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. Gavinsdad Says:

    Oh….hello Knob Creek…how you doin?

  2. Mr.Palmer Says:

    Gdad- I’ve decided to forgo Halloween. Will be there 10.29 ( with wife) and 10.30 (with all you maniacs). Strictly going for 10.30 tomorrow. If i can secure a ticket or two i will try and help out the the Bb crew.

    Be careful on the ticket exchange board. I’ve been contacted by 7 people so far offering me 10.30 for my 10.31’s. I don’t trust any of them yet. They aren’t BBers. Most likely scalpers. Maybe i’m just paranoid. Not sure.

  3. Mr.Palmer Says:

    Have a room at the Trop. on 10.30 as well. Looking to share the cost if anyone needs.

  4. KWL Says:

    don’t you mean…… HOW YOU FEELING

  5. hoedown Says:

    I spoke to the woman at the box office and she said we can only purchase 2 tix to each night or (2) 3-day passes. I have no reason not to believe her. But who knows if the online limits will be different…

  6. sumodie Says:

    @hoedown: Good luck tomorrow at Boardwalk Hall

    May the lottery pick be kind to you

  7. hoedown Says:

    Thanks I need it. I have nothing and need 2 for all 3 nights.

  8. sumodie Says:

    @mrP: Yeah, I would hold off trying to trade with unknown peeps till after tomorrow’s madness

    Gonna be a crazy Saturday! And hopefully a happy one 8)

  9. voopa Says:


    You’ll be proud to know that “cropdusting the cubicle farm” has become somewhat of a thing at my workplace…not that no one’s ever stepped away from their area to fart or anything, but it’s a hot topic during breaks.

  10. William H. Bonney Says:

    Can still pull GA for SC shows.

  11. sumodie Says:

    Augusta still available too, even though lists it as sold out (oops!)

  12. Mr.Palmer Says:

    Been out of the loop. What did sell out?

  13. Mr.Palmer Says:

    Utica is assume. Mullins?

  14. voopa Says:

    Just Utica from what I can tell, P

  15. Mr.Palmer Says:

    Guelah from JB… overlooked highlight from that show. They stuck this one nicely.

  16. voopa Says:

    Nice. They nailed it in Hampton too. Great vid available of that one too.

  17. KWL Says:

    so… the SLF and i are conversing right now about the shape of the fall, etc, and she said that i got xmas this year, as in, i’m taking the financial lead for gift giving (she had the last 2 years, so its my turn)

    when my response was: ‘no gifts this year’

    she said, and i quote, ‘wook down tshirts for everyone’

  18. KWL Says:

    (aunts, uncles, and cousins will only get coffee mugs or mouse pads though)

  19. sumodie Says:

    Guelah was sweet at JB! And Trey & Mike had the moves down.

    UMass Mullins onsale tomorrow at noon -hopefully an easier score than Utica/AC/Broomfield

  20. BrandonKayda Says:

    Hey BB

    Went on a walk and listened to Fukoka 6.14.00 II during the evening. That is an incredible soundtrack to the outdoors – the sky seemed to darken as the mood of the set got darker. Beautiful, beautiful 90mins of music

  21. sumodie Says:

    Just finished the last of my efforts to enlist some friends to help out with tomorrow’s madness

    The non phish fan friends think I’m loony (they’re probably right 8)

  22. KWL Says:

    augusta tix for $66 on stub hub makes me really, really happy

    only gonna come down, one would think

  23. dusty Says:

    good luck with everyone tix pursuit tomorrow. I’m going for max AC 3days myself. Off to racer pints, some gd pk in the new diffy and dinner.

  24. Mr.Palmer Says:

    “The non phish fan friends think I’m loony”

    ^^crazier than a shit house rat

  25. Kevin Says:

    Not to change the subject, but I just listened to the second night of Hampton 97, which I’d always considered the finest show I’d ever attended in person, and the benchmark to which I’d hold all other shows. This is the first time I’ve listened back to it in a really long time.

    I have to say, I think the highlights of summer 2010 smoked the highlights of this Hampton show. Now, Hampton was a more cohesive show than anything we’ve seen, but the highlights…let’s just say I love their current jamming style more than any other period — which is saying a lot for me. Personal taste here, but I really do feel this way.

    And BTW, Charleston tickets are still on sale:) I hope the smaller venues and decreased interest starts a fire under the band’s ass to work their way up again.

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