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. phlorida phan Says:

    Well, gotta Hartford for your fri/sat hampton. DCU dreams crushed.

  2. Willowed Says:

    Used the phone and got thru – 2 day pass secured!

  3. Kaveh Says:

    Might be pulling the plug on AC and just doing Woosta…I have Hamptons and one Reading to trade.

  4. Corey Says:

    ‘Course, I should be used to this, as I’m from the school of 6 hour GD phone holds and all niters in cold cold parking lot lines ta boot.

    I’m still on the wait…20 min in. Think the 2days are still available?

  5. alf Says:

    struck out on reading, ac, glens falls on sales

    but hit the one that mattered (for me) with 2-day floors for worcester

    glens falls floors in mail order = pumped for 3 GA floors in a row

    fall ter!

  6. Kaveh Says:

    nice @willowed.

    I tried a two day pass on my app…no luck. hunting down single day tickets now.

  7. MiA Says:

    I take music naps all day.

    I keep a spreadsheet open just to look busy.

  8. phlorida phan Says:

    operation sell-out in full effect!

  9. Corey Says:

    @kaveh, Perhaps doing this from overseas changes things a bit…I thought about using the Hide My Ass option but…stayed with the int’l server, as it’s usually a bit faster.

  10. Kaveh Says:

    OK…how has one extra GA Woosta for each night for trade?

  11. Type III Jamming Personality Disorder Says:

    anyone want two day for worcester in 309? I have a hard time buying these…

  12. tela'smuff Says:

    already feeling like Dick’s is being overlooked. Launch pad > Stepping stone

  13. joe Says:

    shut out. that was frustrating

  14. Type III Jamming Personality Disorder Says:

    going once…

  15. joe Says:

    it was a floor or bust mentality for me that might have backfired.

  16. Type III Jamming Personality Disorder Says:

    going twice…

  17. Kaveh Says:

    no thanks @T3.

  18. Type III Jamming Personality Disorder Says:

    i just can’t do it. 309 is the worst. under the eave. horrible sound.

  19. Corey Says:

    As much as I love trees, the “have the postal money order ready and filled out correctly” way was, is and forever shall be…the right way.

    I miss those days…newsletters, mike’s poeticism, doing the distance figures…
    Bring that back, PHiSH. Recycled paper is in these days…

  20. alf Says:

    dicks glens falls worcester

    phish ga floor heaven

  21. Selector J Says:

    @ MiA – Your comedic quip just involuntarily forced cold coffee through my nasal passage. Amused. Then not amused. Then amused again.

    Need another music nap.

  22. dorn76 Says:

    Pulling singles for Saturday DCU on the app…

  23. Kaveh Says:

    @dorn: what you pullings? I only need one.

  24. dorn76 Says:

    Me too, sorry @kaveh. Just grabbed a sec. 120.

    May have an extra Friday though.

  25. Type III Jamming Personality Disorder Says:

    just pulled a 114 on the LN app for worcester Saturday.

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