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Link Sunday, 10/27/2013
XL Center, Hartford, CT

Set 1: R&RRock and Roll, Ocelot > Tube, Halfway to the Moon, Fee[1] > Maze, Lawn Boy, Nellie Kane > NICU, ASIHTOSA Song I Heard the Ocean Sing, WotCWalls of the Cave

Set 2: CDTChalk Dust Torture > Tweezer > BOAFBirds of a Feather, Golden Age > Halley'sHalley's Comet > 2001Also Sprach Zarathustra > Fluffhead > SlaveSlave to the Traffic Light

Encore: Loving Cup > TweepriseTweezer Reprise

[1] Trey sang verses through megaphone.

Teases:
· Fuego tease in Tweezer

Noteworthy Jams: Fee, Maze, Tweezer, Golden Age (highly recommended)

Average Song Gap: 6.38

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

Notes: Fee featured Trey on megaphone. Page teased Fuego in Tweezer.

Song Distribution:
3 A Picture of Nectar
2 Junta
1 Fuego
1 Joy
1 Undermind
1 Round Room
1 The Story of the Ghost
1 Stash
1 Rift
1 Lawn Boy
1 The White Tape

Songs by Debut Year:

This show was part of the "2013 Fall Tour."

ajcmixer , attached to 2013-10-27 Permalink
The one and only show I was able to attend on the Fall tour after the Denver's attended and before the MSG and I could not have asked anymore of it, the pre-show script fell into place perfectly. Get there on time: check. Hang out all together, all dozen plus of us, with my beloved Phriends and make an Phamily section out of the 2nd and 3rd rows of Section 105: check. Get a great view, perfect sound and CK5 dazzling us with a light show totally on-point and generally beyond belief: check. And, finally, get hosed down song after song after song by the boys in the band: check! Rock and Roll opening up the show took care of the memoriam right off the bat to the late and great Lou Reed and the moment of silence asked for by Trey and received was one of the most touching moments I've ever been a part of, the assembled masses quieting down as requested, not easy to do considering how ramped up the R and R left us at its conclusion. Next up was Ocelot, speaking directly to me and played to the hilt. Tube was totally funked-up, a harbinger of things to come. Halfway to the Moon was beautiful, a personal favorite and always welcomed by these ears. Fee was just fun fun fun and segued into Maze, and showcased Fishman as a force to be reckoned with on this evening as well as the obligatory hosing down first by Page and then Trey. Lawn Boy treated us with both Page and Mike working the stage from end to end, much to the delight of everybody in the building. Nellie Kane showcased Mike's vocal prowess, totally on this evening then the first NICU and the first A Song I Heard the Ocean Sing of the Fall tour, the latter being a particularly strong version before the final hose-down of the set, a wickedly great Walls of the Cave that left us buzzing with anticipation during intermission.

Chalk Dust Torture rocked and rolled out as the 2nd set opener and its relative brevity confirmed in my mind was I thought we were going to get afterwards and checking the freezer revealed Uncle Ebenezer was to be found in it as they unleashed the 2nd set funk with the Tweezer. Fishman was the MVP of this titanic version, the syncopation was simply stunning with the rest of the band playing within his beats provided, long and jammy and musically delicious. It came to a near total finish before Birds of a Feather furiously flew out of its conclusion, Trey totally nailed the mid-song jam. It came to a total stop and Trey signaled that we were, indeed, in a Golden Age of funk and roll, another totally satisfying hose-down before Mike clearly signaled and got us looking for and dancing to Halley's Comet and the fun factor in this version was clearly palpable, smiles abounded on stage and among my peeps as we were all singing along with it. That segued into the best 2001 I've ever been in the building for in the 3.0 era, the funk was totally laid down in this what-felt-to-my-ears unique version of an old standard, they played and played and played with it to the total amazement and delight of us dancing fools, the joint was jumping as one in unison and a marvel to behold from our great vantage point. That segued into the first Fluffhead of the Fall tour and they clearly enjoyed playing out the story before the segue into a majestic set-ending Slave to the Traffic Light, the light and sound and love showering us one last time before the first of their two bows of the latter part of the show. Before the encore, Page thanked us (shouldn't it be the other way aounnd!) for showing up and stated that the band had a lot of fun revisiting the venue and then Trey added that him and Mike had, not necessarily together, attended many great shows here in their youth at this venue and also thanked us for being a part of the evening festivities. At this point I was guessing that we'd get the Sleeping Monkey to awaken before the Tweeprise but, no, the first Loving Cup made its loving Fall Tour appearance before ripping into the Tweeprise, the final orgasmic hosing-down and thusly concluded an extremely satisfying show and had many reaching for a cigarette, either literally or virtually, afterwards as one would do after a night in the musical sack like this one. Phish wins. Again.

Peace,
Alex
Score: 29
Jimmymac03 , attached to 2013-10-27 Permalink
Jimmymac03 This is the best show Phish has ever played. Why? Cause it is the show that the woman of my dreams agreed to spend the rest of her life with me at.

I have yet to relisten but in the moment everything was perfect.

@mrsmacwinning I love you. I am one lucky man.
Score: 28
lazylightning , attached to 2013-10-27 Permalink
I really hate the jam chart for this Tweezer. Just because Trey is willing to take a back seat does not mean that this jam is "overrated". If you want guitar solos that are mistaken for jams, then I suggest you try the Allman Brothers. They've perfected that genre.

That said, the chart is partially correct. Trey does begin this jam beautifully. I am, however, missing the point at which this jam "flakes out" and "becomes aimless". When Trey begins the new theme at the 11 minute mark, Page runs with it. Around the 12 minute mark, Page switches to piano and begins a interchange with Trey that ultimately builds to an excellent soaring peak. Is it the "hose" that so many "phans" crave above all else? No. But if every jam is hose, what's the point, right?
Score: 5
dpwilljr , attached to 2013-10-27 Permalink
dpwilljr I had seen The Grateful Dead at the civic center five times including my first show in 1981 but I haven't been there since 1987. I originally planned on flying up for the Atlantic City shows, but decided to revisit this old building.
Hartford security and police were present in larger numbers than was necessary. The floor was the only place were the overbearing security presence was minimal.
During the second set, I noticed a girl with a black and white striped dress and black stockings in the aisle on the lower level Trey's side. She was completely immersed in the moment during Fluffhead, moving her entire body in a way that absolutely defined the meaning of why we go see this band. There were no words to describe how her movement and facial expressions made me feel. I was overwhelmed with joy for the few minutes I watched her. Usually I'm so caught up in the moment during shows, i don't take the time to watch the effect the band has on other people. I can only imagine what must be like for them to look out and see all of us getting off on the music.
Watching the crowd during a show is sometimes more rewarding than keeping your eyes on the stage.
I was incredibly happy to hear the Rock and Roll opener, although I was mildly disappointed there wasn't more of an effort to play at least one more song. I fantasized about a second set Venus in Furs before the show.
Every song in the first set was played well. I finally saw Fee for the second time since 1996. The Fee>Maze was the highlight of the set for me.
The crowd went crazy when Mike actually walked the perimeter of the stage during his Lawn Boy solo.
I also recall Trey trying to extend the end of Chalk Dust into a jam that was not picked up by some other members of the band.
The Tweezer that followed contain some of best moments of the night. Birds of a Feather was enjoyable as always, but a rather standard version.
Just when I thought I had heard Golden Age too many times, the band turns it into a jam that was arguably the best of the night.
I recall a stopping point before Halley's while the band decided what to play next.
The ASZ contained some incredible moments that everyone should check out. Fluffhead seamed to get off to a shaky start, but watching the girl with the stockings brought me back and it ended very well.
Trey mentioned a concert that he and Mike went to before they met. I think he may have been referring to one of the Dead shows that I had also attended.
I was extremely happy to have flown up from Miami earlier than planned to see this show.
See everyone in Atlantic City.
Score: 4
Uakari , attached to 2013-10-27 Permalink
Uakari I would say Hartford delivered the goods on a Sunday night.
For me I heard Lou Reed passed while waiting in a long check-in line over at the Ramada.
So they blew out of the gates with a Rock & Roll opener and the Lou crowd chant at the end already made the trip worth it. I will always take a Tube at the shows. Halfway to the Moon seems to be getting a better reception out there by the kids and sounds great to me. Fee was a loud sing along in Sec 120 and I overheard several screams from people who were crossing that song off their list. Maze kept the energy up and in Lawn Boy, Page walked over to sing the song by Mike. ASIHTOS will always bring a smile and sounded very tight, with all the band members locked in. Walls closed the set proper and no-one seemed turned off by set 1 anywhere that I see.
CK5's rig looks amazing this fall!
Chalkdust was not that long but juiced everyone back up and then Tweezer took us there. It's just great to know that we are likely to get some sick jams as in this Tweezer at Phish shows once again. Birds seemed standard although not botched or anything. In Golden Age they turned the hose back on, but in a different way, not sounding stale or repetitive at all. Halley's went right into a 2001 dance party and poof we were in the back half of the second set. Fluff>Slave is classic Phish to end the show and it left no-one in Sec 120 wanting too much more.
Eight song second set, heck yeah! The Loving Cup>Tweeprise encore made sure that I would not forget 2013 Hartford anytime soon.
Score: 3
sfadden30 , attached to 2013-10-27 Permalink
Maybe it was because this was the first time i sat facing the stage lowerlevel but sonically and visually this was the best show for me, sound and lights were incredible and opening with r&r was perfect, tweezer golden age and 2001 were highlights for me , was also at fridays worcester show which was also great but this ranks in the top 5 for me
Score: 2
Jman428 , attached to 2013-10-27 Permalink
Jman428 Hartford was tits, to put it in a word. Sunday show so it didn't have the screaming crowd energy, but I feel it's better setting for them to "open up" jams with and be more risky and confident without the distractions. Rock and Roll opener for Lou was like nothing I've heard them do, type 2 outta the gates got me pumped up. The jam was short and sweet but the energy coming from the band was overwhelming. After the short type 2 jam (short but very sweet), they dropped into a mellow ocelot, then the energetic Hartford Tube. Halfway to the Moon and Fee were both fun to hear, then an *intense* maze followed by a fun Lawnboy featuring mike walking around stage doing his fills at the end of the song which set up for the mike tune Nellie Kane. NICU was pretty standard, page put on a little extra mustard on the keyboard solo. A Song I Heard the Ocean Sing pumped me way back up and the jam was especially dirty-psychedelic sounding if I remember correctly. Appreciated the Walls of the Cave although nothing was fancy about it. Set II though... Holy Christ. Chalkdust peakfest opener to set the mood and get em locked in for what was to come. A HEADY ass Tweezer went "out there" and remained locked in the whole time, they didn't need to step back and lock back in at all, straight hose. This got me especially pumped cuz I've been calling a monster Hartford Tweezer since they played Hampton. Ferocious Birds of a Feather came next, then an even bigger jam of the night came, Golden Age. There were multiple themes/passages explored, with some short siket disc style jamming at the end of it, similar the tail end of Hampton Tweezer. Next was a standard Halley's, and then a 2001 that went places, a 2001 everyone was hoping for. They threw down the funk and jammed it extra dirty. Fluffhead contained slight playing errors in the composed part, but the peak and jam was outstanding, the "Fluffhead!" Part was sick with the entire arena yelling it at the top of their lungs. Was wearing my Dr.Fluff's Powerful Pills shirt at the time too . The Slave to end the set was gorgeous, dropped the intensity way down for an immaculate build up where trey bent notes and made his guitar cry at the peak. Then a pretty standard Cup/Reprise encore but I can't complain bout it one bit after that show. Outstanding. Would love to see Phish play XL Center again.
Score: 2
n00b100 , attached to 2013-10-27 Permalink
n00b100 The first set is bookended by its highlights - a closing Walls of the Cave with a nice peak, and the opening Rock & Roll, their tribute to Lou Reed (who passed this night, for future generations), which features an extended post-song segment that doesn't really step out (other than a darker chord segment near the end) but is played with energy and passion through and through. Pretty standard stuff otherwise.

Set 2 starts with a ferocious CDT, then they pull out the first Tweezer since Hampton, and this one almost *immediately* rolls into funk land, Fish tapping away on his wood block, Page going upbeat on the clavinet. Trey then starts bending out some rock god notes as the jam stays meaty and funky, then takes over with trills as it gets more melodic and beautiful (Rob Mitchum, phishcrit on Twitter, compared it to the 8/1/98 Tweezer, and I believe he's right). Things almost get Weekapaug-ish, but a much more relaxed Weekapaug-ish, a float-in-the-clouds groove if there ever was one. Page also has a very fine moment in the sun on piano, but this is Trey's chance to shine. The jam tweedles out, and they go into almost a reprise of the jam they just played, before cutting loose and firing up Birds. All in all, it's a lovely Tweezer and a fine companion piece to Hampton's abyss-exploring darkness (although @Icculus's jam chart description does give me a chuckle).

Birds is Birds, then Golden Age makes it 2 for 2 on songs played on consecutive Sundays, and this is another fantastic version as well. This time the jam out of the turn is jazzy as opposed to funky, Trey hitting upon a repeating chord sequence for a few measures, and Page really giving the jam a classier feeling (oh, btw, Fish's work here is *ridiculous*). Page switches to sustained notes, building up a fog of noise, as Mike pushes forward and Trey begins to take his stop-start chording to another level. The band is just ridiculously in the pocket in this jam, as much a dance machine as they were 16 years ago. We get an almost obligatory woo sequence, then Trey starts climbing the ladder and the jam builds into a darker, more foreboding sequence. Page switches to the clavinet, Mike starts building up energy, and the groove comes to a gentle, elvish-Page-notes-and-buzzing-Mike-bomb conclusion. It's not quite the equal of the demon-summoning Hampton version, but it's another very strong jam and the highlight of the evening.

Halley's gives the band a little breather, then 2001 brings us back into the world of grooving, before the band makes a surprise call and pulls out Fluffhead. I've always liked Fluffhead, but wondered in the past why people are okay with a 16-minute song without a jam taking up 2nd set real estate; thanks to some friendly explanations in the show thread, I've come around on 2nd set Fluffheads as more of an experience, one of Phish's oldest and most beloved songs, a fiendishly complex exploration of music that is almost impossible not to get into live (and, if the mood is right, listening on tape). Fluffhead is nice (if flubbed in parts), and another super Slave closes a 3rd straight strong second set, almost a mirror image of 10/20/13 II (a lighter Tweezer/Golden Age combo, 2001 mid-set, Slave to close), more uplifting if not quite as strong musically.

Final thoughts: the 3rd best show of the run, but a show full of great highlights and nice flow (the 2nd set is constructed very strongly, with two separate suites of music). At the very least, the Tweezer/Golden Age 1-2 demands listening to as much as anything else from this wonderful tour.
Score: 2
franswami , attached to 2013-10-27 Permalink
franswami Well I've said it before about the various members of Phish on various nights, but now I have to write it down, because it needs to be noted in text forever. This night in Hartford History, was the night that Page displayed all the symptoms of having been bitten by a radioactive piano. It is apparent for the entire night, but true hallucinogenic frenzy is utterly clear in the flawless handoffs from Trey's guitar to Page's keys and back during the Slave closer. I haven't laughed out choking tears so hard in my life as I did swaying on the stairs of Section 202 it Hartford XL Center on this night, and It rips my heart tonight again on Tuesday evening as I listen to the HoodStream of the show through tiny computer speakers as I write this review with my surviving elevated consciousness.
Score: 1
Doses_Rx , attached to 2013-10-27 Permalink
Hartford was the only Fall Tour I was able to attend, but by far was more then appetizing one at that. The moment of silence for the great Lou Reed was a moving one to get that many people quiet to show respect. Everything was on point the acoustics where awesome, lights where money and on que. Great show from start to phinish. Good times and great vibes dancing and making new phriends in sec216. Long Live the Phunk!!!
Score: 1
TheDude31 , attached to 2013-10-27 Permalink
TheDude31 Great time!!! The boys kicked ass! RnR opener was great (LOUUUU). Fee> Maze old school pairing is all ways a treat. the maze was smoking... ASIHTOS and WotC 2 favorites for me! wish they would play them both more often... Tweezer had a great jam! Birds I really like.. Golden Age was All Fishman... sick beats! Trey was right on it... "Flub"head is still cool sloppy or not... And Slave to me is always a perfect way to end a set... First time for me in 13 years that I was on the floor GA 10 ft from stage!! Was at the 12-12-99 show and hope to see them here on fall tour '14 (we hope) here again!
Score: 1
FirstTubeCT , attached to 2013-10-27 Permalink
FirstTubeCT After giving it a few listens musically and structurally the XL Center show was very solid. My top10 highlights are:

1- RnR opener with Lou chant and tribute by Trey
2- Tube jam starting at 50 sec mark is short but epic. My favorite jam of show I like the fast funk.
3- Fee segue with megaphone was first for me.
4- Maze blue light show CK5 doing work this first set is really smoking.
5- NICU Page jam Play it, Leoooooo! Play it!
6- Tweezer at 1:58 mark when 1000+ glowsticks were unleashed evenly around the XL by unknown forces.
7- Tweezer and Golden Age extended jams.
8- 2001 ebb and flow always a crowd pleaser.
9- Loving Cup singalong encore.
10 - Tweezer Reprise's heavy bass great way to end show

On the flipside here are my lowlights:

1- The three 20-something bros with Red Sox gear who as the lights first downed powered into the perfect space I'd been sitting having nice conversations since 6:30pm.
2- After one Red Sox guy physically gives me a little shoulder I slide to the right then the 20-something hippie guys immediately in front started dancing backwards by swinging their smelly dreads in my face. This dance backwards technique is new to me.
3- Start backing up and two short buff dudes all lit up with glow and sweating balls power in immediately behind me and start singing every word to Fee as loud as they can.
4- Continue slow small step migration to get space and guy now in front pulls out camera and starts filming an entire song with iPhone held above his head, blocking my view, with brightness all the way up. The whole time rocking it up and down to make unwatchable. Triple faux pas.

During Walls decide at setbreak I'm holding ground and sitting down next to cool Dad-Mom-Son combo I was talking to earlier who put down blanket with tape and haven't moved the entire show. Good set break talks with them.

6- Second set starts and group of about eight 20-somethings who all smell like they haven't showered in days power in front of us. Looking at their wrist I see no wristbands.
7- Next about 5 more of their friends power in with them and start this technique of dancing backwards, where they have 3 feet in front of them, while they swing their heads into my face behind them. Obviously trying to make more space for themselves.
8- At this point I'd had enough and put my hands on one of the dancing backwards offenders and say something like Come on dude. Please give me some space... and point to the 3-feet of empty space in front of him. He proceeds with a yeah man whatever look with thumb up and continues.
9- Repeat #8 with me this time me putting hands on back and moving him forward. In which he turns and we lock eyes and I saw drug-fueled rage I thought he might take a swing.
10- Said rage eyes switches spots with one of his homies whose a girl and she doesn't violate front space but starts smoking a cig and blows the smoke downwards so it wafts everywhere. Smoke all the weed you want, but cig smoke is taboo, especially the time of year. Rude 101.

Yeah I'm getting older (44) but I've been to 100s of concerts (20 Phish) and the audacity of the above offenders was disturbing. I was at the Pearl Jam concert two days before, in the exact same spot (~15 back, dead center), and the PJ fans were much more easy to co-exists with and didn't have this strange sense of fuck you entitlement the Phish fans had. Especially the 2nd set ones who didn't have wristbands. And this technique of dancing backwards by moving your head back into a person's face to make more space for yourself is not cool. At all. A lot of bad individualist vibes being spread around. Maybe it's an east coast, or Sunday night we're all burnt out from DCU thing, not sure and doesn't matter when you go to a Phish show please be considerate and respectful to those around you.

/rant
Score: 0
bonculus , attached to 2013-10-27 Permalink
In terms of venue, Hartford might not be as historic, but it was a heck of a lot easier to maneuver through and settle in by the rail.

R&R as a show opener is a novelty itself. I'd rather have them play this really well (which they did) and jam a bit than play a Loaded cover that they haven't practiced all that much. Ocelot carries itself well in a snug fit place followed by a Tube that is short, but sweet. The band creates a brief rhythmic jam where Page/Fish fill the space between Trey's distorted/delay block chording contribution - real cool. A particularly strong Halfway to Moon precedes a fun standard Fee. If you haven't read all the comments: Phish is playing their standards really well. You can tell they are really committed to creating something special from each tune, but are mature enough to think about their ideas before playing them. A fun Fee>Maze. Some cool stage happenings during Lawn Boy with Page getting real close to Mike with the mic followed by Cactus walking around the stage (he moves!). SIHTOS is a really cool one (better than Jones Beach). The singing in Walls of the Cave can really bother me when it's really out of tune, but they were more on par tonight - a rocking finish to set I.

Oh, how I wish CDT was longer, but in 3.0 it serves as the energy booster and a cool way to start set II > awesome Tweezer. Exploring the major/mixolydian modes throughout, this isn't a dark Tweezer, but it does go into some Type II space-yness. They really could've kept going with their ending and although Birds of a Feather was pretty abrupt, it was a cool up-bringer. The Golden Age is a must-hear. Just listen to it. Was this the jammed out Halley's we've been waiting for? No, but it was still fun and the extra long jamming between ASZ verses was really cool. Fluffhead had some fluffs, but overall it served as a great composed closer > a beautiful Slave.

Who doesn't love Loving Cup > Tweprise?

As opposed to the summer where Phish would play monster jam followed by shorter songs for set II, they are now switching back in forth between jammed out songs and shorter ones... although the shorter ones are extremely good and not a downer (see Worcester Backwards). A great show overall!
Score: 0
iflifewaseasy , attached to 2013-10-27 Permalink
Mike teases Super Mario Bros. for a measure or two at the end of fee, but doesn't keep it going. :)
This show is worth a listen!

Mike teases Super Mario Bros. for a measure or two at the end of fee, but doesn't keep it going. :)
This show is worth a listen!

Mike teases Super Mario Bros. for a measure or two at the end of fee, but doesn't keep it going. :)
This show is worth a listen!
Score: 0
schnurrpops , attached to 2013-10-27 Permalink
Second set was a sick joke - IMO Golden Age has progressed more than any other Phish song the past few tours, the funky jam segment during the second half of the song has developed on it's own. It's the golden age of Phish and this one is a must listen!
Score: 0
Fathership , attached to 2013-10-27 Permalink
Fathership Another rock solid show from this wonderful tour. Truly blessed we are to have the band playing this well at this point in their career.

The inevitable Lou Reed tribute is first on the agenda this night, with a good, high energy Rock & Roll opener. Trey shreds it as usual and Page sounds especially good as he dances around the lead. There's a quick reprise of the "it's alright" vocals before the jam winds down and the crowd turns silent in memoriam.

Ocelot comes next and does its thing (isn't it a little early for this one?) before Tube brings the energy back up. This is a reaaaal nice Tube despite its length. I really enjoy Trey's little rhythmic contributions here. Halfway To The Moon is one of my favorite new tunes, I love to see it here, mid first set.

Fee > Maze is great, Page really conjures up some demons in Maze. Always a thriller. Lawn Boy is the required breather, and the solo is given to Mike as he parades across the stage. Nellie Kane gives way to a very nice NICU, the first of the tour. Another tour debut comes next in ASIHTOS. It's a real treat, with Trey making some wicked sounds to accompany the brief, dark jam. Walls Of The Cave is a perfect set closer. This one absolutely rages too. Fishman's lightning fast drumming is the perfect compliment to Page's slamming and Trey's machine gun licks. Really high energy set closer to a decent first set, giving tons of reason to look forward to set two.

A mid tempo Chalk Dust starts us off at a brisk walk. It's forgotten regardless the moment Tweezer begins. Immediately the boys turn to the funk and Page vamps on a nice, repeated riff on the clav. This leads to a great little groove with everyone on board. Fish plays around with the cowbell a bit (a heavy theme during this set), and then returns to the Tweezer high hat beat while Trey plays some soaring licks. Cow bell again. Then high hat. Fishman really is driving the jam here. Page stays killing it on the clav before experimenting a bit with the grand. The jam drops off and gets a little spacey while Trey plays some distant melodic notes. Drifting. Page sprinkles some beautiful notes on top of this lazy river ride. Really love the pretty jams lately, like the Drowned from Worcester. The jam starts to pick up and become more blissful, more positive as the boys find a really nice, thumping groove. Trey repeats a lick a few times and plays around with a few different chord progressions while Mike lays down some very sweet lines. The jam drops off again (I assume this is where the jam chart starts to consider it "aimless") and everyone plays muted versions of what they have been. It sounds GORGEOUS. This is a very delicate, pretty jam that really differs from the Hampton's dark version. A fantastic trip into the freezer...

...until Birds, an odd call, shakes us from our listless ride and plunges us into a pretty average reading of the tune. I don't really like to see this one in a second set. But Phish is Phish! That Tweezer alone was worth the price of admission. Golden Age is next, and we get taken straight to funkytown. After some expected Trey soloing the typical jam halts and a thoroughly funky groove attacks, with several group buildups and Page really adding some wonderful rhythm with the organ. Like something out of a glorious Tube this continues for a while longer. Fish adds a new layer when he really starts to ride the cowbell. Sweet stuff here. An off-kilter "Dun-Dun" rhythm emerges and it's hard not to wince when the woos try to keep up with the relative complexity of the groove. Some alien noises begin to overlap and the jam is briefly overtaken by them. Really solid work from Page at this point. Mike, of course, is holding it down and just killing it. The music turns gorgeously ambient, reminiscent of the Hampton Tweezer earlier in the month. A very simple but very enjoyable funk laden Golden Age.

Halley's > 2001 keeps the dance party going. A very abrupt slam into the 2001 that I liked quite a bit. I would have preferred that the 2001 emerge from a little longer ambiance out of Golden Age, however. This is a very strong 2001 that features a dense groove with more cowbell(!!). A very nice Fluffhead (another tour first) sets up a SOARING Slave closer. Is there any better way to do it? An especially rocking Loving Cup > Tweeprise caps off another spectacular night of Fall Tour 2013.

Highlights for me are Tube, NICU, ASIHTOS, Walls of the Cave, Tweezer, Golden Age, 2001, and Slave. That's an awful lot, and more than enough to award this show with four stars.
Score: 0
deceasedlavy , attached to 2013-10-27 Permalink
The tribute to Lou is certainly welcome, and even a slightly interesting jam in there taboot! Then it's back to business as usual on this tour; i.e., Trey plays like shit and the first set is as dull as possible. But actually, following the aimless Fee jam, Trey seems to shake off some rust and plays a pretty fiery Maze solo. You also can't blame him for trying to blast off at the end of Chalk Dust, but as usual of late, they're just not listening to each other. All is forgiven as Tweezer begins, of course; I suppose people are thrilled that the jam takes a fairly unusual (for Tweezer) trajectory, but it is such a lazy, boring jam, sort of like a super slow Weekapaug chord progression. No fire at all. Golden Age threatens to get interesting a few times thanks to the rhythm section, but there's simply no cooperation from Page or Trey in building a peak of any kind. A relatively epic (sad to say) 2001 sparks a glimmer of hope, but Fluffhead is plain sloppy, even by the usually reliable Page. Slave is very nice though, lots of great textural guitar work and a hot if predictable climax. Our fearless leader played slightly better tonight than on the previous several, but it's too bad that the band has regressed so far that we as fans again have to overlook constant flubbery and directionless jams in order to be optimistic.
Score: -4

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