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.

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510 Responses to “Mid-Week Musings”

  1. Leo Weaver Says:

    Georgia boy…small-town country boy, knows hard work, great attitude. He sacked my little brother in a HS game a few years back. He’s good and will only get better over the next couple years.

  2. Kaveh Says:

    @KP…what the hell are you looking at in that photo? 🙂

  3. Kaveh Says:

    @G711: Enjoy what you have seen, as you have know. I only saw two shows on leg 1 and am totally satisfied…especially since I knew my wife and I were going to have a killer West Coast vacation with some Phish shows thrown in the mix.

  4. Guyute711 Says:

    I don’t even want to live in the northeast let alone the midwest.

  5. Jtran Says:


    hahah nice! That’s great

    Spinning this set 2 this morning


    Random pick

  6. Guyute711 Says:

    The more shows you see, the more shows you want to see. I have already seen more shows this year than any year before.

  7. Gavinsdad Says:

    I grow the full red beard myself. Hah.


  8. SillyWilly Says:

    Getting pumped for football season

    college two-a-days getting ready to start in the next couple weeks

    conditioning sessions getting intense right about now.

    younger kids getting sick to their stomach thinking about scrimmaging the seniors.

    anxiety abounds.

    it’s gonna be hot, hot, hot

  9. EL Duderino Says:

    nice GDad!

  10. Guyute711 Says:

    Leo, if the Panthers were smart they would make a play for Orton. Maybe Cam pans out but I wouldn’t expect much out of the team this year and a little insurance would be nice.

  11. SillyWilly Says:

    Gdad and the ’91 style semi-Flatbrim

  12. EL Duderino Says:

    more like the trucker hat/flat brim

  13. lastwaltzer Says:

    @gd, ball light is the only one ill go back to.

  14. kenny powers Says:

    @ kaveh

    haha, i was probably doing my best Trey while he’s playing face, although i smiled too much instead of just having my mouth agape with a slightly concerned squint in my eyes.

  15. Leo Weaver Says:

    Yeah G…I’m not sold on either of our QBs. I think they should’ve let Cam go elsewhere, picked up a topflight WR, OL, or DL in draft, then a veteran QB to give JC a little more time before throwing in the towel on him. FTR, I don’t think Clausen will ever do anyting in the NFL…don’t think much more of Cam.

  16. alf Says:

    think i might take a train home from chicago

    13 hours overnight. yikes!

    would rather it be daylight, but seems like the sun coming up as we cruise along lake erie would be pretty cool

  17. kenny powers Says:

    awesome GDad! 90s stud muffin

  18. Leo Weaver Says:

    Great photos gdad!

  19. Mr palmer Says:

    Sick mullet !

  20. Guyute711 Says:

    They had to take Cam unfortunately. If they didn’t and he succeeded they would never hear the end of it. Something like taking Leaf instead of Peyton Manning. Know what I’m saying?

  21. Gavinsdad Says:

    Owned many a “fitted” back then too…even before in high school…my first was an old Washington senators jawn…but we still arched the brim back then. Makes me a little squeamish seeing that Yanks hat knowing what a Benedict Arnold I’ve become (er, go Phils?)

  22. Gavinsdad Says:

    Mitch – that pregnant girl at the bottom is Robyn….kyra was in her belly there….god street were playing in my backyard that day for my bros bs graduation…AJ and AW met kyra at pitchfork last week….she’s 20. Yikes!!

  23. EL Duderino Says:

    i used to sport a fitted SF Giants hat when I did my first grow hair long thing… then the GD/w the steal your face on the back ball cap as well.

  24. Leo Weaver Says:

    Know exactly what you’re saying. Should be interesting this year.

  25. Summer98 Says:

    @leo, you mentioned needing a ride to or from the gorge a while ago. Looks like I’ll have at least one extra seat FYI.

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