Still Waiting…

Red Rocks (G.Lucas)

Red Rocks (G.Lucas)

Throughout the Summer of ’09, Phish dusted off more than a few songs from their seemingly endless catalog, busting out surprises all tour, from “Curtis Loew” and “Destiny Unbound” to “Icculus” and “Harpua.” But even though many rarities surfaced, there are still some songs that have yet to emerge in the 3.0 era. While this isn’t a complete list, here are some songs that will make a splash upon their reintroduction.


“Scents & Subtle Sounds”

The Gorge '09 (G.Lucas)

The Gorge (G.Lucas)

One of the most anticipated returns waiting to happen, many thought we’d hear this one unveiled somewhere along summer’s second leg. When “Scents” finally does resurface, one can only hope it will be in its original form – with the introduction attached. Spoken like secret life instructions, this inspirational tale blossoms into a gorgeous jam that Phish had explored on more than one occasion. Regardless of the several standout versions in 2003, “Scents” was still in in its improvisational infancy with so much ground left undiscovered. The song, interestingly, has never been played indoors, opening a big question mark for Indio. The desert surroundings might be the perfect setting for a return of one of post-hiatus’ greatest pieces, and a song that Phish embodies now more than ever.


And were glad glad glad that you’re alive
And were glad glad glad that you’ll arrive

Shoreline '09 (W.Rogell)

Shoreline (W.Rogell)

Having played such a central part in Coventry’s emotional breakdown, it seems that a 2009 reprise of the song is only fitting.  The lyrics, in 2004, were powerful because the band had all – literally – survived, but in 2009, the words will take on a whole new meaning. An arrival like none other, this year has been a celebration of all that Phish will be – and at some point – like “Curtain (With),” Phish will likely come full circle with “Glide.”


As ballads go, “Lifeboy” is one of Phish’s most poignant. With an ethereal backdrop, the song’s dripping melodies routinely provide a beautiful landing point for darker jams. Unplayed since the waning days of August ’04, this song is due for a return to the stage. When tactfully placed, there are few more emotional points of a Phish show.

“My Left Toe”

The Fox (B.Kisida)

The Fox (B.Kisida)

The most exploratory track from ’99’s Siket Disc, this amorphous piece would mesh powerfully with Phish’s current willingness to patiently layer jams.  With a starting point, but no defined ending, “My Left Toe” is a recipe for excursions into the abyss. A piece that can go in almost any direction, from the sonic sludge of Charlotte (7.7.99) to the soaring melodies of Star Lake (7.21.99) this improvisational instrumental seems perfect for a mature Phish to tackle. The results would be astounding.

“Walls of the Cave”

Hartford (T.Salido)

Hartford (T.Salido)

Another post-hiatus composition that was kept largely contained, one would expect this emerging set closer to make a return – hopefully strapped with more adventure. This intricate composition gave way to a straight forward jam that rarely diverged from its course. Though when it did – a la 2.14.03 “Walls > Carini” or 6.19.04 “Walls > Bowie” – the results were sublime. Assuming this song does come back, Phish will hopefully use its jam as a launch pad for whole-band exploration rather than simple, guitar-led rock and roll.


Multi-part vocal harmonies enhance the already dreamy feel of “Roggae,” Phish’s now-elusive Ghost-era song. Having not seen the lights of stage since Vegas ’04, many have awaited the return Phish’s existential and introspective piece. While never a huge improvisational journey, “Roggae” plays its rightful part in the shifting emotional contours of a Phish show.


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Winged music noteJam of the Day:

Mike’s > Simple > My Left Toe ” 7.21.99 II


A stunning segment of improv from Star Lake’s ’99 installment ; its most magnificent moments come in the glorious and divergent path of “My Left Toe.”  This is an immediate must-hear if you don’t know it well.



9.21.99 Pima Co. Fairgrounds Tucson, AZ < Torrent

9.21.99 Pima Co. Fairgrounds Tucson, AZ < Megaupload

Pima Co. Fairgrounds '99 Poster

9.21.99 Promo Poster

10 years ago today, while crossing the Southwest, Phish made a stop in Tucson that – by all accounts – was the most random show of tour.  Taking place in a middle of a field with a relatively small stage and no defining barriers, everyone was able to have as much room as they could possible want. To go along with the odd locale and the sparse crowd was quite an odd setlist. The first was highlighted by the combo of “Split,” Drowned,” while the second set kicked off with a growling “Carini” and landed in a groovy “Antelope.” In between was some out-of -the-ordinary jamming in “Vultures > Limb” that left a unique mark on the show.  To punctuate this bizarre night in the desert- a “Reba” encore.  All of these idiosyncrasies combined for an great mid-week time for all in attendance.

II: Poor Heart, Sample in a Jar, Split Open and Melt, Drowned, I Didn’t Know, Get Back on the Train, Birds of a Feather, Theme from the Bottom, Golgi Apparatus

II: Carini > Bug, Strange Design, Vultures* > Limb by Limb, Will It Go Round In Circles, Dirt, Run Like an Antelope

E: Reba*, Bold as Love


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  1. Baxter Says:

    Yes, and still waiting for more dates to be announced for this fall. Hope it is soon 🙂

  2. hagbard_celine Says:

    I really hope “Vultures” makes a return to the setlists. I love that song

  3. Wharpua Says:

    What, no love for Vultures?

    (also, I’m hoping they play Discern again, and I’m grateful that at minimum Mike didn’t forget about Suskind Motel – Phish could move mountains with that song, imo)

  4. Phil Says:

    Has 3.0 played “Waves” yet? That IT version is epic. Great improv song.

  5. butter Says:

    ^^yes with Billy K , Red Rocks 4

  6. BTB Says:

    Vultures! (Deer Creek 03 might have been the last one played)

    Scents! We’ve gotten 47 Caspians and Possums, but we got no Scents!

    Waves also occurred at Alpine Valley.

  7. tela'smuff Says:

    Miner – i dig you threw in My Left Toe. It’s one of my favorite Phish tunes. But I’ve felt that the 7-25-99 version from DeerCreek is the diggity above all others.

    How about What’s The Use? I had soured on it a bit, until the Hampton ’03 version. Played in right setting, it can be pretty sick.

  8. BTB Says:

    Saw it Again?

  9. cottle Says:


    AMEN on What’s the Use?…that’s probably my favorite of that batch of tunes. The Charlotte 99 version was pretty smokin’.

    In other muff-related news…there’s a restaraunt here in town whose brunch menu features english muffin dishes known as the ______ muffs.

    I think there’s a cheddar muff, or a bacon muff, etc. A friend and I have devised a plan to go there for brunch, order the muff, and have a ridiculously loud conversation about how exquisite the muff is. “I’ve eaten a lot of muff in my day, but this is simply the best….I just want to dive right in” etc, etc. Childish, yes, but they should have anticipated such an event before adding “muff” to the menu.

  10. mmm hmm Says:

    Tela! It might take a second for Trey to relearn this one but it is such a floating beautiful tune with a ripping solo that it MUST come back. I hope that Indio doesn’t get all the goodies this fall.

  11. butter Says:


  12. kenny powers Says:

    speaking of What’s The Use, I just gave the Gorge ’99 shows a spin and the version they played was real nice, with a more lengthy “cool-down” outtro like the one on Siket Disc. I feel like not much else tops a searing What’s The Use outdoors during a crazy pink/orange sunset. Hello psychedelia.

  13. ColonelJoy Says:

    Missing Roggae and What’s the Use…not Walls, though

    Had a great sunny and warm weekend in the Alps!!

  14. kenny powers Says:

    @Colonel, I have to agree Walls never did much for me. Just always seemed to lead into what I considered the more generic/predictable/uneventful 2.0 jams. But a good energy-provider at shows I suppose.

  15. butter Says:

    nice col

  16. kenny powers Says:

    I think Lifeboy would benefit hugely from their current sound. Patient, thick, delicate. They should drop one after an epic 30-minute ASIHTOS.

  17. beepaphone Says:

    You guys might hate me for this, but I could have used a Thunderhead

  18. pence Says:

    Whats the Use with lyrics, that would be epic

  19. pence Says:

    Whats the use in going fast?
    If you are not in a race.
    You’ll find soon that everyone,
    Accepts a slower pace.
    What’s the use in in telling them,
    It’s all right in the same?
    Arrows in the tablecloth,
    That’s going in my brain.

  20. beepaphone Says:

    props to your Bears, beating the champs last night.

  21. EL Duderino Says:

    @ Pence

    What would you sing to that? How would you sing to that?

  22. Neemor Says:

    Love me some Lifeboy.
    Hope that one’s saved for MSG, come floating out of the depths of that monstrous Mike’s we’ve been waiting for, also.

    I still think that the Vultures from Hartford ’00 is the seminal version. It was never easy to get their vocals perfectly mixed on that one live, but when they did it in Hartford, sublime….
    To hear What’s the Use? in its finest form, Great Woods 99. (7/12?) Check out that bad boy. Ambient madness.

    Good call on some of these, I still wish the “Silent Trees” part would be extracted from Walls and become a jam segment by itself. So many 2.0 songs have that capability.
    Scents for example, I think the intro adds a lot but at the same time is unnecessary depending on the song’s placement.
    I do not agree on Discern. Chuck that one on the scrap heap with Spices, Friday and Mexican Cousin.
    Just sayin’.

    Thanks for the JamOTD, Miner.
    I love hearing what Phish used to do with Mike’s tempos and segues in 99-00. It made me smile this morning to think that this band of ours has already passed through that stage where they could make us boogie our asses off to trance-rock for twenty minutes and now they’re experimenting with tightening that sound, exploring different sonic landscapes. In other words….at some point, all this stuff will come back together, all these different versions of Phish will meld into one….and when it does…….look the fuck out!
    Welcome home, Col. Thanks again.

  23. SOAM Says:

    blame it on the satelite…….

  24. kenny powers Says:

    @ Neemor, great call on the 7/12 Great Woods What’s The Use. That was precisely what I was referring to w/ the sunset. I was there and the sickest sunset occurred during WTU and i was pretty much jaw-agape.

  25. Danny B Says:

    More Siket Disc Tunes!!!!!!!!! They were all great launchpads for searing psychedelia or dark ambient textures, they need to be brought back into rotation.

    Still waiting………fall tour…….NYE…….can’t wait much longer…going to freak out!!!!!!

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