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:

    sometimes simplicity is freedom higgsy, but if you want to back that up with specific examples you might draw a less dismissive response than that post will get…

  2. Mr. Completely Says:

    playing the same phrase 6 times in a song is a lot?


    …what if it’s during a segment that’s led by the rhythm section? which, you may have noticed, is kind of happening a lot right now….? in that case, that’s the right thing to do…

  3. KWL Says:

    i’ll be looking to score 2 3-day passes for AC tomorrow…

    looks like i am set for broomfield (but still will be trying for halcyon and others)

  4. Mr. Completely Says:

    FWIW many of us here think Trey didn’t catch full fire until Alpine though there’s tons of creative work earlier in the tour

  5. garretc Says:

    Hey! Mr. C, I’ll have you know that the current incarnation of DGQ melted my face and provided the final motivation for finally picking up the guitar, which is now my current favorite activity in all of the world!

    Although there were a lot of middle aged, wine drinking yuppies there, it was Berkley… Nobody in that joint was as spun as we were, that’s for sure!

    But really, it was dope. Which I guess isn’t ruled out when you describe it as “adult contemporary”, but that definitely smacks of, shall I say, distaste…

  6. KWL Says:

    so, over the last year i have gotten a bunch of really tough tix in the public onsales from the middle of nowhere mountains

    syracuse, greek, telluride, now utica, among others

    land rights council office for the WIN. my lucky ticket place

    might have to fly back here next year for public onsales 😯

  7. gavinsdad Says:

    a repeated phrase that passes muster can be found in the norwegian wood-esque section of the JB #line. listened to it again today. page’s piano work grabbed me more in the DC #line (really quite inspired…give a re-listen) but the out-ness of the JB #line had me watching the stage most of the time (doesn’t happen often).

  8. KWL Says:

    just need one more lucky strike tomorrow on AC….

  9. willowed Says:

    That earlier work in the tour was cosmic full band communication. It’s OK if Trza sat back Higgs….he played a piece in the cosmic puzzle.
    No stepping on toes and letting the bands sonic brew develop.

  10. gavinsdad Says:

    ps…mr c….i have harsh but strong here too. local product. curing is my guess. gotta say, Robear has totally ruined me with “if it don’t taste…it’s a waste”

  11. willowed Says:

    I need AC as well KW. Going to work to use the super fast internet to get.

    Pray for me

  12. gavinsdad Says:

    lots of ppl need CO but Halcy, Chuck D and Butter come to mind.

  13. willowed Says:

    use your New Jersey connections to land me 1 10/30 and 1 10/31
    you can do it

  14. KWL Says:

    GD, you still in need for AC?

    i am looking to pull 2 3-day passes

    if you and willowed want a 3-dayer, i can go for 4

    that’s a big chunk of change though, if you end up not needing them

  15. Mr.Palmer Says:

    Take it easy willowed i have a feeling you’ll be ok . 🙂

  16. willowed Says:

    I think so to. but I am a Type A personality….I want it now

    ala Veruca Salt (sp?) in wonka

  17. Summer98 Says:

    Can I just say how much I’m digging the overall sound right now? First off, the mix on the soundboards is fantastic. Second, I’m loving rhythm Trey and lead Mike, I’m also loving dual leads when that happens. Third, Trey was certainly coming on at the end with the ocedoc. He is a few steps away from really leading some jams again into far out places. But, I do think he still has some distance to go as far as generating the really creative divergent directions that are beautifully smooth and atonal, rather than the somewhat forced ups and downs. But it doesn’t seem to matter as much right now because almost every time the band starts get stuck there’s Mike saying “hey let’s go this waaaaay”. It’s like the pressure is off Trey a bit, which I’m sure in the long run is good. Not to mention Mike has been uber creative. Although there are times I’m screaming at my headphones saying go Trey, follow him down that path, it will be great! Only to have Trey kick into some other song completely.

    I was listening the to Stash>Manteca>Stash from 11/14/95 and wow. Trey just doesn’t lead those transitions as well anymore, which is to be expected as that was a long time ago and his style has changed. We did see glimpses at the end and I’m hopeful that miner is right about this small venue stuff. This could really be the tour where they fully explore their new dynamic. It is safe to say that if it all comes together it could be bigger and better than ever, with both Trey and Mike adding tons of creativity and building a new foundation for Phish jams. Of course Fish is hitting his stride and Leo is right on as well.

  18. Gavinsdad Says:

    Word Willowed we hear you bro…I think you’ll be ok.

    @kwl: I’m actually ok. Thank you. My crew needs help. We’ve gotten some, but not all. Bb’ers first i’d say and if there is any slack let me know. Thanks for thinking of me.

  19. Mr.Palmer Says:

    Will be trying to score 10.30 for myself tomorrow. If obtained, i should be able to help you out willowed.

    Gdad- you still doing the Halloween thing with the kids?

  20. willowed Says:

    Thanks boys
    Listened to the JB Timber just now….heat

  21. willowed Says:

    lord of the rings on TNT tonight…I am getting sucked in…..son of a bicth

  22. sumodie Says:

    if you link to the page that says tickets are not available yet- once they are available will that be a legit page?

    Yes, that is the page I refresh from (and not from the top page listing all shows)

  23. plord Says:

    Scratch at the Maritime hall maybe…’96? with the Mad Professor mixing live on the FOH board was, by a good margin, the most thoroughly weedified show I ever saw in S.F. And that’s just from what was blowing off the stage!

    Seriously. It looked like Scratch was smoking a bridal bouquet. and there was a woman in the audience taking huge pulls on a bong and blowing giant smoke-filled bubbles out over the rest of the crowd.

  24. Gavinsdad Says:

    @Palmer – I will def be around for trick or treating on sun. I was thinking show on fri, drive home post show. Hang with fam on sat, show at nite, prob get a little extra that nite, sleep over down there. Home by noon on sun, chill, trick or treat.

    The twist is that I am watching the kids two different weekends in Oct. Wife is in Vegas then Boston for work. So I may, just may be able to haggle for sun nite AC. That would prob involve me getting down there a song or two into the first set. We’ll see.

    Howsabout you?

  25. sumodie Says:

    Keep hearing the AC limit is two tickets per show or 3-day pass…but I don’t have solid confirmation

    My recommendation to all BB’ers is buy the maximum # of AC tickets possible if you can

    Lots of people will want them, including me at this time

    Perhaps Friday tickets will be “easy”, but not the others

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