Miner’s Picks: Summer Leg II

"Rock and Roll" - 8.5.11 - The Gorge (Graham Lucas)

Phish was riding high from a standout June tour and phenomenal festival when the hit the road for their second leg of summer. Beginning at the West Coast musical shrine of the Gorge, things started on an incredibly high note. From night one of tour we saw Phish integrate their newest abstract style of “storage jamming” into their live shows. Throwing down a seminal piece of modern-generation Phish on the first night of tour in “Rock and Roll -> Meatstick” things were off and running in a hurry. Pushing forward in their stylistic reinvention, the band incorporated this new-style psychedelia into all of their shows, even if only in small spots. The band was moving forward again, and there was no looking back. Following the night of insanity at the Gorge came the LA “Piper,” Tahoe’s “Light” and “Ghost,” UIC’s “Elements Set” of 8.15 and the next night’s “Down With Disease.” The band was comfortable taking massive musical risks again, and more often than not they were succeeding with flying colors. On a tour that lasted only two weeks, Phish still managed to crank out quite a few highlights. Capped at UIC by the only indoor stand of the summer, Phish’s second leg like it passed in a blink…but the music remains. My favorite pieces from Leg Two are below.

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“Roggae” – 8.5 I, Quincy, WA

The laid-back, West Coast psychedelic vibe took hold right away at the Gorge, sinking in deeply with this surreal sunset version of “Roggae.”

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“Rock and Roll -> Meatstick -> Boogie On” – 8.5 II

The jam of the year and, perhaps, the defining musical sequence of the modern era. Page’s Theremin was re-introduced in the live setting after the band’s groundbreaking Storage Jam, bringing new sounds into the mix while facilitating a new style of abstract jamming.

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“Farmhouse” – 8.5 II

“Oh snap! Did Miner just drop a “Farmhouse” on his picks?!” Indeed, I did. The cosmic energy from the previous 50 minutes spilled over into a beautifully reflective version of Phish’s ballad.

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“Wolfman’s -> Maze” – 8.6 I, Quincy, WA

Passing through a “Heartbreaker” tease within the monstrous rhythms of the jam, Phish built from this groove-based outing into “Maze,” a combo that cranked up the intensity of the first set.

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8.6.11 (G.Lucas)

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Tweezer > Caspian -> Sand -> Tweezer” – 8.6 II

If wide-open Phish grooves are your thing, this sequence is for you. Featuring an underrated “Tweezer” and my favorite “Sand” from the second leg, this is a can’t miss sequence of dance floor Phish. The “Sand -> Tweezer” is below.

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“Run Like an Antelope” – 8.6 II

Musically recapping most of the set within the song’s intro, Phish finished the job with a “Golden Age” jam in the “Antelope.” A supercharged version in a season that wasn’t necessarily full of them.

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“Tube” – 8.8 I, Hollywood, CA

A powerhouse few minutes from the first set of Hollywood.

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“Piper” – 8.8 II

This standout “Piper” capped a fierce (and underrated) set-opening sequence of “Carini > Crosseyed > Twist” at the Hollywood Bowl, and became the improvisational highlight of the show.

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“David Bowie” – 8.9 I

This rarely-placed, mid-first set “Bowie” anchored a strong opening set in Tahoe with a dark and intricate excursion.

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8.10.11 - Lake Tahoe (John Crouch)

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“Light” – 8.9 II, Stateline, NV

An exploratory, bass led epic that—like the Gorge’s “Rock and Roll”—reached musical places never before touched in the band’s career.

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“Chalk Dust -> Slave” – 8.9 II

Two ripping renditions of classic songs that were tactfully bridged by an delicate breakdown of “Chalk Dust.”

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“Runaway Jim > Ghost” – 8.10 II, Stateline, NV

In my mind, Phish should have rode out the magical plane they found in “Runaway Jim,” but they didn’t. Cutting a potentially stellar jaunt short with “Ghost,” the band took the second piece from rock to storage psychedelia in a version that takes the cake for the best of a weak second leg for the song.

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“Wolfman’s Brother” – 8.15 I, Chicago, IL

With a completely original jam all together, this version gets my vote for “Wolfman’s” of the year.

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“Reba” – 8.15 I

Riding the cresting momentum of the first set, this “Reba” hit the spot at UIC.

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UIC Pavilion (Chad Smith)

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“Sand > Light > Dirt” – 8.15 II

The beginning combo of the “Elements Set,” a standout segment that has been overshadowed by the latter par of the frame. Phish took another dive into original, abstract, and intergalactic realms in “Light.”

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“Waves -> Undermind > Steam” – 8.15 II

One of the most compelling jam sequences of the second leg, Page broke out his Theremin again for a spiritual soiree at towards the end of “Undermind.”

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“Harry Hood” – 8.15 E

The exalting exclamation point on a remarkble night in Chicago, and the best “Hood” of the summer that wasn’t played in Colorado.

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“Chalk Dust Torture” – 8.16 I, Chicago, IL

A third-song scorcher from UIC’s second show.

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“Limb by Limb” – 8.16 I

Taken into plinkofied planes, this first set “Limb” came as a surprise and delightful highlight of its set.

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8.9.10 - Lake Tahoe (John Crouch)

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“Down with Disease -> Twist” – 8.16 II

This exploratory “Disease” touches on countless places, though settles in few; a post-hiatus style jam without the opiates. A smooth transition into “Twist” capped a wild ride.

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“Bathtub Gin” – 8.17 I, Chicago , IL

A cathartic musical farewell, albeit for only a couple weeks.

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“Crosseyed > No Quarter” – 8.17 II

The only sequence really worth including from a fun, but musically anti-climactic final set of tour.

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1,017 Responses to “Miner’s Picks: Summer Leg II”

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  1. Kurt from Indy Says:

    thanks dude, giving this tahoe light the proper one over

  2. Kurt from Indy Says:

    oh man, thats why i asked those people what song this was

  3. Matso Says:

    Nice job. The Gorge Farmhouse is a thing of soulful beauty that very much deserves to be amongst these other jams. It’s got one of those solos that Trey simply wasn’t capable of in previous eras. Mature, deep Phish. Enjoy.

    (And, if you’re into great Farmhouse’s, check out Woosta ’10, which is also stunning)

  4. Beantownboy Says:

    Great writeup and picks, Miner!

    However, I like how the Dick’s shows get their own special treatment. As they should.

  5. Mike in Austin Says:

    Wow. A Farmhouse and a Caspian in Miners Picks. Miner is going soft. 😉

  6. st8 of mind Says:

    Nice picks Miner. I like that you included a Farmhouse. I Could go for more of that.

  7. Mr. Palmer Says:

    Looks like i can spend some time on the board during the week now, in between kid drop offs and pick ups. whats shakin?

  8. Type III Jamming Personality Disorder Says:

    another great set of picks. so nice to have this many top notch songs from which to choose…

    for the losties

  9. bhizzle Says:

    something goofy with the crosseyed > no .25…crosseyed won’t play

    hey bb

  10. Type III Jamming Personality Disorder Says:

    @hizz
    seems to work fine for me

    boston peeps: I’ll be hitting Rubblebucket at the Paradise Friday night if anyone else is heading there. holla back typeiiijpd gmailarino

    @palmer
    going from that job to daddy daycare must be nice. good to see you in the daytime

  11. EL Duderino Says:

    ABB to play the Tower Theater in Upper Darby/Phili, PA. on Nov 28th & 29th
    and the Orpheum Theater – Boston, MA. on Nov. 29th, 30th, & Dec. 2nd and 3rd.

  12. EL Duderino Says:

    The whole Pink floyd catalogue was remastered and released just a couple of days ago fwiw and is up on the ‘nerd in one torrent.

  13. [Not Tom] Says:

    Finally got around to spinning The Gorge shows this week. Was not expecting what happened during Rock and Roll. I agree with Miner’s assessment that this IS the jam of 3.0.

    It’s not a direct tease/quote, but does anyone else hear Trey dropping some licks beginning around 11:10 into RnR that sound like they were inspired by By-Tor & the Snow Dogs?

  14. Jtran Says:

    Thanks for that Lost link t3. Interesting

  15. EL Duderino Says:

    12 years ago today folks… 9/28/99 Oak Mtn.

    Here: http://db.etree.org/shn/112454

    Duder’s source!
    Go get you some!

  16. [Not Tom] Says:

    Cue Leo’s affirmation of the Oak Mtn show … he’s been pimping it for years, rightly so. Scorching First Tube.

  17. kayatosh Says:

    “Looks like i can spend some time on the board during the week now, in between kid drop offs and pick ups. whats shakin?” — palmer

    ^^^ what happened? something go down at work?

    saw gary burton quartet last night. Julian Lage on guitar (23), playing w/ gary burton since he was 12, is the best guitarists I’ve ever seen live. no effects, just a hallow body electric and jaw dropping technique. He could do whatever he wanted.

  18. kayatosh Says:

    julian lage

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6HUlWCwaUwI&feature=related

  19. Mdawg Says:

    OH SNAP! More picks from Miner! Yo BB! So I am hearing 5 night MSG run from sources in music biz….

  20. phoammhead Says:

    yeah, great picks, Miner!!!

  21. [Not Tom] Says:

    @ Phoam – are you going to TAB next Thursday?

  22. phoammhead Says:

    yessir, NTom!

    hit me up

    phoamm at gmail

  23. Kaveh Says:

    Good morning BBers!

    @Miner: thanks for the Leg II picks. Those are good ones, indeed. I was revisiting the second night of the Gorge on the bus to work this morning.

  24. [Not Tom] Says:

    The auditorium looks to have perfect sightlines from every seat. Trying to work it out, as I was originally going to hit the CLT show, but something else came up that weekend.

    I’ll let you know via your email if I do.

  25. Mr. Palmer Says:

    kaya- go back to yesterday’s thread around page 14 or 15. I won’t torture the board with the sordid details again. Its a good read.

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