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. dorn76 Says:

    Last year it was the fried chicken, this year it’s what looks like guacamole in the glove. Guy can’t stop eating!

  2. Type III Jamming Personality Disorder Says:

    saw that, palms. I think it is an overblown thing that will become a big issue because of the setting. fact is the cards played like crap. they weren’t winning that game with or without lester wiping his boogers on the ball.

  3. LukasChuck Says:

    MiA: reading you loud and clear.

    I can get behind Sports. Especially when they do I Want a New Drug > Ghostbusters > I Want a New Drug (featuring Giant Country Horns)

  4. 4thDimension Says:

    Would love to meet a few folks in woosta … All I do is puff, groove and respect church … Beacons behind the soundboard

  5. Frankie Says:

    Had a lot of fun last night! Great to see you all!

    Many highlights in this Beatles sandwich show but the Twist>Velvet Sea made the show for me… Great pairing and fully realized Twist that I know I’ll be enjoying for years to come…

    And the Hood was sublime! Thank you Mr. Miner! I loved how they could take the jams really quiet yesterday and there wasn’t too much talking…

    Old school vibe…

    Fall shows are the best!

  6. Type III Jamming Personality Disorder Says:

    I really thought they were going to drop into Dear Prudence in that Twist jam last night when Trey caught that really purty line right at about 10:45 in the sbd

  7. little umbrellas Says:

    Hope y’all have been enjoying this one already, Sharon Jones and the Dap Kings new single ‘Retreat!’ This is a link to the official music video. Which is a rad piece of psychedelic animation. i’d say a current must watch
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PrOYkHjdpdM

    a very solid three minutes.
    thinking about flying to New York for her return show at the Beacon.

  8. little umbrellas Says:

    …k, 4 mintues that is.

  9. Mr. Palmer Says:

    I love how the 2 best versions of Twist in 3.0 are so completely on opposite ends of the spectrum..

    Cincy- deep, dark, sinister

    Glens Falls- tight, uplifting, triumphant..

    Both great. can’t even say one is better than the other because it’s like two different songs. Depends on your preference.

  10. little umbrellas Says:

    … Nah, Darker is better! : ) roast away!

  11. little umbrellas Says:

    that Cuddle Twist last night was a wonderful piece of music though

  12. Type III Jamming Personality Disorder Says:

    awesome

  13. Type III Jamming Personality Disorder Says:

    I know that was from yesterday, but it deserved to be reposted. Glens Falls totally embraced what was coming unlike many municipalities. clearly they get it.

  14. MrCompletely Says:

    Huey Lewis quotes clearly mean the costume set will be Phish re-enacting American Psycho with Fishman in the lead role, featuring an extended chainsaw solo

    kids just need to learn to read between the lines a little

  15. MrCompletely Says:

    Stoney, everyone in the room clearly felt like last night was a lot more than a highlights set.

  16. MiA Says:

    I think IP address 144.191.148.4 is the problem.

  17. btb Says:

    Twist was pretty cool. Unique jam.

  18. little umbrellas Says:

    today i do not play the bass.
    today I snip.
    Hopefully one day the balance will lean in my direction and I will stop the snipping. In the mean time:

    Snow Crash on audiobook:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=atlFy2kM7ms
    (it’s been a decade now, time for a revisit)

    Of course Mr. Palmer is right, and as C stated last night, Opposite Poles. Axis: Bold as Twist.

  19. little umbrellas Says:

    ‘Read slow and you’ll find
    gold mines in these lines’

    T3, stopping myself from posting a copy of the info from your link, that was too good. gonna send that to a friend.

  20. SOAM Says:

    SET 1 Wor : Sabotage-Punch-No quarter-MOMA-Timber>Wedge>Cities, My Soul, Farmhouse, 2001>Sally>Cavern

  21. btb Says:

    Haterz who weren’t there talkin like GF was Cobo 09.

    Solid show. Moving on.

  22. Stoney Case Says:

    C or peeps in the room, was it a ‘good, great or excellent’ set last night?

    Judging by reviews and posts it sounds between ‘good and great’.

    Slow start to short tour. My take.

  23. Mr. Palmer Says:

    I’d give last night a high B or B+..

    Like I mentioned last night, I think the band is “this close”( really, really close), to putting a string of shows that are knocked clear out of the park… Just a little something missing, but right there.

    My .02

  24. [an unrelated] wilson Says:

    Expected more love for -7.
    That one had me off the couch and downright ecstatic.

  25. MrCompletely Says:

    I haven’t spun it yet. Starting off the day slow, with a Joe Pass/Ella Fitzgerald concert from 1975 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZzMRwBIzLJA

    sounds like it was a blast in the room is all I’m saying.

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