Questions For 2011

12.31.2010 (George Estreich)

* Will Phish ever focus on open jamming again? — After Fall and New Year’s Run, the band is as tight as ever and communicating with ease…now let’s really take it places! With proficiency an issue of the past, and a full season of smoking improv under their belt, why was the amount of exploration limited last week — and from lessened from summer to fall? Whenever the band chooses to take musical risks, they have a near-100% success rate these days, but after the New Year’s Run, I wondered why they only shot for such excursions about once per show? (27th: “Seven Below” 28th:”Harry Hood,” 30th:”Tweezer > Light” 12/31:”Ghost,” 1/1:”Simple”) With four of those five selections finding pure gold, the question that begs asking is, “Why isn’t Phish digging more?

* Will Phish play a July 4th festival at Watkins Glen, New York? — The rumor mill has been spinning on this one for quite some time now…

* When will we see a new jam vehicle debut? — “Light” has been an all-world performer since its rookie season of ’09, creating sound sculptures of all shapes and sizes. But it needs a new, modern running mate to continue pushing Phish into the improvisational beyond.

*With the material from Joy fully integrated into the catalog, will we see a new batch of songs this year? — A constant influx of new material has always kept Phish’s rotation fresh throughout their career, and they’ve never been shy about pushing it. With little music of impact debuted in 2010, it seems about time for another installment of tunes. Hopefully there are more Trey and Tom songs where “Pigtail” came from…

12.31.2010 (George Estreich)

* Will Phish adopt a launch pad from “Exile” and/or “Waiting For Columbus?” — Over the past two years, Phish has covered two iconic double-albums from rock and roll history, yet, for whatever reason, the band hasn’t fully fused any Phishified covers from these records into their catalog. “Shine A Light” is a great encore and”Fat Man” is a great song, but looking at their previous three Halloween albums, they adopted “Drowned,” “Crosseyed and Painless” and Rock and Roll” — staples of their live show and primary trampolines into other worlds. What ever happened to “Torn and Frayed?” No “Spanish Moon” over the Holiday Run? C’mon now…let’s not rest on the past…

*When, if ever, will Phish do a west coast swing? — Sure, quality over quantity… Indio…Greek…blah…blah…blah. West coast swings of lore are some of the greatest memories of Phish tours past. Despite their age and east coast roots, even if only once this era, Phish should hit up a week-plus long run up or down the left coast, from San Diego to Seattle and all the beautiful places in between.

12.27.2010 (A.Hill)

* Will Trey and/or Mike do a winter tour like last year? — Phish’s schedule has been close to clockwork since their return, so does that mean we will see a Trey Tour before Phish plays again? Strong srumors of Phish headlining the Hangout Festival on the Gulf Coast of Alabama between May 20-22, would place any solo circuits in the winter or early spring of 2011.


Jam of the Day:

Harry Hood” 12.28 II




12.28.2010 DCU Center, Worcester, Massachusetts

Worcester Print (Masthay)

FLAC Torrent (via etree), Mp3 Torrent, Megaupload < Links

I: Kill Devil Falls, My Mind’s Got a Mind of its Own, Alaska, She Caught the Katy, Wolfman’s Brother, Pigtail*, Stash, Bouncing Around the Room, Rift, Stealing Time From the Faulty Plan, The Birdwatcher*

II: Carini, Backwards Down the Number Line, Back on the Train > Limb By Limb, The Wedge, Frankie Says > Albuquerque, Harry Hood, Bug

E: Shine a Light


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1,010 Responses to “Questions For 2011”

  1. Snigglebeach Says:

    i just want to note, that a July 4th Fest makes little sense this year.

    4th is a monday, of course we all get it off. But why have a fest around that dat date when u can’t even play on it?? We are all gonna be packing up and making 8+ hour drives on the 4th?? not likely.

    I hope Watkins Glen happens, but not on July 4th…

  2. ThePigSong Says:

    “david bowie
    no dogs allowed”


  3. treefortbandit Says:

    I can’t wait till they finally explode a Free into wide open spaces once again. Opening up a show something like this Free….. Scents…….Big Black Furry…….Light……McGrupp…….Song I heard the ocean sing…….end of set

  4. ThePigSong Says:

    ^beat to the punch by sumo

  5. angryjoggerz Says:

    just saw Exploding Star Orchestra at Green Mill in Chicago – fucking killed it, do not sleep on them. 3 sets of jazz mayhem and beauty

  6. purplehumpbackwhale Says:

    miner did you just delete your own post?

  7. DukeOfLizards Says:

    I love that even a so-so night out can be salvaged by the Holy Ghost and whatever I decide on spinning from 1/1.

    Missed the boat on some great discussion today, but regardless of their current intentions, all I have to say is:

    Thank you, Phish.

  8. brother Says:

    i got a fever….and the only prescription….is more kick drum!! kick kick kick…drum drum drum

  9. voopa Says:

    Kick kick kick kick

  10. doodls Says:

    long time listener; 1st time caller.

    thank you site and board for keeping the flame alive…

    -shredding this hood on stage left 🙂

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