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. Jerome Garcia Says:

    @phishm Live Phish App not available on your device of choice? Last nt’s show up for streamability. Until tonight’s show drops…

  2. Jerome Garcia Says:

    MiA breakin it down w/ the midget wookette ftmfw!

  3. phishm Says:

    I have a Blackberry and an Android. Just got the Android so I’m sure it works on there. Just need to get it installed.

  4. vapebraham Says:

    great aud. pull of last night:


  5. BingosBrother Says:

    Best $3 I ever spent.

    I think you’re right mia. I’d be shocked if I can’t place what trey was playing after Halloween. Right at the tip of my brain. So choice.

  6. Tba Says:

    Dylan, I think that is an offspring of the site where i got my fave Paul/John photo as wgang had had it pulled. Your #1 wish list dylan photo is stunning, guess that’s why u are the expert :<). That's a great site, here's one that I dig from one of my all time bootlegged shows http://www.morrisonhotelgallery.com/photo/fullscreen.aspx?photographID=3341&setID=

    Notice the guitars, Clapton w/ a les paul???? and Towner w/ his gretsch chet atkins model. I bet there are some even better ones of that legendary show, the Let it Rain is SO GOOD from that show, anyone who does not have that album, get it.

    also Dylan that sf poster show, man i wish i still lived there. and your dog photo comment hit home 100%, I have two Huskies, and they are so fun to photograph, whatever they r just so fun period. Miss them only after a day, but they have mom. people w/ kids, don't know how u do it, i worry enough about my dogs :<) whatever it's all about love, what would we do without love?

  7. Berkeley Head Says:

    I bought the iPhone solely for the Phish app. It almost seems like stealing

  8. Gavinsdad Says:

    Thanks for the codes @ticketstub

    I didn’t take one but I think ur post got modded. Anyone who needs a code check a page back.

  9. Tba Says:

    ps i have a macbook pro, as finally switched, why not make the apps for laptops too, instead of just IOS???? I know they do make a lot of computer apps, but they should make all apps for macs for those of us whom ahem dislike cell phones…

  10. vapebraham Says:

    super stoked for tonight’s webcast. if ever there was a time for phish to feed my soul, it’s tonight. grateful for this band. grateful for the community and friendships that have blossomed around this band. keepin me sane. big ups to miner.

  11. Jerome Garcia Says:

    So the band took the stage at approx 8:12PM EST? Trying to decipher by reading previous post & times of ‘fuck yes let’s do this’ by those in virtual attendance last nt. Split the difference btwn 8:10 & 8:15 & rounded down. Ah fuck it. 8PMish it is.

  12. vapebraham Says:

    anyone else here paint D&D figurines when they were a kid (or as an adult)? That was my shit BITD. now i look at the figurines and wonder.

  13. Tba Says:

    jer, it seemed more like 830 but i prob am wrong

  14. vapebraham Says:

    badass 1/2 inch wizard w/ white beard, red cloak, orange coned cap and crystal ball.

  15. Berkeley Head Says:

    JG I just noticed that the webcasts also are avail on demand. Not sure if that was advertised anywhere. I was guessing they wouldn’t be since they’re back east but I was wrong again. I’ll guess again that the ondemand isn’t available until show is over?? Anyone?

  16. MiA Says:

    I only have drama when I can’t find tickets or miss planes.

    After that I’m easy

  17. revise your despise Says:

    @MIA we were back behind the sbd for the first set last night then moved closer. Will be back there again most likely.

    If anyone wants to come by preshow for a sesh hit me up. Easy walk from here

  18. MiA Says:

    Cool revise. Ill find ya

  19. Jerome Garcia Says:

    What up Berkeley! Good to see you back in the fold. Think the on demand is not avail until post show & then only good for like a 24-48 hr window but I could be wrong. Did you get your flower sitchy fingered out?

    Thanks tba. Should be back from early 5PM (6PM EST) dinner by showtime then.

    ‘After that I’m easy’ like Sunday fucking morning. Think I’m going to start calling you Lionel. Haha! Getcha sum tonight hombre. Great win by your Gophers today. Coach Kill up in the box; wife drove him down to the game. Inspiring play by Minn.

  20. revise your despise Says:

    Today is international sloth day. Just sayin

  21. Stoney Case Says:

    Almost time again! Sheesh! Glad y’all repped the crew, the right way. Huge Carini out of the gates. Bodes well.

  22. Stoney Case Says:

    Revise! Enjoying that round room?

  23. revise your despise Says:

    Dirty old school venue with amazing sound and free for all feel. What’s not to love?

    There was def a mellow vibe last night. Tonight we rage.

  24. Stoney Case Says:

    MiA, don’t snub!

    Bob. Send the lady up for project truffle

  25. HeadyBrosevelt Says:

    i watched the web cast last night- my first time doing that. i thought twist, roggae, and carini were all very good and overall i thought the band sounded tight but reserved. i really wish i was in the room. i would love if they did an audio stream- folks were talking about this a while ago. enjoy tonight!

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