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. Robear Says:

    Mr. Icculus, don’t let it derail your plans. That’s my opinion. I can’t say I wouldn’t feel similiar if MPP was my only 2nd leg show. I don’t think it lived up to what they did on the rest of tour, with the exception of a couple songs, IMO. Indio is their next show after a nice long rest, and they have a nice long rest to follow. 3 shows in soCal during harvest season, and they seem to have embraced the left side of the country this last run. just sayin’. I don’t want you to take my opinions and thoughts to the bank ; )

  2. Mr. Icculus Says:

    Party time is going to take some time to work on me as all new phish tunes do. I bet its going to be a rocker but the 1st listen of any song doesn’t do it for me. I felt like merriweather was a cover of the album JOY , to many new songs for me on this night, i just wasn’t feeling it. Moonshake you want something to dance to go back to Camden and play that 2nd set SAND, that is a huge dose of danceable rythems. Can’t believe it never made it back into rotation after that huge Camden throw down. Defiently my highlight of the summer. But than again i only went to 1 show on the second leg. Did the entire first leg tho.

  3. whole tour! Says:

    at least you saw a second leg show
    lots of us wished we could have been there
    i listened to mpp and dug it for the unique sets and masterful playing
    if i had the $option$ to go to indio, i would be there.
    got miami on my radar since it’s only 7 hours away.

  4. whole tour! Says:

    basically what i’m trying to say is
    don’t take it for granted

  5. MOonSHaKe Says:

    Was hoping on Sand… but to no avail… and I will check out Camden… it takes me awhile to digest a show completely before I go on to the next one… For the most part, I agree that Merriweather was a bit disappointing, especially after such a sublime show @ Hartford. I did like hearing ‘Stealing Time’, ‘Party Town’, ‘Ha Ha Ha’, ‘Esther’ and ’46 Days’, and to be honest, I was and still am so happy to see them playing again.

  6. MOonSHaKe Says:

    whole tour!: I know datz right…

  7. jlkaz Says:

    @Robear Yep, love “Quality.” “Get By” is still probably the best thing he’s ever done (solo-wise). And I also spaced on the album title. it’s called “Eardrum,” not “Listen.”

    I don’t know if this has been mentioned already, but both times that they’ve played “Fluffhead” on this leg (“life is just a bundle of joy”) they’ve played “Joy” next. It was played directly after at the first Gorge show, and “Joy” was the first song of the encore at Darien after “Fluffhead” closed the second set. It’s kind of a neat idea set-construction-wise, but I wonder if they’ll change it up at some point.

  8. sumodie Says:

    I would not opt out of Indio solely based on seeing just MPP from leg 2. At least check out some of the shows we’ve been raving about.

    Just my two cents…

  9. albert walker Says:

    Ocelot from Gorge is great.
    First version with some very interesting jamming and the song itself sounded really tight.
    Playing it every night has tightened it up nicely. Best version to date.

    Forbin Mockingbird sounds amazing from Hartford. Better than I expected. Def better than the last couple I heard live.
    What a fun set.
    And that Slave. That’s how it needs to be played. Funny they have not been closing sets and encores with a similar energy. Hopefully from now on.

  10. Robear Says:

    How about some plugs for small, regional artists? Mr. C may know this one, I recommend you all give ‘Alice Di Micele’ a listen. Rootsy, acoustic folk with an environmental, social, conscious background.

  11. Leo Weaver Says:

    @butter…well said re: Gorge Antelope…I really liked the slower almost light jazz sounding stuff before the build…and had to do a couple of takes just to hear Mike’s work, it’s incredible

  12. larry bird flu Says:

    all this talk of free’s and how dissapointing they have been this year, think ill have to go back and listen to landover 95 to remember what a hot one sounds like

  13. larry bird flu Says:

    and as far as the camden sand goes, it reaches its high points but there is just so much meandering jamming before they get to those high points, good payoff=too long to get there

  14. Robear Says:

    funny jikaz, I have ‘Eardrum’, and do like it.

    Howdy Leo!

  15. Leo Weaver Says:

    Afternoon Robear…hope all’s well, been enjoying your comments the past few days. Been tough getting back into the real world, find myself daydreaming about Gorge and MPP and looking forward to a few shows this fall (MSG perhaps). Will have to catch up over a cold one next tour. Happy phishing and gardening (just came in from digging in mine).

  16. Lycanthropist Says:

    I think shoreline is getting some neglect.

    Really good highlights:

    Cities > Maze
    Mikes Groove

  17. Matthew Schwarz Says:

    Anyone notice that there was no Meatstick this summer?
    I hope they didn’t get tired of it…

  18. Robear Says:

    ^thx Lycan, I posted that thought yesterday about Shoreline. The ‘Sweet Nuthin’ and Limb x Limb were awesome too! Mr. Weaver, my garden has exploded. Snap beans, (check out ‘Dragon’s Tongue), broccoli, cauliflower, tomatoes, peppers, onions, potatoes, chard, kale, cukes, lemon cukes, zuchinni, we’re overwhelmed! Made the first batch of ’09 salsa today.

    What did you all think about Trey’s tone progression through the 2nd leg.

    I think I would have enjoyed MPP much more in the pavilion. Most of the songs were really well played, and ’46 days showcased some great ’09 improv.

  19. Lycanthropist Says:

    @ Robear –

    so did you check out that whole 8-8?

    thoughts at lycanthropist (dot) kelly (at) gmail (dot) com

  20. Lycanthropist Says:

    agree with what Larry said about Camden Sand…

    almost good IMO

  21. BrandonKayda Says:

    Have you guys heard of The Mars Volta? CRAZY psychedelic funk/rock/latin insanity. Check it out. I have a few shows of theirs, they do big jams…like 9 songs in 3 hours

  22. MOonSHaKe Says:

    I try to avoid the lawn the best I can. I know some people like it so to each his/her own. I prefer indoor venues. Anyway, the music just wasn’t loud enough at MPP on the lawn. After the sixth song, I begged my way into pavillion and got 10th row from stage. Very nice and loud in there…

  23. Leo Weaver Says:

    damn Robear, sounds like a helluva haul! My ‘maters have put on a good second flush, otherwise I’m getting things rolling for my fall/winter garden (“kales and coles”, lettuces, garlic, etc). Wife’s already put up lots of tomato sauce and veggie lasagnas and casseroles and just bagged about 150 head of garlic…good eats for the winter!

    Agree Larry about the Camden Sand…good but not quite there. Just spot listened to some of RR…7/31 and the RR Stash have again blown my mind. Can’t wait to get to Hartford this week…

  24. Lycanthropist Says:

    The Mars Volta is great.

    Very progressive.
    Very insane.

    Add to the list King Crimson (sure you guys probably know of them) and Uncle Tupelo (the band that spawned Sun Volt and Wilco)

  25. larry bird flu Says:

    @ BK, caught a previous incarnation of the mars volta, at the drive in, when they opened up for rage back in 99 or so. i thought they were absolutely awful, and i can enjoy that psychedlic noise rock quite a bit. blackstarr, the 2nd opener, on the other hand, was quite good. and rage just blew me away

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