A Wondrous Glow

8.7.2010 - The Greek (Wendy Rogell)

If Leg One of Summer was defined by bust-outs and covers, Phish got back to business during Leg Two by underlining their shows with quintessential exploration. Jumping outside the box right away, Phish returned the focus of their shows to improvisational exploits, laced with new-school twists. For the first off-season since the comeback, we now have plenty of next-level musical excursions to relive and dissect: refined and focused jams that stand up to standards of old on re-listen. This tour, all band members caught up to each other, and when that happened, Phish’s exploratory spirit took over and became a driving facet of their playing throughout August.

8.7.10 (W.Rogell)

In three shows at The Greek, Phish blew open multiple jams, setting a clear precedent for the rest of the tour. Beginning with “Disease” and “Tweezer” and continuing with “Cities,” “Rock and Roll” and “Simple” during the sequel, the band grew more connected each night. Peaking in full bloom during The Greek’s final set – one of summer’s finest – Phish navigated an odyssey through “Light,” producing one of tour’sĀ  improvisational high points. Playing a Berkeley run during “Jerry Week,” there was a palpable buzz of a possible Dead cover, but Phish couldn’t have given a greater tribute to Garcia than this cerebral and intricate masterpiece that became the defining open jam of summer.

When Phish revved their cosmic launchpad as the second song in the second set, an impending sense of greatness hung in the crisp California air. Growing progressively larger throughout June, “Light” had left off in Raleigh with the tour’s best rendition. But when the band unveiled their current centerpiece in Berkeley’s mythical amphitheatre, it became quickly apparent that Phish would delve deeper than usual – and that they did. Steering a multi-dimensional journey through tapestries of sound, the band merged virtuosic ideas into cohesive musical themes, resonating universal frequencies in their stone surroundings. The pristine sound enhanced the quality of the ethereal experience, as the band set sail on a voyage into the heart of the unknown.

8.7.10 (Wendy Rogell)

Phish burst out of the gates with a unique and scintillating composed jam in which Trey wove a beautifully atonal solo. But as opposed to June, he ran up and down the fretboard, accurately hitting every note of his melodies rather than altering his pitch with his whammy pedal. An increasingly twisting trail led the band through a darker passage that settled onto a fresh musical plateau. As if composed, Page began a melody that Trey immediately latched onto, shooting everyone directly into the spiritual realm without warning. As Mike backed their ideas with a low-as-possible bass pattern, Trey and Page wove a stunning tale of beauty with which Gordon quickly harmonized. Morphing into a soul-melting passage of sublime Phish, the band members tossed musical ideas around like a magical hot potato, subconsciously building off each other and stretching the music into the stratosphere. Losing all sense of time and place, the entire band rode a wave of blissful momentum, caring not where they might end up, but knowing that each and every moment along the way felt exactly right.

8.6.10 (W.Rogell)

Showcasing their one-minded jamming, Phish took a swan dive into the void, coming up with their most profound musical statements in quite some time. Feeling no hindrance and pushing further into uncharted realms, the band narrated a sonic fantasy that enraptured the psychonaut in everyone. Darkening the jam with intertwining leads, Trey and Mike organically brought the piece into a section of underworld grooves, where the entire band adapted like chameleons to their changing musical surroundings, never missing a beat while continuing their path of wonder. Flowing into more abstract and tribal rhythms, Fishman urged the band into increasingly dramatic territory, and Mike and Trey responded with furious leads, bringing the jam to a head.

8.7.10 (W.Rogell)

A monstrous piece defined by its non-linear, yet totally cohesive, journey, The Greek “Light” moved through four distinct sections without ever losing a micro-particle of momentum or flow. With all four members playing masterfully and connecting entirely, the result became an other-worldly piece of Phish music, regardless of era. As the band pushed their newest sound this summer, their most impressive jams stood up to any age in their past, a sure sign that the future is glowing. “Light’s” ornate excursion provided the first peak of tour, while Phish would hit a second high point a week later in Alpine Valley with “Disease > What’s the Use?.” And there were a plethora of surreal jams that surrounded these two behemoths. This week, we’ll look at the most significant musical moments that made Leg Two of Summer 2010 – The Tour We Made Contact.



Jam of the Day:

Harry Hood” 8.7.10 II

Here’s The Greek’s regal version of Phish’s classic amidst a summer that completely revitalized the song. The band’s playing on this rendition set a modern precedent for “Hood” jams, furthering the elegant vibe of the final set in California.




8.13.2010 Deer Creek, Noblesville, IN < Torrent

8.13.2010 Deer Creek, Noblesville, IN < Megaupload

Deer Creek Official Poster

Deer Creek’s finale provided two more balanced sets than the opener, with the second divided into dark and light. The more sinister segment read “Light > 46 Days > Maze” and the lighter half was delivered “Meatstick > Mango,” “Fluffhead,” “Julius,” forming a yin and a yang to a well-played set. The modern era debut of “Walls of the Cave” and a serious “Stash” highlighted a solid opening stanza.

I: Chalk Dust Torture, Guelah Papyrus, My Sweet One, Axilla, I Didn’t Know, Walls of the Cave, Stash, Train Song, Backwards Down the Number Line, Ocelot, The Ballad of Curtis Loew, Wilson, Possum

II: Halley’s Comet > Light > 46 Days > Maze, Meatstick > The Mango Song, Fluffhead, Julius

E: Contact, Slave to the Traffic Light

Source: Schoeps mk4v> CMR> Naiant PFA> Sonosax SX-M2> SD 722

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719 Responses to “A Wondrous Glow”

  1. sumodie Says:

    I was not a huge fan of ā€™09 but Phish

    the beauty of ’09 PH was watching the boys climb the mountain

    seems like they’ve yet to find the top

  2. Oldskool Says:

    @Walter, so sorry I missed your question. First show was ’91

  3. Jtran Says:

    Another reason I love this place..not everyday someone of my age could find/interact with people that have been involved for 15+years.

  4. Frycanthropist Says:


    Dead Kenny G’s Live at the Hippo 2007


    The Cancer Conspiracy to my mediafire.

  5. lastwaltzer Says:

    Damn this Rock and Roll jam from IT sounds a lot like Undermind……..like a lot

  6. Jtran Says:


    Any chance that live Radiohead will be up soon?

  7. lastwaltzer Says:


    no worries. Must have been a crazy ride, can’t even imagine a witnessing a band evolve over time like that, especially considering the way it wound up šŸ˜‰

  8. Frycanthropist Says:


    uploading now šŸ˜‰

  9. Tzara's Ghost Says:

    @gdad, sorry had to step away. Yes, wolfman’s and snowbank both live a couple hours north of Seattle. Hoping for a BB Furthur meetup. Also hoping for a cheap Furthur ticket.

  10. jdub Says:

    getting into Phish is like getting into wine. I feel like a bit of a paradox being in my 30’s and being into Phish more than I ever have. And I got into them in 92 with the Junta and Rift albums. It is really a strange feeling to have liked a band for 15 years yet all of sudden you finally fully immerse yourself into the music. A lot of that has to do with this site, which is such an enabler. And the many fine folks I have met from here have made it so much fun.

  11. phoammhead Says:

    tte at blossom this year was very good – loved every minute of it – i like the ride it goes for . . .

  12. Frycanthropist Says:


    got one up

    Drooling Looney Tunes – Live Radiohead compilation 2003:

    1. There There
    2. 2+2=5
    3. Where I End and You Begin
    4. Kid A
    5. I Will
    6. Sail to the Moon
    7. The Gloaming
    8. Morning Bell
    9. Mxyomatosis
    10. Backdrifts
    11. I Might Be Wrong/Please
    12. Follow Me Around
    13. Go to Sleep.
    14. Karma Police

  13. Jtran Says:


    What was the tip for dl’ing a zip again, instead of all separately?

  14. jdub Says:

    Thanks for the putting those out there Lycan, I’m feeling the rush of a Radiohead resurgance myself.

    And I hope you doing well with your CF transition.

  15. lastwaltzer Says:


    Radiohead live in japan 2008 almost the whole show, pro-shot.

  16. jdub Says:

    Phoamhead, I’ve got 12 3.0 shows and 1 TTE which was at MSG. And even though there was a drastic let down of crowd energy, as if the house lights were suddenly turned on, by the end of the tune they had everyone raging again. I think 1 in 12 is a good ratio for that one.

  17. Jtran Says:

    nevermind, just got them all.

  18. Frycanthropist Says:

    and one more:

    Spiraling Down – Radiohead 2000-01

    1. Optimistic
    2. Feeling Pulled Apart By Horses
    3. You and Whose Army?
    4. In Limbo
    5. Pyramid Song
    6. Kid A
    7. Cinnamon Girl
    8. Knives Out
    9. Packt Like Sardines
    10. Motion Picture Soundtrack
    11. Killer Cars
    12. Thief
    13. How to Disappear Completely

    This is my favorite of the two. A unique Kid A, Neil Young Cover and some great unreleased material like Killer Cars and Thief.


  19. Mr.Miner Says:

    dayumn Oldskool, the only 500 pluser I know is Antelope. He has Bill Walton’s 660 Dead shows on his radar…lol…

    I wonder how many 500 plusers there are out there? Do you know others?

    I am somewhere b/w 300 and 400, but there are a bunch of people in that range…

  20. Frycanthropist Says:

    y’all need to grab that Dead Kenny G’s show

    it was one of their first and it was the best one I have seen them do.

    Very very deep exploration.

    Check it out.

  21. jdub Says:

    I knew Walton was a big Dead Head but I didn’t realize he was that hardcore. When did he have time for Basketball?

  22. joe Says:

    he was hurt a lot of the time I think jdub. went on tour instead of to the doctor maybe.

  23. Jtran Says:

    Dont’ know much about Radiohead’s live sound, style..

    Did it vary a lot with their music, or evolve over time a la Phish, or is it more of a playing songs off their albums show with some cool effects?

  24. jdub Says:

    Miner, fantastic work on leg 2. Your reviews were spot on and your writing is getting better and better. I bet it helps when the band is cooperating.

  25. joe Says:

    radiohead fans. if you could compare the song “just” to a phish song, which one would it be? sample?

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