I agree with jedi here. Seems like these sets are packed with way too many songs. Looks banging on paper, and sure they certainly sound great too, but what I want to hear is the unknown. I'm sure they will eventually, but they haven't really attempted yet to get into that upper atmosphere of music.
They'll probably play Gamehendge tonight. That'll be fuckin awesome. But, as crazy as it sounds, I'd rather hear a 30 minute Jen Dances. Why? Because that'll be a mystery. And that's what I look for when I listen to Phish.
i agree 100%... they need to stretch that shit out! explore uncharted territory, put themselves out there... all that before i declare that they are back.
i also agree that a 30 min jenny dances would be tits!
i think trey's vision was to re-establish the foundation that built the band in the first place.....the hampton shows represent a starting point and I think the setlists reflect a new launchpad built on the solidity of their original, quirky, costume; i'm sure they'll try foam tonight and hopefully an epic Gin to start the 2nd set. I'm just glad they didn't show up and play a 30 minute Piper which was where Trey went to hide so often in '03 and '04 - i saw so many Pipers it makes my head spin........you have 20 minute Piper and a 15 minute Weekapaug which are so much the same tune........the fact they passed on the path of least resistence to bust out stuff they avoided after the first hiatus and were brave enough to do so after so much criticism at least shows me that they're not going to hold anything back, eventually
.......after tonight they get 3 months to review this current weekend and focus on, hopefully, a blistering summer tour.
but hell yeah - i hope tonight they rock some phan's worlds.....and it is hard to have to get pumped over the same staples we've been listening to for 15+ years, but if it's the necessary evil required to get them past the brilliance of the fall '95/fall '97/Big Cypress zenith into new levels of passionate, well-executed, sonic bliss - I'm certainly willing to wait it out........but if we have this talk over a bowl at Alpine, Funk b/c nothing's changed, I know we'll both be pissed:)
I'm praying the show at the Fox in STL - the place i caught my first show in '94 - is something special and I'm hoping the Alpine shows are as great as they generally are, but really i too am hoping for something different as well. Or something at least on par with their best stretches.
wow - i've really missed acting like i know shit about anything regarding phish or how they think - good times are back indeed