We Follow The Lines Going South

6.7.09 Camden (D. Vann)

6.7.09 Camden (D. Vann)

Still reeling from Camden’s throwdown as we make our way down to Asheville, the excitement for the rest of this Summer is now bubbling more vigorously than ever.  With six summer shows under their belt, Phish looks to dial up the intensity and improvisation as we enter one of the most anticipated weeks of tour.  From the mountains of Asheville, to the sleeper in Knoxville (tickets are now going for $12 on TicketsNow!), and from the monstrosity of Bonnaroo to the intimacy of The Fabulous Fox Theatre- this week holds countless promising moments.  The venues will be diverse, including both the grandest and smallest stages of the summer, and it’s all kicking off with an indoor GA show tonight in Asheville.  Having re-acclimated to the live setting, the band looks to springboard off their colossal night in Camden and continue their fireworks down south.

6.7.09 (D.Vann)

6.7.09 (D.Vann)

The band members are having a blast on stage night after night; flashing huge smiles, joking with each other and the crowd, and clearly sharing our enthusiasm for what is unfolding this summer. Trey, Page and Fish look like kids in a candy store up there, and while Mike is always more reserved, his bass has been expressing his thoughts in between subtle smiles.  This positive energy and enthusiasm has permeated their music into the audience where the crowds have been spectacular.  Everyone at the shows is having a blast and it seems that most people are coming for the right reasons- in celebration of Phish.  Once again, we are living IT, and it feels so good to be home again.

6.7.09 (D.Vann)

6.7.09 (D.Vann)

One of the most encouraging trends on this leg has been the copious amount of new songs, virtually all with improvisational potential.  Not to mention that when these pieces are compiled onto Phish’s forthcoming album, they may just comprise the most impressive studio effort of the band’s career.  Each piece focusing on a different piece of Phish’s sonic repertoire, the new material spans the Phish spectrum from ballads to psychedelia to straight-ahead rock and roll.  It will be interesting to watch the development of these new songs and see when they are placed as centerpiece jam vehicles in the show.  Personally, I look forward to the time when Phish builds big second set versions of “Stealing Time From the Faulty Plan,” the playful “Ocelot,” and “Twenty Years Later,” just to name a few.  And that time could be sooner rather than later.  Phish’s songwriting hasn’t been this strong since 1997 when they debuted a slew of new material that summer.  And with the way things are going, I think we will continue to hear further debuts as we shift into the southern run.

With the band improving by the night, it has been like watching time-lapse photography of Phish’s re-development.  Harnessing the precision and energy that put them on the map, and channeling it into a renewed improvisational spirit, the odysseys that made Phish famous are again knocking on our door again; and we’ve never had a more welcome visitor.

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  1. BTB Says:

    If anyone needs a ride from Cleveland/Pitt to Deer Creek and to Alpine Valley, or any combination there of, email me at btbuckeye@gmail.com – go green, or something like that. Have VW and an open seat.

    For those following the lines going south have a blast!

  2. mmm hmm Says:

    speaking of the title of this segment…It would be pretty tasty to hear a Curtain in Asheville, considering the last time (Coventry) was totally botched. I suspect that we might not hear it until SPAC, if that. Wow $12 Knoxville tickets! That is a good sign of a sleeper for sure. Trey loves the town of Asheville and has proclaimed that at many a solo show in this same venue and the smaller Thomas Wolfe Auditorium connected to the Civic Center. I hope they have the A/C turned down tomorrow night because its gonna be the heat! Lets hope that the city does not close the lot in front of the venue like they have been doing for some shows recently. New city ordinances are trying hard to rid the town of its vibrant show culture by tightening down vending and parking rules. Asheville’s easy scene is the reason people have been flocking to this cozy mountain town for years and years to hear great shows in an out-of-the-way and laid back setting. It used to be that police were visible but for safety’s sake and not so much to crack down on the lot scene and break up vending like they are now. The times are a changing but Phish in Asheville is a long time coming and tomorrow, it’ll be about time. Get ready!

  3. Sampy Says:

    Exactly! Thank you Mr. Miner once again. Not to rub it in but only two days until I am front row in knoxville with the guys! Much love for the No spoiler shows, I’m still seeding the first ones! Peace.

  4. Selector J Says:

    I sent a text to my friends today which I believe to be true:
    This just in:
    ASHEVILLE has been commandeered by legions of wooks and noobs. Town fears Wook Flu may spread to livestock.

  5. Selector J Says:

    why the fark am I in Texas. Asheville + Knoxville will rage rage rage. GA in Asheville, sleeper show for Knoxville, Day of rest to figure out which face regions to melt and to what severity should they be melted prioir to the sound wave rodeo ensues on concourse.

  6. c0wfunk Says:

    .. lot across the street from the civic center was barricaded already yesterday with a sign that said “police parking only” .. I’ve also heard they’ve got the thomas wolfe auditorium booked as a sort of processing center – be smart out there kids!

  7. c0wfunk Says:

    ….. that said – our city cops aren’t usually that bad unless you’re being pretty stupid. There was actually a time when they cruised the phil / dylan lots blasting on their megaphones “Phil Lesh Will Be Playing First Tonight Do Not Miss It!” … they want us to have a good time, for sure, and they are amused by us, but make no mistake, we represent a big chunk of cash to the city right now… I wouldn’t expect much of an organized lot scene, but the area downtown around the civic center will swarming with heads

  8. HarryHood Says:

    OK, so I’m usually on here everyday, but since the Great Woods show was a quasi-vacation for me, this is my first time on since Saturday……

    A couple things:

    @ msbjivein ~ Great time pre-show at GW. Funny to see how the lot has changed when I see guys rolling up in Escalades! haha. And what was the deal with the “fuckin crazy” local? Glad your wife put him in his place!

    Second ~ I read yesterday’s posts and saw a lot of chatter about live streams of the shows…… Can somebody tell me where to find this? Thanks!

  9. Bapslap Says:

    http://www.phishtube.com

  10. Danny B Says:

    Oh Man!!! Where to begin…….I haven’t had any timer to post on here since friday. Friday Jones Beach was really special experience for me, and that’s about all I can say. It was cold, it was raining, and you know all about it at this point, but to me it was the best thing to happen to me in 2009. All my buddies did the first two nights, and loved thursday nights show, everyone thought it blew friday away, but for me friday was where it was at. Wilson, Buried Alive, My Freind My Friend……I couldn’t have predicted a better opening to a show, and all day long I kept calling Slave, and when it dropped it was beautiful. Mansfield’s first set wasn’t my favorite, but the second set contained some on my favorite playing by Trey out of all the shows I have listened to since the came back. Possum and Julius were so good, as a guitar player it made me a believer again, after some not so inspiring playing up until that point. Throw in a perfectly played Fluffhead, and I am done. One the most fun weekends I have had in a long time. Missed Camden, wanted to go so bad, but I know it’s only a sign of things to come. Hitting 4 maybe 5 shows later this summer, and if you see a man in a bright red north face jacket showering himself in Guiness after a great show later in the summer……… that’ll be me.

  11. Danny B Says:

    I know you guys have probably been discussing all this already, but I forgot to metion the Jones Beach MELT!!!!!!! Best Jam I have heard by anybody in a very very long time. God, it sucks being back at work, no one has any idea what went on this past weekend.

  12. msbjivein Says:

    Hood, That ride was sweet. Practically drove me back to the hotel after show. I wanna give a shout out to the dude at Thrifty rental car for hooking a bro and sister up. Yeah, that one due was a complete tool. I dosed his ass so maybe he chilled out during the show. Apparently he was a car salesman. That pretty much explains everything. MAnsfield was a quality show sandwich in between so heaters. I thought the Back on the train,Golgi,Taste,Fluffhead,Possum,contact,Julius ripped!! Mike and Trey were locked together for that show.

  13. msbjivein Says:

    Work does suck. These next couple weeks will be hard. CXan’t wait for creek and al[piner.

  14. HarryHood Says:

    I took yesterday off for the ride back so it’s really tough getting back into the swing today……. Glad to have this site to distract me during the day!

    The GW show was right up there as far as quality shows go IMO. If I had seen the setlist on paper, I wouldn’t have been too excited (especially Set I), but you had to be there to appreciate how tight the guys were. Trey was tearing it apart, or as I said to someone during the show, “Not fucking around.” Jiboo is on a short list of songs that I don’t care for, and they changed my view of that one after a ripping jam. The first set was mellow throughout and paved the way for an upbeat second. My first Fluffhead, a fresh Possum, and another great Hood really sent me home happy. Contact getting interrupted by a stage crasher could have been annoying, but Trey’s commentary and good attitude about it made it a really funny moment. All and all, great show. The jitters are gone, the “we’re back” vibe is gone, summer tour is in full swing and things are as good as ever! Couldn’t be happier. Gotta chill till SPAC now……..

  15. msbjivein Says:

    “It’s That Guy everybody,Look, It’s that guy He’s gonna get kicked out and miss the next song” LOL!!!!!!!

  16. HarryHood Says:

    I love when Trey says, “No, don’t dance for us please.” Classic

  17. brewcrew87 Says:

    i am anixously awaiitng my first phish show EVER!!! at star lake next week- im wondering what to expect in the lot with cops and all

  18. msbjivein Says:

    Last time I was at Starlake in ’03 the cop were all over the wooks. If you look the part the were fucking w/ you. We just stayed in or RV and partied til show time. Be carefull I’m sure they’re gonna wanna make some money off all the heads.

  19. msbjivein Says:

    I’m @ work in Indy on the 18th floor downtown. I was just looking out my office window and wittnessed a maintainance dude on another building acrossed the street get attack by an Osprey or a Hawk. Fucking halarious!!!! Dude was running around throwing his arms in the air freaking the fuck out. I can’t stop laughing!!LOL!!!!

  20. halcyon Says:

    Miner your enthusiasm in these write ups are infectious….keep up the good work.

  21. HarryHood Says:

    @ jivein

    That’s some funny shit. Too bad you couldn’t have gotten on video. That would have been a Youtube smash!

  22. gavinsdad Says:

    I concur w/ everyone. works sucks. family better…i have an understanding wife and 3 kids too young to know that their dad has been seeing this band for 19 of his 39 years…but i am already jonesing after JB thurs and camden. i got the fever now. i’m already thinking of ways to hit burgettstown….i’m in philly and that’s like a 6 hr deal in the car. perhaps a late flight in, hit the show, and the redeye from PIT to PHL and still make work Fri am? i’ve done crazier things before no doubt…

    and i just can’t wait till merriweather…the next ticket that’s stuck to my fridge.

    have fun down south all. behave if you must.

  23. bcb Says:

    ^^msb – best post in phish thoughts history.

  24. msbjivein Says:

    That shit just happened again!!!!!! Now there’s two dudes. Both are like WTF!! Running around the roof. I hope they don’t fall off that would be horrible. We found out the bird’s actually a Falcon. We have a bunch of Falcon nest downtown apparently.

  25. dyda Says:

    hanover township are the cops that roam the star lake lot and they are total dicks. they’re the kind of police force that makes its budget off that lot cause there isn’t anything else in their jurisdiction except the state game lands. also, they’re kinda like small bouroughs or townships’ police where they aren’t like a city police force; much smaller, more focused on protecting their little patch of ‘paradise’ from strange outsiders & making $$$.

    that said, you have to be blatant to draw their attention in the first place so play it cool. that comes with age and practice but rest assured, there are always going to be people who make themselves more of a target

    it’s a shame really that i’m probably going to have to cut my hair (been about a year) and lose my beard (playoffs, you know – haven’t touched a razor to my face in over 2 months – i look like i belong on a phish lot) but i do not want to attract unnecessary attention especially if i’m driving solo through the heartland… that may reduce my chances of looking like someone safe to sling to, but that’s never been a real problem anyway

    if you have time beforehand just to the north on 18 across the washington county line in beaver cty is raccoon state park. nice place worth checking out. like 5 minutes away from the venue.

    and yeah, how about that SOAM. very abstract. i like it. there are about a dozen songs that are still waiting to be brought back into rotation. then about a dozen more more rare ones that we may see a few of. then yet another dozen that would be considered quite the bustout…

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