Yeah. Now that Dicks is firmly an annual labor day weekend event the gap isn't weird.
Any shot they'd hit a festival around that time?
IIRC they said in their email their would be no more east coast dates in the summer or fall announced. So I guess it is possible they play a west coast fest in that gap? I haven't really followed the rumors this year.
The Wharf was a party show, which I sort of expected. But it was well played and totally rocking. I forget how glorious the sound at The Wharf is, as good as any outdoor venue I've heard. Highlights were 46 Days in the first set, Disease in second set, and a raucous Boogie On > Antelope to wrap it all up.
Oak Mountain was also fun. Again, well played, if not the most consistent thematically. Set two started out strong with a Carini > Ghost > Mike's > Simple. When that Simple dropped I went bananas. I love that song so much, and think I just really really needed to hear it. I loved these openings songs so much I didn't even mind when Trey dropped into Joy, but the set never quite recovered from it. But the YEM was pretty fantastic, the crowd was definitely locked into that one. Side note, this was my first time sitting waaaaay up high at Oak Mtn, 300s row Y, and it was surprisingly badass. Great view, great sound.
We drove to Alpharetta right after the Oak Mountain show, which was a fun drive.
Alpharetta: the song selection and slightly more somber tone of the show might not be for everyone, but for me this was grade A Phish. I really can't think of any pretty words to describe it. I'll just say I was emotionally connecting to everything they played, and it was really cathartic. I was just totally relaxed afterwards.
OK, here's what I'll say about Alpharetta, and Phish in general: its a fantastic feeling when I really really want the band to do some certain thing, and they end up doing something completely different, and I realize its that completely different thing they just did that I actually needed. Not many bands can do that for me. Actually I think Phish might be the only one, and that's what happened for me last night.
Post by Billadelphia on Aug 5, 2014 8:43:59 GMT -5
Postjack, nice little write up. I only caught Mann 2 but it was an absolute rager. The place was up and dancing the whole time, and the P fish were locked in. Set 2 opened with a Chalk Dust Torture and the place nearly exploded.
Phish Alpharetta had its moments, but never fully actualized. The songs were there: Bathtub, Gumbo, Suzy, Twist, First Tube, Fluffhead. Those were all killer. However, I really dislike most of Fuego and it's hard to get over hearing The Line and 555 when you know how many other great songs they could be raging out to. Wish I had seen a few more shows on the tour. Even when they played Pebbles, Vultures, and Fast Enough, I knew it was special and yet, it didn't feel like it. Think the main problem was building momentum. Every time they had something going, they let it die out quickly. All in all, 6/10.