Weekend Nuggets: Saturday at The Gorge


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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)

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

  1. BrandonKayda Says:

    Shit, nevermind, I think you already knew that. My bad.

    Yeah Jeff Beck rips.

  2. Robear Says:

    Come on, this Gin from Gorge 1 is almost too much, after everything they already played! Very ‘Santanaesque, around the 10 minute mark. Haven’t even gotten to the Hood or Slave. Nice to see the boys have fully embraced the west coast! All the stars aligned that night along the Columbia River!

  3. BrandonKayda Says:

    Robear, yougotsomeofthatmail

  4. William H. Bonney Says:

    Jeff Beck was not in the dominos. You must be thinking of the yardbirds.

  5. albert walker Says:

    are you serious Jeff Beck- Derek and the Dominoes
    Trey Eric Clapton

    Jeff Beck was in the Yardbirds
    and an amazing solo jazz fusion player
    one of the hottest guitar players I have ever seen

    funny that these days Beck, would be more known, wow

  6. Mr. Completely Says:

    @Robear I’m really enjoying reading your reactions to the Gorge!

    re: Beck – I unfortunately feel like he’s really been repeating himself recently. The recent albums haven’t stuck with me at all. At his peak, he was one of the most interesting artists working. One thing he has in common with Phish – a lot of his songs seem a lot more nonsensical than they really are. When you listen to them and think about it, you might find that there’s a lot more there than you first realized. Or not. Some are just silly.

    The trio of albums Mutations – Midnight Vultures – Sea Change shows an amazing breadth of talent. Mutations the best, I think. That album has Nobody’s Fault But My Own on it, which is definitely one of his very best songs. Midnight Vultures is aging really well. It has a decadent, tripped out vibe and killer production. And the song “Debra” which is basically the best song ever by anyone about anything. Sea Change is only about half great, but the great songs are amazing, a slow, pretty, sad acoustic album…

    Last time we saw Beck, “Nobody’s Fault” was the easy highlight. He sang it solo, stage front, accompanying himself on a harmonium or one of those weird hand-pumped organ thingies, whatever they’re called. The first time we saw him was on the Midnight Vultures tour and it was one of hte best shows I’ve ever seen. A funked out masterpiece. He sang “Debra” writhing on a heart shaped red velvet bed that flew in from the rafters, like whatever Madonna video that is. And the end of the show just exploded in a literally 10 minute noise-rock assault, just blasts of howling feedback and craziness, while smoke wreathed the stage and Beck wrapped the stage in yellow hazard tape dressed in like a hazmat suit or something…all the straight people in the audience were massively confused…it was phenomenal

    Beck’s website is great BTW…I highly recommend the “Irrelevant Topics” section

  7. Mr. Completely Says:

    Dominos was originally just Eric Clapton but Duane Allman came down to just take part a little bit, he and EC hit it off and Duane ended up playing on all but 2 tracks of the album (including one of my faves, Keep On Growing).

    “Derek” = Duane + Eric

    a famous album that deserves its fame and holds up perfectly years down the line

    Jeff Beck is great too of course. One of the legends.

  8. Robear Says:

    ^Mr. C, lol, I’m not ; ) It’s sweet pain.

    I don’t know who that band was up there. Sounds like you, miner and myself seek out the same sounds from the boys. They delivered top to bottom in good ole’ George!

  9. William H. Bonney Says:

    And of course the yardbirds would turn into one of the greatest rock bands every Led Zeppelin. Not to say yardbirds did not have success but nothing like the Zeppelin.

  10. DaNcInG fOoL Says:

    the yardbirds did not turn into led zeppelin

  11. DaNcInG fOoL Says:

    very confusing when you guys talk about 2 different becks lol

  12. Robear Says:

    I picked up a little of the ‘fan’ chords in the Shoreline DWD, that I remarked on for the Gorge ‘Light. Around the 2:30 to 3:30 mark during Light, Trey hits some incredible sounds / feelings. Something he may have discovered at Shoreline, then expanded at the Gorge. The West run, starting at RR, ending at the Gorge, was a truly magnificent journey for the band. Very open and embracing of the phlow.

    Reminder to self and others: Don’t miss a show when these guys are on a roll. Especially an out of the way, tough to reach venue. They will punish you!

  13. Robear Says:

    ^dancing fool, that’s my fault. The guys were talking about Beck this morning. I was skimming and started a story about Jeff Beck. Stoney Case, one of my nicknames.

  14. albert walker Says:

    finally listened to Gorge night 1 very nice show

    too bad for the stash problems, besides that very well played
    love the Sally jam the first portion and the ambiet feedback portion at the end, very cool not expected. Song was well played also.
    Page kills the clavinet all tour.
    Thought the whole 2nd set was hot, except Fluff had some problems.
    Moma was pretty smokin def best of 2009. Still don’t like Light but jam went nice places. I did think the Taste, Fluffhead, Joy section did lose some steam, but finished strongly with the Gin and Hood. I would agree Gin is one of the hotter jams of 2009 and really enjoyed the Hood.
    Whole show had a Gorge vibe. Much different than the shows at red rocks I attended. I don’t know if I’d say this was much better than my fav night out there, but had a different distinct quality. Lighter, more psychedellic, jamming fitting the scetting up there. Great Show

  15. William H. Bonney Says:

    check the facts dancin fool. You might learn something.

  16. DaNcInG fOoL Says:

    jimmy page started the ‘new yardbirds’, which was renamed led zeppelin. page was the only member of zeppelin who was ever a yardbird.

  17. William H. Bonney Says:

    1968 line up Jimmy Page, John Paul Jones, John Bonham and Robert Plant.
    Also Jimmy page was the in the yardbirds from june 1966 onwards.

  18. snigglebeach Says:

    Speaking of Jeff Beck, anyone seen him lately?? Have you seen his current bass player, Tal Wilkenson, i think. Crazy nasty, real attractive lady bassist from Australia. Def worth checking out. She could end up doing some cool stuff when she breaks into her own thing.

  19. DaNcInG fOoL Says:

    “1968 line up Jimmy Page, John Paul Jones, John Bonham and Robert Plant.”

    this band was called the ‘new yardbirds’

  20. William H. Bonney Says:

    After finishing the yardbirds obligations they started to record and became Led Zeppelin.

  21. BrandonKayda Says:

    Robear – Yougotmoreofsomeofthatmail

    Anyways, I am out for tonight guys. I will be on tomorrow.

  22. William H. Bonney Says:

    Also played under the Yard Birds and Jimmy Page. And other names.

  23. Mr.Miner Says:

    “Derek” = Duane + Eric

    ^ interesting. I never knew that.

  24. BrandonKayda Says:

    Sorry I mispoke on that Jeff Beck bit. I think I might have confused myself…

  25. Mr.Miner Says:

    @ albert- if by “problems” you mean a few missed composed licks- sure, but that hardly constitutes problems in my book. The Stash was awesome, as was the Tatse. And the Fluff pumped the show up if anything, certainly didn’t drag….anyhow, sometimes that’s the difference betwteen being there and listening. Due to the first set, I think Gorge “edges” RR2- but that Red Rocks 7.31 set II = pure fire!

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