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”

  1. Kaveh Says:

    The whole Pink floyd catalogue was remastered and released

    ^ElDude: Thanks for the heads up…I’m starting to dl now. And did you ever check out that Jimi Winterland boxset?

  2. EL Duderino Says:

    @ Kaveh

    I have not gone back for the Hendrix BS as of yet.

    Looking forward to hearing Echos in all it’s high resolution, remastered glory

  3. EL Duderino Says:

    @ Palmer

    Just curious what your perspective is like after a night’s sleep?

  4. Gratefulcub Says:

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

    That must mean that tomorrow is the 12 year anny of the Pyramid 2001 in Memphis. That was the night that I realized there was something in the universe that i had been missing. not my first show, but it was the transformational one. Probably because the paper was bunk and we were bane free. Completely sober and still got kicked in the ass by it.

  5. Mr. Palmer Says:

    well, i filed for unemployment this am. We’ll see how that goes.

    I know that 2 other ex-employees have already reported the company to both the FBI and the IRS. The FBI is supposed to pay them a “visit” today. I’m just going to sit back and see how it unfolds for now.

    Although i’m relieved to be away from that environment, the important thing is that i need to move forward and not let this situation eat away at me. If they decide they are going to give me a hard time then i’ll have to defend myself through proper channels.

  6. [Not Tom] Says:

    I’ll be coming up on my 17 year Phishiversary in a couple of weeks. Like you Cub, my world didn’t transform after that first show, but it did 12 months later after The Fox Theater shows.

  7. Type III Jamming Personality Disorder Says:

    palmer, just watch this instructional video and take heed. 😉

  8. Mr. Palmer Says:

    Cub- Trey- Montclair.. lets do it.

  9. EL Duderino Says:

    I’m sure this will be an employer that you’ll be talking about to friends for years Palmer.

    And Yes! Defend yourself against this punk ass bully!

  10. angryjoggerz Says:

    Rocket Man!

  11. Gratefulcub Says:

    I’m in Palmer

  12. Gratefulcub Says:

    Life is nothing but a collection of stories. You now have another good one.

  13. kayatosh Says:

    palmer: still reading through from yesterday. That is unfortunate and unfair (I feel angry and i’m not even in your shoes), but maybe in turns out for the best. you handled it well.

  14. Mr. Palmer Says:

    hilarious T3.

    Cub- good deal. Now we just need to find tickets.

  15. kayatosh Says:

    I come down on the side of don’t sue vs. sue.

  16. frottage Says:

    “I’m in Palmer”

    shit, folks on this board are closer than i realized

  17. SillyWilly Says:

    morning, kids

    another day, another dollar (borrowed)

    A friendly reminder: If anyone has sinus issues, consider a humidifier. I’ve been miserable for the last week. Set up my humidifier next to my bed in the middle of the night and I slept well, and can breathe without sneezing 900 times

    best, silly.

  18. Butter Says:

    Farmhouse? But no rocket man ? Site’s gone to shit….

  19. [Not Tom] Says:

    @ frottage …. peeps on this board get together all the time. Many have become true friends in real life and the board is simply a medium to communicate.

  20. Gratefulcub Says:

    I think Frottage was referring to me saying:

    “I’m in Palmer”

    instead of

    “I’m in, Palmer”

    That is a damned useful comma

  21. [Not Tom] Says:

    Oh. NTM Fail.

  22. kayatosh Says:

    first puff in honor of a certain stoner fuck who is, without doubt, a first class person.
    PEACE

  23. Kaveh Says:

    “Oh snap! Did Miner just drop a “Farmhouse” on his picks?!”

    ^@Miner: This brought me to laughing out loud…love it!

  24. Butter Says:

    U stoner fucks, get to work

    Or at least puff one and live up to your rep

  25. kayatosh Says:

    “I’m in Palmer”
    shit, folks on this board are closer than i realized

    ^^^ post of the week, if not month. The subsequent exchange is also $$$. well done, kids.

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