them to trade.


  4. jdub Says:

    BGCA xeyed>Light>Sally is of the charts. Still. Timeless.

    Gratitude for sure.

  5. Stoney Case Says:

    BErkeley! That was me trolling the drive by miner bashers. Trying to get them to realize the craziness of their take.

    Life’s good. Phish sounds great. I’ll get to a show at some point. Had some family stuff to take care of this weekend. With all these webcasts, I’m set for awhile!


  6. voopa Says:

    I’ll ask some friends Janx, but since sugar daddy’s out it’s doubtful.

  7. jp Says:

    imagine how much worse everything would be without 3.0 having happened

    and we are tooth and nail over ‘top 10 summer 13’ in here today, sheesh

    hahahahahhahaahhaah – so much good shit since 2009!!!

    how bout that incredible 10 26 10 jamchester show

    and sorry but 8.7.09 still in best of convo

    fire’d up for gorge III in 3.0 yes

    henrix nods this weekend?

    purple haze teases in timber ho yo, let’s go

  8. Stoney Case Says:

    I’ve enjoyed every show since SpAc3 and thought they’ve gotten better each night. Big peak for MPP2. Haven’t really spun ATL or Chi3. Loved Chi2 on couchtour.

  9. Berkeley Head Says:

    I grew up in Tahoe, and we used to call the lake the Big Aspirin because it would cure any hangover and it was the best re-set button money could buy. The Gorge is our Aspirin… the re-set button. So perfect… no hangover for Tahoe! Don’t sleep on it: Tahoe…. that is.

  10. mayhem Says:

    It’s the you can feel good tour. I agree SPAC 3 was a big step up and they have been on a roll since then. That DWD>ghost>piper is good stuff

  11. jp Says:

    pretty much have enjoyed every show

    no expectation’d

    good to see them not just going through the motions

    has fish played that new instrument on any other song than scent?

    would really like to hear that sound

    ya mar?

  12. Berkeley Head Says:

    I’m a big MPP II SET II guy. Maybe it’s because I don’t feel that YEM gets its due, but I just love that set… in its whole. It’s love; you know how it is…..

  13. mayhem Says:

    That’s the set I’m listening to right now Berkeley. Probably will not make it to the YEM though. It’s getting late, and I need to try to stay up real late tomorrow night.

    I’m excited about this west coast run and I’m not even going to any shows. Stupid mayhem! Oh well, great times will be had. And at least I got couch tour. And I got the green light for fall. Fuck yeah!

  14. jp Says:

    i can’t bear to miss anything so i pre-order whole tour

    very relaxing feeling with so much going on

    (for example, tahoe convenently covered)

    i know for RL only the live exp has meaning but i just don’t get not hearing all this amazing music, live or live recording

    would not have wanted to miss this toronto show for ex

    why miss??

  15. jp Says:

    MPP II set I amazing

    hoping gorge 1 or 2 set ones can compete

    what happened to roggae??

  16. sumodie Says:

    Friday Chicago partial refund requests due Monday 7/29 midnite

    Offer only good for single ticket purchases, ie, not for 3-day passes

    Info at First Merit FB page, hopefully this link:


  17. sumodie Says:

    Gorge bound @ 10am from seattle, will be in std onsite camping


  18. phlorida phan Says:

    Alpha energy had a brief marimba lumina.

    Go get some gorgers, shit will be proper!

  19. IrieWalton Says:

    Shuttle Irie about to depart for the Gorge.
    See you fools on the terrace.

  20. Skyballs Saxscraper Says:

    Going backwards through 1997 – http://www.phishtracks.com/shows/1997-11-28 – no idea what I would do without this site. I mean, I have this somewhere, but still.

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