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. voopa Says:

    But it all works out

  2. voopa Says:

    LOL @ “beautiful flacco banners”

  3. Berkeley Head Says:

    Little kid next me: “I wish I had a phone time machine”

    Me: “When you get older little man…. You’ll have one like me.”

  4. Berkeley Head Says:

    Kid: yours is a time machine?

    Me: yes! And if I think hard enough I can move objects without touching them.

    Kid: whoa!

    Me: yeah! Party time

  5. PigSong Says:

    Yo Kids. Enrout over the plains states, DEN by 11:00.

    Staying at the Aloft with wife and little kid. Drop me a line if you wanna have a beer. mqtAdam at g

    If not, baby blue button shirt pushing the orange Chariot stroller. Fingers crossed this whole child in tow dealy goes alright.

    Phans all over my flight.

  6. PigSong Says:

    Oh yeah, no tickets yet. Anyone want to sell me two extras, if not I’m about to buy ticket horse in a few minutes.

  7. Berkeley Head Says:

    Kid: so what kind of objects have you moved with your mind?

    Me: oh I’ve never moved any objects.

    Kid: I thought you said you could!

    Me: I can… So can you! I’ve just never thought hard enough.

    Kids Mom: Como?

  8. MiA Says:

    I’ve moved my Dog. Helps if I have a treat in my hand too.

    Off to get rain ponchos. Guaranteed it’s gonna rain.

  9. voopa Says:

    That kid’s never gonna be the same.

  10. Berkeley Head Says:

    Psychonauts are born; he’s a true blue. He started it with the whole phone time machine. Im just sayin. So proud of the little guy

    Kid: :: very very pensive look ::

  11. MiA Says:

    Reminds me of the VW commercial with the kid in the Darth Vader costume.

  12. PigSong Says:

    Can you get free d/l with flash seats? Ordering now…

  13. Type III Jamming Personality Disorder Says:

    Mom is dinging the flight attendant trying to find the sky marshall

  14. RV Airstream Says:

    Predictions for the gag?

    1. Something to do with legal weed
    2. Animals (llama, sloth, birds etc….)
    3. Numbers (46 days, backwards, army of one…)

    What do you think?

    Personally I’m not going to expect anything cuz that’s one way to ruin a show, ill be basking in the glory.

  15. phoammhead Says:

    Pulling for you little pig … hope it goes great for you!

  16. gavinsdad Says:

    Chobani, banana, vita coco for Bfast.

    Looking at clif bar and gallon of water.

    Getting old is freaking ridiculous.

  17. BingosBrother Says:

    Heard the army banned chobani due to trace thc elements. Keep in mind test takers.

  18. Berkeley Head Says:

    Cold green tea helps

  19. MiA Says:

    Don’t get tazer’d BH. Keep the psychonaut stuff on the DL until you’re among your people.

    I’m getting psyched for this opening Sample In A Jar.

  20. Berkeley Head Says:

    As it turns out, mom wants to hang in Denver….

    Big hat; no cattle.

    The pressure drop

  21. DocGanz Says:

    Through security. Denver bound

  22. Berkeley Head Says:

    Anybody know any magic tricks?

  23. stapes Says:

    Gonna be a hot one today!

  24. PigSong Says:

    Facking ticket horse. Jumping through hoops left and right..

  25. Berkeley Head Says:

    Kid: ::listening to Dicks Undermind now::

    A star is born….

    Kid is tripping that the song he’s listening to was played at his clubs home pitch. Big futbol fan… And now also a Phan for life.

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