Phish at Dick's, Labor Day Weekend, night three, 9/1/13 (photos, review, setlist)

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Eric Gruneisen
Page McConnell of Phish at Dick's Sporting Goods Park in Commerce City on night three of the band's annual three-night Labor Day run.

PHISH @ DICK'S SPORTING GOODS PARK | 9/1/13
One of the best things about Phish playing Dick's on Labor Day Weekend is that each night you get treated to a good, juicy, late summer, Colorado sunset pre-show, and then you get to see two whole sets of Kuroda's light show, like it's an indoor fall show. Last night, which marked both the end of the band's summer tour and its three-night Labor Day run, was definitely more crowded than last year's final show.

See also: Review, photos, setlist from Phish at Dick's, night one, 8/30/13 and night two, 8/31/13

People also figured out that the back stands weren't a bad place to be, but you had to stay pretty aggressive to keep your space, particularly if you were in a big group back there. Any time one friend went to the bathroom, two or three people would try to squeeze in to their freshly vacated, one-square-foot spot. Gotta stay on your toes. All was right with the world as usual, though, once the music started. "A Song I Heard the Ocean Sing" was yet another interesting opener on this Interesting Opener Run.

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Eric Gruneisen
Phish at Dick's on the last night of its summer tour and the final night of its annual three-night Labor Day weekend run in Colorado.

"Kill Devil Falls" came next, and it was a standard rocking out version, and it came with the added bonus of some of those blue lights that scatter and shine out on people. They've been around on this tour but were initially seen (by me, at least) on Bieber's tour. (Speaking of the Biebs, the pop star, who made it out to the Long Beach show, was spotted at Dick's last night with Dan Kanter, his guitarist and musical director.)

When "Back on the Train" started, the audience really perked up, and Page treated everyone to some churchy organ (thank you, Sunday show). Up next was a solid version of "Rift" that ended with what sounded like a firework or shotgun blast coming from Fishman. Page missed a cue slightly at the beginning of "Meat," but more than made up for it in the next measure, a smaller version of that sweet 360 degree make-up move he pulled in Chicago.

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Eric Gruneisen
Phish at Dick's on the last night of its summer tour and the final night of its annual three-night Labor Day weekend run in Colorado.

The song chugged along with Gordon throwing bass bombs out and funky falsetto. Lyric heavy "It's Ice" came next. On this one, I always like checking out other people's dance moves, it makes for some pretty elaborate, if confusing, pantomiming. The song got into a steady groove, and then the band suddenly went into a huge drop and key change, which sent a jolt of energy through the audience. A nice version of "Guelah Papyrus" was next followed by "Divided Sky."

This version of "Divided Sky" will always stand out to me due to the ingenuity and practicality of the fans having access to a veritable shit ton of metal bleachers to bang on. It sounded like the wildest pep rally imaginable in there (really great use of venue as percussion -- great job, everyone). The MVP of "Divided Sky," however, was the really, really talented hooping chick mesmerizing the back stands. (Note to Hooper Woman: If you don't work for Cirque de Soleil, you should go try out.)

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Eric Gruneisen
Phish at Dick's on the last night of its summer tour and the final night of its annual three-night Labor Day weekend run in Colorado.

On the next tune, Trey decided to go full rock guitarist and his guitar squealed into "Funky Bitch." This version was really tight, and Mike laid it down on the bass as he is wont to do, and he kept laying it down into "Cavern," which sounded extra slappy tonight.

As the guys came out of "Cavern," they moved into spacey territory, veered into losing focus slightly before settling into "Stealing Time From the Faulty Plan," a song that really lets Trey guitar wank it up and the audience then lap it up. From there the band went back to the spacey theme, "David Bowie," with drums seeping in, and then it was back to the spacey stuff, with "Bowie" finally blowing through the doors. I loved the high bass line Gordon was repeating; it really made for a pretty, almost blissful version.

Keep reading for more on night three, including setlist and a review of second set


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23 comments
Kenny Hanson
Kenny Hanson

Hope someone dosed him so hard he starts performing good music. Wait...not possible.

Jeff Buske
Jeff Buske

at least said teen corporate shill didn't sit-in..the shows were amazing , another great time at Dick's!

Johnny Genova
Johnny Genova

Hahaha. I was gonna say I shot him with my Super Soaker full of L. He loved it. He was found in Golden, no shirt, talking to a tree.

Shayne Barrett
Shayne Barrett

And guess which same Canadian teen headache (who is 19 years old) later that night had a VIP table with bottle service and was falling down drunk at a well known Denver nightclub??? :P

Jim Kelly
Jim Kelly

Who the hell is "Page McConnell?"

James Gold
James Gold

Looks like their teen heartthrobs are a little older up there.

fognl7
fognl7

Aaron, maybe you should cancel your facebook group, '"Did I ask you?" "No" "Then shut up."'

phxmark86
phxmark86

@yodownmuthalicka What an excellent, thorough, deep analysis. A stellar counterargument! You are truly a peerless and gifted intellectual with a superior level of mental acuity that most of us could only dream of possessing! 

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