Wednesday 08/05/2015 by pzerbo

NASHVILLE SKYLINE: GREATEST HITZ

On Tuesday night Phish’s summer tour descended on the brand new, 6,800-capacity Ascend Amphitheater in downtown Nashville, TN. The Nashville Skyline form the backdrop and the gentle arches of the Korean Veteran’s Memorial Bridge spanning the Cumberland River in the background frame this gorgeous spot in Nashville’s West Riverfront Park. This was Phish’s 26th performance in the state of Tennessee, the first since 6/10/12 Bonnaroo; it was Phish’s fourth in Nashville, though the first in almost twenty years since 11/29/95 at the Municipal Auditorium.

Reports from the brand new venue were universally positive. Seats were just folding chairs on grass and were not permanently affixed, and none of the seats were yet numbered barring the first one in row, as if details were still being added. Most of the staff were laid back and accommodating, and the facilities were so fresh that they had "new car smell." The venue acoustics was unusually pristine – crisp and bright – offering the best of both worlds, with wide open and full sound like the best outdoor venues but with the sharp, dialed-in sound of an indoor venue. The extreme heat that has followed the band throughout much of their tour was no exception in Nashville, an unrelenting 90F° at the 7:34 start time.


Photo © @tweeprise

The gig kicked off with a spirited “Free;” this was the sixth deployment in the kick-off position since the song opened the MSG run on 12/28/11, and the role fits the song like a glove. The tour’s bright, peppy new Anastasio/Marshall funk vehicle “No Men In No Man’s Land” is gaining steam and fans as it rolls across America. While the Mu-tron effect gets a lot of ink, it’s Trey’s playful, engaged, attacking jamming leads, weaving and jutting and sailing over the bedrock of the best rhythm section in rock, that is propelling this song to strong Rookie of the Year contention.

Wolfman’s Brother” was next – you know the set is shaping up as a winner when “Wolfman’s” is offered this early, when there was no pressing need for an energy boost. Mike and Trey engaged in the first of several adventures in Glen Close jamming – this bromance is no act, the affection (musical and otherwise) for each other is palpable on stage. It borders on redundant to note Mike’s contributions to “Wolfman’s” ongoing excellence, but this is as good a place as any to note that Mike’s playing this summer has been consistently phenomenal in a lead jamming role, brilliant musical ideas rolling off one after another into the Phish stew. This set was kicking so much ass that even “555” was superb, featuring a fiery Trey solo.


Photo © @tweeprise

Trey was using his Ocedoc guitar for this gig, and in an unusual move switched to the KOA for “Birds of a Feather.” Trey has switched guitars during the tour from one show to the next, but it is exceedingly rare for him to do so mid-gig. While this “BOAF” was brief at six minutes, Trey was super active in the composed section, playing lead fills where he usually just chords. Intentional or otherwise, Page chimed in with a series of scary effects toward the end, like the kitchen sink of screeching animal noises. The whole sequence was weird, but awesome weird. Don’t sleep on this “BOAF” when scanning the timings; it’s a jam-packed six minutes. When “BOAF” ended, Trey switched back to the Ocedoc.

Funky Bitch” featured Mike showing strong vocals and a fantastic Page solo, and a tender delivery by Trey of “When the Circus Comes” provided what is in the last few years a rare instance of back-to-back cover songs. This version of “Stash” isn’t going to whiff any seasoned observers “best of” lists, but it rounded out the set nicely. After a brief interlude with the Chairman of the Boards in “Lawn Boy” – where Page visited and acknowledged Mike Side (the right side) – a pounding “Walls of the Cave” punctuated this excellent first set. While this set didn't have a tent-pole jam like the Atlanta1 “Ghost” or even a very non-first-set-like opening sequence of “Martian Monster” and “Down with Disease” from the LA Forum, this set had great pace and flow, thoughtful song selection and inspired type-I playing that easily ranks it among the top tier of this tour's first sets.


Photo by Rene Huemer © Phish From the Road

The first “Golden Age” since the ground-breaking 10/31/14 Vegas gig opened the second set festivities. The “song” part of the song was light on love, heavy on falter; maybe something was amiss with Trey’s prompter? The jam section starts out with real potential, a chunky groove with Page on clav that went type-II, though in an unusual move reverted back to the type-I jam. This wasn’t negative at all it was just unusual, as Trey shifted the band to a major key with an airy, open approach and tone. “Light” brought out the rock star in Trey, almost a 90s style where he was out on the ledge, way out front with more typically hard rock licks, leaving the band a bit behind but in a good way, deep into his art before lots of pedal tweaking and a reduction to a soft spacey wash that set the stage for “Shade.” Another new Anastasio/Marshall composition, “Shade” may not have been liked by all for blocking the “Light,” but the selection could be reasonably excused given that Tom was in attendance.

Many readers know the story of “Mike’s Song” and its long-lost “second jam.” For those catching up, back in the proverbial day (up until the first hiatus in the fall of 2000), “Mike’s Song” would often contain not one but two jams – the first jam after the vocal section, and the second at the end of the descending chord progression that resolves to “Simple,” “I Am Hydrogen,” or any number of other tunes. When Phish returned to the stage after their break and break-up, – in 2002, and then again in 2009, respectively – ”Mike’s” second jam was seemingly a thing of the past. Which was, you know, not that big of a deal. We’re all adults, for the most part; we can accept change, more or less. That said, for fans of a certain age, “Mike’s” second jam was at the very top of lists of things from the good ol’ days that we’d wish might someday return.


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Enter my friend and colleague, Drew Hitz. Drew is a professional musician and music business consultant, a world-renowned tubist who has performed with many of the greatest ensembles of our time, a phish.net contributor, and a member of the board of directors of The Mockingbird Foundation. He’s also a pretty big fan of the second jam in “Mike’s Song.” So, on 5/22/13, when Drew had the opportunity of a lifetime to perform tuba with Trey and the National Symphony Orchestra at the Kennedy Center presenting orchestrations by Don Hart, he had the chance that every Phish fan dreams of: a few private moments with Trey. Drew thanked Trey for being able to perform with him that night, what he described as the highlight of his career. Then he asked if he could be a pain in the ass Phish fan for one minute, and he asked what had happened to “Mike’s” second jam – you know, it’s in “F”! Drew noted how incredibly gracious Trey is, all the time, even with super fans. The “Mike’s Song” discussion didn’t quite take, however, and the “second jam” remained in mothballs.

When Phish announced that they were playing in Nashville, home of Drew and Trey’s common friend and colleague, Don Hart, Drew decided to make the trip. Don arranged for Drew to attend soundcheck, and again Drew had the chance to speak with Trey. This time he left little to chance; he had a recording of the last known instance of “Mike’s” second jam, 7/14/00 Columbus, OH, queued up on his iPhone, which he played for Trey, to remind him how it goes. “So, Trey, do you want to break Twitter tonight?” None of this was a secret – Drew tweeted about it – so when the opening notes of “Mike’s” hit, the suspense was, for many of us, rather thick. The show was also being webcast – it wasn’t quite the whole world that was watching, but for those who follow Phish with passionate regularity, this was the "who shot J.R.?" moment – we were all tuned in.


Photo by Rene Huemer © Phish From the Road

Now that we’re all on the same page, we had the pesky matter of the first jam in “Mike’s Song,” which was excellent in its own right. If they would have concluded “Mike’s” then and there, well, no big deal, right? But after two false endings… a hint at “Simple” and then... no way! The second jam! This holy shit moment, the all-time couch-tour synchronized desk-flipping moment, instigated by a fan. Pretty cool, huh? And the (second) jam! Much ink will be spilled about this in the coming days and weeks, but for now let’s just say that it was well worth the wait. Trey even capped off the fun by briefly teasing “Eleanor Rigby” near the end of second “Mike’s” jam. Clocking in at 14:27, it was the longest “Mike’s Song” in over twelve years, since 2/21/03 Cincinnati. Wow. Just… wow!

At this point in the show, the “W” is obviously secure. It would have been so easy to take a knee. Park the bus. Call off the dogs. It would take an act of monumental stupidity to fuck this up, so play a few songs straight-up and hit the tunnel, right? Wrong. Good Phish shows get their work done in the third quarter, stick it in cruise control, take a bow, and move on to the next town. Great Phish shows power through the fourth quarter with ferocity and determination... to glory! This was a great Phish show. “Piper” was simply outstanding, pushing the boundaries of sonic space. When “Crosseyed and Painless” hit, there were no more desks left to flip. Fish was so on, all night, and he still had the juice to drive the powertrain and offer a transcendent vocal performance, while Trey was channeling his inner Adrian Belew.


Photo © @tweeprise

Then, there is the not-so-small matter of the “Weekapaug Groove.” First, a silky smooth segue from the “C+P”. Then the “Weekapaug” intro at first seems a little trainwrecky, but it’s all coming up Millhouse so they work it to their advantage. Then, a funky change in key and tempo, more bromance coordinated dancing to a funky dark groove – that contained strong hints of Black Sabbath’s “Electric Funeral” – before heading back to the concluding chorus. Still Waiting! Using “Crosseyed’s” “still waiting” chorus to smoothe the transition from the dark slow part to the light fast part was absolutely brilliant. “Weekapaug” was like a mini-movie thriller with more twists and turns than a “Mike’s Song” with a second jam! Fifteen-minute “Weekapaug”; 45-minute “Mike’s Groove”... holy shit. Take a few deep breaths, hug the person closest to you, and then sit back and enjoy a sublime “Slave to the Traffic Light” encore.

I don’t know about the rest of you, but sometimes, after all these years and decades, you wonder… why is it that I still spend so much time and energy and money on a rock and roll band? Sometimes, that answer isn’t readily apparent. Sometimes the answer is still waiting. Sometimes the answer never comes at all. Then, Shoreline II. Atlanta1 I & II. Nashville (Or Vegas, or Randall’s Island, or….). When you get whacked in the face with brilliant, powerful, masterful, awe-inspiring shows like that, the answer is simple. It’s the art of four men, it’s right in front of you, it’s undeniable, and when it’s on, it’s totally awesome. That’s why.

We’ll be back here tomorrow with more coverage of Phish's summer tour from Kansas City.

-Phillip Zerbo


Photo by Rene Huemer © Phish From the Road

Phish Summer 2015 – Setlists & Recaps
07/21/15 SetlistRecap – Bend 1
07/22/15 SetlistRecap – Bend 2
07/24/15 SetlistRecap, Recap2 – Shoreline
07/25/15 SetlistRecap – LA Forum
07/28/15 SetlistRecap – Austin
07/29/15 SetlistRecap – Grand Prarie
07/31/15 SetlistRecap – Atlanta 1
08/01/15 SetlistRecap – Atlanta 2
08/02/15 SetlistRecap – Tuscaloosa
08/04/15 SetlistRecap – Nashville
08/05/15 SetlistRecap – Kansas City
08/07/15 SetlistRecap – Blossom
08/08/15 SetlistRecap – Alpine 1
08/09/15 SetlistRecap – Apline 2
08/11/15 SetlistRecap – Mann 1
08/12/15 SetlistRecap – Mann 2
08/14/15 SetlistRecap – Raleigh
08/15/15 SetlistRecap – Merriweather 1
08/16/15 SetlistRecap – Merriweather 2
08/21/15 SetlistRecap – Magnaball 1
08/22/15 SetlistRecap – Magnaball 2
08/23/15 SetlistRecap – Magnaball 3
09/04/15 SetlistRecap – Dick's 1
09/05/15 SetlistRecap – Dick's 2
09/06/15 SetlistRecap – Dick's 3


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Comments

, comment by TheEmu
TheEmu I mean...

just fucking epic.

Was watching from work, running the setlist. Walked away from a conversation with a coworker because "this song is about to end and I have to record what the next song is," and suddenly...holy shit! Now I'm trying to explain to this mystified woman why I'm dancing around and whooping, and what it has to do with tubas and guys named Drew and Mike and why it's so fucking cool that THE SONG DIDN'T END RIGHT THERE!!!!!!

Just fucking epic. Thanks, @Tweezer. Thanks, Phish.
, comment by bl002e
bl002e This line absolutely fucking slayed me:

"So, Trey, do you want to break Twitter tonight?"

Great write-up, @pzerbo. God's work, @Tweezer.
, comment by jonnylips
jonnylips Excellent review Phillip! Looking forward to reading KC's review (and this one again).
, comment by johnnyd
johnnyd Fantastic career and sequence of events leading up to an amazing moment!

So where does the editorial staff rank it?
, comment by AGratefulPhish
AGratefulPhish ... An 8-Hour Drive
For a 4-Hour Thrill-Ride...
"Thank You: For A Real Good Time"
... Trapped In Time!
, comment by ckess22
ckess22 My feet are soaked, but my cuffs are bone dry!

I hope things come up Milhouse tonight, too. I'd like to take care of my shoes and keep them dry as well.
Keep it going in KC!
, comment by bopapocolypse
bopapocolypse Outstanding review! Can we just let you do all of them?
, comment by whatstheuse324
whatstheuse324 First, great review and also, thank you Drew for your determination.

For whatever reason, while watching the epic Mike's Groove, I mentally compared it to an Olympic figure skater's routine in the gold medal round. With the judges unanimously waiting to dish out perfect 10's, Phish attempted to land the reverse triple axle from Crosseyed> Weekapaug and...oh no! They landed on their collective ass. But what shapes a true champion is how they rise after they fall down. I felt the Black Sabath-like Weekapaug was Trey musically expressing his inner rage that they botched the landing. They gutted out an evil third wind, elevating the routine back to elite status as they stomped all over Nashville and capped it off with some jaw dropping major key shredding that left tears in the judges eyes.

And with a unanimous score of 9.99, the gold medal goes to... Phish. USA! USA!

I'm not a figure skater, but that's just how I saw it. Lol
, comment by Matty1222
Matty1222 Love your review and love your thoughts about the time, money, and energy we spend on Phish. I couldn't agree with you more. Meeting up with old friends on a hot summer night in the hopes IT might happen is as good as life gets for me. Thanks again for the review.
, comment by dusty_reels
dusty_reels After watching the show at home I just burst out in laughter saying "2015! Phish killing it! They're alive! 2015!"

How amazing is it that they can play a show this inspired 32 years in.

We are blessed!
, comment by stimbuck
stimbuck Excellent review, thanks!
, comment by ekstewie1441
ekstewie1441 Great review...thanks!
, comment by andrewrose
andrewrose Great show, and nice recap @pzerbo. Thanks @Tweezer, you must've had a great day to say the least. Certainly made for a fun webcast/Twitter experience last night.

Piper was might highlight! Slick jam.

Here's my take: http://phish.net/reviews/permalink.php?commentid=1376094766
, comment by InsectEffect
InsectEffect Nerdgasm. Best fans for the best band in the world.

@bl002e said:
This line absolutely fucking slayed me:

"So, Trey, do you want to break Twitter tonight?"

Great write-up, @pzerbo. God's work, @Tweezer.
, comment by stuey222
stuey222 Last Nashville show was actually 6/22/2000.

Great show. The Mike's Groove was spectral.
, comment by pzerbo
pzerbo @stuey222 said:
Last Nashville show was actually 6/22/2000.
That show was in Antioch, which is close, but not Nashville. That was a good show.

Thanks to all for the kind words...
, comment by ucpete
ucpete Fantastic review @pzerbo. Hate to be that guy (who am I kidding, I love to be that guy -- it's everyone else who hates it), but:

"the second at the end of the descending chord progression that resolves to "Simple"..."

isn't quite right, at least for most of the second-jam-containing Mike's Songs. Trey usually kicked into F right before that chromatic walk down bit, after the ascending chords (D > E > F#m). All those nits picked, I am not complaining in the slightest and I *pray* this isn't the last second jam we hear!

I was watching the WebCast with my youngest brother and he looked up from his phone for a second to ask what song they were playing, and I went on to tell him how we used to get a second improvisational section here, but that they have just forgotten about it. Then suddenly BOOM! He asked "wait, are you saying they just remembered right now??". Yes, Will, they did. Thanks @Tweezer!
, comment by nichobert
nichobert This first set is great.. A few thoughts.

555 is secretly a monster in waiting. Every time I hear it, it manages to take another leap up the list of "Songs I'd love to hear massively jammed out at least once" - Could see it easily slipping into the First Set King of Darkness role that Bowie, Melt and Stash have all held at one point or another.
, comment by nichobert
nichobert Well, one thought anyway
, comment by SmokeyJonez
SmokeyJonez Anyone else notice Mike's voice this tour? I would say that his vocals are sounding as good as they ever have. Result of his side project? Practice?
, comment by RishPhish
RishPhish Great review, PZ. The launch into the second jam in mikes set the show on its trajectory from good to great, and the incredible trio of songs that followed was just so much icing on top of icing. What a great night! What a great time to be a phish fan!
, comment by Destiny_Bound
Destiny_Bound awesome review. Welcome back Mike's second jam!

Looking at 7/14/00 set list, it dawned on me, where have the Gamehendge songs gone? Not even Wilson or Bag... hmmm
, comment by nichobert
nichobert Obligatory KC Dream sequence'd

I: Fee -> Divided Sky> Mound, Split Open & Melt* -> Walfredo, Fluffhead> Walk Away

II: Limb By Limb** -> Foam, Sneaking Sally Through The Alley-> Waiting All Night** -> Frankie Says -> The Curtain With> Taste

E: Good Times Bad Times
* With rotation jam, Unfinished
** Unfinished
, comment by Slothberries
Slothberries We will always come back for more. Always!

Nice write up! Thanks!
, comment by 90invjcc
90invjcc Great review! One of the better ones I've read in awhile. I wasn't aware of the back story of someone trying to influence the band to bring back the second jam, so that little nugget of info was much appreciated! Very cool....

This tour has been off to a great start and the heat is snowballing its way towards the east coast. Can't wait for this heat to make its way to Philly for my 2 nights at the Mann. I don't know about the rest of you, but as far as my setlist wish list is concerned, I'm really hoping for a BBFCFM one of those nights. With maybe a little Frankenstein thrown in for good measure.

I hope everybody is getting a chance to enjoy at least one show this summer. Cheers!
, comment by raidcehlalred
raidcehlalred @nichobert said:
This first set is great.. A few thoughts.

555 is secretly a monster in waiting. Every time I hear it, it manages to take another leap up the list of "Songs I'd love to hear massively jammed out at least once" - Could see it easily slipping into the First Set King of Darkness role that Bowie, Melt and Stash have all held at one point or another.
the first set 'king of darkness' question is a great one, and one i've not considered. this year's 'major' new tunes - first or second set - are not contenders, due to their respective styles. you've mentioned 555.... what else is dark, complex, sleek, jazzy? what about a tune like scabbard? more more of of magilla thus far, leaving me with a crab in my shoe mouth sort of feeling, i could see the song being reworked. it's complex like a foam, but seems far more open-ended.

great review from another great show. and another cool encore. love to see a fee or a mango in that spot soon. i've heard a lot of lizards phrasing in the playing this year; something to look forward to. an encore choice last year, it would be cool to see the tune somewhere surprising.

the second jam seems like the result of a wonderful mistake - and man does fish pounce, and trey respond in kind.

cool to see this fury carried over not only into the next mike's, but the next yem.
, comment by FACTSAREUSELESS
FACTSAREUSELESS @nichobert said:
This first set is great.. A few thoughts.

555 is secretly a monster in waiting. Every time I hear it, it manages to take another leap up the list of "Songs I'd love to hear massively jammed out at least once" - Could see it easily slipping into the First Set King of Darkness role that Bowie, Melt and Stash have all held at one point or another.
SOAM has been curiously absent so far this tour
, comment by FACTSAREUSELESS
FACTSAREUSELESS @Destiny_Bound said:
awesome review. Welcome back Mike's second jam!

Looking at 7/14/00 set list, it dawned on me, where have the Gamehendge songs gone? Not even Wilson or Bag... hmmm
Methinks they're cooking a dastardly Gamehenge stew to serve at Magnaball
, comment by nichobert
nichobert I was thinking they didn't play Melt much in 2014 for some reason, but there were 7 versions between 12/31/13 and 1/3/15

555 has the right kind of dastardly leer to it's type I jam. I could see it going into the same shadowy corners. If the Wingsuit's robotic exoskelton unfolded at the right moment in the cirrent solo it could start off real dark and then return to the song at a triumphant moment.
, comment by FACTSAREUSELESS
FACTSAREUSELESS @nichobert said:
I was thinking they didn't play Melt much in 2014 for some reason, but there were 7 versions between 12/31/13 and 1/3/15

555 has the right kind of dastardly leer to it's type I jam. I could see it going into the same shadowy corners. If the Wingsuit's robotic exoskelton unfolded at the right moment in the cirrent solo it could start off real dark and then return to the song at a triumphant moment.
Yeah, I guess it's there (in 555 I mean). I don't seem to hear it as strong as you do...at least not to level of Bowie, but that's probably an unfair comparison.

There's a number of songs I'd like to see them expand on, such as Winterqueen, which is hands down my favorite song off the Fuego release.

Speaking of that, I'm mildly disappointed (and I emphasize mildly, since who can complain at this point), that Fuego seems to be a bit of an afterthought this tour.
, comment by kidrob
kidrob Great review. There was a moment in the show where I had the feeling the outsiders of this show wouldn't receive at well as I did being there. I was clearly wrong when I started to read what fans were saying. Last night was awesome energy. I'd also like to point out it was the most empty sold out show I've ever seen. I tore the new pavilion sod up with plenty of space and a great view. Barefoot phish? Yes please.
, comment by funkbeard
funkbeard Great review. Fulfilled.
, comment by Jestinphish
Jestinphish @FACTSAREUSELESS said:
Yeah, I guess it's there (in 555 I mean). I don't seem to hear it as strong as you do...at least not to level of Bowie, but that's probably an unfair comparison.

There's a number of songs I'd like to see them expand on, such as Winterqueen, which is hands down my favorite song off the Fuego release.

Speaking of that, I'm mildly disappointed (and I emphasize mildly, since who can complain at this point), that Fuego seems to be a bit of an afterthought this tour.[/quote]

I could not agree more about Winterqueen... So perfect for a blissed out jam. I'm still waiting for an epic Wingsuit as well. It has the kind of structure they could take almost anywhere.
, comment by nichobert
nichobert Yeah it's hard to not be biased about Bowie due to what they've done with it before.. But if you break those songs jams down to just the chords they start vamping on before taking off, I feel like there's a similarity.

I miss big-jam Fuego too, but the Tuscaloosa outro is awesome
, comment by Destiny_Bound
Destiny_Bound The previous Tuscaloosa thread had a nice discussion about 2nd set openers and an argument that they only push the envelope on certain songs (DWD & CDT notwithstanding). The research department has pulled together some data. Here is a list of 2nd set openers by volume since 2012, when arguably they began pushing the limits at this point of the show more. Special shows (10/31's or NYE) used the 3rd set song for a better comparison.

DWD 21
CDT 14
Golden Age 9
Carini 7
C & P 7
R & R 7
PYITE 5
KDF 4
Tweezer 4
46 Days 3
Drowned 3
Energy 3
Ghost 3
Mike's 3
Sand 3
Twist 3
555 2
BDTNL 2
BOTT 2
Fuego 2
Jibboo 2
ASIHTOS 1
Axilla 1
Birds 1
Blaze On 1
Boogie 1
Character Zero 1
First Tube 1
Free 1
Gin 1
Jim 1
My Soul 1
No Men 1
Party Time 1
Paul & Silas 1
Possum 1
Stealing Time 1
Steam 1
Waves 1
Wilson 1
, comment by FACTSAREUSELESS
FACTSAREUSELESS @Destiny_Bound said:
The previous Tuscaloosa thread had a nice discussion about 2nd set openers and an argument that they only push the envelope on certain songs (DWD & CDT notwithstanding). The research department has pulled together some data. Here is a list of 2nd set openers by volume since 2012, when arguably they began pushing the limits at this point of the show more. Special shows (10/31's or NYE) used the 3rd set song for a better comparison.

DWD 21
CDT 14
Golden Age 9
Carini 7
C & P 7
R & R 7
PYITE 5
KDF 4
Tweezer 4
46 Days 3
Drowned 3
Energy 3
Ghost 3
Mike's 3
Sand 3
Twist 3
555 2
BDTNL 2
BOTT 2
Fuego 2
Jibboo 2
ASIHTOS 1
Axilla 1
Birds 1
Blaze On 1
Boogie 1
Character Zero 1
First Tube 1
Free 1
Gin 1
Jim 1
My Soul 1
No Men 1
Party Time 1
Paul & Silas 1
Possum 1
Stealing Time 1
Steam 1
Waves 1
Wilson 1
I mean...that Paul & Silas went so OUT THERE....lol
, comment by stuey222
stuey222 @pzerbo said:
@stuey222 said:
Last Nashville show was actually 6/22/2000.
That show was in Antioch, which is close, but not Nashville. That was a good show.

Thanks to all for the kind words...
Antioch is actually within the city of Nashville.
, comment by raidcehlalred
raidcehlalred @nichobert said:
I was thinking they didn't play Melt much in 2014 for some reason, but there were 7 versions between 12/31/13 and 1/3/15

555 has the right kind of dastardly leer to it's type I jam. I could see it going into the same shadowy corners. If the Wingsuit's robotic exoskelton unfolded at the right moment in the cirrent solo it could start off real dark and then return to the song at a triumphant moment.
I forgot they opened a couple sets with the 5s; maybe they share a similar sentiment. Like another posted: hopefully Feugo - despite the very pretty outro - isn't relegated to composed status. I actually expect to hear a huge version tomorrow; or perhaps Sunday in the valley.
, comment by JezmundBezerker
JezmundBezerker @FACTSAREUSELESS said:
@nichobert said:
I was thinking they didn't play Melt much in 2014 for some reason, but there were 7 versions between 12/31/13 and 1/3/15

555 has the right kind of dastardly leer to it's type I jam. I could see it going into the same shadowy corners. If the Wingsuit's robotic exoskelton unfolded at the right moment in the cirrent solo it could start off real dark and then return to the song at a triumphant moment.
Yeah, I guess it's there (in 555 I mean). I don't seem to hear it as strong as you do...at least not to level of Bowie, but that's probably an unfair comparison.

There's a number of songs I'd like to see them expand on, such as Winterqueen, which is hands down my favorite song off the Fuego release.

Speaking of that, I'm mildly disappointed (and I emphasize mildly, since who can complain at this point), that Fuego seems to be a bit of an afterthought this tour.
Check out Bend's Winterqueen. It's a nice long beautiful one.
, comment by FACTSAREUSELESS
FACTSAREUSELESS @JezmundBezerker said:
@FACTSAREUSELESS said:
@nichobert said:
I was thinking they didn't play Melt much in 2014 for some reason, but there were 7 versions between 12/31/13 and 1/3/15

555 has the right kind of dastardly leer to it's type I jam. I could see it going into the same shadowy corners. If the Wingsuit's robotic exoskelton unfolded at the right moment in the cirrent solo it could start off real dark and then return to the song at a triumphant moment.
Yeah, I guess it's there (in 555 I mean). I don't seem to hear it as strong as you do...at least not to level of Bowie, but that's probably an unfair comparison.

There's a number of songs I'd like to see them expand on, such as Winterqueen, which is hands down my favorite song off the Fuego release.

Speaking of that, I'm mildly disappointed (and I emphasize mildly, since who can complain at this point), that Fuego seems to be a bit of an afterthought this tour.
Check out Bend's Winterqueen. It's a nice long beautiful one.
Yes, I agree....hope to see more of that.
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