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.

Tags: ,

833 Responses to “Mid-Tour Momentum”

  1. oldskool Says:

    Phish needs to have their own Pay Per View every show 🙂

  2. jay Says:


  3. jay Says:

    sweet 🙂

  4. oldskool Says:

    very cool

  5. Mr.Palmer Says:

    Ok, now i’m jealous.

  6. wvbrdr Says:

    just got in.

    any streams tonight?

  7. BrandonKayda Says:

    Short Mikes…6mins?


    …and maybe a YEM to just blow the roof off

  8. jay Says:

    mikes->simple->I Can See Your Face->weekapaug

  9. oldskool Says:

    nah, will be Hydrogen or Weekapaug. I expect them to stay old skool

  10. jay Says:

    His face I mean

  11. BrandonKayda Says:

    Phish is raising the bar every night…man oh man will 2009 be a year to remember when this is all said and done

  12. Mr.Palmer Says:

    They should encore with Bouncin just fuck with everyone…..

  13. BrandonKayda Says:

    Maybe a Ventilator Blues somewhere in that Mikes Groove

  14. jdub Says:

    simple is my 3 year olds fav phish song (he busts into we got saxophone randomly) been looking for a type II simple for a while now, maybe it’s here. Do love the mike’s simple combo, this setlist is pure madness. SBDs here I come

  15. jay Says:

    2009 will be epic like 74 dead

  16. halcyon Says:

    Jennifer Dances for an encore

  17. jdub Says:

    careful, you may get a bouncin breather right about now

  18. jay Says:

    glide->Highway to Hell encore

  19. Mr.Palmer Says:

    anybody listen to the Reba? thoughts?

  20. jdub Says:

    was there a slow point to the night at all?

  21. BrandonKayda Says:


  22. oldskool Says:


  23. BrandonKayda Says:

    How deep is this Simple?


  24. jay Says:


  25. halcyon Says:

    Jay…. I like your call Glide ->Hwy

Leave a Reply