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. bob dylan Says:

    lets get turntable going up in this beeyotch

  2. dorn76 Says:

    Clearly the answer to Phish’s ills is to call Dr. Gabel.

  3. bob dylan Says:

    i’d rather talk to dr. robert. he’s got what you need to feel right.

  4. dorn76 Says:

    Then tell Mother, The Girl in the yellow house, The Preacher, the whole damn town….Whatever it takes to elevate tonight.

  5. dorn76 Says:

    Whoever is calling the shots at urban outfitters is 0-2 as of late.

  6. harryhood Says:

    Glens Falls bound with RoosterPizza bitches!

  7. bob dylan Says:

    i’d call that a fail. no colts zubaz. pfft.

    my buddy and i were discussing the other day. what do you wear if you work at the urban outfitters in williamsburg so that customers know you are an employee and not some dude?

  8. marcoesq Says:

    Zubaz! holy crap haven’t seen them in a hot minute. Use to have me some Raiders zubaz pants back in the 80’s

  9. DaNcInG fOoL Says:

    @frankie, oh right forgot it was separated. I’m in the stands too

  10. vapebraham Says:

    I dig the crosseyed although it does seem to fizzle. in Light now. not bad.

    bout to crack into a double dose IPA from VT:

  11. marcoesq Says:

    Hampton Twist ain’t too shabby…like the space

  12. jtran Says:

    I like this jam

  13. vapebraham Says:

    digging this slowed-down, tricked-out GA too. I dig this show to this point. I guess it’s what follows that has everyone underwhelmed.

  14. DaNcInG fOoL Says:

    Lol pulled into a random beer store in Rochester. 10 enjoy bys on the shelf

  15. vapebraham Says:

    oh yeah, this double dose IPA is the bomb. $$$. bright, floral, pine citrus aroma. chewy, creamy. crisp and intriguingly bitter w/o being prickly. many layers to this super flavorful brew. up there w/ the elder and the eb. couldn’t stop quaffing it.

    in birds now. not dreading it. ojk birds. certainly not turning it off.

    an off night . . maybe. especially when compared to the previous show. I have enjoyed listening to it today. nothing beats a no spoilers next day spin.

    aromatherapy’d , double d’d

  16. jtran Says:

    going back to back

    hampton tweez > tahoe tweez

  17. vapebraham Says:

    alright, i’m now on board w/ the consensus. possum deep in the second set feels off.

  18. jtran Says:

    c and p – $$ IMO. nice space in that jam
    ligh > GA – meh
    mid set – meh
    YEM – $+ slinky

    I can see how that one hurts after hampton 3. just light another jazz cig I think.

  19. MiA Says:

    For Tela’s

  20. RicksFork Says:

    Vape. That IPA is my current favorite. So good. Hard to get in Boston, but worth it. Enjoy it!

  21. vapebraham Says:

    crazy placement, but not a terrible possum. straightforward but well-played and firey.

  22. vapebraham Says:

    right on, ricks. loved your story about the business meeting. they should call you slickricksfork.

  23. marcoesq Says:

    This Crosseyed ain’t too bad. Nice spacey overlay with groovy beat

  24. vapebraham Says:

    as long as you’re being honest, nothing wrong with playing it close to the vest.

    truth and honesty is under appreciated in this world.

  25. jtran Says:

    someone tell me if I should like the glens falls poster

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