Mid-Week Musings

6.10.11 (G.Lucas)

After the incredibly successful summer that Phish has already had, we still have a dozen shows to go! In a bit more than a week the circus will travel to the hallowed grounds of the Gorge to kick off the back end of the touring season. And things couldn’t look brighter. When we left the band just a few weeks ago, they had just thrown down the best weekend of music in the modern era amidst a full-blown Phish festival of the sorts we only dreamed about a few short years ago. It is impossible to deny the musical momentum built over the first half of this summer and— more than ever—it certainly feels like the dawning of Phish’s Golden Age.


7.3.11 (G.Lucas)

Full-blown creativity, new improvisational directions, experimental jamming, airtight communication, uncharted territory—all of these facets were part of Phish’s opening month of tour. And if the progress made from leg one to leg two during the past two summer tours is any indication, Phish is going to come back with even sharper jaws and enhanced improvisational adventure. At Super Ball, the band seemed to play with a laid-back patience, understanding that we were all there for three days and there was no reason to rush anything. As a result, almost almost no jams were ended prematurely and the weekend possessed an undeniable flow. Though some sets were better crafted than others, the band left us with a slew of the most innovative music to be played in this era.

Two nights at the Gorge, Hollywood Bowl, Tahoe x 2, Golden Gate Park, then two three-packs—at UIC and Denver…there is heck of a lot of music left to be played this summer! And just like the last two, when all is said and done, my bet is that the second leg will produce the most memorable jams of the tour. Building off a spectacular June that was in a different league than its 2009 and 2010 predecessors, the thoughts of what might come out of August is awe-inducing. Five new venues and a return to two of their most classic haunts will provide us with 24 more sets to take us through a Phishless fall. But something tells me that after a spectacular—and lengthy—summer, that won’t be too much of a problem for anyone.

In 2011,  Phish has created a buzz in the community like no time since their Hampton return. Showcasing a completely revitalized improvisational brilliance—built upon the foundation of ’09 and ’10—Phish took people by storm in Bethel and have maintained that quality of play, and improved upon it, right up through Super Ball. It’s an exciting time to be a Phish fan, as the entire comeback has brought us to right now. And heading up to the Gorge in this context, could anything be sweeter?


Jam of the Day:

Light > Number Line” 6.19.11 II

Deep in Portsmouth’s second set, Phish got into an intricate and psychedelic take on “Light” in which Trey actually sets up a quasi-transition into “Number Line.” With so much meat in his show, this “Light” jam hasn’t been discussed to much; check it out.

[audio:http://phishthoughts.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/07/phish2011-06-19.d2t08.mp3,http://phishthoughts.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/07/phish2011-06-19.d2t09.mp3] Tags:

510 Responses to “Mid-Week Musings”

  1. negev79 Says:

    I myself am beardless. 🙂

    Actually though, my BF hates to shave every day so he goes for a few weeks between shaving. I prefer him looking a little shaggy but that’s just me. Can’t speak for all the girls and I can understand various reasons behind wanting a clean shaven guy.

    @Silly – tough loss. But you got lesson #1 in the reality of practicing law out of the way. Lesson #2 will be the first time you argue before a judge and realize halfway through that the judge is an idiot and you are WAY smarter than he or she is. That was a rough one for me.

    Oh yeah…and Gorge!

  2. SillyWilly Says:

    my beard sucked.

    but anything beats shaving everyday.

    a period of discomfort until your beard softens up to me is better than the goddamn razor-burn every morning

    and the complaining from your SLF when your five o’clock shadow scratches her face up

  3. Gavinsdad Says:

    Doc pro were you all set on UICs?

    Billy the kid reached out and I know Stitch may need tix. A pair of weds *may* turn up…I just wanna make sure I know what peeps need. And if it’s for a friend just ask me to pound the pavement day of show….wanna sort BBers first. Thx.

  4. Kaveh Says:

    @G711: West Coast is just excited for their upcoming shows….all you East Coasters have been basking in the glory all summer long. Now being a Midwestern, I have the best of both world’s at time. Always have to travel to see Phish, but so worth it! Can’t wait for the West Coast vibe to consume me again.

  5. Leo Weaver Says:

    Funny how context changes perceptions isn’t it Silly and Duder? And perception is reality.

  6. Kaveh Says:

    Firing up YEM from 05.31.11…a great show from June. Wait…there was lots of those. 🙂

  7. SillyWilly Says:


    nice to know you’re an attorney!

    I always love to hear there are heads out there underneath their courtroom suits.

    we need compassionate lawyers.

    And, yeah, Negev, my girl prefers me bearded. Had to go clean shaven for the summer.

    She makes a lot of sacrifices for me. Poor kid.

  8. Kaveh Says:

    Yes, I see my error….05.31.11 isn’t in June….but close.

  9. EL Duderino Says:

    i don’t disagree with the facts you stated Silly but i do disagree with your statement that their name does represent.

  10. SillyWilly Says:

    @El Dude

    I dig.

    You know I’m crazy.

  11. Leo Weaver Says:

    @Seattle-bound BBers…does anyone need a hotel room on Thursday night? I’m about to book one out by the airport and would like to split it if there are any takers. I’m getting in around midnight Thursday.

  12. SillyWilly Says:


    worried about Nick Barnett leaving GB?

    I’m not, really. Best linebacking corps in the league without him.

  13. Gavinsdad Says:

    Was there a clear winner (leader) in 2011 Lights? I don’t remember seeing anyone gush over a leg 1 version. Perhaps leg 2 will bring forth a beast

  14. DukeOfLizards Says:

    There are heads everywhere, Silly.

  15. EL Duderino Says:

    @ silly

    Yer the farthest thing from Crazy

  16. Guyute711 Says:

    Yeah Kaveh, I’m not pissed at the west coasters, just pissed I’m not a part of the upcoming festivities. Without a fall tour I now feel left out in the cold. Pretty ridiculous after the touring I just finished up. Getting a bit greedy these days.

  17. EL Duderino Says:

    Leg 1 Light seemed to have been dialed back from let’s say Fall ’10 and summer leg 2 ’10

  18. Tray Anastasio Says:


    could be worse, man! At least you don’t live in the midwest/plains

  19. kenny powers Says:

    totally would love to rock the beard again….i even get red hairs strew in around the goatee and stache area which is odd. but working in direct patient care they require it to be close cropped. fuck that, if i go beard i’m going all out.

  20. kenny powers Says:

    me in ’98


  21. EL Duderino Says:

    WOW that doesn’t even look like you KP

  22. Guyute711 Says:

    Leo, 72 million dollars for Charles Johnson of the Panthers? Never heard of him.

  23. Leo Weaver Says:

    Great lookaway pose kp.

  24. Kaveh Says:

    worried about Nick Barnett leaving GB?
    I’m not, really. Best linebacking corps in the league without him.

    ^Nope…Pack has plenty of talent; deep talent at linebacker. D-Line needs some thickening, but overall; the Champs are looking good. BUT, champion or no champion; the Packers need to go out and earn their victories every game, just like everyone else.

  25. Kaveh Says:

    i even get red hairs strew

    ^Mine are grey…but I’m a couple days in on a beard now…and the mideastern in me will be in fine form for Gorge, Tahoe and then at UIC….watch out! 🙂 I’m letting my freak flag fly.

Leave a Reply