One of the highest-energy shows I can remember seeing. More peaks than the Rocky mountains.
First set was great but the second was just otherworldly. NMINML through Ghost was just a fractal of musical bliss. Carini got so evil I felt like sacrificing a goat. Then it peaked with an energy that was like a god-damned war machine just destroying everything in it's fucking path.
This band just keeps getting better every time I see them.
I think after the bakers dozen, nobody knew quite what to expect at dicks--and still doesn't, I guess. There are so many songs on the table that the boys are ready to whip out right now, should they feel like it. Instead, last night they played one of the more standard setlists I've ever seen, with about as many 3.0 songs as 1.0. And they destroyed them. The first set started off hot with a type 2 Blaze On right out the gates, then held its energy like very few first sets manage to do.
That second set, though, was something else. Once they got going on NMINML, it felt like they were gonna go the whole set with it. Instead of the semi-usual tension and release jams they are prone to lock into these days, they went ultra-psychedelic. Page made extremely liberal use of his synths, and there were a few points where Fishman sounded like he had six hands. When they finally dropped into Carini, it almost felt awkward. They had been going so hard for so long that to be back in the middle of an actual song just kind of felt wrong. But then they were immediately back in the jam and it was like No Men's had never ended. I felt the same way when they dropped into ghost, but then they were right back in the jam once again. It wasn't until Hood kicked in that the jam felt like it had naturally landed itself on something composed. And we got a patient Hood intro, which is always nice.
Definitely a show worth a relisten. I've heard the second set a few times now and it hasn't come close to getting old. And the first set might just make you care a little more for a song or two you previously weren't a fan of.
Set I... opens with a jam! Blaze On goes the distance, for the win! A few more songs are stretched out a bit (several ~10-min. renditions), but Roggae is the overall set highlight for me. No Men in No Man's Land > Carini > Ghost fills up an entire disc. While NMINML is almost 25 minutes long, it's the Carini and Ghost that pack more punches, IMO. Harry Hood > Cavern to end the 5-song second set, then there's a good encore with The Horse > Silent in the Morning > Character Zero. It looks like tonight is already going well, too, so we may have a typically amazing Dick's run. And I have to agree that Mike sounds really good on the soundboard. Finally, I have a new appreciation for the setlist team, who didn't note a legitimate segue into Ghost... that's a tough call, but Fishman gets down to just the hi-hat, and Trey plays the chord vamp... not a segue, thanks for the assiduous phansmanship.
The first set was solid. No real clunkers and it was dialed in. Often there is a lull or a dubious ballad to cool the fans back down to a simmer. None of that last night.
No Mans-Carini-Ghost was outstanding. Drop the NMINML or especially the Carini jam in a high profile 1.0 show available on soundboard and phans would still be totally tumescent about it. Some slop in Hood. Encore was mailed in. But a noble effort worthy of Dicks with a fair amount of replay value.
Arguably, the top 3 moments of 3.0 Phish were Dick's 2012 itself, Magnaball, and the Baker's Dozen. Similarly to 2015, when Dick's had to follow up Magnaball, Dick's now had to follow up the Baker's Dozen. Both Dick's runs are highly underrated as a result. I'm not trying to say that the first 2 nights of Dick's in 2015 and the last two nights of Dick's in 2017 are some of the best shows in 3.0. But they should definitely be in the 4.1-4.3 range and are worth checking out. IMO the 2017 Dick's run is better than 2015. Mainly because of 9/1/17. This show is right up there with the Fuck Your Face night as the best Dick's show. The first set highlights include a fantastic Blaze On opener, extended Breath and Burning, a space-funk version of Free, incredibly unique and exploratory Tube that shifts from funk to bliss and loses itself in space before Trey subtly brings the funk back, and, of course, a beautiful Roggae. The second set is something you have to hear for yourself to believe. NMINML> Carini> Ghost is over an hour of must hear improv. I can barely think of a better first hour of a set in 3.0 from a jamming perspective besides jam night from the BD or Randall's Island night 3. The band had a little trouble coming back to earth in Harry Hood, but it didn't take anything away from the absurd energy of the crowd. For the Phish nerds out there, it's the only 5 song set of Dick's and only the 5th 5 song set of 3.0.
Its been few days since this show and after relistening to it several times I'm not quite sure why it doesn't score higher. I guess after the BD the bar was set high. This was the best show of the Dicks run and for me in the top 3 shows of the summer.
Set one is definitely over looked. I was having the time of my life during this set. Blaze on comes out strong. Maybe not the best version but a great way to open the show. 555 is always a nice touch. Never cared much from Breath and Burning. Theme was good but a standard version. Free was thumping out of control. Mikes bass was turned up so loud this weekend and I was loving it, this one had the crowd going for sure. Tube gets jammed out once again, and gets some nice licks from trey along with a perfect amount of synth from Page. Roggae isn't to be overlooked, plenty of peaks and trey shredding. More had the chompers going crazy but what do you expect.
Now this is where things get going. Other than both sets from the jam night, this was the best set of the summer IMO. NMINML gets super psychedelic. This is better than the Dick's 2016 version. The carini is in the top 3 of all time. Psychedelic exploration, plenty of grooving pockets, and a massive peak... What else could you ask for? Ghost was great, had a NMINML groove and quotes, perfect placement in the set. Then we get a huge Hood. The crowd nearly caused an earthquake as Fishman hit the opening notes. Cavern once again had the chompers going crazy.
Now the encore was a little bit of a let down. After such a high energy set I would have hoped for something just a little better. Not that I dislike Silent in the morning just a little slow for what was previously played. Then again let down by a zero.
Overall this night was insanely good. Having attended Night 4 of the BD I would put it just under that show personally. The whole second set is worth a listen! 5/5 for me
Enjoyable night in Commerce City once again. Set One: Theme>Free and Tube>Roggae were fleshed out - thoughtful, patient, and solid; thoroughly enjoyable. My son commented that the boys had dug themselves a deep hole in Tube that seemed the path back would prove difficult, but being the consummate musicians they are, pulled it off with aplomb. Those four songs were indicative of the second set to come. Side note: we arrived soon after the start of the soundcheck, during what sounded like Makisupa. They all seemed hell-bent on sonic experimentation (especially Trey and Page) and jamminess. Reflecting on that rather lengthy soundcheck it certainly was another indicator for the night that followed.
As for the NMINML>Carini>Ghost, there was a lot to unpack in those 62ish minutes. The composed section of Carini was a little disjointed (upon second (soundboard) listen, but once they broke free, oh my! Ghost was a welcome surprise to start the fourth quarter, and continued the jam-filled second set (did they out pass out doughnuts and I somehow missed it?!). Fortunately there were mini doughnuts to be had ... ;-)
After completely obliterating the Baker's Dozen in July and August, expectations were high when the Phish from Vermont hit Colorado. Some folks will tell you that maybe a couple of these sets weren't up to the same level as the preceding 2017 shows, but hey, folks will say a lot of things.
Just some quick hits. First, they're in Colorado, the land of legal reefer and "Blaze On" kicks off the festivities. They're such clever boys, the Phish. And not just any version of Blaze On, this is 15 solid minutes of jam-packed blazing excitement for your head and your ass. Blowing your mind and making you dance. That's what they do.
The tone of Trey's guitar in Free is just tasty goodness to my robotic ear. One of those things I could hear any day...
Tube. Damn. They jammed it again!! Different from the BD version, but that doesn't make it better or worse. It was great, and I'm hoping that two in a row marks the start of a trend.
Roggae. I love this song. Every version is the best version ever when I'm hearing it.. This one is no different.
More is an anthem, and a pretty damned good one at that. They've not done anything really different with it since its debut and this version was interchangeable with any others.
The second set is just about 3/5ths of everything you could ever want from a second set. The first 3 tunes were incendiary. The other two were solid, but not exceptional. The encores were average versions of commonly played tunes. What else can I say?
Well worth checking out for the Blaze On, Tube, and NMINML > Carini >Ghost
Great show, the best show of the run easily. The second set was a monster, the hose was on full blast. Tube, ghost and no man's makes for a funky dance party. Carini was especially interesting. I think the whole second set needs the "must listen" recommendation. Had a lot of fun page side all weekend. Great folks.
First set Tube was great, really took some great turns. Roggae refused to slow down the jamming and was solid.
Second set descended into psychedelia several times, I had to remind myself that we were only in 2nd or 3rd song of the set. Outstanding, deep jamming. The playing and energy of Mike and Fish really stood out.
And unlike others, I'm a sucker for Horse>Silent and really enjoyed the stadium wide sing-along.
After a Relisten I gotta drop a line or two about the 4.5 9/1 show. I will say I love this band and have drawn unmeasurable strength from the music over the years as it relates to overcoming heroin/alcohol addiction but I digress. While I have enormous respect for the band's exploratory talents I can't agree with such a high rating for this show!! I know I said it right?!!? Carini Sweet!! 2nd set Sweet!! 4.5 Hmmmmmmm Relistened to Uniondale '03 last night 4.5.
Sacrilege I know but there it is. Some of 2nd set sounded like drums/space at any Dead show I ever went to. There I said it. Whew
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