Jukebox Phish

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Phish greeted the South with a song driven affair totalling 28 selections and little improvisation to note in a disjointed show that never achieved liftoff. The band played sharply but with little creativity as they delighted the noticeably-drunken audience with a show reminiscent of their Hampton recitals of ’09. Featuring quasi-bustouts in “Destiny Unbound,” “Buffalo Bill,” “Dog-Faced Boy,” “Roses Are Free,” and “Mexican Cousin,” Phish dotted the show with some rarities along the way; and though not playing anything poorly, they didn’t do anything particularly special in a show that will unquestionably be eclipsed by Saturday night.

Opening with a scalding combo of “Punch,” “Possum,” and “Bathtub Gin,” things looked promising as Page’s dad, Dr. Jack McConnell joined the band for his famed spot “Bill Bailey Won’t You Please Come Home?” But after Phish front-loaded the set, things took a turn for the generic for the rest of the frame. Only “Stash” and “Antlelope” provided notable structured improv, each boasting legitimate first set high points. An old-school “Stash” reached a supremely psychedelic peak without ever leaving its build, and featured some nasty guitar wizardry by Big Red. And when Antelope ended the set with a bang, anything seemed possible in set two.

12.2.09 (W.Rogell)

The second half started in blistering fashion, as Phish unveiled the “Disease” that eluded Broomfield; though it would provide the only significant jamming of the second set. The band moved from high speed rock and roll into an uptempo rhythmic section that bridged the way to a legitimate ambient experiment. Drifting into “Prince Caspian” to resolve the opener, Phish slayed the anthem favoring a heavier guitar solo than the summer versions, though the song came at a time that slowed the opening vibe of the set. As the band started up the subsequent “Twist,” the show felt like it could be restoked – especially after Broomfield’s stellar rendition. But a meandering jam that noodled around the theme for its duration never developed into anything to write home about. With the onset of “Roses Are Free” amidst the second set, Phish held the fate of the show in their hands. It sure felt like they were stepping to the song for the third time of their career, as this was an unprecedented slot for the coveted cover. But just as the jam prepared to launch, Trey called for “My Friend, My Friend,” killing the possibility of a improv-based show and initiating a string of songs that would take us to the end of the set.

10.12.10 (S.Short)

“My Problem Right There” featured a new bridge between verses, possibly signifying more to come from the Trey’s clever new song. And though “Tube,” “Mike’s,” “Weekapaug,” and “Slave” all look good on paper, none of these crowd favorites blossomed significantly last night, all bringing standard fare to the table in Charleston, South Carolina. And that was about it for night one. A fitting encore of “Character Zero” ended this relentless escapade of songs that will likely be balanced by a Saturday night show strewn with improv. Ya’ gotta figure, right?

I: Punch You In the Eye, Possum, Bathtub Gin, Bill Bailey Won’t You Please Come Home?*, Boogie On Reggae Woman, Destiny Unbound, Backwards Down the Number Line, Bouncing Around the Room, Stash, Joy, Buffalo Bill, Dog Faced Boy, Run Like an Antelope

II: Down with Disease > Prince Caspian > Twist, Roses Are Free > My Friend, My Friend, My Problem Right There, Tube, Mike’s Song > The Horse > Silent in the Morning, Mexican Cousin, Weekapaug Groove, Suzy Greenberg, Slave to the Traffic Light

E: Character Zero

*w/ Page’s dad

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879 Responses to “Jukebox Phish”

  1. RamblinOnMyMind Says:

    @oneshow – just a joke, man

  2. garretc Says:


    You’re just a joke, man

    Just a joke, man, sorry!

  3. garretc Says:

    Wow, clearly physics lab write-ups scramble my brain, because that clearly wasn’t very funny…

    And because I used clearly twice in the same sentence…

  4. purplehumpbackwhale Says:

    anyone still awake? thgoughts on the crosseyed jam? i havent heard it yet. excited.

  5. garretc Says:

    I think that I’m super excited to hear it!

    But I haven’t heard it yet, so that’s the best I can do, sorry…

  6. guitarpicker420! Says:

    Just posted my source review for 10-15-10.

    I say go with the taylorc, mk41 source, if you are all digital, grab this one in 24 bit.


  7. Aquaman Says:

    thanks gutair picker,

    Taylroc ssems to be a relible source. I beliee I have grbbed his stuff before.


  8. Aquaman Says:

    We know our man Miner likes some elec music

    I myself just got back from Robbie Rivera, ATB and Ferrey Corsten.

    If you’re up and interested. please just say so, ill be here for a few moments longer. I won’t spout needlessly.


  9. garretc Says:


    I don’t know who any of those are, but I’m up and interested, so fire away!

  10. garretc Says:

    Hmm, people have no patience I guess!

  11. Aquaman Says:

    No i am here. Getting banes on the cme down took a little longer that planned.

    So My cousin syasy we have to go.

    I miss Robbie Rivera and I am super pissed since people keep talking about his set.

    (more coming……

  12. Aquaman Says:

    BTW banes should have read baned.

    Baned on the come down.

    Typing fail

  13. Aquaman Says:

    ATB comes on and it was groovy for a time. I felt he was playing as if he were doing a daytime set somewhere on a European beach and not a late night Chicago set.

    He kept it noticeably light throughout his set.

    (More coming………..)

  14. garretc Says:

    Good thing I opted for patience, I almost went to sleep without checking one last time, and then I’d have been a hypocrite! Sorry for doubting, Aqua!

  15. Aquaman Says:

    Often times, when I catch those DJ acts who really have it together, I notice that they play to the venue.

    All too often a DJ can get caught into what hey themselves are listening too at the time.

    if ATB was reading some self help book at the time and was all about empowerment, then I can see where his set was something special to him. That is the trap DJ’s fall into, they want to tell you about what they’re listening too and what moves them.

    (more coming………)

  16. Aquaman Says:

    NP my buddy

  17. Aquaman Says:

    But the great DJ’s,

    Timo Maas, Lucien Foort, John Digweed, Sandra Colins, Paul Van Dyk (to a lesser extent) and without a doubt Dave Seaman, are all DJ’s who get hyped for the venue.

  18. Aquaman Says:

    If these elite DJ’s, mentioned above, see a sweet rocking, good time Saturday night crowd in the home of house, Chicago, then they bring the heat, with a total nod to the environs, from the vibe of the crowd to the oldest of old school house, which is what Chicago is know for.

    Tonight, with they exception of a few moments of Ferry Corsten, seemed like just hosing my ears

    Granted, the scene, the energey of the crowd, the extra curricular’s and the girls…..oh my the girls……made it go by without too much pain.


  19. Aquaman Says:

    Who invited Mr. run-on-sentence, eh?

  20. Aquaman Says:

    Use comma much.

    Har, har!

  21. Aquaman Says:

    Anyway, it seems as if fatigue and bane have affected my fingers, as the thoughts don’t roll off as they did even twenty minutes ago.


  22. Aquaman Says:

    you grabbed any of the elec stuff, that Miner ha thrown up?

  23. garretc Says:

    Wish I could put those names to sounds in my head, but I totally get what you’re saying anyways.

    I must say though, on the one hand, definitely want to play to the crowd, because that’s why you’re there playing, for them, but at the same time, the crowd is there for you, and that means they want you to play the music you feel in your soul you need to play. Of course, the ratio between the two is always in flux, and depends on many contextual factors, but yeah…

    Glad you had a good time, even if it wasn’t perfect!

  24. Aquaman Says:

    There may have even been one slight moment, just one, when I even had a problem with the length of the skirts in this place.

    It took the natural progression of, “If that’s what they wear now, what will hey wear, when my two year old is all grow’d up?”

    I did mention it was just one slight moment, yes? I got over it.


  25. garretc Says:


    Yessir, got the Psydub and trance torrents! Started listening through em, slowly but surely, and I’ve liked everything but one of them, but I don’t remember which one I didn’t like…

    So it’s possible I did like em all and am just making this up, but who knows?

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