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Link Friday, 08/02/2013
Bill Graham Civic Auditorium, San Francisco, CA

Set 1: Free > Meat, Oh Kee PaThe Oh Kee Pa Ceremony > BagAC/DC Bag > Vultures, Roggae, Sand, CircusWhen the Circus Comes, Babylon Baby, Reba, Halfway to the Moon > GolgiGolgi Apparatus

Set 2: PYITEPunch You In the Eye > DwDDown with Disease[1] > CaspianPrince Caspian[1] > Farmhouse > Seven Below > ThemeTheme From the Bottom > HoodHarry Hood > STFTFPStealing Time From the Faulty Plan, CoilThe Squirming Coil

Encore: WotCWalls of the Cave

[1] Unfinished.

Teases:
· Dixie tease in Harry Hood

Noteworthy Jams: Roggae, Down with Disease, Prince Caspian, Theme From the Bottom, Stealing Time From the Faulty Plan (highly recommended)

Average Song Gap: 18.09

Performers: Trey Anastasio, Page McConnell, Jon Fishman, Mike Gordon

Notes: This show was webcast via LivePhish. Harry Hood included a Dixie tease by Trey. DWD and Caspian were unfinished.

Links:
LivePhish Download LivePhish Download
Phish.net Blog Recap Phish.net Recap

Song Distribution:
3 Billy Breathes
3 Lawn Boy
2 Round Room
2 Farmhouse
2 The Story of the Ghost
1 Fuego
1 Joy
1 Stash
1 Hoist
1 Junta
1 The Man Who Stepped into Yesterday
1 The White Tape

Songs by Debut Year:

CannedWalrus , attached to 2013-08-02 Permalink
CannedWalrus First off, if you're legitimately angry about people wooing at a show when you're not even there, get over yourself. I agree that it was a little incongruous at times, but come on. Let the people who are actually at the show do what they want. The band feeds off of it and were totally encouraging it the entire show.

Now that that's out of the way, go and listen to this first set. Very well played. Vultures, HttM, Roggae and Sand all had nice pocket-groove jams with stellar dynamic variety. Meat was great to hear.

I thought the second set flowed extremely well. No insanely long jams, mild experimentation (q.v. Stealing Time), but overall a truly awesome set. Caspian and Farmhouse were both led into smoothly and Trey's solo on Farmhouse is without a doubt one of the most tasteful and soulful of the tour thus far. Coil was a bonus and WOTC rocked. Seven Below had some nice triplet-based themes and was by far my favorite jam of the show. I'll be relistening to this show in full fairly often.
Score: 7
DogGone , attached to 2013-08-02 Permalink
DogGone For all those who were spoiled by the Tahoe Tweezer and can't get over the fact that that was such a great show, take a second and think about what happened when you were at the 1st Billy G show last night. Personally, having been there, I will say that last night was some Trey SHREDDING! he was on fire and TOTALLY feeling the crowd. Opening up with Free is always a good sign and Phish did not disappoint. The Meat, Vultures and PYITE were well played bustouts. The Sand, Reba, (yes) Caspian and even Farmhouse were amazing. Seven Below was absolutely spot on with evergy! They took that song for a nice ride before spoiling us with some Theme. Page's Squirming Coil outro was fantastic. The crowd was SOOOOO into it. And then a Walls of the Cave encore? What more can you want? Geez. I love Woo Tour!
Score: 6
phunky58 , attached to 2013-08-02 Permalink
this was a good show no doubt about it, but it is not worthy of shootin a load while writing about it whatsoever imo. Seven below was easily the gem of the night eventhough it was sloppy at the start. The improvisation during -7 was hands down best last night and that is what I live for. I'm not going to lie that may of been the best version of farmhouse I've heard. Overall the show was solid but not epic or anything like that. Seven below and dwd were highlights. But put a show like this against shows from last year and you will notice how last year's show would take it to school. I know this because I tried this experiment the other day. This is a real solid tour and I am enjoying it thoroughly but imo people are going way overboard on their assesments. I'm just being honest. that being said I can't wait for this evening.
Score: 5
Penn42 , attached to 2013-08-02 Permalink
Penn42 This is definitely the best first set I've seen this tour. Really inspired song selection and the Sand (first set? Fuck yeah!), Roggae, Vultures, Reba, and Moon jams are all good. Nothing out of this world, but some good straightforward jams for the first set. Unlike @chief_d, I don't remember the beginning of the Vultures jam being bad. I guess I don't specially remember the beginning of that jam at all. What I do remember is the middle and end are better than normal for 3.0. I think the same goes for Roggae; there was some really nice stuff in there.

The second set was up and down. PYITE opener was very much so up. Diseas was predictable, but I wasn't disappointed by that choice. However, I'll say something a bit controversial: 3.0 disease jams rarely do "it" for me. They just seem, for the most part, to be very nondescript and (dare I say) directionless. Most of the time what comes after it is what determines whether or not I really like it. For Example: Gorge Disease -> Undermind is awesome. I still don't particularly care about the disease jam itself, but I very much so care about the segue, setlist flow, and Undermind jam. I really like that segment of 7/27/13. An opposite example: last night. I was raging the Disease jam like everyone else, but I was really just waiting for what was coming next! Unfortunately, it was Caspian. Do I like Caspian? No. Do I like Farmhouse? Yes. Do I like Farmhouse when it follows Caspian in the first half of the second set? No. So that little segment was the low point for me, but the rest of the second set was solid.

I do agree with @chief_d that Trey simply couldnt play Seven Below, which is unfortunate because he has that nice guitar melody. That critique not withstanding, the jam was fun and progressed like this: Type-I build, brief plinko jam that gets a little nasty/funky, reprise of the Tahoe Tweezer "woo" jam*. I think Mike has had enough of the "woos" though, seeing as he semi-forced the Seven Below groove back. Theme was fine, Hood was good (personally, I don't remember any major Trey mishaps in the Hood jam), STFTFP is the most extended version I can think of, and Coil was nice as usual (yeah Page!). WOTC encore was sweet!

I wrote this review without a re-listen, so maybe take it with a grain of salt, but my initial impression is that I got a pretty good bang for my buck at this show. I'm excited for the next two nights!

*Also, you could see the "woos" in Reba coming from a mile away.
Score: 4
FACTSAREUSELESS , attached to 2013-08-02 Permalink
Can't understand all of you pissing on this Disease....maybe you're all just sick of it? I think a lot of you try hard to be objective but aren't because you are prejudiced towards or against certain songs. If I had a dime for every time someone loves/hates a set list because they loved/hated the songs selected I'd be a millionaire. This is jam music, it's all one long song anyway.

Back to the Disease....I fail to find it "short", "nondescript", or anything else dismissive. In fact, I thought it just may be the best Disease since last year. As a pure Disease jam, I was completely satisfied by it. As far as the segue in Caspian...if you've listened to this band for any length of time at all it should be clear that Caspian is a VERY good sign that Trey is feeling it.....no "Trey-nwreck" here folks. Just solid playing throughout.

This summer tour will go down as "How the West Was Won".
Score: 3
Aust1e , attached to 2013-08-02 Permalink
First set was pretty great, I enjoyed hearing all the songs. I thought it had an awesome balance between the straightforward jams and not jamming at all. For a first set, I really liked it.

The second set started out nice, punch was fun, and the beginning of the disease jam I loved. Then Caspian was alright, but farmhouse would've been better if it hadn't been paired with Caspian. STFTFP was an unexpected blast, one of the best parts of set 2. Squirming coil and walls of the cave were both enjoyable.

Overall, good show, but the first set had me really excited for the second set which didn't deliver as strongly as I think most were hoping for.
Regardless, it was fun and enjoyable, I just don't think ill relisten to it a bunch.
Score: 2
mblum , attached to 2013-08-02 Permalink
My 54th show since 1993 was the best *played* of my four-show Summer 13 run (Tahoe Tues/Weds and San Francisco Fri/Sat).

Free kicked off an absolutely rockin’, jam-filled first set, though the vocals didn’t gel until the flawless Meat. Mike owned that shit, with an energy and drive that would propel the show and lock the band into a unity that would prove to last the entire evening. They just made it look and feel so easy. So tight it was loose. Meat suggests it; Bag fulfills it. The following night (Sat) NEVER (ok maybe during RnR) achieved such seamless inevitable unity. On 8/2/13 in San Francisco Phish channeled nothing but.

Confession: Vultures is just about my favorite tune. One day I found and played every single version! ←dork ;) So my humble opinion here is both more informed and less objective than most: though I’d like an even dirtier Vultures, tonight’s was cavernous and gorgeously dramatic, with recockulous spirals. Boy, man listen to those four guys each and all!!

My 2 on the woos: god 7/31 was a special night. In 20 years, there’s really been nothing quite like it. Where do you go from there? I’m asking *us*. I will say the woo worked for Vultures and during the first passage of Reba, but yeah, started to feel tired or forced at times. What I did like was how the band was experimenting with it by Saturday night: they were PLAYING US! Play the Woo wherever it fits, like Mike’s meatball or Fish’s Toms. It takes a while to master any new instrument. It was our collective idea, but I don’t mind letting the better musicians take a stab at leading how we use it.

How powerfully, how gently does Roggae roll. The ideas were continuous and nearly inseparable. And hey, remember they played a fist night, first set Sand at BGCA last year too, and it worked just as well here cuz da place was on FI RE! Asses were shakin as Trey kept it bad ass and bluesy until Page suggests some staccato, which Trey follows, and then Mike like dominoes and before you know it Page gets gravelly for a syncopated launch that CK seizes to bring the crowd deeply, deeply into the groove. There’s a moment where they start tumbling so fast they stumble, and when Phish is on—and this is the thing—they make every stumble into the first step of the next sweet move. That’s how I wanna be!

Circus—great tune but this placement didn’t allow for its passionate melancholy.

Oh was Reba beautiful!!! At 7:50, (about 1:30 into the jam portion) things got deliciously sensuous. You could see the feeling great in the eyes of seven thousand sexy bouncing smiles.

This was one of those shows that was both propulsive and daring, all the way through. Even Caspian was pretty amazing, thanks to Page leading the charge on some rare edge. That quality segued perfectly into a *lovely* farmhouse that Mike anchored and Page caressed through Fishman’s flourishes. I think Fish is either the leader or the secret sauce. So in quick summary … Punch set the tone. Then Disease started so boiling hot that they needed to turn stove down to medium around the 6:30 mark and another notch at 8:00. But oh those last couple of minutes of urgent quiet exchange! Funny how things smoke at low heat.

Seven Below. Again what’s interesting—and just as important to me as Phish’s caring, daring, and effort—is not that Trey threw the whole band into the headlights by failing to find the intro melody, but that they recovered so beautifully. It’s how Trey, LET his team catch his fall and then seized the confidence of his own truth (I heard insistence and joy tempered with humility and a nice dose of cranky!) to move the conversation forward and actually lift those who had lifted him. Mike grabs the hint and won’t let go, inspiring Fishman to hop right on top of the stack. Dwelling on a screwup is myopic if you're a badass.

Theme was nothing short of glorious and Hood was the prettiest version I’ve heard. And possibly the prettiest jumping, popping, angry uplifting jazz-rocker ever in the history of planet earth. ;) Stealing time is revelatory. A mind blowing edition with sly funk and other stylistic surprises that give it a new-found forcefulness.

The segues weren’t as mind-blowing but they worked, lasted the full set (to Coil), and were unobtrusive. And finally it was a treat to enjoy the well-executed Coil and the soft and open Cave, though Cave did suffer from flawed vocal harmonies (is Page the one having trouble finding notes?).

The band’s communication with one another and with the audience has never been so clear and direct. From set list construction to musical interplay, I have this sense of really hearing them right now, and without any loss of the magic because of it.
Score: 2
moonfacebrb , attached to 2013-08-02 Permalink
moonfacebrb Strange night in San Francisco. Meat in the 2 slot certainly sets the precedent for a cold, laid back Gordon 1st set. With 6 songs that haven't been played yet this tour, it certainly seemed encouraging. Set 2 was a different story. Wooooooo! Punch instead of our customary Disease S2 opener? Caspian>Farmhouse 3 & 4 holes? Seven Below had probably the best and worst moments of the night all in 13 minutes. Trey fell ALL over the intro. I don't like to criticize the master, I actually felt bad for him. To his credit though he pushed through for some interesting Type I and start-stop jamming to close it out (including more call-response Woooooooo! from the crowd). The 4th quarter was also curious with Hood containing a Dixie tease that will tickle your ear and Trey belting a bizarre "Heyyyyyyyyy" at the peak. A psychedelic Stealing Time outro and an always beautiful Coil to close it out. Peculiar? Yes. Standard? No. A minor bump in the road to what should be an incredible finish over the next 3 days. It starts tonight. Stillllllllll waiting . . . . . .
Score: 1
DogGone , attached to 2013-08-02 Permalink
DogGone For all those who were spoiled by the Tahoe Tweezer and can't get over the fact that that was such a great show, take a second and think about what happened when you were at the 1st Billy G show last night. Personally, having been there, I will say that last night was some Trey SHREDDING! he was on fire and TOTALLY feeling the crowd. Opening up with Free is always a good sign and Phish did not disappoint. The Meat, Vultures and PYITE were well played bustouts. The Sand, Reba, (yes) Caspian and even Farmhouse were amazing. Seven Below was absolutely spot on with evergy! They took that song for a nice ride before spoiling us with some Theme. Page's Squirming Coil outro was fantastic. The crowd was SOOOOO into it. And then a Walls of the Cave encore? What more can you want? Geez. I love Woo Tour!
Score: 1
bouncin7 , attached to 2013-08-02 Permalink
bouncin7 My ears and brain and every stimulating nerve of cerebral cortex just finished digesting this FIRST set on webcast replay and I'm only writing about the first set hear hear hear... PHISH playing with exhilarating colossal tight creative wooooo inspired energy "seen the light" heard the architect's prayer that anything is possible, even at this age. I can't say enough about this first set - absolutely stunning Phish. The segue by PAGE from ACDC into Vultures was magical. The jam out of Roggae had me drooling ale. The audience interaction during SAND and REBA will not be forgotten. The circus arrives in California where it all began! Thank you, PHISH. See you at Dicks! How do you do this?
Score: 1
chrismcguire634 , attached to 2013-08-02 Permalink
chrismcguire634 I think the recap was spot on and written very well, thanks @jwelsh8. The energy during the first set was palpable and the band acknowledged our enthusiasm with some excellent playing. Free was great and the jam section generated a foreboding sense of what was to come. This Grind was "jammed out" with great feel and funk, Ok Kee was standard, AC/DC displayed some great 3.0 style type 1, Vultures was fun, Roggae (in place of Ocelot perhaps) and Sand were excellent versions. Circus and Babylon were standard. Reba was well played and the jam was very satisfying, though I have to say that I don't want to rain on anyone's parade but I think this is the last and only time Reba needs any "wooing". Halfway was excellent, do yourself a favor and check it out. Golgi was a perfect ending to a unique, fun, articulate set of Phish.

Set II was a roller-coaster of miscalculation, redemption and payoff. PYITE was well played, DWD was short and sweet but ultimately will be forgotten. Caspian and Farmhouse are two song I enjoy but feel were misplaced. One could almost feel the energy leaving the auditorium and that's not to say these were particularly poorly played, just the wrong placement in the set. Seven Below seemed to be an affirmation of the "lul" in the set and presented us with the most exploration of the night. Though the composed sections are rough, the improvisation is great. Theme and Hood were standard. I know it sounds unbelievable but check out Stealing Time, my favorite version personally and maybe the best jam of the night. Full of intensity (without being tense) and inspiration. Coil was great, sans the clapping and finally Walls was a great high energy closer.

Not the greatest Phish show I've attended but a solid effort with a lot to go home happy about. Definitely worth a listen and possibly a download as well. Thanks to all the SF Phans for the great times and hospitality! See you at Dick's!!
Score: 0
dpwilljr , attached to 2013-08-02 Permalink
dpwilljr There are so many variables that make a good show. I flew in from Miami the day of this first show at BGCA. I was a little tired since I had worked 7p-7a the night before and jumped on a plane after my shift was over.
I wanted to get a good east coast/west coast mix in summer 2013.
I think I picked the right shows.
This is still my favorite first set of the entire year.
It has everything I could've hoped for. The laid back west coast vibe, GA floor and a show with a unique, well played set.
My head was in the right place (which is the most important thing to get the most out of the experience) this night. The band was frosty and Mike had one of his nights.
I hope you love it as much as I do.
Score: 0

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