Creativity At The Creek

Telluride 8.10.10 (Wendy Rogell)

Phish came down from the mountains and into the cornfields of America’s heartland, returning to one of the most well loved venues on summer tour since 1995 – Deer Creek. Departing from their west coast adventure, Phish returned to the Midwestern mecca, stepping onto a conventional stage for the first time this run, but the night was anything but routine. With comfort in toe, the band felt the freedom to take improvisational risks throughout the second set, forming a flowing frame of adventure. In a tale of two sets, the band rectified a sloppy opening frame with exploratory and unique jamming throughout the second half of Deer Creek’s opening night.

8.10.10 (G.Lucas)

Breaking more than a few setlist patterns, Phish centralized several jam vehicles we’ve become used to hearing in the opening halves of shows. Using “Jibboo,” “Bathtub Gin,” and “Split Open and Melt” as significant links in last night’s second-set puzzle, and employing two bust-outs as a mid-set interlude without losing any steam, Phish brought a refreshing feel to their song choices as well as their jamming. Opening the second set with the second leg’s first “Drowned,” Phish guaranteed an exploratory jam right off the bat. Building coherently out of the song’s rock foundation, the band passed through a very brief percussive section on the way to another experiment in the uptempo ambient jamming that Phish has unveiled this tour. The band morphed into a gorgeous four-part conversation that saw Trey move between melodic and dissonant leads while Fishman kept a quick and intricate beat behind the drone landscape. Forging another step into the future, this jam turned into the newest piece of the band’s emerging sonic direction. A totally unique and experimental piece retained a beauty through Trey’s intricate and varying lines and Mike’s co-leadership. This jam likened Phish turning on their headlamps and heading out into the woods to explore the new musical forests of 2010, and coming out with another gem to put alongside the growing pile of stellar Leg II pieces.

8.9.10 (G.Lucas)

As “Drowned” came to a close, Phish resolved the darker psychedelia with a the summer grooves of “Jibboo.” Placing the spinning groove machine in the second set, Trey sat back and painted the rhythms with varying lines, playing few of of his signature licks in a song where they have become second-nature. The divergent angle on “Jibboo” added to the fun of its placement and a cathartic passage of dance music emerged. Following the song’s peak, the band dropped into a mellow groove instead of moving into the song’s ending, taking their time to build a near-seamless, surprise segue into “Bathtub Gin.” Moving as one entity, the band continued the feel-good vibe of “Jibboo” with an upbeat, melodic jam. Mike’s brought unique bass offerings throughout the climbing jam which Trey brought to the top as a rolling melodic geyser. This “Gin” fell in line with the entire opening sequence, lending an unconventional feel to the set, as Phish combined two current first-set anthems in the set’s opening triumvirate.

Continuing the positive setilst anomalies, Phish centered “My Friend” and “Buffalo Bill” as a mid-set interlude to cool down from the frame’s opening 35-minute sequence. Far more entertaining than a played-out ballad, Phish shot some fun into the middle of the set. The final downbeat of “Buffalo Bill” turned into the opening hit of “Twist’s'” first Leg Two appearance, and yet another intriguing jam. Again shying from hackneyed patterns, Trey and Fishman led the band through a delicate rendition that managed to stay relatively close to the “Twist’s” theme. Bringing only more adventure to the set, “Twist” came as a let set surprise, but there was more to come.

8.10.10 (W.Rogell)

Phish ignited the set’s final act got in the grand fashion with the first second-set “Split” since their return. Another truly exploratory piece, clearly Phish came to Deer Creek to get business done. Starting in a distinctly menacing groove, Mike and Fish drove the ship forward as Page crushed his piano, and Trey brought the jam into the abstract with diverse playing, ranging from dissonant wailing to shreddier licks. In the middle of the jam, however, the band lost focus for some moments, almost getting lost. But instead of bailing on the jam, they pushed through the rough patch and arrived in an interesting musical plane. The band used the resulting ambient passage to deconstruct the “Split” jam into nothing, landing in “Dog-Faced Boy.” Another second set bust-out bridged the set into its final punctuation – a second consecutive stunning rendition of “Harry Hood.”

The band’s patience really shone on this nuanced exploration, allowing time to depart from its every day course. Taking the celestial jam into realms uncharted, Mike offered a darker bass line amidst the astral jam that urged the band to follow. Stepping outside the box, this section blossomed into a tangent from the free-flowing piece that put a stamp on an bold and daring frame of music. At the top of the jam, the band splashed into “Golgi” to close the set with one more blast of energy.

8.10.10 (G.Lucas)

While encores are usually an afterthought at Phish shows, last night’s quadruple-encore brought far more fun than usual. Trey stepped on stage with a megaphone, and began to step to the mic for the first megaphoned “Fee” in ages. Teasing the crowd, he then backed away and pretended to put it down a couple times before commencing the song. Extending the Fee’s ending melody, Trey began whipping the megaphone around in circles a la Pete Townshend, creating a feedback loop as Mike stomped his foot bell and began his dental narration of “NO2.” Breaking out connecting elusive pieces, Trey picked up right where Mike left off, beginning the lyrics to “Kung” over the same aural textures. Taking the encore into the absurd, the band recited their nonsensical verse as they built a wall of sound around the poem. Then, busting into Jimi Hendrix’s “Fire,” the band concluded the night by ripping through their final selection.

Deer Creek Official Poster

Phish continued their forward-looking playing last night, crafting a very engaging second set filled with improvisational risks and strewn with rarities. Taking Deer Creek by storm, the band clearly loves the storied venue as much as their fan base, and last night both forces converged in a bold and distinctive experience. As tour moved past its midway point last night, Phish made it quite clear that more experiments lie ahead. And that all starts with one more night in the cornfields.

See you in a few hours…

Set I Notes: Phish opened up their Midwestern run with solid song choices, though struggled through several of them in a fairly flubby first set. Appearing for the first time of this tour were “Runaway Jim,” “Roggae,” “Cars, Trucks and Buses,” and “Sugar Shack.” The sets high points came with the “Jim” opener the mid-set “Cars, Trucks, and Buses,” and and the late-set “Wolfman’s Brother.”

I: Runaway Jim, Punch You In the Eye, Roggae, Cars Trucks Buses, Sample in a Jar, NICU, Horn, Sugar Shack, Wolfman’s Brother, Time Turns Elastic

II: Drowned > Gotta Jibboo > Bathtub Gin, My Friend, My Friend, Buffalo Bill, Twist, The Horse > Silent in the Morning, Split Open and Melt* > Dog Faced Boy, Harry Hood, Golgi Apparatus

E: Fee > NO2 > Kung, Fire

* Unfinished

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  1. Type III Jamming Personality Disorder Says:

    no way. First?

    love the descriptions for this one. can’t wait to dive in. nothing like that Indiana energy to pump up the band.

  2. angryjoggerz Says:


  3. BTB Says:

    Interested to give this set II a whirl. Good morning BB

  4. angryjoggerz Says:

    who’s got my linky links to last night? angryjoggerz at gmail , my go to is not going to this am

  5. Type III Jamming Personality Disorder Says:

    and now for a moment of FAIL

    speling is tuff!

    you got mail

  6. phoammhead Says:

    Wow – last nite’s show looks awesome!!! Nice review, Miner.

  7. BTB Says:

    I like SHCOOL – SHit is COOL

  8. jdub Says:

    Reminds me of my favorite Bushism

    “Rarely is the question asked, Is our children learning?”

  9. Frycanthropist Says:




    Second Set




    into Dog-Faced Boy

    happy Frycan

  10. jdub Says:

    Knew you would love that one Frycan.

  11. b-rock Says:

    Wow, this looks like a super fun show with improv goodness taboot! Can’t wait to give this one a spin. Happy Friday everyone!

  12. GOFF Says:

    excellent review Miner! i thought last night was ole ye pHish of past. Deconstructed setlists and lots of fun. Throw in that megaphone and some great jams and you have yourself a great show. Oh, and don’t forget I think the boys wanted to make an actual TTE show a good one. Mission Accomplished @ Deer Creek. Now watch out tonight for some Fishman antics!

  13. angryjoggerz Says:

    Nice T3, thanks so much!

  14. Type III Jamming Personality Disorder Says:

    is it a little odd to anyone else that they stopped doing the all-request-bustout-band thing out west but have come back with it as soon as they made their way east?

    you got it dude. least I can do for the guy who married my ex. 😉

  15. Little Buddy Says:

    What up?

    Spinning set II from last night and so far its very nice. The segue into Gin is pretty damn sweet.

    Anyone else see the crappy little article on Phish at the Greek in Relix:

  16. Frycanthropist Says:


    is that your comment there at the bottom 🙂


  17. Little Buddy Says:

    Yeah, that was me @fry. I couldn’t help it. Tried not to be too harsh, but I had to say something.

  18. Frycanthropist Says:

    no it wasn’t harsh

    and it was accurate.

    That was a half-assed, completely missing the point review.

    Simple’s only mention is:

    “I’m always good for a Mike’s>Simple (despite some creative switching of lyrics) and when “Weekapaug” finally came around a few songs later in the set we were all back matching the band that can move.”


  19. Cushion Convector Says:

    Morning All! Happy Friday 13th!

    Been away from the board for a long time, but decided to stop back since summer session has finally ended.
    Would like to start this off right; anyone have a decent link to last night’s show?

    Cheers to all and happy phishing for the rest of tour!

  20. Type III Jamming Personality Disorder Says:

    that relix dude really tried to play on the lyrical involvement thing and it totally did not work.

  21. phoammhead Says:


    They didn’t abandon the all request thing at the Greek entirely. 😉 On the first night at the end of the show before the encore Trey pulled a “Stage Banter” sign up on stage and then went into his banter about his new guitar and thanking Paul. I saw some signs at the Greek, but there were certainly way fewer of them.

  22. phoammhead Says:

    Happy Day, Cush Conv! 🙂

  23. Undermind Says:

    I didn’t realize that Golgi is now the ending section of Harry Hood! The Livephish stoner interns hit again!,553/Phish-mp3-flac-download-8-12-2010-Verizon-Wireless-Music-Center–Noblesville-IN.html

  24. thedayman Says:

    wow that relix article was complete trash

  25. angryjoggerz Says:

    I sort of wonder if T3 actually thinks I married his ex or not. Then I start to wonder myself.

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