Hampton Coliseum, Hampton, VA
 Drill solo by Mike; "Mike-O Esquandolas" lyric.
Average Song Gap: 4.09
Notes: This show was webcast via LivePhish. Antelope featured a drill solo from Mike and alternate "Mike-O Esquandolas" lyrics.
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This show was part of the "Fall 2013 Phish Tour."
Trey came out pumped and the wolfmans brother only heightened the energy in the room - with what has become a rarity - a jam in song 1. This song has been an unsung hero of 3.0 and this version provided a nice upbeat jam that reverberated off the walls in a way you only get indoors.
Runaway Jim followed and was accompanied by another high energy jam that is never there in early set I Jim's. The place was melting two songs in!
Mound followed, enjoying its 2013 resurgence, and keeping up the energy for what was to be a standard but high energy chalkdust. Again, you couldn't help but appreciate the lights and the sound and the captured energy that you just don't get with expansive open or half-open amphitheaters.
Army of One and Nellie Kane provided some breather before - a interesting - stash. I am still struggling to describe it, with a unsteady type feel to it. Certainly unlike other stashed of late but a good listen to be sure. Ocelot, nothing above average for the past year or two - it's been bringing some extreme heat...it's still waiting to take the next step into showstopper but it's starting to blend into the set more naturally now.
The walls of the cave again served perfectly as set closer. Started off so tame before the energy got boosted to 11. An above average first set.
The second set was phenomenal to jam out to. The slow opening build twist was incredible fun while accompanied by a longer than usual type I jam that took for a turn toward the dark side at the end to build into a Free. It was a perfectly placed Free, with the high energy being brought back in and really nailing the peaks. It was a standard version that contrasted sharply with Roggae.
Roggae is a rare treat and it is a pleasure to see it appear as some variety in a mid second set that some claim are stale (maybe it is in some small degree in terms of written - but definitely never in how it's played)...it was a deep slow funk that should not be lost in the amazing Carini...
The Carini is why I love this band...as I said to the n00bs I brought with me to the show that you couldn't give tickets away for. But my gosh was this a non stop party....jazzy, funky, relentlessly upbeat, almost like it could have been its own instrumental song at points. It was candy for the feet ...the dancing was effortless....it is must listen to Phish...
Even the backwards down the number line fit in...it was placed well...which I rarely say. My biggest critique of this song is that it sticks out in a set like a sore thumb sometimes with its intro (see NYE run 2012 for one of 50 examples). But not always and not here. The fourth quarter was beginning but not without yet another beautiful rendition of 20 years later. It's really become a gorgeous live ballad. The ending Antelope was its usual self with a little stage banter too boot before a beautiful circus and high octane Suzy sent us home happy.
Welcome back to the mothership!
(Apologies for typos-written on cellphone)
1st set picked up at Ocelet and the end of Walls of the Cave was fairly spot on.
2nd set was good until BDTNL pretty much crushed the momentum which the band never seemed to get back. Roggae got interesting at one point. The Carini by itself was worth the price of admission -- vacillated between the new Carini ambient style and straight up funk. The Twist also had moments.
In short, the first reviewer nailed it. Without Carini it would have been an average show.
I thought the rest of the show was mostly well played, but Carini clearly was the star. I also enjoyed the banter re: Fish's flub at the end of Stash, to be reprised at the end of the show, with Trey ultimately giving Fish a high five. Finally, special mention to Mike's neon green Nikes and the power drill bust-out.
IMO, the momentum stopped after # line but, overall, a good harbinger for the rest of the tour!
Great song highlights (also including Twist, Stash, Wolf, Jim) but overall, I'm sad to say that in my opinion, the show completely fizzled out hard after the Carini.