Mid-Tour Momentum

11.21.09 (W.Rogell)

11.21.09 (W.Rogell)

Building off of an extensive Summer and Indio, and stepping indoors at just the right time, Phish is clearly getting their groove back. Their playing has oozed confidence and comfort, while characterized by precision and fire. When the band chooses to jam, they are doing it with a determined and patient creativity, and as we move on to the second two-thirds of tour, I’d imagine we’d begin to hear more open jamming. It would be nice to see the band focus on grooves and psychedelia a bit more than shredding rock and roll, but beggars can’t be choosers. Phish are definitely playing what they feel and playing it quite well. The most profound change in their dynamic since this fall tour started has been Mr. Trey Anastasio. While he may have been the slowest member of the band to regain his unbridled confidence, he has recently transformed into an absolute monster. Allowing his inhibitions to fall by the wayside, he has been shredding with an abandon unseen in years. Using meticulous lyrical phrasing amounting to guitar narratives, his sense of thematic jamming has returned in force, and it has effected the entire band.

11.20.09 (W.Rogell)

11.20.09 (W.Rogell)

The most compelling second-set improv thus far has stemmed from Detroit’s “Disease,” and Cincy’s “Rock n Roll” and Syracuse’s “Drowned”- the three vehicles they featured the most this summer. It seems like time to switch it up a bit from the rock-only set openers; time to drop in some darker and slower type-II springboards to open set two. How about opening up “A Song I Heard the Ocean Sing” or dropping another “Sand?” In the end, it doesn’t matter what songs they play, as long as they continue to evolve into more frequent psychedelia…Three of the central second set jams over the last two shows – “Rock and Roll,” “Drowned” and “Piper” have held a great similarity to each other – percussive grooves turned ambient space…The two dirtiest pieces of music thus far have ironically come in first sets – Detroit’s filthy, dripping “46 Days,” and Cincy’s evil “Split.” Now let’s see some of that type of improv stretched out under the spotlight of set two! As we turn the corner towards Philadelphia and Albany, two cities that have historically played host to legendary Phish, the band looks to build on the momentum from their opening leg as everyone moves towards Thanksgiving. And this year, we have a lot to be thankful for.

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833 Responses to “Mid-Tour Momentum”

  1. Summer98 Says:

    Short Cities but then into Camelwalk….bring the old school funk!!

  2. Locust the Lurker Says:

    Strut your stuff, Phish!

  3. voopa Says:


  4. halcyon Says:

    he has said in the past that the spectrum was a sort of homecoming for him with regards to all the flyers shows, and concerts he saw there

  5. Mr.Palmer Says:

    they are throwing down in philly so far

  6. Type III Jamming Personality Disorder Says:

    apparently, this set is being brought to us by the letter “C” (Gin excepted, of course)

  7. Bapslap Says:

    wow, how I long for a stream of tonight

  8. Kenny Powers Says:

    damn, definitely throwing down for Philly, what a first segment to the set. Cities > Camel Walk?!?

  9. voopa Says:


  10. halcyon Says:

    damm….work and responsibility sucks right now… I would love to be in the northeast right now.

  11. oldskool Says:

    they are actually no longer in the Spectrum. Pearl Jam on halloween was the last thing ever there. They are in the new venue across the street

  12. voopa Says:


  13. Mr.Palmer Says:

    Thanks Voopa!!. good find. u da man

  14. halcyon Says:

    oldskool…..just dl’d that show….Pearl Jam gave that place a proper send off…..45 songs that night!!!

  15. albert walker Says:

    I felt a real old school vibed setlist could be called for in Philly
    lot of people there saw shows way back when and probably would not dig a Joy, Farmhouse, Round Room heavy setlist

    I love sets that could have taken place when I first started seeing shows and how they sound with the 2009 spin

  16. Type III Jamming Personality Disorder Says:

    heck yeah, voopa! thanks for the link!

  17. albert walker Says:

    so far this is one of those sets that I could have written myself

    no complaints at all

    on paper of course, but I’m sure they are killing it

    Reba tonight?

  18. voopa Says:

    Heh, that stream went from 60 viewers to over 500 in 5 minutes

  19. Type III Jamming Personality Disorder Says:

    there’s a lot of lurkers here, voopa. they all love you now…

  20. Locust the Lurker Says:

    other “c” songs….Cars trucks, busses, Carini, Cavern, Catapult, Col Forbin’s…., Crosseyed and Painless, Crowd Control, Curtis Lowe

  21. GuitarPicker420! Says:

    Thanks voopa, nice find

  22. GuitarPicker420! Says:

    The Wedge!

  23. Kenny Powers Says:


  24. Kenny Powers Says:

    How ’bout Wedge being the most recently written song they’ve played tonight out of six?

  25. albert walker Says:

    so that’s 5 retro Phish tracks
    I think that’s the most I’ve caught in 2009 before he dropped a KDF

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