Phish Knocks It Out Of The Park In Final Vegas Show Before Halloween [Video/Recap]

first_imgHot damn! Phish’s third of four nights in Las Vegas is in the books, and keeping with the trend of the last two nights, the band brought some serious heat to the MGM Grand Garden Arena. Although the Sunday show of the band’s 2016 Las Vegas Halloween run was not the run’s final night, the old adage undoubtedly held true: Never miss a Sunday show. Even a “fake” Sunday show. At least not if it’s in Vegas.As they did on nights one and two, the band opened the show with a song from the band’s 2014 Halloween performance in the same room, this time opting for a short-and-sweet “The Dogs”. “Ghost” was up next, as the band quickly dove into a swampy, bass-led jam. Trey Anastasio led the band through a tight, methodical build to a peak where his tone, not dexterity, was what shined. Minimal LED work from lighting designer Chris Kuroda gave the jam a nostalgic aesthetic.Watch the official video of “The Dogs,” below.The one-two punch of “Funky Bitch” and “Chalk Dust Torture” that followed kept the energy high, before Page McConnell-sung anthem “Army Of One” and setlist staple “Heavy Things” (complete with “take it Leo” solo) provided a quick breather. Mike Gordon got the crowd dancing again with “How Many People Are You”, featuring a fun jam with a pseudo-vocal jam at its peak.“Stash” was somewhat soft-spoken, but skillfully deliberate. After the composed portion, the band launched into a jazzy improv with splashes of dissonance to maintain a dark vibe, before building to a typically-blistering “Stash” jam peak. The “Theme from the Bottom” that followed ripped particularly hard, even by the song’s high standards.The band closed the first frame with an energetic “Suzy Greenberg” whose “about as faithful as a slot machine” lyric got a knowing cheer from a crowd three days into pumping money into Sin City’s slots. You could feel how much Page and Jon Fishman were enjoying themselves as traded bars on the song’s closing solo–“a neurologist can’t tell me how fun this is!”“Down With Disease” got the call as the second set opener for the second time this tour. The first, in Alpharetta, was a 20+ minute beast, and its Las Vegas counterpart was similarly extended and exciting. The jam started in anthemic major key space before dropping into a submerged, echolocation groove. The improv moved through several distinct sections, before Trey turned on the hose and Gordo let loose the bass bombs he had been hinting at, eliciting an ecstatic response from the crowd. The jam then started to pick up hints of “Birds of a Feather”, and little did the Vegas audience know, a giant “Birds” was flocking just outside…Watch the official video of “Down With Disease,” below.The “Birds of a Feather” that came next was an instant classic version. The top-notch full-band improvisation cycled through various themes and faintly touched on both “Blaze On” and “What’s The Use” before building to a rocking climax and ending with an appropriately placed “they attack!” Do not sleep on this “Birds of a Feather”–this was Phish at its finest, and they were just getting started.The “Fuego” that came next featured “Birds of a Feather” teases and a stop-start section that was met with a relatively even split of woos and they attacks from the crowd. After the “Fuego” jam faded out, the band jumped straight into “Harry Hood”, whose blissful jam flowed into–and back out of–The Mighty Diamonds‘ “Have Mercy”. The cover had not been played since popping up inside a “Hood” on 6/4/11 (221 shows). After bringing home the “Hood” sandwich, Phish hit fans with one last surprise: a perfectly played performance of fan favorite Beatles cover “A Day In The Life”. The old-reliable “Character Zero” encore was all gravy, as the rowdy Vegas crowd sang and whooped along to the raging show closer.After three fantastic shows filled with bust-outs, countless grade-A jams, and incredibly tight playing top-to-bottom, there’s plenty of cause for excitement among Phish fans. The band sounds noticeably rehearsed, on point, focused. They’ve been practicing, folks, so look out–whatever it is they have planned for us tomorrow, it’s about to blow us all away.Check out the full setlist from last night’s show below.Setlist: Phish at MGM Grand Garden Arena, Las Vegas, NV – 10/30/16Set 1: The Dogs, Ghost, Funky Bitch, Chalk Dust Torture, Army of One, Heavy Things, How Many People Are You, Stash, Theme From the Bottom > Suzy GreenbergSet 2: Down with Disease -> Birds of a Feather, Fuego, Miss You, Harry Hood -> Have Mercy -> Harry Hood > A Day in the LifeEncore: Character Zerolast_img read more

Paris’ virus-battered Fan Museum thrown life-line

first_imgPARIS (AP) — Paris’ indebted Fan Museum says the city hall has instructed the landlord seeking to close it down to extend the deadline for payment of rent arrears. Director Anne Hoguet says her beleaguered museum — a registered historic monument — owes 117,000 euros due to losses during the virus lockdowns last year. The money was due Jan. 23, and the landlord had threatened to seize the museum’s priceless artifacts as payment. In response to AP’s reporting, on Thursday UNESCO called on France to do more to protect the small museum that French officials had placed on an intangible heritage list only last year.last_img

Liverpool Leapfrog United to go Second

first_imgJurgen Klopp described a near perfect Liverpool performance as a “joy to watch” as Mohamed Salah scored for the sixth straight game in a 4-1 thrashing of West Ham at Anfield saturday.Klopp’s men moved up into second in the Premier League by edging a point ahead of bitter rivals Manchester United, who host fourth-placed Chelsea today, as Emre Can, Roberto Firmino and Sadio Mane were also on target.Salah also drew level with Harry Kane on 23 Premier League goals in an outstanding debut season at Liverpool in the battle for the golden boot. The Egyptian was inches away from opening the scoring inside three minutes when he struck the post, but did have a hand when Can’s bullet header from Salah’s corner broke the deadlock on 29 minutes for Liverpool’s 100th goal of the season in all competitions.Salah doubled Liverpool’s lead when he steered a shot into the far corner on his favoured left foot after the break from Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain’s through ball. Moments later it was Firmino who beat West Ham goalkeeper Adrian to Can’s pass before slotting into an empty net.Substitute Michail Antonio pulled a goal back for the Hammers just a minute after coming on, but Mane ensured all of Liverpool’s prolific front three were on target when he converted Andrew Robertson’s cross 13 minutes from time.“We always thought we had a chance of scoring today but we couldn’t keep their front players quiet,” said West Ham boss David Moyes. “Ultimately we are playing against a team in real form.”At the other end of the table, promoted Huddersfield and Brighton moved clear of the bottom three. West Brom are now seven points adrift of safety at the foot of the table as Huddersfield struck twice in eight minutes at the start of the second period through Rajiv van La Parra and Steve Mounie to win 2-1 at the Hawthorns.Brighton moved up to 12th thanks to Glenn Murray’s double and late goals from Anthony Knockaert and Jurgen Locadia to end Swansea’s 10-match unbeaten run in a 4-1 thrashing that drops the Welsh side back into the relegation zone.Dwight Gayle also scored twice, but Newcastle failed to back up their stunning win over Manchester United as they blew a two-goal lead to draw 2-2 at Bournemouth. Adam Smith and Dan Gosling struck for the hosts in the final 10 minutes.Southampton also salvaged a point late on to edge out of the drop zone on goal difference. Manolo Gabbiadini came off the bench to level in stoppage time and grab a 1-1 draw at Burnley, whose wait since December 12 for a Premier League win continues.Earlier, Stoke boss Paul Lambert hailed Jack Butland as the “best goalkeeper in Britain” despite an own goal from the England international costing his side the chance to move out of the bottom three in a 1-1 draw at Leicester.The visitors, who remain 19th, led through Xherdan Shaqiri’s long-range strike until Butland fumbled Marc Albrighton’s cross into his own net 20 minutes from time.Watford moved into the top half of the table as captain Troy Deeney’s strike 11 minutes from time edge a low quality encounter 1-0 over Everton.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more