SETLIST: Phish | XFINITY Theatre | Hartford, CT | 7/9/16 | Photos by Andrew Blackstein Load remaining images As if ever there was any doubt, Phish put their critics in line with what was, hands down, their best performance of summer 2016. Sometimes we need that one show, a special moment in time, to remind us fans just what it is they love about Phish. Last night was that show.It seemed that the SPAC run of shows were “fun,” an optimistic way of saying that any Phish is good Phish, but yeah, we’ve known better Phish. That sentiment was in the rear-view mirror after last night’s performance at the XFINITY Theatre in Hartford, CT. With a “YEM” that featured Page McConnell and Mike Gordon swapping instruments, flawless versions of Gamehendge classics “Tela” and “The Lizards,” and some major jams all in the same show, well, it reaffirmed the band’s true greatness. It was really a one-of-a-kind celebration.The show started modestly enough, with the third-ever and second “Pigtail” of the summer. The Trey Anastasio penned tune was a confusing start, never really taking hold with the audience, but “The Moma Dance” brought them right in it. It was no SPAC “Moma,” but it didn’t need to be. Tight and funky, the jam took off and never looked back.“Birds Of A Feather” kept that energy high and included a “They Attack” quote from “The Birds,” but it was really the song “Meat” that signaled the start of a special show. The Mike Gordon-led tune made its first funky appearance of the year, taking hold with its stop and go composition. The band kept the tour debuts coming with “Vultures,” yet another relative rarity played for the first time this year. The band executed the song to perfection, though somewhat awkwardly segued into “Free.” The “Free” jam was loose and rocking, getting into the groove before a unique coda section from Anastasio ended the song.The next song was the biggest bust out of the night, as Phish brought out “Let Me Lie” for the first time since August 10, 2010 (229 shows). The slower song made its first appearance with the Trey Anastasio Band, and Phish dabbled with it throughout the earliest days of the 3.0 era. It was fitting for the set’s cool down moment to be a major bust out highlight in its own right, and also fitting for its lyrical message.The set cruised on with great versions of “Halley’s Comet” and “Julius,” but it was the set closer that really wowed. For the first time in two years, Phish put their opus “You Enjoy Myself” in the first set. They really let the song breathe too, concluding the composed sections with an excellent and playful jam session, starting with Anastasio on the Marimba Lumina behind drummer Jon Fishman. With Anastasio plugging away, Gordon and McConnell switched instruments, allowing the keyboardist to stand before the crowd and rock on the bass. The jam eventually came to a gradual conclusion, ushering in a wild vocal jam to cap off the set.It’s worth mentioning that the skies threatened rain throughout this entire performance, with some speculating that the seemingly-longer-than-usual first set was a precaution against any incoming storms. While a light mist flowed in and out throughout the first set, the rain would remain a threat throughout the set break and second half of the show.Though Anastasio teased the opening chords to “Tela” upon first picking up his guitar, it was Gordon who brought in the opening notes of “Down With Disease.” This unfinished version was the improvisational highlight of the night, as Phish did what they do best: jammed. At times light and melodic, at times dark and energetic, the jam clocked in at a full 18-minutes and came to a natural conclusion. “Sand” picked things back up with some old fashioned funk, before the band brought out their first taste of Gamehendge for the night in “Tela.” The McConnell-led song was executed flawlessly, as fans looked on with bewilderment.The winds from beyond the mountain swept into “Carini,” as the raging rocker also signaled a gradual crescendo of precipitation. The “Carini” itself moved from its dark progression to a lighthearted jam, which in turn segued into “Twenty Years Later.” The Joy track kept the energy flowing, and the band and rain both picked up during an energetic “Run Like An Antelope.” Not much needs to be said about “Antelope;” it was its usual rocking self. The set closed with a beautiful version of “Backwards Down The Number Line,” a song that inspires mixed feelings from fans. With a moderate rain falling from the skies, this was quite a euphoric set-ender.As the rain continued to fall upon the lawn, Phish returned for an encore, bringing fans to their knees from the opening notes of “The Lizards.” An absolute fan favorite, the unexpected song was an absolutely perfect ending to a top tier performance. The song was played eloquently, as Anastasio confidently navigated the song’s wordy lyrics and final melody with ease. The rain fell through the song, but its presence only enhanced the experience, as if the weather was the “hose” manifested.To end the show, the band brought out their only cover of the night, a rendition of The Rolling Stones’ “Loving Cup.” Some fans are vocal about their lukewarm feelings toward “Loving Cup” encores–always a seemingly “safe” choice from the band. But after “The Lizards,” this particular cup went down just right, serving as a perfect exclamation point on a top-notch show.You can watch high quality crowd-shot footage from the show below via YouTube user LazyLightning55a:“Free”“Carini”“Tela”“The Lizards”“Loving Cup”SETLIST: Phish | XFINITY Theatre | Hartford, CT | 7/9/16Set 1: Pigtail, The Moma Dance, Birds of a Feather, Meat, Vultures > Free, Let Me Lie, Halley’s Comet > Julius, You Enjoy MyselfSet 2: Down with Disease > Sand > Tela, Carini > Twenty Years Later > Run Like an Antelope > Backwards Down the Number LineEncore: The Lizards, Loving Cup Trey on Marimba Lumina, Page on bass, Mike on keys for portion of the jam. Unfinished.Notes: The Birds was quoted at the end of BOAF. Let Me Lie was last performed on August 10, 2010 (229 shows). Portions of the YEM jam featured Trey on Marimba Lumina, Mike on keys, and Page on bass. DWD was unfinished.[Photos courtesy of Andrew Scott Blackstein Photography]As Phish gears up for their 13-night “Baker’s Dozen” run at Madison Square Garden later this month, Live For Live Music has put together an extensive schedule of late-night shows to keep the party going until the wee hours throughout the NYC residency. Check out our Official Guide To Baker’s Dozen Late-Nights for all the details.
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Published on August 23, 2016 at 10:20 pm Contact Tomer: [email protected] | @tomer_langer Johnny Oliver, the president of Syracuse’s student section, Otto’s Army, spoke with The Daily Orange about what freshmen can expect at games, changes to the student section and Syracuse’s true rival.The following is edited for clarity.The Daily Orange: What should freshmen know about attending Syracuse football and men’s basketball games?Johnny Oliver: Attending a Syracuse game is special because it’s in a dome, especially for football. And the Carrier Dome doesn’t hold as many people as other football stadiums do, but we have a roof on top of it. So even though our crowd numbers can be relatively small (compared) to other stadiums, if we get people in there and if people cheer, that noise has nowhere to go and the Dome gets loud when people are cheering.The D.O.: What should freshmen know about Otto’s Army?AdvertisementThis is placeholder textJ.O.: What we’ve been trying to do the past two years is let people know that we’re not just whoever shows up early to the game, but that we do other stuff, too. For instance, we’re going to have our flag football tournament this year. We always donate the money to the Jim and Juli Boeheim Foundation. We are also kind of a liaison between Syracuse Athletics and the student body. This year the student section isn’t going to be the exact same as football games in the past because the band is going to change locations a little bit. SU Athletics came to us and had the idea and they wouldn’t really have gone forth with it if we had said, “Well, we really like the student section where it is.”Chase Guttman | Staff PhotographerThe D.O.: So where is the student section this year?J.O.: It’s going to change a little bit. The band used to be right behind the end zone. They’re now moving toward the corner of the student section. Now more of the student overflow will be where the band was. It’s kind of like the band will be flanked by the student section a little bit.The D.O.: Which program should current SU students and incoming freshmen consider their biggest rival and be more excited to see this year: Duke or Georgetown?J.O.: I’d be most excited for the students to see the Georgetown rivalry game. Although Duke really has been the flavor of the week recently for Syracuse, I mean if you want to go to the rich history. After the last game at Manley Field House (1980) when we lost to Georgetown, John Thompson, Georgetown’s coach, famously said “Manley Field House is officially closed.” You can’t erase that history. Unless someone is a fifth-year student or a grad student, no Syracuse student has seen Georgetown play in the Dome. Once the bad blood gets going again, I’m very excited for that to be there.The D.O.: How do you think last year’s “Dress like Coach Boeheim” night went and what other events do you have planned?J.O.: I think it went great. This year, I would love for us to celebrate what will be Jim Boeheim’s 1000th win, and the NCAA be damned. Because they’re not going to recognize it, the school can’t recognize it, but if students show up with signs congratulating Boeheim, then to my knowledge, we can’t get in trouble. The one huge drawback is that 1000th win is probably going to happen when we’re on winter break, but I would still like for us to see something.The D.O.: With punter Riley Dixon gone, whom is Otto’s Army endorsing as the SU Heisman trophy candidate?J.O.: (Laughs) Oh man, I don’t know if there is anybody. If I had to pick an early candidate to fill the fan-favorite role, I think it would definitely be (sophomore quarterback) Eric Dungey. I think he endears himself to the crowd by the way he plays. Sometimes he probably gets hit a little harder than you want your starting quarterback to get hit. But I think it’s pretty damn cool that he sacrifices his body to make an electric play. Comments Facebook Twitter Google+
Related Articles Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error How Dodgers pitcher Ross Stripling topped the baseball podcast empire Dodgers hit seven home runs, sweep Colorado Rockies Fire danger is on Dave Roberts’ mind as Dodgers head to San Francisco Cody Bellinger homer gives Dodgers their first walkoff win of season THE GAME: The Dodgers scored eight times in the first three innings and went on to beat the San Diego Padres 12-0 Thursday night in Peoria. Earlier in the day, another Dodgers’ split-squad team played to a 3-3 tie with the Cincinnati Reds at Camelback Ranch.PITCHING REPORT: Left-hander Hyun-Jin Ryu gave up three hits and two runs in the first inning but allowed just two more hits while going four innings against the Reds. … Lefty reliever Scott Alexander gave up a solo home run to Phillip Ervin in his one inning of work. … Relievers Dylan Floro, Jaime Schultz and Pedro Baez each pitched a scoreless inning. … Against the Padres, Kenta Maeda called it his “best outing of spring training” after he pitched four scoreless innings, allowing two hits and striking out six. … Top prospect Dustin May followed with three scoreless innings, allowing an infield single while striking out three.HITTING REPORT: Yasiel Puig was 1 for 3 with a single off Ryu in his first game against the Dodgers. … Infielder Jeter Downs (one of the two prospects acquired from the Reds in the trade that included Puig and Matt Kemp) was 1 for 2 with a double against his former team. … Kiké Hernandez was 1 for 3 and is batting .371 (13 for 35) this spring. … Catcher Will Smith tied the score with an RBI single in the sixth inning and went 2 for 4. … The Dodgers had 11 hits including five doubles and three home runs in the first four innings against the Padres. Austin Barnes, Cody Bellinger and Brad Miller hit the homers. … A.J. Pollock (a single, double and walk) was on base in each of his first three plate appearances and scored runs each time. … Barnes was on base four times – two walks, an RBI double and a solo home run. … David Freese had two doubles and Joc Pederson three RBIs on his double. … Maeda had a double in his first at-bat of the spring.UP NEXT: Dodgers (LHP Julio Urias) at Reds (Reds RHP Tanner Roark), Friday, 6 p.m., Goodyear Stadium, SportsNet LA Dodgers’ Max Muncy trying to work his way out of slow start