Stash > Hydrogen > Weekapaug

Huh?  Yup.  It happened. Eleven years ago today at the Bryce Jordan Center at Penn State, right along the high key tour of Fall ’97 .  While this majestic musical segment is buried within the first set of a oft-underrated show, it featured one of only several masterful “Stash”s in Fall ’97.  Overlooked due to the prominent focus on funk in Fall ’97, “Stash” absolutely blew up every single time it was played on tour.  Starting with Vegas’ twenty-minute epic, moving to the hyper-intense first set version from Winston-Salem, to Worcester’s mind-altering adventure, Cleveland’s massive second set opener, to this “Stash Groove” in Happy Valley; Stash’s five song campaign was truly epic.  Yet, today we shall focus on this first set oddity.

scan0002Having opened the show with a fluffy Mike’s, featuring copious light dance funk to get the party started, the band took an abrupt left turn into Chalk Dust as the jam wound down.  Since they didn’t move into a traditional interlude, it seemed as though the band would create a set-long Mike’s Groove sandwich, as they often did.  Hence, when the band dropped “Stash” after their blues-rock excursions into Chalk Dust and “My Soul,” no one thought anything of it (other than the routine 100 cc’s of adrenaline our brain was shot with by that opening lick.)

This version jumped into the fray immediately, as Mike led the troops into battle with strapping bass lines, complementing Trey’s solo which had begun firing before the jam dropped in earnest.  Taking zero time to get into the thick of things; as the vocal refrain ended, we were smack in the middle of deep Phish improv.  Page began with some tasteful jazzy accents, but the course of this version would see him pounding his piano like a madman.  As the jam entered the depths, the entire band began passing musical ideas around as easily as a spliff, while the jam built as if composed and practiced.  Oozing with ferociousness and furor, this version stands in maddening support of the “Stash”  ’97 candidacy.

1997-12-09gnYet, as the band twisted the music to a climax, they entered into the “Maybe so, maybe not” refrain only briefly, continuing the intense textures moving.  Within a flash, they band slid naturally into a spiritually-melodic segment fora short bit.  Literally coming out of nowhere, one couldn’t predict where we were headed.  As Phish settled to an ambient place, Fishman began the delicate drumbeat of Hydrogen as the rest of the band gradually fell into place one-by-one in what was a gorgeous transition.

A certain mind-fuck, the band brought Hydrogen out of something other than Mike’s for only the fourth time in their career. (The three previous times were out of Kung at the Roxy 2.20.93, out of Yerushalayim Shel Zahav at Holmdel, NJ on 7.2.94, and out of Simple at Raleigh 7.22.97.)  As they do, Phish had one again executed something we never saw coming to perfection.  As the melodies of Hydrogen rolled around the arena, you had to think Weekapaug was coming next to not only complete the Mike’s Groove, but also the first-ever “Stash Groove!”

107_0771And so it was.  Though the band stumbled momentarily, into the opening notes, once they got this Weekapaug grooving, it transformed into a centerpiece of the set.  A blistering thematic jam gave way to a rhythmic section that sounded like a hidden track off of Remain In Light.  Taking jams into percussive explorations became a hobby for the band during this tour, and this Weekapaug is a prime example of how far they took them.  What started in a grounded and grooving place took off into some militant and scorching improv that featured Trey at the helm, wailing out orders to the people.  Fishman kept the vessel rhythmically anchored in Weekapaug while the others steered the jam into more turbulent waters.  Finally landing ashore, back in the Weekapaug chorus, Phish had just completed yet another adventure into the universe; this one amidst a string of songs in the first set.  The unexpected had struck again.  Bring your head gear to Hampton and beyond, for all those left hooks that you can’t see coming, something tells me the unexpected will strike again.

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DOWNLOAD OF THE DAY:

5.28.94 Laguna Seca Raceway, Monterey, CA SBD

images1This classic spring ’94 show was the first of two at the Laguna Seca Daze Festival.  A relatively standard first set was upstaged by the second that brought two classic versions of “Tweezer” and “Reba,” the quintessential ’94 songs.  The entertaining show ended with a YEM that featured a visit from Les Claypool  for a bass duel with Gordeaux.  This soundboard captures the show vividly!

I: Rift, Sample in a Jar, Foam, Bouncing Around the Room, Stash, The Horse > Silent in the Morning, The Sloth, Maze, Cavern

II: Axilla [Part II], It’s Ice, Tweezer > Lifeboy, Reba, Fee > Llama, You Enjoy Myself*, Dueling Bass Jam*

E: Poor Heart

*With Les Claypool of Primus, on bass
NOTE: If there is ever a show you are searching for or jonesin’, drop me a line.  Thanks to Ginseng Jeff, I pretty much have em all.  Look forward to hearing from you!

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32 Responses to “Stash > Hydrogen > Weekapaug”

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  1. Anelson Says:

    Awesome site man…would love to have a copy of 5.13.94 Hayden Square show from Tempe, AZ if you have it…this was a quirky little outside venue nestled between a few buildings on a patch of lawn. Haven’t heard this show since the analog days.

  2. Cameron Says:

    Mr.Miner,

    THere is indeed a show I’m looking for, and you wrote about it not too long ago. Is there any chance you could get me 11/27/98? I’ve ben jonesing for over a year to hear that Weekapaug, but can’t get a copy of it.

    ~Slainte!

  3. Coleman Says:

    @Cameron – 11/27/98 is a Live Phish release.

  4. vtsnowboarder802 Says:

    Do you have a decent 12/11/95, the dog log show? I’ve been looking for a quality version for ages.

  5. Tadcaster Says:

    Mornin’ Minor –

    As we get closer to March, would you consider bringing us up to speed as to where we last left our friends? Kind of a re-hash of the shows leading up to Coventry?

    Thanks again for your work here, a daily go-to.
    -Matt

  6. Cameron Says:

    I knew it was a live release, but i havent been able to find, and livephish.com doesnt have it in their catalog. i’ve tried phishows.com but for some reason that particular show has been corrupted. Any other suggestions?

  7. Mitch Says:

    I picked up 11.27.98 a couple weeks ago on either amazon.com used or half.com used. picked it up pretty cheap. check it out, its awesome.

  8. Scott Bernstein Says:

    Wow, never heard this show. You f-in rule, Mr. Miner.

  9. jon_hansen Says:

    Definitely have to get my hands on this one…

  10. Ben Says:

    I know you talked about Terrapin encore, but I think the entire 8/9/98 VA Beach would be neat. It’s awesome.

  11. Chicago_Head Says:

    Greetings…I was on the Europe 96 Tour, short but sweet as hell. They opened for Santana at quite a few shows. It was sicko stuff…playing small towns in Italy, France, Germany and Amsterdam. Curious if you have these shows? I’ve been able to track down the Hamburg, Germany show, where I had my out of body experience, but other than that I cannot find any of them. Hoping you can help!

  12. Otis P. Spunkmeyer Says:

    10-10-99 Pepsi Center Albany,NY. Tour ending show with great Vultures, the best Stash that i’ve had the pleasure to hear, a 26 minute YEM that’s my favorite, and a very short, sweet 10 minute Gin. This was the last show before the great december ’99 playing that was just featured by Miner..

  13. gills Says:

    chicago have u tried momadance.com or phishows.com phishows has over 800 shows to stream and download . can anyone tell me where to get a good free program to opne thses rar. files been tryin now for a while after i get this program, am i good. need to start downloading these sbd’s

  14. gills Says:

    smokin weekapaug
    sharin in the groove minor thanx

  15. Ben Says:

    winrar works well

  16. themanatee Says:

    nothin like sharin in the groove

  17. shawn Says:

    i would be more than pleased to hear charlotte nc 10/26-96 (my first show) and winston salem nc 11/19/98. and if you have time 10/01/00 would be great (i never met a man i could not forget)

  18. Joe England Says:

    10-27-95 Wing Stadium, Kalamazoo, MI my first show if you had this one i would be impressed and grateful

  19. Jeff Says:

    Joe, that 10-27-95 show was my 3rd show. That was a great time! Talk about contrast, the next night was quite a different experience!

  20. paul hannon Says:

    (The three previous times were out of Kung at the Roxy 2.20.93, out of Yerushalayim Shel Zahav at Holmdel, NJ on 7.2.94, and out of Simple at Raleigh 7.22.97.) 10-7-99@Nassau: Encore:out of (well sortoff)RockTop>Hydrogen,Julius
    12-30-99:Mikes->Simple->Hydrogen->Weekapug(same as raliegh 97

    Just a heads up

  21. Mr.Miner Says:

    ^^ I was referencing at the time it happened, it was the fourth time ever.

  22. rb Says:

    Hey Miner, can you get your hands on 6/16/94??

  23. Don Says:

    Great work man! Today you feature a selection from my first show. 🙂 On the way to the show I asked my buddy what 1 song he wanted to hear @ the show. His response was “Mike’s”. I took note and thought it would be awesome to hear live. Never in a million years did I expect to see it open the show…no way. Much to my surprise Phish “delivered” as they always seem to do and hit me with that “HOLY SH!T” moment. 🙂 🙂 My personal highlight from this night is the Simple->Timber in the 2nd set. Page on the Rhodes nearing the end of the Simple jam before Timber is fantastic.

    Thanks for all you do and keep it up!

    PS: Found out after the show that this was also the second time since 12/6/86 that the boys opened the first set w/ “Mike’s” (first being Hampton 2 weekends before).

  24. alex Says:

    Thanks for your efforts, I have long been searching for a complete copy of 12/08/89 Green Mountain College….The first set has forever eluded me (aside from the partial that circulates)

  25. vegasgreg65 Says:

    would love 12/30/96…my 1st show and haven’t been able to locate a full show copy.

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