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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344 Responses to “We Follow The Lines Going South”

  1. msbjivein Says:

    Whole office is waiting and watching now. This will help the morning go by fast. LOL!!!!!!!

  2. El Duderino Says:

    I just finished the first set of Camden. The other shows seem like throwaways in part. Camden is pure fire. They are back. Coherent Trey is something I really like. Thank God. Page was the most valuable player of Hampton. Gordon is the most valuable player so far on tour. Fishman, well what can you say about Fishman, he’s back to being a fuckin’ machine!!!!

  3. msbjivein Says:

    To bad the Fee and Lizard were flubbed pretty badly. The jam at the end of Fee made up for the missed lyrics I guess. The Lizards wasn’t that great. But I’m sure the energy for both of those bust outs were off the hook. I wouldn’t throw away the other shows at all though. They all had some really great moments some more than others. There are definately gems that came from all the shows so far. But it sounds like Camden was the complete show where IT all came together for the band and the Heads!!
    This is the sign we’ve all been waiting for!!!

  4. Kaveh Says:

    YES…Fishman “The Machine”…nothing better! Someone should dial up this for a lot t-shirt.

  5. El Duderino Says:

    The flubs are funny in an endearing kinda way though. When their laughing at themselves I think it’s a good thing. You can’t take yourself to seriously and they’re not.I like the humility and I like where this is headed. Fishman is a machine. He’s not playing lazily like in 2.0 I’m very happy and pleased!!! and I’ve been seeing these guys since August of ’92 Thank God I was a little worried after the first couple of shows

  6. Chi_Town_Shanty Says:

    msbjivin….you “dosed his ass”? what does this mean? seriously, you game him LSD without him knowing?

  7. Cellar Door Says:

    OMG OMG OMG OMG OMG – THis is my last day at work until the next week of bliss. I am doing laundry today, getting my party pants all nice and shiny (and yes, I do put both legs on at the same time). Let the games begin boys and girls – this sleeping monkey filled train is leaving the station and the monkeys are about to wake up.

    [dancing around the room doing something that resembles a cross between Happy Gilmore and the Three Amigos dance, all the while wearing the biggest shit-eating grin you have ever seen]

    Heading up to Knoxville tomorrow and then bopping britches at bonnaroo………. if you see a guy having fun (praise His name), that’s ME.

    [exit music: bow cha cha bow wow chuka bow wow]

  8. msbjivein Says:

    If there were flubs and no focus I’d be worried. But the Boys are very Focused. We know they’re trying to nail it. Just doesn’t happen everytime. But the more they play the less flubs we’ll notice.

  9. msbjivein Says:

    No, I gave him a dose and knew exactly what it was.

  10. El Duderino Says:

    Agreed. I feel the Camden show was better than all three Hamptons. They’re serious about this again! And that’s very encouraging. At my age there probably won’t be that many more tours for me. I’m happy I spent the money to see the 6 shows this summer. 🙂

  11. El Duderino Says:

    It’s also nice to hear a Sand jam that has purpose and enthusiasm.

  12. greenerblues Says:

    dare I say “instant classic’?

  13. Albert Walker Says:

    I was worried after hearing 1st 3 shows they took a step back after Hampton- could not figure out what happened- maybe trying to run before they walk

    could not believe what I was hearing on JB night 3 although the set died out late the DWD > Number Line was a different band

    if what you all are saying Camden is a noticeable improvement from that I can’t wait to hear the download after work today

    love Trey’s new real (blues, country, rock) tone using on Possum solos
    not his cheezy hippy over compressed tone but a vintage slick tasty one

  14. worthlesswampyfool Says:

    “No, I gave him a dose and knew exactly what it was.”

    fucking hilarious! haha! literally LOL!

    (if you purposely left out the word “he”)

  15. El Duderino Says:

    Well Albert I wouldn’t go so far as to say Trey can play the blues, but yes this is a great thing

  16. worthlesswampyfool Says:

    serious note: last day of work for this wsf. off to knox>roo tonight!!!!

    the time is near, your missions clear, its sooner than you think.

  17. msbjivein Says:

    When we got back to our ride after the show. The dude had already packed up and left……………………..Hmmmmmmmmmm…I hope he had a good show.

  18. El Duderino Says:

    I just got all the SBD’s of the Allman’s Beacon run, those guys can play the blues. Have to wait until next weekend to see the boys, and I’m really hyped by what I’m hearing.

  19. msbjivein Says:

    Have fun you “Worthless Swampy Fool”. When will you hear Rocky-Top??
    Roo or Knox???

  20. worthlesswampyfool Says:

    @ walker

    you will be very pleased with camden. sick chalkdust opener and then fee and wolfmans esp. the later are absolutely NASTY! dont personally have a copy of a better wolf. and thats the first three cuts. 2nd set just as good. twist with the oye como va jam is unbelievable too. both wolf and twist come back together PERFECTLY after the jams. seamless.

    less than 36 hours till my first show of tour biatches!

  21. worthlesswampyfool Says:

    hope knox. fav cover of mine. when will we hear a frankenstien ?

  22. El Duderino Says:

    Frankenstein will be tonight.

  23. msbjivein Says:

    MAybe a Frankenstein tonight. If not you’ll definately get one. Hopefully Page busts out the “James Brown” Keytar again!

  24. worthlesswampyfool Says:

    jiven you literally have me laughing out loud over here. dude was that big of a tool bag?

  25. msbjivein Says:

    Do you know any cool “Car Salemen”???

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