Looking Back – Leg II 2009

7.31.09 (G.Lucas)

Before we plunge head first into Leg II of summer 2o10, let’s pause for a moment to reflect on Leg II of 2009. Phish came out at Red Rocks and redefined this era after a tentative run in June. Boasting far more confidence, Phish showed up in Colorado in a relaxed musical state, willing to take risks they weren’t prepared to take only five weeks earlier. When the year came to close, Leg II of summer stood out as, perhaps, the strongest segment of 2009, with musical highlights abounding. Today we hit the brakes for a moment and glance in our rear-view mirror at The Top5 “Moments” of Summer 2009 – Leg II.


5. “Number Line” 8.16 II – SPAC

SPAC '09 PosterWhile this SPAC show didn’t quite provide the final exclamation point that people expected, Phish did throw down one of the standout jams of August in their final show. Morphing their shiny-new anthem “Backwards Down the Number Line” into primordial soup for the soul, Phish built upon their Chicago rendition from a week earlier. Until Phish threw down Blossom’s “Number Line” this June, SPAC’s version stood as the crowning moment of the song’s young career. This jam provided a dark final excursion to end the tour before the rest of the set turned to fun.



4. “Icculus” 8.14 II – Hartford

Hartford (T.Salido)

In this moment, we realized that Phish was still comprised of the same four zany guys that started the band back in the day. With his addiction and glassy-eyed stare years behind him, Trey used “Icculus” to launch into classic rant about the technological overload of modern culture, and how everyone needed to get back to reading The Book. The Phishy spirit that had grabbed us all at one point in our lives and dragged us into Gamehendge had returned. To see the look on Trey’s face when this went down pretty much said it all. Everyone left Hartford smiling that night.



3. “46 Days” 8.15 II – Merriweather

8.15.09 (K.Pusey)

Buried in the consensus “worst show of Leg II” was perhaps the best jam of the tour in the ludicrous version of “46 Days.” Remaining in the song’s structure for approximately three minutes, the band shifted into full destruction mode immediately. Trudging through a cosmic sludge, Fish hit a change and Phish took off for the heavens. Flowing like they seldom have this era, the band locked into one of the more magical jams of this era. Any semblance of “46 Days” was left in Phish’s vapor trail as they took a hose-powered journey to the edges of groove and bliss.



2. 7.31.09 II – Red Rocks

7.31.09 (G.Lucas)

The second set of the second night of Red Rocks still stands, in my opinion, as the best single set Phish has dropped in this era. Featuring jams aplenty, fluid transitions, and the Red Rocks “Tweezer,” this frame can stand up to any other – easily. Played in three mini-suites, Phish graced the audience with “Drowned > Crosseyed > Joy,” “Tweezer > Number Line,” and “Fluffhead > Piper > A Day In the Life.” If you have any doubts or hazy memories of this night, go re-listen, it never ceases to amaze.



1. 8.7.09 – The Gorge

The Gorge '09 (G. Lucas)

In Phish’s first night back to the Gorge in six years, they played a show that likened a soundtrack for the mystical natural surroundings. Fusing together several patient jams, Phish – literally – played differently at The Gorge, a trend that has held true throughout their career. While everyone has their favorite shows, this two-set Picasso featured three of the jams of the year in “Sneakin’ Sally,” “Light,” and “Bathtub Gin.” And you just don’t get that in one Phish show these days. That is without even mentioning the glorious combination of “Hood” and “Slave” that ended this special night. (And we might as well tack on the second night’s “Rock and Roll” while we’re here.) Needless to say, the band’s return to the Columbia River Gorge won’t soon be forgotten.

[audio:http://phishthoughts.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/08/phish2009-08-07d1t09.mp3] [audio:http://phishthoughts.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/08/phish2009-08-07d3t01.mp3]


Jam of the Day: Leg II Venue History Week

Cities > Good Times Bad Times” 8.10.97 II

One of the defining jams of Summer ’97 from the first night at Deer Creek.




8.10.1996 Alpine Valley, East Troy, WI < Megaupload

In Phish’s inaugural visit to Alpine Valley in 1996, they dropped significant versions of “Reba,” and “Bathtub Gin” in the first set, while showcasing “Fluffhead” and “Harry Hood” in the second. With this show, Phish inherited the massive Midwestern mecca from the Grateful Dead and prepared to blaze a legacy.

I: My Friend, My Friend, Poor Heart, AC/DC Bag, Fee, Reba, I Didn’t Know, The Horse > Silent in the Morning, Rift, Bathtub Gin, Cavern

II: Wilson, Down with Disease, Scent of a Mule, Free, Fluffhead, Hold Your Head Up > Whipping Post > Hold Your Head Up, Harry Hood, A Day in the Life

E: Contact, Fire

Source: B & K 4021

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1,061 Responses to “Looking Back – Leg II 2009”

  1. KWL Says:

    whys that, is kang in town?

  2. DaNcInG fOoL Says:

    i think some cats from vermont are rolling through

  3. KWL Says:

    any jb1 extras? hit me up, info’s on the ticket exchange

    6-26-95 disease>free, ya heard?

    later kidz

  4. c0wfunk Says:

    6-26-95 disease>free
    ^^ there’s a monster loose in that disease

  5. Mr.Palmer Says:

    Oh yeah. This Gin is the goods. 6.28.00

    Had a long week myself Kwl. My weekend has begun though. I know a lot of cats going to JB (used to live close by for 22 years). I’ll keep an ear out for you.

  6. sumodie Says:

    I haz tracking number!

    Go, zzy, go! Or rather, go tix, go…

  7. Mr. Completely Says:

    i’ve been listening to the SPAC Roggae every few days and I like it more each time

  8. c0wfunk Says:

    I remember weekends I think. Seems now work is just whenever and always. That’s the price of freedom I guess! Lately all my days off have either been phish or disney world, next one will likely be telluride. Vacation is exhausting!

  9. voopa Says:

    Looks like Mr. Weir is back in shape tonight.

  10. Mr.Palmer Says:

    Good to hear Voopa.

    SPAC Roggae was definitely a highlight. My buddy who i was with doesn’t like that song. He changed his tune after the Spac version.

  11. RamblinOnMyMind Says:

    good to see @voopa. I wonder if anything was said by any of the band members before or during the show.

  12. voopa Says:


  13. Mr.Palmer Says:

    BTB has to come up with the triple wOok in a blazer pic for his blog.

  14. BrandonKayda Says:

    So how’s Furthur going tonight?


    This Phil & Friends show opens with a 25min Brokedown Palace->20min Dark Star….WHAT?

    I think some of those timings have got to be off…but this Brokedown has a completely seperate jam to it, so they’re probably right…still though, DAMN that’s a lot of jamming. Pretty sweet if you ask me

  15. Tzara's Ghost Says:

    What’s up BB? Just grilling a little dinner and the board goes into a relative lull. 2 more days and I’m Berkeley bound. Of course tomorrow is a 13 hour day so not on vacation yet.

    Listened to 4/3/98 yesterday. Something in that vein works for me next Friday night.

  16. Mr. Completely Says:

    great one voopa!

    they all seem so obvious after someone else thinks of them!

  17. Tzara's Ghost Says:

    Yesterday crazy on the board, love how the BB breathes with the season. Bursting with energy and ideas just ahead of tour.

  18. Dr. Pronoia Says:

    Some guy inside Nokia posted on philzone the following:

    Phil to Bobby, “Never drink out of something you haven’t poured yourself.” Phil then hugs Bobby.

    Then they started the show…

    Can’t vouch for post’s veracity or phil’s sarcasm quotient…

  19. Tzara's Ghost Says:

    Another vote for on the beach.

    “we got 25 rifles, just to keep the population down.”

    he was never as brave, or as disillusioned, again.

  20. Mr.Palmer Says:

    yesterday seemed like an all-timer .

    Mr.C- there is an interesting interview on espn.com somewhere by Ron Artest. You mind find it slightly interesting. Guy’s is truly one of a kind.

  21. Mr. Completely Says:

    @BK, phil and friends are a jamming machine. there are criticisms that can be made of their jamming style: some of them are scripted, especially transitions…they tend to fall into a couple of styles….can be cyclical and meandering, etc.

    there are a lot of very legit jams in there though. I’m just saying it’s not all gold and there are more than a few of those 20+ minute jams that don’t break a lot of new ground.

    not trying to be negative here. Phil has come up with some great moments over the years.

  22. BingosBrother Says:

    “Phil to Bobby, “Never drink out of something you haven’t poured yourself.” Phil then hugs Bobby.”

    You would think Bobby would ‘ve known that. i’m calling bullshit.

  23. BrandonKayda Says:

    Yeah @Mr C this is the first Phil and Friends stuff I have heard other than the Trey/Page 99′ shows, and I am very impressed. The jamming is fantastic

  24. Mr.Palmer Says:

    Phish and the Greek and Tickets (or lack thereof)


  25. DaNcInG fOoL Says:

    ‘Parental guidance: “Am offering two parents. Excellent condition. In their 60s but still in perfect health. Very low maintenance. Are able to dress, feed, and bathe themselves. No sponge baths necessary.”‘

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