Soundcheck: Nellie Cane, Jam, Vocal Jam, Architect, Burn That Bridge
Set 1: CaspianPrince Caspian > Twist > Ha Ha Ha > Possum, Cities, Lawn Boy, IDKI Didn't Know > Rift, DestinyDestiny Unbound > My FriendMy Friend, My Friend, KDFKill Devil Falls > Cavern > BowieDavid Bowie
Encore: Shine a Light
Noteworthy Jams: Piper
Average Song Gap: 8.28
Notes: This show was webcast via LivePhish and was announced as a three-set performance the afternoon of the show, as a make-up for the set suspended due to weather the previous night. Twist contained an Oye Como Va tease from Trey. Bowie contained Melt the Guns quotes from Fish. Light featured a Dave's Energy Guide tease.
Songs by Debut Year:
First, the band members. Everyone will have to offer an observation about something the band members do individually, and I would rather say that Trey didn't miss a beat tonight, and Page kept his newly found leadership role in tact, and Mike and Fish picked up where those 2 left off in a way that really made the whole group shine. It was so cohesive!
Second, the song selection was utterly perfect considering that the spotlight really came down on this show after the previous night. They only really missed queue once (on Meatstick opener but I can see how it would be fun live) and other than that, you would have to be super picky to think otherwise. It was as good or better than Saturday Dick's last year in terms of song selection. Hahaha 3 in? seriously? Destiny Unbound>My Friend? I will harp on that in a second. Unreal for real! Segue'd second set (which is debatable apparently according to this site), and the third set just improved until the Good Times Bad Times really laid down an exclamation point.
Third, there are moments of rehearsed Phish intertwined with moments of beauty. Caspian made sense, in terms of picking up where we left off, and the first set might be the best first set I can remember (again going hand in hand with last year's Sat Dick's, and then before that all the way back to the Everglades (which isn't really a first set but you know) and 97-99 tour with emphasis on Nassau and 97 fall). That is a bold parenthesized thing to say, but again Destiny Unbound>My Friend is a new personal Phish highlight I have witnessed, although from my couch and not to edge out 98 Alpine Encore which was live for me. You know what I am talking about! Bowie was great, and evil, Mikes > Theme gave Theme a chance to shine and this showcased great Trey, followed by the Piper which showcased Page's Hammond. The second set was my favorite. Third set really got off on Light>Hood>Good Times Bad Times (also not to be out done by the Everglades). The DEG tease in Light really keeps tempting a bust out and also gives hope to the possibility of a ?>DEG>Foam. Hint Hint.
Well Encore is Encore. Whatever right?
Somewhat tame versions of BOTT and Waves are my only complaints. Also I don't really get the song Strange Design, never have. It makes me feel like I've been temporarily teleported to a Barry Manilow concert, but anyways. No real big Type II monster jams either, Piper and Light were great but didn't really rival the best 3.0 versions.
Overall, the show was a lot of fun, and probably better than I expected given the impromptu 3rd set.
Jams aren't entirely about length and shows aren't entirely about jams. That being said, there needs to be a minimum jam to song ratio, especially give the *extremely* narrow rotation of '13. If you don't have some decently lengthy jams, then you're going to play a whole hell of a lot of songs. If you don't have as many songs to play...well you get the math I'm driving at here.
First set had some nice choices in it to keep things fresh but was pretty standard as far as they go. Second set had really nice flow and the jam of the night. Check out the Piper. It is exceptional. Yet I thought the set suffered somewhat from some hesitancy to let the music decide where things go instead of the band, if you know what I mean.
Third set I was getting a little antsy until Light which was certainly a relief to hear as this is THE jam vehicle of 3.0. You can pretty much bank on it going deep, but this one just couldn't get there. I hate to be negative but you can feel the searching, the lack of melodic ideas, and the eventual giving up. I'd be cool with 5 minutes of beatless space until something really takes hold. Which *would* happen if they gave it a chance.
Anyway, Slave and Hood are pretty decent versions as well. Ocelot shredded. Just felt this was an extremely safe sort of show and was a bit of a dissapointment listening back. Again, fun to be at but that's not my point in writing this review.
back on the training > mike gordon's song > themes for bottoms > weeklong groove > golden rage > riding waves > pa pi piper > slayed !
ha, Ha , HA
Sick second set sally$
I reviewed night 2 of Chicago off an official webcast because it just straight melted my face and I honestly feel like the music was better than any show I've ever attended. When I commented "best show since Cypress" (Cypress being what was meant to be my first show, but was in a very bad car accident a few days before and was not able to attend and later had an opportunity to discuss the show with Trey Anastasio himself- leading me to idealize that performance), I meant just that and I still stand by that statement.
If you all choose to disagree with me, or if you disagree with my distaste for a "couch tour review" that's fine- you all are entitled to your own opinion just as I feel that I feel that I am entitled to mine. For 6 of you to vote my comment down like my opinion is inappropriate or unwelcome, however, really just gets under my skin. I defend the netter community at every waking moment (Paul Glace, the founder of PT, is the brother-in-law of one of my closest tour friends, so the debates are both frequent and heated). That being said, those negative responses to my sharing of my honest (and very positive) opinion really make me embarrassed to be part of this community. I'm sorry if people take offense to this, but I am genuinely bothered by said negativity and felt people should know.
This show was an old-school barn-burner, reminiscent of some great 90's shows. Slave & Harry Hood>GTBT raged. Classic show and weekend on the lake in Chicago.
First set starts with Caspian. Had to. First set was again, fun and musically tight. Personal highlights were I Didn't Know (Can't go wrong with a vacuum solo) and Destiny Unbound (A song I finally got after wanting to hear it for years). Could tell the guys were happy to be back to playing and had some left over steam from the night before.
Second set includes a fun Mike's Groove just as the rain started to fall. Golden Age melts into a fun, 4 minute jam that goes somewhat ambient and dissolves into Waves. Highlight of the set is Piper. Must hear version. Really got into this one.
Third set begins with Meatstick and kind of simmers through the first half. Finally we hit Light which is it's usual greatness and provides a decent jam to get into. Hood follows with it's usual greatness and GTBT closes with pure energy as Trey shreds and the crowd goes nuts. Good times. Show closes with Shine a Light which felt very appropriate for the night for some reason.
Some songs to check out here and an enjoyable show. Some personal favorites made this one super enjoyable, and we got to blow off steam in the rain after our good time was rained out the night before.
Thanks for letting me in your community and the opportunity to post.
I am not one to write reviews (this is my first) and typically I am just happy to be at a show and have the boys back. But for the first time since my first show in '97 I left feeling disappointed.
The band sounded tight and the build->release energy flowed fairly well but songs were short, rushed, and fairly bland. It was almost like the focus was on energy and not music/notes.