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. bob dylan Says:

    Only other time a curtain with and rift was 11.1.09 and that’s cause curtain with was acoustic.

    I thought it was odd song choice. Go figure.

  2. sumodie Says:

    Free, MMGAMOIO

    Great combo!

    Set looks sweet so far…

  3. revise your despise Says:

    I will never get to see vultures…

  4. bob dylan Says:

    American beauty is great. I think I like it more than their 90 min. Face is all warm on the bus ride home. It’s a party starter for sure.

  5. Random Poster...Nutbag Says:

    Well if you’re gonna woo, the end of Vultures was pretty much tailor made for it. Plus it is Wooooster and all. These almost AARP dudes still know how to bring it.

  6. bob dylan Says:

    I’ve been pretty good with show selections. I think the only song I’m “missing” is Icculus at this point. I’m not chasing it tho.

    I’ve caught prob 5-8 scents and that’s the one I’m chasing.

  7. bob dylan Says:

    Is scents gonna be like dark star and reappear years down the road?

  8. sumodie Says:

    Cept DS used to get heavy airtime & Scents has never

  9. tela's_muff Says:

    Gonna crack my American Beauty tomorrow BD. Looking forward to it

  10. MrCompletely Says:

    Vultures one of the very best first set tunes imo

  11. jtran Says:

    either the show was cancelled or there is no stream. you guys all seem to be talking about halloween costume album and not set 1.

  12. jtran Says:

    all I gather from the past 2 pages is vultures

  13. sumodie Says:

    Imaginary stream, brah. Insert heady drill jamz whenever wherever

  14. phishm Says:

    Really enjoyed the 1st set jtran. Kind of a crappy stream that I’m listening to, but feels right at home with some of the crappy bootlegs I used to spin. They jammed in that set. Thinking the 2nd set will go big, but then again when would I think otherwise?

  15. sumodie Says:

    Bobby D,

    http://www.jambands.com/news/2013/10/25/phil-lesh-friends-announce-new-years-at-terrapin-crossroads/

    Phil NYE

    Onsal 10/28

  16. Random Poster...Nutbag Says:

    Well then, my imaginary stream is caught on a Tweezer/Ghost loop from McNichols.

  17. phishm Says:

    St. Denis Reba to the dome. Know what I mean? Good Phish night. Fuck a new buzz. This one is fine.

  18. Slicksasquatch Says:

    DCU Center
    Worcester, MA – October 25, 2013

    Show Time: 7:30 pm
    Show Poster by James Eads – http://goo.gl/fKpm2F
    Unique Song Count – 179

    Set One: 8:30 pm – 9:43 pm

    Funky Bitch
    Wolfman’s Brother
    Wilson >
    The Curtain With
    Cities >
    Rift
    Free
    My Mind’s Got A Mind Of It’s Own
    Vultures*
    46 Days

  19. butter Says:

    Mike sang He’s Gone at Terrapin x roads with Phil this summer.

    Trey did Truckin w/ Furthur

    and the fanned crescendos of Velveeta sounded Dew esque at GF on Weds

    So yes it’s obviously Europe 72

  20. Slicksasquatch Says:

    W Billy K sit in

  21. TheUniverse Says:

    Not funny butter.

  22. voopa Says:

    Here we go

  23. voopa Says:

    Cue drill

  24. voopa Says:

    Or is that “queue”?

    Whatever, stay upright.

  25. DaNcInG fOoL Says:

    STING

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