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. Type III Jamming Personality Disorder Says:

    holy crap
    Marshall is playing like they might actually beat WVU for the first time EVER. they have oddly only played 10 times even though the two schools are a mere 201 miles across the state from each others. i highly recommend tuning into espn for a bit here if you are a fan of underdogs. marshall got thumped last week by tOSU and WVU is ranked. it has layers.

  2. Kevin Says:

    I’m going for a pair of 10/30’s tomorrow — I’ll add on a third ticket in case you need it (assuming I pull them, of course:))

  3. Type III Jamming Personality Disorder Says:

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

    ^^crazier than a shit house rat

    seriously, it is amazing the places animals thrive.

    ::realizes that is beside the point::

  4. Type III Jamming Personality Disorder Says:

    *each others (up a couple)

  5. Mr.Palmer Says:

    alright Kevin. I’ll do the same

  6. Kevin Says:

    Thanks, man. Want me to go for 1 or 2?

  7. Robear Says:

    word kevin. been liking this summer’s shows in contrast to some of my favorites from the past as well 😛

  8. Robear Says:

    nice, the announcer’s just gave us the same little tidbit that @ TIII posted top of the page.

  9. Mr.Palmer Says:

    Might as well go for 2 i guess. I’ve always had better luck when i go for 2 rather than 4, whether its PTBM or ticketmaster. But we can try. I only need one, but others will certainly be looking. Not like we’ll burned if we wind up with a couple extras.

  10. Mr.Palmer Says:

    What a shitty fumble. that should have sealed it for Marshall

  11. Gavinsdad Says:

    Nobody will get burned on AC.

  12. Mr.Palmer Says:

    If there is a more beautiful song than Stella Blue out there, i haven’t heard it yet….

    have a good night

  13. Armenian Man Says:

    I understand that none of you know me, but I have been an immense fan of the site probably since it’s inception, meaning don’t post much. But, if anyone happens upon an extra sat and sunday night AC, I would be most appreciative if you holla at me.

    PS. I’m on the ticket exchange as well.

    Best Wishes, Much Love and GooD Luck out there tomorrow!

  14. sumodie Says:

    Nobody will get burned on AC.

    My mantra as I fall asleep tonight

  15. hoedown Says:

    @GDad-I hope thats how it turns out, everyone getting what they need. Throw-down at the Trop… Irish Pub after-shows!

  16. KWL Says:

    let’s just say I love their current jamming style more than any other period

    ^fall 97 has long been my favorite era…….and, well… the highlights from ’10 are giving that era a run for me…

    …if only the band would let jams breathe as much as, and as often as, 97

  17. Type III Jamming Personality Disorder Says:

    nothing like a double false start when you are driving against the clock

  18. Type III Jamming Personality Disorder Says:

    I never said mine was an original thought 😉

  19. Armenian Man Says:

    97 cannot be replicated, especially that fall KWL. But, they are definitely stretching it in some interesting new ways..

  20. KWL Says:

    ok folks, that’s it for me… see y’all bright & early tomorrow for the ticket crunch

  21. Type III Jamming Personality Disorder Says:


  22. Mitch Says:

    I’m pretty sure I’ve heard about you Armenian man. You might know my friend. Her names Esther.

  23. Mitch Says:

    “…if only the band would let jams breathe as much as, and as often as, 97”

    ^ my feeling of them pulling out too early I discovered today is that the jams are so freaking engaging. 17 mins pass in the blink of an eye and I was locked in the whole time. I feel like they pulled out too soon. I guess what I need is a 45 min light jam to really feel fulfilled. Unless they keep that whole 45 mins rocking and then I’ll want the whole show to be just one song.

  24. Mitch Says:

    Halloween set 2 = light

    ^ that would be worth missing a cover album at my first Halloween show. Ymmv.

  25. Robear Says:

    TIII, the prevent defense, prevents Marshall from winning.

    I meant you beat the announcer’s to the scoop man!

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