Four Wishes For Fall Tour

8.2.13 (Brian Thomas)

8.2.13 (Brian Thomas)

Phish played so well this summer, these lists are getting harder and harder to make. But as we go into Fall, there are still a few things I am hoping to see.

1. The First Set: The last remaining weakness of modern Phish shows is undoubtably the first set. Aside from SPAC’s “Split Open and Melt,” there were no open ended jams in the first half of any shows this summer. There is rarely even much contained jamming of note in opening frames, causing these sets to be musically uneventful. At no point in the last few years have I spun any first set from start to finish, and rarely do I dip into first sets at all but for the random “Reba” or “David Bowie.” Why does Phish choose to keep their first sets so mellow? Sure, lots of fans are there to hear their songs, but how about mixing it up? When the band throws down a great second set, I consider it a great show at this point. Imagine if they infused both sets with creativity? I’m not saying it should be like 1997, but just a bit of interesting music, some meat—and not always “Stash,” “Bathtub Gin,” or “Antelope.” An air of unpredictability has returned to Phish’s second sets this year, but their first ones have remained quite routine.

2. “Energy:” We’ve just seen the birth of Phish’s newest jam vehicle—”Energy.” In only three versions after its debut, the band has built an open-ended psychedelic juggernaut. Sprouting a jam in Alpheretta, the cover was soon placed in the hallowed spot of second set opener in Chicago and San Francisco. The band first opened up “Energy’s” jam in Chicago, charting an uplifting course with an ambient outro, while in San Francisco, they took it down a less cathartic, darker path. I believe we will see this song really blow up this Fall, starting right away in Hampton. I also believe we will see the band take “Energy” jams in wildly different directions, making the new Apples In Stereo cover all the more intriguing.

3. Get In Set Two! : There are several songs that have been begging for the second set treatment, though Phish has been quite stubborn in in keeping them as structured, first set jams. They are: “Wolfman’s Brother,” “Bathtub Gin,” “Tube,” “Stash,” “Split Open and Melt,” “Ocelot,” and “A Song I Heard the Ocean Sing.”

4. New Phish Material: Before every tour for the past couple years, this hope has been listed. Let’s be serious, the band hasn’t written a song in ages. “Steam” is the only original that has debuted in this era and stuck around. Joy songs have been played into the ground and then some. A new album has been hinted at all year, though nothing—even a rumor—has materialized. Does this mean another run with no new originals? Most likely. They did great this summer adding “Energy” to the mix. “Say Something” has potential. But how ’bout an actual Phish song? It’s about time.


Winged-music-noteJam of the Day:

Rock and Roll” 8.3.13 II, BGCA

This monster version provided the centerpiece of Bill Graham’s second show. PS—Thanks for your feedback. I am keeping the links.

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  1. buddysmyles Says:

    Boiling with anticapation for Woostah

  2. Samplman Says:

    Can we please add Halleys Comet to the list of songs that are begging for the second set treatment??

  3. Stoney Case Says:

    Miner, way to keep working. Here’s a little bit of history for Columbus Day.

    Is it just me or is the enthusiasm for Phish cratering with the enthusiasm for this site?

    Strange days afoot.

  4. JB Says:

    All fine wishes for the upcoming run, here’s hoping they all come true.

  5. TheMole Says:

    “Is it just me or is the enthusiasm for Phish cratering with the enthusiasm for this site?”

    Sold-out four night run at MSG, plus AC, and all the other sold out fall shows say no. Where are you seeing any enthusiasm is cratering?

  6. Stoney Case Says:


    Skeleton crew posting here the week before tour.

    People can’t give away Hampton tickets.

    Mostly tiny venues on fall tour.

    MSG almost always sells out. Not hard to pull tickets according to those that tried.

  7. sumodie Says:

    Don’t become a statistic this weekend (from Stoney link above):

    “March 6-8, 2009 — Phish ends a four-year disappearance with three concerts at the Coliseum. The reunion shows draw national media attention to Hampton. The New York Times and Rolling Stone magazine send correspondents to cover the concerts. Police make 73 drug-related arrests in Newport News in an operation aimed at people attending. The arrests are in addition to 194 made near the Coliseum where police confiscate $1.2 million worth of illegal drugs and more than $68,000 in cash from concertgoers over the three nights.”

  8. BingosBrother Says:

    Due to AW and his 6 other handles, posting is down 90%. If I could buy v fays at work, I would. Could prolly make more moneu on fall tour. I suck.

  9. BingosBrother Says:

    The reports from that weekend really shook my phaith to its core. Phish Inc lost a lot of street cred. Not cool.

  10. Stoney Case Says:

    great insight, re: the many handles of AW.

    Spun 9/2/12 over the weekend. Also thinking we rode the wave of Dicks ’12 longer and harder than the wave from Dicks this year. May have a bit to do with the lull.

    TheMole, been chatting with friends in other circles, Twitter, FB, etc. Peeps bailing on Hampton left and right. Not just ‘Not going’, but peeps with tickets, hotels, travel arrangements. Pulling out too soon. Pre-pre-ejamulation, if you will.

  11. Stoney Case Says:


    Merriweather 2 would like a little bit of love for it’s first set.

  12. Mr. Palmer Says:

    Watched the movie ” This is 40″ with the wife last night. Paul Rudd/Leslie Mann flick. Anyone around that age, married, with kids should watch it. Hits nail on head. I was cracking up.

  13. RoosterPizza Says:

    Tahoe Gin is hitting the spot right now.

  14. phishm Says:

    I tried watching that movie Mr. P and turned it off. You know my story however. Nail on the head indeed. Maybe it got better, but I got tired of the wife complaining.

  15. Stoney Case Says:

    Phishthoughts Movie Reviews!

    The married and divorced perspective

  16. sumodie Says:

    Just canceled my 3day AC hotel Rez at the Chelsea Pub&Inn

    Call now if you’re still looking for reasonable lodging in a chill spot (next to the Trop, only a few blocks from Boardwalk Hall)

  17. dorn76 Says:

    “This is the fanbase at 40”

    Still freakin’ pumped up for my Woosta, Woosta, HFD and AC3 run.

    Who needs a Hampton Friday, cheap?

  18. Stoney Case Says:

    California is fucked. This country is gone to the political thieves.

    Golden Gate bridge no longer collects a toll at the bridge. They photograph your plate, then mail you a $6 toll. They give 30 days to pay. If you don’t pay in time, it jumps from $6 – $126 automatically, and goes on your vehicle registration dues!

    I got a toll, was out of town for 3.5 weeks. Got home, toll was due. Tried to pay online, system down, so mailed it in.

    Now have a fee for $126 on my auto renewal for the year. Tried to dispute by mail, no response.

  19. Kaveh Says:

    Morning BBers!

    @Miner: nice writeUP.

    @stoney: that is f’ed up.

  20. P.S.H.S Says:,199/?utm_source=Twitter&utm_medium=SocialMarketing&utm_campaign=Default:NA:InFocus

    Sorry for long link, I’m computer stoopid, but gold Jerry, gold!

  21. dorn76 Says:

    Stay Strong Boston!

  22. MiA Says:

    Stay douchey Boston.

  23. Mr. Palmer Says:

    Will apple replace an IPad my 4 year old body slammed ?

  24. phlorida phan Says:

    Boston, racist, nahhhhhhhhh!

  25. HeadyBrosevelt Says:

    stay assholey, massholies- ha! i kid- i have very dear friends from mass, just joining the burn.

    fall tour folks get stoked! hampton is going to blow up. get ready to get weird! wish i could make at least one- such is life and stoked for my friends who are going!

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