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)

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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


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1,010 Responses to “Questions For 2011”

  1. KfL Says:

    ticket bastard/live nation will never let a lawsuit like that go through… by that logic, every outdoor concert venue in the country would become illegal

  2. KfL Says:

    ya dude

    i’ve heard some incredibly horrible sbds from the late 80s/early 90s that don’t help matters

    and the tapers rigs have gotten way better as well now

  3. EL Duderino Says:

    @ KFL

    There have been plenty of great sbds that have surfaced over the last 7 – 8 years.

  4. EL Duderino Says:

    true kfl… there’s too much money to be made to go through with this.

    “In this economy there telling us we can’t make a living doing festivals?”-promoters/towns businessmen

  5. sumodie Says:

    lots o interestingly good convo here the last 2 days

    but its sooo type II that i cant seem to formulate the right replies

    i dont have any real critical observations after msg

    sure, id like more epic jams from the boys

    but ive ALWAYS wanted more jams from phish, going all the way back to 92-93

    same as it ever was 8)

  6. sumodie Says:

    & ive already booked my campsite for hampton!

    i havent earned nuff merit badges to stay along that hampton motel strip -that place scares me anyway 😯

  7. sumodie Says:

    btw, that malian kora player & french celloist i mentioned earlier put on a stunning performance

    tried next to see Club d’Elf afterwards, but soldout

    (both shows in cambridge ma)

  8. joechip Says:

    Sorry to be a step behind the convo but…I saw the ABB in November at the Orpheum in Boston (sat. nite) and, on the whole, I was pretty underwhelmed. But every time Derek starts a solo, he just grabs my attention. His melodic sensibility, his taste, his technique, his soulfulness…the guy is truly a special talent. There can be no doubt when watching Derek play that it’s all about the music. There’s no showmanship, no ego, no tired bag of tricks to fall back on. Just music.

    I’ve been seeing him for many years now, in all kinds of contexts, from club shows to amphitheatres, to festivals, and the guy’s approach is so balanced and focused that it demands respect.

  9. joechip Says:

    2011…20th anniversary Phish Horns Tour!

    just sayin’.

  10. joechip Says:

    I don’t think the 90’s GD/ 3.0 phish analogy is very illuminating, except as a point of contrast. 90’s Dead (esp. post-hornsby) was incredibly sloppy, formulaic in terms of setlists, and uninspired, compared to the current state of Phish….

  11. Mr.Miner Says:

    looking at the simplistic Worcester Diner poster that has little artistic merit actually has a bunch of phish songs hidden within that I can find…i’m sure there are way more…anyone?

    david bowie
    no dogs allowed

  12. Mr.Miner Says:

    dude in subway? sneakin’ sally?

  13. Mr.Miner Says:


  14. Phamily Berzerker Says:

    I have never been one to compare but more likely to contrast the two bands.

    Love them both but feel it is unfair and never an intention for one to be the other or even fill in for the other. Doesn’t make sense to me which one is the the other one but would love to see the comparison dropp off the edge of the flat surfaced world.

    Of course, Alice Cooper paved the way for Marilyn Manson. Let’s all be grateful that happened.

  15. Mr. Completely Says:

    @willowed, you’re such a Pats homer, I love you for that. Even the uber-Boston homer, Bill Simmons, knows better though…he even published a column today that covers that. Brady and Manning have owned this decade equally and each of them is in the top 10, arguably top 5 alltime but they are basically equal right now, and neither of them is or will be Joe Montana.

    However the way the Pats have reloaded is really scary for everyone else…they will prob be better next year that this…however that makes the point that really that team is pretty good and always has been. They often have low-status players on offense, true, but the line play is generally excellent, which in reality is the most important thing. If you have a solid, disciplined line and a bunch of no-name guys who will just run where they’re told and not drop too many, an accurate QB can make a good living.

    If Brady and the Pats can put together another significant run of rings, then you can make a claim, but right now no way…it’s ok, you’re a Pats guy…but for the record, you know…

    As great as Brady is, which is very, he didn’t change the way the whole league plays defense. Which Joe Montana did.

    I’m not saying it’s out of reach. It isn’t. But it’s not true now. My 1/25th of 2 bits.

  16. joechip Says:

    Halfway to the Moon is in there.

  17. Phamily Berzerker Says:

    the sloth

  18. joechip Says:

    in the poster, i mean.

  19. lot rat Says:

    i dont really see comparing phish 3.0 v 90’s dead. Maybe more of a comparison to 87-88 dead when jerry came out of the coma and started getting cleaned up a bit. they had alot of energy and enthusiasm up until brent kicked the bucket) there are dead shows in 87 (roanoke night 2 & msg 9/18/87 that come to mind) that are fuckin outrageous. not so much on the expiramental side, but just slaying songs one after another.

    being off dope usually means living a healthier life and being in better shape. rather than fading from a buzz you last granola bar is kickin to push you to one more quick peak.

    what the deal with hampton rumors??? memorial day, that would usually line up beginning of summer tour. if they do watkins glen over the 4th i wouldnt expect too many northeast shows on the first leg, maybe a fw on the second leg. then again oswego was mid tour, but that was 99 and there popularity was at a peak….

    trey at the fox in oakland in march??? he hasnt shown his mug on solo tour out here since he lost his fuckin mind at the warfield in 07.

  20. Mr. Completely Says:

    I definitely do NOT think any era of GD is analogous to modern Phish. That’s part of what makes it so interesting to me now.

    There are some at least arguably apt comparisons to be made between some of the previous eras for each band, as long as you define terms loosely enough, but not anymore at all.

  21. Mr. Completely Says:

    hah good call @lot rat really, but Phish right now is jamming more than the Dead did in ’87.

    Fucking Roanoke, dude. That was the shit right there.

    But no open jams.

  22. DaNcInG fOoL Says:

    the dead never retired for 5 years and then came back

  23. lot rat Says:

    As great as Brady is, which is very, he didn’t change the way the whole league plays defense. Which Joe Montana did.

    That was more Bill Walsh than Montana. Joe was as clutch as they come though.

  24. Mr. Completely Says:

    you have to have the QB to execute the offense, though

    system evolutions are always about a combination of players and personnel

    Walsh’s system wouldn’t be effective without the right QB

    just like Belichick’s offense couldn’t be run by a QB less intelligent than Brady

  25. albert walker Says:

    love or hate relationship with Trey some things never change

    how bout that MSG Twist?

    glad I got to deal with my real 2011 questions today. got that shit off my chest.

    now Im ready for Hampton

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