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.

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Jam of the Day:

Harry Hood” 12.28 II

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DOWNLOAD OF THE DAY:

12.28.2010 DCU Center, Worcester, Massachusetts

Worcester Print (Masthay)

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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

*debut

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1,010 Responses to “Questions For 2011”

  1. Mr. Palmer Says:

    see, i found summer ’03 to be real hit or miss. Some high highs and low lows. I do remember being floored by a night in Camden though.

    Spac ’04 is a separate entity for me. As in, where the fuck did that come from?

  2. butter Says:

    don’t everyone panic cuz Miner wants more jams

  3. Jtran Says:

    @willowed

    I’m with you on the run. Could’ve asked for more in set II 12/30, but I left a happy camper. As far as timing goes I’d go with beginning of the year, what does this year bring, etc etc. Plus last night’s convo was around today’s post topic. Miner writes for his fans 😉

  4. EL Duderino Says:

    the crack pipe Palmer… 😉

  5. Mr.Miner Says:

    97-99 DEF!

  6. Jtran Says:

    @Palmer

    Did some poking around on phish.net, seems like a lot of folks are in the 7/27/03 set I worst set ever camp. I guess you’d call that a low low.

  7. Jtran Says:

    As in I’ve been doing some poking around, not in the 37 second sbetween our posts.

  8. EL Duderino Says:

    Feb ’03 was great. I was full on board.
    Summer ’03 for the most part “meh”
    I only got real excited about Burgettestown.

    Fall ’03 again “meh”
    I left Miami NYE run ’03 thinking this was my last Phish run/loved it but thought it/me had run it’s course

  9. Mr. Palmer Says:

    exactly Jtran, then look at what they did the next show. Star Lake throw down. That was the point i was trying to make. I like 2.0, not a hater at all.

  10. Mr.Miner Says:

    no panic necessary.

    I think the NYRun isn’t what it used to be…Far more pre-set, esp with the webcasts…i don’t know, I’m going with that…

    ya know, the one jam a night was SO good, I LOVED the run…the jams were that powerful…I think 4 nights in hampton will be different…more like the fall and beyond…staying positive…just one risk a night won’t bring the excitement of a Phish show if that’s what it turns into…

  11. Mr.Miner Says:

    what is 7.27.03? charlotte? Sandstone?

  12. willowed Says:

    I think sometimes when we look back at the best we think it’s better than what it was. Trust me. I know 94-95 was nasty with great jams through out.
    If we flash back to that time, I am sure there were some shows that didn’t connect and reach godly status.
    I think when we look back we tell ourselves that every show was IT. I always say time away from eras always makes those eras seem better than what they were.

    Does that make sense?

    Let me try and explain.
    People think Joe Montana is the best QB ever right?
    He is not.
    Tom Brady is. People won’t say that because what does Joe have that Tom doesn’t? Time away from the game.
    Time away from the game makes you seem better than what you were.

    Just sayin.

  13. EL Duderino Says:

    When AW came back from Vegas ’04 and brought the sbds over to my place, I was SO done and thought they should be too

  14. butter Says:

    i was there for the 97-99, never made a Europe
    loved it, times of my life, i just really haven’t heard most of it on re-spin
    (i’ve spun island run, 98 Vegas, have a few 99 shows)

    holding out for the magic hard drive

  15. Mr. Palmer Says:

    Raleigh

  16. butter Says:

    it’s 4 nights in Hampton? thur – sun?

  17. EL Duderino Says:

    @ Willowed

    in ’94-’95 those Godly shows were very frequent IMO.

  18. willowed Says:

    I meant look back at the past eras. Sorry for the typos. I am rushing

  19. EL Duderino Says:

    The only bad Raleigh show maybe?

  20. Mr.Miner Says:

    97-98…lotsa god

  21. Mr.Miner Says:

    @ butter…i dont know actual # of shows…I had assumed 4…who knows…prob 3 for the weekenders

  22. EL Duderino Says:

    Joe Montana is the best QB ever willowed!

    get your head out’ your ass “Brady” Come ON! 😉

  23. butter Says:

    99 = more ambient and more molly

  24. butter Says:

    cool, i booked thur-sun anyway

  25. Mr.Miner Says:

    more molly for who?

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