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. Mr. Completely Says:

    I just sent Ron Artest an email from the contact page on his fantastic website, cause how could I not do that now that I know it exists? the whole thing is so bonkers…his website has everything including video of him getting busted recently for driving a mini race car around

    (posted under “Ron’s Therapy” !!!!!)


  2. Mr. Completely Says:

    step up your game, fellas

  3. Summer98 Says:

    What’s up BB. Long crazy week of work, felling a bit overwhelmed. I’ve only read a bit of today’s comments but seems like some good stuff in here. In need of some play time to ease the mind. I’m hoping for some beers, maybe some bane (although I’m pretty much out) and some Clifford Ball DVD after wifey hits her Friday night sleep time.

    Glad to hear you all have been successful for the most part with tix. Good luck with AC and CO in the AM. Wish I could hit one of those small venue shows but alas I’m now a west coaster and I’m crazy busy this fall. I’ll be holding out for NYE at this point and Cactus at the Crocodile, which should be a good time.

    Still lovin no whitey. Haven’t had a chance to pull miner’s trance mix but I might give one or two pieces of it a shot. Suggestions for a newbie in that area?

    @C I read a few pages back about some Bill Monroe. Is that in your MediaFire under blue grass? I feel like I should check it out and the old lady is a big bluegrass fan.

    btw, you all rock. Go PHiSH!

  4. purplehumpbackwhale Says:

    summer 98 – im in the exact same place. drinkin beer, hoping to bane tho im also pretty much out, and waiting for my roomate to go to sleep so i can watch some phish dvds in the living room.

  5. Mr.palmer Says:

    Consider me a member of the Ron Artest fan club. Great personality and plenty of crazy. I need to check out that website.

  6. Mr. Completely Says:


    drop by PDX and I’ll take care of your head situation short term at least! What I have is a bit harsh but strong.

    The Bill Monroe isn’t up yet. I’m going to add it soon, hopefully this weekend, though it’s a hell of a busy weekend coming. However I did drop quite a chunk of bluegrass today:

    a link to the descriptions is a few pages back now

  7. Mdawg Says:

    Phish Wins!

  8. Mr. Completely Says:

    also for a famous, mellow Midnight Jam set

    and for a scorching DGQ ’77 set

  9. Mr. Completely Says:

    There is a short festival set of Bill Monroe with Doc Watson in that first link

    I’ll drop that 50+ track Monroe playlist along with a Stanley Bros. joint and a few other bluegrass classics as soon as I can find time for it

  10. Mr. Completely Says:

    if you’ve only ever heard the modern “adult contemporary world beat” version of the DGQ with flute and stuff, I urge you to check out that link

    it’s a different story altogether

  11. leo weaver Says:

    Nice evening sitting in the garden with some tasty beers, nice herb, and random world percussion. About to head over to the local Greek festival to pick up dinner…phatty gyros!

  12. Summer98 Says:

    @C Thanks man, no rush on the Monroe, just interested when it gets up. Thanks for the other offer as well, if traffic on I-5 wasn’t such a beeotch. Someday maybe I’ll be in PDX and we can meet up. I occasionally have some meetings there and once in a while wifey and I take an evening there. While it is not far it is a bit too much for me for a typical Friday night.

    @hump, actually still at work, few more hours of toil before I can ease up. Clifford Ball show time is around 11 PST.

  13. Mr. Completely Says:

    figured as much on the trip south, just wanted to lay it out there for ya

  14. Summer98 Says:

    btw, don’t recall if I commented but Tzera’s, Bandito and I had a nice meetup over some fine northwest IPAs. Looking forward to doing that again.

    Whenever you’re ready guys just let me know. I’m still contemplating Further next weekend.

  15. Mr. Completely Says:

    @Tzaras is a good man

    great, fun but very solid vibe to that guy

  16. Summer98 Says:

    and knowledgeable with the vino as taboot. I’m thinking of taking some lessons 😉

  17. willowed Says:

    Good evening boys and girls. A few cocktails with a few glsases of Pinot = good night.

    Leo…I heard your star wide receiver did a dumb thing?

  18. Summer98 Says:

    wow, typing skills are failing. Strike the as from above statement.

  19. willowed Says:

    I love when I can wear a sweatshirt…all is right in the world

  20. Higgs Says:

    The lethargic redundancy combined with nauseating repetition…is fit for an averse/slothful (not the sloth you want) experience. The entire band is poised…ahh hmm, except for Tray. Do you really have to play the same phrase .5 dozen times per song? Guess so..geez. Miner, I sincerely appreciate your effort….but we have to listen to the data….
    Lastly, there have been numerous outstanding fixtures thus far… but honestly, the man needs to step up!!

  21. KWL Says:

    whats up night crew?

  22. willowed Says:

    Higgs….Jesus…when you leave a show is that what you think about?

  23. willowed Says:

    what up KW’s

  24. KWL Says:

    uh oh…. willowed is hittin the pinot again


  25. willowed Says:

    don’t you roll your eyes at me!!

    How did you do with tix KW? Are you good to go for the fall?

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