Creme de la Creme

8.9.10 (W.Rogell)

Due to family obligations I was unable to attend what sounds to be, hands down, the best show of 2010, if not the entire modern era. All I needed was one listen with headphones and closed eyes to know that. “Disease > What’s The Use” is a seminal piece of modern psychedelia and, in my opinion, leap-frogged over of anything from The Greek to hold the trophy for the greatest jam of the year. A segue for the ages created a single piece of music that flowed like few musical sequences we’ve heard thus far. Throughout the entire show, Phish nary flubbed a note while crushing an unrelenting setlist of dreams. Not to mention that Trey had one of his finest nights of since Phish’s return, providing scintillating work from the “Tube” opener, through the end of the show. First set highlights included a sublime “Reba” which ended in “Fuck Your Face,” a combination that must have had Alpine going bezerker. But through the headphones, the most impressive first set jam was the redonkulous “Antelope” that punctuated the first set. Wanna’ hear some shredding? Well, cue this one up; arguably the finest outing of the era for the song as well.

A furious “Mike’s Groove” with an even better “Sneakin’ Sally” in the middle? Forget about it. I’m not sure how much I can go on here. The entire show flowed effortlessly as Phish jammed all the way through a legendary second set. I had an undeniable instinct when I boarded a plane in Indy that I was flying away from the shows of the summer in Alpine, and lo and behold, one night later…Phish exploded. Shit, even “Bug” absolutely slayed. I hope everyone had a blast. I’m sure you did.

That’s why you don’t miss shows.

I: Tube, The Oh Kee Pa Ceremony > Suzy Greenberg, Funky Bitch, Reba, Fuck Your Face, Alaska, Back on the Train, Taste , When the Circus Comes, Lawn Boy, Sparkle, Gumbo, Run Like an Antelope

II: The Sloth, Down With Disease > What’s the Use? > Scent of a Mule, Mike’s Song > Dirt, Sneakin’ Sally Through the Alley, Weekapaug Groove, Bug

E: Quinn the Eskimo

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1,468 Responses to “Creme de la Creme”

  1. RamblinOnMyMind Says:

    @El Dude – thanks for posting those pics. It’s cool to see some real faces. If LutherJustice doesn’t mind though, I’m going to pretend I didn’t see his pic and instead continue to picture him as Mr. T typing away on a little desktop in his basement

  2. Mr.Palmer Says:

    hey have a little area (Fishman side) for SRO.
    Off to the side near the water.

    ^^Behind the orchestra seats i believe

  3. Frycanthropist Says:


    you gonna write a little piece re: AV 2?

    or is it just too hard to think about right now? ๐Ÿ˜‰

    sorry to tease.. but you gotta laugh right?

  4. BigNasty Says:

    Love the AV 2001 for the dirty tone and pick slides Trey throws just prior to the “tone poem” lick.

  5. BigNasty Says:

    Love the AV 2001 for the dirty tone and pick slides Trey throws just prior to the โ€œtone poemโ€ lick.

  6. Monsterpus Says:

    I’m dogsitting a 160 lb Bernese Mountain dog, he’s really shaggy and natty. I’m thinking about bringing him to the show as the ultimate wook. ‘Been on tour since ’92 brah. How about some kick down treats?’

  7. cal Says:

    Mr. P–As far as I know, SW was still looking for a JB2…

    El Dude–nice pics! Why the hell didn’t we think to do a group photo at the BBQ? Next time.

    Mr. Miner–The way things are going, something will unfold at JB just as amazing as DWD>WTU, and come fall tour…LOOK OUT! But I will say that this past weekend definitively erased any fears I had about Phish being able to reach the highest of highs…sky’s the limit, etc.

  8. InAMinute Says:

    i would not advise for an SRO ticket at jones beach – all the way to the side, sound is not good – but if that’s all you can get, go for it.

  9. Frycanthropist Says:


    if you are still out there:

    sorry I been in and out all day..

    That would be pretty great!

    Let me know.

  10. Nagarjuna Says:

    If we’re talking Close Encounters jams, see GD, 1/22/78, Eugene. Full on solo Jerry long instrumental outside of any song, which climaxes into the close encounters theme. I believe he was battling laryngitis and made up for it with some extra guitar love. -> st. stephen. Classic.

    Now back to the phish…

  11. Frycanthropist Says:

    where’s everybody at?


    I am really glad you have emerged from the lurker zone. Very nice addition to the BB crew for sure.

    I hope this encourages more of you lurkers to come forth and contribute ๐Ÿ˜‰

  12. ChrisFromPhilly Says:

    Good evening all. Any chance of a Dave’s Energy Guide at Jones Beach? I believe the last actual performance was 15 years ago…at Jones Beach. I think it’s due!!!!

  13. Nagarjuna Says:

    Thanks Fry!

  14. oneshowatatime Says:

    not sure if i’m a “lurker” but i do enjoy contributing to this board (almost as much as i enjoy everyone else’s contributions).

  15. garretc Says:

    @Mr. C

    I know this was yesterday, but I hate leaving questions unanswered (gotta have things balanced), so I’ll respond. Yup, I was tripping pretty hard myself when I had to go into rescue mode, which definitely added to the degree of difficulty… It was especially strange being in a similar head space, as I really felt like I understood what exactly was going on in his mind the was messing him up so much… And yeah, he knew it was a pretty hefty dose, but it was (theoretically) the same amount I took, and he’s much more experienced than I am, but, as I’m sure you know, shits unpredictable…

    He got lost chasing the sound…

  16. Mr.Palmer Says:

    got a blank space where my mind baby should be

  17. Frycanthropist Says:

    A Simple Review

    Starting at 4:07 you can tell that Trey is ready to jam this one has he begins the jam before the last word can even be sang.

    The beautiful thing about this jam and maybe something that might be missed is how incredible that actual “Simple” portion of the jam is.

    Almost immediately they sound like they have been building the jam for a good 4 minutes already. Trey and Page weave in and out of each other with lilting melodies that speak of simple pleasures that yield big revelations.

    Swirling around in one’s own delight and fascination.

    At about 6:30 Trey starts workin in some bluesy tenderness to his leads while Page starts moving towards a more introspective comping theme.

    Still with in the Simple construct, Page seems to signify the oncoming of arguably the best jam of the tour with a little door bell chime trill.

    by 8:15 the band has lost all ego and become moving as an amorphous unit. No one is leading, everyone is listening and Fishman locks everyone into the hypnosis with cymbal work.

    From the 9:30 mark the Siren of Improv has Phish fully in her net and they are helpless to resist the swirling patterns that beckon them.

    This is where Trey brings in strong strong Spirtualized undertones with his repeating bend loop. The band sounds like the most blissfully zen ping pong game ever played. Perhaps the Grand Universe Ping Pong Championships played underwater on a distant planet.

    Patience abounds as they toss the hot potato back and forth. Each time the potato is tossed it loses a bit of its flesh but gains a piece of the tosser.

    The level of zen starts to reach a near exploding piece of tension before Fishman drops in with a bit of Limb by Limb style pyrotechnics.

    As the moment of meditation starts to yield to the next step of enlightenment Trey lets ring big chords of affirmation. And the study in zen becomes a celebration of life.

    In short.

    Life is Simple.

  18. Luther T. Justice Says:

    Adding a “T” where a blank space once was.

  19. Frycanthropist Says:


    you lost lurker status a while ago ๐Ÿ˜‰

  20. sumodie Says:

    @garretc: Other trippers are often the best help a bad tripper can have -that group mind experience is mighty powerful (but, alas, not invincible over every situation). Of course, it’s just as important to know when to get help -sounds like you did the right thing

    A friendly group of trippers can generally help keep each other “tethered to the ground” -this is how it works in my circles (and often amongst experienced trippers who don’t know each other at phish shows)

    Have you seen ‘Inception’? Remember the notion of a talisman (e.g., the spinning top) that helps keep Leonardo DiCaprio grounded? That is a powerful tool to use when tripping as well – I learned that lesson very early on

    Berkeley had some powerfully good shit floating around!

  21. Kevin Says:

    Any big leads on Fall tour venues? A tasty Hampton run sandwiched between a NC and DC show would make this VA boy happy.

  22. oneshowatatime Says:

    @Lycan – word. i’m out folks, catch you later!

  23. garretc Says:


    Haha, yeah, I was actually thinking about the talisman in relation to tripping sometime in the last couple days… But yeah, unfortunately he was too far into his head to even know there was another tripper around, but I definitely see where you’re coming from with that!

  24. brother Says:

    @Fry…..i have listened to that simple more times than anything out of 3.0 already (DWD>WTU is catching up in hurry tho). good analysis. the last part, probably where you say fish drops the LXL style beat, is simply (pun) amazing imo. the way they got there only adds to that ending. great great stuff.

  25. Frycanthropist Says:

    yeh that Simple is a work of pure beauty

    the way that are completely in sync without anyone’s ego getting in the way…

    just pure improvisational bliss

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