SET 1: Stash, The Old Home Place > Cavern > Divided Sky, If I Could, The Fog That Surrounds, Acoustic Army, Julius, Sample in a Jar
SET 2: Possum > Bathtub Gin, Mound, Mike's Song -> McGrupp and the Watchful Hosemasters > Weekapaug Groove -> Llama, Suzy Greenberg -> Crossroads, Hello My Baby, A Day in the Life
ENCORE: Chalk Dust Torture
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Review by Man_From_Mars
Bryce Canyon was absolutely stunning. At that time of night nobody was there; no RVs, no tour groups, and no kids running around screaming. We took full advantage and walked around where you wouldn’t get away with walking during the day. The light from the moon lit up the hoodoos in spectacular fashion. We stayed as long as we could before getting back on the road toward the North Rim.
The approach to the Grand Canyon from the north is interesting. You drive through a forest for about an hour right into the parking lot and can’t tell there is an epic canyon steps away due to the trees. We quickly departed the car and found a path to a rocky point where a few others were perched. We found a spot above the path and settled in to watch the creeping daylight slowly illuminate the colors of the canyon walls. Eventually the sun came up over the eastern rim. Truly breathtaking!! We stumbled upon the North Rim Lodge for an equally epic breakfast while overlooking the canyon. We got back into the car and completed the 6-hour drive to Phoenix still on a day off
Compton Terrace was the fifth and final outdoor show of fall tour. The general admission venue allowed us to get up real close. Stash opened the first set to my surprise; only the 2nd time that had happened. Clearly after two days off Phish was itching to get back at it. Things start off innocently enough, strong interplay between everyone. Trey takes the lead and they are heading in a direction not seen this tour at the 11th show on the 11th day of October. A driving yet patient jam ensues until Trey decides to raise the bar yet again. Whoa! Nothing like some non-stop high-octane booty-shaking Phish to start the show, a full band assault right until the ending. Oh yeah!
Trey thanks the crowd and says “that last song was live in concert. And we would like to play this next song, live in concert.” We started cracking up because we heard a local Phoenix deejay say this repeatedly, and seriously, on Phoenix's classic rock station just the day before. They were playing tracks from A Live One, which was released earlier that year in June, to promote the show that wasn’t sold out. The band must have heard it as well. Too funny!
The Old Home Place (26 show gap) was another unexpected yet perfectly placed song. Good Phish, good times; the crowd is pumped! Cavern punches in from the ending and is played rather strongly. Cavern’s ending gets spaced out before dropping into Divided Sky. This version is inspired and pulls at all the right cords. It feels pretty good, and the energy is electric.
If I Could probably wasn’t what the crowd really wanted but it worked in the end as it always does. Interestingly, Trey lays back on this version and lets Page take lead. The Fog That Surrounds follows and now Trey is alternating lyrics with Fishman. Trey goes off in the jam and it’s quite different from prior versions; check it out!!
Everyone deserves an Acoustic Army this tour. Afterward, Trey says “that song was featuring Mr. Henrietta, on the lead guitar, live in concert.” Trey starts Julius and the crowd starts clapping along. Trey is at his finest for his solo; don’t sleep on this Julius! Sample In A Jar closes the 70+ minute set in rocking fashion! “We’ll be back in 15 minutes!” Sure you will
This 2nd set is must hear Phish; actually the whole show is. Trey says “on behalf of the band, we’d like to thank you for making that move” and immediately starts Possum, the 3rd of tour. The intro is extremely playful as is the jam. It doesn’t take long for the band to bring the heat. Trey amps up the intensity with some fine picking. Watch out for Dave’s energy guide! Trey jumps on his percussion rack briefly as he holds a note; impressive. Next thing you know, he’s ripping it up and dropping a Johnny B. Goode tease before closing the song in a maniacal manner. Top notch Possum!
Trey immediately starts Bathtub Gin, a song played sparsely the past year. A crazy jam ensues with odd time signatures and interweaving playing. The theme returns and one might think they are going to wrap it up. That’s not the case as they jump back into the ether. They quiet down the mood before hinting at Weekapaug. They wrap it up by returning to the theme prior to the sudden ending. Mound takes off next and maintains the Phish vibe. Excellent choice! “No one knows how far he’s traveled!” from Montana to Arizona
Mike’s Song (7 show gap) is long overdue and only the 2nd of the tour. The first jam is fantastically fierce while the second jam seems like it could get crazy but the tempo suddenly drops and we find ourselves exploring the cosmos complete with a Star Trek tease by Page. They plod along until McGrupp And The Watchful Hosemasters (24 show gap) emerges from the spaciness. The perfect bust out for the first time in the middle of Mike’s groove. It is sung tenderly as the band plays along ever so quietly. The composed section is spot on and then Page takes over with some excellent chops before the rock solid ending. Weekapaug Groove emerges from the space and cruises along at a fast pace. They tease Llama briefly before taking it to the next level where Page shines for a while until...
Trey interjects Llama, the 2nd of tour, and it sticks to the script for the most part and solidly rocks out. Suzy Greenberg keeps the energy flowing and the Sunshine of Your Love and Crossroads teases are very nice. Page scats for a little bit before focusing on his solo. One more Sunshine Of Your Love tease for good measure before the closing chorus which quickly gets abandoned for the 2nd Crossroads (LTP 5/8/93) to date. This version is smokin’ hot!
Hello My Baby is the first breather after 70+ mins of top notch rock and roll. A Day In The Life is a pleasure to listen to and a terrific show stopper to conclude the 2nd set. Great lights! Chalk Dust Torture gives the band one last chance to shred before another day off.
We’re one and done in Arizona. We use the day off to drive the 1,000+ miles to Fort Worth, Texas to start a three night run on Friday the 13th that concludes with two nights at the Austin Music Hall.
“No one knows how far he’s traveled!”
Worthy of a listen: Stash, Divided Sky, If I Could, The Fog That Surrounds, Julius, The Entire 2nd Set!! Both sets if you enjoy listening to a well played two set Phish show!