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. ren Says:

    Would be nice to meet you T3 but I definitely understand being busy before the show especially when close to home. I’m bringing a total noob with me too this time around…so we need to experience the lot and all that.

  2. MiA Says:

    @DF. I had sent a tweet to @phish at noon requesting USSR. Coincidence or they read their tweets. Or both.

    Also looking for a WMGGW encore.

    It was a good day.

  3. verno329 Says:

    Yeah that 10/24/95 YEM gets overshadowed by the Antelope but it is a beast. Dark vocal jam that segues into Sleeping Monkey too. Great stuff. Next night in St Paul is a good one too.

    Last nights show sounds like a good one. Didn’t webcast last night but I’ll be firmly on the couch for AC. Actually looking forward to the meat of the improv from a second set not being in the opener.

  4. ren Says:

    I’d go there just for the name BW!

  5. Type III Jamming Personality Disorder Says:

    flak me if you want, but I simply do not care for wmggw. never liked the original and definitely not as a phish cover. but as complaints go, it’s not worth spending time on.

    it was, however, a foregone conclusion last night, for sure.
    the ussr call was great.

  6. MiA Says:

    Instigator.

  7. MiA Says:

    Work no longer posts here. Posts all getting swallowed up. Weird. This will cut back my posting considerably. And increase my double postings.

  8. ren Says:

    Well…I don’t know that I’d be the best at trying to set up an official meet-up but if you’re hitting Woosta and down to do something pre/post show or are already doing something fun that I can crash then hit me up

    paulny123 at ghee mahl

  9. ren Says:

    Try a different browser MiA?

  10. bobby weird Says:

    yeah, ren! wasn’t that an old Hustler term?

    like the goold ole Penthouse letters, which always began, “Dear Sir, I never thought this would happen to me, but . . . “

  11. little umbrellas Says:

    hmm, maybe Phishm has some computer trick to help bypass said difficulties…

  12. Mr. Palmer Says:

    Had a great night webcasting the show. Above average for sure.

    Seven Below and Twist were great. Best set 1 to date, imo.

    Best part of couch tour is being able to leave room for set II Alaska…

    Band now primed for true NE explosion stating tomorrow.

    Next 7 shows are going to be amazing.

  13. MiA Says:

    Tested them all. Maybe IP address. Don’t know. Oh well.

  14. Mr. Palmer Says:

    That room looked incredible in pictures.. jealous of everyone in attendance.

  15. Mr. Palmer Says:

    Any Frankie or Gcub sightings last night?

  16. HarryHood Says:

    @ MiA

    Same here….. Stopped being able to post from work about a year ago for some reason. After I hit Submit, the post just vanishes and if I try to repost the same thing, it tells me that it’s a duplicate. If I switch to my wifi hotspot on my cell or my home network, no issues at all…

  17. Mr. Palmer Says:

    Panic in Austin tomorrow…Mia- you should go..

  18. little umbrellas Says:

    “Kezar Stadium 1975 Fan club, I’d like you to meet my friend, Club 36… I think the two of you are going to get along quite nicely.. you both share a kind of… depth.”

  19. HarryHood Says:

    Posted up with Frankie in Sec U with Neems, Jdub, Rooster, and Plord. Great crew. Alf and Ghostphunk started out there with us as well…..

  20. Mr. Palmer Says:

    Uh-oh Red Sox nation…

    conspiracy?

    http://thebiglead.com/2013/10/24/jon-lesters-glove-contained-a-green-substance-was-he-cheating/

  21. Mr. Palmer Says:

    Fishman screwed up the Undermind.. Nice little trey solo in there.

  22. MiA Says:

    Does this work?

  23. little umbrellas Says:

    Jeff Beck and Brian Wilson tour… combo huh..

  24. verno329 Says:

    @MiA Try contacting Miner. Mine did that not too long ago. Some type of setting had to be flipped and it was all good. Just FYI

  25. little umbrellas Says:

    that worked.

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