Gee, It’s Good to be Back Home

10.22.13 Rochester (Jake Silco)

10.22.13 Rochester (Jake Silco)

Phish stepped into a room of legend on Wednesday night in Glens Falls, New York, and bounced back from their Tuesday night clunker with a fiery two-set performance. Leaving their rust in western New York, the band was on point from the get go on Wednesday, hitting Glens Falls in stride and treating the intimate 7,000 person audience to a high-octane mid-week performance.

10/23 Official (R.Kelly)

10/23 Official (R.Kelly)

When the band stepped foot in Glens Falls Civic Center—a room whose lone Phish show spawned their most popular holiday tradition—it was only appropriate to start right where they left of in 1994, with The Beatles “White Album.” Opening the show with the third-ever “Back in the USSR,” a song debuted in the same building 19 years ago (the other was 12.6.94), Phish quickly gave a nod to their seminal Halloween concert. Right away, one could tell Phish was a different band from the sluggish quartet that took the stage in Rochester. The guys sounded sharp, focused and enthusiastic from the jump, attacking their opening run of songs—including a popping version of “Undermind”—before truly igniting the show with a scorching, fifth-song “David Bowie.” Within the “Bowie” jam, the band illustrated a clear command over the music, displaying tight, full-band, tension-and-release jamming that was strewn with nuances and mini-peaks. Their willingness to take such a deep dive early in the show fully showcased the band’s confidence on this night in New York state.

The entire first set was comprised of tour debuts, less “Stealing Time,” and the fresh setlist got the crowd going early. One point of note—if only for a blazing set of blue balls—came in “Gumbo,” when Page took his final piano solo on clav and began to push it! Trey was even feeling it and hit a couple rhythms chords as accompaniment, but Fishman slowed down the backbeat and thus dissolved any shot of a jam. Also in the first set, the guys played a blazing version of “Limb by Limb,” featuring a wildy passionate solo by Trey.

10.22.13 (Jake Silco)

10.22.13 (Jake Silco)

Come the end of the set, the obvious choice seemed like “Antelope,” thus the band veered the other way and dropped an intense rendition of “Split Open and Melt.” So many times in this era, the band has gotten discombobulated during “Split,” often losing direction all together. But not last night as the guys remained notably coherent throughout this version. Even when the jam elevated to a space cloud and Captain Treyhab went on an intergalactic whaling mission, the band was able to return to earth and hit the ground running, tearing through the peak of “Split” with a fury and ending a very high quality, opening frame.

10.19.13 (J.Silco)

10.19.13 (J.Silco)

Tour’s first “Rock and Roll” opened Glens Falls’ main event, but things didn’t exactly go as one might expect. For the first time since tour’s first show, the band didn’t go huge on their second set opener, this time electing for a concise jam that seemed to end prematurely. As Fishman dropped into half-time, “Rock and Roll” seemed primed for take off, but before anyone could get their bearings straight, Trey strummed a signal to wind things down, and up came “Seven Below.” Phish allowed this second jam in the set to breathe considerably more than the first, as Trey took center stage with precise, six-string theatrics. Though this piece never moved too far from its theme, “Seven Below” gave the band the confidence they needed as a unit to dive into the centerpiece of the set—“Twist.”

On most nights, Phish places their largest improvisational effort on the second set opener, giving shows in which they do not, completely different contours. This show was weighted towards the back of the second set, as the two most impressive jams of the night were the final two—”Twist” and “Harry Hood.” During “Twist’s” contained jam, Trey bucked convention and set his sights much higher, speeding up the piece into wide-open territory. Where so many “Twists” have gone dark before, this one turned towards the heavens as the band opened the magic door to some awe-inspiring music. Locked in and playing as a single unit, the guys navigated a cathartic, uptempo jam for some time before hitting a change with which things turned ethereal and majestic. A extended down tempo segment in which the band played some truly sacred music provided the final piece of this melody-driven “Twist”—the shining gem of the night.

“Velvet Sea” bridged us to the second-place highlight of the show—“Harry Hood.” The throwback environs must have evoked something in Trey, because it had been quite a while since he laid into a “Hood” jam—and peak—like he did on this one. Moving from a plinko-esque beginning to a staggering end, this “Hood” is a must hear for any Phish purist. Trey’s exquisite playing throughout this version is enough to send shivers down any fan’s spine.

10.22.13 (Jake Silco)

10.22.13 (Jake Silco)

Following a surprise “Chalk Dust” closer, Phish brought things full circle, playing for an encore, the one song from the “White Album” that remained in Phish’s repertoire—”While My Guitar Gently Weeps”—a move, in and of itself, that spawned a tradition. As we move to Worcester, and tour’s halfway point, we have begun to see the development of a legitimate Fall run of shows. The band has been on fire every night less one, and each of those shows has produced a timeless piece of creative Phish—“Carini,” “Ghost,” “Tweezer” and “Twist.” What will come next is anybody’s guess, but if I were in a few hundred mile radius of New England this weekend, I’d make it a point to get to Worcester and Hartford to find out.

I: Back in the U.S.S.R., Stealing Time From the Faulty Plan, Water in the Sky, Undermind, David Bowie, Golgi Apparatus, Gumbo, Yarmouth Road, Camel Walk, Horn, Limb By Limb, I Didn’t Know, Split Open and Melt

II: Rock and Roll > Seven Below, Alaska, Twist > Wading in the Velvet Sea, Harry Hood, Chalk Dust Torture

E: While My Guitar Gently Weeps

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1,299 Responses to “Gee, It’s Good to be Back Home”

  1. neemor Says:

    Also, Alaska was a dick kicking.

  2. voopa Says:

    Cpt. Treyhab!
    LAWL

  3. BingosBrother Says:

    Speaking of Sports, heard they teased I Need a New Drug in that Carini jam, but haven’t looked. Dig that tune and Huey in general. He always had some hot chicks in his videos for my adolescent mind. Stuck With You 4 lyphe.

  4. Gavinsdad Says:

    Sick room. Back of floor vortex’d me.

  5. Spasm Waiter Says:

    It is indeed hip to be square…

  6. dorn76 Says:

    That was a night to get lucky. Happy for all that got in to that tiny little room. Time for a Phestivus for the rest of us in Olde New England.

    What y’all think of this Russell Brand character?
    http://www.newstatesman.com/staggers/2013/10/watch-russell-brand-brings-message-revolution-newsnight

  7. aj Says:

    I wonder if them saying at the setbreak stream “so, we understand people think that there are clues on the halloween album in these messages” and then listing every song off sports, then saying sports, if that means it is not sports. Or it is. Or not.

    Or it is.

    Either way, glad they also announced a Halloween run webcast, that should be fun.

  8. little umbrellas Says:

    now click your heels three times and repeat after me, “there’s no place like home, there’s…”

  9. 4thDimension Says:

    Special night in the building. first set did not let go and if undermind and/ or gumbo had been extended, it would rival dicks fyf for best first set of 3.0. Power flowing Bowie and old school energy, trey and Fishman on top of their games. Rnr cut short due to page technical problems. Alaska was bad but not that bad somehow! Even velvet had pop and meaning. Excellent respectful crowd page side up close last night. It really felt like heaven. I know musically it will not be regarded as the best of 3.0 but total experience (ingredients being venue, town, vibe, quality of sound and music, band / audience connection — closest I’ve felt the old days in 94). Good review miner, this was one for the purist

  10. MrCompletely Says:

    Huey Lewis quotes obviously mean the band will be covering the latter era Autzen Dead show that featured Huey sitting in on harmonica.

  11. neemor Says:

    gdad:
    I visually stalked you, Miner and butter for a good portion of set two.
    Nice location.
    I was playing Where’s Waldo for most of the first set.
    Great venue in ease of entry and exit, too.

  12. neemor Says:

    4D,
    Respectful crowd, good call.
    I mentioned that once or twice, too.
    Older, laid back but full of appropriate energy at all the right times.

  13. neemor Says:

    Obviously, C.

  14. aj Says:

    Setbreak clues I mentioned earlier

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sSKkHqT77RY

  15. willowed Says:

    Last day of work, then my vacation begins.

    Can’t wait to jump on!

  16. dorn76 Says:

    Nice review Miner.

    Hope the guys keep giving you things to write about it first frames.

  17. aj Says:

    Mr.C – was the bassline that was bugging us in Tweezer perhaps a Huey quote? Don’t have it here to listen.

    Funny.

  18. Type III Jamming Personality Disorder Says:

    many of you have probably already seen this, but for those who haven’t, just know this guy “only” got the silver medal

    Kelly McGarry @ Red Bull Rampage

    btw, it pairs very nicely with the Twist jam from last night

  19. Kenny Powers Says:

    OHMYGODOHMYGOD

    I just spun the Toronto Disease for the first time. That may be my favorite jam of 3.0. Well, maybe excluding the Tahoeezer. But WOW!

  20. verno329 Says:

    My first show is finally an adult today. 18 years. Damn.

    http://www.phishtracks.com/shows/1995-10-24

    First Taste That Surrounds, a Demand and nice Split in the first set. Second set opens with a ripping Julius, a monster YEM and the Mother of All Antelopes. What a great introduction.

  21. Kaveh Says:

    BBers…I have two Sunday Hampton codes…I’m looking for a code for Hampton2 and last night. Anyone wanna trade?

  22. aj Says:

    Was a great one, Verno. Still among my top 3 I ever caught.

  23. Kaveh Says:

    Nice @verno. Did 94 but not 95 in MadTown.

  24. Nagarjuna Says:

    20 minute I Want a New Drug needs to happen

  25. Gavinsdad Says:

    Sorry I missed you guys. Wasn’t able to leave my zone. Ungodly energy from the get.

    Hope livephish app doesn’t crap out on me today wanna relisten to set 2 asap

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