Tonight, Phish played a song that everyone in the room including them agrees is horrible, and the drummer skipped half the lyrics and then made fart noises into a vacuum cleaner before circling the stage like a disoriented puppy while his bandmates played a horrible song from the 70s. And silly as it was, this spectacle was the greatest proof you’ll ever find that Phish is the greatest band in the world.
Never miss a Sunday show. It’s the mantra that we’ve heard repeated in our community for years. Is there any truth to it? We have yet to actually do some research on the topic (waiting for @guyforgetOPT to write that article). Last night, however, it was indeed true.
There seems to be 2 patterns forming this tour that’s hard to ignore and each relates to different sets. First sets have been used almost exclusively for playing straight-forward Phish staples. The second pattern is that there’s a heck of a lot of “>”s or “->”s between songs in the second sets.
Night 1 of Northerly has garnered an interesting early reaction from the fanbase.
In real time, and immediately after the show, everyone seemed to love the second set, praising its “flow.” Cut to this morning, and people were more divided. A scan of a phish.net thread reveals terms like “weird,” “interesting,” and “had its moments” alongside the praise.
So which was it?
Because of the most slow cookie-cutter Wolfman’s, a second-slotted Devotion, and one basic version of a stand alone song after another, the first set was about as bland as a Subway Cold Cut Combo. When they returned to stage with Mike’s Song, most figured we were in for a ride. While the second set does have some highlights, it was marred by Trey’s inability to be patient with the music he and his bandmates were creating.
The opener really gave a glimpse of how the entire show would go. The Buried Alive > Twist opener is even better than it looks on paper. It was the first time of 3.0 where Buried Alive was played in its true spirit. I felt other times they played it, Trey was struggling to capture the true polished sound of its penetrating lick, hurting the energy the song is supposed create. Last night Trey nailed it.
There’s a lot that can be taken from the three-night run on Randall’s Island. We’re not just witnessing big jams though–we’re watching a man embrace his destiny. I want to avoid the now-humorous cliché in our community, “Phish is back”, so let me change it a bit: Trey is back. Welcome home.
There’s a sign that Phish has erected above the gates to the venue at Randall’s Island that reads, “WELCOME TO OUR JOY.” The wording is interesting. The decision to put “Joy” in there should raise an eyebrow. Sure, it’s a song where the band sings, “We want you to be happy” over and over, but [...]
Over our last five-or-so shows, my wife and I have developed this bit. Leaving the venue, deep in contemplation, I will abruptly turn to her and declare that the show we just saw was “The best show I’ve ever seen”. She will then laugh at me and remind me that that’s exactly what I said after the last show. I’ll go quiet again for a few more beats while considering this information, then finally respond with a decisive “Yeah, but still…”
Phish cranked their energy up to 10 to put together a high-octane show that had something for everyone. Some are saying the coverless streak is over–despite it “always being Crosseyed in Philadelphia”, this is simply NOT THE CASE! I’ll explain shortly.
This weekend Phish will be playing another three-night stand in the Windy City and PhanArt will be there for their Chicago Poster and Pin Exhibition. Click for more information…
OPT can exclusively report that Phish enlisted a roster of artists, ranging from Bon Jovi to Seal, to cover their music – before later calling the whole project off.
JEMP Records is pleased to announce that the second pressing of ‘Junta’ on vinyl will hit stores October 1, 2013. It is available for pre-order now at Phish Dry Goods.
Along with a sample track from this download, read about Phish’s unexpected concert release here plus a blurb about the concert from archivist Kevin Shapiro.
OPT’s exclusive mole at the meeting discussing the music venue (#weareeverywhere) has secured the following information on the upcoming renovations and expansion to Chicago’s Charter One Pavilion on Northerly Island
After 30 years of touring, a hiatus, a break-up, 11 studio albums (12 if you include the White Tape), several New Year’s Eve (NYE) runs, 9 festivals, and 6 Halloween album costumes, Phish is thriving. Four years after the band’s exalted return to the stage, the Phish community is thriving and possibly hungrier than ever. [...]
I get that New Year’s Eve in New York City is prime time to make money, but I think it comes at the misfortune of fans. Many fans will not stop going to shows and will likely buy ridiculously marked up tickets, but many fans will not.
As tour winds and leg two comes to a close capping a stellar summer of Phish, I can’t help myself from thinking about all the shows I missed. Who knew moving to a new city and going through a major life transition would make catching shows so difficult.
We’re now at about the halfway point between the two legs of summer tour. We at OPT wanted to give enough time for the dust to settle after the first leg so we didn’t offer opinions that may be emotional rather than logical.
The funk is resembling the ’97 funk in some places. Don’t shake your head–it does. Take the most glaring example: Atlantic City’s Tube.
setlist provided by Phish.net