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. jay Says:

    mango song! love it 🙂

  2. BrandonKayda Says:

    Geez…why not just play Sanity? With the way this set is going, I would not be surprised.

    ….Neeever going to happen I know

  3. fat bastard Says:

    fee after this???

  4. sumodie Says:

    @brandon: will send an email to discuss Charlottesville idea

    Love me some Mango! Where’s Mitch -isn’t he the gorge show mango guy?

  5. oldskool Says:

    Disease sounded very good with some deep Type II jamming. Looking forward to being able to hear it in better quality tomorrow

  6. oldskool Says:

    i am guessing suzy

  7. jay Says:

    I think we will get a YEM.

  8. jay Says:

    or a mikes groove

  9. Mr.Palmer Says:


  10. halcyon Says:

    Mitch was the mango guy sumodie…

    Mango Lassi .. mmmmm aarghhhh

  11. oldskool Says:


  12. Mr.Palmer Says:

    redic. show Old school philly throw-down

  13. fat bastard Says:

    no way suzy she has to be tired by now

  14. BrandonKayda Says:

    So the Disease got into deep spacey territory? Better than Cobo?

    The length looked to be about 17mins by following the comments – Can’t wait to hear this show. Did it ever break out of the Disease jam->brief funk->ambience formula?

    This show looks to be pure fire though, can’t wait to hear it when I get back. Mid-set Hood can only lead to good things

  15. jdub Says:

    mfergie- email me at josh at maple tree cabinets dot com tomorrow. I think I can round some troops for a pre turkey bannana extravaganza

  16. oldskool Says:

    from what I could tell it was better than Cobo. Darm, ambient, and melodic is how I would describe it but the feed was awful.

  17. Mr.Palmer Says:

    Impossible to judge without a good listen, but Philly #1 looks like it will jump to the Fall tour top of the list.

  18. BrandonKayda Says:

    Mikes….what has gotten into this band?


    I wouldn’t mind a big Mikes w/ a Light or something added in…

    Maybe a Mikes->Simple->Mule->Paug

  19. whole tour! Says:

    philly = BEST SETLIST EVER!!!
    DEAR LORD!!!

  20. BrandonKayda Says:

    Oh…great call Jay

  21. whole tour! Says:


  22. oldskool Says:

    from yemblog:

    “This show’s blowing the rest of the tour out of the water. Setting the bar higher each nigh”

  23. whole tour! Says:


  24. mrfergie Says:

    Will do jdub – on the fence about going, all up to my girl really – her sisters taking the train up from Brooklyn with her boyfriend, my future father-in-law is coming down to pick them up from there – it all depends on how long the family time lasts…

  25. voopa Says:

    So how bad will tomorrow suck? #notreallyahater

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