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. garretc Says:

    Great sport, kaya, definitely underrated. I think people get hung (no pun intended) up on the speedo thing, but it’s fast paced, high scoring, physical, and requires an extremely high level of fitness.

    Plus silly hats!

  2. Robear Says:

    Enjoying all the mixes from Mr C this Jerry Week.

    91 Hornsby mix
    73-74 mix
    68-69 mix

    Get this man a stint on Sirius!!!

  3. kayatosh Says:

    psyched for the City stuff. need to keep my stoke tamped down. but i’m ready now. kimock on sunday to tide me over.

  4. kayatosh Says:

    i’m in awe of polo. fitness, toughness, stamina, strength.

  5. Dorn76 Says:

    Hit me with some beach volleyball.

    Incredible fitness on those polo players, sure, but I can’t see their asses underwater.

  6. Jtran Says:

    handball on NBC sports right now. Great sport

  7. Robear Says:

    Garret when do u arrive down here?

  8. Jtran Says:

    went to a pro match in Germany once..amazed how big the crowd was for a sport I’d never heard of

    Also have a game worn handball jersey that my German friend gave me

  9. MiA Says:

    Alaska IPA for lunch. Went to a “coffee shop” with co-workers that they really wanted to try out and they had a chicken quesadilla on the menu.

    I had a moment of stupidity and ordered it (the lady said it was “great” and received it with deli sliced chicken on the inside of it. It came with a spear dill pickle.

    Complete failure of food.

  10. Mr. Palmer Says:


  11. Dorn76 Says:

    “It always did seem like it was a matter of numbers, like you really only needed a percentage of people kind of pulling psychically in the right direction in order to just avoid the worst possible scenario, and it always seemed that the positive had some kind of natural inclination to get the weight. Destroying things lacks a certain element of organization, it’s operating at a disadvantage essentially, because the idea of building things always requires some kind of agreement. Destroying things doesn’t require that, it kind of works against itself in the long run.

    Yeah, I *believe* that idea. I always believed that psychedelics meant that in a certain way. I always felt that if enough people got turned on, there would be sort of a consciousness jump, a paradigm shift in reality somehow. It’s much slower than anybody imagined. That’s the way I’ve chosen to deal with it philosophically, to avoid getting too discouraged in the meantime, just to think, well, it’s gonna take a long time.”

    From the Garcia interview posted earlier…

  12. garretc Says:

    I don’t know if I will arrive, unfortunately, Robear… This weekend filled up too much with shit to do that I’m not doing the next weekend when I make a quick moving trip up to PDX, and the possibility of going the week after BGCC might be derailed by having to drive up a friend in time to work in PDX, but I’ll keep you posted, because I’d love to make it up there this summer.

  13. kayatosh Says:

    ^^^ awesome, mr. p. thank you. long live jerry vibe.

  14. st8 of mind Says:

    I like the delicate “farmhouse”.

  15. MiA Says:


  16. MiA Says:

    I like how non-tender this Chicago ’94 “It’s Ice” is during the YEMish breakdown.

  17. Dorn76 Says:

    “Q.That could be a theme for a Dead concert … What picture would you paint right now?
    A. Well. let’s see, we should be on enormous divans with silk cushions all over, surrounded by nubile maidens feeding us peeled grapes, with huge bubbly hookahs.
    Q. You didn’t have to think about that image very long, did you?
    A. No, no, all I had to do was tune in to that rock ‘n’ roll place where things happen”

    Yeah, we know the place!

  18. MiA Says:

    I don’t know if this is Mind Left Body Jam before Bowie, but they could have jammed that out for 20 minutes, and just not played Bowie.

    Dear Phish,

    MLB Jam > What’s the Use to open in LB please.


  19. Slicksasquatch Says:

    MY FAvorite beer is mad river brewing co.s steelhead pale ale .crisp refreshing local and a beautiful label. My favorite beer on lot is an Oberon ( bells) also love the two heart. Favorite beer on tap is guinness from the burrenn in good ole Somerville mass. They do it right. Think I may join Robear for some river fun in the mountain sun today .

  20. Phlorida Phan Says:

    No 1,000 calorie 20% alcohol dogphish 120 min ipa fans here? The true king of beers!

  21. BingosBrother Says:

    Reading Demon Box by Kesey during Jer week. Apt.

    Farmhouse debuted on Conan the night Bingo kicked it. This version seemed fitting after that LoveLight Ghost. Love never dies.

    @plord : that woulda been sweet, but that Bowie rips. An MLB jam is my ultimate holy grail.

  22. dusty Says:

    Bells two heart is solid. Unpasteurized guinness is bomb. One of the many things I miss about Dublin. The bane situation there though is dismal all be it improved in recent years.

  23. Multibeast Says:

    Impressive…100 rock n roll riffs:

  24. BingosBrother Says:

    AV1 Hidden Moment – Set ending Suzy. This show had a lot of Page and this version slayed.

    AV2 Hidden Moment – 46 Days. Oh. Fuck. Yeah. Boy.

  25. xpun Says:

    palmer – i would go. i streamed his hangout set earlier this summer and really liked it. I had always thought the white stripes were kinda catchy but had never really listened to his other projects. if he came to my town id party down

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