Wow!

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. GhostPhunk Says:

    Trying to explain ticket day hell to a non phan is brutal. good luck kdis.

  2. phlorida phan Says:

    Seems weird I have to buy a pair of tickets. Put in for single on hartford, no available seats. Go back and enter 2 and seats pop up. Very ‘Boris

  3. tela'smuff Says:

    your buddy is a cop??? mmhhmmmmm…. 😉

  4. Type III Jamming Personality Disorder Says:

    @gphunk
    I just asked on a totally different board about that very thing to see if anyone could empathize. didn’t share the band, just asked if people freak out about ticket on sales. the general answer has been “I have only been to like 3-4 concerts in my whole life and I’m okay with it”. I cannot relate to that line of thought at all…

  5. Type III Jamming Personality Disorder Says:

    @smuff
    I need to give you the full deets on that some time. it’s got layers, maaaaaan

  6. tela'smuff Says:

    ok. why don’t you say f it and come to Dicks then. plenty of time to tell me that story!

    i can’t believe no fall tour for me. f f f f f f f f

  7. Type III Jamming Personality Disorder Says:

    I just love when my wait time jumps all over the place. love it.
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  8. phlorida phan Says:

    fuck, i thought hampton would be the tougher tix than woosta, not looking good.

  9. MiA Says:

    BITD, we had 35 different TM numbers to call for tickets too. Toll free numbers were rare, and sitting on line for 20 minutes cost you $ at long distance rates like they used to be (.05 to .10 a minute was common).

  10. GhostPhunk Says:

    looks like I’m getting snuffed

  11. mayhem Says:

    those were the days. calling TMs in North Dakota

  12. phlorida phan Says:

    wait 1 min my ass, screw it. Who’s got my Hampton extras!

  13. Kaveh Says:

    Spin wheel spin…

  14. GhostPhunk Says:

    I’m all set so if I score these they will be extras

  15. xpun Says:

    Was it someone here that told the story about teaching middle school and taking the class to the computer lab and having them all trying to score tickets during one of these weekday onsales.
    Fucking work. I just switched up. Used to have every Thursday and Friday off. Should have kept that schedule at least until onsales were over.

  16. Kaveh Says:

    Who would have thought Hampton would have been an easier ticket…probably due to the early ticket time.

  17. Corey Says:

    So….bots can scoop up 60% of the tickets, people can get every friend and/or family member to put in dozens of requests….and I can’t have TWO windows open. F off ticketbastard…F the F off.

  18. DaNcInG fOoL Says:

    in 2010 i sold my extra worcester for half what i paid. in 2009 hamptons were going for 10x what they were worth.

  19. Kaveh Says:

    You can have two windows open; just make sure they are in two different browsers.

  20. sumodie Says:

    Both today & yesterday the LN app onsale window opened before theregular TM onsale window on my cpu

    Didnt help me yesterday but today the LN app came thru witth woosta floors

  21. mayhem Says:

    in 2010 the Worcester shows were a bad time, especially if the wanted to do NYE too. This time its fri sat, so

  22. Corey Says:

    ^Kaveh, apparently not, as that’s what I had goin’. Got bounced by the TM with the above disclaimer regarding more than one window. A few days ago, I had the “less than a min” msg up for AC and it stayed there for close to 4 hours…I gave up and clicked out.

  23. Kaveh Says:

    Nice @sumo.

  24. Kaveh Says:

    @corey: interesting…I have used that system and never seen that message before.

  25. Selector J Says:

    Recommended: music naps

    So I’ve been up for 63 of the past 72 hours writing about Nicaraguan geology and cussing at Adobe Illustrator… Just went to my car to take, what I call, a “music nap.”

    I drive to a secluded part of the parking lot, tip the seat way back, turn the stereo up to 11, blast the A/C, and let my eyes close. I don’t go to sleep. Not sure I could if I wanted to but just to relax for a minute.

    Yesterday evening it was Gorge Undermind. This morning I went with The Morwells/Scientist. (By the way, one serious Channel One joint backed by peak Sly & Robbie/Revolutionaries.) Freaking hit the spot, man.

    Music naps.

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