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. MrCompletely Says:

    yeah that extended forecast for the gorge looks amazing

  2. MrCompletely Says:

    11-1-85 was the deepest mindfuck show I saw pre-Miami. But I was 16 and spun so there you go. But there was a lot of chaos and suffering at that gig and the band responded with the show of the year…possibly the best show of the stretch from 1980 to 1988 depending on your taste

  3. Snigglebeach Says:

    pats just signed my boy 85. look out mr.c

  4. ThePigSong Says:

    I hadn’t been paying much attention to the fracking talk, but if you are interested in the subject further than just saying fuck it (fracking) – This American Life has this podcast.

    It’s so-so as far as entertainment value, pretty informative though. I’ve been a little too jaded lately to try and care about anything political.

  5. MrCompletely Says:

    good luck with that!

  6. willowed Says:

    The Pats are signing a lot of head cases. I know Bill is great but maybe this ego is getting a little out of control

  7. willowed Says:

    This is also a sign that Brady only has a few peak years left.

    My golden boy is getting old

  8. willowed Says:

    That Hall of Fame jacket shit after TD’s aint going to fly with Big Bill

  9. Guyute711 Says:

    You got plenty out of Brady even if he doesn’t get another ring. He’s still no Joe Montana.

  10. Chuck sweD Says:

    really, he should give at least one of the rings back…

  11. dusty Says:

    I’m still partial to 12/31/95 with Trey popping and kicking balloons larger than him.

  12. willowed Says:

    Montana – come on. He was playing with hall of famers during those SB wins
    Brady won with average players
    Montana played in a different era when teams were stacked. This is a different NFL Guyute.

  13. voopa Says:

    That’ll happen.

  14. MrCompletely Says:

    interesting that Seahawks fans are happy about these moves. All the sharps and analysts seem to think the last couple days have been catastrophic for them

  15. Mr. Palmer Says:

    Love 3/27/88. Birthday show for me. ( I was not in attendance, 15 in ’88). Both sets. Thin Man and To Lay me Down in set 1, plus a Let it Grow to close.

    Set II is just a phenomenal set.

    Set 2: Sugar Magnolia > Scarlet Begonias > Fire On The Mountain > Scarlet Begonias, Estimated Prophet > Eyes Of The World > Drums > Space > Goin’ Down the Road Feeling Bad > I Need A Miracle > Dear Mr. Fantasy > Sunshine Daydream, E: U.S. Blues

    ^^ come on now!

  16. Guyute711 Says:

    Montana was those most clutch QB ever, he was also playing against other teams that were stacked. Still love the story about him pointing out John Candy in the crowd on the final drive of the SB. As cool as the other side of the pillow. Plus I hear he’s making a comeback.

  17. Mr. Palmer Says:

    So What jam before Sugar Mags taboot!

  18. willowed Says:

    Mr. C did I hear that the Seahawks signed S. Rice and Tavares Jackson?

    Rice must be like, fuck, I can’t get awy from this jack ass.

    Terrible moves.

  19. jdub Says:

    Brady is pretty clutch himself. Hard to compare across eras but what Brady did in his prime is as good as any sustained performance by a QB. Montana was more likeable, I’ll give you that.

  20. MrCompletely Says:

    I actually like Hampton ’87 more than ’88 but there are no clean sbds in circ so the shows are badly undervalued

    would have been nice if Thin Man stuck around and took half the Queen Jane slots but it really is a very long song…no Desolation Row, but still…

    TLMD was a huge kickdown and the biggest news of he tour for sure

  21. Guyute711 Says:

    Seattle, where WR’s go to die.

  22. Chuck sweD Says:

    i’d trade neckbeard orton for montana… any takers?

  23. Guyute711 Says:

    Brady can be rattled by pressure, the Giants proved that. I don’t remember Montana being rattled until he went to the Chiefs.

  24. willowed Says:

    Montana may be clutch but he can’t control his high blood pressure

    That shit won’t happen to Tommy Golden Boy. He eats high blood pressure for breakfast

  25. MrCompletely Says:

    why sign sidney rice for big $$$ when you got tarvaris jackson – who won’t be able to get him the ball?

    shoulda gone kyle orton at qb imo…if they actually want to win, that is. solid basic inexpensive plug-in QB

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