Cobo Photos


"46 Days" (M.Christie)

"46 Days" (M.Christie)

"46 Days" (M.Christie)

11.18.09 (M.Stein)

11.18.09 (M.Stein)

11.18.09 (M.Stein)

11.18.09 (M.Stein)

In the Zone (M.Stein)

In the Zone (M.Stein)


876 Responses to “Cobo Photos”

  1. kenny powers Says:

    @ wt,

    wow i did not know that, that’s awesome! i mean, i know i’ve seen him shine lights behind the stage on people but i’ve never seen him use those trippy shapes and objects. Can’t wait for Albany…

  2. c0wfunk Says:

    got my big sis onboard in 99 (first shows were in atl, then she made the trek to big cypress), my little sis saw her first show at merriweather this summer and is now excited to have received her cville tix. Love the family affair!

  3. Ocelot42 Says:

    The CK5 lights solo was definitely one of the set I highlights.

  4. bhizzle Says:

    that “in the zone” photo, I’ve always said that was Trey’s O face

  5. HarryHood Says:

    Liking the stories about getting siblings into Phish. My nervousness revolves around the fact that my brother used to say all the time that he wanted to see them and even knew a few songs, but since he got married, he has turned into Captain America (as I like to call him). He used to be a huge partier, even got into trouble with it a few times, but now he’s all Abercrombied. My biggest fear is that I’m going to look over during a ridonkulous jam and see him with his arms crossed! Not that I think that will happen, just a worry I guess…….

  6. BTB Says:

    @Hood – “arms crossed” – oh no, I don’t wish that upon anyone…

  7. Ocelot42 Says:

    There’s nothing wrong with crossed arms! (I know what you mean, though. Just giving you crap.) If a jam truly gets there, I often find myself standing with my arms crossed, eyes closed and a big smile on my face. There are times that I want the music to have my full attention; soak it in 100%. But, I’m not much of a “mover” in general, either.

  8. c0wfunk Says:

    I’d love to know what Trey sees up there..

    These silver sounds are raining down on me
    Here on the wheel the rhythm’s turning all around
    Up above the darkened sky is bleeding
    I feel the world turning upside down

  9. Leo Weaver Says:

    GREAT photos! Glad to see CK using the walls of the cave again. It was cool as hell in Knoxville, even with the texture of people distorting the images (unlike Cobo and RR where the images were clear on relatively flat surfaces).

    Looks like I missed some great conversation yesterday afternoon and evening taboot. I haven’t read thru the comments, but do know music has the power to move me – physically, mentally, emotionally, and any other way you can think of. IT truly transports me to another place and time, lifts me up and spins me around. I don’t know all the physics and psychology (but would like to learn) but the physical waves definitely tickle sensors in my brain other things can’t touch. And Phish does this for me like no other (though thanks to some of your knowledge and recommendations, I’m finding others that can do it as well).

    In preparation for indoor Phish and my first visit to MSG since NYE ’98, I’ve been listening to that show (12.31.98) and my first indoor show, 11.23.97. I know I’ve pimped that one before, but you guys should go check it out if you haven’t (or again if you have)…and don’t just concentrate on the 50 minute excursion through darkness of 31-min Gin and 20 min DWD>LowRider>DWD…give the first set some time. GREAT BEK, solid Stash, one of the best Themes (it’s perfectly liquid and flow-y as a good Theme should be), a really nice Twist (with a sublime ending), solid Fluffhead set I closer…and…Sparkle (just not the big one we all want 😉 )

    Good friday to you all…and safe travels and good show to all you Cincy-bound pholks!

  10. BTB Says:

    @Ocelot – Hey, the pics posted on the board today are right where we were for Set II. However, I don’t think the photographer was that drunk guy behind us with the really good Trey Air Guitar impression. Good times bro!

  11. Leo Weaver Says:

    I’m with you Ocelot…usually a big deep jam will open me up to just take it all in…and sometimes that means standing there arms crossed, mouth agape, face melting.

  12. KWL Says:

    @Ocelot, glad everything worked out for you in going to Detroit!!!

    @Hood, I’ll be shuffling along a few peeps to their first show in the Cuse also. And one or two who I took to their first this summer. In an arena as small as the war memorial, they are at least going to feel the energy. Good place for a 1st phish experience. And your bro will have a pretty good look at CK5’s magic!

  13. c0wfunk Says:

    leo I loved that 11-23-97 show. After the microdot laden hampton weekend that preceded it we wondered if they could reach such heights again, and sure enough they kept the bar high. The second set is one of those magical flowing cohesive units that just keeps coming at you. First set highlights aplenty as you mentioned but I want to highlight Black Eyed Katy — probably the best performance of the tune before it morphed into Moma. Much better peak than the Tweezer Katy from the night before (repeats of new tunes – yep even in the glory days!). The Bathtub is also a fav.

    Gonna go grab it off the archive (thanks miner:) and spin it this morning.

  14. KWL Says:

    pretty nice 1st indoor show Leo!! I love that first set. Best. BEK. ever.

  15. Ocelot42 Says:

    @BTB – Yeah, I noticed that the perspective was pretty familiar. That show worked out perfectly for me. I was up in the nosebleeds straight back first set, so those CK lights pics were pretty much my vantage point too!

  16. Birddog Says:

    I studied philosophy in college, and was a huge Nietzsche fan. One of his reoccurring themes was that the most powerful form of human existance is when one is on the crest of the wave, totally engaged in the moment with no awareness of a future or past. He used the metaphor of an athlete being engaged in a game and just being what he was meant to be.

    I don’t know what percent of people get completely lost in the moment at a Phish show (aka thinking to yourself “what song is this again?”) but its a whole lot more than just one person. I think that when one is engaged in this powerful form of existence it creates some kind of psychic or cosmic energy. In my third eye I always imagine these huge clouds of this energy swirling up from the crowd during the middle of some crazy jam, and always wonder if there is a critical mass of this energy that would somehow lead to cumbustion or some other kind of evolutionary event.

  17. KWL Says:

    beat me too it Cow 🙂

  18. Leo Weaver Says:

    @cow…ha, microdot laden hampton weekend…yeah, we had a pocket full of those in Winston. My crew spent the entirety of setbreak laughing our asses off…at nothing. We took up 2 full rows about 5-6 rows up one section out from stage page-side…had to have been a funny sight. Man those things were good. That show absolutely blew me away…first show was 7.23.97 which was no slouch, but moving it indoors really did it for me, I was hooked and there was no turning back!

  19. Leo Weaver Says:

    @bird, you can count me in that percentage…happen a lot. Finding yourself in “flow” is great, but once you realize you’re there, you’re not there any more. That energy was in the room in Asheville this summer (I noticed it during Div Sky most prominently).

    ” In my third eye I always imagine these huge clouds of this energy swirling up from the crowd during the middle of some crazy jam, and always wonder if there is a critical mass of this energy that would somehow lead to cumbustion or some other kind of evolutionary event.”

    ^this is what I saw (and still see during listen-back) during the 12.31.98 Antelope…to me, that version is the best musical interpretation of watching a HUGE storm build on the horizon before it blows in and detroys eveything in it’s path. It’s NASTY and INTENSE. It’s the Antelope I judge all others by…I’m sure some of you prefer others, but that was was crazy.

  20. c0wfunk Says:

    yeah birddog – there is a palpable energy created at these shows, and I think you’re right – it is a huge part of our next steps of evolution as we reach beyond our physical dimensions into “space” and beyond. Music gives you passage on a rocket ship into “true space” not the formless vacuum full of burning gas and rocks in the sky, but the innerspace that leads to the garden..

    years ago I started writing a sci-fi book, actually wrote 100 pages or so, with this phenomenon as the core idea and following a group of people who encounter this energy at various festivals and music events

  21. c0wfunk Says:

    leo I think we groked this before but that divided sky in asheville was Expressway to the Stars – I can barely explain or contain the feelings I felt as that jam unwound during the end progression. My biggest impression was this new Joy that trey was beaming with an amazing intensity.

    re: microdots – I remember hearing that hampton weekend and all the dots were part of the “secret agenda show series” in which the band imbibed the same substance as was flooded through the lots, so everyone is tuned into the same wavelength. I can’t even begin to speak of the things that occurred in the spaceship during that Halley’s in the second set. The secrets of the universe were all laid wide open that evening. The 11/23 show contained some great momentum from this..

  22. HarryHood Says:

    First time back at the War Memorial in almost 15 years. The Cuse is going to be a great show.

    KWL – Looking forward to meeting you and your crew on Sunday. I’m also real excited that the Tusk is staying open for us!

  23. Birddog Says:

    Its good to hear that I’m not the only one who thinks like this. I’ve definately gotten some crazy looks when I share this idea.

    Funny you mention science fiction – In high school I had to read Arthur C. Clarke’s “Childhood’s End.” In the book all the kids around the world start doing this crazy dance and eventually just get sucked into this huge swilrling vortex thing that represents mankind’s evolution.

    Fast forward to the Clifford Ball, and Trey’s narration about Jimmy dreaming about becoming some sort of being of light (my bags were packed and i was ready to go at that moment). I always felt that the way they left the instruments just humming on the stage was some kind of foreshadowing of an event where a Childhood’s End rapture type of thing happened at the show and BAM everyone was gone and all that was left was the instruments ringing on…

  24. whole tour! Says:

    the infamous yellow dots

  25. SillyWilly Says:

    i studied literature in college and i always relate everything to literature or philosophy. sometimes i wonder if phish isnt the best therapy for anxiety. im thinking of jean-paul sartre’s book Nausea where he grapples with the meaningless of life contemplating suicide or simply never getting out of bed. in the end, he finds comfort in a jazz record from america. he says that the jazz singer has discovered that the best way to live life is through creation. the creation of art, ideas, or just good vibes for humanity.
    when i get into a particularly good jam i always think of sartres realization and realize that these moments really are when we’re most alive.

    ok. sorry that was so serious.

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