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. Spasm Waiter Says:

    Glad you had fun and made the best of it Jerome.

  2. gavinsdad Says:

    Def a very hoarse Mike who i guess thumbs upped the Mikes and def a broken axe for Trey prompting the Steam percussion jam.

    good points.

  3. ren Says:

    Yeah @spasm-stinky green crabs all the way. Got to our spot a little later in the tide cycle than we wanted but still pulled a few nice ones out. Little bulldogs they are!

  4. Joe Says:

    Practicing my lets go redsox chants for Worcester. (And Hartford possibly but that might be safe haven for miner with Yankee fans).

  5. Hotlanta Says:

    Ghost not played in Atlanta 2003….

  6. Leo Weaver Says:

    Thoroughly enjoyed last night from the couch. Beaut of a day here, finally feels like fall proper with cool crisp air. Took the Wee Weaver for a stroll through some Panthers pregame action around the corner.

    How have you fools been doing? What’s the word around here? Any cover album rumors? And have AW and K had the little one yet?

  7. little umbrellas Says:

    hey Jeff, I see Miner’s reviews are bothering you. well you don’t have to read them. one thing though, don’t get all aggro about a typo. not a big deal eh?

  8. little umbrellas Says:

    @Miner. Thanks for covering fall tour. not catching any, but will be reading all your reviews (which are very informative) and catching all the highlights.

    appreciation sent your way Miner.

  9. Stoney Case Says:

    CouchTour FTW! Phat Tube, Sick MiA-A-Paug, huge Ghost.

    Apparently Trey is gonna really use the digitech early in tours. Love it or not.

    the “Steam” jam as Trey illustrated how he’s honed his pitch-bending as juxtaposed to the overly-whaley, 2013 debut at SPAC.

    ^nice admission by the host

    Whale on FEFY? Please no.

  10. little umbrellas Says:

    also Jeff, you used quotes, but he never wrote that. miss quote by you. he said it is arguably the best since 00, ……. which you seemed to agree with in your next post.

  11. little umbrellas Says:

    shit, I should fully read back before posting. excuse me.

  12. jdub Says:

    Band is heating up.

    3 out of the 1st 4 games of WS will coincide with shows I’m at. Damn, when it rains it poors I guess.

    2 out of the 4 Hartford shows in 3.0 have coincided witha Boston area team playing in a championship game. Weird stat of the day for ya. And yes, there will most likely be Let’s go Red Sox chants in Hartford. Like it or not.

  13. dorn76 Says:

    Gin sounded nice on the LP app on the way to get bagels. Seems like a well constructed first frame.

    Firing up the Ghost and my precious. Sun is shining and it’s looking like peak colors here today.

  14. MiA Says:

    Back of of that ghost is where the goods are at. Kuroda’s lights made me not care how whaley the first part was.

  15. MiA Says:

    By taking two lines and projecting a trajectory you have Phish imploding boardwalk hall by Halloween.

  16. MiA Says:

    Kinda enjoyed night one’s Carini more than any other night two jams but Hood. Toss up there.

    End of Ghost is fantastic though. And Disease is always welcome. High energy start to set two.

  17. dorn76 Says:

    Taking two lines can cause all sorts of things to happen. I don’t condone it though.

  18. little umbrellas Says:

    for AW:
    Henry Milton- Let the Sunshine In

    Ginger Baker was bad ass last night. His band is him and this nasty African percussionist with a Bassist (electric and upright) and a sax.
    No chordal instrument. All of the music was centered around these crazy polyrhythmic African drums patterns.
    Ginger with his swing and heavy hitting style just workin those drums!
    He played some Sonny Rollins, some Fela Kuti, … had a song called ‘Why!?’ which he prefaced explaining that, ‘this is song about all the bad things that keep happening to me..’ Actually his dry british tone and style during each song’s commentary was a nice touch. Ginger Baker, what a life.
    >The Jazz Consfusion, very recommended experience.

    morning reading, Interview with John Lennon from Playboy magazine. very informative:

  19. Al Says:

    If I ever gonna see the guys live again, I’ll wear a “Free Willy” T-Shirt to make them think about how terrible a whale must feel in such a noisy stage surrounding. Just let it go…forever.

  20. BingosBrother Says:

    Ted Socks and Cardinals? Ugh. Couldn’t even finish 1 inning last night. Pitchers need time limits. Ridiculous and unsportsmanlike to play catch with the 1st baseman. So boring. Like Ghost last night.

  21. MiA Says:

    The end of the Ghost jam was cascading like victory over his legions of devotees.

  22. Gavinsdad Says:

    I’m seeing Triz check out many different solo approaches combo’d with different tones. I’m not sure he’s anywhere near settled yet. I’ve liked checking out what gets whammyd vs what gets played “clean”

  23. Jerome Garcia Says:

    Ted has the best socks for prejamulation use. Soft & fluffy.

  24. Stoney Case Says:

    Whatever Trey is playing at the time with the whammy, would sound better if he played the same thing without it.

    IMO, this can not be argued.

    What to do? Catch the band later in tours for this guy.

  25. Leo Weaver Says:

    Loved Ghost and Steam. Hood, not so much…flipping the dark switch sounded weird. Different twist but weird. Song expectation’d.

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