Phish Kicked Off Their Fall Tour With An Improv-Heavy Night In Charleston

first_imgPhish began their fall tour in style tonight with a show at the North Charleston Coliseum, the first of two nights at the venue. The show featured several songs from their new album Big Boat, multiple jams in the first set, a second set that was filled with many standout moments of improv, and a rare three-song encore. When the dust settled, Phish had delivered one of their best tour-opening shows in recent memory.The band showcased ambitious intentions from the get-go, kicking things off with the Phish debut of “Petrichor”. The 13-minute composition made its debut as a Trey Anastasio orchestral track a few years ago, and was included as the final song on Phish’s recently released album Big Boat. Phish nailed the composed section before launching into a small improv segment at the end of the tune. “Ghost” followed, and the band almost immediately launched into a jam segment that was sure to remind fans who were possibly dismayed by the new album exactly why they like Phish in the first place. The band was strong, adventurous, and experimental as they locked in as a unit, delivering an early show highlight with an awesome version of “Ghost”.Phish kept things bouncing along with a standard, but still fun version of “Heavy Things”, before Page McConnell took a minute to say hello to the crowd and thank them for coming. The band then went into his Big Boat standout “Home”, during which they stretched the song out from its form, adding a short but raging jam at the end that gave fans a brief look at the song’s potential. “Poor Heart” gave the audience good reason to hoot and holler, with Mike Gordon providing a slick bass solo in the middle of the song. “Poor Heart” gave way to “Bathtub Gin”, giving Phish another early opportunity to offer up some improvisation, and they took the opportunity and ran with it, with Anastasio and Gordon playing off each other perfectly before Jon Fishman caught them with the beat. McConnell started pushing the band with a double time piano part, and Anastasio responded with a glorious peak before bringing the song to its conclusion.The band kept the energy up with a dark and dirty performance of “555”, before gifting the audience with a powerful version of “Horn”. Phish then brought the first set to a close with an excellent performance of “More” from Big Boat. The band was on fire during this song, bringing the energy up to a huge peak before completing the song and walking off stage to a huge applause from the thrilled Charleston crowd.Phish returned to the stage for their second set with a rockin’ version of “No Men In No Man’s Land” that featured a short-but-sweet jam that quickly dissolved into “Down With Disease”. “Disease” included wild improvisation that eventually slowed down into a sludgy, Led Zeppelin-esque type II section, with Anastasio screeching his guitar at the end of the impressive moment. The band made a seamless segue into their cover of The Talking Heads‘ “Cities”, which slowed things down and simultaneously kicked the energy into a whole other gear. McConnell picked things up on his clavinet at the end of the song before the song fizzled out and “Roggae” began. “Roggae” was an excellent call in this slot, with its psychedelic guitar swirls a perfect compliment to the songs that came before it.Phish continued the psychedelic rock vibes with a great “Twenty Years Later”, before transitioning into the reliable and melodic jam vehicle “Light”. Anastasio’s guitar prowess was on full display during “Light”, as he led the band through a furious improv section, with Fishman pushing the beat more and more until he dropped into a “No Men In No Man’s Land” tease. The full band followed Fishman as the beat slowed down, but the improv kept going, making for a true type II segment. The “Light” jam flowed directly into a triumphant version of “Free”.The band then started up a loose and funky version of Stevie Wonder‘s “Boogie On Reggae Woman”. The crowd went nuts for “Boogie On”, with Gordon leaning into the groove before Phish started up their classic “Harry Hood”. This version saw Anastasio adding some interesting and experimental flourishes to the songs’s opening segment, before the band settled on the song’s usual beautiful improv section. “Harry Hood” closed the euphoric second set, which featured multiple standout jams and a non-stop flow throughout.Phish started their encore with the second “Winterqueen” of 2016, but things really picked up with “Tube”. The band stretched “Tube” out a bit, pushing the song’s form and going into a short bit of improv before bringing the song to a close. The band then surprised fans by starting up a fast and wild “Rocky Top” to complete the rare three-set encore.Phish started their tour with a huge show in Charleston, and fans have to be excited with the energy and creativity that was on display at such an early point in their tour. Phish return to the North Charleston Coliseum tomorrow night to finish their two-night run at the venue.Phish | North Charleston Coliseum | Charleston, SC | 10/14/2016Set One: Petrichor, Ghost, Heavy Things, Home, Poor Heart, Bathtub Gin, 555, Horn, MoreSet Two: No Men In No Man’s Land > Down With Disease -> Cities > Roggae > Twenty Years Later > Light > Free, Boogie On Reggae Woman > Harry HoodEncore: Winterqueen, Tube, Rocky Toplast_img read more

Man U’s Solskjaer defends under-fire goalkeeper De Gea amid criticism

first_imgRelatedPosts Ighalo: My best moment as ‘Red Devil’ EPL: Crystal Palace stun sloppy Man U EPL: Red Devils attack Palace Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer believes David de Gea is still the best goalkeeper in the world despite facing criticism for conceding too easily against Tottenham Hotspur.De Gea allowed Steven Bergwijn’s fierce shot to fly through his hands in a 1-1 Premier League draw with Tottenham Hotspur on Friday and the goalkeeper was lambasted by former United captain, Roy Keane, who said he was “sick to death” of the goalkeeper. Another former club captain Gary Neville described De Gea’s dip in form as “more than a blip”, but Solskjaer said the Spain international is still delivering match-winning performances on a regular basis.He told a news conference on Tuesday: “I don’t think it is a bad run when you concede two goals in seven games, which included matches against Man City, Chelsea, Tottenham and Everton.“He makes great saves, he wins games for us and I still think he’s the best goalkeeper in the world.“He’s not making errors that you see time and time again. He’s been consistently working hard in training and I’m very pleased with his work.”Manchester United, who sit fifth in the league standings, host seventh-placed Sheffield United in their first match back at Old Trafford on Wednesday. Chris Wilder’s Sheffield United suffered a crushing 3-0 defeat by Newcastle United last weekend, and Solskjaer is wary of a reaction.“Sometimes a wounded animal is harder to play against. “I know Chris Wilder well enough, he will have his team fired up for this game,” the Norwegian coach added.Meanwhile, Scotland midfielder Scott McTominay signed a new contract with Manchester United, which will keep him at the club until 2025, with the option to extend for a further year.The 23-year-old academy graduate has made 75 appearances for United since making his debut in 2017.Reuters/NAN. Tags: David De GeaDefenceManchester UnitedOle Gunnar Solskjaerlast_img read more

Enrique: Skrtel can replace Carra

first_img Press Association He added: “But I train with Martin every day and he is a top centre-back. For me Danny (Agger) and Martin are the best centre-back partnership in the Premier League. “You can have one year good, one year bad. It happened to me. The players who play in the Premier League are there because they have quality and confidence. “It is all about confidence. Martin is an incredible lad and a top player.” One player not short of confidence at the moment is midfielder Philippe Coutinho, who has picked up his second successive player of the month award since arriving in January. The 20-year-old had his best game for the club in the 6-0 demolition of Newcastle just over a week ago but the Brazilian insists there is a lot more to come from him. “Taking into account the voting is done by the supporters, that gives me more confidence on the pitch,” he told liverpoolfc.com. “I have to thank my team-mates and the supporters for their support and I hope to contribute with my performances. “I have been working very hard to be able to adapt very quickly and I think everything is working out very well.” Defender Jose Enrique knows Jamie Carragher’s achievements at Liverpool will stand the test of time but hopes the void he leaves will be filled by a rejuvenated Martin Skrtel.center_img Carragher’s departure has led to plenty of speculation about who will be brought in as a replacement, with Swansea’s Ashley Williams and Ajax’s Toby Alderweireld strongly linked, but Enrique insists the answer lies within – providing Skrtel can be persuaded to stay. “Carra is the type of player who wants to play all the time,” Enrique said. “You cannot say anything about a player who has played more than 700 times. And I know it has been a difficult year for Skrtel because he has not been playing as much but last year he was the best centre-back and this year he is the worst.” last_img read more