And away we go kiddos. Phish rolls into the FirstMerit Bank Pavilion on Northerly Island in Chicago, Ill. for a three-night weekend run, and those in attendance are in for one helluva weekend. Phish is in full stride, firing on all cylinders and accomplishing other cliches referring to being on top of your game (like that one). If you have tickets for this weekend you are golden. My gut tells me the boys are about to drop a weekend of shows that will be remembered through the ages as the run of shows that defined what they were all about at this point in time.
Phish is web casting the entire shindig at LivePhish.com, all three nights for $53.97 (how exactly did they arrive at that odd price? Why not just make it $54???) or single night web-isodes for $19.99 (don't let 'em fool ya, they mean $20). If you are one of the few who have not watched a Phish show live via streaming apparatus, this is the weekend to do so.
Last night I was listening to the 30-minute Chalk Dust Torture from Randall's Island and I had a very emotional reaction to it. Emotional in that my feelings ran the gamut from irritation to pure bliss during the improv. Everyone is going crazy over the Randall's Island run but I feel like the jams are unfocused and sound completely disjointed for the most part, with sections where they finally come together and perform a cohesive, coherent piece of music. I find myself talking to my monitor ... "Come on Trey." or "What the f&*$ was that?" or "Are you listening to each other?" and "Wow, that was incredible!"
I also feel like their harmonizing has never been worse. They consistently are singing out of key and at times sound absolutely terrible — cringe-worthy for sure. They must be aware of what they sound like, right?
Having said all that Phish appears to be on the verge of a musical breakthrough and there's a great chance they are going to ride the back of the worm this weekend in Chicago.
BTW, is anyone else hearing Miami for New Year's Eve?
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