Albany—Twelve-Thirteen

12.13.1997

Fourteen years ago tonight, Phish stepped on stage in Albany, New York, and finished one of the most creative and well-loved tours of their career. Each and every night brought a new musical assault on the audience, and this night would be the last. Following a gritty and exploratory second set of Albany’s opening show, the band threw down a celebratory set of anthems to conclude a tour that fans still celebrate to this day.

The meat of the second half is a full throttle romp through “Ghost,” “Mike’s” and “Llama.” After “Ghost” had been such an extravagant vehicle of groove throughout the tour, Phish gradually built this jam into a seething excursion that favored a shreddier path. And as “Ghost” wound down, Phish wound up another heavy-hitter of the season, “Mike’s Song.” Splashing into ballistic Fall ’97 stop/start funk around the comical, in-jam banter, “Bring In the Dude!” the guys alternated solos during the breaks and absolutely blew the roof of The Knick with adrenalized musical fury and one of the more energetic band-audience exchanges in memory. The end of such a legendary tour would not go quietly into the night.

Building the jam into dirty, clav-painted rock textures, the band then took it way down before bursting back into the piece at a breakneck pace. Taking their head of steam into an aggressive jam that saw its way out of “Mike’s” structure, the band was playing not like it was their last night of tour, but as if it was the last night of their lives. Building into a quickened pattern, Trey took the idea and turned it into a scorching mid-second set “Llama.” Phish finished the set with the more uplifting playing of “Weekapaug -> Catapult -> “Weekapaug” and “Harry Hood,” and although Fall ‘97 was finally over, the community was shits and giggles after a month of the best music we’d ever heard from the band. And New Year’s Run was only two weeks away…

I: Ya Mar > Axilla > Theme From the Bottom, Ginseng Sullivan, Strange Design, Sample in a Jar, Vultures, Tube, Good Times Bad Times

II: NICU, Punch You In the Eye, Ghost > Mike’s Song -> Llama, When the Circus Comes, Weekapaug Groove -> Catapult -> Weekapaug Groove, Harry Hood

E: My Soul, The Squirming Coil

=====

Jam of the Day:

Ghost > Mike’s -> Llama” 12.13.97 II

Phish brought it home in Albany and this sequence provided the dark meat of the set

[audio:http://phishthoughts.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/12/ph1997-12-13d2t03-Ghost.mp3,http://phishthoughts.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/12/ph1997-12-13d2t04-Mikes-Song.mp3,http://phishthoughts.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/12/ph1997-12-13d2t05-Llama.mp3]

***

Sand” 12.13.99 II

And while we are celebrating anniversaries, this big-time “Sand” dropped in Providence 12 years ago, tonight.

[audio:http://phishthoughts.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/12/15-Sand-12.13.99.mp3] Tags:

1,005 Responses to “Albany—Twelve-Thirteen”

  1. Tom Says:

    I thought the PA cut out was planned

  2. halcyon Says:

    Thanks Tela’s!

  3. Mr palmer Says:

    Wilson Chandler still on Nuggets? I liked his game when he was on Knicks. Good, young talent, should be peaking next few years.

  4. MrCompletely Says:

    Wilson Chandler was a Knick again last season actually. Was only with the Nugs for a season.

  5. albert walker Says:

    In my Wook days I rocked the retro NBA hoodie that just had Blazers written on the front

    Damn I was cool

  6. stapes Says:

    @halcyon – futurebaby is the coolest name I’ve heard for a kid in awhile. I’m glad you and the Mrs decided on that 😉

  7. Jtran Says:

    BB

    Thoughts on the Heavy Pets? Playing Nectars tonight for $10. Would probably only go catch the first set (do they only play one set)?

    Looks like they generally play larger venues, I think.

  8. MrCompletely Says:

    I think Futurebaby is the name of one of Andre 3000’s kids

    you ever do any business with that Hurd cat from the Bears, @aw? sounds like he swings mad weight

  9. lumpyhead Says:

    Hey, speaking of memes…

    a while back there was a meme about the Gorge Rock and roll… that used a still from that movie the Rock was in…escape to witch mountain I believe.

    Point me in its direction!

  10. albert walker Says:

    He’s a schwag daddy

    Lbs of herbs were $450

    Nice to know someone is puffing the but brown still

  11. Mr. Palmer Says:

    Wilson Chandler was in the Melo deal. Not sure how he made it back on the knicks.

  12. MrCompletely Says:

    “Leave it to the Clippers to finally become a contender during the same year for which the Mayans predicted an apocalypse.”

    Bill Simmons FTW

  13. MrCompletely Says:

    yeah those 450 elbows are attracting a lot of amused comment

  14. Mr. Palmer Says:

    That 6/20/04 new source Spac show sounds pretty good. Realize its an LP release, but i was never a fan of those 2.0 official releases, quality wise. This is better iMO.

  15. kayatosh Says:

    on weed wars that high end grower sells his lbs for 4k. 450/lb. sounds redic. you need to cough up 30 more just for a z of the kind where my buddy’s from.

  16. kayatosh Says:

    episode 3 tonight at 10 PM.

  17. MrCompletely Says:

    well if you’re really, truly talking 1k lbs you would get a pretty deep discount

    but I have no knowledge of that reality anymore so I have no idea how much

  18. MrCompletely Says:

    4k is real, real high in todays world though…

    ” i was never a fan of those 2.0 official releases, quality wise”

    no doubt, they mostly suck…some more than others…those SPAC ones are not among the worst. sadly the feb ’03 are probly the flattest and there are some bomb shows from that month

  19. kayatosh Says:

    the name juan howard also got us stoner fucks riled up back in the college days. interesting that he has played on both the nuggets and the blazers.

    also back in the college days the chief getting busted for herbage was big news

  20. Mr. Palmer Says:

    You can still smoke herb in the NBA, right? It’s not even part of the drug testing program as far as I know. Maybe this has changed with the new CBA? I have no idea.

  21. Mr. Palmer Says:

    I remember when Parrish got busted. That dude looked blazed all the time on the court. Good for him.

    Anyone see the 30/30 on Chris Herren? This crazy bastard was playing for the Celts high as a kite of dope. Even met his dealer on the street corner by the Boston Garden waiting to score 15 minutes before gametime…..in his fucking warmups! Imagine strolling up to the game and seeing this kid pacing , checking the time, waiting for the pusherman?

    BTW- it is a great documentary…seriously good.

  22. Mike in Austin Says:

    Jay Stoner was the QB for the Wyoming Cowboys college football. Great name.

  23. albert walker Says:

    A grade indoor is 4 to 42 for single elbows in Chicago

    workier B grade nor cal 35
    You can still work zips at 400 for A grade all day

  24. MrCompletely Says:

    the Herren doc was amazing. good stuff

    yeah AFAIK you can still totally get away with blazing in the NBA. they only test you if you’ve been busted, I think

    Pretty sure practically everyone on the late 80s Celtics except Bird was a huge stoner. I know Walton brought his legendary herb connections (via GD road crew) to the team.

  25. MrCompletely Says:

    the Herren doc was amazing. good stuff

    yeah AFAIK you can still totally get away with blazing in the NBA. they only test you if you’ve been busted, I think

    Pretty sure practically everyone on the late 80s Celtics except Bird was a huge stoner. I know Walton brought his legendary herb connections (via GD road crew) to the team.

Leave a Reply