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Phish: Live in Utica October 20, 2010 At The Aud

By Published: July 9, 2011
Songs like "Axilla" and "Birds of a Feather" contain images that trigger recollections of Phish history, after which the band offers instrumental commentary by way of prompting the audience's own memories of hearing those songs. It's a subtle communion between artist and performer to be sure, like that of old friends where much can go unsaid for the sake of new dialogue. The soft melancholy at the end of "Slave to the Traffic Light" sounds like a backdrop for these four men to acknowledge the bond they've nurtured over the years, the sum of which becomes encapsulated in the encore of "Good Times Bad Times." The Led Zeppelin cover is stretched out of shape as much or more than any Phish original in this setlist or its predecessor.

Phish's sense of its own history, of course, is based on collective and individual experience over two decades, two hiatuses and a purposeful reunion in 2009. Long- time Phisheads may contend the band now takes fewer risks than in the past, with proportionately lesser rewards, but the objective observer, fan or not, may argue the level of efficiency in the jams are at an optimum level right now. Certainly watching and listening (or just the latter) to Live in Utica captures this group doing things few contemporary rock bands dare to attempt.

DVD1: My Soul; Stealing Time From The Faulty Plan; Vultures; Wolfman's Brother; Cities; Guyute; David Bowie; Wilson; McGrupp And The Watchful Hosemasters; Saw It Again; Run Like An Antelope. DVD2: Drowned; Sand; Theme From The Bottom; Axilla; Birds Of A Feather; Tela; Split Open And Melt; Have Mercy; Piper; Split Open And Melt; Slave To The Traffic Light; Good Times, Bad Times. CD1:Vultures; Wolfman's Brother; Cities; Guyute; David Bowie; Wilson; McGrupp And The Watchful Hosemasters; Saw It Again; Run Like An Antelope. CD2: Drowned; Sand; Theme From The Bottom; Axilla; Birds Of A Feather; Split Open And Melt; Have Mercy; Piper; Split Open And Melt; Slave To The Traffic Light.

Personnel: Trey Anastasio: guitar, vocals; Mike Gordon: bass, vocals; Page McConnell: keyboards, vocals; Jon Fishman: drums, vocals.

Production Notes: 180 minutes. Recorded October 20, 2010 at the Utica Memorial Auditorium, Utica, New York.


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