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Dick's 2 Recap

Posted 3 years ago by tmwsiy - 14 comments Link: http://phi.sh/b/4e63a6c5

Phish took the stage last night at Dick's in Commerce City, CO, on the middle night of this tour-closing run at the same time as the previous night, 8:20pm, even though Friday's late start was presumably weather-induced. On a stage that seemingly continues to get narrower and taller, Phish came out with ferocious, staight forward, Saturday-night-blazing guns. While it was quickly obvious there would be no repeat in stitching together a theme-based set like the previous night, it was also quickly obvious that Phish was intent on not letting the majesty of the surroundings overpower their sound. There was absolute shredding throughout the first set, beginninng with the stalwart "Possum".

Containing spunky grooves, bright tone, and crisp playing that permeated the set, "Moma Dance" & "The Wedge" followed. A moment of hilarity ensued as Mike tried to signal "Ocelot" to Fish by "drawing" moustache whiskers with his fingers. For some reason, I thought "Mexican Cousin" was next. Nevertheless, the Saturday rocker continued from "Ocelot" to a soaring version of "The Divided Sky". A standout and fiery version of "Funky Bitch" with plenty of extra chops by both Page and Trey set the table for another rocker in "Axilla". Fish's percussive start to "Llama" was momentarily paused with Trey holding it together, ripping in and signalling, "Let's go!" And go they did. Despite a minor lyric stumble, this version had the ferocious power of "Llamas" of past as well as a couple "Streets of Cairo" teases. While "Fast Enough for You" was the first time in sixty minutes that gave fans a momentary respite from frenetic dancing and high octane playing, it seemed perfectly placed in the set and beautifully played. Like "Llama" it was only the second perfomance of the year and the only two songs of the set not seen often and recently this tour. While the set was heavy on nailing the standards with big sound, the one tune that went out of the box was the set closing "Wolfman's Brother". Funky and deep grooves permeated this 12 minute gem. Beautiful interplay among the band with mini-plinko jamming, bass thumping, pedal effects by Trey, and percussive groove laid down by Fish stitched this one together wonderfully. While the first set smoked pretty hard, it was most certainly "Wolfman's" that was the harbinger of things to come in the second set.

The first thirty minutes of Set II saw Phish at the absolute top of their game in a highlight not only of this Summer Tour or 3.0 as a whole, but simply a Phish highlight. This "Down with Disease" > "Tweezer" made the price of admission or the cost of the webcast worth it for most fans. "Disease" while not extraordinary on its own, perfectly set the table for the phenomenal "Tweezer" that followed. As "Disease" started putting its foot on the gas and reaching in new directions, slowly "Tweezer" emerged. The following 15 minutes or so saw the band locked perfectly together. Stunning interplay, sublime pace, and rich multi-textured jamming was everything you could possibly ask for in a Phish jam. No one band member over shadowing another, it was pure bliss as the melodies fit together like a jigsaw puzzle. This unfinished masterpiece gave way to "Golden Age," which seemed an apt choice. Certainly after the "Tweezer," it is clear that Phish is indeed in a golden age.

Phish took the typically straighforward "Limb by Limb" and "Kill Devil Falls" to new heights. Crushing every note, both versions were searing and, like "Divided Sky" in the first set, perfectly matched the peaks of the surrounding Colorado mountains. A relatively short "2001" followed. Beginning with great bass by Mike, and a typically funky groove, "2001" petered out quickly and gave way to "Light". The psychedelic and spacey jam was fantastic. As the jam was winding down, the "Down with Disease" guitar notes from Trey, beautifully overlaid on top of Page's synth, had the collective Phish nation on the edge of their seats and in the palm of the Trey's hand. While this major tease may have been a letdown not to get a full-blown "Disease" reprise, it was even more so as LivePhish labeled this brief interlude as "Down with Disease". Regardless of the fact that "Julius" followed, "Light" was another big highlight in a show chock full of many.

The final three songs, "Julius", "Cavern" and "Antelope" were all high energy, blistering versions that sandwiched the meat of the show nicely with the first set. Again teasing the unfinished "Disease", the "Antelope" was particularly hot.

"We'd like to play a song now that begins with the letter 'S' " is how Trey introduced the encore of "Sleeping Monkey". Followed with the obligatory and expected, but high-voltage, "Tweezer Reprise," it put an exclamation point on a fantastic show. If you have not yet listened to this show, it most certainly needs to be put high on you "To-Do" list.

Comments

robbiephan Reply
spot on assessment. last night is why you dont base your judgment of a show by whats written on paper but by what is actually heard. bland setlist played extremely well.
Score: 4
deBebbler Reply
deBebbler "bland setlist played extremely well."

Agreed.
Score: 0
killdevilfalls Reply
Last night was a ripping dance party from start to finish. Combined with "S" show, last two nights here have been stunning.
Score: 0
tds418 Reply
IMO it seems the band has had trouble this tour with the final night of 3 night stands (Bethel3, UIC3), favoring a "high energy rock and roll" vibe instead of jamming at both shows. While both those shows have their merits I think most agree they are the weakest of their respective runs. I'm hoping Phish can buck that trend tonight!
Score: 0
lumpblockclod Phish.net Staff Reply
lumpblockclod @tds418 said:
IMO it seems the band has had trouble this tour with the final night of 3 night stands (Bethel3, UIC3), favoring a "high energy rock and roll" vibe instead of jamming at both shows. While both those shows have their merits I think most agree they are the weakest of their respective runs. I'm hoping Phish can buck that trend tonight!
SBIX being the notable exception, of course. Hopefully the last night of the tour (possibly the year?) will light a fire under them.
Score: 0
killdevilfalls Reply
Anyone else hear Mike tease "Brady Bunch" before he started DWD soup?
Score: 0
tmwsiy Phish.net Staff Reply
tmwsiy @killdevilfalls said:
Anyone else hear Mike tease "Brady Bunch" before he started DWD soup?
yup, I noticed that too.
Score: 0
stimbuck Reply
stimbuck Brady tease and a "green eyed lady" tease in tweezer-not noted on set list.
Score: 1
misticgoat Reply
While there wasn't a definitive theme last night, I could argue there was some sort of lyrical and musical trend around being divided in a decision. Could there be a connection between the Great Divide in "Wedge" to the winds of "Moma Dance" and "Divided Sky"? What about the quickness of 'Llama' and slowness of 'Fast Enough For You'? Or maybe we should ask why we're 'waiting for nothing at all' in 'Light' but still 'waiting for the time' in 'Down with Disease'. Who exactly is this 'Funky Bitch' and is she affiliated with the witch in 'Axilla'? On this winding road we've got to look out for creatures, take care of our shoes, and be possibly not even take another step. Are we at that moment, or have we not decided? Are we in the 'Golden Age' or was that back in '2001'? Big questions. Who knows maybe we'll get some clues tonight.
Score: 3
kidrob Reply
kidrob @lumpblockclod said:
@tds418 said:
IMO it seems the band has had trouble this tour with the final night of 3 night stands (Bethel3, UIC3), favoring a "high energy rock and roll" vibe instead of jamming at both shows. While both those shows have their merits I think most agree they are the weakest of their respective runs. I'm hoping Phish can buck that trend tonight!
SBIX being the notable exception, of course. Hopefully the last night of the tour (possibly the year?) will light a fire under them.
really? i don't think bethel 3 is that great, but UIC 3 was sick beginning to end. a much better played show than bethel 3. bethel 3 and uic 3 are not even in the same league. apparently ur "still waiting" to see if they can close out hard. not even comparable imo.
Score: 1
tds418 Reply
I agree that UIC3 > Bethel3. And I think that UIC3 did have some sick moments. I just thought the other two nights of UIC were even better.
Score: 0
nichobert Reply
nichobert UIC3 is better than Bethel 3, but between those two runs, they're still more similar to each other than any of the other shows.. Execution is one thing, but the intent seems pretty similar.

Either way, I'm thinking and hoping that Dicks 3's best analogy will be UIC 2. They have a lot of heavy hitter jam tunes ready to unleash, but I'd prefer for some curveball improv tunes.. Playing a bunch of jam songs whose best moments are in the distant past- YEM, Gin, Mikes, Bowie, Reba, Ghost, Piper, etc- just seems so much less compelling than finding new spaces within old standard standbys and underappreciated gems.

I guess what I'm saying is, I wholly support the push in the direction of standardization of the classic improv jam songs and the promotion of some new blood.
Fearless Forecast: Dick 3
I: Vultures-> Maze, Halley's-> Billy Breathes, Roggae, Mound, Heavy Things-> PYITE, First Tube
II: Number Line*-> Undermind-> Ocean Sing-> My Friend, It's Ice*-> McGrupp*-> Taste
E: You May Say That I'm A Dreamer, But I'm Not The Only One
* Unfinished
Score: 0
newoldfiddle Reply
newoldfiddle "The psychedelic and spacey jam was fantastic"

Can you be more general for me please?
Score: -2

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