Won’t You Come Out To Play?

6.16.09 The Fox (B.Kisida)

6.16.09 The Fox (B.Kisida)

As Red Rocks, and the second leg of summer, sits less than two weeks away, my thoughts have begun to move past June to what may be coming in August.  With the tour coinciding loosely with the now-unknown release date of their album, “Joy,” we are sure to continue hearing Phish’s new material early and often.  But along the second road of summer, we will almost certainly see the transformation of some of these new songs into larger jam vehicles.  Thus far, all have remained largely contained, in what will likely be their album form.  Phish will slowly put these pieces put under the spotlight in the second set, and scribe complex adventures we can’t yet conceive.  Taking into account all their new songs, I see the following three as the most engaging launch pads.


6.16 (B.Kisida)

6.16 (B.Kisida)

I continued waiting for Trey’s slow opening chops of “Ocelot” to creep from stage to start a second set towards the end of June, and I am waiting still.  A song that has turned into a new-school fan favorite seems quite conducive to some summer time improv, and I think we will see the loafing groove expand into something colorfully improvisational in August.  The jam could take the direction of a slowed down whole-band folk-funk fusion, or they could also take it into psychedelic blues-rock territory.  Trey’s solo in Fenway’s debut hinted at a potential dirtier direction as well.  The playful tune could create some Phishy excursions before summer is done, and they would be great to hear.

“Stealing Time From The Faulty Plan”


6.16 (B.Kisida)

This song seems destined for dirty psychedelia whenever the band decides to let loose on it.  With a slower rhythm and ominous feel, Phish will create some monstrous jams out of “Stealing Time” once they establish its improvisational framework.  I could definitely see this one coming out of the box during August, and oh, the places it could go!  With a composition that easily lends itself to rock, ambient, or dissonant psychedelic planes, the improvisational possibilities of this song leave me salivating.


5.31.09 (mkdevo)

5.31.09 Fenway (mkdevo)

Though the band scratched the improvisational surface of “Light” in Bonnaroo’s closing set in June, we have only seen the beginning of where this new song is going.  With a fast-paced texture, “Light’s” jam caters to breakneck exploration in the vein of “Piper.”  This song is a certain jam vehicle, as we have already seen it reach diverse musical places in its only version following its Fenway debut.  Emerging from darker jams- “Tweezer” and “Rock and Roll”- both times it was played the band, apparently, finds it an ideal landing point for jams, as well as a jam, itself.

As we move through this upcoming tour and also into the fall, many of these new songs will take on enhanced musical significance for us.  Ever the innovators, Phish used June to introduce their songs, and will, in all likelihood, soon begin to expound on them.  As we take another step deeper into chapter three in only ten days, it will be exciting to see which ones we will ride to musical heights- and we will soon find out!

Winged music note=====

Jam of the Day:

Reba” 7.6.94 Montreal, QC


Nothing like a “Reba” to kick-start the week, and why not one of the best?



11.16.94 Hill Auditorium, Ann Arbor, MI < TORRENT

11.16.94 Hill Auditorium, Ann Arbor, MI < MEGAUPLOAD

phish-ann-arbor-lansing-94Here is an analog classic that comes via reader request.  While there is a lot of bluegrass within the show- for better or for worse, depending on your tastes- it all boils down to the colossal “Simple ” jam that segued out of “Mike’s” in the second set.  This wildly creative version, clocking in at over a half- hour, was one of the most intriguing jams from the band’s highpoint of November ’94.

I: Sample in a Jar, Foam, Fast Enough for You, Reba, Axilla [Part II], Lizards, Stash, Pig in a Pen*, Tennessee Waltz*, Bluegrass Jam*, Swing Low Sweet Chariot*

II: Mike’s Song > Simple, I’m Blue I’m Lonesome**#, My Long Journey Home**#, Chalk Dust Torture, Fee, Run Like an Antelope

E: Amazing Grace, Suzy Greenberg

*With Rev. Jeff Mosier on banjo and vocals **Acoustic #First time played

Source:  AKG 460B/CK61

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291 Responses to “Won’t You Come Out To Play?”

  1. sumodie Says:

    “Since there’s a bunch of kid talk…..”

    Uh-oh -PT has had several raging debates about this 🙂

    @Phreakyc: So you got inadvertently dosed at the Ball? I’ve always thought that people getting secretly dosed at shows was WAY more fiction than fact.

  2. SOAM Says:


    Whiny little phabies

  3. whole tour! Says:

    ^ nothing wrong with the lawn! i’ve had many genuine “experiences” up on the lawn and in the pavillion.

    about bringing young kids: just keep an eye on them. I found it disturbing even the nothing that some douchebag out there went out of his was to heavily dose the young kids on the first leg of the tour. By young kids i mean from infant to 10 years old. I heard stories that the bastard was giving the kids candy laced with serious dose. If you do bring your kids, be with them at all times and keep and eye on them and the people around them. I know if i caught some asshole dosing my kids (don’t have any yet!) I’d kick his ass into a coma. It would make the hells angels jones beach incident from a few years ago look like child’s play. If i caught the guy there is a chance he wouldn’t be walking anywhere anytime soon.

  4. whole tour! Says:

    *nothing = notion

  5. whole tour! Says:

    i’m by no means a violent person, but dosing little kids crosses the line for me and the idea pisses me off!

  6. msbjivein Says:

    ^ I don’t think your alone on that one…………………

  7. Phreakyc Says:

    I will just say not fiction. I plead the 5th

  8. sumodie Says:

    “i’m by no means a violent person, but dosing little kids crosses the line for me and the idea pisses me off!”

    The line is not even visible -this story is that twisted. WTF, can someone verify this?

  9. whole tour! Says:

    my friends were on the burgettstown > Alpine run and they conveyed the story to me. Said they talked to som e parents that found out that their little ones were unkowingly given L by some jackass.

    Horrible does not even descirbe it.

  10. Jay Says:

    I dont like to see real young kids at shows. I think it’s probably OK after the age of 5 or so (and you are up in the lawn area where it’s less noisy and crowded.

  11. Mr.Miner Says:

    kids and phish- ummmm. who is that for after all?

  12. BingosBrother Says:

    @Phreakyc : I also got sprayed at The Ball. But I had already voluntarily ingested many substances beforehand. Saw a lot of aliens those nights. Not cool IMO, but to do it to children is unforgivable. If I saw that at a show, rest assured that person is using a straw to drive themselves around for the rest of their pathetic life.

  13. SOAM Says:

    If a guy ever did that to my kids – I would have to tape a sheet of acid to my foot-and kick him in the teeth for set break-then break all his limbs-then-make him listen to pork tornado. but seriously-I see alot of fucked up shit but cant imagine that shit

  14. halcyon Says:

    I was at The Dead in Cayuga in 2004….there was this family with (2) 3-4 year olds dancing, kicking it, and having a blast….next to us and the family was a group of kids partying and wigging out ….one kid was seriously losing it in a bad bad way….emergency services came up along with a 5-0 and he freaked out big time screaming….

    this kid screamed so loud, ended up freaking out the family, the little ones, and even the adults….it was scary

  15. quazi motto Says:

    i am a parent with a 2 year old. this is my life now. phish is also a huge part of my life, so i include my girl with what makes me happy. music. she was at knoxville, her 1st. she had a blast at bonnaroo (her 3rd one). and she loves to dance too. i want my daughter to be apat of my life in all that i do, (except obviously some things, sex with her mama, and extra curicular activities adult style). we are not going to stop what we have being doing just because we have a child. our lives continue also. this works for our daughter. alas may not work for all children and families. and yes i watch my girl like a hawk. she stays close to us. no candy no way. we are responsible adults, i believe. i want my daughter to experience what is enlightening to me and have her experience the positiveness of the world. This is life and i’m on the ride!!

  16. quazi motto Says:

    i like the new phish. those tend to be the songs now stuck in my head. i am ready for the new phish. some more than others and some at different times. i am living in the present moment!!

  17. SOAM Says:

    Between the dildos and the dosing kids-not to mention the comment about kids and porking the old lady-I’d say we may have strayed a little too far off any reasonable topic-but I digress

  18. notkuroda Says:

    I bring my kids to some shows/festivals, and have some just for me. When I bring them, I’m on the clock. Their happiness and safety is my number one priority. I don’t bring them just because I can’t find a babysitter. I bring them to events where they’ll be happy and have fun.
    I’m looking forward to a fall road trip with my teenager to see a Phish show. She hasn’t been since 2000, but loves the band

  19. albert walker Says:

    Red Rocks rally continues
    S&P continues to rage higher helping me pay for my shows in the 2nd leg
    up 74 points since July 10th

  20. bhizzle Says:

    Phish.com website update: removed Mississippi, Arkansas, Colorado and REPLACED Washington.

  21. Selector J Says:

    “Between the dildos and the dosing kids-not to mention the comment about kids and porking the old lady-I’d say we may have strayed a little too far off any reasonable topic-but I digress”

    Thank god SOAM showed up today… 🙂

  22. Frankenstein Says:

    @ mr. completely…did you happen to know a wookette named Doreen who was involved in the chocolate game in Portland ’03?

  23. Phamily Berzerker Says:

    Interesting direction today. You could very well imagine I have some strong thoughts on this matter.

    We are contemplating bringing the kiddos to STD. They are wanting to go, taboot. Each day my girls are asking to see if there is an update. My youngest saw two in utero(debate aside she counts them as attended shows)

    We will rent and RV with another family with similarly aged kids and aim for family-designated area, so I need not punish the spun out wook for dumping pulsing techno at 5 AM.

    With the radio simulcast even if someone has to bail early we will still be in thefestival and digging the grooves.

    If the phantom doser of June’s tour story is true I would be hyper-vigilant to ensure their safety and the safety of others.

    The festival atmosphere is diverse enough to provide the entertainment and I cannot imagine that their kids will not be in attendance too.

    The underlying reason why the collective “WE” likes halloween is that it is a throwback to our youth and “WE” are sharing it moving forward. I had not gone trick or treating since 1989 until I became a father in 2001. You share with the next generation. Rather like us in this community, now is the time to share our fond memories of our youth with those who are willing to listen and agree to share with their progeny.

    If STD is in Indio, I’ll be in a Boba Fett costume with a team of Ewoks in tow or we may fabricate a Voltron-esque combined costume.

  24. Jay Says:

    got the “Burn After Reading” dildo machine in my head now. Thanks. Thanks a lot.

  25. sumodie Says:

    A few comments on the new songs, all of which I like for the most part:

    Backwards Down the Number Line: my favorite of the batch, as both the music and lyrics flow so smoothly together. Makes me feel like I’m gently floating down a fast moving river -not sure I’ve explained myself well. The Asheville version was sweet!

    KDF and Light: both particularly impressed me at the roo. Definite jam vehicles. KDF was also great in Asheville.

    Ocelot sounds very different from traditional Phish -I love it, though I don’t quite follow the Grateful Dead comparison (sure, a slow loping song, but so what?)

    Stealin Time: love the darkness to this song, though the repetitive refrain can be irksome.

    For the most part I like Joy but the way they sang the high pitched “happy” phrase at Camden was irritating. Listened to the Alpine version and it sounded better.

    Can’t believe Sugar Shack and 20 Years Later were only played once apiece. Sugar Shack seemed like an obvious winner at Camden.

    I’ve always loved Phish for their goofy nonsensical lyrics, so I also like the corny old ‘ragtime’ feel of Alaska as well as TTE (I’m a submarine!), though the placement of TTE in a show is crucial. What if the 5(?) composed sections of TTE were interspersed throughout a setlist -would that work?

    Now we have to wait till late August 25th? Bummer.

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