A Lumpy Start

10.18.13 (Jake Silco)

10.18.13 (Jake Silco)

As Phish stepped into Hampton Coliseum for the first time since their comeback weekend in 2009, the place was half-empty. Few in the building were familiar with such environs, especially since the last time we gathered in Hampton, Virginia, tickets were going for $500! I didn’t think that the sparse environs would play a part in the actual show—and perhaps it didn’t—but the band played their most mellow show in memory to kick off Fall Tour. But it wouldn’t have been a Phish show without any adventure, and on this night the band fuel injected all of their adventure into a redonkulous version of “Carini”—a piece that immediately stands among the best jams ever dropped in the storied round room. But other than this paradise voyage, the show was delivered as if not to offend any one, and it wound up being just a bit too tasteful for many fans that were chomping at the bit.

10/18 Official (J.Flames)

10/18 Official (J.Flames)

Halfway through an inexplicably mellow second set, someone reminded Trey that soundcheck had been over hours, and when Trey got that message, he tore into “Carini”—a jam that defined this show in full. Settling into a growling mid-paced jam, the band locked into the pocket and never looked back, crafting a multi-thematic voyage that deserves any and all fans’ immediate attention. As the band moved through an extensive period of darkness, they flipped the switch on this already impressive piece, and built it to a scintillating, Allmans-eqsue blues-rock peak. Trey hit upon a lick of glory and transformed this melody into the guiding light of the jam that would bring the band to the mountaintop. And just when you thought Phish had brought another 3.0 classic to a bluesy peak, they broke shit down into funk textures that reinvented the jam on the fly. Moving into an entire jam-after-the-jam, the band continued to bring the house down with rhythmic interplay. In fact, this segment built an entire theme unto itself before the band finally wound their way down. If you caught the webcast, you already know, but if you haven’t heard it yet, sit down with this “Carini” with your morning coffee—I guarantee you will have a better day for it.

10.18.13 (J.Silco)

10.18.13 (J.Silco)

Any musical highlights other than “Carini,” however, were few and far between. The only other true meat of the show came in the set opening “Twist”—the first version in such a slot since Philly 2003—and the oddly placed “Roggae.” “Twist” seemed like a very peculiar choice from to kick off the second set, and although the band moved into an impressive ambient lair, the jam felt a bit short of complete as they drifted into “Free.” Following the opening couplet, the band played a searing rendition of “Roggae,” a song usually reserved for less highlighted placement. This “Roggae” captivated the room’s attention in full, raising the eyebrows of quite a few skeptics. But when Trey started playing “Sparkle” in the middle of the second set, I literally leaned over to my friend and asked, “What’s going on?” And then they played “Cavern.” Finally, the messenger bird made it’s way down from the rafters and delivered Trey the word, prompting him to “Throw something down for the kidz before things turn sour!” And so he did.

Hot versions of “Number Line” and “Antelope” closed out an underwhelming set, but when the band plays something of the caliber of “Carini,” sometimes its all just gravy. 2013 has seen slight step backwards in the quality of tour openers, as Bangor and now Hampton’s first night, have carried the vibe of warm up shows. But even in warm up shows, Phish can still deliver the goods, and I bet that when this run is all said and done, nobody will have forgotten Hampton’s “Carini.”

First set notes: A solid, though standard first set kicked things off with solid song selection and energy. “Jim” and “Stash” provided the first dips into full-band improv, but in truth, this was a warm up set through and through.

I: Wolfman’s Brother, Runaway Jim, Mound, Chalk Dust Torture, Army of One, Nellie Kane, Stash, Ocelot, Rift, Bouncing Around the Room, Walls of the Cave

II: Twist > Free > Roggae, Sparkle > Cavern > Carini > Backwards Down the Number Line, Twenty Years Later, Wading in the Velvet Sea, Run Like an Antelope

E: When the Circus Comes, Suzy Greenberg

10.18.13 (Jake Silco)

10.18.13 (Jake Silco)

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399 Responses to “A Lumpy Start”

  1. Selector J Says:

    @voops – Audio-only but check it out if livephish’s giving you the shaft:

    http://mixlr.com/michael-tully/

  2. phishm Says:

    So, how many times have you all checked this site just to make sure what you are hearing is real and you aren’t the only hearing it. It’s real.

  3. phishm Says:

    I can’t wait for tomorrow. Won’t have the kids. Will have time to enjoy this amazing smoke. Getting some good IPA’s. Can’t wait.

  4. Selector J Says:

    I worry about you, phishm.

  5. Selector J Says:

    ^Disambiguation: 8:24 comment was regarding your “It’s real.” post @phishm and completely in jest.

    ____________
    Calling a Cavern encore.

  6. phishm Says:

    Why?

  7. jtran Says:

    Whered all those candles come from. Or am I phishming

  8. Slicksasquatch Says:

    Grand slam for sox . Woo fucking hoo!

  9. Selector J Says:

    ^Song Call Fail: Doh! Forgot they played Cavern last night… Sorry, I’ve been a little busy.

    Damn, Mike. Dude sounds like me right now.
    Cold front -> sinus’d.

  10. jtran Says:

    Red sox!!!!!

  11. jdub Says:

    Yes!!!

    Shane mothafuckin victorino. Out of context for sure.

  12. bobby weird Says:

    soo happy for that kid… first time in tha motherdhip. kid git some!!

  13. Jerome Garcia Says:

    Live Phish stream = $14.99 heady brew= $14.98 varietals consumed = ~$20 casting Hampton 2 solo w/ the dog but never alone w/ BB = priceless.

    Thank you Phish thank you Mr Miner thank you BB thank you phans in the room.

    Just what the dr ordered for this kid. Soul uplifting. Come on without come on within indeed.

    Vibes to Mike’s voice. Heal quick & Mighty.

  14. bobby weird Says:

    cherington – genius. so far at least

  15. Jerome Garcia Says:

    That was pretty damn fun from the couch.

    Sincerely,
    Toast Fluffer

  16. phishm Says:

    I worry about you Jerome. It’s like you are having a really good time, but yet, able to only describe it in terms that most don’t understand. I know the feeling. It’s all good. I have a cure. It’s called who the fuck cares. Those that get it are keen and don’t like to give up their cover. It all comes out in the end.

  17. voopa Says:

    Was fun, at least what I saw.

    Thanks Selectstar, but my audio was fine. There’s been an ongoing issue with Win vs video drivers and 3rd party apps on USB drivers. I seem to have both of those issues. So I have to main priorities for tomorrow… Fix comp and tree device.

  18. voopa Says:

    *two

  19. MiA Says:

    Had a blast. Totally endorphined up!

  20. Jerome Garcia Says:

    Oh no phishm re: worried about me. I’m not great at coherent discourse.

  21. Selector J Says:

    @phishm – Just making jokes. When I read your post, it made me laugh because I’m in a totally different listening space.

    You were in full bliss mode and I’m alone in a university building guzzling coffee with the audio stream turned up to 11 and trying to make sense of references with titles like: “Frequency-dependent relocation of the 1992 Nicaragua slow earthquake: An empirical Green’s function approach”. It’s real. Fucking A.

    Sorry for harshing your mellow. Glad you were enjoying yourself.

  22. Selector J Says:

    Get you some, Rainbow Pony!

  23. sumodie Says:

    The Mutha’ provideth tonite

    Juicyness strewn throughout

  24. Selector J Says:

    @sumo – Yessir! Good to hear from ya, tonight.

    By the way, how are you getting around? Seeing-eye dog?

  25. Willowed Says:

    World Series and Fall tour. Boom.

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