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:

    LOL white chocolate yeah right!!!!

  2. joe Says:

    I think they have a funk band in Atlanta, which is acceptable. The audio assualt everywhere else makes it really hard to watch a game. Hype men egging the crowd on is the WORST trend of all.

  3. Mr. Palmer Says:

    these refs are awful.

  4. Mr. Palmer Says:

    Melo does not suck tonight

  5. roberto luongo Says:

    my girl has been all over that story Palmer

    it doesn’t look like Molly to me. I think I’m buying her story.

    I love the link has Molly written in it

  6. Selector J Says:

    I hate the PA music during NBA games, too. Totally uncalled for.

    ::waits impatiently for college b-ball to start up again::

  7. Selector J Says:

    ^Maybe it’s ganja fondue?

  8. jdub Says:

    Trey bellowing out Shakedown street while trading funky ass licks with Kimock is just about the sweetest thing to these ears. Then kimock goes off and the storm ensues. Love it.

    @Palmer, we may share Phish as a passion but we sure don’t share sports teams. UConn, Sox, and Celtics for this kid. And you gotta at least give KG some credit for his heart, the guy is a beast. Certainly more palatable than Melo. All in good fun of course.

  9. roberto luongo Says:

    Hawks have my # tonight

    4-1 with 5 min left in the 2nd period.

    plus there is no music being played at the arena during the game so I got that going for me.

  10. Mr. Palmer Says:

    Especially when he called Charlie Villanueva a cancer patient on the court. What a heart. 😉

  11. jdub Says:

    Agreed @Selector, one of the more annoying things in all of sports.

  12. jdub Says:

    Well Villanueva is an odd looking dude after all. But I’ll take KG’s defense regardless.

  13. Mr. Palmer Says:

    down to the wire here in Boston.

  14. roberto luongo Says:

    5-1 heading going into 2nd intermission

    looks like my ass is seeing an early shower

  15. jdub Says:

    My Favorite Things may be my favorite piece from the Phil and Phriends run, if for no other reason than they killed a totally unexpected cover. What a run. Been picking away at it since the weekend.

  16. Fly Says:

    KG FTW 🙂

  17. Mr. Palmer Says:

    Impressive. Melo almost beat the Celts by himself. Too bad Jared Jeffries has to touch the ball.

  18. albert walker Says:

    I believe if my shitty as all hell memory serves me correctly

    Kimock plays My Favorite Things in a bunch of his projects

  19. sumodie Says:

    Just spun that 4.16.99 Shakedown earlier today -the guitar work is absolutely stunning

    I’d heard the Phil & Phriends shows before, but those vibrant matrices eldude recommended are making me cream as much as white chocolate mixed with molly would -so MANY amazing highlights throughout that run (and I’m not even up to night 3)

  20. Guyute711 Says:

    Who’s talkin bout Melo?

  21. jdub Says:

    Seems about right @AW, everyone brought something to the table and that fits him like a glove. I don’t know much about Kimock.

    And the Celts squeek one out again. They may get by the Knicks but I’m not sure they go much further. Just haven’t clicked in a while.

  22. Monsterpus Says:

    Todays highlights: UIC bitches!!>piss horror stories>sandwich wars>The National covers GD?!>hoops. All the news that’s fit to print

  23. Mr. Palmer Says:

    Good night folks. another heatbreaker. See you fools in the garden.

  24. sumodie Says:

    Oops, took too much white chocolate tonight…..I meant the St. Stephen

    (Shakedown is 4.15)

    Damn straight, UIC bitches!!! FACT.

  25. Guyute711 Says:

    8-7-93 Stash for the Win!!

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