One Crazy Summer

8.10.10 - Telluride, CO (G. Lucas)

From Memorial Day through Labor Day, Phish will travel the long and winding road of Summer 2011. Totaling 30 shows right now, and with one more announcement on the horizon, this will be the largest tour the band has undertaken since their return. Granted their are breaks in between the four portions of shows, but when the band plays together this much within a short period of time, magic begins to happen in a different way. Regardless of how well Phish is playing at the time, there is only so far their jamming will go in the context of a 14 show tour like last fall. But when you combine nearly 35 shows within one season of playing, musical trends develop, improvisational themes emerge, and styles of play become crystallized as a portrait of a point in time.

Summer '93 (Pollock)

Think back to the longer tours of the mid-’90s when the band toured incessantly. The iconic months of August ’93, November ’94, and December ’95 didn’t pop out of nowhere, rather they were a direct result of extensive touring and constant improvising night after night after night. And while Summer 2011 can’t replicate the group dynamic that arose over a 54-show fall tour in 1995, the countless shows that comprised the winter, spring and summer of 1993, the number of shows does correlate much more with summer tours of the late ’90s.

Phish’s 1997 Summer Tour consisted of 38 shows (19 in Europe), Summer ’98 equaled 33 shows (9 in Europe), Summer ’99 clocked in 23 shows (3 in Japan), while the band’s Summer Tour of 2000 was comprised of 25 shows (7 in Japan). Add the 30 shows already on this summer’s slate with a few more around Labor Day, and Summer 2011 lands right in the same ball park as many well-loved summers of lore. Over the course of these previous summers, though less so in 2000, distinct jamming styles developed with such focused playing. Could we be looking an earnest stage of musical change this summer? With the tightness, creativity and momentum of Fall Tour and New Year’s Run in tow, alongside successful side-projects from Trey and Mike, the band could be on the brink of quite the memorable season.

7.4.10 - Alpharetta, GA (W.Rogell)

Starting in Bethel, slated through UIC in mid-August, and rumored to end in Colorado around Labor Day, any way you cut it, Summer 2011 is shaping up to be a monster. With that much time on stage together, things will happen that are unplanned, go unspoken, and will bring surprise to everyone, band included. This amount of playing, though broken up into four segments over three months, will still provide a certain density of improvisational minutes unseen by the band since their return. Might we witness some of their most impressive playing thus far in this era? In my opinion, the odds are high. Broken into legs of 18 shows, a three-show festival throwdown, and nine shows, where the treasures will arise is anyone’s guess. And legitimate theories could be posed as to why each of  the three scheduled segments will blow up. Whether it be classic East Coast venues and the most shows at once, a super-sized festival, or the inspiration of west coast nature, each part of summer seems to have its own perks and potential. Pick and choose where you must, but remember, it’s about the shows you hit, not the ones you miss! (Most of the time.)


Jam of the Day:

Twist -> Izabella” 7.31.98 II

A classic summer nugget from Polaris ’98.

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7.20.1998 Venura Co. Fairgrounds, Ventura, CA

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Ventura 1998

Highlights of Ventura ’98 include the opening “Bathtub Gin” (Riverport’s little brother), “Drowned -> Makisupa,” a rare appearance of The Who’s “Sea and Sand,” and “Harry Hood.”

I: Bathtub Gin, Dirt, Poor Heart, Lawn Boy, My Sweet One, Birds of a Feather, Theme From the Bottom, Water in the Sky, The Moma Dance, Split Open and Melt

II: Drowned -> Makisupa Policeman > Maze, Sea and Sand, Prince Caspian > Harry Hood

E: Sexual Healing* > Hold Your Head Up, Halley’s Comet


Source:AKG c568eb (OTS, pointed at stacks) -> Aerco Pre-Amp -> Sony D-8 @ 48KHz


521 Responses to “One Crazy Summer”

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  1. voopa Says:

    Can’t wait!

  2. garretc Says:

    Seriously, summer needs to get a move on…

    Been watching a bunch of Sherlock Holmes lately, not the Robert Downey Jr. one, but the OG mid-80’s to mid-90’s tv show and tv movies. Good stuff! Moves just my pace, nice and slow, with lots of talking and extensive resplendent shots of Victorian glamor. Goes great with bane.

    Have a good Tuesday folks.

  3. tela'smuff Says:

    put my order in today for Gorge and Tahoe! when you paint a picture like that Miner, i get all hot and bothered. can’t wait!!

    and if they end it all in Colorado, I’ll spend the rest of 2011 a very happy man.

  4. laurville Says:

    I have a feeling SB9 is going to be really special. Can’t wait.

  5. rivertrance Says:

    Love the summer tour buzz building

    Seeing 16 shows and thinking shit is gonna blow up. Like miner said. A little bit of everything on this tour and its setting up to go huge

    Have a good one kids
    See ya in bethel

  6. bhizzle Says:

    “when you paint a picture like that Miner, i get all hot and bothered”.

    Finally got my Blossom ticket in the mail and all that talk Miner has been talking has got me reconsidering my excuse of being too old to go camp out with the wooks at SBIX.

  7. lastwaltzer Says:

    I have a feeling UIC is going to be really special. Can’t wait.

  8. BTB Says:


  9. EL Duderino Says:

    This is what I’m pimping today folks’…
    This shit sounds fuckin’ GREAT

    Master Reel SBD source:

    Little Feat
    Fox Theater
    Atlanta, GA

    Source: Master 1/4″ reel SBD recording from Little Feat’s archives transferred to DAT by Chris Cafiero,
    Little Feat Official Archivist.

    EAC > flac16. Thanks to Chris for the disc and Alex Ford for the rip.

    01-Fat Man In The Bathtub
    02-Spanish Moon->
    03-Skin It Back
    04-All That You Dream
    05-Oh Atlanta
    06-Hate To Lose Your Lovin’
    07-Cajun Girl
    08-Down On The Farm
    09-Rock-N-Roll Doctor
    10-Let It Roll
    11 Old Folks Boogie
    12 Dixie Chicken->
    13 Tripe Face Boogie
    15-Feats Don’t Fail Me Now

    Total time: 79:51

    Featroller comment: a couple months back an FM source of this show was uploaded at (and then
    here). In a feat-uitous coincidence, Chris recently unearthed this SBD source. It has one additional track
    (Down On The Farm) and amazing sound quality. This is the best sounding source from this era of Feat I can
    recall. It may or may not be the entire show, but whatever it is will blow your ears off!

  10. nonoyolker Says:

    “all that talk Miner has been talking has got me reconsidering my excuse of being too old to go camp out with the wooks at SBIX.”

    ^ this. May need to pick up my money and pack up my tent, ooooweee, ride me high!

    Custy Ball 9 may just be explosive. So many portions of summers have the potential to be huge, tough to pick and choose

  11. lastwaltzer Says:

    I have a feeling The Gorge is going to be really special. Can’t wait.

  12. Mr palmer Says:

    One Crazy Summer is a classic movie.

    Demi Moore…. Mmmmm

  13. EL Duderino Says:

    when is the Gorge never special???

  14. Jtran Says:

    Morning comrades

    I too think the custyball is gonna be the heat

  15. BTB Says:

    The band gave themselves a week off before the festival…

  16. Guyute711 Says:

    I have a feeling the southern run is going to be really special. 🙂

  17. lastwaltzer Says:

    I have a feeling Tahoe is going to be really special. Can’t wait.

  18. P.S.H.S. Says:

    bhizz or anyone, have the TM tickets been sent out yet? i haven’t seen anything.

  19. Mr palmer Says:

    I got my TM tix for Camden weeks ago. FYI

  20. P.S.H.S. Says:

    I have a feeling that GW is gonna be special. why? because i’m gonna be there, my presence makes everything more special 😉

  21. Type III Jamming Personality Disorder Says:

    great movie but also highly unbelievable. no way does the rebel hot chick go for the cartoonist dweeb. there has to be some motorhead dude in that small town that she’s taking to the shed behind his back.

    of course, this was during the peak Cusack years which produced more than a few classic everyman roles: Say Anything, The Sure Thing, One Crazy Summer… the list goes on.

  22. lastwaltzer Says:

    Dude are you being thick?

  23. Mr palmer Says:

    Please dont forget Better Off Dead.

  24. DukeOfLizards Says:

    I have a feeling Bethel, Holmdel, Camden, MPP, Gorge, and UIC are going to be really special.

    Another dreary day in NYC. Pulled Sun Kil Moon – Ghosts of the Great Highway last night. Fits perfectly. Big up @anakin.

  25. nonoyolker Says:

    No mention of ‘Better Off Dead’ is a grave over sight re: Cusack’s body of work in the 80’s. “This is pure snow! You know the street value of this??”

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