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:

    I’ll takea rochester and/or glenns falls codes if anybody can spare…
    snowbankbb @ gmail

  2. marcoesq Says:

    I love the Trey lick at the end of Xeyed

  3. bob dylan Says:

    poster seems apt after the comment earlier about the small town getting all jazzed up about phish playing there

  4. marcoesq Says:

    Tonight’s poster looks like a Where’s Waldo print

  5. RicksFork Says:

    I thought the BB would enjoy that story. It was such a strange perspective listening to the people of Glens talk about what was going on. Second meeting today was even funnier. They were so amazed to have seen “hippies” at 8:30 a.m on the way to work. I felt like a secret agent laughing along with them, but having been that hippy in the past.

  6. marcoesq Says:

    hmm…yellow brick road in this poster

  7. bob dylan Says:

    can’t tell if its another full bleed or not from the pic

  8. bob dylan Says:

    when the circus comes to town poser

  9. Al Says:

    Listened closely to the Hampton Carini. Wow! Right there in the Tahoeezer League. Hampton Ghost a shabby copy of the MSG 2010 Ghost. That’s the real One. Tweezer next…

  10. MiA Says:

    Al I think you’ll like Rochester. Especially behind a computer, whilest doing work. I thought the end of Hampton Ghost was pretty solid.

  11. marcoesq Says:

    2pts for the original segue into GA

  12. vapebraham Says:

    “I felt like a secret agent laughing along with them, but having been that hippy in the past.”

    ^^^ who are you kidding? you are that hippy just in disguise. you’re going to the phish show and arranged a business meeting as a pretext to get to said phish show. that’s fairly hippieish. and i love it.

  13. MiA Says:

    It goes to say, everything could have been extended out twice as long

  14. vapebraham Says:

    i liked the Bug form last night. yikes. i must be getting soft.

  15. marcoesq Says:

    Page is on fire, playing a cool complimentary part on the baby grand

  16. RicksFork Says:

    True Vape. I meant having been the guy who slept outside a venue after a late night drive. I’m just that guy a little grown up now.

  17. DaNcInG fOoL Says:

    Decent poster

  18. MiA Says:

    Yeah, I’m liking this show a lot. Go figure. Whaleless. Crisp. Seems like the band is really quite jelled. Maybe a little rushed but good stuff. Trey’s tone is sharp an on.

  19. MrCompletely Says:

    @MiA, there was a great (and very rare) interview with Smigel on Grantland a month or so ago…obviously some fantastic Triumph stories in there among quite a few gems

  20. Type III Jamming Personality Disorder Says:

    apparently, my Triumph link got trumped 😉

  21. Al Says:

    Mia, I’ll Check Rochester ASAP.

  22. MiA Says:

    I read that Mr. C. Hilarious stuff. Guy is brilliant. Between the GABF, Star Wars, Weiner’s Circle you pretty much have a trifecta of his work.

  23. Mr. Palmer Says:

    Think it’s official. I like the GA over the Tweez from Hampton. Together they are close to perfect.

    Hampton Carini should not be the forgotten jam from tour, top -notch.

    Yet to hear a note from last night.

  24. revise your despise Says:

    CDT,gulleah,NICU,camelwalk,reba,horn,it’s ice,ocelot,walk away,melt


    E: golgi

  25. jtran Says:

    where’s energy been. 7 show gap now

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