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. MrCompletely Says:

    https://twitter.com/Duanebase/status/393873232282939392/photo/1

  2. MrCompletely Says:

    click that link immediately. Duanebase not known for trolling.

  3. MrCompletely Says:

    obviously he could be guessing…I guess he probably is…

    ?

  4. voopa Says:

    Nice Photoshopping if so. If not…

  5. voopa Says:

    Well, nice work anyway.

  6. MrCompletely Says:

    he’s definitely an insider, I don’t know him but he has posted many pics from inside venues before the doors open, etc

  7. BingosBrother Says:

    Duane should get a cut of every scalped halloween ticket.

  8. Plord Says:

    Set up to the right of the board on the floor. Love this room.

  9. MrCompletely Says:

    ha! maybe that’s his angle! ticket arbitrage!

  10. BingosBrother Says:

    Not an insider for long if he just ruined the surprise.

  11. MrCompletely Says:

    kind of a Trading Places kind of thing

    which, btw, isn’t the third act of Trading Places the most complicated plot in comedy history? jeezus

  12. Mr. Palmer Says:

    That’s a game changer right there. Fuck me

  13. MrCompletely Says:

    well, grain of salt the size of Mt. Rushmore and all that

  14. sumodie Says:

    Ive noticed Duanebase trolling on the greenboard several times

    But no matter, I’ll use his tweet to further incentivize my calm cautious boring trip to the Boardwalk

  15. Plord Says:

    That would be…ah fuck me in advance for skipping it.

  16. MrCompletely Says:

    oh I never greenboard

    okay, well there you go

  17. snow Says:

    I don’t see any incentive for him to tweet that out earlier if it is the real deal. Like bingos says- it doesn’t make sense cause it would annoy the band.

  18. bob dylan Says:

    Joe Monforton ‏@mofo313 32m
    @Duanebase Stop it.

    ^stoneycase?

  19. sumodie Says:

    Bust some moves, Plord. Agreed, love that floor there. Well, I love any gen adm open floor, but still…

  20. bob dylan Says:

    i saved the art anyway, cool photo

  21. jerseyjim Says:

    sorry if this has been posted already, but in re, earlier comments, had to share:

    from the Phish.com FAQ

    Q: Can I bring a bunch of glowsticks into a show to toss around during Harry Hood?

    A: Please don’t bring glowsticks into shows! They are hard and heavy enough to inflict pain and injury, and honestly, they haven’t been cool since 1997.

  22. bob dylan Says:

    new gravatar comin’ at cha

  23. jtran Says:

    that’s awesome jerseyjim!!

  24. ren Says:

    Posting up on the rail in the 2 hundo’s…noice! Have a hood one all

  25. BingosBrother Says:

    Poster idea for you bd.

    Same pic, but a pumpkin replacing the ice cream cone.

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