Weekend Nuggets: Saturday at The Gorge


8.8.2009 The Gorge < Torrent

8.8.2009 The Gorge < Megaupload

The Gorge 8.8.09 (W.Rogell)

The Gorge 8.8.09 (W.Rogell)

Here we have Saturday night’s Gorge show, an affair that showcased Phish’s more rock-based jamming.  The clear high point of the night was the monster “Rock and Roll” that opened the second set, which remained a summer highlight.  A centerpiece “YEM” anchored the middle of the set in laid-back style, while a growing “Number Line” got into some significant late-set  improv, segueing into “Piper,” whose fast-paced jam closed the thematic set.

The first set featured an opening bust-out of “Mango Song,” included  a completely original take on “Tweezer” and made engaging runs through “Wolfman’s” and “Antelope,” with the latter standing out as a weekend highlight.  Definitely a show that delivered high-octane psychedelia- and several standout moments- this capped band’s first west coast run since 2003.  Enjoy the weekend folks!

I. The Mango Song, Chalkdust Torture, Middle of the Road, Tweezer > Driver, Twenty Years Later, Yamar, It’s Ice, Wolfman’s Brother, Character Zero, Run Like An Antelope

II. Rock And Roll > Makisupa Policeman, Alaska, The Wedge, You Enjoy Myself, Backwards Down the Number Line > Piper, Grind

E: Good Times, Bad Times, Tweezer Reprise

Source: FOB Schoeps MK4v>CMR>Benchmark AD2402-96 @ 24/9 (Taper: Jamie LuWinged music notetch)


Jam of the Weekend:

“Rock and Roll > Makisupa” 8.8.09 II




“Tweezer” jam 8.8 I


“Rock and Roll” 8.8 II (partial)

Tags: , , ,

270 Responses to “Weekend Nuggets: Saturday at The Gorge”

« Previous12345678...1011Next »
  1. bigjig Says:

    Rock and Roll was great, not sure if I can say it was the “clear high point of the night.” Too many goood songs for that, especially for a Mango whore like myself. The west coast crowd was by far the mellowest, good time posse that I have seen in a long time in complete contrast to Chicago (not to b baggn on Chi, grew up there, but meatheads need to relax !)

  2. Bryan Barsalou Says:

    Can anyone help me out who was in Hartford last week. During the setbreak they were playing this hip hop that kinda had this whole “Digable Planets” sound going on? Not certain if Languedoc still has any say over the P.A.? I would try to post over at PT for an answer but they’d probably tell me that it was the worst setbreak music of the tour and that I should concentrate more on the band’s music and not just some stupid filler. Love the positive vibrations you’re throwing out there to the community!

  3. Phil Says:

    Man up and ask PT 😉

  4. Leo Weaver Says:

    RnR was definitely the hightlight of the night…otherwise it’s tough for me to pick “best songs” from this show. The setlist was varied but cohesive and the playing was tight. Just a rockin’ show. I especially like the ‘Sunset Tweezer’ and that Antelope.

    re: orchestra baobab conversation from last night…yeah, Trey and Dave Matthews did some sit-ins with those guys back in late 04-05. I caught them on the Letterman show (I think that was it) then saw some of the VH1 thing. I had to get me some OB after seeing those. Picked up Pirate’s Choice which is supposed to be their seminal album…and it’s great. A few songs stand out to me as just incredible. There are a few others that take a little more patience but it’s a good listen, especially if you’re trying to get a taste of world/west african stuff.

  5. Bryan Barsalou Says:

    You’re exactly right Phil.

  6. whole tour! Says:

    was it the roots setbreak music?
    or theivery corporation?

  7. JP Says:

    RnR was definitely the highlight of the night for me (thick intense jamming that just drove on and on) – with the whole combo of Ice > Woflman’s > Zero > Antelope really firming up the show’s heavy rock energy just before RnR took things to a new level. I thought the Wolfman’s was particularly interesting – hadn’t heard a version like that before. Wish they stayed in the Ice jam longer – but obviously they still had a lot to play in set I!

    Best “2 night” run eva?? Ha.

    Agree with bigjig on the crowd being really terrific – bring on some indoor fall shows on the left coast!

    Remember seeing Trey at Bumbershoot in Seattle a few years back – good show – Trey spoke about the connection he felt between the vibe in VT and WA and how much he enjoyed being in WA – come on back boys, west coast residency!

  8. Read Icculus Says:


  9. stash Says:

    Don’t know if it’s been mentioned.

    Holloween: Eagles, Hotel Cali.

  10. butter Says:

    Mango was the best.

  11. whole tour! Says:

    I remember they played some stuff from Beck’s ‘odelay’ album for pre show music in charlotte 2003. There was this one song that i remember the most vividly of any set break music besides maybe some MMW from lakewood back in the day. It was a slow song that went something like “it’s all my fault.” Something about that song at the time just sounded so cool and i still remember it. Out of like 30 shows that Beck and some MMW is the only setbreak music i can remember. I guess i remember the beck so well because i was starting to feel some boomers and my buddy told me not to bug out and gave these words of wisdom: “The worst thing that will happen is phish will come out and play.” As soon as he said this it was like a ray of sunshine broke throught he clouds and my mood instantly changed for the better and it was an amazing show.

  12. butter Says:

    ^^sometimes all you need is a friend to say something kind

  13. Leo Weaver Says:

    mango was def sweet…I’d put my faith in Mitch’s team mango story, was pumped to hear the guys start the show with it…perfect setting for the song on that particular evening

    @stash, it’s been mentioned once or twice on here but doesn’t get any love as I recall. I don’t know, it seems like a good choice relative to the setting and locale but not sure they’d do it, to me it just doesn’t fit them. Could be interesting though. I still like the Bowie call…

  14. butter Says:

    bigjig = bigmangowhore

  15. MakisupaSecurity Says:

    Thanks Miner, Cant wait for your “Best of Second Leg” lineup, Ill be checking it all out.

  16. halcyon Says:

    They were playing Manu Chao, and The Avett Brothers before the shows and in between setlists at the Gorge as well.

  17. Leo Weaver Says:

    avett bros…I wondered what it was, really dug it…and it fit the setting and vibe very well IMO

  18. Robear Says:

    Shoreline = most overlooked show from second leg. Not a dull moment, and several huge highlights, ‘Divided, nasty piano solo in Suzy, scintilating Bowie, all in the first set. One of the jams of the tour in ‘DWD, tight and lively Limb x limb, the dusting off of ‘Oh Sweet Nuthin’ (this version smoked the one at MPP), and just a devastating segment from Cities, to Maze to Mike’s Groove, to borrow a line from Mr. Miner.

    Tough to be sandwiched between RR and the Gorge though. Surely the weakest ‘setting’ for the western leg.

  19. MOonSHaKE Says:

    Wolfman’s Brother was the highlight for me, I agree w/ JP. Mango Song would be a close second, always has and will be a treat to hear them play it.

    Speaking of mangos, how I miss the edible pleasures of SEA: Dragon fruit ,Star fruit, Star Apple, Custard Apple, Rambutan, Longan, Pappaya, Mangostein, Soursop, etc. etc. etc.

  20. robbypop Says:

    “your hands are made of mangostein”…hilarious if you consider what happens to your hands when you eat it.

    Has anyone else noticed that Tower of Power doesn’t have a Halloween gig scheduled, despite playing a number of gigs that week? I’ve had this theory about Waiting for Columbus for a while, but forgot that ToP played on Hoist, which now seals it.

  21. Lycanthropist Says:

    @ wt! –

    you are talking about, “Nobody’s Fault But My Own” off of Mutations. One of my favorite songs off of one of my favorite Beck albums. That song will move you no doubt.

  22. voopa Says:

    Round the Bend is another great slow Beck tune…and one of the trippiest videos I’ve ever seen.

  23. BrandonKayda Says:

    My favorite Beck album is a 3-way tie between Mellow Gold/One Foot In The Grave/Odelay

  24. Robear Says:

    BK, I saw Jeff Beck with Santana in 1995. They were taking turns, playing first or second, switching every show. The one at Pine Knob, Santana played first, the place was nearly empty, and he just shredded that little ski bump in Michigan. Just incredible, inspired playing. Then, about the time he’s done, the place starts to really fill up. Then Jeff Beck comes out, and the crowd is filled with people wearing Santana shirts. While I then enjoyed the hell out of Beck, the crowd was PISSED! Apparently, most folks came to see Carlos. I see this huge hispanic guy yelling “WHO THE FUCK IS JEFF BECK”, over and over. I felt bad, but doubt he noticed on stage. He played an amazing set, though I don’t know his songs by name.

    How do I get you to burn me a dvd with some of this music you’ve been discussing the last couple weeks? I realize how limited my catalog is, after reading all the recent posts.

  25. BrandonKayda Says:

    email me with what you are thinking of…I’ll let you know.

    Oh, and “Jeff Beck” is different than the Beck we are talking about, Jeff Beck was in Derek and The Dominoes, this Beck is a solo folk/rock artist.

    But yeah, go ahead and email me at bkayda (at) gmail (dot) com and let me know what you want.

    I’ll be away after 4 or so, so try and get to me before then

« Previous12345678...1011Next »

Leave a Reply