Hidden Moments Pt. II

7-7-12, SPAC (Ryan MacNeil)

Here’s a closer look at some more stellar nuggets from Leg One that might not leap off the page when perusing setlists.


Light Up or Leave Me Alone” 6.22 I, Riverbend

This dense chunk of improv during an action packed opening half in Cincy, is the tightest conversations of the set. Foreshadowing the all-star jamming in the second set, the guys fired into a full band groove out of the last verse, and the crowd absolutely went off. Riding an infectious tempo, the band locked into a sinful groove that allowed all members to shine while the sun was still out. Though not as long as SPAC’s set-closing version, this one takes the cake for improvisational gusto.



Harry Hood” 7.4 II, Jones Beach

Amidst an extended visit to Standardstown USA during the second half of July 4th second set, this “Harry Hood” was the only jam that got interesting. Breaking the mold of the piece, the band infused the same, calypso chord progression from the the Gorge’s “Light” of August 7, 2009, into the jam. Lending a summery vibe to the alredy-uplifting anthem, this version stood out as the best of tour.



Suskind Hotel” 7.4 I, Jones Beach

Phish tacked a fiery jam on Mike’s “Suskind Hotel” amidst a marathon first set on July 4th. Many may have forgotten the obscure piece, as it was only the second time played on the big stage. But back in 2006, “Suskind” was a central jam vehicle for Mike, Trey, Marco Benevento, and Joe Russo’s horribly monikered, though musically impressive, GRAB project. Driving the jam into a fast paced and groovy milieu, the band exploded through the piece and ended on a dime. And when it was over, nobody was really sure what had happened—but it was good. Bring on more visits to the “Hotel.”



If I Could” 6.7 II, Worcester

In one of the sets of the summer—filled with jams aplenty—it would be easy to gloss over the “breather.” But in this case, the guys outlandish playing from “Carini > Taste > Ghost > Boogie On” spilled right into the elusive ballad. Juicing every ounce of emotion out of the song, the guys brought the crowd to their knees with this poignant landing pad.



Split Open and Melt” 7.8 I, SPAC

In the first set of the final show of Leg One, Phish unveiled the second “Split” of summer. While Portmouth’s version was defined by slow and drone-like textures, this version popped with far more fire and dynamic interplay. Launching into a cacaphanous and aggressive conversation, the band carved an intense journey that peaked with deranged fury. Each band member contributed to this maddening piece of improv, navigating incredibly abstract music with unreal cohesion. Within a three-night stand, some jams can be lost in the flood of music, but this “Split” should not, as it stands out and one of the strongest versions of this era.

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800 Responses to “Hidden Moments Pt. II”

  1. bobby weird Says:

    O god… I hope my misremember was not insulting! No harm intended.

  2. MiA Says:

    Well said.

  3. SillyWilly Says:

    Jtran and garretc

    I finally contributed some productive thoughts to the thread.

    Sorry about being so slow. My heads swimming at work and I haven’t set up the internet at home

    (Hoping you ignore the obvious fact that I often post on the board at night from my phone and should therefore be capable of responding to emails. My bad.)

  4. SillyWilly Says:

    started the webcast debate with all my coworkers at lunch today

    Not phish fans

    But it was funny that everyone seemed to fall into the same different lines of argument that we did on the board

    One attorney said something pretty insightful I thought: “whenever members of a culture feel a perceived threat to the culture they love, they will react. The key is recognizing what is threat and what isn’t. But the reaction demonstrates love for the culture and that at least is a really good thing”

    Thought it was pretty dead on coming from a guy who has never heard phish

  5. Slicksasquatch Says:

    Have no fear underdog will be there! West coast fun for all!

  6. SillyWilly Says:

    There’s no shame in going to sleep at 940pm is there?

    Waiting for the dryer to finish my laundry and I can hardly keep my eyes open.

    You kids and your careers that have been happening for years…way tougher kids than me.

  7. bobby weird Says:

    Just like everything, silly, you will adjust.

  8. MiA Says:

    Need an underdog beacon.

  9. MiA Says:

    True bobby w. Like frogs in boiling water.

  10. DaNcInG fOoL Says:

    life is good

  11. lumpyhead Says:

    See you at dicks silly!

  12. MiA Says:

    Ocean breathes salty by Sun Kil Moon caused MrsMia to cry.

    It’s that good.

  13. bobby weird Says:

    U. freakin Bolt, mahn…

  14. Gavinsdad Says:

    Not at all @bobbyw

    Just threw up a couple of tents tonite…got a new 6 person for our family. Its funny how much it dwarves my old 2 person. Taking fam camping with our friends in south jersey this weekend. Stoked. Just basic ca camping type stuff. Not all that legit backpacking all u Nature Boy Rick Flairs get up to

  15. bobby weird Says:

    Nothing like family camping baby. I can smell your tent! Haha

  16. voopa Says:

    That’s the shit tent

  17. viola Says:

    has the bb discussed donnie darko?

    i find myself enjoying this film more and more as of late. blasting tears for fears right now.

    the head over heals scene is cinema gold imho….

  18. bobby weird Says:

    I can’t be considered a part of the bb but do know donnie darko is some real fucked up shit. That is all.

  19. Slicksasquatch Says:

    Wife just brought home apple tv . Streaming in style from here on out. 😉 anything cool I should know about this gadget?

  20. viola Says:

    umm, yeah….. your not on the list bob. thnx

    :::: bill lumbergh’d ::::

  21. bobby weird Says:

    Yeah, if you could just gooo ahead and shove this up your asssss…. that would be just greaaat…. Thannnkkksss!!!

  22. bobby weird Says:

    Danm man, ya’ll are weird.

  23. bobby weird Says:

    Must be a new site. Bye now.

  24. MiA Says:

    You can airPlay from your phone to your stereo now. That’s kinda cool.

    And this…


  25. bobby weird Says:

    O yeah. F U V.

    How u like dem fuckin apples?

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