7.30.09 Red Rocks (Photo: G.Lucas)


Jam of the Day:

Mike’s > Horse > Silent” 10.29.96 II

This nugget of darkness finds Phish in Tallahassee, amidst their last set before Halloween ’96. Playing with Karl Perazzo, warming up for Remain In Light, the band sat into a thick “Houses In Motion” groove during “Mike’s” second jam.




7.25.99 Deer Creek, Noblesville, IN < Torrent

7.25.99 Deer Creek, Noblesville, IN < Megaupload

Deer Creek '99 Pollock

This second-to last show before Phish flew the coop to the Fuji Rock Festival contains has plenty to offer, as both sets are strewn with highlights. This reader request goes out to phoompapa!

I: Meat, My Friend, My Friend > My Left Toe > Whipping Post > Makisupa Policeman, Saw It Again, Boogie On Reggae Woman, Cavern

II: Birds of a Feather > Walk Away, Run Like an Antelope, Suzy Greenberg, Hold Your Head Up > Purple Rain > Hold Your Head Up, You Enjoy Myself

E: Loving Cup

Source: Schoeps cmc641’s > Aopgee AD1000> DA-P1

785 Responses to “Thursday”

  1. Selector J Says:

    re: pigpen
    from wikipedia:

    In 1970, McKernan began experiencing symptoms of congenital biliary cirrhosis; these were exacerbated by his alcohol abuse. After an August 1971 hospitalization, doctors requested that he stop touring indefinitely; pianist Keith Godchaux was subsequently hired and remained a permanent member of the band until 1979.

  2. Mr. Completely Says:

    yeah I was just looking at setlists, looks like he laid off until maybe those Felt Forum Dec ’71 shows where he returned. he was definitely back in spring 72 as well. But I have always heard that the decision to hire a keyboard player was independent of Pig; Pig was never a serious keyboard player.

  3. flarrdogg Says:

    “It spoke to my inner sissy.”

    Aqua- That is video is funny shit.

    11-7-71 is such a hot show. Great Dark Star. That is one of my favorites from ’71. Keith was brand spanking new at that point.

  4. Chuck D Says:

    Instant Classics here:

    “Don’t sell drugs your first show, as inexperienced drug dealers are looked down upon”

    “Do not talk, sing along, or use your cell phone during the show (this means no taking pictures either).”

    “do not wear tie-dye shirts with smiley faces or the names of 60s bands on them, but on the other hand do not wear polo shirts or cargo pants. If you are young, it is important not to look like any stereotype of the scene.”

  5. Tzara's Ghost Says:

    Also from 11/7 especially, but all through fall, the nfa->gdtrfb->nfa is smoking. No doubt, hiring Keith was inevitable regardless of pig’s health, if the band was going to move forward.

    Can be hard to imagine how dangerous they were with pigpen. They never really got that back. Still, I’ll take the long ’72-’74 jams.

  6. Marshall Says:

    Finally, someone tells me the definition of “custy.”

  7. Mr. Completely Says:

    sure man

    just two different things

    the open jamming of 72-74 is my favorite Dead of all, no doubt

    71 is a thing to itself, not like any other year, just a kickass roots-rock and blues boogie band that would occasionally go apeshit psychedelic on you

    Pigpen had the swagger. No one else did. Bob tried later on, but that was just silly.


    That’s some funny shit Chuck D!

  8. flarrdogg Says:

    ‘do not take part in the audience participation that may occur. Fans are trying to eradicate the participation in songs such as “Stash”, “Harry Hood”, and “Wilson”, and as a new fan you shouldn’t contribute to the problem.’


  9. Mr. Completely Says:

    some decent little tips on there!

  10. ChefBradford Says:

    You’n me both, Marshall

  11. Tzara's Ghost Says:

    Favorite pig tunes, easy wind, lovelight, and hard to handle, esp 4/28 and 8/6/71 (the latter must be heard in the best dead audience recording I’ve ever heard.

  12. Marshall Says:

    I’ve been going to shows since 1994. Puffed hard in high school but not much after that. Done my share of plenty of other things. But, I still feel like an outsider much of the time when it comes to the Phish scene (although anyone who knows me and who is not phan would disagree). I guess since I never went on tour, never sold shit in the lot, never traveled barefoot, never grew dreads, and never drank only Sammy Smiths I’m always going to feel a bit like an outsider. Not everyone can be a member of the club.

  13. flarrdogg Says:

    That jam of the day with Perazzo laying down the rhythms on top of Mike’s is neato. Have a good one, all.


  14. Mr. Completely Says:

    sounds like maybe some people were dicks to you Marshall?

    far as I am concerned you’re a member…or lets put it this way…any club of Phish fans that doesn’t have room for you is bullshit

    it’s about the music and the love, I think everyone here would agree

    if you’re down with those things, you’re in

    but what do I know, I’m just some old deadhead

  15. Mr. Completely Says:

    also in case you have not noticed, my hair is a bird

  16. verno329 Says:

    @BK Good to hear! Enjoy those. The NYE ’95 is…well…NYE ’95. An absolute must see.

    @marco all i need is an address. hit me up at chris dot vernarsky at gmail dot com

  17. Aquaman Says:


    Dude everyone is a member. The freakier and geekier the better. You know, like dudes with bird hair.


  18. Marshall Says:

    @ Mr. C – my post was about 1/2 joking 1/2 truth and was in response to the wiki post about “how to be a phish fan.” Only after reading it did I know what “custy” was, and I’ve seen that word thrown around here plenty (same for “heady” but that one was never hard to figure out). It had me thinking that, no matter how far into it you get, there’s always someone else “cooler” than you (me).

    But thanks!

  19. SillyWilly Says:

    Lycan: Large

  20. Marshall Says:

    Lingo is a bit regional also. When I met Leo Weaver for the first time we both agreed that we had no idea what the word “spun” or “spunion” meant, although after finding out, it seems rather obvious.

    Like the discussion from several weeks ago … the kids call it E. In my day, it was called X. And I had to be informed what Molly was.

    In the end, I’m ok with who I am, and sometimes I’m glad I don’t know all the lingo, because maybe then I’d be too far down the rabbit hole.

  21. Marshall Says:

    ^ And for the record Mr. C, I can’t remember anyone ever being a dick to me at a show … unless wooks asking for change and pulls off my fresh beer count 8)

  22. Aquaman Says:

    Shit I I thought they were called Biscuits……..see I am not cool either.

    Double stack o’ biscuits does a body good.


  23. KWL Says:

    @robear, sounds like you’ll be well taken care of in the rocky mountain state.

    if you end up passing through points south or east, i’m your man.

  24. Mr. Completely Says:

    I have heard it called all those things

    FWIW I am trying to work with a 2 degree fever and a broken xml editor so I am more than a little out of it right now

  25. ma Says:


    speakin of 77 sugaree’s…busted out the sportatorium…rippin from start to finish.

    can’t place this show for the life of me….can you please help?
    what show do they joke around about whose birthday it is? finally, donna says “and it’s keithy’s birthday tooo.”?

    it’s driving me crazy that i can’t place it….any thoughts?

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