6.14.09 Bonnaroo (J.Kravitz)

6.14.09 Bonnaroo (J.Kravitz)

One of the most endearing moments of June’s tour was Bruce Springsteen’s guest spot at Bonnaroo.  Rumors swirled about Phish and The Boss taking the stage together, and with Trey’s known admiration of Bruce, a collaboration seemed likely.  Throughout our Phish lives, we have heard stories of Trey, growing up in New Jersey, looking up to the state’s most famous son as the epitome a rock star.  Now, as headliners of the same festival, the stage was set.

6.14 (J.Kravitz)

6.14 (J.Kravitz)

A legend of Americana’s  singer-songwriter tradition, Springsteen’s music spoke to a generation of youth, longing for freedom and adventure in the 1970s, a decade focused on reestablishing cultural stability in America.  His songs carried the voice of “everyman,” making his music emotionally universal.  Trey, as well as many of us, grew up listening to Bruce’s raspy folktales over his poignant hooks and melodies.  From “Greetings From Asbury Park” and “The Wild, The Innocent & the E Street Shuffle” to “Born to Run,” and “Born In the USA,” the Boss brought many of us through our youth, dreaming about “get[ing] out while we [we]re young.”  And when we finally did get out, look what we found.  Maybe this wasn’t the scenario for everyone, but there is no doubt that Bruce Springsteen is an American rock and roll icon.

6.14.09 (D.Gunnels)

"Mustang Sally" (D.Gunnells)

After Phish had just completed a intense run through “Tweezer > Horse > Silent, Antelope,” it seemed that Bonnaroo’s first set was over, but as Trey stepped to the mic he began to tell us a story.  Reminiscing on the first concert he ever attended, Bruce Springsteen in Princeton, NJ, he explained how blown away he was by the intensity and energy in the room that night.  In a past interview, Trey said he had never witnessed someone command the attention of an entire room like Jerry Garcia or Bruce Springsteen.  Now, sharing the stage with the legend, he welcomed his “boyhood hero” to the stage.  His shit-eating grin told the rest of his story for him.  (Side note: Trey previously told us, on 12.15.95, that his first concert was Jethro Tull at The Spectrum. Hmm.)

Trey’s Introduction ——————— [audio:]

"Mustang Sally" (D.Gunnells)

"Mustang Sally" (D.Gunnells)

Just as we have heroes, so does Trey- and watching his dream come true was awesome.  The band started with “Mustang Sally,” a straight forward rocker in order to get acclimated to each other’s chops and to loosen up without any technical playing.  Having a grand time on stage, Trey and Bruce traded licks over a steady groove.  But when the standard ended, Bruce looked over at Trey and Phish, saying- “Alright, we’re gonna try this one,” as they started “Bobby Jean”- a dark-horse track from “Born in the USA.”  Interestingly enough, this song was considered a musical breakthrough for Springsteen upon its recording, with a more accented rhythm and danceable groove- a perfect selection.  As the band moved through the anecdotal song, it was very sublime to hear Trey’s guitar back Bruce’s composition in some stylistic Jersey-fusion.

Mustang Sally ——————————- [audio:]

Bobby Jean —————————- [audio:]

"Glory Days" (D.Gunells)

"Glory Days" (D.Gunells)

But the highest moment of their three-song performance was unquestionably “Glory Days.”  Taking a song that everyone in the massive crowd connected to in one way or another, Phish and Bruce tore through the ’80s hit more than proficiently.  And one of the best moments of the weekend came when Bruce turned the reigns over to Trey during the solo.  Taking liberty, Trey threw down a monster solo with many of his signature licks; like a kid in a candy store, he  shredded the classic.  There was also something overtly powerful as the two aging guitarists wailed together on the nostalgic “Glory Days;” certainly a moment.  Climaxing the song, the band and Bruce moved into the final verse and on into setbreak.

Much of the crowd buzzed during the break about the superstar-sit in, and many were overheard saying, “Best Glory Days EVER!”  As Phish prepared to come out for Bonnaroo’s final set, Trey had already lived a dream.  Sober, happy, and playing on the nation’s biggest summer stage with one of his heroes, his look said it all.  As they say, a picture is worth a thousand words, and in this case, maybe more.

Glory Days —————————– [audio:]

=====Winged music note

Jam of the Day:

David Bowie” 6.24.95 II Philadelphia, Pa.


One of my all time favorite “Bowies.”  It’s amazing how intense, yet controlled, the jam is the entire time.



7.21.1996 The Forum, Nuremberg, GR ^TORRENT

7.21.1996 The Forum, Nuremberg, GR < MEGAUPLOAD


Europe '96 Poster

This is one of the most well-loved two-setters on Europe’s Summer ’96 tour.  Sprinkled between their opening sets for Santana, Phish played a series of headlining gigs, and none more on point than this night in Germany.  With a great setlist and tight playing, Nuremberg was a keeper.

I: Golgi Apparatus, Guelah Papyrus, Rift, Tweezer, If I Could, My Mind’s Got a Mind of It’s Own, Split Open and Melt, The Horse > Silent in the Morning, Taste, Train Song*, Fee > Timber (Jerry), Johnny B. Goode

II: Llama, Theme From the Bottom, Reba, Life on Mars, Free, Run Like an Antelope, Simple, Prince Caspian, Suzy Greenberg

E: Harry Hood

*First time played.

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208 Responses to “Bruuuuce!”

  1. Jay Says:

    My next show would have been Frank Zappa but because I was not developed musically as a person at that time I turned the ticket offer down. Still kick myself everyday for that noob move.

  2. Mr. Completely Says:

    @El Dude – I am a confirmed matrix skeptic and think a lot of them are terrible. But the quality has come up a lot over the last year or so and now a lot of the mixes that circulate are super clean to my ears. Basically people finally accepted that to do a good matrix takes a shitload of work and time with no shortcuts.

    The recent Phish matrixes have mostly been quite good I think. My favorite is GD 6-23-74 done with Jerry Moore’s ultra-sick FOB – a perfect matrix mix I think.

    ========= STUBHUB RIPOFF IN PROGRESS? =====

    Looks like the “seller” I got Gorge extras from via stubhub is trying to screw me – he generated the shipping label, so he got paid, but never mailed them. We’ll see how their helpdesk responds.

  3. whole tour! Says:

    dave chappelle eh?
    he’s a cool guy.
    i once smoked a blunt with him in tally. my roomate at the time worked at a pizza place and dave came in looking to get blazed. roomate calls me and tells me to wrap a phatty philly. it was epic.

  4. whole tour! Says:

    sorry to hear about stubhub. they should get you back up tix.

  5. Frankie Says:

    Hope your story clears out Mr. C… I hate those f*cks!

    That’s great about the impromptu Dave Chapelle in the square! I recently saw his Actor’s Studio interview and he talked about his idol being this junkie street stand-up comedian so it makes sense that he would do something like that…

  6. Little Buddy Says:

    Mr. C.

    It should work out for you. This happened to me with my Hampton tickets. Dude printed a label, got paid, and never shipped my tickets. Stub hub totally took care of me though. Got me tickets from another seller and had them shipped the next day. It was urgent at the time because this was like the Tuesday before the Hampton shows, but I was impressed. I’ve always had good customer service experiences with stub hub (other than paying through the ass for my tickets, which isn’t really their fault).

  7. GuitarPicker420! Says:

    In regards to matrixes, the best I have got my hands on lately have been the DTS 5.1 mixes, particularly of Jerry Band. Those just sound amazing. You have to be all digital to make them work right (no RCA cables!), but if you have the setup, they are exquisite.

  8. Mitch Says:

    Mr. C,
    email me – I may have tix for you, let me ask my buddy. DONT STUBHUB WHEN YOU HAVE ALL OF US HERE TO HELP!

    tickets at facemelt dot net

  9. GuitarPicker420! Says:

    Mr. C – I would bet you $20 that you can get a ticket at the Gorge for less than $20.

  10. Mr. Completely Says:

    @Little Buddy – I’m not pissed at stubhub and I do expect that they’ll hook me up.

    @Mitch – I will keep yr email and let you know how this works out – but I asked here several times and used the ticket board without luck before going stubhub route

    @GuitarPicker – the extra tix are for my kid and a friend, I’m sure I could just pick them up onsite but my wife would kill me if I suggest going ticketless

  11. Andrew Says:

    Mr. C – I have 2 Saturday Gorge I’m trying to unload, along with a regular camping pass, face value. Email me at if interested. They’re PTBM and should be here by the weekend, I can send them out asap.

    – Andrew

  12. Little Buddy Says:

    Just trying to set your mind at ease, Mr. C. Good to have you back.

  13. Mitch Says:

    sorry for not getting back to you about the camping, my friend got back to me that he got Consider It Dan. We did that for Hampton and it worked really well.

  14. Andrew Says:

    ^ No worries Mitch

  15. pebbles Says:

    Mr. Completely, I am one dude who sold his Gorge tix on StubHub (face, I’m not in this thing to make money)– tho’ I haven’t printed the label or gotten paid, I can tell you as a first-timer, I was a little confused about the proper protocol, and that would have been an easy screw-up. My tickets shipped from LN yesterday, as did most others– I’d give it a couple days before you assume anyone’s trying to rip you off. Shipping shouldn’t happen till Monday, most likely.

    Good luck.

  16. Little Buddy Says:

    Wow! Still listening to second set of the last night at Hampton ’09. I’m just not sure they’ve been any better yet this year. The interplay between Trey, Mike and Page is so freakin’ awesome in Twist! Maybe my brain is just getting rushed with the emotions of being there and its throwing off my judgment, but wow!

  17. Walfredo Says:

    Yep. People selling on stubhub for gorge won’t have tickets in hand till next week. I still don’t have a tracking number from PTBM.

    Little buddy- I completely agree. That set is most underrated of the year by far. So good!

  18. voopa Says:

    Umphrey’s McGee is pleased to announce that we’ll be headlining Las Tortugas – Dance of the Dead IV over Halloween Weekend in Yosemite National Park. This premiere intimate West Coast fall music festival will be held October 29th through November 1st .

    This year’s lineup features:
    Umphrey’s McGee, Ivan Neville’s Dumpstaphunk, Tea Leaf Green, Hot Buttered Rum, Bag of Tricks (featuring Zach Gill, Steve Adams and Dave Brogan of ALO), The Mother Hips, Blue Turtle Seduction, New Monsoon, Big Light, Papa Mali, Dave Brogan Band, Guitarmageddon, Sean Leahy, Nicki Bluhm and the Gramblers, Pimps of Joytime, Izabella, Poor Man’s Whiskey, Tracorum, Tistrya and Friends, Montana Slim, and Smokedaddies

    …if Phish plays the West/SW that weekend, who the hell will be going to this?

  19. msbjivein Says:


  20. Jay Says:

    @voopa said – “…if Phish plays the West/SW that weekend, who the hell will be going to this?”

    Maliheads 🙂

  21. R1 Says:

    ^quite a line up

  22. oneshowatatime Says:

    haha, “Maliheads”

    Papa Mali was the first band I ever saw at a festy.

  23. Type III Jamming Personality Disorder Says:

    the UM show from Halloween last year is pretty sweet. Even if you don’t totally dig their sound, check it out. They did mash ups as their costume and did some really cool stuff. My particular favorites include the mash up of Money/Seven Nation Army/How Many More Times and the Another Brick in the Wall/Thriller one.

  24. Stupendous Says:

    I think I’d rather see the SCI than UM

  25. Mr. Completely Says:

    thanks for the responses, everyone. IMO it’s not OK to print the label (and therefore get paid) if you don’t have the tickets in hand. It reeks of ripoff, tho I agree there’s at least a chance they’re simply waiting for their PTBM order.

    @Andrew, thanks very much. I might just cancel this order and take you up on that. Give me a day to figure out what’s up.

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