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


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521 Responses to “One Crazy Summer”

  1. EL Duderino Says:

    …or was it Cleveland last year and 2 game 7’s with the Celtics the 2 years before???

  2. joe Says:

    yes. Celts didn’t play bulls last year.

  3. Guyute711 Says:

    Chargers v Bears next year Duder. Bring it!!!!

  4. joe Says:

    I need the countdown clock on here. or at least a countdown to the countdown.

  5. Mr. Palmer Says:

    dude- i knew they had been to the playoffs, although i didn’t realize 3 years in a row. But my point still stands. Usually there is a progression to these things and sweeping through the NBA Finals doesn’t happen when a group has never won a series prior to that. Not impossible, i just don’t see it with teams like the Celts, miami , and the lakers around.

    I’m rooting for the Bulls as soon as the knicks are out, which should be soon now that Amare is hurt.

    I think boozer is soft btw. He’ll get eaten alive buy legit big guys. Will be fun to watch. D . Rose is my favorite player to watch. He’s awesome.

  6. EL Duderino Says:

    you guys remember 2 years ago when the Bulls took the Celtic to 4 overtime play-off games. i think one or 2 of those were double overtime games…

    great series, still stands as one the best play-off series in NBA history for not being a Championship series.

    …and yes Palmer, Booze needs to show some toughness in the defense department. Great offensive post player tho’ IMO.

    @ G711

    The chargers will be great for the 1st 8 games of the regular season and then fade out like they always do… Bears will dominate ’em like the west-coast finesse team they are… 😉

  7. EL Duderino Says:

    went and signed the papers for the house this evening…

    it’s official!!!!!!!

  8. Mr. Palmer Says:

    done with my leg 2 requests. fingers crossed.

    congrats Dude. good luck with the move.

  9. Guyute711 Says:

    You don’t know the Chargers that well, they suck the first 8 games 🙂
    Their schedule is absolutely brutal. Might be a tough year.

  10. EL Duderino Says:

    @ G711

    what are your Chargers gonna do with out the mighty Bear Ron Rviera as defensive coordinator?

    …and i believe that was just last year.
    when they had LT it was always a great start to a dismal finish…

  11. Mr. Palmer Says:

    Philip Rivers- greatest qb to never do anything. 😉

  12. albert walker Says:

    that’s what I see too Palmer from casually watching this year and the playoffs so far

    without another go to scorer they will have problems it seems. not a big fan of Boozer either

    seems like they haven’t really adapted to the physical style playoff play fully either

  13. Mr. Palmer Says:

    Celts are a bunch of —-. Flop, flop, flop. jeez

  14. albert walker Says:

    looking forward to going to some games in the next rounds if they keep winning

  15. Mr. Palmer Says:

    You never know. The celtics aren’t impressing me at all so far. Beating the Knicks B- team, barely. Bulls can beat them. Heat and the magic will be tough. Bulls have no one to deal with howard.

    I still think the Lakers are the best all around team, with the best $$ player.

  16. joe Says:

    I believe “savy veterans” is what the fill in the blank there, Mr. P

    re: Bulls. Noah is the epitome of a player that you hate unless they are on your team and then you love him.

  17. garretc Says:

    Wow, Pat Burrell only has 9 hits for the Giants so far this season, but 5 of those have been HRs…

  18. EL Duderino Says:

    The Magic only have Dwight Howard…
    They’re struggling with ATL, aren’t they?

  19. EL Duderino Says:

    I used to love KG, now i think he’s turned into a dick in his older age

  20. Mr. Palmer Says:

    KG has always been a dick.

    Magic have Howard and a bunch of good 3 point shooters. pick your poison.

    garretc- You don’t get a nickname like Pat “the bat” by being a good fielder.

    Songs whose peak year was ’95


  21. albert walker Says:

    at least Noah is cruising around town all irie. see him looking all stoney on the train every once in a while

    my bro has a funny picture of him hitting a blunt at Lollapalooza also

    have to love the irie ass NBA

  22. albert walker Says:

    95 peak

    also Reba

  23. roberto luongo Says:

    may have tweeked my back in the first period.

    don’t know if I can finish the game. luckily we are up 3-0 in the series

  24. roberto luongo Says:

    as much as I try to take the new NBA seriously

    that playing damn music when the game is going on is fucked. makes it seems like you are at the circus, or roller derby

    maybe drop some better tunes like some JB’s or something.

    they play those muzak style beats. fucked up.

  25. Mr. Palmer Says:

    Anyone see the picture of that hot chick , Vanessa Hudgens, getting all mollied up at Coachella? awesome.

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