Five Predictions For June

6.2.09 -Jones Beach (W.Rogell)

As we wind down the final week before Chicago, all thoughts are towards the future at this point. And in that vein, here are five predictions for the first leg of summer tour…

1. Two New Jam Vehicles Will Emerge and Enter the Rotation During June

With an array of new material expected this summer, I believe we will see a couple new songs debut and become springboards for improvisation almost immediately. Perhaps these jams will begin to steer the band in one particular direction or another, but regardless, I believe we’ll hear not only new songs, but legitimate jams, something that has lacked thus far on most of Joy’s offerings. Perhaps some of Joy’s jams-in-waiting (e.g. “Ocelot,” “Faulty Plan”) will come forth with greater teeth as well, but I predict Phish will debut a couple pieces will become staple jams of the this era.

2. “Light” Will Continue to Blow Up

"Light" @ Indio (W.Rogell)

Phish’s most significant new song from 2009 will only continue to expand this summer. A song that produced diverse and unique jams throughout last year gained notable momentum during fall tour, becoming the band’s preeminent launch pad. Peaking with uber-creative versions at MSG and Charlottesville, I believe the band has only scraped the surface of “Light’s” improvisational iceberg.

3. The Resuscitation of More Post-Hiatus Material

While the band has dipped into their 2.0 material, Phish kept, perhaps, their two most promising musical launchpads waiting in the wings throughout last year. Teasing the community with only two versions of “A Song I Heard the Ocean Sing,” neither coming within a country mile of SPAC’s ’04’s odyssey, Phish has got to cut this one loose this summer. This piece has limitless potential to be a new-school “Tweezer-eqsue” vehicle, with an ability to access heavy grooves, gorgeous melodies, ambient planes, or sinister builds at a moments notice. A young monster is drooling to be let out of its cage. For real, let’s get this one in rotation – stat!

Undermind (2004)

The post-hiatus masterpiece, “Scents and Subtle Sounds,” only saw the light of day once in 2009, performed in abbreviated fashion, for the first-time indoors, at MSG. A song that blossomed during Summer ’03 is due for a renaissance in Summer 2010. With an uplifting jam that has previously proven its face-melting worth with three seminal pieces of post-hiatus improv (Camden ’03, Deer Creek ’03, Camden ’04), we know the song can reach uncharted realms. A patient piece of Phish music, this jam could hop on the back of any new direction the band decides to take their jamming this summer.

In addition, there are other songs from Round Room and Undermind we could see infused into summer setlists. Specifically: “Round Room,” “Waves,” “Nothing,” “The Connection,” and “Tomorrow’s Song.”

4. The South Will Be Hot!

And I’m not talking about temperatures. Phish’s first true dip into the south during the modern era features stops at a classic haunt in Walnut Creek, a twice-visited Verizon Wireless in Charlotte, and a two-night stand in Atlanta for July 4th weekend – all coming as the last four shows of tour! I have little doubt that when the dust settles, this tour-ending run will provide some of June’s defining jams. With a proclivity to finish off tours with what they’ve done best throughout the month, this prediction seems like a lock.

5. A New Style of Jamming Will Begin to Develop

12.29.09 (W.Rogell)

When interviewed last year, Mike Gordon, himself, said that the idea this time around was to reinvent Phish once again. And the time is ripe to begin that process. A solid 2009 was necessary before branching into new experiments, but this is 2010. While new excursions may only begin this month, to be furthered throughout the year, one would think that by July 4th we will have some idea of where the band may be headed with their ever-expanding psychedelia.


Jam of the Day:

Light” 12.2.09 II

As tour approaches, let’s go back through some last year’s indelible highlights. Here is one of the more unique jams of 2009, possibly a glimpse into the future.




8.3.93 Bayfront Amphitheatre, Miaimi, FL < Megaupload

8.3.93 Bayfront Amphitheatre, Miaimi, FL < Torrent asap


One of the missing pieces of August ’93 from the archive.

I: Runaway Jim, Nellie Kane, Foam, Fee > Rift, Stash, The Horse > Silent in the Morning, Ya Mar, Llama, Cavern

II: Lengthwise > Maze, Bouncing Around the Room, It’s Ice, You Enjoy Myself, The Lizards, Sparkle, Purple Rain > Hold Your Head Up, Golgi Apparatus

E: Poor Heart, Free Bird

Source: Nakamichi (unknown model)


826 Responses to “Five Predictions For June”

  1. SillyWilly Says:

    yeah, leo

    its definitely a blessing to listen (read) what you guys talk about when it comes to drugs.

    I feel a little more confident about what not to do.

  2. halcyon Says:

    Thanks for the red pepper suggestion, I am going to try it later this evening.

    Re: Telluride

    WSP a few years ago in town, beautiful day, as we are walking in, the ticket checker said “you will get wet tonight, a storm is coming in.” An hour later lightning strikes directly over the stage, concert delayed, then cancelled. 6 inches of rain, over a thousand strikes recorded. Snow on the very high peaks. 6″ of hail in Rico. Streets were flooded. Mudslide on the outskirt of town ended up in the kitchen of house of someone I knew were staying in town for the concerts. Missed the 6 hour concert they had to make up for the previous evenings storm because I had to work.

  3. SillyWilly Says:

    I thought you all might enjoy this:

    Across the street from my apartment there’s a hill with tall old Oak trees. It makes this perfect back drop of green.

    Well, there’s a community of cardinals that are nesting in a few of the trees and it’s awesome to see a few of these cardinals flitting around the trees. If you watch for a couple minutes its crazy how all these little red lines go zipping across the green back drop.

  4. Phamily Berzerker Says:

    Hal I heard that stormy sotry for some spreadheads who went from AZ.

    The Rockies in August can be tumultuous weather-wise.

    Bringing the raingear for certain.

  5. halcyon Says:

    All 4 seasons can happen in a single day in The Rockies.

  6. BTB Says:

    Silly you got tix for Blossom yet?

  7. SillyWilly Says:


    Im sitting on two lawns.

    Going to pick up two extra pavs from AW this weekend.

    So, no I don’t need them, I think Im trying to dump two lawns.

  8. BTB Says:

    Blossom tix will be FREE – $10

    I gotta run out, I just know the secure tix phase is officially on. Pavs are going for under face. Just an FYI

  9. BTB Says:

    Gotcha – just thought I’d try and let you know. I just did made searches in Cleveland…

    Gotta run

    Later players

  10. SillyWilly Says:

    Thanks, BTB.

    thats the information I was going on too.

    Screwed up by buying the lawns. I get anxious, so I went ahead and got them.

    whatever. im paying Phish’s salary

  11. Leo Weaver Says:

    Da bus is officially lined up for the Carolina Brews and ‘Cues Garden Party for the Charlotte preshow. Sign up at

    I’m outta here, catch you fellas a little later!

  12. lastwaltzer Says:

    I can’t do it, I’m not gonna be able to wait until NEXT friday. Just can’t do it.

    This is a quite the problem. Anyone got the recipe for time?

  13. halcyon Says:

    4:20 mst….weekend starts in 10 minutes….have a good night!

  14. Chuck D Says:

    maybe K-hole for a week? that should do the trick.

    (not doctor recommended)

  15. snowbank Says:

    A little booms really get this man’s feet moving. Usually too much going on for me handle L at a phish show… at least in decent quantity.

    Yes, you can see unicorns on L… just up your dosage by 5-10 times.

    For those mentioned a lack of “experience”… read timothy leary. His biography is good but there are plenty of shorter pieces that will explain “set and setting”. L is a great experience, but it can be negative. It’s all about set and setting.

    Christ, it’s even in the wikipedia now…

  16. Type III Jamming Personality Disorder Says:

    to borrow from Robear, I’m predicting an Ossum Blossom Possum. something with a bit more teeth than the ’09 versions…

    speaking of that, I just thought of a t-shirt idea for the Blossom lot.
    Take the Chili’s logo, change the word to phish, add a pic of an Awesome Blossom, and there you go.

  17. snowbank Says:

    Also, A phish show is a bad place to experiment. You need to be some place that you are comfortable and preferably with at least one person who is sober and you trust. This person is your guide. They help you stay calm if your imagination gets overactive… like thinking you can fly… though I have never experienced delusions on that order.

  18. Type III Jamming Personality Disorder Says:

    neat little video about Sharon Jones and the Dap Kings:

    a little surprised to see it on but whatevs

  19. bouncin fan Says:

    My first experiences were all at dead shows

    Live music for your first is perfect imo

  20. KWL Says:

    IT waves = $$

  21. Phamily Berzerker Says:

    I turned the missus on the fungus and a phish show for the first time at the same time.

  22. Robear Says:

    tiii, r u blossom bound, then?

    how bout you, bouncin’?

  23. garretc Says:

    My first L trip was at F8, couldn’t have been better. All I had to do was stand there and listen to music while staring at lights!


  24. butter Says:

    my prediction for June

    people will bitch about n20 dealers

  25. butter Says:

    A good pav seat, a cold beer, good friends and a ready to rock surrounding crew is sounding pretty good right about now!

    ^^you are tugging at my heart strings BTB

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