The Conclusion of The Crown

11.21.09 (Photo: Wendy Rogell)

11.21.09 (Photo: Wendy Rogell)

Sometimes one set can kick Phish into gear, and Friday night’s blowout seemed to do just that, as the band came back Saturday on fire from note one, triumphantly capping their first two-night stand of the fall. Using a far more balanced effort than either previous show, the band spread their jams over both sets, creating a fully engaging evening from start to finish. Completely settled into the arena groove, Phish put together another devastating second-set combo in “Rock And Roll > Ghost > If I Could,” but the jam of the show may have come before setbreak in the blissfully insanity of “Split Open and Melt.”

11.21.09 (W.Rogell)

11.21.09 (W.Rogell)

All of their jams, composed or otherwise, have been kicked up a notch since stepping indoors, and the first “Wolfman’s” of the tour held true to this pattern. As Trey picked lead lines over the band’s chunky groove, this version evolved into a smooth-operating dance-session to get the show underway in earnest. With jazzy grooves aplenty, the band got their improvisational chops warmed-up early on Saturday night. Following what has become a rather standard piece in “Ocelot,” the band dipped into their Halloween costume for the first time, breaking out the heavy favorite from “Exile” to remain in rotation,”Torn and Frayed.” Sounding even sharper than during their now-renowned cover set, Phish nailed a similar-length version that sounded sweeter than ever. Needing a new cover song oh-so-badly, the band chose a winner that fits their current style perfectly. A welcome addition to the catalog, look for a this one to open up a second set at some point this tour, leading into an extended piece of improv.

11.21.09 (W.Rogell)

11.21.09 (W.Rogell)

But the no-brainer jam of the set – and, in my opinion, standout piece of the evening – came a few songs later with an utterly mind-numbing “Split.” Moving through multiple phases of creative jamming, Phish progressed through a sublime melodic build before arriving at a menacing musical dungeon. Increasing in both intensity and abstraction, the band created one of the most incredible musical moments of ’09. Patiently molding a lasting psychedelic masterpiece, the band nailed the change back into the “Split” jam with ridiculous accuracy, exploding into the groove. A most outrageous piece of music, this is one that needs to be heard to be believed.

After coming down from the madness with a soft musical pillow of “Dirt” and a “Limb” that featured incredibly lyrical soloing by Trey, the band soared into a set ending “Antelope.” Showcasing the overwhelming guitar mastery of Big Red’s fall tour thus far, he drove this “Antelope” into smithereens with his retro-machine gun style that has recently emerged. Ending the first half on an incredibly high note, the band finally played a far-reaching opening set that contained more than one pieces of legit improv for the first time this tour.

11.21.09 (W.Rogell)

11.21.09 (W.Rogell)

On the first Saturday night of fall, Phish broke out one of their most popular openers in “Rock and Roll,” pleasing all in attendance with the cover-turned-type-II journey. Moving out of the blistering rock jam, the band broke things down into a series of percussive grooves that turned the music far more interesting and dancable. Naturally moving int  a textured canvas of rhythmic communication, the band carried some distinct momentum into this second portion of the jam. But as things moved forward they only got more intriguing as the band entered a third plane – a deeply inspiring ambient section likening alien intervention. Harnessing the power of the other side, the band had moved from rock to groove to all-out psychedelia before morphing into “Ghost.” Bouncing with the rediscovered indoor energy, Trey led the band in a high-octane version that picked up the pace from its summer incarnations. Another example of his uncompromising play in Cincinnati, Trey crushed this version with an extended series of stunning leads that varied from the fiery to the melodic. Without getting far out there, this “Ghost” absolutely smoked, providing a jolt of adrenaline, that coupled with “Rock and Roll,” created – potentially – the most creative segment of tour thus far.

11.20.09 (W.Rogell)

11.20.09 (W.Rogell)

After a searing peak to a period of full-on jamming, the band dripped into a surprise landing point of “If I Could.” Maintaining the rearranged, more delicate, format from its Jones Beach return, the band collectively wove a gorgeous musical fabric that tickled the soul. This first half of the set presented us with one of the most engaging segments of improv this run; a tour that is slowly shaping up as the return of the well-oiled monster we once knew. At this point, the band turned to a series of singles to close out the show for the weekend crowd. Highlighted by a magnificent, multi-peaking “Caspian,” and a short but sweet “2001,” the band killed this run of songs despite the lack of any real jamming.

Building on an incredible two nights at the Crown, we make the quick turn-around up to Syracuse for the tour’s smallest show. With 8,000 people on a Sunday night, things are looking quite bright for tonight. I’ve got bags to pack. See you there!

I: Wilson, NICU, Wolfman’s Brother, Ocelot, Torn and Frayed, Strange Design, Ginseng Sullivan, Albuquerque, Split Open and Melt, Dirt, Limb By Limb, Run Like an Antelope

II: Rock and Roll > Ghost > If I Could, Backwards Down the Number Line, Prince Caspian, Suzy Greenberg, 2001 > The Squirming Coil

E: Sleeping Monkey, Axilla

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639 Responses to “The Conclusion of The Crown”

  1. Mitch Says:

    you guys are on it calling these songs. gtbt. way to go everybody

  2. Henry Says:

    first one song encore of the tour?

  3. BrandonKayda Says:

    is this it?

  4. BrandonKayda Says:

    this is an odd jam

  5. BrandonKayda Says:

    darkness much?

    and big trey peak!

  6. Lycanthropist Says:

    they are really goin for it on every song this tour

  7. BrandonKayda Says:

    great show

  8. BrandonKayda Says:

    Phish still pn?

  9. BTB Says:

    Cuse show is looking pretty smoking.

    Disclaimer: I haven’t listened to the No Spoiler for Cinci II, but if there is a fool yelling “YES, YES, YES, FINALLY, YES” during the opening chords to Albuquerque, sorry about that…got a little carried away!

    Can’t wait to talk about these shows in the morning and look back on what you’ll have written.

    Once again. Met some great people from this board over the course of the first 3 shows. Thank you – all of whom are A+ positive people. Hope you guys enjoyed the Christmas Ale!! Peace

  10. BeantownBoy Says:

    Damn straight better play some Patsy Kline to chill people out after that craziness.

    3 days till Philly for me!

    Good night, all.

  11. Robear Says:

    whOa, you all asked for it!

    screaming. can’t wait for the write-up. FWIW, the ‘stream’ was like listening from the Waterwheel Booth in the concourse.

  12. Mr. Completely Says:

    way to discourage volunteerism R

  13. BrandonKayda Says:

    Set One
    David Bowie
    Kill Devil Falls
    Lawn Boy
    Heavy Things
    Funky Bitch
    Sample In A Jar
    Boogie On Reggae Woman
    Let Me Lie
    Beauty Of A Broken Heart

    Set Two
    Drowned >
    Twist >
    Piper >
    Big Black Furry Creatures From Mars
    Theme From The Bottom
    The Horse >
    Silent In The Morning
    Character Zero >
    First Tube

    Good Times Bad Times

    What a night. Thanks folks, Phish 3.0 has a name now. Fall Tour will forever been seen as the rebirth of Phish!

  14. Robear Says:

    Phish Destroys America, Part Deux

  15. Robear Says:

    Oh man, I meant it as a positive thing re: the stream. I guess it back fired.

  16. beepaphone Says:

    FDA…It’s happening

  17. BrandonKayda Says:

    Man, that second set was read-iccc! Drowned->Twist->Piper->BBFCFM->TUBE? Get out.

    Every second set so far this tour has been nasty, and the first sets are turning into monsters of their own. Bowie/Julius opener? You’re kidding.

    Phish 3.0 is shaping into the monster we all knew it could be; what a change indoor venues bring! I absolutely cannot wait for MSG->NYE, Phish will be in complete form by then.

    I am loving every minute of these shows.

  18. gus Says:

    WOW what a night that was! It is because of phish that I end up staying up when I usually go to bed, and because of that, I am really tired and CANNOT wait to hear the show tomorrow! night everybody!

  19. beepaphone Says:

    Phish Alters the Universe!

    Detroit show followed by Lions victory

    Cincy show followed by Bengals loss…to Oakland.

  20. BrandonKayda Says:

    Goodnight people….I got to be on the bus to school by 6:30 tomorrow, wake up around 5…..WORTH IT!

  21. beepaphone Says:

    New Gen of educated Phish fans=golden.

  22. Hunter Says:

    Set II looks fun, can’t wait to hear it!

  23. Phish...Yup Says:

    God damn I can’t wait to give this one a listen tomrrow and for Philly on Tuesday!

  24. Mitch Says:

    So lost took a while to get rolling but I’m into it now. Should be near the end of season 1. Wish Charlie didn’t cap that fool. I wanted to know what his story was. Stupid cliffhangers.

  25. Thomas Says:

    I won’t be able to go to Miami. Anybody want my tickets?

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