Look, The Storm’s Gone!

7.22.13 (Jake Silco)

7.22.13 (Jake Silco)

Phish closed a totally surreal, weather-tortured weekend in Chicago with a high energy throwdown on Sunday night centered on both music and antics. The second set encompassed all of the elements that make up Phish—to-die-for open jamming in “Energy > Ghost,” a Gamehendge composition in “Lizards,” a prank within a “Harpua” narration, and a smoking contained jam in “Antelope” to close things out. Following a mediocre performance on Saturday, Phish capped the insane three-night run with a signature performance in the Midway.

7/21 Official (R. Kelly)

7/21 Official (R. Kelly)

Playing their second version of “Energy” in four shows, the guys opened up the jam considerably beyond Alpharetta’s revelation, pointing clearly to the emergence of the next preeminent jam vehicle in the Phish universe. And what a jam it is, containing a little something for everyone. Starting off in a wah groove, “Energy’s” path contains infectious rhythms while giving way to wide open cathartic playing and eventually ending with a spiritually haunting voyage into ambient space. Opening up a new galaxy of improvisational possibility, “Energy” is the best thing to hit the rotation since “Light” debuted at Fenway Park in ’09. By the end of the summer—and two more versions that diverge from structure—we will be looking at the new jump off for fall tour.

At the conclusion of “Energy,” the band dissolved into “Ghost,” finally dropping the second version of tour that had been looming since Merriweather. In terms of adventure, there’s nothing quite like Phish merging two open jams like they did last night. Instead of reeling the audience back to earth with a “landing pad” song, they kept everyone in orbit while amping up the intensity of the show considerably. The band continued to dish out the goods in this rhythmically dynamic “Ghost,” passing through beautiful and intricate sections, and sounding like they might follow Mike’s lead into “Seven Below.” Trey, however, steered the jam into “Lizards,” capping the opening triumvirate with the Gamehendge classic. And then things got silly.

7.22.13 (J.Silco)

7.22.13 (J.Silco)

With all of the crazy rain storms that have plagued Phish tour this summer, fans have been expecting to hear “Harpua,” with its iconic line “Look, the storm’s gone!,” for quite some time now. But Phish waited for the absolute perfect place to drop their elusive tale. Sunday night’s first set had to be cut short due to a torrential downpour over the city, and most fans waited it out in the unbelievable conditions. But believe it or not, deep into an extended setbreak, things started to clear up! Thus, when the “Oom Pah Pahs” signaled the first “Harpua” in two years, the place absolutely went bonkers.

And then came the prank. The band had planted actors in the crowd to look like fans, so when called up on stage during “Harpua’s” narration, everyone—for at least a bit—thought some fans were having a dream come true. The Second City troupe went on to tell Trey that they had actually been there for the Harpua versus Poster Nutbag fight, and that Trey had been telling the story wrong. At this point, I thought Trey had found the most tripped out fans on lot, but in the end the actors and the band had prepared an entire comedy act that provided a brief mindfuck at the same time.

7.20.13 (WCProductions)

7.20.13 (WCProductions)

The skit was funny and when the band brought back the “Harpua” music, fans began anticipating what might come next in this monster set. But then Trey passed the mic to Gordon. Launching into a second “Harpua” story, Mike wove a genuinely funny tale, but now the audience had been standing around for almost twenty minutes in the middle of the second set and things started to drag. When the guys finally wrapped up the sought after rarity, the crowd roared and the band responded with a second go at “Antelope” after the rains put the kibosh on the first set closer. Coming full circle in another smoking contained jam, the band sealed their most complete Chicago show with their favorite set closer of the summer.

Years from now, when fans think back on Northerly Island 2013 the predominant memories will surround the unprecedented weather that bombarded the shows for three days straight. Filled with enough moments over the first two to make them complete, the Friday and Saturday’s Northerly Island performances, were—creatively speaking—a step below the rest of tour. But on Sunday night in Chicago, the band bounced back with a vengeance in a memorable show that nobody in attendance will ever forget.

First Set Notes: The strongest first set of Chicago opened with the bust out of “Dinner and a Movie,” while containing superb versions of “Maze” and “Bathtub Gin.” These two pieces of improve—specifically “Gin”—anchored the set while high energy selections and sharp playing, less “Mound,” filled it out.

I: Dinner and a Movie, AC/DC Bag > Maze, Mound, Funky Bitch, Bathtub Gin, Wilson, Water in the Sky, Boogie On Reggae Woman,  Run Like an Antelope*

II: Energy > Ghost -> The Lizards, Harpua, Run Like an Antelope

E: Character Zero

*rains came and the band was forced off stage

7.22.13 (Jake Silco)

7.22.13 (Jake Silco)

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1,370 Responses to “Look, The Storm’s Gone!”

  1. bouncin fan Says:

    just realized on my dabbed out dog walk maybe our section seemed lame other than my crew cuz it was fuckin pouring for hours straight and then fuckin freezin balls

    gonna give the old fat dudes and new schoolers and pass on that one

    everyone I know was not only very high but pretty sure most of us are clinically insane.

    it was fuckin cold at setbreak. fuck.

  2. Joe Says:

    Df with the 4 ft freak and iron shiek? 2 of my all time favorites.

  3. jp Says:

    1972 born at the right time & enjoy whatever time is left in whatever ways possible is my motto

    seeing as many phish shows at the gorge as possible = smaht

    Thought I could get you to come to Yarmouth Road
    Hang with the bees and buzz in the honeycomb
    All I ever wanted you to do was to come on home
    Hang with the bees and buzz in the honeycomb

    world is going to pot pholks! what do you do 3x a day, every day and now that is all’fuuuuuuuuuuhked up with agri-chem sheeat in the food system, factory farms, gmos, seriously crazy time in the world yo

  4. kayatosh Says:

    summer 2013 — resurrection of the flagships – Hood, Slave, Bowie, YEM, SOAM

    the world is a fabulous place. keep love in your heart

  5. Joe Says:

    5 ft freak. (Whiskey drunk here)

  6. MiA Says:

    Interesting article. Bees are dying, the world is ending.

    “Read This Next: 3D printed rocket engines could make space travel cheaper”

    Hoping Gorge gets the vaunted:

    Set 1:

    Gin, Jim, Limb, Fee, Free beginning.

  7. jdub Says:

    Yes Kaya!

  8. MiA Says:

    “it was fuckin pouring for hours straight and then fuckin freezin balls”

    That did have an effect on morale amongst the people I was with.

    Gonna puff and dog walk. I like that idea.

  9. Mr. Palmer Says:

    fuck…Pnc Crosseyed….

  10. Mr. Palmer Says:

    Almost had to take one for the team and see Bon Jovi at Giants Stadium… luckily I don’t have to..

  11. kayatosh Says:

    listening to summer 2013 tour like a junkie. Alpharetta PYITE – $$+. Fishman!

    the way fishman is drumming these days is reason enough to get on board.

    after a quick spin of the gorge, no more phish for me til BGCA. a few days to get horny for it again.

  12. gavinsdad Says:

    JP getting revved up. get some. go find the BB terrace. wasn’t a thing in 09 but i know a bunch of people on here have been raging up there past few visits since 09. my friend chris just jettisoned his girlfriend and is looking forward to terrace time.

    pretty sure folks from here found the portal last time during Roggae…def during the RNR.

  13. kayatosh Says:

    sometimes you get a fresh start; don’t miss the chance.

  14. gavinsdad Says:

    and anyone looking to find that portal at the Gorge or Tahoe or BGCA can say hello to Tommy. a handful of you know him by now. he has the key.

  15. gavinsdad Says:

    and he has short hair, kinda like a narc.

  16. jdub Says:

    GOTV got swamped today with rain. The main field has got to be flooded. Finally cool after weeks of melting heat but an ominous start to my favorite music festival. Heading down tomorrow night.

  17. kayatosh Says:

    signing up for BGCA doorway. it’s time

  18. BingosBrother Says:

    Waves of people
    Come and they go
    Shine for a while
    In this marvelous show

    Praise music

  19. jdub Says:

    Just dove into Chicago Piper. Wish me luck

  20. gavinsdad Says:

    bingos sent u mail earlier. get back when you have a moment. no rush.

  21. MiA Says:

    Slick, if you’re out there, I have an extra pair of Wednesday Tahoes.

  22. jdub Says:

    Chi Piper jam starts out in space very similar to the final peak of JB ’10 number line. Not a bad way to start a jam. Band pulling out tricks from all over the place.

  23. jdub Says:

    I think chicago 2 set II is my fave of summer. Just super hot playing with micro bursts all over. And the Piper>Slave closer. When do you ever see that type of jamming in the second to last song of a set these days? Never, that’s when.

  24. jdub Says:

    But usually the last thing I listened to is my favorite this summer.

  25. kayatosh Says:

    spac DWD — $$$

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