Straight Across

Equilibrium: a state of balance between opposing forces or actions.

In "Line" at Hampton (J. Kravitz)

In "Line" at Hampton (J. Kravitz)

Equilibrium is the state that Phish attains when things are flowing subconsciously- in from the universe and out through their instruments.  It is this state that is sought every time the band steps on stage; sometimes it happens, sometimes it doesn’t- but the ride of discovery is half the fun.  Phish has utilized different techniques throughout their career in a constant attempt to achieve this musical balance.  From their famous “Fill in the ‘Hey” hole” jamming exercise to their collegiate Oh Kee Pah Ceremonies; from “the Blob” that formed Billy Breathes to their collaborative funk grooves, Phish has continually strove to reach a musical equilibrium.

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3.8.09 (Unknown)

One of Phish’s techniques used to achieve this balance throughout most of their career was their “four across” stage set up- Fish and Page turned in slightly and looking at each other.  Absent from 1999 to 2004, the band came out at Hampton in their original stage set up- the one we grew up with.  This was clearly an intentional return to the band’s on-stage roots, and the decision carries a certain significance and symbolism.  Set up as four equal parts, all next to, and able to see, each other’s eyes, the “old” Phish was back.  As the band reconnects with many of their early musical habits in 2009, the switch to the old-school lineup aligns perfectly with this rejuvenation.

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3.6.09 (Unknown)

At the first show of 1999- June 30th at Bonner Springs- the band took the stage, for the first time in their career, in a new arrangement.  Fish was placed on a riser behind the band- the conventional spot for a drummer.  Mike was brought front and center, while Trey was bumped to stage left.  Quite disorienting at first, the band remained with this set up all the way through 2000.  Mike’s prominence in the music, and a physically-tighter rhythm section were going theories as to why the switch was made at this time.

When the band came back from their hiatus, there was another on-stage shape shift.  Trey returned to his place in the middle of the band, able to better communicate with everyone, and Mike assumed his former spot on stage left.  Meanwhile, Fish remained behind the other members in the same position.  The band carried this arrangement throughout the 2.0 era, and it seemed like the “line” was forever gone.

Fast forward five years- we enter The Mothership.  Re-acclimating ourselves to the foreign, yet familiar, surroundings, when glancing up at the stage, we are struck by the “line” again!  Initiating the old-school vibe before a note was even played, Phish was returning to their roots.  The stage looked normal again, and when the band came out with “Fluffhead,” everything seemed to be falling into place.  This was the band we knew!

"Contact" (J.Kravitz)

"Contact" (J.Kravitz)

Phish has always been a musical phenomenon- four equal cogs that, when working together, equal far more than the sum of their parts.  Musical balance is key to this transcendence; absorbing the ideas of all four band members equally- questing for that moment.  With their return to the original stage set up, the balance of Phish’s music is once again physically manifested.  Lined up as peers, each member is an equal part of the greatest whole on earth.  The band’s original arrangement will likely trigger their original stage dynamic and style of communication.  We began to observe this already at Hampton.  As Phish continues to forge a new musical path, they will do so with revitalized energy, a dedication to practice, and an enhanced physical balance.  With this recipe, the result will be an aural equilibrium that will provide many an adventure in IT.



Hampton – Photo: Jeff Kravitz (insidecelebpics)



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6.10.1994 Red Rocks < TORRENT LINK

Everyone knows about the stellar 6.11.94 Red Rocks show with the great FM SBDs that have circulated over the years.  This show was the night before.  A classic second set was anchored by the epic beautiful combination of “Curtain > Tweezer > Lifeboy,” and capped with a vintage ’94 “Hood.”  “Demand > Bowie” added some beef to the openeing frame.

I: Runaway Jim, Foam, Sample in a Jar, Nellie Cane, Demand > David Bowie, Lizards, Cavern, Julius

II: Axilla [Part II], The Curtain > Tweezer > Lifeboy, Sparkle, Possum, HYHU > I Wanna Be Like You > HYHU, Harry Hood, Tweezer Reprise

E: Sleeping Monkey > Rocky Top

Source: Nuemann TLM 170i>DAT [Set 1: Sub-cariods; Set 2: Cariods)

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319 Responses to “Straight Across”

  1. Mr. Completely Says:

    note, TM says Gorge 2 day passes will exist

  2. A_Glide Says:

    Props to everyone who got tickets, but I am still bummed that I don’t get to share a success story.

  3. fluffced Says:

    So excited, I landed a 4day through the automated ticketmaster Phoneline.

    It was busy when i called 15 minutes in advance and then the system went SOOOO slow but i got to request tickets at about 12:02

    The automated system told me there were no tickets i requested but it asked if wanted to try for GA and I got 1!!

  4. guyforget Says:

    i wouldn’t be surprised if you drove to an FYE outlet right now and were able to get tix. i think “sold out” on the web is different than “sold out” for real. I may be crazy, but we’re all crazy enough to try every last option.
    you never know.

  5. guyforget Says:

    isn’t RR all GA???

  6. Little Buddy Says:

    Sold out is sold out, everyone works from the same server, I think. I have friend in CO who were at various outlets and they were told tix were sold out within the first 15 minutes. I’ve heard that if you get through to the TM phone menu to choose the spanish option and go from there. You get right through quicker. Just speak in broken English. Met a guy in Hampton that scored tix this way…

    No complaints here. I still have Star Lake, DC, Alpine and Darien. Paid a broker for Hampton but it was totally worth it. Will try for Merriweather tomorrow. Just glad the boys are back and I can’t believe how many shows I will get to see this year. RR would have been amazing (especially for my Bday on 7/31), but o’well. Congrats to anyone that scored. Have phun!

  7. Chalkdustin Says:

    Can you only go to the FYE stores if you’re in the correct region? example, I’m in Chicago for the week, so I wouldn’t have been able to score RR tix that way?

  8. A_Glide Says:

    ^correct, I called yesterday to make sure I couldn’t go to a Carson’s or Macy’s and they said they weren’t selling RR or Gorge tickets in Chicago, only the surrounding states.

  9. cottle Says:

    Anybody know what ticketmaster considers “regional”?
    I’m trying to figure out if I can get Merriweather or even SPAC tickets at a local outlet in North Carolina. I figure Merriweather is more likely, but don’t know about NY. I’ll be stuck trying online…I have to work, but I’m hoping I can recruit someone to try the local outlets for me.

  10. SOAM Says:

    what is the difference between Livenation and TM

    No outlets ?

  11. SOAM Says:

    I don’t exert this much effort trying to get laid.

  12. A_Glide Says:

    @SOAM, that’s cause you chase fat chicks 😉

  13. SOAM Says:

    big pigs need lovin too.

  14. guyforget Says:

    that’s wierd with the regional thing, because when i called FYE yesterday, he clearly told me, that if the tix are on sale through TM, they have access to them. Someone, call FYE corporate and ask customer service. I would think they would give better info than the kids working in the stores, but i wouldn’t assume anything!!

  15. Chalkdustin Says:

    Thanks for the info, a_Glide. At least I’m not kicking myself for not trying an outlet. Was almost in my car about to go to a Carsons, so good thing I didn’t. Not that the outcome wouldn’t be the same……..

  16. voopa Says:

    LiveNation sells over the counter via Blockbuster. At least here in NorCal.

  17. guyforget Says:

    can someone with knowledge of RR explain to me the seating. My tix for all for days say:
    ROW: GA6
    Seats: 69 & 70

    when i look at the seating chart, there are rows and seat numbers/

    So, am i really 6th row?? or is the entire place GA?

  18. Mr.Miner Says:

    everyone that scored seems to have gotten them via phone and outlet…I have only heard of two computer scores thus far….

  19. R1 Says:

    Jonas Bros. are touring – might try to score some of those

  20. guyforget Says:

    Below is from the FAQ section of the RR website:

    I bought General Admission tickets but they have a row and seat number on them—what’s up with that??
    General Admission is exactly that—first come, first seated. The row and seat numbers on GA tickets are just a form of tracking – like a serial number. Just disregard them and enjoy wherever you end up sitting. But don’t forget: take up just one seat so that there is room for everyone.

  21. DC Says:

    I’ve heard colorado outlets were tight but finding empty ones in California was relatively easy

  22. wall05 Says:

    Thats because Ticketmaster sold them directly to Ticketsnow. Real Phans never had a chance that way. There were very few actually made available to an already tiny venue and that sucks

  23. cottle Says:

    Voopa – thanks for the heads up….I forgot I’m gonna have to deal with LiveNation for the SPAC show, I think. I’ll have to check and see if Blockbuster is an option out here.

  24. guyforget Says:

    anybody who scored at an outlet…where you only allowed one transaction like me? i asked if i could do two, with seperate cards, and they said no.

  25. Chalkdustin Says:

    Miner, how did you do???

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