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. Multibeast 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”
    ^Agree’d. 100%

  2. Kaveh Says:

    91 Hornsby mix

    ^ Robear: can I get my hands on this?

  3. BingosBrother Says:

    word Multi.

    Thats a cool Kreutzman video. Jerry woulda been so proud. You done good Bobby. You done real good.

  4. lumpyhead Says:

    MiA Says:
    August 2nd, 2012 at 1:04 pm
    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.

    ^you’d have to be ready to take me to the medic station.

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  7. xpun Says:

    thanks for the link palmer

    great watch. i love that mike is hooking up with bob just weeks before we hit the city. magic brewing? fingers crossed

  8. Kaveh Says:

    Thats a cool Kreutzman video.

    ^ Second that.

  9. xpun Says:

    got to thinking about the shark attack and gdad while mowing. gdad said among other things he was offering encouragement and pep talks. i think gdad gives some of the best pep talks here on the BB, the victim was pretty lucky to have medically capable help right there and gdad to help ease his mind. hope for his sake he was able to find comfort in gdads words

  10. xpun Says:

    read the stories of meeting jerry link from last night. one guy said he ran into jerry in the park just sitting in his car doing nothing. wasn’t jerry busted in the park in his car chasing the dragon? i doubt jerry spent a lot of time in his car actually doing “nothing”

    also in the reaction to old news dept. DF made a comment about thanksgiving leftovers. im confused and culturally retarded apparently. does canada have thanksgiving and if so how does it compare to the US version? origins, meaning, traditions? any help, although i could have googled by now. lazy fuck

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  12. xpun Says:

    been listening to 12-29-97 today. my first msg show and first time in NYC.


    they turned it loose!

  13. MiA Says:

    Thanksgiving in Canada involves Timbits afterwards collapsing on the sofa and listening to Canadian Content Radio, which mostly consists of Rush, Anne Murray, Celine Dion, Tragically Hip and Barenaked Ladies.

  14. xpun Says:

    thanks willy for googling for me and not calling me out on the laziness.

    mia your info must have come from a different article didn’t see that on wiki but you know you can never trust that place to be accurate

    is cant ever proper english? had that above but it didn’t sound right?

  15. xpun Says:

    on to 12-30-97 set 2

    first show i KNEW it was a classic while it was unfolding. Just a magic night. Bag-mcgrupp-harpua

    hannibal lecter

  16. MiA Says:

    Xpun, personal experience. Spent a lot of time with our northern friends. Lived in MN too, so that’s almost Southern Canada. Always had Canadian quarters mixed into our change in our pockets.

  17. Multibeast Says:

    I am outing myself here, but I am dual citizen. My mom is a green card carrying Canadian, which allowed me to become dual citizen after taking a real easy test. Like list the provinces. Not very difficult, eh? Anyhoo…Canadian thanksgiving always was just a bonus thanksgiving for me growing up. Nothing wrong with that. Similar to Canada Day on July 1st. It is basically like our 4th of July. I guess the canucks like some of our traditions. Speaking off, me and the wife are heading to the family cabin in Fort Frances Ontario tomorrow for 10 days. Stoked.

    Can you repost the meeting jerry link?

  18. Multibeast Says:

    We have discussed before, but I am from MN as well, grew up in Wayzata. Big fan of MN but happy to be in CO now.

  19. halcyon Says:

    what up BB.

    still trying to figure out what I am doing in Massachusetts instead of Colorado……

    Hope everyone is well

    Me? I am in a land of confusion. Out of my comfort zone in a big way. Things will work out, just need some time is all.

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  21. Phamily Berzerker Says:

    I can name the provinces and territories. I cover Canadia as part of my sales territory.

    Working two deals in Alberta and two in Ontario and one on the Chaleur Bay in New Brunswick. To get on-site I’ll likely need to fly to PEI then drive across the bridge and look out for moose

  22. Phamily Berzerker Says:

    Hey hey Halcyon!

  23. IrieWalton Says:

    I hear ya @ Halcy as I was in your shoes a few years ago when work moved me from Oregon to Boston. Just realize it’s a totally different environment and appreciate it for what it is: crazy traffic, thick accents, et al.

    Also, if you haven’t yet the trick to staying sane, at least I found, was getting out of town on the weekends up to New Hampshire (White Mountains; Franconia Notch are sick); Vermont (Burlington, obviously; but also Middlebury and Long Trail Brewery’s restaurant in Seven Corners are worthy of a trip or two); Maine (Portland’s Old Town neighborhood is sick; Acadia National Park will make you think that you’re back west).

    Luckily you’re overly saturated with shows to keep you distracted. Plus, who knows you might find yourself back on the west side in a few years.

  24. MiA Says:


    One of my best friends lived on Harrington Rd right on the water there between Wayzata Bay and Browns Bay. Loved the lake area. Learned to both Windsurf and sail a J class boat on Lake Minnetonka.

    My buddy worked bar at Sunsets, so that was a popular place to go to.

  25. MiA Says:

    J/22 to be specific.

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