HENRY DILTZ, AFP/Getty Images When Rhode Island's Newport Jazz Festival…
- Posted on Oct 9th 2010 11:00AM by Mike Ayers
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Also in the mix were a few covers, including a funky take on Talking Heads' 'Cities' and a nearly 10-minute version of the Velvet Underground's 'Rock and Roll.' For those unfamiliar with the band, energetic rock songs like 'Chalk Dust Torture,' 'Cavern' and 'Suzy Greenberg' eased in those afraid of or skeptical of the jamming nature of the band.
But for the hardcore fans -- and it was a bit hard to tell just how many there were at Zilker Park -- Phish's ACL set seemed a bit reserved as far as improvisations go. There were certainly moments with great potential -- as the 'Harry Hood' segued seamlessly into 'Light' and the instrumental 'First Tube' showed moments of Trey Anastasio's command of the guitar, but the overall, the set might seemlike standard fare to the faithful.
Phish's ACL set was the first in about six weeks, since concluding a lengthy summer tour; they're currently gearing up for a fall tour with a high-profile gig in Atlantic City on Halloween, so by all standard measures, this could've served as a nice warm-up for the rest of October.
Watch video from last night's performance below.