BCGA (Dave Canny)

BCGA (Dave Canny)

What the hell just happened? In a five-week whirlwind, Phish just tore apart the nation like they haven’t in at least a decade. When the band came back in ’09 few expected them to reach any level of skill beyond nostalgia. And even when they crushed 2012—a year that has firmly been filed under “Yesterday’s News”—few expected the band to redefine itself one year later. In retrospect, the years of ’09 through ’12 were all related to their past, a sort of getting up to speed on what they had accomplished in their career while showing flashes of innovation and brilliance. This past tour, however, Phish opened the floodgates of creativity, presenting us with a forward-looking tour that was plucked from our wildest fantasies. This summer, Phish started to forge a new path again with jams that sound different from any other time in their career and an energy purer than ever. Don’t look now, but with Dick’s as a stepping stone, Fall Tour is just around the corner! 2013 is shaping up to be a year musically on par with any in Phish history.

BGCA (G.Lucas)

BGCA (Graham Lucas)

When I listened to several of my ’97 and ’98 favorites since tour ended, the jams sound far less dynamic than they do right now. I love that shit to death—trust me—but Phish is absolutely reached another level this summer. The efficiency and proficiency of their jamming is unparalleled to any point in history. The band needs exactly zero searching to find where they are going these days—as soon as they entered a jam this summer, with few exceptions, they were locked in directional, purposeful, whole-band improv. The quickness in which ideas were exchanged and built upon set a new standard for Phish, and consequently, the band was able to get far more out of their jams. This musical density had been building since Miami ’09, and has now reached a mind-boggling level. For example, go listen to the Alpharetta “Chalk Dust,” one of the best east coast jams of summer, and then try to wrap your head around the fact that it is under ten minutes long! Phish of 2013 is another beast all together. Their entire thirty-year career has led them to this point—a place where they draw on their illustrious past to create music that moves beyond their previous accomplishments.

BGCA (Graham Lucas)

BGCA (Graham Lucas)

The number of highlights from Summer Tour is nothing short of staggering. Trying to sum up this tour in writing is a task unseen in this era. Very little 3.0 Phish compares to what just went down over the past month. With only a slight dip in Chicago due to non-stop weather delays, the band launched off the “Harpua”-laced third night of the stand and never looked back, crafting two of the most memorable weeks in Phish history. Toronto’s majestic “Down With Disease” gave us a glimpse of the holy realms that we would frolic in we hit the west coast. Tour—undoubtedly—peaked at the Gorge and Lake Tahoe with several elite sets of Phish including the Tahoe “Tweezer”—in my opinion, the best jam of all-time. Finishing things with an outstanding four night run in San Francisco and Los Angeles, the guys dropped jams on the level with the previous weekend, but only sculpted one monster show in Bill Graham’s finale. At last, the band played a legit west coast run, and—go figure—it produced the best Phish we’ve seen in over a decade.

I’ll get down to analysis, but right now I’m still in awe of what we just experienced. I still have yet to spin three of the west coast shows—it was just different this time. As in the days of lore, we knew that after setbreak things would absolutely get crazy—a feeling that just hasn’t been prevalent over the past four years. But now, it’s full steam ahead! The entire community is more mature and everyone can appreciate what is transpiring quite a bit more, and I reckon the band feels the same. Nobody expected to be where we are right now, making this year of 2013 all the more magical. Hot damn, it’s good to be alive.

BGCA (Jeremy Renda)

BGCA (Jeremy Renda)

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4,964 Responses to “Wow!”

  1. Type III Jamming Personality Disorder Says:

    it gets really creepy when the one on the right keeps looking at the camera too 😯

  2. sumodie Says:

    Boom again, Hartford done

  3. frit0pendej0 Says:

    All circuits are busy. Please try your call again later.

  4. Kaveh Says:

    Glen Falls…got in right away…GA SRO…threw it back.

  5. phlorida phan Says:

    Good luck MiA. currently in queue bullshit

  6. sumodie Says:

    hartford presale now

    code: summer

  7. Skyballs Saxscraper Says:

    Who thought this was a good idea?

  8. selector j Says:

    Oh it’s on sale day.

    Let the rabble-rabble-rabble begin.

  9. bhizzle Says:

    tuff getting these gf tix….any luck?

  10. mayhem Says:

    had 4 GA in cart for Glens falls. Then it makes me register acct and puts me back in queue. Fuck!!!

  11. dorn76 Says:

    Snagged 2 uppers for HFD! Faith in The Universe is restored, I have tickets to my home state show.

    Glens Falls all done I imagine, never got in.

  12. bhizzle Says:

    this gfcc site should be outlawed

  13. sumodie Says:

    Had logged the passcode into Hartford site since before 9:30 but apparently was not in queue

    Retyped passcode just after 10am (after trying to get tix by clicking ‘Phish’) and only then was put in queue. Floor score!


  14. William H. Bonney Says:

    Good luck mates. I am done, now have tickets for every nite of fall tour. Just have to get ass on the road again. Should be a great time.

  15. Skyballs Saxscraper Says:

    Dealing with Ticketmaster servers, you know what you’re going to get, at least. But a CC’s own servers.. it was probably milliseconds before this thing melted on the spot.

    Phish wins again. All your servers are belong to us.

  16. William H. Bonney Says:

    no problem’s here with Glen’s Falls site, had to make account too…

  17. tela'smuff Says:

    Happy Birthday @AJ!!!

    Miner – first and foremost, glad you got so much out of this run!! that’s awesome. i think had i been present for the whole run i’d be saying the same as you. i think you hit the nail on the head with the ATL Chalkdust example. truly mind boggling that’s under 10mins. great jam.

  18. MiA Says:

    “unable to secure tickets at this price level”

    I’m done.

  19. DaNcInG fOoL Says:

    that was the biggest load of fucking bullshit ever fuck off. got through with a GA for glens falls and they couldn’t autorize my CC bc of too much traffic and i lost my fucking ticket.

  20. Skyballs Saxscraper Says:

    I’m in, and the cookies are gone from the cookie jar.

  21. DaNcInG fOoL Says:

    FT: my Halloween + Cash for AC3 GA + Glens Falls

  22. William H. Bonney Says:

    Time for a celebratory Phish jam and to step into the sauna…

  23. bhizzle Says:

    having a difficult time understanding why gf required that tix sale be through their site and not ticketmaster? this maybe the only time I would have preferred dealing with them

  24. frit0pendej0 Says:

    GFCC: “And again, the Internet is not something that you just dump something on. It’s not a big truck. It’s a series of tubes. And if you don’t understand, those tubes can be filled and if they are filled, when you put your message in, it gets in line and it’s going to be delayed by anyone that puts into that tube enormous amounts of material, enormous amounts of material.”

    Just like in 94.

  25. Skyballs Saxscraper Says:

    Enough of that. There are other ways to get to the Falls. Just not right now. I’m not joking when I say I don’t care if I have to sell a kidney or two to get to that show. Just not three. Kidneys don’t grow on trees, you know… usually.

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