This is a great day to tackle this since it is the 32nd Anniversary of my first GD show. Great show BTW www.archive.org/details/gd79-11-02.sbd.m...nald.7920.sbeok.shnf
My first Phish show was 1991 Berkeley Square. I really enjoyed it, and I enjoy them to this day. My gf is really into them. When they come around I normally go to 1 or 2 gigs. Being on the East Coast, this year I will see them on NYE. Last year was Furthur. I appreciate Phish immensely as a big fan of Prog rock, as the influences are obvious. The Phan base can be a bit annoying in an elitist type of way, but I'm there for the music. They jam less than they used to. I really appreciate Trey's guitar work and Page's keyboards. Great players. While Gordo is revered, I actually find his bass playing tedious.
Where Phish loses me is with their lack of melodies and the lack of variation in their jams. They are more of a groove band, not so much improv. Especially now. That's why a couple of shows here are there work. It's sorta like Touch of Grey or One More Sat Night. Love the tunes, but don't need to hear more than once or twice a tour. There's not much room for the tunes to go anywhere. That seems to be the way Phish approaches most of their tunes even when they could explore. Especially now.
I love certain CDs...play them too much and you get sick of it. Looking forward to MSG. Only went to Merriweather this year. It will be fun.
SCI: I am a huge SCI fan. Started seeing them in Bear Valley, The Last Day Saloon and Sweetwater around 95, These guys speak to me, and they've composed some great Melodies. I dig Bluegrass too. If you like this kind of music, you owe it to yourself to give them a shot on this tour. I agree that they had some rough times incorporating their electronica into their sets. The 05-07 period was not my favorite at all. I still went and had a great time, but I feel this way about this period of SCI the way I do about the Dead in 84 and 85 and 94/95. When the chemistry on any team is off, it translate to the performance. Not that there weren't great shows during that time, but it was time for a break. The only show I've seen in the past few years was Rothbury 09 and Hampton. Rust was there, but the love and energy was back. Their shows from this year are joyous too. I am looking forward to United Palace perhaps more than any other shows this fall. I would love to see Kang play with Phil again!
Widespread. Some nice jams...but they don't do it for me. I think it's the lack of melodies. The next one of theirs that sticks in my head will be the first.
Yonder at times.
Leftover Salmon deserves some love. They brought it in Brooklyn a month ago. Scope out that download. They are so much fun live.
There you have it. Psyched for WB Saturday!