Three More Jams From June

Bethel Woods (Chris Klein)

Over the past two weeks, including the 2011 installment Ten Tunes For Friday that kicked off the celebration of this summer, we have looked at many of the band’s stellar moments from the opening leg. Today we wind down our capsule reviews of the standout jams from June as we prepare ourselves to take in many more highlights during August.


Down with Disease -> Maze 6.14 II, Alpharetta, GA

6.14.11 - Alpharetta (G.Lucas via webcast)

Another in the series of Summer 2011 “Down With Diseases,” this version provided the highlight of Alpharetta’s opening night. Tearing out of the composition with a well-phrased solo, Trey led the band through some momentum-building rock and roll. Soaring at a breakneck pace, Mike dropped thunderous bass lines behind the high-sped jaunt. Breaking the sprint, Trey switched it up in with a series of rhythms chops that brought the band into uncharted waters. Page hopped on his Rhodes while the band shifted gears into a percussive texture with Fishman acting as the anchor of the jam. Gradually, the band oozed into a more abstract-then-ambient conversation, building the jam outwards and into a spacier milieu. Fishman’s beats carried through this experimental playing, grounding the band’s abstract playing with hard rhythms. Within the last couple minutes of the jam, Phish got into some seriously “Storage-esque” territory, foreshadowing their emerging improvisational style while touching the outer rings of the galaxy. As Fishman came in with the opening hi-hat to “Maze,” the band had found their landing point.

Taking the momentum from this creative trek and injecting it directly into “Maze,” Phish tore apart a version that sounded akin in intensity and communication to its mid-Nineties predecessors. Both Trey and Page’s solo smoked and the rest of the band contributed to complex and creative backing canvas. Coming to a face-melting peak with Trey’s solo and accompanying effects, Phish totally annihilated this “Maze,” getting in touch with the song’s essence of madness and musical mania.



Crosseyed and Painless” 6.27 I, Bethel, NY

Official Bethel Print (Stout)

On the first night of tour, Phish had just finished a stunning sequence of “Waves > Caspian” when they dropped into a deep-second-set “Crosseyed.” Juxtaposing  the abstract and enchanting journey of “Waves”with a fire-filled and seething rendition of “Crosseyed,” the band had gone for the jugular on the first night of tour. But the most engaging music of this piece came once band reprised “Still waiting…” and collectively slowed into demonic territory. Maintaining a beat behind this menacing music, Fishman gave this section a danceable cadence as the other three members dove into the underworld. Toying with a chord progression that echoed the murky end of Walnut Creek’s epic “Mike’s” jam from 1997. It was the first night 2011 Phish, and things were already flying off the meat rack.



Sand” 6.11 I, Columbia, MD

6.11.11 - Columbia, MD B.Ferguson)

During the opening leg of summer (and Super Ball), Phish played a total of six “Sands,” and every single one smoked. The second of these six came in Merriweather Post Pavilion’s first of four sets, and stood out right away with its jazz-based, lockstep interplay. Launching into the jam with a smooth be-bop lick, Trey set a jazzy tone right from the get go. While Page clavved like his life depended on it, Mike stepped up and responded to Trey’s thoughtful riffs with those of his own. In laid-back, co-leadership, the guitarists maintained the spotlight during this rendition, As the band progressed from their swanky interplay into a more aggressive exchanges, Page hopped to piano and joined in the fray. The whole band maintained a sharp focus as they collectively reached a peak in which Trey released “cries of terror” from his guitar—an effect he used throughout the tour. Though everyone will have their favorite version from tour, Merriweather’s excursion in jazz-fusion stood out immediately upon relisten.



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519 Responses to “Three More Jams From June”

  1. Chuck sweD Says:

    just take all the “moments in a box: june” and put them back to back… pretty solid list of 10-15 jams (i didn’t count)

  2. Type III Jamming Personality Disorder Says:


  3. MrCompletely Says:

    “thoughts on DP 19 – 10/19/73?”

    Underrated and slept-on a bit. Mostly a typically great Fall ’73 show with normal-for-the-era highlights (TLEO, Row Jimmy, Playin, Eyes, Stella, China Rider), picked and released for the classic Dark Star > Dew centerpiece featuring 5+ minute Mind Left Baseball segment…very nice

    all Fall ’73 Dark Stars are good. 10/19, 10/25, 10/30, 11/11, DS jam on 11/30, 12/6 & 12/18, most of them featuring a MLB jam at one point or another – I call this lineup plus 2/24/74 the “main sequence” of dark star development, a little nerd joke there

    10/19 kickstarts the main sequence in style. drop a massive Dark Star out in the boonies on the first show of the tour following the relatively jamless september shows – a definite statement.

  4. Mike in Austin Says:

    That video was cool PhamB. Thanks.

  5. EL Duderino Says:

    CNN Breaking News…

    Wolf Blitzer is a Douche!

  6. MrCompletely Says:

    BTW it is absofuckinglutely beautiful and perfect weather all week here in pdx….just wow

  7. phoammhead Says:

    i need to go save a whale to raise my spirits . . . or, just raise a spirit 😉

  8. Robear Says:

    Room mate advice. So many treasures on the board 🙂

  9. MrCompletely Says:

    just got Gorge tix today

    its on!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  10. Dr Pronoia Says:

    thanks C, just grabbed it from the blog linked to earlier.

    best 80s Dicks Pick?

    Oh, and that’s a great idea Chuck…duh. On it now…

  11. phoammhead Says:

    really hot in cool, green asheville right now

    about 90 or so

    i’ve been following weather forecast for gorge and looks to be heating up a little but doesn’t look like we’ll see 100s only low 90s at the most, which is manageable . . . it is summer afterall

  12. Mulitbeast Says:

    Speaking of the Gorge and weather….the weather looks to be pretty durn great next Friday/Sat/Sun.

  13. Mulitbeast Says:

    What phoam said.

  14. alf Says:

    tough to beat a monster playin’

    ::drive by with DP 18 cranked to 11 complete::

  15. Phamily Berzerker Says:

    Wait what?

    C when to Gorge plans materialize?

  16. Phamily Berzerker Says:

    :grammar fail:

  17. Kaveh Says:

    best 80s Dicks Pick?

    ^LOVE 11.01.85. Pure $$$$$, in my opinion.

  18. DaNcInG fOoL Says:

    I’ve prob listened to DP 19 disc 3 more than anything else, just cuz it’s some of the most chilled playing ever. Def doesn’t get as much love as it should

  19. snowbank Says:


    If the Seahawks keep getting better in Free Agency, PC is going to have to have a really good reason for not winning games next season.

    Weather looks awesome for the Gorge. It might even be chilly leaving the show.

    Go team.

  20. MrCompletely Says:

    best 80s DP is #21, 11-1-85, though I am biased by attendance. Skip set 1.

    3-27-88 from the Download Series is also quality but again I was there

  21. MrCompletely Says:

    fuck. hearing a *lot* of reasons from smart people why the haynesworth thing could work for the Pats. Hmmmmmm

    @pham, wife made it happen for me pretty much out of the blue.

  22. Gavinsdad Says:

    Nice work C (tix, wife, plans). Good times in store

  23. MrCompletely Says:

    as chilled as a set with a Tiger jam in it can be

    but yeah. it’s beautiful. that’s the keyword for 10-19: beautiful

  24. Mulitbeast Says:

    Yes Yes Yes to the weather outlook at da Gorge.

    PS – Digging the Mos Dub remix collection. Mix by the man behind Ghostphunk.

  25. alf Says:

    ::lines up DP 19 in the car cd player & drives off::

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