Hidden Moments

6.15.2012 (Michael Stein)

In a tour filled with so many standout shows and highlight jams, there is a propensity to lose some of the less monstrous moments in the flood of musical booty. With Phish so locked this summer, even minor pieces of improv popped with a different sort of life. Below are four examples of these undercover gems.


2001” 6.8 II, Worcester, MA

Official Worcester Print (Vogl)

When Phish broke out the first “2001” of the year inside The Centrum, the place absolutely exploded, and the band responded with one of the more impressive versions we’d heard in a while. Though Trey tickled the initial half of the jam with sparse rhythms phrases, it was after the first chorus that he kicked things into high gear. Amidst a popping and collaborative dance groove, Trey painted the music with thick James Brown teases, before working his way into a legitimate solo for the only time in “2001” this summer. With a funk-fusion sensibility, Trey tore off liquid leads that upped the entire excursion to another level. Sliding right into the final chorus on Fish’s intricate textures, Trey’s acrobatics continued in the breaks between each part of  “2001’s” theme. Hitting the apex as if shot out of a cannon, the band wouldn’t play another version quite like this over Leg One.



Tube” 6.15 I, Atlantic City, NJ

Though “Tube” has largely been left alone this era, contributing only a couple minutes of groove to first sets, in Atlantic City, the guys nailed a version that should be recognized. Extending beyond 3.0 standards, this “Tube” possessed a perfect tempo from the jump. While Page demolished his clav, Trey dove into meaty comping patterns that set the tone for the whole band to loosen into the jam. Passing the baton to Gordon, Trey stepped back, allowing the bass to direct the next segment. Moving through several stop/start throwdowns, this “Tube”  palpably juiced the afternoon crowd in the opening set of the weekend. For the first half of tour, I started every morning—er, late afternoon—with this selection.



Bathtub Gin” 6.19 I, Portsmouth, VA

6/19 Official Print (Spike Press)

Jedi antics aside, Phish’s first night at nTelos Pavilion didn’t feature much memorable music. In fact, the first set significantly outshone the second, and this “Bathtub Gin” is one of the reasons why. Taking a slower approach to the jam—akin to the Worcester version—Trey laid back at the onset of this conversation while the band bounced ideas off each other. As the guys, methodically, built this jam, Trey gradually emerged from the shadows. And when the latter half of the piece arrived, he took full command, showering the audience with six-string marksmanship, while leading the troops to a blistering peak. Without moving outside the box, the band engaged in airtight interplay throughout this first set standout, converging in the most cohesive jam of the night.



Farmhouse” 7.1 II, East Troy, WI

Much like the Gorge in 2011, when Phish completed a long segment of deep, psychedelic jamming at Alpine Valley this summer, they came back to earth via “Farmhouse.” And in each instance—the song’s only appearance of the respective tours—the band’s cosmic energy spilled right into the ballad. Following “Light > Ghost > Back on the Train,” Phish unveiled an incredibly delicate take on “Farmhouse,” featuring an emotional, though minimalist, guitar solo over a sparse rhythmic backing. Mike played a counterpoint lead to Trey’s dripping melodies, and Page’s piano accompaniment provided the final layer of this introspective bliss.



Jam of the Day:

Sand > Roggae” 6.22 II, Cincy, OH

This stellar, late-set pairing from Cincy saw both jams go off.

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296 Responses to “Hidden Moments”

  1. Jtran Says:

    doc p

    just be discreet and you’re fine. Don’t smoke on the popular beaches though (smoking illegal at most)

  2. Jtran Says:

    or…just follow “be discreet” and smoke at the beach

  3. kayatosh Says:


    ^^^ the aforementioned jerry merl 74 show

  4. voopa Says:

    Smoke anywhere, just don’t blow it in a cop’s face. Otherwise, be respectful (see what I did there?).

  5. DaNcInG fOoL Says:

    I feel like it’s the same as Toronto.

  6. thedayman Says:

    greetings, bb. adding st. louis to the tour docket. anyone with a line on a floor prease let me know. thank you, and have a great day.

  7. Multibeast Says:

    I remember realizing walking down the streets of Madison WI in 96, you can puff anywhere, as long you act like it is no big deal. Maybe a buddy could light up a cig to cover up the smell. Did I ever get busted puffing out of doors? Nope. Was it super smart to do this? Probably not.

  8. Robear Says:

    PB, I got nothin for you and yours re: bill graham. I don’t even know that I’m on the list at this point.*

    *i think i am, but don’t know.

  9. kayatosh Says:

    DC (6.29) 2012 Disease — $$$. right into sand. tasty

  10. kayatosh Says:

    call me kaya’d, but 6.29.12 is the sleeper sand of tour — $$$. cosmic funk. gordo is especially dope.

  11. Phamily Berzerker Says:

    No worries, Huggiebear.

    I set the table accordingly.

    I am looking for an extra any night for my would be hostess. A quality gal who likes to get down and go down. Surely, someone here could help me and themselves by helping her.

    Seriously, the scene need more quality gals and I have one to bring who is single, professional, good-looking, party gal dancer/rager.

    I am looking out for both of us.

  12. voopa Says:

    My neighbor, the one that was harboring the kid that ripped us off last week, told me the other night that he’s working the BG shows and can get tix for $10. I laughed.

  13. kayatosh Says:

    6.29.12 twist also $$$. sleeper style.

    SF will hold many firsts. first 3 night stand (?). first seeing phish in SF. first cross country journey for phish. exciting to have this opportunity to feel the tingle.

  14. DaNcInG fOoL Says:

    first 3 night stand kaya? you’ve been missing out.

  15. Mr. Palmer Says:

    Gdad- tickethunter- sharkhunter..

    the beach plaid is awesome! Classic.

  16. kayatosh Says:

    that i can remember. have done plenty back to back nights. have even done some triples, but never in the same venue for 3. you doing sf, df?

  17. Mr. Palmer Says:

    Contemplating grabbing Jack White tix for Radio City.. yay or nay?

  18. kayatosh Says:

    love the 6.29 gin too — $$$. the shiff and fihs get me everytime. i extracted rift from the set, making it a $$$ set II opening 4.

  19. DaNcInG fOoL Says:

    yep kaya, doing sf

  20. DaNcInG fOoL Says:

    i mean the city

  21. kayatosh Says:

    nice, df. great choice.

  22. kayatosh Says:

    water polo — hard core!

  23. voopa Says:

    Risking backlash, I’ll admit that I really dug Jack White’s Bonnaroo set.

  24. Mr. Palmer Says:

    I really like his new album, Voops.

  25. Dr Pronoia Says:

    Thanks y’all

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