Ending the tour with a bang, this show ranges the best parts of the first tour of this particular year. Set one continues to ratchet up the intensity through the set-finishing Run Like An Antelope. The closing set of the month rages, including a great Mike’s Groove and layers of band member solo sections that sent early tour heads out with the knowledge that the band was at a peak.
Friday night at a condo complex… and its not the 80s. This show rocks from start to stop, making it far from underrated. However, it did not find wide circulation until the BitTorrent era began. The first set displays a band playing at the top of their game, with a fantastic Runaway Jim opener and three jam chart tracks before the break. Set two is a tour de force: strong, crafty, masterful. Split, McGrupp, and YEM will take your face off.
Pre-show rain causes a change of location within the same venue. This show starts solidly before a great Stash and mid-set Squirming Coil. Set two makes an interesting listen with deft playing and a nasty, short Down With Disease. The back of the set features a fantastic Harpua and a gorgeous take on Slave to The Traffic Light.
A night in Charlotte full of highlights. The first frame starts with four well played numbers before hitting its stride with a bustout and a gorgeous Slave to the Traffic Light. Set two opens with crowd interaction, contains a monster David Bowie and a fun Forbin’s Mockingbird.
Showing no ill effects from a fall and wearing ankle brace, Trey is on his game this show. Set one features impressive bookend numbers and some intense jamming in Split Open and Melt. Set two is extra strength: the intensity of the first four songs, a rare Fishman tune, and a colossal Hood to close one heck of a first week of the year.
Early in this tour Phish headed north of the border. This show places a very good Stash in the keystone spot of a hard-rocking set one. The second frame features a searing Down With Disease and a fantastic Mike’s Song tacking down a hot Canadian run.
After being told to turn it down, Phish gives a clinic in quiet dynamics throughout both sets. This outdoor show in March features exceptional versions of Stash, Runaway Jim, It’s Ice, and Weekapaug Groove.
After some blistering Spring Tour shows in Colorado, Phish made their way to the west coast for a big trek towards Canada. Beginning in Los Angeles, this show is one of two nights just off the Walk of Fame. Highlights include Maze, David Bowie, and a second set that rocks from the get-go.
The ability to instruct a crowd using musical cues is another check in the win column for Phish. This episode puts you right at the early stages of that on a night in Portsmouth, NH. Signals abound the night after the first Secret Language Lesson. What really sets this night apart is how good both sets are overall. Get in on the secret with Episode 16.
Party time! A high-energy show from a defunct New York City club is pulled from the Cavern wall. Really tight playing is the trend with this one and John Popper joins in on a couple songs. Phish takes it past the 3AM hour in Tribeca with some Saturday Night Fever of their own.