Skyballs and Saxscrapers

8.5.06 - The Greek Theatre (Wendy Rogell)

The first jam of tour that lifted the entire audience into a galaxy far, far away sprouted from the unlikeliest of places. Kick-starting The Greek’s second night’s second set, Phish strung together three heavy-hitting jam vehicles – “Rock and Roll,” “Ghost,” and “Mike’s Song.” Building a legitimate tour highlight in “Rock and Roll” and a solid version of “Ghost,” one figured when the band doused the fire of “Mike’s,” a mellow interlude was inevitable. Sidestepping “Hydrogen” for “Simple” for only the second time this year, Gordon’s anthem seemed quite appropriate for the summer night. “Simple’s” only previous appearance within a “Mike’s Groove” this summer came on June 29 in Canandaigua, New York, was a version that brought creativity back to the often one-dimensional piece, featuring a shimmering ambient jam that landed in “I Am the Walrus.”

8.6.10 Pollock

Phish moved through the Greek’s mid-set rendition with a notably relaxed energy that characterized much of their playing out west. Fluidly migrating out of the lyrics, Trey and Mike took co-solos, cooperatively sculpting a double helix of melody that pointed in a singular musical direction. A dynamic opening carried an idyllic pace, allowing individual phrases to breathe while complementing each other perfectly. And just when it sounded like “Simple” was winding down and heading for another song, Phish dipped into their satchel of wizardry and pulled out a hypnotic spell.

Page took initiative with delicate piano leads, coaxing his band mates to keep their heads in the game rather than bailing for another song. The jam took a distinct turn for the mellow as Page led a gradual descent onto a gentle musical pillow. Once arriving there, Trey, Mike and Page immediately circulated in a three-piece melodic pattern while Fishman framed the abstraction with dainty cymbal work.

Page began to alter this musical orb with effected notes as Trey flicked astral pennies into the ether, blending their aural trajectories perfectly with the band’s floating experiment. As Page pushed the piece into a quasi-digital realm, Mike held down the lead with rolling bass notes. Entering an elevated state of blissful reverie, this futuristic groove took on a life of its own, moving mechanically within a sparse, psychedelic tapestry.

8.5.10 (W.Rogell)

Deep into the jam, Trey added a rhythmic delay to his notes, pushing Fishman into a more earnest groove. Together, they lured Mike and Page into this spontaneous build. Laced with a bit of attitude, Trey added distorted layers atop the musical play-land and Mike hopped freely in this rhythmic romper room. This final segment brought the once placid jam into an intricate excursion in ambient-groove. Locked into a musical sequence that burst with nuanced tonal color, Phish crafted a bumping, space-aged dreamscape that piqued the interest of fans young and old.  Providing the post-show buzz of The Greek’s second night, this “Simple” jam awakened all to Phish’s renewed improvisational capabilities as the band embarked on their second leg of summer tour.



Jam of the Day:

Split > Dog-Faced Boy, Hood” 8.12.10 II

Phish broke down this unorthodox “Split” into “Dog-Faced Boy” before capping the sequence with a magnificent “Hood” that has unduly lived in the shadows of The Greek and Jones Beach’s versions.




8.17.2010 Jones Beach, Wantagh, NY < New torrent w/ Encore

8.17.2010 Jones Beach, Wantagh, NY < Megaupload w/ Encore

Official Jones Beach Poster

A two-set, start-to finish barnburner, this show stands among the strongest of tour. Trey’s Alpine annihilation carried over to Jones Beach’s opener – another night where his torrid playing stood out. “Reba,” “Wolfman’s,” and “Possum” brighten the opening frame, while the second set is comprised of non-stop, highlight-quality improvisation.

I: Fluffhead, Kill Devil Falls > Cities, Funky Bitch, Wilson, Reba, Walk Away, Wolfman’s Brother, Possum

II: Lengthwise > Maze, Halley’s Comet > Mike’s Song > Simple > Backwards Down the Number Line > Prince Caspian > Rock and Roll > Weekapaug Groove, Loving Cup

E: Show of Life, Golgi Apparatus

Source: Schoeps CCM4V’S(din)> Lunatec V2> Benchmark AD2K>  Sound Devices 722 (24/48)

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965 Responses to “Skyballs and Saxscrapers”

  1. Litteringandd Says:

    And who do we cheer for Bingos?

  2. lastwaltzer Says:


    I was just joking, but yeah senior jumping from a plane at 80 is probably the only cool thing dude has done.

    Can’t even imagine sky diving, must have been one heck of a head rush.

  3. BingosBrother Says:

    Canes baby!

    Skydiving is awesome. Only did a tandem jump once, but I’ll never forget it.

  4. SillyWilly Says:


    I will be in South Bend with my pops and some of my old Dayton teammates on Saturday for the game.

    Are you going?

    Pitt-Utah will be a great game tonight.

    Im looking for a grind it out, defensive game. Pitt’s front 7 is better than anything Utah has seen in awhile, and Dion Lewis is the business.

    Look for Pitt to be the first non-conference team to win in Salt Lake in the last 3 years.

    but Im rooting for the Utes.

  5. nonoyolker Says:

    @LW – most intense experience i’ve had that was not chemically induced. Highly recommended, but only if you are 100%. If you have the choice, go face first (as opposed to falling backwards out). I did not have a choice… My tandem guide spoke very little english. In ascent, he said “everyone else jump backward. i make you walk up and i push you out.” I.N.T.E.N.S.E.

    @BB – Good point on TTE. Not sure why Gordeux and Page tracks get less face time. They have definitely proven their song writing skills in their solo efforts. Doesn’t seem fair really.

  6. BingosBrother Says:

    Don’t be scared to give a shout out to your old favorite TV show Beverly Hills 90210 today. Loved that show.

    On a serious note, my nephew is being born today and problems are anticipated due to a congenital diaphragmatic hernia, so all thoughts, music and book rec’s for my brother and his wife are appreciated. Jacob gonna come out fighting.

  7. lastwaltzer Says:

    Exhibition of 50 new paintings by bob dylan done all LAST YEAR.

  8. fat bastard Says:

    lw you going tonite…im there weather and lady permitting.

  9. nonoyolker Says:

    @Bingos – best of luck to your nephew man. Good thoughts headed your way

  10. Mr.Palmer Says:

    Bingo’s B- well wishes to the family today. Congrats on the addition.

  11. Mr.Palmer Says:

    I need some recommendations from the experts.

    Top 5 must have Dicks Picks… Thanks

  12. Litteringandd Says:

    Yes I will be out tailgating-there are 8 days that it’s cool to be in SB and this Saturday is one of them.

    Bingos- Did you see that series got renewed? I think they are going to play one of the games at solider field. Have to break out my Catholic vs. Convicts for that one.
    PS- watched the Miami/Ohio State championship on the big ten network the other day….still one of the biggest fuck jobs I’ve ever seen

  13. jdub Says:

    Best wishes being sent your families way Bingos Brother!

  14. SillyWilly Says:


    I was born a month early, and they thought I was going to be stillborn. My organs were supposed to be underdeveloped.

    I came out screaming and pissing. Literally. and They held me for a week in (n)ICU just to make sure.

    But I grew up healthy.

    So you never can tell.

  15. Dr. Pronoia Says:

    @ bingos – thoughts your nephew’s way…

    @ palmer – DP3…both discs probably in my top 5 played in the past 15 years. Yeah, yeah, not a complete show yada yada. The sugaree and help-slip-frank are worth the price alone

  16. El Duderino Says:

    5/02/70 DP 8

    5/06/81 Nassau

    the ’83 show

    9/27/72 DP11

  17. jdub Says:

    Why so interested in DPs this morning Mr. P? I am curious myself.

  18. Dr. Pronoia Says:

    And welcome back to Wisco Silly…back up bascom hill!

    I like our chances in the big 10 this year

  19. BingosBrother Says:

    Thanks all, much appreciation.

    @Lit : Been waiting for that Soldier Field game since 1988, so excited. At least I know I wasn’t biased in thinking about that terriblly reffed game. Those are the kinds of calls that make people believe some games are absolutely fixed. That one hurt.

  20. cal Says:

    Good morning, folks. Actually have a little time to commiserate around here today, hopefully. I’m guessing Fryc is fast asleep, but cheers to the new avatar; wish I hadn’t missed out on all the Radiohead worship. Wish those bastards would mount a full-scale U.S. tour again some day. One of the few things that gets me almost as excited as a Phish tour. Ahem, one that I can actually ATTEND.

    I know that the above-mentioned “Simple” signaled another new level to me when I first heard it. Still a top-five jam of summer, I’d say. And this year, that’s saying a lot.

  21. SillyWilly Says:



    shoot me an email at falkwilt AT gmail

    and ill give you my number so maybe i can come say hi.

    i think ill wear my best Phish flat brim, just so Ill stand out and every one will know im one of the kidz. llfa.

    ive found that BBers can spot the custie Phish flat brim from a mile away.

  22. El Duderino Says:

    the one with both 10/09 and 10/10/76

  23. Guyute711 Says:

    90210 was one of the greatest comedies of all time. I don’t think that’s what they were going for though.

  24. Mr.Palmer Says:

    Duder- DP vol. 6 10/14/83 Hartford Civic?

    Jdud- just take notes funny guy. Thank me later. 🙂

  25. BingosBrother Says:

    “Why so interested in DPs this morning Mr. P? I am curious myself”

    I am also intrigued.

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