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:

    Beaconed out 4 comments during the show….all on the wrong thread lol

  2. plord Says:

    Oh my fucking showblind god you guys.

    Mecha Robot Band [active verb implying wanton destruction, i.e. demolished, obliterated, defenestrated, bombarded with daisycutters in a fractal pattern] Kaiju Funk Monsters.

    That was srs bzns. I thought I heard a couple of thematic jams woven through the fabric of that 2nd frame; bits of the Ghost jam in the Disease, for one. Got my Waves 🙂 with a freaky Carini after. Full 2 set stomper. Wolfman’s seemed to have as big a peak as the Hood at GF. Stormy Orca Pod Cities. (With) of course.

    Ghost Dirt Disease made me forget all about the Numberline. Called the Ghost at the end of set 1, it was obviously Funk night and I couldn’t see how they would miss the chance. Didn’t expect the Sally too! Antelope for Neemor. Then a quad-core.

    Just a great night.

  3. sumodie Says:

    Nice reportage, plord. About to dl the sbd for some wave action

  4. P.S.H.S Says:

    Crazy fun, can’t wait for tomorrow, dirty carini, Sally FTW!

    Stoney would be proud of the Ahab bass bomb dropped in waves.

  5. ren Says:

    Total in the room bias….but I AM FLOORED!!! SO much epicness that needs to be processed. Almost want to give my tix for tomorrow away so that someone else can see the spectacle.

  6. butter Says:

    Took the Waves > Carini in the headphones lying in bed

    WOW Waves is super blissful > then moves into heavy edgier and Carini is the perfect next choice

    Then Carini goes off the deep end and stays in darkness. They had found a sick dark place but with a peppy beat. Trey even had a super cool idea goin, don’t why they just stopped. But that’s a SICK 25 min segment anyway…and appears to be a bunch more fruit in this set….

  7. Dr pro Says:

    Great first set

    Waves>Carini, legit

    ghost, DWD had a few great minutes each

    Lots of energy and funk throughout. Trey was patient until he wasn’t, interesting decision making, but excellent execution

    Crowd around me loved the shreddy peaks and stood slack during the improv

  8. Joe Says:

    Snuck out during Suzy to beat the lot traffic. That’ll learn me. Fun show. Great old school centrum vibe see you tomorrow night (jack buck)

  9. Dr pro Says:

    From 10 feet back, I had an amazing time

    Looking to meet up some BB tomorrow before the show, and be a little further back in the floor to be a little less shock&awed

  10. revise your despise Says:

    Wayne fontes would be a perfect costume! I need to find an early 90s reebok lions windbreaker and I’m good lol

  11. butter Says:

    What’s up with these Ghost lyrics #Pranksters

  12. ren Says:

    I’m totally serious about apple picking tomorrow if anyones down

  13. P.S.H.S Says:

    Really enjoyed the first set. Thought that the second set might get songy after the fuckerpants numberline, but then you go do something like this and completely redeem yourself.

  14. ren Says:

    Perfect vantage…pretty much dead center 2nd tier rail. Awesome energy around…eating out of the palms of their hand we were

  15. plord Says:

    I heard some awfully strange shit during the Ghost lyrics. Don’t trust my brainparts to report that one, need to relisten to see what I heard 🙂

  16. P.S.H.S Says:

    Sounded like they went back to waves towards the end of ghost, I could be wrong

  17. jtran Says:

    You cats taking about in room bias no need for that. This show rips so far (spinning set 2 tonight)

  18. DryIceFactory Says:

    On the bus back to Boston now, spinning Carini as we speak. Waves>Carini, solid. Trey a little impatient on the segue, but Waves absolutely delivered. Dark whale meat, take that, Osteo Centrum. After a double donging of the money slots (Prince Caspian, aka Stannis Baratheon) and a backwards down the hotline (loved it) comes our highlight of the night. The Ghost of Carini Baratheon. After a quick funk section we roll into an absolute fleet of some of the most blubbery peaks I’ve seen in quite some time. We could have kept this thing going, and just when it feels like its time for Jukebox Phish they rattle off a spacey (albeit, disconnected) Disease. Sneakin Sally provides one more Booyah for the kidz and we get mehalope.

    Hi, my name is DryIceFactory and I love dark whale meat. Keep boogieing, osteo centrum. Interested to see the host with the mosts review. Think this one through, Miner. Until next time.

  19. MrCompletely Says:

    Dry Ice and plord both with a little swag in the mini reviews. nice

  20. MrCompletely Says:

    game of thrones sucks though

  21. butter Says:

    Yea thx for the ground reports gents

  22. MattyMatte Says:

    Those fish tacos were the tits! Thats all I have to say about that!

  23. MrCompletely Says:

    that was just me doing my @df impression btw

  24. butter Says:

    “Story of the Ghosting”

    “Called Jack instead”

    And Fish said something to the tune “your mom smelling like shit”

  25. DaNcInG fOoL Says:

    This show sucks eh

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