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. snow Says:

    DF would have been right either way. Shit was unreal sunday night. Friday too. Dicks’ 12 may have been more jammy, but hampton was high class.

    dicks ’12 = pamela anderson.
    hampton ’13 = natalie portman

  2. little umbrellas Says:

    Marco FTW! success.

  3. jtran Says:

    damn, crosseyed jam was real nice. if it was hampton 3 or tahoe would’ve had another movement there 😉

    Light groove > GA – maybe they should’ve just jammed that groove instead of singing

  4. little umbrellas Says:

    ( ______ )= Audrey Hepburn

  5. DaNcInG fOoL Says:

    Frankie! Bb floor takeover

  6. DaNcInG fOoL Says:

    During crosseyed trey went to change something on his amp and stopped playing, that’s when the band “slowed down”

  7. marcoesq Says:

    How awesome would this be

    II: Crosseyed and Painless > Light -> Golden Age >You Enjoy Myself

  8. Fly Says:

    Show definitely wasn’t bad. First set was played well, with extra mojo in Timber, Halfway, and Maze.

    But that was also the problem. After a nice first set like that, the second set needs to go huge. And it didn’t. Crosseyed was certainly interesting but Trey was trying to abort for about 2 minutes. Others were ready to go, Trza couldn’t find it. Light->GA was OK, nothing special. Just a segue, a tempo change, and a bit of clav funk jam. But then the rest was abrasively Jukebox’d.

    Not sure why Trey couldn’t get in the zone in the second set. As I mentioned before, he was fiddling with his amp. Something was bothering him. Broke his connection with the muse, IMO, so he went to something familiar (Golden Age) and then Jukebox’d it.

    Bring the TweezerAge sorcery back ASAP, Trza. Love you.

  9. MrCompletely Says:

    let’s keep in mind at least 50% of the band has been physically ill for all 4 shows so far

  10. Phamily Berzerker Says:

    Like the pre-release animals performance. My first show ever was Pink Floyd Animals Tour. Thanks, Mom and Dad!

  11. Dr Pronoia Says:

    Congrats Marco, and happy 40th cub!

  12. MiA Says:

    Just as a PSA. Had to do this at work… (Thanks Phishm)

    1. open website
    2. right-click anywhere on screen, and select “inspect element”, and a box will come up over the site
    3. down in the bottom right of the box that comes up, click on the icon that looks like a gear wheel
    4. Look for the icon called “Overrides”
    5. Select the box that says User Agent; I selected Chrome – Android Tablet
    6. Click the box that says “Device Metrics” and then also click the box that says Fit To Window
    7. Leave that page open, toggle back to the Crunchygroove site and just click on a song.

  13. MiA Says:

    Happy 40th GCub!

  14. jtran Says:

    playing sounds tighter than hampton to me, from what i’ve spun

    will spin set 1 after YEM

    skipped halleys possum bug segment, but heavy things was fun (although at the show, not after the previous 4 singles I’m sure)

  15. dorn76 Says:

    Nice Marco, the joys of home ownership.

  16. MrCompletely Says:

    That’s a fun PF tour with the two albums, my first Floyd boot was one of those shows, maybe that same one

  17. DaNcInG fOoL Says:

    Light > golden age just sucked

  18. jtran Says:

    slinky YEM

  19. SteveInMaine Says:

    Phish are human too? Blasphemy! Can’t wait for Worcester!!

  20. MiA Says:

    Around 9:45 of Crosseye’d Trey drops into a Tahoe Tweezerish sort of lick out of nowhere.

    Coming out of something this may have been a little more interesting.

  21. Frankie Says:

    Df, we’re in the stands though… See you soon! 🙂

  22. MiA Says:

    Damn. @12:30 it almost sounds like shades of ’97’s Punch you in the Bag start before the solo there. That was on the precipice of awesome.

  23. Kaveh Says:

    Congrats @marco!

  24. MiA Says:

    I really like these types of Phish jams. It’s the opposite of meandering to me. I would have totally dug this crosseye’d live.

    And it’s not whaley at all. Way to go PHISH! This is seriously great stuff.

  25. MiA Says:

    I’m respinning it again. I liked it. I’ll take the full ride through GA this time.

    As a note, if Phish even opens the second set with “Back in the USSR” pants will be soiled.

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