The End of the Road

UIC Pavilion (C.Smith)

We have come to the end of the road. What started on Memorial Day weekend at Bethel Woods will wind down this Labor Day weekend just outside of Denver, Colorado—and what a road it has been. Regardless of what may happen for New Year’s and beyond, this is time to appreciate and celebrate the tremendous music that Phish has cranked all summer long and all the unforgettable times that have gone along with IT.

Beginning with “Boogie On -> Waves -> Caspian > Crosseyed”on the opening night of Summer, Phish built upon the foundation of 2009 and 2010 and reinvented themselves this year. The band is back to creating original music, experimenting in new directions, and exploring sounds unique to this year alone. Armed with a diversity of jamming styles, razor sharp chops across the board and a willingness to explore again, Phish has made Summer 2011 a tour that will go down in history.  Colorado will cap a season—and possibly a year—of music that many doubted could or would ever happen again. And in this summer of timeless Phish, the band has dropped more than a few handfuls of golden jams and frozen moments. And to think this has all happened in 2011…

6.10.11 - Camden (G.Lucas)

What started as multi-legged 33-show monster has dwindled to a single three-pack. But the next three nights in Dick’s Stadium could be some of the shows we are talking about incessantly for months until we hear another note of live Phish. It isn’t like like band to go out with a whisper, and after a summer in which they have transformed as an improvisational unit, these three shows have serious potential. Three-nights stands have produced some of the highest highs of the modern era, and just this summer we have seen Phish absolutely incinerate Bethel Woods, Super Ball, and UIC Pavilion. And now, one more three-pack in the mountains of Colorado to stamp the summer complete.

6.4.11 - Cleveland (M.Stein)

Though life is truly lived in each unfolding moment, it is sometimes helpful to pause and appreciate the road traveled. And when gazing back over our shoulder at the past 30 shows of the season, what a truly astounding ride it has been it is, and something for which to be grateful for all eternity. From Bethel’s “Halley’s” to Clarkston’s “Disease” to Cincinnati’s “Tweezer” to Darien’s “2001” to Camden’s “Curtain With” to Atlanta’s storm-interrupted escapade to Charlotte’s “Ghost” to Portsmouth’s “Sand” to Super Ball’s Storage Jam and “Reba > Bowie” to the Gorge’s “Rock and Roll” to Tahoe’s “Light” to UIC’s “Undermind” and everything in between, 2011 has been nothing short of a revelation in the Phish universe and an amazing time to be a fan. And regardless of how long it is until the band’s next scheduled show, anyone who has followed along this summer can sit back and smile.

But no sitting yet. We have three more nights and many moments that will stay with us forever. See you at the stadium!

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838 Responses to “The End of the Road”

  1. c0wfunk Says:

    And now for something completely different.

  2. phloridaphan Says:

    For the love of god. Please play a Suzy like 12/28/03

  3. c0wfunk Says:

    What I head was good.. stash nicely done. I started nodding out a bit during sally and dreamed the rest of the set mostly

  4. c0wfunk Says:

    Suddenly its extra sibilant like thy turnedup the sssssss

  5. Mike in Austin Says:

    That Miami Suzy was great.

  6. phloridaphan Says:

    Extra funk section

  7. ThePigSong Says:

    that crowd is going bonkers!

    pages house!

  8. phloridaphan Says:

    That Suzy got pretty far out there

  9. Mike in Austin Says:

    Pages Field!

  10. ThePigSong Says:

    fell asleep during Sally?

  11. phloridaphan Says:

    Suzy reprise?

  12. c0wfunk Says:

    Friggin genius grabbing those organ chords at the peak of th solo love those keyboard shots I could watc that shot the whole show

  13. c0wfunk Says:

    I know right? Long weekd

  14. Mike in Austin Says:

    I still hear Living After Midnight each time.

  15. c0wfunk Says:

    Oo there’s th scents great

  16. Tom Says:

    scents

  17. phloridaphan Says:

    No intro. Miner s smile slightly smaller

  18. plord Says:

    Man, they totally could have played the intro out of Soul Shakedown OR Steam. But I’ll take it.

  19. c0wfunk Says:

    I think at this point in the set good call with no slow intro

  20. phloridaphan Says:

    Hell yeah

  21. ThePigSong Says:

    ^what Mike says!

    I wonder why the band feels the need to jolt straight from type II territory into a song lately? Suzy and Julius come directly to mind. Just seems like they could work their way into…uoppp there it is…Scents and jolt folks out of the type II coma a little more smoothly.

  22. phloridaphan Says:

    True

  23. locust the lurker Says:

    Just tuning in. Crazy “S” show, eh?

  24. ThePigSong Says:

    btw – scents started as I was typing it, which means I jedi’d the band into playing S&SS. welcome.

  25. c0wfunk Says:

    Nah I love a good trey jumpstart

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