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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906 Responses to “Four Wishes For Fall Tour”

  1. Stoney Case Says:

    Palmer, they did nothing for the iPad my cat body slammed.

    MiA, that guy that ripped the home run ball from the ladies hand was just being #BostonStrong

  2. MiA Says:

    My phone that I dunked in the Westin Pool at Long Beach was replaced for $150 by Apple.

    Not sure what the replacement cost is Palmer, but may be a small(er) percentage of the original.

    @Stoney, Texas has the same crap here. Photograph your plate, then if you don’t pay the bill they jack up the rates. You have 112 days, then it’s a $250 fine. Then they make it a misdemeanor if you don’t pay that. And start jacking up “points” against you.

    Heard about a snowbird who drove from Iowa to South Padre, lived there for 5 months, and ran up a $2500 bill due to non-payment of fees, and had 10 misdemeanors on the record.

    It’s ridiculous.

  3. Stoney Case Says:

    hey all, what are some cool music podcasts?

  4. MiA Says:

    Psyching myself up for Hampton.

    Train Song

  5. HeadyBrosevelt Says:

    @miner- set ocelot is on my wish list also.

  6. HeadyBrosevelt Says:

    @miner- set ocelot is on my wish list also.

  7. HeadyBrosevelt Says:

    ^ a failed post on so many aspects- a set II ocelot

  8. voopa Says:

    Good luck with that Stoney. If you let your reg lapse for over 6 months they turn it over to the FTB, who find your bank accounts and deduct it FROM you FOR you. And they charge an extra $100 for that “convenience”. The price we pay to live in paradise. Grr.

  9. phlorida phan Says:

    Boston Strong comment is pure gold stoney

  10. Stoney Case Says:

    last week before tour. minimal traffic here.

    Enthusiasm cratering. The wave from Dick’s broke about three days after the run ended.

    Hampton gets the ‘Mikes’ with 2nd jam, to jumpstart the Phish Tsunami!

  11. Kaveh Says:

    Train Song

    Looks very close to Denver 97; which is a good thing. 🙂

  12. mmmhmm Says:

    Stoney I hope you are right about Hampton Mikes. Just seeing the photo of the venue in colored lights gives me the chills. Can’t wait to get back in that room. I want to leave now and just go sit on the fountain out front until Russ Bennett gets there and starts to decorate and fans start showing up.

  13. mmmhmm Says:

    If anyone ventures outside of hampton/newport news area for food, Taste Unlimited is a MUST for those seeking some of the best sandwiches in the Tidewater area. Also, downtown Hampton proper has some chill waterfront bar spots for afternoon relaxing.

  14. Stoney Case Says:

    mmmhmm, it’s all i got for predictions. let it begin! man, not even sure i can catch the webcast next weekend. buried in work out here. was hoping to have some of our nOObs show for work, but alas, it was not to be.

  15. mmmhmm Says:

    Cant you mandate intern attendance? And don’t you have a WW table to captain?

  16. Stoney Case Says:

    ww must go on. been getting all kinds of poking and prodding. those non-pharming fools understand.

  17. mmmhmm Says:

    for those seeking some fall inspiration, look no further than the 20lb book from our excellent host. Chock full of gems and great pictures.

  18. DaNcInG fOoL Says:

    Question: why is selling tickets for more than face highly frowned upon here but seeking out tickets for less than face is accepted?

    Also, where is the fall live bait?

  19. Stoney Case Says:

    all right. about to head back out to work. any last minute music podcast recs ya’ll can hit me with?

  20. MiA Says:

    DF, I don’t find it acceptable. The only reason it is “acceptable” is that people don’t believe in “embrace the face” unless it benefits them.

    I think that kinda makes them full of shit. I think that was AW’s argument (and mine) mostly. I’m willing to pay face to a friend regardless of “the market” of the tickets.

  21. Stoney Case Says:

    df, ha! was just thinking about the fall live bait after spinning a few over the weekend. i’ll tweet shapsio and ask.

    “seeking” tickets for less than face is bush league. finding them or selling them for less than face is fine.

  22. dorn76 Says:

    These are cool if you in da right mood

  23. MiA Says:

    Hopefully for the 30th Anniversary Phish starts playing 1st sets like 2nd sets. Opening shows with Ghost is a good way to start.

  24. aj Says:

    My stupid back totally collapsed again last night, this time on the other side. My wife is saying it is the soas muscle, a big one that is deep. At 2 am I got up to hit the john and it was so painful I could not move my right leg or put any weight on it, probably the worst pain I have ever felt.
    In bed, hydrocodone’d up a bit, which is slightly taking the pain away. Waiting to get baby to nap to get some needles in it, hopefully can release the muscle spasm. Fuck back pain, the worst! Thankfully have the day off.

  25. aj Says:

    what is the best place to upload unmixed music compilations – mediafire seems to be all over the copyrights now

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