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. butter Says:

    Helllllllzzzzzz Yea, i was media deck row 2 , right in front of Jim Nance and Boomer Esiason. def didn’t get any last night as wife is Steelers fan.
    we actually got in a raging fight after the game walkin down lsd. i thought she was bein a sore loser and she thought i was rubbin it in. All good now thou. Great Victory.

  2. JP Says:

    and speaking of the 10 year, and to link the recent Dead chatter – how about the magic that went down in San Fran with Phil in April 99?? Everything about those shows seemed top notch. Page really shined and the interplay b/t Trey and Kimock was out of control.

    please please please please please release more 99s livephish!

  3. Chuck D Says:

    Please elaborate: “…walking down lsd.”

  4. butter Says:

    lake shore drive

  5. Robear Says:

    butter, that’s hilarious! I can’t wait to meet her! I have a diehard Steelers fan for a buddy. I would not have wanted to walk down “LakeShore Drive” with him last night, especially if I was in Bears gear.

  6. Neemor Says:

    Nice field, Chicago.
    That’s all I’m sayin.
    Like Pittsburgh can talk about that.
    Anyone remember the 3-0 ‘trouncing of Miami in the ‘burgh when a punt ‘stuck’?
    Shitty surfaces suck.

    Now the Steelers rattle off 14 in a row.
    Mark it down.

  7. AintNoTele Says:

    speaking of weigh…

  8. JP Says:

    chicago chicago, it’s my kinda town – love how it feels like the city is right on the ocean, but fresh water – very cool. Great win for the bears, that was definitely big. Not looking forward to seeing them coming into Qwest next week.

  9. JP Says:

    weigh, round room, mock song – would like all of them to come back.

  10. butter Says:

    @JP -yea and whatus up with Hassleback?

  11. butter Says:

    Neemor, at least you admitted that your field is shit, too. i gotta laugh at a Pittsburg fan bitching about a field surface tho. Shitty surfaces are what real football games are played on.

  12. halcyon Says:

    Butter…..did you mean whats up with hasselhoff….hospitalization due to a vodka bender?!?

  13. EL Duderino Says:

    12/30/03 was the last Weigh?

    Well, at least I got to see the last one.

  14. JP Says:

    dude – the hit he took looked awful right when it happened, then he gets up and the camera is right on his face and he’s in obvious pain waving to come out of the game, then it seemed like he was woozy, almost collapsed. not good. would def not be surprised if he doesn’t play – but maybe some sort of fluke thing where it looked a lot worse than it was? you want him to go for the score on a very importanrt drive, but if that messes up his whole season, def not worth it. he got hit square in the back where he was having so much trouble last year. sucks.

  15. Ocelot42 Says:

    Man, not football talk! I’m a Lions fan, so… yeah. Painful. Gimme Michigan football on Saturday over Sunday.

  16. JP Says:

    was super stoked with the u of washington Ocelot – yeah, sunday was pretty shitty in the nw. ducks beat utah as well.

  17. voopa Says:

    Why isn’t it Friday today?

  18. GuitarPicker420! Says:

    re: Hasselbeck – I heard he has a bruised rib or something like that. Should be back next week. Burned me this week though, I picked him up off waivers for my fantasy team to spell McNabb until he gets back. Burned me big time. Guess I’ll have to go fishing for somebody else to replace him.

  19. pence Says:

    @ neemore. Both teams played on that field, and both kickers had to kick off it. thats all i’ll say!

  20. bhizzle Says:

    word neemor word….the kicker from Pitt has no friends today that’s fo sho….hopefully he didn’t come home to a spray painted house like the dude from buffalo after he fumbled the return the first week against the pats.

  21. Neemor Says:

    That’s the effed up thing, we lokve Reed.
    Chicks dig ’em.
    He’s got a fan club, pretty sizeable.
    He’s been money for a decade.

    But this sucked.
    Can’t get mad at him.
    But, really, when it comes down to it, the Titans lost, Chargers lost, and Pats lost, so we have nothing to really be concerned about.
    Let’s go Fish tonight!

  22. pence Says:

    ^ Reed is the next Ray finkel*

    *Ace Ventura

  23. PBS Says:

    @ JP – Both of the Warfield 99 Phil and Friends shows have been posted in the past, as I encountered both of them during the archive project.

    Found one, located here:

    The other is somewhere on the site.

  24. PBS Says:

    And here’s the first show:

  25. Mr. Completely Says:

    Hasselbeck’s a loser, unfortunately. That team has been crippled by having him @ QB. He’ll always do OK enough to put up defensible numbers when it doesn’t matter and then flop when it counts. Sorry to say it but it’s true.

    49ers appear to be for real. Same for Jets. As long as he stays healthy and doesn’t fall into heaving INTs, and as much as I despise him, Favre pickup looking good for the Vikes – they’re so talented all they needed was a guy who can manage the game and not do dumb shit. Next week’s Vikings – 49ers game will be real interesting, 2 of the best backs in football…

    Also everyone better watch out for the Ravens. They finally have an offense and the D is still holding together.


    Shitty, torn up fields are where you play real football. Love it.

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