An Off Night

10.22.13 Rochester, NY (Jesse Herzog)

10.22.13 (Jesse Herzog)

Even Phish has an off show from time to time and last night in Rochester, New York was most definitely one of them. Unable to rekindle the magic of Hampton, the band slogged through a performance in which they never truly hooked up. They certainly gave it a valiant effort at the beginning of the second set, however, pushing through a lull in “Crosseyed and Painless” to find some interesting ground, but both “Light” and “Golden Age” were cut noticeably short as the band couldn’t find a solid groove. Finally, Trey threw up the white flag of surrender in the form of “Birds of a Feather,” and put the band on cruise control for the rest of the set. Showing signs of their age and fatigue, Phish were just never able to gel last night and played a totally flat performance in their anticipated return to War Memorial Coliseum.

10/22 Official (Fug Screen)

10/22 Official (Fug Screen)

Fully standard songs filled the first set with the exception of “Scent of a Mule,” “Timber” and “Halfway to the Moon,” though nothing really popped off the stage. One had to figure the band was exhaling after their three night run and torrid final set at Hampton, and that big things would surely follow setbreak. Or would they?

Opening the main event with “Crosseyed”—a move that had produced highlight-reel results at both PNC and The Gorge—the guys seemed primed to slaughter their third second-set opener in a row. The rock jam out of the lyrics went off just fine, but when band opened things up, one of the band members—I think Trey—slowed the jam down considerably and threw everyone else off. The band meandered for a bit, but persevered instead of bailing out and was able to salvage a final segment of “Crosseyed” that provided show’s most impressive moments. The entire excursion, however, was kind of went all over the map and featured much looser, sparser jamming that we heard over tour’s opening weekend. Go figure, Phish are human too.

10.22.13 (Jesse Herzog)

10.22.13 (Jesse Herzog)

When the band started up “Light,” it was a sign they would to go for it again, but as soon as the jam heated up into a mid-tempo groove, Trey decided to sing the opening to “Golden Age” over this texture, thus eliminating any chance of Fall’s first “Light” jam. The guys stuck with the slowed down tempo, giving “Golden Age” a more infectious, funky feel, but when the jam started, they—once again—couldn’t find a thing. Vamping over some funk chords for a while, the band gave it a shot but in the end never were able to cohere and bailed on the idea entirely. And then came the flag of surrender.

10.22.13 (J.Herzog)

10.22.13 (J.Herzog)

A harmless set of singles carried the show to its end, including one of the least impressive versions of “You Enjoy Myself” you’ll ever hear. Phish just flat out didn’t have it last night in Rochester, and now the immediate question becomes Glens Falls. This is a show that is carrying a lot of hype and will be attended by plenty of the band’s friends and family—two factors that don’t always, historically, produce the best results. With a monster New England weekend on the horizon in Worcester and Hartford, I could see this show going either way—explode or fizzle. I’m certainly pulling for the former.

I: AC/DC Bag, The Moma Dance, Axilla, Meatstick, Kill Devil Falls, Scent of a Mule, Timber, My Friend, My Friend, Halfway to the Moon, Maze, Character Zero

II: Crosseyed and Painless > Light -> Golden Age > Birds of a Feather, Halley’s Comet > Possum, Bug, Heavy Things, You Enjoy Myself

E: Joy, First Tube

10.22.13 (Jesse Herzog)

10.22.13 (Jesse Herzog)

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632 Responses to “An Off Night”

  1. bobby weird Says:

    LU that is…

  2. xpun Says:

    fuck yes…great start

  3. phishm Says:

    It’s been good. Thanks BB and Miner. How’s that for cuddling? Let’s get down now.

  4. Vapebraham Says:

    Plinkostick

  5. Mr. Palmer Says:

    One of the benefits of couch tour is getting to see AG from the front , in all his glory..

    Hood has that Woosta ’10 plinko feel

  6. MiA Says:

    Ejamulation

  7. dorn76 Says:

    Stepping out for porch medicine with this Hood in my ear. Cold air has me PUMPED for Friday.

    Fleece weather for people that own a shit ton of fleece.

    The symbiosis of Fall Tour.

  8. MrCompletely Says:

    the phunion has been killing it extra hard. really funny

    “Phish performed Alaska for the second time in Glens Falls. First time was @AXE body spray secret show at the Price Chopper in ’10. #geekery”

    “Rumor has it Phish will recreate their OKC Zoo 2012 performance tonight in Glen Falls. #HypeFail”

    I’d love to get him and the thoughtsonthedead guy in the same room except they’d have no idea what each other are talking about

  9. Vapebraham Says:

    Ahh the clean tone.

  10. Phamily Berzerker Says:

    hot damn!

  11. xpun Says:

    Holy fuck, just ate a whole box of hot tamales to that hood. wtf??!!

    jesus trey!!!!!!!!!!

  12. revise your despise Says:

    $$$$

  13. xpun Says:

    That trilling was thrilling

  14. pbs Says:

    wow, LEFT FIELD!

  15. MiA Says:

    Oh yeah

  16. MrCompletely Says:

    I love how all the posting stopped for a few minutes as hood was peaking. #couchtour the right way. y’all got class

  17. revise your despise Says:

    I was busy rocking out with Lucy (my dog before you get any crazy ideas)

  18. Slicksasquatch Says:

    http://i.imgur.com/UO2x4lq.gif

  19. [an unrelated] wilson Says:

    Fuck yeah.

  20. MrCompletely Says:

    First ever FCC fine for indecency went to Jerry Garcia in 1970 for “string of profanities” http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-srv/business/graphics/web-fcc970.html … shockingly, no tape exists

  21. MrCompletely Says:

    fantastic GIF, @slick

  22. dorn76 Says:

    This could be triple encore territory.

  23. dorn76 Says:

    If it’s 12 curfew as rumored….

  24. Vapebraham Says:

    Nice one, slick.

    Strong dust closer. Strong.

  25. Random Poster...Nutbag Says:

    I feel good about that Hood. Clean tone was refreshing. What about whale loops? Have they occurred and would they be good? that sounds like a obscure cereal actually, like C3PO’s. The Phunion does kill continually. I dig his brand of humor.

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