Phish took the stage last night with a crowd still high off of what has just happened in the two nights leading up to show time. 6/13 would leave everyone with a mess in their pants--exactly what everyone came for. The first set had some great versions of some great songs, the second set was led by Mike for almost the whole thing.
The show opened with a great version of Gotta Jibboo--Mike came out early with it and Trey brought it to a great ending. Chalk Dust Torture really gets the crowd raging, though. Phish executed it so perfectly and Trey brought the end to a trilling finish-- one of the strongest versions of 3.0 Phish. Fluffhead played the most accurate of era 3.0 was great, the soaring end was gorgeous. Funky Bitch showcased Page for certain, but an unlikely star emerged from this song, too--MIKE. You can really hear him popping off in this song. So far this tour Mike has literally pounded the hell out of every song, and this is no different. Great great version.
After standard versions of Runaway Jim, NICU and Horn came a standard version of It's Ice--It is however worth noting that the It's Ice sounds perfect. The execution and Mike's bass is amazing in this version. It makes people think of old school Phish with their precise execution. The drums start Bouncin' before Trey's guitar leaves Ice--allowing Trey to make a cool downward turn into the begging of Bouncin'. The set closed with a dark and ambient Split Open and Melt--a la Cincy 09.
Phish came out for the second set with another 2009 style set opener--Drowned. It's a great version, however--Trey wails going into the jam and just when you think it's slowing down and may go into something else Mike kicks the floor out from under you. The thing drops into a new style of Phish funk. Like Number Line from the night earlier, this song show cases a new style of Phish jamming, albeit both different styles. Number Line was their new style of dark jamming and Drowned was their new style of funk. This song should really get you excited for Phish's future.
Trey starts up Tweezer after the dust settles from the funk. Like all the songs in this show, the Tweezer's composed part features Mike slapping the hell out of his bass again. The jam also features Mike's liquid bass--very dancable jam but not very creative. Out of the end delay loops and spaciness came the beginning of Twist Around.
When listening to this Twist all I could think is "oh, really Mike?!" Yet again Mike is DESTROYING the audience with this bass-led jam. For the first time in 3.0 Phish, Twist has found it's place again. Trey knows perfectly when to end this gem and after a brief pause in music comes Piper. Similar to its 2009 versions this one clocks in at about 10 minutes and doesn't disappoint. A very intricate rollercoaster of improvisation that sinks into Free. Going into the jam Mike drops some bombs--showing he remembers what Free used to be like--hopefully they continue making Frees funkier and funkier so they can once again to musical funk factory powerhouses and not just jam landing points.
Phish closed the set with the first You Enjoy Myself of 2010. During the lyrics section, as expected, Mike slaps the hell out of it. Coming off the trampolines, Trey takes a step back and noodles while Mike and Fishman create a solid back bone groove. Mike goes all over the place in this jam--it really shows how in tune Fish and Mike are with each other now. Really, this YEM jam is like one big bass & drums section with just some guitar and keyboards on top of it, until Trey decides to come to a peak reminiscent to MSG 09's YEM. Really impressive and original stuff. The real bass & drums section features more dripping wet Mike with Fish working off his lead perfectly.
The Bold as Love encore was certainly welcome too, perfectly wrapping up another stellar show.
I can't to review nTelos--sure the be an east coast throwdown!