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. William H. Bonney Says:

    Seems like sometimes people forget what “live” is all about. If you want the perfect composed section everytime put on the record.

  2. DaNcInG fOoL Says:

    there were some rough moments for trey during the composed part of that stash, but the jam was great. i like it better than the red rocks one, even though it’s shorter

  3. Mr.Miner Says:

    @ William- exactly 🙂

  4. voopa Says:

    Last saw Jeff Beck in 2003, and it was basically the same show I saw him do opening for Stevie Ray Vaughan 14 years prior. Same band, too (The Guitar Shop band with Terry Bozio and Tony Hymas). Good to hear that he finally has a new show.

  5. Mr. Completely Says:

    when it comes to flubs in composed sections, for me the question is, does it derail the whole song or do they carry the energy through the flub and into the jam? I think Trey was more susceptible to being bothered by a flub, and letting it effect the song more, when he wasn’t as together as he is now.

    In all 3 of those cases (stash, taste, fluff), my experience was that the band and the crowd blew right past the flubs. Stash ended up going some interesting places, and both Taste and Fluff hit the crowd like a sledgehammer. Taste didn’t end with the extended trills a la Slip Stitch but that’s fine – in context it worked great and it really lit the crowd up. And certainly the Darien Fluff is much closer to “perfect” in the composed sections and has that super awesome ending – it’s “better” by any objective measure – but the one we saw carried tons of that juicy Gorge energy and exploded at the end the way you hope a Fluffhead will.

    I can *totally* see those flubs hurting the re-listening value of those songs, especially for anyone who wasn’t present. I feel the same way about a lot of shows I wasn’t at. But when I listen to them it brings back the ecstasy of the moment and that’s what I hear, so it’s all good…

  6. albert walker Says:

    The stash did recover, but I don’t think the jam really ever clicked. especially the 1st half thd band really never found the pocket. That’s more than some missed composed parts they fell apart for about half an minute.
    I still loved the show. I do the same things to the shows I see. I have a different perspective listenening on tape. I know what I’m hearing.
    I still agree with you one of the best or best who knows anyway.
    Taste was not bad I just like how some of the red Rocks shows hit you hard with a big chunk of jam right from the operner. Just preference I guess.
    Fluffhead is rough though, agree live does not really matter, but on tape not one of the better one’s of 2009. Mostly jamming besides Joy which I love. No complaints about the sound selction at all. Like I said Great show.

  7. Mr. Completely Says:

    I do prefer the RR Stash even though I saw the Gorge one

  8. Mr. Completely Says:

    and I do like starting the 2nd set with a big-ass jam…have you heard Gorge 2 yet albert?

  9. albert walker Says:

    I don’t like when people just trash the band for no reason, but in a mostly positive review of a show commenting (not trashing) on 1 or 2 songs getting a little messy, I don’t understand the reactions.
    Some people get pretty defensive about this shit. Defending shows they were at.
    I was at Alpine, the Brother was sloppy as hell. I still loved it. It was still sloppy as hell. I don’t get not recognizing this thing. Dwelling on it is another story. But recognizing I can’t help but notice.

  10. EL Duderino Says:

    Trey struggled through a lot of the first set in Gorge 1. Not his best performance of the two night stand IMO, and I was there and have listened to each show a few times. Gorge 2 is the HEAT!!!

  11. albert walker Says:

    I meant the Drowned > Crosseyed or the RNR > DWD
    although I think individually these might have lacked some of the musicality and uniquness of the gorge I like how meaty the jamming starts

    I do love the RnR from the Gorge but the Makisupa Wedge Alaska section falls away from that

  12. joe Says:

    I’m no audiophile, but the download from yesterday, GorgeI sounds awesome through my headphones. Thanks again Mr. Miner for bringing us great perspective on the band AND great audio to accompany it.

  13. EL Duderino Says:

    @ AW

    I agree with you on the Alpine comment! Maybe ‘cuz night 1 I was 34 row left center and night 2 I was in the lawn. Alpine lawn is the worst, way worse than the Shoreline lawn. This may have something to do with how I feel about Alpine 2. The show just never carried me the way Alpine 1 did.

  14. albert walker Says:

    I still agree that the Gorge 1 and the hot Red Rocks night would be my go to shows for 2009.
    I never got the official scoring sheet to really determine what is better.
    In the same ball park though. Very inspired entire band jamming. I love all I’ve heard from the west coast.

  15. EL Duderino Says:

    I’ loved the Makisupa > Alaska> Wedge section.

  16. EL Duderino Says:

    The Rock And Roll was the jam of ’09 thus far!

  17. albert walker Says:

    I loved the RnR but listening (not being there) I find the RR version just as interesting.
    They’ve been blowing that one up all summer.
    I love many sections of many different versions of that one.
    Both nights are very good at the Gorge.
    I love the 1st set night 1.
    I loved the old school disease jam at the intro. Loved it as the old school straight up rocker to get the show going.
    It’s pretty subjective anyway.

  18. EL Duderino Says:

    Believe me I’m not complaining. I’m very glad I went out there from Chi-town. Worth it! I’ll be back again! You know me AW, I love Rock & Roll & blues music!

  19. albert walker Says:

    To me when Phish is on all shows are very entertaining.
    I feel all the music on the west coast was better than I expected at this point in their comeback.
    What do I know about which is better when they sound this exciting and new.
    It will get better as they continue to play. That is exciting.
    The moments when things clicked were amazing and in a new direction.
    Although I enjoyed all the early 2009 shows I saw there was some fear that the music might not recover, but I don’t think that now.
    Looking forward to some more west coast Phish at Indio.
    very excited.

  20. albert walker Says:

    Night 1 had more of the Gorge sound as I remember from the shows I’ve seen there. They definitely play to the venue and I think night 1 might have been a better representation of that.
    I also tend to look at runs in their entirety.
    you knew having 4 nights instead of 2 would give RR and the Gorge different feels.
    As a whole Friday-Saturday you got pretty much the entier spectrum of what good 2009 Phish has to offer.

  21. EL Duderino Says:

    @ AW

    Did your invitation code work? Do you have a torrent client to download stuff?

  22. albert walker Says:

    For me the live and listening experience are 2 very different things.
    There is not much from leg 1 I can listen to if I want to enjoy something on a morning jog. Maybe Deer Creek and pieces of Camden.
    I saw Alpine and had the time of my life. I’m that angry type of fan these days. I don’t care what they play. Love everything. Chilling in my crib putting something on is a totally different story. I will probably never listen to these shows again. Just not quite up to what I expect from this band.
    There are many parts of the west coast and I’m sure the east coast 2nd leg once I check it out I would listen to in this manner. I listened to the Gorge this morning and loved it.

  23. albert walker Says:

    One last point about the flub arguement.
    If it does not matter should we encourage them.
    Start wishing for them.
    Giving them mentions in setlists.
    Putting them on studio recordings.

  24. Mr.Miner Says:

    @Mr C- I agree, the RR Stash was the blowout version of the summer. And there were many great ones.

  25. albert walker Says:

    I’m just kidding.
    Love the site, Miner.
    How can the show with that Sally and Gin not be best of 2009.

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