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.




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. Type III Jamming Personality Disorder Says:

    exactly my point, palms. cusack was ubiquitous back then. loved all of those flicks.

  2. SillyWilly Says:

    It’s snowing here, but it’s only 38 days to Bethel!

  3. nonoyolker Says:

    Troof P, Layne Myer held shit down. Made me believe i could ski one legged

  4. Jtran Says:

    Rolling through early fall 98 this morning/day

    10/29 Reba
    10/30 set II
    10/31 set III
    11/2 YEM (did the opening Tube > Drowned > JJLC yesterday)
    11/4 Gin > Ya Mar

    is what I’ve got so far. Doing a complete run through of this tour’s highlights.

  5. nonoyolker Says:

    @ J Tran – Love the opening Tube > Drowned > JJLC from 11/2. If you get a chance, bump the LXL from that first set too. One of my favorites

  6. Guyute711 Says:

    Cusack is a tool, his only good movie is Better Off Dead. If you want to watch the other movies with your SLF go right ahead though.

  7. jdub Says:

    As if I wasn’t amped already for this summer. Nice set up Miner.

    Listening and watching this band progress over the last two years has been a thrill. I’ve become much more appreciative of what they offer this time around, even if there isn’t as much jamming. Their methodical approach to rebuilding may pay off big this summer with a well planned schedule. Plenty of shows to gain momentum and carry it forward, a nice mid summer showcase for them to let it all hang out, and the west coast run you lefties have all been waiting for. The Gorge will blow up, tarp or no tarp.

    I can’t wait, even if most of my touring will be on the couch.

  8. lastwaltzer Says:

    I once made a pizza for joan cusak.

  9. P.S.H.S. Says:

    gross point blank is good, bitchin soundtrack

  10. Type III Jamming Personality Disorder Says:

    “I gave her my heart and she gave me a pen.”
    –Lloyd Dobler

    seriously, look at the chicks he pulled in those roles. Demi Moore, Daphne Zuniga, Ione Skye, that french foreign exchange student. somebody oughta do a dissertation on the inverse relationship of the relative coolness of cusack characters in 80s movies to the hotness of his lady lead love interests.

    Ok, Cusack Thoughts time over and out.

  11. Skiguy Says:

    Anyone know or care to guess as to why Ticketmaster/livenation has not posted ticket on sale dates for the Gorge and Hollywood? All the other shows are posted and there is less that two weeks till they are said to go on sale? Does anyone think Phish Tickets may have a larger allotment for these shows? Just wondering what people think?

  12. Dr. Pronoia Says:

    Jtran – 11/6 – Split, Simple>Caspian (w solid Fluff & Hood as well)

  13. Guyute711 Says:

    Did everyone see the little girl joining the Dark Side?

  14. Angryjoggerz Says:

    Hey y’all, been out of the loop, more shows coming? Taking a breather after insane sf trip.

    Happy birthday Robear!!!,

  15. Angryjoggerz Says:

    Ps, when do we hear from ptbm?

  16. voopa Says:

    A tool? What about The Grifters? Hot Tub Time Machine was better than I expected too.

  17. EL Duderino Says:

    I liked Hi- Fidelity

    Joan lives 2 blocks from my old apt. when I lived on Southport and Byron.
    She lives on Greenwood one street north of Irving Park Rd. in a beautiful home.

  18. Angryjoggerz Says:

    Joan now lives on block over from me, has a great house on the same block that Studs Terkel lived. Uptown, represent!

  19. Type III Jamming Personality Disorder Says:

    Studs Terkel

    …who appeared in another solid cusack movie: Eight Men Out.

  20. Guyute711 Says:

    Hot Tub Time Machine was alright but not because of Cusack. He is a B actor in my opinion.

  21. ohhphee Says:

    Some very notable J. Cusack movies, IMO:

    Being John Malkovich
    Grosse Pointe Blank
    Bob Roberts
    Roadside Prophets
    The Grifters
    Fat Man and Little Boy
    Eight Men Out
    Broadcast News
    Stand by Me
    Better Off Dead
    (not all starring roles, but still shouldn’t be discounted)

    long time, no post from me. hope everyone is doing well here.

    ‘sup duder!

  22. Angryjoggerz Says:

    If Cusak plays his cards well he can be reborn when he is older like Bill Murray. Love old bitter sad guy Murray.

  23. Guyute711 Says:

    Aj that is just ludicrous. Bill Murray is a f’n legend.

  24. Guyute711 Says:

    Cusack is a slightly more talented Keanu.

  25. Mr. Palmer Says:

    aj- i think there is still another week to get requests in, Then a week after that, responses.

    Cusack owns faces! Step off , pigboy!

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