Hampton Comes Alive

10.18.13 (Jake Silco)

10.18.13 (Jake Silco)

What a difference a day makes. One night after taking batting practice over the course of two sets, Phish came out swinging on Saturday night at Hampton Coliseum and truly inaugurated their 30th Anniversary Fall Tour with a smoking two set affair. Laying it on early and often, the guys took no prisoners, crafting a show that—arguably—bested any at The Mothership in 14 years. Evoking the feeling of fall tours of lore, the guys threw down a show that was bursting at the seams with energy and never relented for a moment, leaving fans with shit-eating grins as they moseyed back to their hotels through a perfect autumn evening.


10/19 Official (J.Flames)

Stepping to the plate with a purpose, the band lead off the game with a solid double in the gap in the form of “Bathtub Gin” before staging a scoring rally that was highlighted by a scorching indoor “Tube.” A version that set fire to the full-sized, Saturday night crowd, this creative and extended “Tube” provided an unquestionable highlight of the first set. Following this adrenalized start, the guys slowed things down with the modern rarity, “Fast Enough For You” and Lynyrd Skynyrd’s “Ballad of Curtis Loew.” Non-rotation songs of “Yamar” and “My Sweet One” sandwiched a crunchy “Stealing Time,” which set the table for a smoking “Mike’s Groove” that was weighted towards “Weekapaug” with Page leading the way on clavinet. In retrospect, I thought there would be more musical meat to discuss in the opening stanza, but it just goes to show how far balls-to-the-wall energy and precise musicianship will take a set.

The first half had the arena buzzing as fans prepared themselves for what was sure to be a stellar main event. The band was feeling it, and they were bringing it hand over fist. A night after starting the second set with “Twist” for the only the second time since 2003, Phish opened Saturday night’s with “Ghost” for the first time since Alpine 2010, and the second time since Raleigh 2003! And what a “Ghost” it was. Reminiscent of IT’s legendary “Ghost” from Limestone, this version had a trajectory set for the heavens, and shot like an arrow into a blissful, peaking plateau where the jam sat for an eternity. Trey peeled of sheets of descending notes at the zenith of this excursion, cascading like victory over his legions of devotees. Super-charged catharsis of the highest degree, this “Ghost” drove us across the sky in a chariot before grounding us with a breakbeat-driven, ambient denouement.

10/18 (Jake Silco)

10/18 (Jake Silco)

Flipping the conventional script, the band segued out of “Ghost” and into a second-song “Disease,” providing a unique contour to the set’s opening couplet. The band moved from the song’s rock platform into a more ethereal, open-ended excursion that reached some profound places before getting chopped a bit abruptly for a wild, antic-filled version of “Steam.” The band absolutely slayed the “Steam” jam as Trey illustrated how he’s honed his pitch-bending as juxtaposed to the overly-whaley, 2013 debut at SPAC. Following the conventional jam, however, Trey joined Fishman on drums for a percussive-driven segment that saw Mike not only play his fight bell with drum sticks, but also bring back his power drill  from Friday night’s “Antelope” to play the bass. Page stabbed at his Hammond, providing the only melodic comping to this rhythmic tangent, before the guys remerged with the end of “Steam.”

10.18.13 (J.Silco)

10.18.13 (J.Silco)

It was high time for the band to take a breath, and they did so in the form of “Prince Caspian.” But the set found its way into too much filler after that. “Boogie On” had some extra zest, and carried the energy of the night just fine. But after that came “Theme” (which was actually quite good). And then came “Wedge.” “And then “Silent in the Morning.” At this point, we could have been in the middle of a first set! The guys did, however, close things with a bang, scripting a haunting and twisting version of “Harry Hood.” The set, though, had already lost considerable momentum, an issue that has seemed to plague an older Phish.

Just like that, we are one night away from fall tour’s first weekend being complete. And if the first two nights are any prediction of what is to come, we are in for one hell of a run. Phish took but one night to stretch their legs, and on Saturday, Trey used his newly dusted off Ocedoc to announce, “Game on!” And you know what they about Sunday shows…and with a “Tweezer” looming at Hampton Coliseum?! Yikes. Hide the women and children folks—we’ll see you in a few hours!

I: Bathtub Gin, The Moma Dance, Tube > Fast Enough for You, The Ballad of Curtis Loew, Ya Mar, Stealing Time From the Faulty Plan, My Sweet One, Mike’s Song > I Am Hydrogen >Weekapaug Groove

II: Ghost > Down with Disease > Steam* > Prince Caspian > Boogie On Reggae Woman, Theme From the Bottom, The Wedge, Silent in the Morning, Harry Hood

E: Quinn the Eskimo

10.18.13 (Jake Silco)

10.18.13 (Jake Silco)

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395 Responses to “Hampton Comes Alive”

  1. Random Poster...Nutbag Says:

    Woah. Looks like a throw down tonight. Checked Twitter to get the set list only to see the Baby’s Douche embroiled in a Twit fight (or whatever you’d call it) during the show. Good Grief! What a waste. The Phunion is pretty funny.

    Can’t wait to spin this one!

    If it were easy as fishin’
    You could be a musician

  2. phishm Says:

    And yet they will still bitch. That was the perfect set IMO. I may be high however.

  3. phishm Says:

    To answer your question Jeff. This is what Sunday Phish is. Hope you enjoyed it.

  4. aj Says:

    Bravo! Bravo! Bravo!

  5. Stoney Case Says:

    These guys get some well deserved rest after this. Playing through colds and flu and what not.

  6. Stoney Case Says:

    Colts running out of luck as phish show ends.

    If they bring that intent as their chops and cohesion improve this fall, Cal may reconsider.

    Great song choices, everything given room to breath. These are the special nights we really like to spend with Phish.

  7. tela's_muff Says:

    divorce papers filed. record collection sold. razors discarded. dog sitting shotgun. driving to Rochester.

  8. plord Says:

    Great fucking set. I want to start driving to Rochester like, now.

    …but I gotta pull those boards first 🙂

  9. Cable Hogue Says:

    Now THAT was a serious set of Phish.

  10. jdub Says:

    That set had everything you could ask for from this band. And then some.

    Good night all. It’s been fun as always.

  11. Stoney Case Says:

    Glen Falls webcast. Another ‘Palmer Prediction’

  12. MiA Says:

    Bwa ha ha. That was awesome.

  13. Skyballs Saxscraper Says:

    Webcast from beyond the edge of the universe. Stellar.

  14. Stoney Case Says:

    agrees with sky balls! just need a miner driveby to cap it off. sunday. really great shots of the lights reflecting off the round room, MiA. Best indoor webcast ever!

  15. Esteban Says:

    Perfect set II. That is what makes the journey the journey.

  16. DaNcInG fOoL Says:


  17. MrCompletely Says:

    I can’t believe the Baby’s Ass kid was tweet-arguing with me and the phunion from IN THE BUILDING during that set

    might be the funniest thing that’s ever happened on couch tour

    he’s so heady he doesn’t even need to pay attention!

  18. MrCompletely Says:

    I felt like the Tweezer jam didn’t come naturally at all, but they pushed through it and ended up somewhere pretty interesting & off kilter. and then the GA jam was fully outside. rest of the set was payoff rather than filler.

    cash money set.

  19. oldskool Says:

    Yo C! some idiot was inside the building arguing with you on Twitter?? Hilarious… Not in a headspace where I can deal with technology so back to staring at my hotel walls and listening to Jerry release #3…Peace

  20. Stoney Case Says:

    C, wow. Those guys never cease to amaze. They have wax in their ears.

  21. jK Says:

    Tonight was like attending church.
    Simply transcendent.
    Found stub on ground dl code
    Njoy this one as much as i did and will continue to on relisten after relisten.

  22. jK Says:

    Another :638709671011

  23. sumodie Says:

    Bonkers set 2!!!

  24. Stoney Case Says:

    Mr C, babysass take in the show through osmosis. They even sleep through some sets.

    Full treatment set. Every song had a chance to breath. Agree the Tweezer a bit like last nights ghost. Different themes, not necessarily cohesive. EndIng made for a great payoff. Love the way all the songs were tied together with crazy psych walls of sound. Enough of a full dance throw down to counter balance the whaleyness. Trey’s hands really seemed dialed and fluid from Golden Age on.

    Guessing it was one of the most amazing sets of 3.0 to be in the building f

  25. jK Says:

    Two saturdays i found:

    All in all a great weekend at the mothership
    There is a reason we go see this band again and again and the live experience of the last two nights shows why.
    Not sure how it came across on webcast but there it was simply amazing.
    Thank you Phish!

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