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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229 Responses to “Still Waiting…”

  1. albert walker Says:

    Listened to the game-hoist show from 94 this weekend
    Amazing versions of Lifeboy and Tela on that one

    I’m making a dark horse pick for narrated gamehedge at Indio
    Why not they’ve played everything but Tela anyway
    Which is the best one IMO
    They got 8 sets to burn so why not

    I think they don’t feel like learning Glide
    They’ve always had trouble nailing that one
    Real technical playing
    I’m sure we will get one soon

    Never liked Scents that one can stay on the shelf

  2. pence Says:

    @ EL DUDE–those are the lyrics to the song. Ive heard it w/ lyrics before, I think it was a siket outtake of some sort.

    whaaats the use of going fast, if your not in a race. You’ll soon find that everyon accepts a slooooower pace

  3. Neemor Says:

    Yeah, Kenny. My jaw was on the floor for both of those nights.
    Ended up digging a trench through downtown Mansfield, Mass.
    The good news is that they have an entirely new drainage plan that was completed in record time and minimal cost.
    Thanks to the NO2 and What’s the Use?.

    What a mini-stand that was. Last time I was able to purchase psychedelics on the lot without worrying about their effectiveness.

    Thunderhead never worked for me, the best I saw was in Albany during the 20th Anniv run.
    But even then, the 2.0 stuff was always over-lyricized and didn’t really work for me.
    Maybe now, a little more removed, some of it will. Scents for example.
    Who knows.
    I still will always rather see a Bag opener over Seven Below, maybe that will always be….

  4. Matthew Says:

    Decent picks, Mr. Minor, but there are many you overlooked including, Spock’s Brain, Camel Walk, Buffalo Bill, Vultures, Jennifer Dances, Windora Bug, Emotional Rescue, the list goes on an on.

  5. SJC Says:

    Haven’t posted here in ages – What’s the Use w/ lyrics! Good stuff. I think that came out of the Ghost sessions. There are some great outtakes on that one. Can’t remember if these were included on Miner’s obscure phish relics list a couple weeks back. Worth a listen though.

  6. kenny powers Says:

    @ Neemor, LMFAO

    “My jaw was on the floor for both of those nights.
    Ended up digging a trench through downtown Mansfield, Mass.
    The good news is that they have an entirely new drainage plan that was completed in record time and minimal cost.”

  7. kenny powers Says:

    seriously Neemor, that last line is comic gold. Do you come up w/ shit like that off the cuff on a regular basis? you should do standup.

  8. halcyon Says:

    I would love to hear a Glide. I love that song, and wonder why they havent played that that much. Maybe AW is on to something re: technical playing, and the fact they havent nailed that too much.

  9. In Flagrante Delicto Says:

    3 words, my friends, but you only need 1:


  10. GuitarPicker420! Says:

    Have they played Guelah in 3.0? I know I haven’t seen it. Love me some leg spinning action.

  11. kenny powers Says:

    They played Guelah in Hampton, and the weird thing is that Trey said in an interview shortly before Fenway that he loved Guelah and he had so much fun playing it in Hampton…you’d think he would’ve insisted on breaking it out again in the summer. One of the perfect songs to play 2nd song first set, IMO.

  12. butter Says:


  13. GuitarPicker420! Says:

    Did some research myself, and guelah was played at Hampton, but not since.

  14. butter Says:

    oh wrong, that was Gumbo i was thinkin of

  15. Neemor Says:

    Last time I saw Glide (besides Coventry) was 7/3 or 7/4 Camden where, consequently, I saw my last “Secret Language” signal/All Fall Down.
    Glide is awesome.
    Mango may be better, though.

    Kenny, I’m looking for a career change/moving to Florida. Maybe I’ll moonlight in Ft Lauderdale on the stand-up circuit.
    You can say you knew me ‘when’…..

    On a personal note….I saw three shows this year, Burgettstown, Deer Creek and Hartford and I didn’t get an Antelope. Despite the fact that it was looming for everyone at Deer Creek.
    It’s about the only thing that was a downer for me this Summer, if I had to pick something.
    I feel like I got the best encore of the summer (classic Phish antics-Penn.), greatest show of Leg One in Indiana, including the storm of the tour with lightning adding to Kuroda’s already amazing show and what I still consider the Phishiest show of ’09 in Hartford, with the bust-out of my favorite “non-song”, Icculus or Kneuyarta.

    But I didn’t get my effin Antelope. I have a custom-made baseball jersey that has Antelopes across the front in twill with the words ‘Out Of Control’ under it in the tail. The number 4 on the front (lower left) and 20 on the back. It has the name “Forbin” across the back (which was cool in Hartford) and a Phish logo patch on the right arm.
    It’s my pride and joy.
    When I wear it, I expect an Antelope.
    Sadly, it wasn’t to be.
    Elusive Antelope.

    I would also like to see Demand. Last Time PLayed (according to Timer) was 11/14/96. That shit is 369 shows. That would be a worthwhile bust-out for me.
    I would cry, for sure….throwing beer cans down the stairs.
    It’s one of those Phishy songs that do it for me.
    Icculus, Catapult (Hartford made me really happy), Kung, Demand, Faht….I love the non-songs. Not quite ballads, not quite songs, at all…..

    Wow, I’m rambling.
    Later y’all.

  16. Neemor Says:

    I miss Guelah also.

  17. butter Says:

    i was reading the Surrender to the Flow from leg II the other day and Hartford was voted as the least likely show to be show of the tour! As someone mentioned before, always hit the most out of the way , dumb sounding shows

  18. EL Duderino Says:

    What about Weigh? Did that one make an appearance in ’09 ?

  19. butter Says:

    Character Zero works so much better as a first set closer than show closer for me……(random blur)

  20. butter Says:

    no ….12.30.03

  21. Robear Says:

    Have to do some work this morning, but I’m going to blast that ‘jotd’ when I get home. I was at the Pima, Az show, got in really early with the WW and got to watch a cool sound check. The band sang an impromptu number about beating the crew’s butt at flag football on Hilton Head Island, or something. Really spirited, and comical. Then the parking lot beat down took place right next to our truck. My ex broke up the beating, and I still don’t know if the kid lived. Sorry for the downer story. Those were sad times on the lot.

    Not seeing hordes of tour rats really helped make this summer an enjoyable tour.

    Count me amongst the dumbfounded that we have no fall dates yet….

    Lions will win…..this year?

  22. Robear Says:

    Butter, howz about that ‘Fantastic Finish’ at Soldier last night? I looked for you in the crowd!!!

  23. butter Says:

    “Not seeing hordes of tour rats really helped make this summer an enjoyable tour.” true dat Robear

  24. Robear Says:

    Miner, you’re feeling the 10 year anniversary vibe! Still looking for a nice copy of the “Phil” sit in @ Shoreline from the same tour.

  25. JP Says:

    the hordes were noticably absent

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