The Fulcrum of Fall

11.2.13 (George Estreich)

11.2.13 (George Estreich)

One of the dates everyone had circled before Fall Tour started was October 23, Phish’s return to Glens Falls Civic Center. The intimate venue in the small New York town had played host to only one Phish show before and it was one of legend. This would be the second. Close to Burlington, Vermont, Glens Falls would also be the “friends and family” show of Fall Tour—an event that often comes with added demands and pressures on the band. Atop all that, after a torrid Hampton weekend, Phish showed signs of fatigue in Rochester the previous night, dropping the ball in their shakiest performance of the year. These multiple variables had their long-awaited return to Glens Falls up in the air.

A fierce opening set seemed to set the arrow straight for the band, but it was the second set’s more creative endeavors that had given them problems in Western New York. The vibe inside the Civic Center was electric from note one, and it certainly felt like Phish could ride this energy to victory, but the truth would be told after setbreak.

10.19.13 (A. Nusinov)

10.19.13 (A.Nusinov)

In each of the first four shows, the band had opened the second set with a significant piece of improvisation, thus when they kicked down the doors of Glen Falls’ main event with “Rock and Roll,” fans strapped on their seat belts for a long-form ride. It felt like the guys had something going when Fish dropped the rock jam into half-time, but not long after the tempo slowed, they wound down into a quasi-natural ending with no real ground covered.

Very rarely does Phish start a second set with two jam vehicles without taking one of them for a ride, thus when “Seven Below” started, it seemed that the post-hiatus tune would provide our adventure of the night. Perhaps a bit hesitant from the fact that “Rock and Roll” didn’t get anywhere, the band didn’t try to bring “Seven Below” outside the box, favoring a contained and very fiery exchange. The band wove a good amount of creative playing into this anchored rendition, building back their improvisational confidence that they had lost over the past night plus a jam. And upon “Seven Below’s” conclusion, Phish crept into “Twist.”

As soon “Twist’s” first notes whispered into the arena, one knew that here would lie our gem. Phish had opened Hampton’s first second set with “Twist,” and with it sculpted a Pink Floyd-laced ambient soundscape—a clear sign of intent to resuscitate the song’s creative edge. This Glens Falls version would not only help that cause, it would become the pivot point of Fall Tour.

11.1.13 (A.Nusinov)

11.1.13 (A.Nusinov)

This time around, Phish built right out of the song’s Santana-esque jam instead of bringing the lyrics back and launching off a second jam a la Hampton. Trey accelerated the pace of this “Twist” early on and Page stuck right with him, as the band’s jamming sounded far more locked than at any point since Hampton. Minutes later, Trey and Page led a break from form, and once Fish and Mike switched up the rhythm, Phish shot into the stratosphere with a high-octane and quite atypical, mid-jam climax. And as quiet dreamscape emerged out of this peak, “Twist” oozed into its most transcendent section.

Atop atmospheric textures, Trey began playing a heart-tugging melody—a week later discovered to be from “The Line”—that came to define the final portion of the jam. As the rest of the band carefully constructed their offerings around Trey’s melody, a breathtaking exchange blossomed. Building off this thematic sequence with layers of ambient effects, the guys took their time to descend from a truly blissed out trip.

To close this set, Phish absolutely slayed an old-school version of “Harry Hood,” a piece that, unquestionably, continued the band’s now-righted improvisational path. As “Hood’s” blistering peak brought the tour’s smallest crowd to it’ highest high of the night, Phish had made it through their slight stumble and came out of Glens Fall’s with a rocket strapped to their back heading for New England. After the subsequent weekend, with only Reading and Atlantic City to go, it became very clear that Phish wouldn’t falter again. And when looking back over tour’s first week, there was no doubt that things had shifted for keeps with the Glens Fall’s “Twist.”

Boardwalk Hall (George Estreich)

Boardwalk Hall (George Estreich)


Winged-music-noteJam of the Day:

Twist” 10.23 II, Glens Falls, NY

Fall Tour’s point of solidification.

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212 Responses to “The Fulcrum of Fall”

  1. little umbrellas Says:

    not sure JG. My barritone player, (who I think Stoney Case knows, you know Chris N from the now defunct Afromassive right SC?) knows Krasno and Deitch and what not, is how i heard… who knows how Phil organizes things.. hope it comes true!

    Nice BDylan. Might as well get as much Humboldt/Trinity River, Beach and Redwoods in as possible. Real magic.

    Dance Dance!

  2. phlorida phan Says:

    Nah JG, cover was blown over a fishing story.

  3. little umbrellas Says:

    never heard Island Yem yet… hmmm. a missing yum yum eh? excellant.

  4. ren Says:

    Was it really at 555? Shoo-hoooot

  5. Rob Ford Says:


  6. MiA Says:

    Just finished a proposal that requires US resources to go to Canada and do start up and commissioning. The Canadian Tax (VAT and GST) as well as requirements that if you make more than 10K you need to file a Canadian income tax return. Ridiculous.

    Fuck Canada. Canada labor laws – keeping qualified safety engineers out of country sine 2012….

  7. Ulysses S. Wingsuit Says:

    Bet C did that on porpoise.

  8. Jerome Garcia Says:

    I cannot tell a lie…actually it was vape who pointed it out.

    Day late & a $ short that’s the story of my life phlorida. Well I finally figured it out anywy.

    Ineed I am Mr Ford. The latest about prostitues & blow…was wondering how you were going to one up yourself after bangin rocks.

  9. Jerome Garcia Says:

    ^I’m sure he did. He’s waaaaaaaaaay smarter than the average bear.

  10. Jerome Garcia Says:

    ^signed Average Bear

  11. Rob Ford Says:

    “Fuck Canada. Canada labor laws – keeping qualified safety engineers out of country sine 2012….”

    Um, you think it’s any easier for a Canadian to work in the US???…….

  12. ren Says:

    If everyone just stayed in their designated pen there would be no issue

  13. Type III Jamming Personality Disorder Says:

    looks like it might be pretty easy to fly to Toronto right now, eh, Mr. Ford?

  14. Rob Ford Says:

    I have not cheapened this city.

  15. Ulysses S. Wingsuit Says:

    Hilarious T3…and cheaper than a wingsuit!

  16. MiA Says:

    Um, you think it’s any easier for a Canadian to work in the US???…….

    Absolutely. I work on this stuff daily. The TN1 Visa is a breeze. We’ve had people on TN1 Visa’s that get approved AT THE BORDER and approved immediately. Our last Visa request to Canada took us 8 months. For someone to teach a class for 2 weeks.

  17. Rob Ford Says:

    as mayor of canada, i don’t know what you’re talking about.

  18. Jerome Garcia Says:

    Hot off the presses. Just what you’ve all be waiting for.

  19. garretcorncob Says:

    Anyone ever read any Rudyard Kipling?

    I’m about to dive into “Kim,” wondering whether or not I should be expecting any cringe-worthy Conrad-esque Imperial-era casual racism. It seems likely, given the setting and the author’s nationality and racial background, but I know very little about Kipling other than, you know, “The Jungle Book,” so…

  20. DavidSilver Says:

    Rod Blagojevich loves Kipling.

    Vagician and Black Vagic will be used for many years to cum.

  21. win butler Says:

    just looked at the arcade fire tour dates to see where we’re going

    August 8 Seattle, WA—Gorge Amphitheatre

    ^anniversary of the gorge mango. also, people will be upset if they fly to seattle thinking they are gonna see a show at the gorge.

  22. Rob Ford Says:

    so what you’re saying is that there’s no phish summer tour

  23. MiA Says:

    Do you like Kipling?

    I don’t know. I’ve never kippled.

    Kipling’s voice is aristocratic if not tiring. Written just like that. “we were married in the height of an influenza epidemic, where black horses were is such short supply the dead had to suffice with brown ones.”

  24. snow Says:

    @Rob Ford –
    Don’t you hate it when @MiA does that? Him and his ‘facts’.

  25. Whale returns Says:

    Who the hell writes a huge comment like that. What a weirdo

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