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.
Exciting time for The Disco Biscuits fans, as the band has announced the re-release of their debut album Encephalous Crime. The 1996 release sees the Biscuits experimenting in the realms of jamtronica, honing their songwriting craft in the process. With jams like “Mr. Don,” “Stone,” “Devils Waltz” and “Rainbow Song,” the band’s debut album would set them up for a great career trajectory to follow.The album has been out of print for some time; that is, until now. The Biscuits have re-mastered the audio from this debut album, specifically for a vinyl release! You can not only pre-order the debut album on vinyl, but they’ll also receive digital download copy of Encephalous as well! The vinyl will be released soon, so get your copy while its fresh off the presses.Keyboardist Aron Magner shared the news, saying, “I have fond memories of making this album and our first experience in a real studio when we were just kids in college. So, here it is … and on remastered specially for vinyl!” You can check more information about the release in the image below, or head here.
PERRIS, Calif. – After a successful 20th anniversary season opener for sprint cars at Perris Auto Speedway last Saturday night, the Riverside County clay oval will kick off the 20th anniversary PASSCAR season this Saturday, March 14. Saturday’s show will feature Super Stocks, Street Stocks, American Factory Stocks and the highly anticipated return of the IMCA Xtreme Motor Sports Modifieds.Saturday’s race will be the first IMCA sanctioned Modified race at The PAS since 2005. Since 2007, the track started sanctioning the class under the PASSCAR banner. At the urging of racers, sanctioning for the division is reverting back to IMCA in 2015. The track has had an increase in the size of the fields for the Modifieds the past few years and going back to IMCA should draw even more cars. Drivers competing in the division will earn points not only for the PAS IMCA Modified track championship, but also toward IMCA Speedway Motors Weekly Racing national, regional and Allstar Performance State point standings.The eight races at The PAS will all be part of the Larry Shaw Western Region. “We are really excited to welcome IMCA back to The PAS,” promoter Don Kazarian said, “especially in its centennial season. A lot of drivers asked us to go back to IMCA. This will allow cars from other tracks to come race with our regulars as they try to earn state, regional and national points. It will also allow our drivers to venture to other tracks as the rules are now the same. For the past few years our street stock class has usually been the largest on race nights. The modified class has been getting bigger the past couple seasons and it may end up being the largest this year. It is going to be very exciting.” 2014 champions Blaine Whitson (super stocks), Eddie Gurwell (street stocks) and Dalton Everhart (Modifieds) are all expected to be in action on Saturday. Spectator gates will open at 5 p.m. Saturday and racing will begin at 7 p.m. Adult tickets are $15. For active military members with proper ID, teens 13-18 with their school ID and kids ages 6-12, admission is $5. Children five and under will be admitted free.Advance tickets for all events at The PAS, with the exception of the World of Outlaws, are available 24 hours a day by calling 1 800-595-4849 or online.For more information on The PAS call 951 940-0134.Camping is available for $25 per night for all PAS events. The campground opens at noon the day before each event. Tailgating in the spectator parking lot will begin at 1 p.m. for all PAS events as well. Perris Auto Speedway is located on the Lake Perris Fairgrounds.
“They asked me after training whether I’d try to replicate it and thankfully enough I was able to do it. I pulled it off a couple of times and people realised it wasn’t a fluke, which was nice. I did it on my second go,” Roche said. French top-flight side Albi this week confirmed Roche has decided to leave them after a six-month stint, during which she reportedly earned a salary of £650 per month, supplemented by living accommodation provided by her employer. There could soon be far better offers on the table for Roche. FIFA has allowed a public vote to judge the Puskas Award winner, and Roche has been banging the drum for her strike. She and her Bray Wanderers footballer boyfriend Dean Zambra will be in Zurich, with fingers crossed. “I’m quite excited about the ceremony now. I haven’t had much time to think about it over the last few months, I’ve just been doing all I can to promote the goal,” Roche said. She laughs at getting the nod ahead of any strike from Lionel Messi or Cristiano Ronaldo. Roche added: “They’re both fantastic footballers and playing at a higher level than me. But to be chosen ahead of their goals is unbelievable.” Ronaldo, Messi and Germany’s World Cup-winning goalkeeper Manuel Neuer go head to head for the FIFA Ballon d’Or award, which recognises the best player in the men’s game. FIFA Women’s World Player of the Year award will go to Brazil’s Marta, Germany’s Nadine Kessler or American Abby Wambach. The Republic of Ireland women’s international is competing with World Cup goals from Robin van Persie and James Rodriguez for the Puskas Award, named after the great Hungarian Ferenc Puskas. The accolade goes to the scorer of the best goal in a year of world football, with an eligibility period from October 3, 2013 to September 26, 2014 allowing Roche’s spectacular effort for Peamount United against Wexford Youths Women to squeeze in. It came on October 13, 2013, in front of a crowd numbering just 95 at Wexford’s Ferrycarrig Park, where to Roche’s delight the goal was caught on camera. Home coach John Flood brought his video kit to the ground and organised footage that was intended purely for his post-match analysis, but which instead reaped the only recording of a goal now viewed over six million times on YouTube. Roche, 25, was named on a 10-player long-list by football’s world governing body FIFA in November 2014, learning of her nomination first on social media, before making the cut to the elite three in December. It made her the first woman to feature on a Puskas Award final shortlist, and the first player from Ireland. “The first I heard of it was through Twitter,” Roche told Press Association Sport. “I got a tweet from FIFA to say my name was in the top 10 for the Puskas Award and it was a surprise. That’s how it happened – it was nothing too official until I got to the top three and they got in touch with the Football Association of Ireland and made contact with me.” The jaw-dropping moment in Peamount’s green and black colours came when Roche collected a short cross from the right on her right instep, flicked it over bemused defender Laura Heffernan with her other boot and from 25 yards magicked up a left-footed missile of a volley that found the top right corner. To prove the goal was not a once-in-a-lifetime effort, she repeated it on request for French TV cameras, during her time playing for ASPTT Albi. Stephanie Roche has insisted her wonder strike which will be celebrated at Monday’s FIFA Ballon d’Or gala was not a fluke. Press Association