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. Type III Jamming Personality Disorder Says:

    I really love that Glens Falls is embracing all of this. the newspaper is referring to today as “Phish Day” and has running coverage going all day.

  2. Kaveh Says:

    This to me is too funny not to share: (and yes, filmed in Minneapolis)

  3. Kaveh Says:

    Also hoping for a Cry Baby Cry bustout tonight…

  4. neemor Says:

    Thanks for the recommendations and list of Things About Town, TIII.
    Happy Birthday cub.
    Also: In

  5. neemor Says:

    RicksFork, thanks for the insight.
    Teach me your ways.
    I need to learn the Jedi business meeting trick.

  6. Stoney Case Says:

    Most fun, not ‘funniest’.

    We know Trey and co have some ailment. He’s big time. They’re big time. A win is still a win. Tonight they right the ship a bit.

  7. Type III Jamming Personality Disorder Says:

    have fun, neemor.

    be sure to stop by the bake sale area north of the venue and the local vendors to the west.

  8. [an unrelated] Wilson Says:

    someone asked why Reading isn’t sold out.
    just searched for a ticket on TM – says nothing available.

  9. RoosterPizza Says:

    Who is in for GF tonight? I know about 8 or so, but I think there are more.

  10. Gratefulcub Says:

    My 40th trip around the sun started in a suit and tie. That shit ends now.

    And, contrary to 2013 phish excursions already in the books, I am 100% convinced no set will be rained out tonight. A dry set is a good set.

  11. Phamily Berzerker Says:

    Feliz Cumpleaños, GCub!

    Get some tonight!

  12. Snigglebeach Says:

    I gotta say, after 1st listen ,I like this show. Kind of an outside the box kinda show. Not getting to every show,but having seen a lot, this is the kind I like.

    I usually agree with Miner, but not today. Really liked the first set, and let me be the first to say (prob not), I’m digging the slowed down Golden Age. Trey could actually keep up with the lyrics. So far GA has had 2 versions, good and botched. This version is unlike all previous. The segue from Light is far from flawless, but not all attempts to change things up are gonna be perfect. And I think Crosseyed was pretty deep. Not an all timer but decent.

  13. DaNcInG fOoL Says:

    Anyone have an extra for tonight? For a friend

  14. Stoney Case Says:

    Happy Daze Cub-Star! Too long since we shared a puff and a groove. Peace!

  15. jtran Says:

    morning comrades

    spinning set 2. @df, should I skip hallyes possum segment, or listen to it?

  16. little umbrellas Says:

    Selector J researching FlyLo. Dig that.

  17. DaNcInG fOoL Says:

    jtran, skip whole show, except crosseyed

  18. vapebraham Says:

    excited for gcub and all you GFers. will be watchin from the coach eagerly anticipating reading when my personal mothership launches.

    but will the band still have anything to give come Reading?

  19. Phamily Berzerker Says:

    Enjoying that Floyd show. Thanks!

  20. vapebraham Says:

    jtran: spin set I. not that bad. $+

  21. Frankie Says:

    See you later guys! Getting on the road in an hour or so…

    Follow the lines goin’ south…

    Happy birthday GC, hope I get to tell you in person tonight…

    Can’t stop listening to the Hampton Carini peak, the buildup before and then when Page jumps on the piano is so sick! Woostah Boogie On sick!

  22. MrCompletely Says:

    “Selector J researching FlyLo. Dig that.”

    yes. lots of gold in that mine

  23. little umbrellas Says:

    word Berzerker, First set is pretty killer. very live, interesting hearing the parts to Shine On executed on stage.

  24. marcoesq Says:

    Seller accepted our offer! We’re buying a house

    MPP pre party next summer at my digs

  25. little umbrellas Says:

    yeah FlyLo was on tour with Thundercat… shouldn’t have missed the show at the Fox.

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