Phish Brings Out 20+ Minute “Disease” In Energetic Alpharetta Opener [Watch/Recap]

first_imgFor the eighth time in their career, Phish took the stage at the Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre at Encore Park in Alpharetta, GA along their 2016 fall tour. Five shows in, the tour as a whole has been heavy on the new Big Boat material, though certainly making room for a hearty serving of their classic material. Phish seems to be locked in as they go, hitting the Southeast with a gusto. How would their much anticipated return to Alpharetta fare?The band got started with “A Song I Heard The Ocean Sing,” playing the darker tune for the first time on tour. Trey Anastasio took it into a whirlwind solo, before releasing the tension with lighthearted versions of “AC/DC Bag” and “Back On The Train.” With the looseness of two groovy tracks, the rhythm section of Jon Fishman and Mike Gordon fueled a great jam out in “Blaze On.” Phish seems to be putting longer jams in the first set, and while “Blaze On” stayed within the box (aka Type I), it was evident that the band was tight-knit and having a ton of fun.Watch the official stream of “A Song I Heard The Ocean Sing” below.Gordo got to take the lead next, as the band brought out “Sugar Shack” for the first time on this tour. Trey nailed the song’s carefree melody throughout, extending it for a nice solo with some fun arpeggios. This was a longer version than usual, adding an exciting energy to the song. Page McConnell took the lead next, singing along on the peppy new Big Boat tune “Things People Do.”Next up was a rocking “Birds Of A Feather,” with Trey leading a great tension-build and release solo. This was a tight jam that kept the energy of the first set high, but it was a “Mercury” that was a real highlight of the set. Though “Mercury” didn’t appear on Big Boat, it was debuted at the same time as tunes like “Blaze On” and “No Men’s.” Now played for the second time on this tour, it’s certainly exciting to have the song in a tighter rotation. Fishman played the Marimba Lumina at times during the song’s lighter section. This was a great “Mercury,” as the band extended the version with a tight jam out at the end.“Let’s Go” came up next, another new original tune that was left off the new album. “Let’s Go” was actually the center of a discussion in the Roling Stone interview that was published today, as producer Bob Ezrin opted to leave the Gordo original off the album despite his and Trey’s objections. The upbeat number was played for only the second time, but let’s hope it stays in rotation. It’s a fun one! “Alaska” came next, treating the Alpharetta crowd to some bluesy funk. This was a raging version of “Alaska,” but the band took the mood into a sentimental place with their new song, “More.” The track came to life in the live setting, with Trey rolling out some great guitarwork to bring the song, and set, to a grand conclusion.After the break, it was Gordo that hit the opening rumbles of set two with a blistering, 21-minute version of “Down With Disease.” The jam started out with rock and roll energy and turned a corner into a more floating segment, but then curved back into some deeper bass-driven grooves. This was an exploratory “Disease,” moving into a progressive rock sound before Trey led the jam into a rock and roll call-and-response. Things only got spacier, drawing deeper into an exploratory funk before Trey moved over the Marimba Lumina and really nailed the low-end synth bombs. He eventually picked back up the guitar and rocked the opening notes of “Carini.”Watch the official stream of “Down With Disease” below.The “Carini” quickly went into an ambient jam session, as the band kept things lighthearted in a typically heavy song. The light touch continued as the group segued into Fuego track “Winterqueen,” and this was a beautiful version with a nice, soaring solo. Trey brought the song to a close with its melody, but it was Fishman that ushered in the subsequent “Ghost.” The improvisational section went from rhythmically funky to melodically uplifting, then back to slow and funky to close out the song.Page then hammered out the opening notes of “Possum,” and Trey kept the song loose and rocking. This was clearly a crowd pleaser, with the energy riding high. It was the tour debut of “Slave To The Traffic Light” that would bring the set to a close, putting a truly triumphant finale to a great set of music.For their encore, Phish closed out the show with their first cover of the night, Rolling Stones’ “Loving Cup.” Trey was absolutely shredding the ending of the song, bringing one last beautiful buzz to Alpharetta. This was a great memorable night of music from Phish, and we can’t wait to hear what they have in store for night two tomorrow.You can see the full Phish.net setlist below.Setlist: Phish at Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre at Encore Park, Alpharetta, GA – 10/21/16Set 1: A Song I Heard the Ocean Sing, AC/DC Bag > Back on the Train, Blaze On, Sugar Shack, Things People Do, Birds of a Feather, Mercury, Let’s Go, Alaska, MoreSet 2: Down With Disease > Carini > Winterqueen > Ghost > Possum > Slave To The Traffic LightEncore: Loving CupThis show was webcast via Live Phish. The Birds was quoted at the end of BOAF.last_img read more

Fast growth Nektan reviews US investment options

first_img StumbleUpon Submit Nektan offloads white-label B2C unit to Active Win Group January 8, 2020 Share Related Articles Transformed Nektan eyes ‘break even’ comeback April 1, 2020 Share FSB selects Glenn Elliott as new COO August 12, 2020 Gary Shaw – NektanLondon AIM-listed platform and gaming content provider Nektan Plc reports a ‘stronger than expected’ opening for its 2019/2020 trading.Publishing its Q1 2019/20 accounts (period ending 30 September 2018), Nektan reports record net-gaming-revenues (NGR) of £6.4 million up 64% on Q1 2018’s £3.9 million.Updating the market Gary Shaw, Interim Chief Executive Officer of Nektan, said:“Q1 FY19 has been very strong and we have seen accelerating growth momentum across all business lines.  We are on course to be EBITDA positive in Europe by the end of this financial year.  Since becoming a public company in 2014, Nektan has seen only one quarter-on-quarter decline in revenue, which was during this usually quieter period of activity in the same period last year, so we are very encouraged to see such a positive quarter and expect this success to continue.”The AIM enterprise continues to strengthen its games distribution channel, which during the quarter delivered gaming content to 143 casino brands worldwide.Furthermore, Nektan governance highlights the ‘growth momentum’ of its B2B ‘Evolve Platform’ which now services 14 deals globally, detailing sustained double-digit growth for its Tyche Digital partnership.“Given the past few quarters of continual expansion in content provision and our significant build-up of global partnerships, we are now within striking distance of our ambition to be the dominant provider of premium gaming content in the industry.  We will continue to build our portfolio of content which, combined with the speed of content delivery into partners’ live gaming sites globally, makes Nektan’s offering a very attractive proposition.  We are adding more cutting-edge content and channelling this not only to more partners but bigger partners too. Nektan is live in more jurisdictions and languages than ever before and, in particular, our Asia business is scaling substantially as our technology is applied by more partners.”Nektan governance continues to strengthen its North American position and prospects, with the firm detailing that it has developed new US-centric components for its Evolve Platform.In its trading update, Nektan governance reveals that it is studying the potential of direct US investment with a view to strengthen its B2B business unit.“We are very confident that Nektan is in an excellent position to capitalise on the solid technological foundation we have built.  Our B2B division, in particular, is bringing a wealth of international opportunities from tier-one partners.  In addition, our North America division is making progress and is due to go live shortly with a tier-one operator.  We are positioned to take advantage of the opening up of the sector in the United States with a pipeline of upcoming opportunities.”last_img read more