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. RoosterPizza Says:

    I got into the GF site early, and you will get your tickets as long as you don’t keep clicking refresh. I had to go through the whole process and was able to get my ticket without issue, though it was tempting to hit refresh when it looked like the page was stalled.

  2. Type III Jamming Personality Disorder Says:

    my friend pulled 2 2packs for worcester on the app 50 minutes after the on sale starter (each in the 200 level). so keep trying.

  3. Kaveh Says:

    got 112 each night via TM app…in the door.

  4. sumodie Says:

    ::fingers crossed for woosta sellout::

    My seattle friend still hasnt heard from ptbm, and just this morning my bro finally sent me his ptbm score info

    With just a two week tour window, gonna be pissed if ptbm drags out the shipping process

    May have to pester ptbm next week about that

  5. dorn76 Says:

    I have a Hampton 3 extra.

    Looking to trade for an AC3, or maybe a Worcester Saturday GA.

  6. Type III Jamming Personality Disorder Says:

    nice, kaveh.

  7. kayatosh Says:

    re. commitment — helps when both parties abide by the same commitment, rather than one party pretending to while the other party honors the commitment.

    committed>uncommitted>committed

    ^^^ does that work? can one truly recommit after earlier breaching the very same commitment?

  8. Jtran Says:

    kaya, peace to you. you did the right thing

  9. kayatosh Says:

    jtran; you are a breath of fresh air. it was inspiring seeing you, will, and garret get down at BGCA — what it’s all about. peace.

  10. MiA Says:

    Go Adam Scott!

  11. neemor Says:

    Kaya,
    Have a single Reading that I’ll send you if I get Htfd. If that helps.

  12. lumpyhead Says:

    nice BGCA shots

  13. dusty Says:

    Just getting in the door in the attitude to have. I’m set for tour and will most likely have a few hampton extras. Enjoy your day all!

  14. kayatosh Says:

    mighty nice of you, neemor. but i have nothing but cash to trade you for it. perhaps you save that tic and trade it for what you need/want. peace.

  15. Mr. Palmer Says:

    Happy Birthday AJ..

    Hope ticket gods shined on you all..

    Jerry day….:(

  16. Mr. Palmer Says:

    Happy , healthy, smiling Jerry.. Giants ’89.. Shakedown..

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6jmnASVqZMU

  17. little umbrellas Says:

    Had a very weird dream last night that Trey wasn’t with us, that we had passed away. Scared me.
    I’m taking this dream not as an omen, but as acknowledgement that he is alive and happy. Very Grateful for this. Long into the future we will look back and listen to the wealth of music provided by this man. Sending love Trey!
    Thank you Phish.

  18. little umbrellas Says:

    … oh shit, forgot it was the 9th. maybe that’s why…

  19. Type III Jamming Personality Disorder Says:

    I still have very vivid memories of those shows, palmer. thanks for that link

  20. RicksFork Says:

    I have some extra Friday DCU’s in 203. Anyone need anything?

  21. frit0pendej0 Says:

    Look at the balloon for 10/31:

    http://phish.com/#/tours/fall-2013?details=true

    Right over…Nebraska. Atlantic City in Nebraska? Fakeouts starting already?

    #Springsteen’d

  22. phlorida phan Says:

    Sealed the deal, in the door for woosta>hartford. Planing on an insane up and back for hampton 3. Screw it, you only live once.

  23. kayatosh Says:

    so what’s the word on shuggie? worth catching live? he’s in philly tonight w/ my boy mutlu. who’s game?

  24. Corey Says:

    @Kaveh, looks like we may be sitting close by. I picked up 112 Fri night.
    D6 back o’ Pageside.

  25. Jtran Says:

    could’ve just been the crowd/venue not dialed, but I’d say “musically” it was not worth it in SF. Of course it was totally worth it to see a legend at a really cool, free outdoor venue before a Phish show, but I wouldn’t travel to see the show we saw. IMO

    I know LU was way up front with a good crew of ppl dancing and that probably changed his experience with the show.

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