Chilean Inspiration

10.12.10 - Broomfield, CO (Brooks Perry)

Seldom is global human drama reflected within the construct of a Phish show, but on October 12 in Broomfield, Colorado, this synchronicity was undeniable. While Phish performed their Rocky Mountain finale, one of the greatest human triumphs in recent memory unfolded in Copiapo, Chile. 33 miners who had been trapped 2300 feet under the earth for an unthinkable 69 days – stuck in a collapsed mine with little to eat or drink – were on the verge of rescue. Believed to be dead for over two weeks, the mind-boggling story of these Chilean miners captured the world’s attention while spreading awe and inspiration throughout the globe. Phish took notice and did some interpretive work throughout the course of a special evening.

Many fans were totally unaware of the events transpiring as Phish played their third show in Colorado, treating it as any other night on tour. I was one of those fans. But when learning what had occurred after the show and looking back at the setlist, I had to do a double take as the two events strangely overlapped. I first discovered the Chilean miracle while checking’s setlist for the night. For some reason, they had notated when the first and second miners were rescued; I had no idea why. But when looking a little closer, Phish had thematically woven this unthinkable accomplishment directly into their show.

A Miner Is Rescued In Chile

Whether the band was informed of the miracle taking place in Chile or watching footage backstage, they must have consciously infused this story into their performance. A coincidence seems way too far-fetched in this instance. Closing the first set with a blowout, feel-good version of “46 Days” – a song explicitly referencing coal – the first clue was in place by setbreak. Though nobody had any idea. If you want to stretch this a little further, two of the three previous songs were “On Your Way Down” and “Heavy Things,” both titles that could easily be applied to the Chilean events. But after setbtreak, things became far more congruent.

During the break – to Phish’s knowledge or not – the first miner emerged from over two-months in the humid dungeon of the collapsed mine. And when the band opened the second set with a terrorizing  “Carini > Bowie,” this musical passage, very conceivably, represented the miners’ extended flirtation with death. For over two weeks, the men didn’t knowing whether any officials knew of their fate or if anyone would attempt to rescue them. Faced with this ultimate unknown, each of the 33 miners trapped a half-mile underground lived on two spoonfuls of tuna, a sip of milk, a bite of crackers and a morsel of peaches. Every other day. When the outside world finally discovered them 17 days into their nightmare, the group still had some of their two-day emergency ration left, not knowing what would transpire.

10.12.10 - Broomfield (Brooks Perry)

Emerging from the set’s ominous opening combination, Phish immediately splashed into “Light,” their third consecutive jam vehicle. And when looking at the setlist in retrospect, this is where the congruency to the Chilean events moved beyond chance or coincidence. Symbolically, “Light” represented the hope of life and rescue for the miners as they made contact with the outside world 17 days into their ordeal. On this day, rescuers found the men miraculously alive with a drill hole the width of a grapefruit. This hole served as a lifeline to pass hydration gels, water and food, as well as bibles, letters from their families, and soccer videos to keep their spirits up.

Meanwhile, Phish took “Light” into new dimensions. Dropping the lyrical refrain from the initial jam, thus creating a completely open-ended piece of improvisation, the band redefined possibilities for the song. And Phish took aim for the stars. Building out of a delicate and cathartic opening, the band seamlessly migrated into an intergalactic groove experiment. This dense rhythmic excursion set the tone for autumn “Lights;” a completely new direction from the summer’s abstract excursions.

10.23.10 (D.Lavery)

Without ever bringing the lyrics back, Phish segued into “Theme From the Bottom,” a song whose connection to the Chilean miners destiny needs little explanation. With a focus on friendship down below, Phish was building a thematic set in front of our eyes that few, if any, caught at the time. Upon “Theme’s” denouement, Trey didn’t let the song end, transitioning into “Free” and following it up with a breath of air – “Joy.” When I looked back on this setlist later that night, knowing full well what had happened in Chile, the soundtrack to the global drama was hard to believe – “Light > Theme > Free, Joy” And if the intentional construction of the setlist wasn’t enough, the second miner actually was rescued during the three-song sequence “Theme > Free, Joy.”

Concluding the virtually non-stop opening portion of the second set, the Chilean-inspired theme came to a conclusion with this sequence. Sometimes Phish and life seem to coincide with mysterious harmony, but this time there seemed to be an obvious intentionality behind the overlap. Walking out this night, I felt Phish had dropped their best show of a very young tour. But little did I know the evening contained the soundtrack for a miracle a continent away.


Jam of the Day:

Rock and Roll > Carini” 10.21.10 II

One of the most impressive improvisational sequences of Fall Tour from The Dunk in Providence, Rhode Island.




10.12.10 1st Bank Center, Broomfield, Colorado

FLAC torrent via etree, Mp3 Torrent, Megaupload < Links

Official Broomfield Poster

Here is the Chilean miner-inspired finale in Broomfield. The set-opening trio of “Carini > Bowie, Light” provided an early peak of tour, while foreshadowing three of Fall’s most significant jams. After a mellow interlude of “Bug” and “Summer of ’89,” a blissful “Split” punctuated a dark set of music in style.

I: Stealing Time From the Faulty Plan, Time Turns Elastic, Meat, The Divided Sky, Timber (Jerry), On Your Way Down, Heavy Things, Sugar Shack, 46 Days

II: Carini > David Bowie, Light > Theme From the Bottom > Free, Joy, Halfway to the Moon > Bug, Summer of ’89, Split Open and Melt

E: Meatstick

Source: FOB/DFC > Neumann ak40’s(NOS) > lc3 > km100 > Aerco mp2 @ 20db > Sd 702 @ 24/48 (Taper – gotfob)

Tags: , ,

912 Responses to “Chilean Inspiration”

  1. Type III Jamming Personality Disorder Says:

    a classic

    many many many funny band names collected therein

  2. neemor Says:

    Funny, voopa…I didn’t even notice.
    The times on here screw me up so harshly that I have to block them out totally.
    Piper from Cypress is a beast.
    Yawning Drone?

  3. poop goblin Says:

    love this AC Tube

    the extra 45 seconds is just sick. not your standard 2 minute tube

    some nice jamming. cool Trey tones similar to the cities jam


  4. neemor Says:

    Dude, I had totally been trying to make up my mind b/t “Assfort” and “Beast Penis”.
    Someone grabbed my notes…

  5. Type III Jamming Personality Disorder Says:

    carlisle (or car-little as my friends who attended the big dick – aka Dickinson College – called it) is firmly in the west virginia part of pennsylvania. pennsyltucky, in other words.

  6. neemor Says:

    Fishman during the last three minutes of Light from Manchester was worth the 3 hour drive alone.

    Also, I was thinking today about rocking a beret and making it my new “look”.

  7. HarryHood Says:

    @ Neemor

    Blossom is definitely a close second, but I still think SPAC takes the title. Give it a spin if you disagree. And don’t forget, I’m not afraid to roll up my sleeves. I’m a master debater.

  8. neemor Says:

    The drive to BTB Fest for me went through the tip of WV.
    It basically consisted of a coal mine looking area, clear stripped of forest with a huge smokey factory billowing black clouds into the air.
    Then into Ohio.
    Beautiful mountain forest range>HELL>Pleasant leafy drive

  9. neemor Says:

    I’d like to engage you, Hood, but….can’t…..skip…..this…….Piper.

  10. HarryHood Says:

    @ T3

    I just went and checked out a really good brew pub in town. Cross Street Tavern I believe……. Great beer selection along with a few of their own on tap. I wanted to stick around for the Beer Pong Tournament, but I didn’t think my boss would be too impressed considering it’s the first business trip he’s taken me on…… Too soon I think…..

  11. poop goblin Says:

    Jam on this AC # line is pretty slick

    some real nice Trey and Mike shit going on

  12. (looks too much like)Dave Says:

    “The most glaring thing that you can’t explain to the uninitiated is one of the major reasons we keep Phishing.”

    and I love showing the uninitiated what I’m talking about by making them see Phish.

    This year was my brother’s fiance’s first two shows and she’s never gotten “it” (i.e. why his husband-to-be would be so willing to spend so much money and time to see a band on the other side of the country). The ACL show didn’t really do much for her (she really isn’t much of a fan, don’t ask me to try to explain it), but her experience in Charleston really changed her mind and I cannot be more happy for her and my brother. Phish is a very big part of me and my brother’s life (for obvious reasons), and I know that it would’ve been a big deal if she never got “it”.

    But fortunately, after her experience in C-ton with the fans, and the scene, and the overall positive atmosphere that is a real Phish show, she was, if not a full-on head, at least much more positive about the situation. It even got to the point where while attending the STS9 show in Austin recently and overhearing someone comment on how awesome the crowd was, eagerly told that person that “this aint’ shit compared to a Phish show.” I could not have been more proud of her and my brother for showing her that.

  13. BrandonKayda Says:

    Captain Beefheart – Trout Mask Replica is indescribable.

  14. voopa Says:

    Just added to my mediafire:

    Ike & Tina Turner – Workin’ Together – includes “Proud Mary” and the 70’s jive of “Funkier Than a Mosiquita’s Tweeter”

    Cowboy Junkies – The Trinity Sessions – one of the greatest AUD recs ever. With Sweet Jane, and some other choice covers

    Sonny Sharrock – Ask the Ages – the avant-garde guitarist’s last and greatest album. The guy behind the music of Space Ghost Coast to Coast teams up with Elvin Jones, Pharoah Sanders and Charnett Moffett. This album has one of my favorite tracks ever, “As We Used To Sing”


  15. garretc Says:

    So it’s possible for me to download more live music than I could ever listen to, all from a nebulous cloud of ones and zeros connecting billions of people around the world

    But we still have a shaky grasp on making price tags that actually come off?


  16. garretc Says:

    The Trinity Sessions is a marvelous album

  17. butterflyeffect Says:

    for any of you that play fantasy football, check out my roster in a 12-team keeper league:

    QB: Joe Flacco
    WR: Roddy White
    WR: Reggie Wayne
    WR: Jeremy Maclin
    RB: Adrian Peterson
    RB: Frank Gore
    TE: Visanthe Shiancoe

    that’s right son!
    Flex: LeSean McCoy

  18. neemor Says:

    Damn Cypress was good.

  19. neemor Says:

    Great pics there.
    Eye heart flickr
    I can spend hours there.

  20. neemor Says:

    Holy moly, TIII is IN Utah right now?
    No idea.
    Be safe, have fun.
    Looks gorgeous.

  21. neemor Says:

    Seriously, is everyone at a party or something?
    If you have not listened to the Roses from Cypress yet, go do so.
    It literally just stopped my life for a while.

  22. JeffieM Says:

    better or worse than island tour?

  23. Phamily Berzerker Says:

    “Captain Beefheart – Trout Mask Replica is indescribable.”

    Well, well, well, nice adjective. 8)

  24. DaNcInG fOoL Says:


  25. DaNcInG fOoL Says:

    currently listening to the magnetic fields’ ’69 love songs’, sooo good

Leave a Reply