Three Things That Should Go (But Won’t)

3.8.09 Hampton (J.Mordaunt)

3.8.09 Hampton (J.Mordaunt)

With the first Phish tour in five years about to explode in only a month, there are many facets of the experience we will be reacquainted with after an extended absence.  From navigating the summer lot to scheming for your perfect show location, a whole new realm of critical thinking will be reopened.  We will be confronted by traffic jams, bathroom lines, and maps every day for the first time in quite a while, and security guards will be factors in our lives again as we engage in our secret mission seeking the ultimate- those frozen moments where thoughts go blank and we forget who and where we are- utterly engulfed by the psychedelic monstrosity of Phish.

Yet on our mission, and while reacquainting ourselves with the flow of tour, we will inevitably be confronted by some of the same boneheaded trends of shows past.  And as we enter this summer, the most anticipated tour in memory, here are a few of those in-show behaviors that would be better off left behind.

3.7.09 Hampton (J.Mordaunt)

3.7.09 Hampton (J.Mordaunt)

Clapping: There is nothing more absurd than when the band enters a slammin’ dance groove and half the pavilion starts clapping to the beat.  It may be subconscious, or it may be a meager attempt at getting involved, but if I had the ability to make one thing vanish, it just might be the constant clapping.  Not surprisingly, the band often gets annoyed by this trend as well, intentionally jamming in another direction, leaving the clappers wondering where their downbeat went.

Throwing Glowsticks: If Trey hadn’t said how cool these things looked during The Great Went, would things be different now?  What used to be reserved for rolled-out raver kids became mainstream in the Phish scene’s later years, posing annoyances and safety hazards for the band and audience alike.  There is nothing like being blissed out, eyes closed, in the middle of a “Hood” jam and getting slammed in the skull with a glowstick; poetry in motion.  Although those glowrings don’t hurt as much when they come crashing down, get ’em outta here too.  What’s the point again?

Hampton (J.Kravitz)

Hampton (J.Kravitz)

Talking Loudly: One of the most annoying things possible at a show is when your two or three neighbors, who clearly don’t care about Phish, are yapping away over beers like they are at a crowded college bar.  Sure, it’s loud in there, but it’s a huge rock concert- it’s supposed to be!  Yet some people insist on conversing like it is their last living moment together on earth- in your ear.  A completely obnoxious behavior, you wonder how people like that get their hands on Phish tickets these days.  I’m all for talking- but let’s catch up after the show.  During the show, shut it.

But, alas, with 20,000 person concerts, I don’t really expect any of these things to come to a halt, but if I had my ‘druthers, they would vanish from the universe of a Phish show.  But the overarching beauty here is that we have a Phish universe again, and no number of clappers, glowstick throwers, or obnoxious conversationalists can take that away.



9.21.99 Pima Co. Fairgrounds, Tucson, AZ < LINK

9.21.99 Pima Co. Fairgrounds, Tucson, AZ < TORRENT LINK

1999-09-21gnIn an open fairgrounds in the desert, Phish played the most random venue of Fall ’99, and played it well.  The band assembled a creative second set, combining some diverse songs and improv in “Carini > Bug,” and “Vultures > Limb,” the cover “Will It Go Round in Circles,” and a monstrous “Antelope” to close.  This one is not so widely known, but even the first set brings some heat with “Split” and “Drowned.”  Plus, a virtually aunheard of “Reba” encore.  It’s hard to call this show underrated, because nobody ever talks about it; it’s more like unrated.  Check it out.

I: Poor Heart, Sample in a Jar, Split Open and Melt, Drowned, I Didn’t Know, Get Back on the Train, Birds of a Feather, Theme from the Bottom, Golgi Apparatus

II: Carini > Bug, Strange Design, Vultures* > Limb by Limb, Will It Go Round In Circles, Dirt, Run Like an Antelope

E: Reba*, Bold as Love


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233 Responses to “Three Things That Should Go (But Won’t)”

  1. SOAM Says:

    do the wave with your schlong-everyone does it maan…… go first


  2. Jay Says:

    tea bag for your exctra

  3. msbjivein Says:

    How bouta a couple Cocks for your Fox!!!

  4. Mr. Completely Says:

    this bitchfest is so fun we should have one about songs we don’t like – get it all out of our system

  5. SOAM Says:

    I’ll lead off-“everytime Fishman opens his mouth”-

  6. msbjivein Says:


  7. old dude Says:

    that YEM song annoys me. i can never make out what they’re saying.

  8. Mr. Completely Says:

    I just like the normal songs like Friday and Heavy Things. All that noodly stuff is confusing.

  9. old dude Says:

    i saw you….with a rusty trombone in your hand!

    under the lights
    middle of the night
    couldn’t get it wrong
    so i had to

  10. guyforget Says:

    i only like covers.

  11. msbjivein Says:

    ^^BOY ,MAN, GOD, SHIT I can’t believe you don’t like YEM!!

  12. guyforget Says:

    ^fishman covers taboot taboot

  13. old dude Says:

    Gettin Jiggy With It is their best song
    am i right? is that what you guys mean by “IT”?

  14. old dude Says:

    but seriously, what i hate about show day is when Trey says “we’ll be back in 15 minutes”. and sometimes it’s actually more like 20 minutes. how can he blatantly lie to us like that?

  15. guyforget Says:

    perfect set:
    cracklin rosie>bike>sexual healing>byebye foot>love you>gettin jiggy wit it. E: lonesome cowboy bill

  16. guyforget Says:

    SOAM, you’d be out quicker than the Rangers from the playoffs.

  17. msbjivein Says:

    Look into the microscope to
    Toss your Salad…

  18. voopa Says:

    There’s so much material on sites like being added so quickly that the only way to get a decent ratio is to concentrate on the new stuff that everybody wants, then when you have a reasonable ratio, go back and grab what you really want. I’ve been there for only a couple of weeks, and mine is already up to .70.

  19. Mr. Completely Says:

    @voopa – or seed something of course – I have yet to log on over there, when I do I’ll see if I have somehting in the archives that isn’t circulating already…

    oh BTW miner, thanks for the the download of the day – not only have I never heard it, I rally liked the version of Will It Go Round In Circles (an awesome old Billy Preston song) I heard at the Gorge but have never found great AUDs of that show b/c of the wind that night….looking forward to hearing this version and the other stuff…any set with Vultures and Carini in it is OK by me

  20. SOAM Says:

    old dude-lay off the mushroom-meth soup.

    forget-I could be in as long as any typical boston sports team-which you and I know-is all the mother fucking way-just win baby-no other city can boast 4-count em 4 (actually 5 but the revolution play soccer and lose big games like the Buff Bills of the 90’s) championship caliber teams in one city in one era-and in 32 days I’m gonna be Phenwacked.


  21. SOAM Says:

    Miner told me in a private conversation that if the band smells pot at the next show they are quitting again-FYI better start Baking

  22. PeterB Says:

    Minor – thanks for the Download. I was at this show and the night after in Las Cruces. These were great shows. Could you please post the 9/22 show?

    At the time i was living in NM. A buddy of mine flew out from Jersey to catch some of the shows in AZ, NM and TX. We were floored that no one was at these shows. They literally felt like 1992 or 1993 shows. We had so much fun. From then on, I decided I would try and see Phish in the most out of the way obscure places in the west. But, that didn’t last long.

  23. EL Duderino Says:

    There is a ’99 project underway at seeded by the shnfamily so you can grab a bunch of ’99 shows over there now…

  24. SOAM Says:

    Their doing a suprise gig in Mexico City tomorrow-bring your ww2 gas masks and rock out

    Mexican cousin again-i wanna wanna-ooooohhhhhhhhh

  25. Mr. Completely Says:

    SOAM is en fuego today baby!!!! bring it!!!!

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