What About Austin?

6.25.10 (G. Lucas)

With all of the recent hubbub duly centered on Phish’s retro-sized fall tour – their most anticipated of this era – everyone has forgotten about the band’s first appearance of the season at Austin, City Limits Music Festival. Headlining the opening night of the indie based event with a two-hour set, Phish will close out the evening at one of the nation’s premiere musical gatherings. But the question remains, “What will they do in Austin?”

ACL 2010

Taking part in their second mega-fest in as many years, will Phish actually play a significant set of music in Texas? Over their two shows at Bonnaroo in 2009, Phish threw down out two of their most creative jams of a rather tame June in “Kill Devil Falls” and “Light.” Otherwise, the band played it fairly straight up. But that was their first month back on the road and Austin presents a completely different situation than America’s McFestival.

6.18.10 (K.Lindner)

Because Austin will be the first set of tour, Phish will have something planned in advance. If they were to come out and play off the cuff and wound up with a typical first set of tour, their slot would be a disaster. One might imagine a set featuring “Stash,  “Number Line,” “Bowie,” “Hood” and  “YEM,” with a significant “Light” placed somewhere within. And depending on the course those pieces take, they could form a stellar or average set. Since Phish is only now beginning to jam consistently in their own shows, and have Broomfield looming, the possibility of an innocuous festi set hangs over the band’s Austin appearance.

The Strokes

Playing overlapping sets with The Strokes, the hipsters may evacuate the Phish stage in favor of New York’s neo-garage rockers. When the lights drop for Phish, the scene may not be so unfamiliar, as Phish fans are sure to flood the festival grounds on Friday night. Given a large stage and two hours, a lot can happen in Austin if Phish wants to go that route. But perhaps more of a payday than an intent to make any statement at all, the band may fill their time with palatable music and move onto their own 3-night bash to kick off fall for real. With  rumors of a club show silenced and squashed, Phish could be in Austin for less time than their fans en route to Colorado. But could that time be spent playing a ballistic set of music? That is the question at hand.


Jam of the Day

Kill Devil Falls” 6.12.09 II

This was the first jam of ’09 to really jump outside the box, and it happened at Bonnaroo.




4.8.1994 Recreation Hall. Penn State, University Park, PA < Torrent

4.8.1994 Recreation Hall. Penn State, University Park, PA < Mega

Only the fourth show of 1994, this month saw Phish gearing up for a long road ahead.

I: Maze, Glide > Foam, I Didn’t Know^, Punch You In the Eye, The Horse*> Silent in the Morning, Down with Disease, If I Could, Lawn Boy, Llama

II. Split Open and Melt, McGrupp and the Watchful Hosemasters, It’s Ice > Digital Delay Loop Jam**It’s Ice, Sparkle, Harry Hood, Bouncing Around the Room, Big Ball Jam, David Bowie, Suzy Greenberg

E: Contact, Big Black Furry Creature from Mars

^ w/ Mimi Fishman on cymbals, *w/ Trey on acoustic, ** first digital delay loop jam

Source: Neumann RSM 190i> neumann m/s preamp> Teac DA-p20> Oade Active > Sony D-7 @ 48k

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594 Responses to “What About Austin?”

  1. Uncle Jam Says:

    I, at the early age of seventeen
    Was adopted by aliens hahahah

  2. willowed Says:

    So I coach my sons soccer team “The Crushers” we have practice today and I have to let the kids and the parents know that I will be unable to make the game on Saturday a.m. 10/23.

    Option 1 – Tell them I am away on busienss in R.I.
    Option 2 – Alien abduction planed for Friday evening
    Option 3 – Phish show at the Dunkin Center with the wife.
    Option 4 – Twirling lessons
    Option 5 – Busy making a Waste sign for Halloween run

  3. SillyWilly Says:

    RE: Being Scared at a Phish show.

    How about Deer Creek Night 2 I got into this headspace where the crowd faded away and it was just me in front of the band.

    Then I became suspended in space and the only thing that kept me from crashing to the distant ground was Mike’s bass lines.

    His bass lines were literally holding me up and if he stopped playing I knew I would take the spill.

  4. notkuroda Says:

    alright willowed, you made me pull the card.

    Silent in the Morning was the favorite song of a close friend who had died a few months earlier

    but I’m still a wuss

  5. Oldskool Says:

    Phish will play Gamehenge in Austin

    Mark it! 😉

  6. willowed Says:

    Holy shit kuroda.
    I feel like a dick. I thought you were crying because you were scared.
    Sorry my friend.
    Foot inserted in mouth. 😯

  7. lastwaltzer Says:

    SHIT SW!

    Glad you didn’t fall, cause you would have landed on top of me…….being as though I couldn’t stand 😉

  8. SillyWilly Says:

    Option 6: My wife and I’s face will be plastered to the floor of Dunkin’ Center.

  9. Mitch Says:

    Willowed. I liked the planned alien abduction. Tell them you’ve been communicating with them for a few months and that’s the soonest they are set to orbit the earth. They will have no fears leaving their kids alone with you from now on.

  10. lastwaltzer Says:


    don’t know if you caught my message yesterday but: Theme Philly 03 check it.

  11. SillyWilly Says:

    yeah, LW.

    I think Jdawg would have caught me.

    She was feelin’ it, too.

  12. willowed Says:

    I will LW
    Philly 2003 check!

  13. willowed Says:

    Option 7 – A face melting appointment. It was the only time that was available

  14. Kaveh Says:

    Good morning everyone! Can’t wait for Austin, it is going to be fun; as we have never been there. I think Phish, while leaning somewhat conservative, throws the book at us. There is nothing they can’t play and then during a three night run bring back in Broomfield. And I do like the fact that the Strokes are playing as that is more of the ACL crowd to me, so Phish will be, like Miner said, very familiar; thus the band should note this and will. Tweezer fest in Texas again?

  15. willowed Says:

    Ok LW
    2/25 2003 qued up on the Ipod.

    Should I hold onto something?

    Hitting play now

  16. Uncle Jam Says:

    You son of a gun Kaveh. You stole Jackson from me. I immediately tried to grab him Sunday.

  17. SillyWilly Says:

    Phish is going to say Fuck it to Halloween and play all of ZZ Top’s Tres Hombres in Austin.

    …or they’ll just open with La Grange…

  18. Guyute711 Says:

    Uncle Jam is busted.

  19. lastwaltzer Says:


    don’t do the whole show, its beat.

    just hit the theme

  20. lastwaltzer Says:


    that never stopped AW. Plus we knew it was you, at least I knew.

  21. Kaveh Says:

    @Uncle Jam…being #1 on the waiver list has it advantages sometimes. GO PACKERS!

  22. Guyute711 Says:

    Uncle Jam will be back. Love me some Funkadelic.

  23. Guyute711 Says:

    I had a feeling Grant was done, the guy is a little fragile.

  24. butter Says:

    With tons of tour heads skipping acl

    An Icculus wouldn’t surprise me too much

    Do indie rockers like stories?

  25. Robear Says:

    ‘Should Miner stay or should he go?’

    They might drop ‘Jennifer Dances’ @ ACL!

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