Three Eras of Tube”

6.6.09 - Great Woods (Graham Lucas)

Today we take a glimpse at three generations of “Tube.” Enjoy. And if you need more “Tubes” to listen to when you are done with this sample size, check out some others here. Have a great Thursday!


7.16.98 II, George, WA

This wide-open funk jam oozes with the sound of the Gorge. Over-sized, chunky bass lines anchor this version as Trey adds all sorts of wah-groove into the mix. Trey then set some loops as Page sculpts the sound alongside him, adding a whole different, cathartic ambiance to the music. Returning to an extended series of slamming, whole-band grooves, this Gorge version has always been one of my go-to favorites



2.22.03 II, Cincinnati, OH

This explosive version kicked off one of the marquee sets of February ‘03’s comeback tour at The Crown in Cincinnati. Both Trey and Page stood out in a jam that moves far beyond anything we’ve heard recently. This furious rendition took over the entire arena, whose roar you can hear in multiple mid-jam peaks. Fishman keeps a driving, cymbal-heavy beat chugging for the duration of this best-of-the-post-hiatus era “Tube.”



6.18.09 I, Burgettstown, PA

Though its Star Lake show was nothing spectacular, this first set “Tube” remains the most significant of the modern era. Page’s takes an extended clav solo as Trey comps him with a diversity of rhythm patterns and pitch-bent notes. Trey then moves on, hitting some high-octave lead lines before the band comes back together in swanky groove and the final verse of the song.



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271 Responses to “Three Eras of Tube””

  1. albert walker Says:

    we just did both of ours one stand up one bathtub Robear

    my girl claims she will use the bathtub one day but I bet she won’t.

    seems like the kind of thing peeps may want in the house whether you need it or not as far as resale

    I wash the dog on it I guess. my rich uncle just built a house that has a shower in the garage for the dog. now that would be nice.

  2. garretc Says:

    Here’s me, cruising along the interwebs thinking “Hey, Seun Kuti’s playing PDX, eh? Pretty sweet, oh and the venue is even pretty close by! Word, let’s go investigate further!”

    And lo and behold: 21+

    Balls. Does Portland hate young music lovers?


  3. Mike in Austin Says:

    Every house needs one bathtub, yet not every bathroom needs a bathtub (IMO).

  4. Type III Jamming Personality Disorder Says:

    tub is essential for rugrat cleansing routines
    and wifey relaxation protocols

  5. Mike in Austin Says:

    I hate SXSW. Seun Kuti playing here for example. Only the SXSW badgeholders can get in, and then the band moves on.

    Bands come to Austin for SXSW, but Austinites never get to hear them.

  6. Mike in Austin Says:

    I have a shower outside for my dog. Called a hose.

  7. Mike in Austin Says:

    Selling a house? Fill bathtub with water, floating candles and rose pedals. Buyers suddenly get all mushy and want a glass of pinot grigio to soak in it.

    Tough as hell to do that in a shower.

  8. Type III Jamming Personality Disorder Says:

    seriously, for resale, tub is the way to go especially if is the only bathroom in the house. versatility. you can stand in a tub but it is kind of awkward sitting in a shower. or so I’m told.

  9. Type III Jamming Personality Disorder Says:

    me and the Camden Curtain (With) might run away together.
    I’m smitten.

  10. Calpain Says:

    drive-by phish thought:

    the 2011 Raleigh Split has some nice patient jamming, melodic and grooving. Did not recall that jam being anything special in person, but I really dug it on re-spin this morning.

  11. dorn76 Says:

    1 tub for washing kids and for resale.

  12. dorn76 Says:

    Totally fucking useless otherwise.

  13. TreasureReprise Says:

    PDX is indeed terrible for the under 21 crowd that likes live music. Unless, you’re into pop-punk, the Hawthorne Theater is a Mecca.

    At least for touring acts that can sell about 1000 tickets, you can catch a show at the Roseland Theater or Crystal Ballroom in the sectioned off all-ages sections, which is actually much more prime real estate us over the hill drunks get.

  14. halcyon Says:

    Africa In Your Earbuds mix by Chico Man of Antibalas

  15. Guyute711 Says:

    Countdown to occupy Duderino’s house. I will be squatting there and we shall see if he can remove me upon his return.

  16. garretc Says:


    Tell me about it! At least 5 or 6 concerts I’ve really wanted to see the last two years have been 21+… Thank god for my “step-dad” Mr. C, else I would have been shut out of Mike Gordon’s show last year! Haha

    Oh well, only 2.5 months to go!

  17. albert walker Says:

    5 day S&P vol is 1.9

    holy fuck. sorry volatility may not be excited to most.

  18. albert walker Says:

    that shit is hot HAL. spun it through post work the other night. great little mix of killer tracks. can’t go wrong with anything that is orchestre poly heavy

  19. tela'smuff Says:

    i still don’t think they’ve played a truly great Stash in 3.0. I hope that changes this summer.

  20. Dr Pronoia Says:

    Ok I can’t hold out any longer

    Can someone please link me to some easily downloadable best of or representative albums/shows for both Seun and Greensky?

    Sick of not knowing what the hell you guys are talking about

    Much appreciated!

  21. albert walker Says:

    I do agree 100% Tela but on respins that AC Stash is def some top shelf 3.0

    it’s just Stash is a raging aggro beast in it’s finest form

    but for pure 3.0 jamminess that Stash is def a go to piece. some killer full band stuff with a few nice permutations

  22. albert walker Says:

    Seun Kuti and the Egyptian 80 – From Africa With Fury:Rise!

  23. tela'smuff Says:

    yeah, that’s the version i added to my best of 3.0 versions playlist. i need my Lopes and Stash’s to be furious and evil. good call on the Utica Lope. can’t believe i forgot that one. that’s what i need in a Lope.

    now, they are getting close on Melt’s. good weirdness, but a bit more aggro and they need to nail the ending.

    Bethel Halley’s is in my top 10 for jams of 3.0. Mike is laying down one epic idea after another.

  24. tela'smuff Says:

    ok AW, what about best Paug of 3.0? I know you like that Hollywood version. I like the Finger Lakes version from ’10. it’s another 3.0 song hard to nail down for one version that’s head over heals better, i think, maybe..

    i won’t even ask on Mike’s.

  25. albert walker Says:

    i believe peeps like Darien which is nice

    but for my $$$$ I’d go with MSG 2011. nice little techno funk feel for a bit. nice Trey lead. real locked groove compared to some slop in this song in other versions.

    I also thought Blossom 2010 was kinda funky

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