Monday 10/22/2018 by swittersdc

HAMPTON3 RECAP: MORE? YES.

There are two ways you can view Phish shows—through the experiences, and through the music as it exists as an artifact after the show. As Phish fans, we go to shows to collect experiences, to have good times with our friends and family, and of course, to see great music. Sometimes, we go and we realize that the experience was great, but that the music doesn’t hold up quite as well later. Sometimes, the opposite is true. And sometimes, both things align and the Phish world is in a state of satisfaction and bliss. Hampton 3 was one of those nights.

The whole weekend was a great time, but of course the anticipation for the Sunday show was high. In the lot yesterday afternoon, it felt like the first legitimate day of Fall in the Mid Atlantic region, so I felt like we were really, truly experiencing Fall Tour.

GA venues can be stressful. You run in, you grab your space, and you wait. But what if you get in and you’re late? What if you miss your favorite section? Shit! Well on this day we got in and about 30 of us got an actual entire section. This would be where we’d spend the next 6.5 hours together.

You can say what you want, but a “Stealing Time” opener really set the tone for some rock music. All weekend, Trey was just up there having a blast. Watching from low Mike side, you can just see how incredible that guitar is. He barely touches the thing and we hear the notes across the arena for days. This was a really nice start. From this entire run, you can tell that Trey is having a blast and is almost giddy to be up on stage.

Speaking of giddy, you can really see right before “Skin It Back” that Trey was truly thrilled to be playing that song. They must have practiced it, too, because it was an excellent version with great vocals and a nice jam on the end. This jam continued the weekend’s theme of psychedelic rock with a little space thrown in. What does that tell us about Halloween? We have no clue.

The highlight of the set, though, was a 21-minute “Simple.” This was primarily driven by Mike and Fishman, with Page and Trey playing supporting roles throughout, until about 13 minutes in. Up to that point there is just a nice funky rock groove. But at that point, the song could have fizzled or transitioned into another ballad, but Trey picked it up and took the reins and drove it to multiple, blissy rock peaks. This, to me, was the most organic jam of the entire 3-night run. The room was absolutely pulsating. Multiple peaks, halfway through a first set? I’m in.

Following the Simple, there was a little cooldown but with another bustout, “Mexican Cousin” (first time since Mexico 2016). Perhaps this was a little reminder that there are still tickets available for Barcelo Maya 2018!

Camel Walk” makes its first appearance of 2018, and it had a really nice, funky jam as well. There weren’t very many jams this run that were basic, 4-5 minute exercises. This song would typically be in the 4-6 minute range, but this version was almost 10 minutes. This funk jam was completely incredible. Parliament for Halloween, anyone?

A nice, typically bouncy “Back on the Train” led to another raging song to close, “Saw It Again.” This got out there, with Trey really pushing the effects and a really excellent solo.

We were ready for more.

Waves” was an interesting pick for a second set opener, which probably didn’t match the energy of the crowd due to the quiet nature of the start of the tune. But that changed as they went into a jam, continuing a great line of Trey-driven jams.

This was followed by the fifth ever “Rise/Come Together.” This is a song that some may be skeptical of, but go back to this. Although it was only about six minutes, this featured some of the heaviest and nicest Trey jamming of the entire show. It turns out Trey loves playing these songs. Let’s make sure to remember that.

Light!” Yes. One of the few repeats of the tour, this brought the second set to a breaking point. The 16-minute jam featured some quiet back and forth between Mike and Fishman, with Trey and Page playing over the rhythm. Around 9 minutes, Trey again takes the reins and pushes the rock peaks. Then the last several minutes just featured some dark, psychedelic jamming. You guys like Phish?

Here’s where things got interesting. Who wanted to hear “The Line”? Based on the people sitting down around me, almost no one. But Fishman was pounding on the drums, and I found this to be a more energetic version of this pee break song. It does make you think about song placement. As I said to my friend Jonathan, this was a questionable call. How can you recover from this?

Wingsuit” followed, which was a nice jam that I like hearing but not exactly what people were hoping for. Is this a 3rd quarter flameout? If you saw Trey talking to Fishman before “Your Pet Cat,” you’ll know that he was incredibly excited about playing this song. It was a nice late second set groove, followed by another beautiful “What’s the Use?”.

One note on “What’s the Use?”—please be quiet.

An energetic “Possum” closer was followed by what I found to be a wonderfully cathartic “More.” I love this song. Many people around us were not as happy as I was, but hey, that’s Phish. But guess what, there was more coming.

I’ve never seen a double encore. They’re as rare as double rainbows. But this time, we all knew that if we yelled loudly enough, maybe they’d come back. And we all had been feeling “You Enjoy Myself” all night. It delivered, and I think Phish came back and showed us that sometimes you do get something more than this.

This run bodes extremely well for the rest of the tour and for Halloween. We were delivered a great experience and a wonderful weekend. It’s a collectible that I’ll hold dear, and one of those times when I feel incredibly lucky to be a Phish fan. The experiences keep coming, and the older I get the more I realize that this is where we go to release, be together, and have fun. Will it hold up on tape for you like it does for me? Maybe so, maybe not. But that’s why we keep going.

RJ Bee is the co-founder of Helping Friendly Podcast and Osiris Media.

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Comments

, comment by Phescado
Phescado Great review. I hear it was a significant number for you?
, comment by swittersdc
swittersdc @Phescado said:
Great review. I hear it was a significant number for you?
Haha. It was. Trying not to make that part of the review but yes it was and it was awesome!
, comment by jsauce
jsauce Every night was good, but this was clearly the best night to me. Loungy llama opener was the first among many to feature some hard grinding funk. I’m usually not too stoked to hear simple, but Phish unloaded a dark, psychedelic, dominant version tonight. The highlight of the night and the weekend for me. Must hear.
, comment by krivraq
krivraq "One note on “What’s the Use?”—please be quiet."

I'd love to shout that out from atop Mt. Icculus for all of Gamehenge to hear, learn and practice. 23 years, over 180 shows and my #1 Phish moment/experience was the "silence" around me during the Magnaball version. Such a moving, vibration of life feeling, and outright ethereal experience.

As a PSA, please pass the "silent WTU" message forward. We all would benefit from it. Unless you hate the song, in that case, please silently leave your seat and get your pee on. ;)
, comment by Slewfoot
Slewfoot If I was in the room I imagine this is about exactly how I'd feel about the show. I pretty much felt this way from the couch! Some truly special moments. And even though some songs were questionable on paper they played them superbly. A killer, killer weekend all in all. Thanks for the review!
, comment by Phreebird
Phreebird Since the deafening roar last Tuesday night as the boys took the stage, I have felt the energy and anticipation from the crowd growing with every show. By Sunday it was electric and carried all the way through set break. But as the evening progressed it was clear this night was not going to rage all night. But that was alright, there is energy controlled in soft melodies that can’t be heard from a wall of sound!

“More” was an unexpected encore, but picked up nicely, I wasn’t satiated but was satisfied and privileged the stars had aligned and I had seen the first 5 nights of a great start to Fall tour and run up to Halloween. Our heroes put down their instruments, New Hampshire is a long way from the Mothership, we left...

30 mins later at an unbelievably long red light I absent mindedly looked at my phone and reviewed the setlist. Oh the horror!!! “Boy! Man? GOD! Sh....”

I felt punched in the gut, I wanted to cry, wasn’t it me that hours before was calling for a YEM closer, what better way to have capped 5 days of growing excitement?! How better to have returned to reality with the memory of unabashed joy and shared release of a YEM closer in this hallowed hall? Cruel, cruel world!! Pity me and remember.,,
, comment by WeWantPhil
WeWantPhil I just wanted to say...

the show sounded great (thanks crew!)

both Simple & YEM were >20 min (of superb quality)

this Simple was the "Hampton Lawn Boy"

I was an open vessel and loved all the songs they pored in. I've noticed that a lot of participants review the show they wanted to see instead of the show they actually attended. I'm a firm believer that it's not the songs they play but how well they play them that counts. Tonight was an object lesson in this philosophy as this was the best Phish show I've ever seen (since '87)!

The ovation after the More was really special. It gave me such a sense of belonging to a community of people who, at that moment at least, felt more or less the same way as me. And the truly special 2nd encore showed that the band was right there with us too!

HAPPY PHISH SHOW!
, comment by swittersdc
swittersdc @Phreebird said:
Since the deafening roar last Tuesday night as the boys took the stage, I have felt the energy and anticipation from the crowd growing with every show. By Sunday it was electric and carried all the way through set break. But as the evening progressed it was clear this night was not going to rage all night. But that was alright, there is energy controlled in soft melodies that can’t be heard from a wall of sound!

“More” was an unexpected encore, but picked up nicely, I wasn’t satiated but was satisfied and privileged the stars had aligned and I had seen the first 5 nights of a great start to Fall tour and run up to Halloween. Our heroes put down their instruments, New Hampshire is a long way from the Mothership, we left...

30 mins later at an unbelievably long red light I absent mindedly looked at my phone and reviewed the setlist. Oh the horror!!! “Boy! Man? GOD! Sh....”

I felt punched in the gut, I wanted to cry, wasn’t it me that hours before was calling for a YEM closer, what better way to have capped 5 days of growing excitement?! How better to have returned to reality with the memory of unabashed joy and shared release of a YEM closer in this hallowed hall? Cruel, cruel world!! Pity me and remember.,,
SHIT! So sorry. There will be MORE.
, comment by 46Blaze
46Blaze STFU during WTU, please.
, comment by curleyfrei
curleyfrei @Phreebird said:
Our heroes put down their instruments, New Hampshire is a long way from the Mothership, we left...

30 mins later at an unbelievably long red light I absent mindedly looked at my phone and reviewed the setlist. Oh the horror!!! “Boy! Man? GOD! Sh....”

I felt punched in the gut, I wanted to cry, wasn’t it me that hours before was calling for a YEM closer, what better way to have capped 5 days of growing excitement?! How better to have returned to reality with the memory of unabashed joy and shared release of a YEM closer in this hallowed hall? Cruel, cruel world!! Pity me and remember.,,

Ugh... Now that sucks. Sorry, phriend.
, comment by PennPhan
PennPhan @krivraq said:
"One note on “What’s the Use?”—please be quiet."

I'd love to shout that out from atop Mt. Icculus for all of Gamehenge to hear, learn and practice. 23 years, over 180 shows and my #1 Phish moment/experience was the "silence" around me during the Magnaball version. Such a moving, vibration of life feeling, and outright ethereal experience.

As a PSA, please pass the "silent WTU" message forward. We all would benefit from it. Unless you hate the song, in that case, please silently leave your seat and get your pee on. ;)
Agreed. I pay top dollar to hear them, not random assholes running their mouths as they so incessantly do.
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