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. HeadyBrosevelt Says:

    is the msg setup any different this year than it was last year. i just got offered two tickets to the 30th, but they are in different sections- Lounges 301 and 310 chase (sky) bridge. i usually party and boogie in the 300 section anyway and i remember being very free to move last year and the year before up in the 300’s despite the renovations. i want to be able to easily boogie with my girl- does having tickets in separate section hamper this due to the brand new renovations? any info would be great. with the way people are talking about the brand new renovations i am picturing giant walls separating sections and nazi security double checking everyone’s stubs to make sure people are going where they are supposed to be going.

  2. little umbrellas Says:

    6/9/11 Sand next on deck, thanks.

  3. ren Says:

    @ heady the skybridge is literally a catwalk that spans over the 300’s. If both seats are not chase sky bridge you will not be dancing together

  4. little umbrellas Says:

    Voopa, hear ya, maybe sucks and don’t like are too strong of words. but how often do you really want to put on Valley Girls or ThingFish. ive given old TF a few spins, but it is an example of the different shades/eras/styles of his work.
    not really the right thing for a funked out psychedelic jam or composed wizardry listening experience.

  5. HeadyBrosevelt Says:

    @ren- what i am wondering is can i just travel around the 300’s with my girl until we find a cool spot to boogie or will security hound us. i have never had a problem with security in the 300’s, but i don’t know if they will force one of us to go on the skybridge because of the ticket. i am sure it will work out fine- thinking about pulling the trigger on these stubs.

  6. little umbrellas Says:

    GDizzle! $$$ Move. Imacculate timing. Im going to L.A in Dec.

  7. ren Says:

    You’ll be fine doing that in the regular old 300’s but I imagine they will be checking those sky bridge tix pretty hard and definitely won’t want 200 heads dancing on that sky walkway to the seats. Your best bet will likely be all the way up looking dead in at the stage (or conversely, right behind stage). Those sky ridges have really ruined that old school upper 300s experience

  8. ren Says:

    If you go all the way up to the top most top concession ring I’m pretty sure there isn’t even anyone that checks tix as you walk down into the 300s

  9. voopa Says:

    Now . . . how many you folks is CONVINCED de gubnint be totally ‘UNCONCERNED’ wit de proliferatium o’ UNDESIRABLE TENANTS in de CONDOMINIUM o’ LIFE? An’ how many folks believe THEY number won’t come up, next time de breeze blow fum de Easterly directium?

    Les’ face it, peoples! Ugly as I mights be, I AM YO’ FUTCHUM!

    ‘Les y’all prefer ‘permanent storage’ or a condo in ATLANTIS.

    …what’s not to like?

    I kid. I know a lot of Zappa’s stuff is, um, less than accessible. I too don’t listen to Thing Fish very often. Nor Valley Girl (but it was a hit single).

    But Moon Zappa is a good follow on the Twitter machine. Grody, grody to the max.

  10. DaNcInG fOoL Says:

    i’ll be the guy wearing the titties and beer shirt at AC on halloween

  11. DaNcInG fOoL Says:

    oh yeah, there are 3 shut up n play albums and one just titled “guitar”

  12. ren Says:

    MSG security has been pretty lax in general the last few years IMO

  13. jtran Says:

    thoughts on tedeschi trucks? worth seeing?

    never seen derek live

  14. MiA Says:

    I love the bassline to Valley Girl. That’s it about it for that song.

    The only Zappa song I know completely on bass. If I find a bass at your house, I’m gonna pick it up and jam this song on it.

  15. little umbrellas Says:

    ‘Harry: Now,just hold yourself in abeyance, rhonda! I’ll handle this! look here,’mr. potato-head’,what’s the meaning of all this? do you realize what you’re asking my replica to do? do you expect him Iterally fall in love in front of all these people…with that artificial rhonda over there?

    Thing-fish: Do de pope shit in de woods?

    Harry: Now,just hold on there,buddy! let’s be serious! the toilet training of exalted religious personalities is not our primary topic of discussion!’

    …well Rhonda you look so fine…

  16. little umbrellas Says:

    Derek Trucks is really good at guitar. even gets some indian raga shit with his Duance incfluenced nuance.

  17. voopa Says:

    jtran I say yes, but obviously my tastes are skewed to the bizarre and extreme.

  18. little umbrellas Says:

    nice. lol’d @MiA seeing a bass and jammin that line. awesome. eventual instrumental VG jam.

  19. HeadyBrosevelt Says:

    jtran- i saw them once randomly for free. derek is amazing- no doubt. they are all very talented. they had a very good horn section the was extremely underutilized. the crowd was the lamest crowd i had ever seen at a concert- i think i was the only one dancing- however, they could have been mesmerized by the music and where in a trance. i left half way through, but i would probably give them another shot.

  20. sumodie Says:

    Freak Out!

    Cant believe I spaced the title of my fav Zappa album. Knew it was the first tho

    Also agree that MSG ushers will be checking tix to enter skybridge

    In my 3.0 experience, you shouldnt have aproblem getting to 100, 200, 300 levels areas. However, certain lower level ushers work harder tjan others to clear the aisles

    Learned last year ushers were very strict about the handicap suites, which of course are along the same cushy hallway as all the other suites, so duh, theyre gonna be strict. Even with printouts….

  21. Phamily Berzerker Says:

    yay bath salts!

  22. joe Says:

    anyone have any horror stories about Bally’s in AC that would preclude me from booking their super cheap room? I plan on only sleeping for a few hours and I don’t require any ammenities except I’d rather not catch any infectous diseases

  23. sumodie Says:

    Caught my first Tedeschi Trucks Band show w/ BB King as opener at Red Rocks the night before Dicks’12

    Awesome show. Derek is terrific and so is the full band

    Cant say he’s on my ‘drive two hours to Boston’ band list, tho someday I hope to catch TTB again

  24. ren Says:

    Any similar “mobility” info for Boardwalk hall is much appreciated. Scored what are probably THE worst seats in the house from TM…but hey, we’re in the building

  25. phoammhead Says:

    my four wishes for 2nd nite Hampton

    1. show playlist spells W E W I L L W E W I L L R O C K Y O U

    Set I
    Weekapaug Groove
    Whole Lotta Love
    Light Up or Leave Me Alone
    Wolfman’s Brother

    Set II
    What’s the Use?
    Immigrant Song
    Limb by Limb
    Olivia’s Pool
    You Shook Me All Night Long

    Oh Kee Pa Ceremony

    2, 3 and 4 same as 1

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