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. bob dylan Says:

    made it up to terrapin crossroads last night.

    joy is seeing phil rocking out with his sons. its def a father son relationship because he watches them during the changes and you can tell its something they practiced or are goofing off. he gets a huge grin and a twinkle in his eye. awesome. awesome.

    however, i didn’t get there in time for american beauty. fuck.

  2. Mr. Palmer Says:

    She Divides- I’m getting down there on Friday for the nights 2 and 3.. No Halloween for me. You should definitely stay for all three. Last shows of tour will be blowouts.

  3. marcoesq Says:

    the movie american beauty has been on network tv lately. good sheet

  4. She Divides Says:

    @ Palmer – I agree! I figure this might be our last halloween for quite some time since skipping trick or treating will be a no go once our daughter knows what halloween is!

    @marco – hope you have been well! Glad to see you are catching a good chunk of tour!

  5. Mr. Palmer Says:

    Just went to local beer store.

    Guy told me both American Beauty and Enjoy By are coming in tomorrow.

    I plan on getting as much as I can. Will bring to AC for my peeps!

  6. marcoesq Says:

    SheD, same here. Hope to catch you in AC

  7. little umbrellas Says:

    nice Bobbie! how was the Crossroads as a venue? still havent been. regreted not seeing the Q and the bbq party.

  8. little umbrellas Says:

    @MiA. im talkin plans with the lady. I dont want to miss this shit. think im gonna buy tickets by the end of the week. i’ll check with you offline before purchasing.

  9. phoammhead Says:

    Four wishes for 1st night Hampton

    1. an extended funk jam in first set . . . I need to get my juices flowing . . . ala tube, it’s ice you fill in the blank here . . . I really don’t care let’s just get down

    2. a smoking 1st set closer with extended type 2 jam to come back to a rawkous peak at the end leaving me dripping with sweat I danced so hard

    3. great seamless flow in 2nd set with no fake 2nd set opener . . . okay that’s two wishes but this is my post so there . . . no head scratching, umkay

    4. deep multi-layered-multifaceted extended 20 plus minute jam out of a really whatever song they want to take it with a smooth and patient segue into the next song

    5. because again this is my post . . . soaring uplifting show closer or encore making me thankful for this great life and times with the phish ala show of life, life on mars, a day in the life

    6. because i’m on a roll . . . no possum or loving cup

    . . . so much for expectations . . . put your booties on, folks and let’s. do. this!

  10. bob dylan Says:

    its slick as hell as a venue. considering everyone kinda gathers around, smoking out back. very communal. lots of cool pics on the wall and its got a rustic feel from the wood they used.

    my lady compared it to levon’s rambles but a lot more relaxed in the sense they have a restaurant too and a bar.

    I was standing 10 feet from phil. gotta be fun for him to play gigs like this again.

  11. bob dylan Says:

    palmer, you should take your wife and kids in case they limit 1 per person. have your kids belly up to pay and toss the money on the counter.

  12. bob dylan Says:

    btw, phil is playing the next 2 mondays there as well. so you can still hit one of those.

  13. little umbrellas Says:

    “LU, are you still thinking of doing the Roxy on 12/7-9? Tickets are available, it’s a GA place, and I’d love to see Lumpy out there anyway.

    Lumpy, you interested in going? JTran? Thinking the Saturday show would be fun.”

    Yes. I am banking on going. had let it slip. but I do not think this is a show I can miss.

    >>wish I could know what day is what. are they playing the same set each night? if not maybe we should go friday and saturday. be nice to know each night is the same and everyone gets the album….

  14. little umbrellas Says:

    Mondays are hard for me. have to skip a rehearsal for em…

  15. marcoesq Says:

    The Man Who Twisted into yesterday

  16. DaNcInG fOoL Says:

    Getting ready for Halloween:

  17. little umbrellas Says:

    “i don’t go crazy for Zappa at all”

    ^anybody who like’s Phish, and thinks they don’t like Zappa, isn’t listening to the right Zappa.

  18. Mr. Palmer Says:

    I have some random phish compilation from ’04, called Oxy years or something..

    There is a nice version of Nothing with a jammed outro.. Anyone know what show it might be from? Hampton?

  19. DaNcInG fOoL Says:

    Trey: “we bailed on the festival and the 30th anniversary run, and led them on with the promise of an album for 3 years, which we’re never gonna do, so let’s make it up to them this halloween” ::plays hot rats including 30 minute willie the pimp jam::

  20. Mr. Palmer Says:

    That’s it Phoam? Sure you don’t want to add anything else to your wishlist? Lol !

  21. DaNcInG fOoL Says:

    I get not liking zappa’s more lyrical albums, but if you (like phish and) don’t like his more guitar driven, fusion albums, like hot rats or shut up n play your guitar, well you probably haven’t heard any of them

  22. DaNcInG fOoL Says:

    Phoam, I hope for your wishlist at every show!!

  23. SOAM Says:

    i don’t go crazy for Zappa at all”

    ^anybody who like’s Phish, and thinks they don’t like Zappa, isn’t listening to the right Zappa

    Seems a little bullish and condescending broseph…..I’m sure I love phish and also sure I pretty much hate Zappa’s music and the fact that he didn’t party does him no favors in my book as a religious substance user….

    Question 1 In regards to not seeing Zeppelin covered at AC-don’t they do more zep covers than any other band they cover? (even more than the stones maybe?)

    Question 2 btw-do any of the guys in Phish party at all any more..I mean, no coldies and a toke of the harry hemp? Inquring minds want to know…

  24. little umbrellas Says:

    Sky Bridge seems wack. who wants to see a show through glass walls.

    Overnite Sensation would be less challenging then Roxy and Elsewhere. more feasible. but would be amazing. my bet is still with Genesis.
    Trey gets to do what he wants, Page gets to bust out the Mellotron.

    if Phish play Roxy I will release all doubts in life and beleive that anything is truly possible. … so im not holding my breath for that.

  25. Mr. Palmer Says:

    Fuck ya Soam! Hysterical.

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