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Phish getting comfy on night two at the 1STBANK Center - 10/11/10

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The band opened up the second set with the TV on the Radio tune "Golden Age" -- a song Phish has played only once before, last fall in New York. Like a lot of songs the band covers, "Golden Age" took on a Phish-like persona as the band turned the sexy beat-heavy tune into its own style of disco groove.

Anastasio stretched the song out for nearly nine minutes before oddly coming to "Piper" -- a song that has yet to grab me since the band's return last year from a nearly five-year break. While Fishman is always amazing to watch as he speeds the song up to a frantic pace over McConnell's scorching B-3, Anastasio didn't really lead the band anywhere worthwhile.

Thankfully, just as I lost interest in the song, Anastasio did as well, and opted to take us all downtown to the disco with "Camel Walk." Like the bumpy, uneven walk of a dromedary, the song has a disjointed, zigzag-y funk with strange stops and starts all over the place; it inspires some interesting dance moves, which makes for some great people watching.

I found my way to the back of the soundboard when the band was halfway through "Gotta Jibboo" and Anastasio was looping whale-call noises over Gordon's repetitive bass line. I found myself watching light designer Kris Kuroda work through most of the tune.

While bands are relying more and more on fancy LED screens and displays during their shows, Kuroda has maintained a certain simplicity for years that still puts light shows twice the size of Phish's to shame.

The light board played like a piano to the changes of the music; the lights hung from three circular shifts as slow, arching beams of blue light morphed into a furious spinning alien space ship hovering above the band.

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Boyd Fletcher
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