…And That’s a Wrap

11.2.13 (Jake Silco)

11.2.13 (Jake Silco)

Phish punctuated their best tour of the modern era on Saturday, playing a hot show in Atlantic City’s Boardwalk Hall—a room that gained a ton of all-time stature in band history this past weekend. Though Saturday’ night’s jams didn’t quite elevate to the levels we saw in AC’s first two shows, the guys still put on an incredibly fun and entertaining performance that had significant highlights in both sets. To cap a historic weekend, the guys threw an end-of-tour party that served as a celebration of all that has transpired over the past, magical fortnight.

11/2 Official (D.Mumford)

11/2 Official (D.Mumford)

After two balls-out performances, Phish opened up Saturday’s show with a conventional run of songs, beginning with a “Wilson” opener and carrying through a sixth-song “Funky Bitch.” But when the band started up “46 Days,” the vibe of the show turned on a dime. Playing a heat-seeking version of the blues-rocker, Phish injected all sorts of energy into their audience while elevating the musicality of the show in an instant. What happened next, however—in the middle of the first set—was my highlight of the entire show.

Just as the band was wrapping up “Theme From the Bottom,” Page began hitting a rhythm on his clav, and his bandmates caught on in an instant. Trey assumed his role of groove conductor on rhythm guitar, while Fish and Mike formed an instant pocket, transforming the concert into Dance Party USA. We all hopped in the DeLorean and set the date to 1998, and when we arrived at our destination, the band threw down a quintessential late-90’s funk jam that was laced with humor, taboot. Spinning the room like a gyroscope, the band locked into a groove and immediately set the show afire. This jam would be the most hooked up the band was all night, as the funk was deep as all get out. Over this crack groove, Trey began a stand-up comedy routine, asking Fish who his least favorite president and second least favorite president were, and what his favorite beer was, to all three of which  Fish answered “Bush.” Reprising the antics from Friday’s “kush under my bush” version of “Makisupa,” the guys engaged in a classicly Phishy maneuver as they blew our minds and busted our guts simultaneously.

11.2.13 (A.Nusinov)

11.2.13 (A.Nusinov)

The first set had caught fire at it’s halfway point, and the band’s momentum carried right through the end of the frame. Gordon’s “Yarmouth Road” and a tight “Limb by Limb” set the table for a ferocious set-closing “Mike’s Groove” that popped on both sides of a “Hydrogen” connector. With one set left to go in tour, things seemed lined up for another huge frame of Phish.

When the dust settled on the main event, however, the band had clearly given it their all, but their jams didn’t quite get “there” throughout the second set—a solid frame of B+ Phish. This is not to knock what happened, as the Saturday’s set was very enjoyable, but, rather to differentiate Sunday’s second set from the monumental improvisation to which we have bore witness this tour. The band was not sloppy at all, they just weren’t as cosmically hooked up as they have been since Glens Falls. Let’s check out what happened.

The band selected “Down With Disease” to open the second set for the second time in four shows, using their anthem as a way to bid adieu to the road for the time being. Fishman maintained a driving rhythm throughout most of this set-opening jam, lending a upbeat vibe to the entire piece. The guys found their way into a couple interesting places, but, as previously mentioned, when this “Disease” ended, it never had reached the sacred ground we have been experiencing on a nightly basis this fall. Instead, the jam plateaued at a certain, melody-anchored, point, and when Trey felt like it was time, the band dissolved into “Piper.”

11.2.13 (George Estreich)

11.2.13 (George Estreich)

Something happened during “Piper” that proves—beyond all else—that Trey is the true motivating factor behind the “Woo!” As the band hit a break in a full-steam version, part of the audience let out a meager “Woo!” Before anyone knew it, Trey took the cue from his congregation and formed a stop/start jam to facilitate crowd participation. But if this musical gesture wasn’t enough to prove his love for the “Woo,” at one of these breaks, Trey enthusiastically instructed the audience to “Take off your patches!” This was in reference to a comical ad in Halloween’s Phishbill for “Woo-x,” patches to help fans curb their addiction to and urge to “Woo!” Thus Trey’s move came as pure comedy—kind of. When this short but fiery “Piper” jam came to a close, the band exhaled via “Roggae.”

10.31.13 (J.Silco)

10.31.13 (J.Silco)

One could feel the oncoming “Tweezer,” as the band didn’t have many central jam vehicles left to play. Instead of dropping right into their gooey launchpad, however, Trey elected to set the table with a gorgeous mid-set “Waves.” Though the guys would leave their jamming for “Tweezer,” Trey unleashed a poignant guitar solo in the post-hiatus piece that whispered to our souls. As the band hit the “On the wind and under water” refrain, Trey dripped in the opening lick to “Tweezer,” a move that brought a roar from the crowd and ushered in the last jam of Fall 2013.

Dialing in their efforts, Phish engaged in a proficient groove outing that provided us a final opportunity to let loose on the dance floor. Though this version wouldn’t morph into transcendence like Tahoe’s, Hampton’s or Hartford’s, it certainly served its purpose as the dance centerpiece of the second set and whipped the audience into a liquid frenzy. After the jam’s initial groove segment, it meandered for a few, before the guys locked into a latter segment of more eclectic—though still rhythmically focused—interplay. When the band settled, seemingly having expressed the totality of their ideas, Trey made the move for “Julius.”

10.31.13 (J.Silco)

10.31.13 (J.Silco)

Rocking renditions of “Julius” and “Number Line” brought the set to its set closing slot, and if I were a betting man, I’d have wagered a fair chunk of change on a tour-ending “You Enjoy Myself.” But instead, Trey made a left turn for “Character Zero,” a move that he made summer to punctuate huge musical events. And Atlantic City’s three-night run was most certainly a gargantuan musical event in the Phish universe.

Over this fall tour, Phish has hooked up in a way we haven’t seen in over a decade, and the musical results have been nothing short of staggering. Bringing the goods on a nightly basis, Phish tour has developed a buzz that it hasn’t had since the late-90’s. Everyone—the band members and audience, alike—have been living the dream the way it’s supposed to go. At this point, the story of our Vermont super-heroes has totally course-corrected in a way few ever thought possible. Not only has Phish been jamming like at no point in this era, but they hit the “Reset” button in a huge way over the weekend with a slate of new songs that will pave the way for the years to come. As the band steps into the studio this week with the momentum and magic from an unforgettable tour in tow, I think we are bound to see one of the greatest—if not the best—studio efforts of their career. And when they emerge in a couple of months at Madison Square Garden, I suspect we will experience a full-annihilation Holiday Run like none in the modern era. Though the past five years since 2009 have been an incredible journey, the payoff for our work and dedication has finally arrived. Fall 2013 will go down in history as one of the most prolific tours in the band’s career, with its duration being its only limiting factor. The music is better than ever and light is still growing ever brighter now. It’s a good time to be a Phish fan.

I: Wilson, Rift, Ocelot, Water in the Sky, Sample in a Jar, Funky Bitch, 46 Days, Theme From the Bottom*, Yarmouth Road, Limb By Limb, Mike’s Song > I Am Hydrogen > Weekapaug Groove

II: Down with Disease > Piper > Roggae, Waves > Tweezer > Julius, Backwards Down the Number Line, Character Zero

E: Sleeping Monkey > Tweezer Reprise

* “Shaft” jam

Atlantic City (Jake Silco)

Atlantic City (Jake Silco)

2,223 Responses to “…And That’s a Wrap”

  1. ren Says:

    Get a older CJ7 DrP!!!!

  2. bob dylan Says:

    http://tinypic.com/r/2ewlerl/5

    ^at least I’m committed.

  3. MiA Says:

    Toyotas have done me very well. That may have changed from 2001.

  4. little umbrellas Says:

    Vaperaham Lincoln. no one has the rights to give or revoke your card but you.
    as far as I can tell, you’re one bad card carrying motha (shut your mouth!)
    But I was only talkin about Vape!

  5. Dr Pronoia Says:

    Buy new over leasing? Not sure I’ll have the cash to buy new along with everything that’s coming up

    What’s a CJ7?

  6. MrCompletely Says:

    start shopping here http://www.reddit.com/r/Shitty_Car_Mods/top/

    if it breaks you can always get good advice here http://www.reddit.com/r/askashittymechanic

  7. bob dylan Says:

    if you’re going to lease, at least consider the option of buying after the 2 or 3 years. don’t let them negotiate the monthly cost. thats how they get you. consider the final cost to purchase, have them break it into your time frame and go with the best apr you can.

    at that point you could buy it at the end and it would still give you the option not to.

  8. little umbrellas Says:

    yeah last car I bought was a 83 BMW. that was a couple years ago and it still drives like a champ. $2000.

  9. MrCompletely Says:

    you can get a good deal on a Pontiac Aztec I hear

  10. bob dylan Says:

    the car salesmen really push the “what do you want to pay each month” and then you look at it as compared to buying and getting payment options. they will get you to pay a few grand more cause you thought the monthly amount was what mattered.

  11. Dr Pronoia Says:

    Fuck I’m fucked. Barely understand a word of that, bob d. The suburbs are going to be the death of me. No time for steep learning curve with twins around the corner either…

  12. Exree Hipp Says:

    10/31/13 Carini video up now at vimeo.com/phish. I don’t see it on their YouTube page yet. What a jam.

  13. snow Says:

    @DrP- Used Subaru Legacy Sedan. Find a mechanic that works on them to let you know what to avoid or check consumer reports (some of them have engine problems).
    that said, for snow + ice: AWD/4WD < snow tires < snow tires + AWD/4WD. so if snow/ice is a concern, snow tires make a bigger difference then AWD.

    Used camry/corrolla with snow tires also works.

  14. MrCompletely Says:

    a non BS reddit link

    http://www.reddit.com/search?q=car+buying

    spend an hour reading in there and I bet you will learn a lot. seriously

  15. MrCompletely Says:

    e.g. http://www.reddit.com/r/IAmA/comments/1330qv/im_a_car_buying_expert_and_author_of_honest_guide/

  16. oldskool Says:

    yo C. Finally grabbed those couple of things off of DB. Sorry about the ridiculously long wait but wanted to let you know so you could delete them.

  17. ren Says:

    CJ7 is an older model Jeep. If its just for you and hitting the commuter rail you couldn’t ask for anything better/more fun. Becomes a great little “toy” when not being used for commuting. Can scoop one up for a few $k. Engine and mechanics so simple even I can work on it.

    I love mine…1983 with 56k miles and runs like a champ.

  18. MiA Says:

    JG, MN is -2.5 at home. They usually give ya 3 points for home field so I think it’s a toss up right now. Penn State hasn’t been doing so well on the road, and for once MN fans are getting behind their team. Which helps.

    They blew a huge lead against Indiana, so there is that too. Barely won on a questionable call on a lateral vs. a fumble.

  19. joe Says:

    why does mike look so sullen?

    http://phish.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/11/P0C3710edit.jpg

  20. MiA Says:

    ’83 with 56k miles is an infant. Amazing.

  21. bob dylan Says:

    i took mine to a subaru dealership to have them look at it before i bought it. they didn’t find any issues. then i drove it for a week and it overheated. notorious head gasket shit. i took it to them specifically because i was concerned about the head gasket.

    i asked them to help with cost, nope.

    some links that will school you and really help you angle:
    http://www.truecar.com
    http://www.edmunds.com/car-leasing/

  22. MrCompletely Says:

    many things trouble the mind of Don Gordleone that occur not to lesser men, @joe

    thx @oldskool

  23. MiA Says:

    Joe, watching the Webcasts, Mike looked scorned and treated like a 4th wheel. That pic even more so.

    Not a lot of fight bell ringing going on this last weekend.

  24. MiA Says:

    That blows Bob D. Seriously. Gotta wonder about that dealer/mechanic relationship there.

  25. joe Says:

    I did notice during slave that he was having technical difficulties and was getting pissed while the tech was tying to fix it. maybe he was still stewing over that.

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