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Summer Finally Starts as Phish Throws Heat from Beginning to End. Recap
Summer Tour seems to finally achieve liftoff as Phish puts out a winner from start to finish. There was no denying that the band came to play as the grabbed the pig by the tail and didn't let it go until the LizCup ending. This show is the first show of the tour that I saw Phish lock in and become one unit with eight arms.
So they started the show with "Pigtail" and maybe I got a little nervous. They then proceeded to drop the wildest, funkiest, dancin-est, "Moma Dance" on the crowd that they've pulled out of their hat this whole tour. Maybe they felt the energy start to creep up from last night but from that point on, even the slow songs rocked. This setlist had the song placement fans have been craving all tour. The rumor mill was starting to turn but this show should pull the plug on that machine for awhile. Next up, was the raptor trio. "Birds of a Feather, Meat, Vultures," followed by the booming, opening chords of "Free" and if there was any worry about Trey being tired, he put the haters to bed and didn't miss a note. This was a large, expansive 98' style version and Mike knocked the bottom out. The biggest bustout of "Let Me Lie", couldn't even dampen the energy in the room. A break was called for and supplied by Trey's ballad and then out came the spaghetti and meatballs for "Halley's Comet." This was headed towards an old school jammed out version when it took a left turn into "Julius" that was jammed out like it was a new tune again. There was some weirdness to shake off but from this point on it was nothing but fire and a set closing," You Enjoy Myself" started it off. With the band members switching instruments, it's almost like they had a band meeting and got out of their own way. What a way to end a set! This one was hot from start to finish and even though it's composed for the most part, you could feel the heat coming off the band.
What to say about the second set? I could just say it was the best set of the tour and consequently, the best show of the tour. That's not fair though. They opened with one of the longest, spaciest "Down with Disease" of the tour and didn't stop playing as they dove into "Sand". This one-two combo set the tone for the rest of the set. These two songs can't be raved about enough but wait, there's more! They brought "Tela" out to play next which, by itself, makes shows for some people. it's on a lot of bucket lists but they didn't stop there. "Carini" scared the shit out of the ram and everyone was screaming when they saw the lump and maybe that's why the cooled off with a well-played,"Twenty Years Later", that's right. This song even had the potential to go type-1 hot tonight. But nevermind, after the lovely jam, the opening notes of "Run Like an Antelope" sprung out of the speakers. The whole band played for all they were worth and it put all doubts to rest about Trey, who gets my vote for MVP tonight. I mentioned setlist construction and they put "Backwards Down the Number Line" in the perfect spot. It was a cool down from Antelope but still had the crowd jamming and was a hot version and a perfect way to end the show. Or so the audience thought.
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For the encore, they travelled back to Gamehenge and pulled out a beautiful "Lizards" that threw the crowd into a frenzy. After that rarity, they continued the trend of closing with a cover and pulled out the old classic, "Loving Cup" for what I'm calling the "LizCup" encore to end, in my opinion what rates as my show of the tour so far and finally a show that shows what this band can do when they're on.
Tour has just begun and I fear in a month Dead and Company could be done. An editorial by Kevin Long Image created by Van Rapp I take absolute no pleasure in writing anything negative about the one true love of my life. I don't do it to lessen anybody’s experience, I am just one person who has perspective and passion. But, Houston we have a problem. I realize they are only two shows in and it's been an emotional week for the band. I am such a fanatic that I gave both shows good reviews because buzzed, excited and in all good company I heard what I wanted to. Upon further review, I have listened to both nights a few times sober and they are less than stellar. In fact, they are a train wreck with moments of the morphine you get after the metaphorical crash. To be blunt, they sound like the band we all were afraid of when we first learned of Mayer’s involvement. I was worried about John being tired after his demanding schedule. It’s much more than fatigue, he has lost his chops al…
Amazon Announces the cast for their Upcoming Grateful Dead T.V. Show.
This was my April Fool's Joke!
Amazon just released the cast members that will play the Grateful Dead band members in their upcoming show about the band's life. I am not an acting coach but I must admit there are more than a few head scratchers. Before we announce the cast, one odd moment actually delayed the production team from casting the respective roles of the show. When executive producer and GD member Bobby Weir insisted on playing Jerry Garcia. The uncomfortable week of dealing with this unrealistic request came to an end when Bill Walton pointed out to Bobby that he has in fact been playing that role already since Jerry untimely death in 1995. One thing Bob was adamant about was picking the actor to play him. He insisted on 80's child star Corey Feldman, Bobby was quoted of saying "Just watch "Dream a Little Dream" 1 threw 6 if you think he does not have the chee…
S.C.I played a private party for the Koch Brothers How many showers they took afterwards is speculation at this point. Photo from S.C.I FB fan page Wow! Grateful Music has always tried to avoid politics, so I am just going to report the unkangfirmed setlist. I know we all have to eat, but damn! Setlist 1: LFB LOST> BOOGIE ON PLANET WANNA DANCE BEST FEELING> GLORY CHORDS COULD YOU BE LOVED 2: TEXAS FALLIN THRU THE CRACKS JOYFUL> CBS Rivertrance NAIVE> SHINE Encore Ramble On