Three More From Leg Two

Last week we looked at a spectrum of significant jams Phish played in August. But in a tour that favored more improvisation than any other in this era, there were many more highlights of note. Amidst the buzz of tour’s most staggering musical moments, some other serious pieces of improvisation haven’t gotten as much attention as they should. Below are three more jams from Leg Two that showcase Phish’s late-summer exploratory spirit.


“Rock and Roll” 8.6 II – Berkeley, California

8.5.10 (W. Rogell

Phish sped out of this torrid rock jam and quickly into psychedelic pastures, skipping usual routine stop in regurgitated percussive grooves. Fishman immediately stood out by slaughtering alternating beats, while Trey and Mike stepped forth to lead the jam on a dissonant course. Page stepped forth over Mike and Trey’s cooperative backing, playing lead piano lines over an urgent, ever-changing rhythm. Boasting gorgeous melodic interplay between guitarists, this jam took a distinct turn into blissful, uplifting textures. A perfect example of the band’s new-school “urgent ambient” jamming, Mike remained at the center of the music and Trey painted it with emotive brushstrokes, while Fish framed their transcendent interplay like an eight-legged beast. Trey, Mike and Page echoed each others’ phrases as they merged into a glowing orb of melody and harmony – an awesome piece of collaborative jamming over masterfully intricate rhythms.



“Carini” 8.10.10 – Telluride, Colorado

8.10.10 (W.Rogell)

Amidst a sea of rock anthems in Telluride’s final set, “Carini” provided the highlight of the show, churning some of the most intergalactic soundscapes of summer. As the band departed from the lyrical refrain, Page led the onset of the jam as Trey wound up his now-rarely-used “millennial” effects: seething sheets of snarling sound that emerged in 1999. Fish and Mike formed a heavy pocket highlighted by Gordon’s crafty bass lines. After setting his sonic place-mat, Trey came to the forefront with a volcanic solo, erupting with scalding intensity. When Mike shifted to a groovier bass line and Page sustained a dissonant backdrop, Trey turned his wailing solo into an uncharacteristically melodic segment that brought the jam to a climax. But after this peak, Fishman moved the band into a drone landscape that Trey began littering with dirty effects. Now the the adventure really began. Morphing into a menacing and abstract passage, Fish threw in a vocal tease of Pink Floyd’s “One Of These Days,” while the music continued its maniacal soundtrack of minds warping through a post-apocalyptic alien ambush. With stunning sonic density, this jam likened the descending of a Mothership right in Town Park, as all band members contributed to this bubbling psychedelic cauldron. Resembling pieces of ’99 Phish, “Carini” ballooned in abstract intensity and carried a futuristic, mechanical beauty. “Free” provided the splash down from outer space, continuing the rowdy setlist.



“Drowned” 8.12 – Noblesville, Indiana

8.13.10 (M.Stein)

One of the most under-the-radar jams of tour, this “Drowned that opened the second set of Deer Creek’s first night is a dark-horse piece of elegant interplay. After plowing through the initial section in a high-speed, rock and roll chase, Trey and Fish cut up the music with percussive offerings while Mike filled the spaces in between. When Page moved to organ, he coaxed the band into far mellower, ethereal textures. Trey adjusted quickly, sprouting a delicate, soulful lead while allowing space for Page to answer his ideas. Fishman favored the cymbals in a shimmering beat and Mike backed the piece with murmuring bass lines. Eventually progressing to a more abstract rhythm, Fishman coaxed Trey to follow him while Mike meshed his own idea into an experimental section of spanking new Phish music – an ambient-melodica over increasingly intricate drumbeats. Mike, Page and Trey formed an harmonic convergence without any lead, turning the piece into a gripping jam. Trey peeled surreal melodies over the feel-good futurama and once again, a musical risk had succeeded.



Jam of the Day:

Lengthwise > Maze” 8.17.10 II

Phish opened Jones Beach’s second set with conscious nod to the old-school in this mid-90’s combo.




10.8.1999 Nassau Coliseum, Uniondale, NY < Torrent

10.8.1999 Nassau Coliseum, Uniondale, NY < Megaupload

On the home stretch of a month-long tour in Fall ’99, Phish stopped at Nassau for two oft-overlooked shows. On the second night, the band nailed this second set in another classic dose of Nassau Phish. After an awesome opening segment from “Halley’s” through “Hood,” Tom Marshall came out and did his best Roger Daltry, hamming it up with the band on a cover of the Who’s Tommy classic, “We’re Not Gonna Take It.”

I: Piper, AC/DC Bag, Suzy Greenberg, Meat, Meatstick, Run Like an Antelope

II: Halley’s Comet > Tweezer > Bug, Fee, Harry Hood, We’re Not Gonna Take It*, Chalk Dust Torture

E: The Squirming Coil, Tweezer Reprise

* debut, The Who; w/ Tom Marshall

Source: (FOB) Schoeps mk4 > kc5 > cmc6 > Sonosax SX-M2 > Apogee AD1000 > Sony D100 (Set I @44.1kHz, Set II @48kHz)

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890 Responses to “Three More From Leg Two”

  1. Jtran Says:

    First (3) day week of work complete!

    Dave Grippo Funk Band at Nectars tonight, AC Halloween tickets tomorrow morning, round of golf, football, US Open…lookin like a good weekend.

  2. Mr. Completely Says:

    I have a soft spot for redemption stories, being one myself

    starting to really have some affection for Artest these days

  3. Selector J Says:

    A Halloween dub album for Halloween?
    Yes, please.

    Phish does “Scientist Rids The World Of The Curse Of The Evil Vampires”
    with special guest Scientist on the boards!

    “I. WANT. BLOOD. HA-HA-ha… ha-ha-ha…”

  4. El Duderino Says:

    Phish Costume Album….

    Dub Side Of The Moon

  5. SillyWilly Says:

    When Ron Artest pitched his rap album instead of apologizing about massacring the Pacers fan I laughed for two years straight.

    Im still laughing.

    So, yeah, great move.


  6. Mr. Completely Says:

    Phish Costume Album:

    Yanni Live At The Acropolis

    …oh wait it’s been done, nm

  7. SillyWilly Says:

    So you are the traitor, eh?

    Well, my name is Sipriano and Im..



  8. El Duderino Says:

    @ Silly

    I don’t condone what Ron did. But if you purposely throw beer in my face we’re gonna have problems.

  9. Mr. Completely Says:

    …wait, this is breaking news!!!!

    The Pacers have fans?!?!?!?!?!?!?

    who knew?

  10. Selector J Says:

    They need to schedule Nov. 1st show and do Dub Side of the Moon.

  11. Phamily Berzerker Says:

    “funny stuff until he came back to the RV late night without the clothing parts to the outfit. ”

    You spoke to my wife about my festival mode?

  12. SillyWilly Says:

    They’re mostly in Space, Mr. C.

    Reggie Miller was alien, you know.

    His ears were satellite signal receptors.

    The aliens who created the Millers forgot that in most families the males are more physical basketball players.


  13. El Duderino Says:

    Indianapolis has pro-sports????

  14. Mr. Completely Says:

    Indiana Pacers season ticket sales: ~8000

    Ron Artest’s followers on Twitter: 29,535

    I think we’re done here

  15. El Duderino Says:

    Cheryl likes chicks just as much as Reggie from what I’ve heard

  16. Mr. Completely Says:

    Good for her if so. They say that about every female athlete except the eye candy ones like Kournikova though.

    Just wish everyone who needs to could come out without hurting their careers.

  17. Chuck D Says:

    the only dude that could adequately “handle” Cheryl, is Shaq.

  18. Mr. Completely Says:

    how did this turn into crude musings about Cheryl Miller’s sex life?


    carry on I guess

  19. Mr. Completely Says:

    hahaha I almost typed “Charlie Miller” LOL

  20. SillyWilly Says:

    i like Cheryl.

    Reggie just bugged me.

    He was a whiner.

    and he never was anything but a shooter I thought.

  21. Selector J Says:

    ::Dreaming of a facemelting, 17 min, type II ‘Your Teeth In My Neck’::

    Never gonna happen but still fun to imagine…

  22. SillyWilly Says:

    you might say that Reggae/JA music is one area that Phish has not mastered.

    would be a statement if they could pull it off.

  23. Mr. Completely Says:

    “you might say that Reggae/JA music is one area that Phish has not mastered. ”

    you, sir, are a master of crisp understatement.

    I’m with you on Reggie. He was a whiner and cheap-shot artist with those elbows. Great shooter, but one of those guys you could just feel is destined to come up short in the big moment, like Donovan McNabb and Jay Cutler.

  24. BingosBrother Says:

    That Reggie vs. Spike Lee doc on espn’s 30 on 30 was dope as hell. Can’t wait for Tyson and Tupac, 2 very interesting people. :Pours some gin for Pac:

  25. Selector J Says:

    Definitely, Silly.

    The dub element makes it really freaking interesting and challenging, too.
    Scientist pretty much dubs in real-time in the studio and at live shows, he juggles everything on the mixing board: taking channels in and out, adding reverb, delays, filters, etc.

    Pretty crazy to see it all go down live. Put a projector screen of Scientist on the back drop with CK5 tripping it out with projection effects and his lights. Would be redunk. Not gonna happen but damn it’d be cool.

    btw, this has forced me to upload Scientist Rids The World Of The Evil Curse Of The Vampires to my mediafire. Just follow the orange text.

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