A Mile High

7.14.13 (Andrea Nusinov)

7.14.13 (Andrea Nusinov)

This time around, Denver’s summer farewell feels more like a party than a pronouncement. Although we’ve yet to hear a note, this stand-alone weekend already serves as a punctuation mark on a triumphant season of music. This summer, Phish began to carve new sonic pathways again, jamming with intent and efficiency and birthing original music with a magical consistency. Finally adding fluidity and set craftsmanship to their modern repertoire, entire shows—well, mostly entire second sets—elevated like never before in this era. Adding some new songs to the rotation—”Energy” and “Yarmouth Road”—and reviving some old ones—”Steam,” “David Bowie,” and “Split Open and Melt”—the band played their best start to finish tour of 3.0. Now, as we step into our favorite soccer stadium for three shows that will, undoubtedly, contain plenty of action, the only question that remains to be answered is, “Will this weekend top it all?”

In each of the past two years, Phish showcased fireworks in their Rockies swan song. After setlist trickery on both opening nights, one can expect some sort of prank as we approach tonight’s performance. Musically, in 2011, the band played one of their finest jams of the year in 9.3’s “Tweezer,” while dotting the weekend with a stellar second set sequence of “Twist > Piper > Hood” and a rocking “Ghost” taboot. Last year, however, Dick’s opened the gateway to the improvisational glory we have witnessed since that star-crossed weekend. A couple all-star jams over New Year’s bridged the community to this summer tour, when creativity and Phish met at the crossroads of destiny. So many jams, so many sets, so many shows this summer surpassed most of what we have seen over the past few years; a true renaissance of the highest degree. And it all started back at this soccer stadium one year ago with antics and musical triumphs that few saw coming.

First the band came out jamming with a “Fuck You” opening set that featured one of 3.0’s finest moments in “Undermind.” The second half contained another jam of the year in “Chalk Dust” not to mention a long-form “Runaway Jim.” Then came “Light.” Setting a new precedent for modern jamming, Phish unleashed a masterpiece on the second night of Labor Day weekend 2012. Spanning emotive feels, heavy groove and a cathartic blues rock crescendo, Dick’s “Light” immediately stood head to head with the Gorge’s “Rock and Roll” of 2011 for the magnum opus of the modern era, immediately upping the legend of the corporate-named stadium on the outskirts of Denver. A cosmically connected version of “Sand,” yet another timeless gem, cemented the weekend of legend  the final night of summer tour.

So what will happen this time around? What jams will we be talking about for the six-week offseason as we get ready for Fall? Though it really matters not what goes down this weekend—for the band has nothing to prove—something tells me it will be one of great memories. What they will be made of we will soon find out… 

576 Responses to “A Mile High”

  1. Admiral Ackbar Says:


    YTROF > Numberline closer

    Grind > GTBT Encore

    Your thoughts.

  2. phishm Says:

    Just guessing on an ocelot after this. I could be wrong however. then a split. Just my guess.

  3. wolfmansfather Says:

    never met a moma dance i didnt like

  4. sniveling sneven Says:

    Uh oh…

    Someone’s been PRACTICING!

    Even money on “spell something” in reverse. Ocelot and split finish the set.

  5. Admiral Ackbar Says:

    Either way: Ocelot, Split to shut it down.

  6. Oldskool Says:

    Be cool if they payed Something. Could be a monster Split

  7. Skyballs Saxscraper Says:

    works for me

    as long as they crush that tweezer.

  8. Admiral Ackbar Says:

    Based on the calls on this page it will DEFINITELY NOT be Ocelot, Split to finish.

  9. phishm Says:

    they have to. That’s the fun.

  10. sniveling sneven Says:

    Set 2:
    Light ->
    Energy ->
    Stealing time

  11. phishm Says:

    Oh ya. There is no T. My bad. Fucked up to say the least. But in a good phishy kind of way where everything seems to make sense through vibe. Love it.

  12. Oldskool Says:

    They have to bust out Something instead of Split, right? It would be too perfect

  13. sniveling sneven Says:

    It’s a TARP!!!

  14. phishm Says:

    Scents would please me.

  15. Oldskool Says:

    Everyone knows that P would be Possum 😉

  16. phishm Says:

    Seven below would also be good. Remember the S show. Lot’s of options. Just thought Split made the most sense.

  17. voopa Says:

    Well yeah, they have to play Something now, they already know it. Just like Esther.

  18. voopa Says:

    Well done Admiral. You are a brightly shining star.

  19. sniveling sneven Says:

    Something would be a perfect encore

  20. phishm Says:

    This is why I love Phish.

  21. MrCompletely Says:

    or Nothing, that would be funny

    Numberline, Nothing

  22. jdub Says:

    Nice set so far. Love Stash here.

  23. jdub Says:

    Maybe so, maybe not

  24. voopa Says:

    This Stash = the goods

  25. phishm Says:

    And there is more. Wow. YEM maybe or yarmouth.

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