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. albert walker Says:

    RR stash is amazing.
    Huge feedback psyche jam in the middle segueing nicely back into the main theme.
    Trey wailed over the main melody for a few minutes longe than I expected.
    Mike was killin it.
    This is 1st song when I knew 2nd leg would have a different vibe than 1st

  2. Lycanthropist Says:

    good afternoon all…

    still trying to recover from last night.
    havent had time to read through everything yet.

    however I have noticed that albert, you are being quite conversational today. gonna have to go back and see whats got you so fired up.

  3. EL Duderino Says:

    It’s all a matter of opinion! subjective to the listener. Too me Gorge 2 is it but out of the 5 shows I saw this summer Gorge 1 is second. Who cares really!!!! It’s like saying which is better peanut butter or chocolate? You Got peanut butter on my chocolate!!! You got chocolate on my peanut butter!!!! Who gives a shit!!!!!

  4. albert walker Says:

    I was just dropping my opinion on the show getting all the hype
    it def stood up
    back to the real world for me
    I may check back in around Indio to see what’s going on
    Phish has taken up too much time for this old man
    been fun checkin setlists and the tour buzz on this site

  5. albert walker Says:

    and yes Dude I’ve been getting those from the site
    I still have not really finished night 2 just in pieces
    I want to give both a few listens then I’ll tell you what I think

  6. Lycanthropist Says:

    @ aw –

    word stay in touch, still want to drop some of my tunes on you

    lycanthropist.kelly (at) gmail (dot) com

  7. Lycanthropist Says:

    @ aw –

    ha ha beat me to the punch, dont i feel silly.

  8. Lycanthropist Says:

    the RR Stash was definitely a turning point. It was the proof in the pudding that the Whale had been finally used tastefully and successfully, that the band was willing to open up again, and that it was gonna be breaking NEW ground, not just surfing old turf.

    Its beautiful midsection, its amazing return to the theme, and wonderful climax. Definitely the first taste of what 3.0 Phish can achieve.

  9. DaNcInG fOoL Says:

    has anyone gone and re-listened to the camden sand yet?

  10. DaNcInG fOoL Says:

    it’s 22 minutes of obnoxious whaling

  11. Lycanthropist Says:

    agreed fool –

    i like my sands mean and spacy.. i mean that camden one is fun… but nowhere near top tier

  12. Lycanthropist Says:

    @ fool –

    if interested, last night’s CF show will be available tonight.

    email me so the board doesnt get clogged

    lycanthropist.kelly (at) gmail (dot) com

  13. DaNcInG fOoL Says:

    most of leg 1 sounds pretty bad to me compared to leg 2

    email coming

  14. whole tour! Says:

    sand 12.30.03 = money

  15. Lycanthropist Says:

    @ whole tour

    gonna have to check it out

  16. Lycanthropist Says:

    agreed great sand great

  17. albert walker Says:

    Miner and Completely
    You are correct on your Fluffhead assesment.
    I have seen enough to know that the live experience easilly glosses over the mistakes from the Gorge.
    The live exerience is all that matters. When listenening to shows you don’t attend that needs to be taken into account.
    What kind of energy that specific song provokes in a live setting.
    If I was there I would have loved it.
    It’s not as if it fell part, minor errors.
    The Stash we can just disagree on and the Taste I guess just hoping for alittle more from that one.

  18. whole tour! Says:


  19. butter Says:

    had beers + og kush on my deck last night and had friends over that i haven’t seen in a while cuz of tour. What did i put on for our music. Gorge 1. worked quite well. wow that was a drifty psychedelic show.

  20. butter Says:

    the gorge stash touched on dark psychedelia , the RR butter b’day stash was psychedelic as FUCK!!!

  21. MOonSHaKE Says:

    man I’m so disappointed Phish didn’t bust out “Gettin’ Jiggy Wit It’ on this tour… 🙁

  22. butter Says:

    @AW – its an interesting phenomenon in the way folks will go to great lengths to defend a show they were at. I find myself doing it all the time. My wife is a pickier phan than me, and it drives me bonkers.

    A good comparison is when one talks shit about a golfers home course.
    A good comeback I’ve come up with is this: “I didn’t fuck your wife, I just don’t like your golf course.”

    and i think you are right on, AW- that RR 1 was played more to the venue like the Gorge. Thanks for pointing that out. 4 night runs are something to behold. I think i’m just starting to digest some of what just went down.

  23. MOonSHaKE Says:

    RE: My wife is a pickier phan than me.

    butter: interesting… tell me a story about when you really liked a particular show/jam but your wife did not, why it drove you bonkers, and what was her reason (or reasons) for not liking it.

    I’m married as well so differences in likes/dislikes especially when it comes to music in a relationship… well, it’s an interesting topic… would like to hear more…

  24. MOonSHaKE Says:

    oh… and i was j/k about the Will Smith bust out. Phish actually played that @ Hampton I think in 1998.

  25. Mr.Miner Says:

    tapes are for memories- if you loved it when you were there- it was great….

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