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. bhizzle Says:

    Happy birthday!

    Wow! I thought last night was great. not blowing off the roof great but pretty damn good….honestly, loved every minute of it with the exception of the stopping the jam of x eyed into light. it was like a brick wall and the placement of joy. jaded.

    for not being sold out it was fairly close. the floor was manageable. I got my groove on no probs.

    heading out for gf in 1 hr….safe travels all

  2. HeadyBrosevelt Says:

    the only thing consistent about 3.0 phish is the inconsistency.

    ^ however, the back half of summer tour 2013 was pretty fucking consistent. we just haven’t had a full tour- like summer ’95, fall ’95, december ’95, fall ’97, summer ’98, etc- that blew, more or less, nightly.

  3. marcoesq Says:

    Are you talking to me, Kaya?

  4. HeadyBrosevelt Says:

    i love 3.0 phish- i am digging myself in a hole that i did not mean to dig- it is much easier to explain myself when talking with people as opposed to typing. i am stoked this band is playing and they are playing very well. i don’t mean to sound like an asshole or negative nancy.

  5. HeadyBrosevelt Says:

    ^^ that blew up, more or less, nightly- not blew… oh my goodness- i am calling it a day, bb. i am failing at this bb thing, horribly. hanging it up for the day. have so much fun tonight!!! love love love phish phish phish.

  6. aj Says:

    Heady, why do you hate Phish so much?

  7. aj Says:

    http://www.relix.com/articles/detail/phish_halloween_2013_the_case_for_thriller

    Thriller is my most wanted choice, mostly because I love that album and actually know it. Also, still have Thriller blue balls from 1995.

  8. RoosterPizza Says:

    A Frankenstein opener would be a statement tonight.

  9. Mr. Palmer Says:

    GP- no, Hartford is my first stop. Gcub is swinging by my house today because I have his Glens Falls tickets. Will miss you guys,,, no Hartford or AC, right?

  10. RoosterPizza Says:

    TT?

  11. GhostPhunk Says:

    Palmer I’m hopping off after woosta, bummer.

  12. Kaveh Says:

    @marcoesq:

    Fire your email to me again; please. Thanks.

  13. marcoesq Says:

    How is Reading not sold out??

  14. vapebraham Says:

    “Are you talking to me, Kaya?”
    maybe. am I?

    spinning last night now. this aud:
    http://bt.etree.org/details.php?id=567698

    Bag opener — spry version w/ tricked out ending. moma — he’s leaning into the whale. solid axilla; gets the adrenaline up. clunky meatstick. kdf – whale rock.

    not hearing this as a bad show through kdf. all keeper versions for me so far through kdf.

  15. vapebraham Says:

    i’d TT, but i have mad phish and gd (7.15.84, 8.31.78, 3.22.90) to listen to.

    not a big mule fan, but they’re winning me over w/ this version.

  16. marcoesq Says:

    http://www.grantland.com/story/_/id/9859539/the-1989-world-series-earthquake-oral-history

  17. RicksFork Says:

    Just got out of one of a few meetings I set up in Glens Falls today to make this a “business” trip and all the people I met with are so intrigued, excited and understandably clueless about what’s going to go down in their town tonight. I can’t really admit to them why I am really here tonight, which makes for a pretty funny dynamic. Very cool to see how excited a small town is about something like this. Can’t wait to get in a phone booth later and take my Clark Kent suit off so I can enjoy this!

  18. snow Says:

    what up freaks?

    I still butter said it best re: hampton, though I never made it through all of yesterday’s comments…

    “It’s really hard to describe how heady that was.”

    Thank you phish for the best musical experiences of my life.

    anybody goit a rochester code?

  19. Stoney Case Says:

    Hey all! Super swamped. Great crew this year though.

    So, Rochester Cuddle Fest? So it goes.

  20. Type III Jamming Personality Disorder Says:

    A real Triumph, really.

  21. bhizzle Says:

    Joy = CuddleFest

  22. Type III Jamming Personality Disorder Says:

    because I realize most of you OBVIOUSLY missed it last night – otherwise the commentary would have surely overtaken the setlist following going on), I have to repost this.

    an homage to my home state

    apt for the impending visit by our band.

    in case you don’t know it, these are the same guys who have been everywhere lately with that Fox song that was oh so very hilarious for about two minutes a few weeks or more ago.

  23. Stoney Case Says:

    Terrible tour layout IMO. Chicago>Cincy> Etc

    No fun in the layout.

    Df, I could see H3 being funniest night in the room for 3.0. Best show, come on now.

  24. Mr. Palmer Says:

    I thought DF said best of 2013, too lazy to look back though.. debatable, but interesting, nonetheless.

  25. [an unrelated] Wilson Says:

    oh god TIII you just ruined my day.
    i had avoided exposure – until now.

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