A Tour in (Moving) Pictures

Perhaps you’ve had the pleasure to meet one of the community’s most stealth warriors, @LazyLightning55. Video taper extraordinaire and one of the nicest guys in the scene, @Lazy has spliced together HD footage of his favorite jams—and just the jams—from fall into one amazing compilation. Check out his outstanding work above. Below, I have included a little blurb about each segment of footage.


1. “Carini” 10.18 II: Starting out this video is the jam with the most swagger of any played over Fall—Hampton’s “Carini.” Trey sets up the excursion’s bluesy, feel-good peak as the camera cuts in, and what transpires throughout the rest of this footage is some of the most hooked up playing we saw from the band all fall. The video then cuts to the laid back funk at the end of the jam, illustrating the amount of ground covered in this dynamic tour highlight.

2. “Weekapaug” 10.19 I: Next we have the meat of Hampton’s first set “Weekapaug”—super percussive and with plinko textures from Page. The whole band brings the jam on a tangent, documented here, before returning to “Weekapaug’s” theme.

3. “Ghost” 10.19 II: Hampton’s second-night “Ghost” carried an incredibly uplifting vibe and the band laid into it with a passion. In this video we see them on the way to the mountain top, and we stay with them through their glorious ascent. Trey unleashes some cascading sheets of notes as the rest of the band chugs away like a single-minded entity behind him. This footage includes the jam’s denouement—a sublime, break-beat laden soundscape that gradually becomes more and more ambient, setting up an oncoming “Disease.”

4. “Tweezer” 10.20 II: The dark and stormy Hampton “Tweezer” needs no introduction. This video comes in after the initial jam segment, as the band takes a left turn into the Netherworld. At this juncture, everyone in the building knew that fall tour was gonna be something special. This footage follows the band into the abyss, and fades out once the full descent has been made.

5. “Piper -> Taking Care of Business” 10.20 II: The next clip documents one of tour’s most memorable moments—“Piper -> Taking Care of Business.” In this footage, one can actually see the band discover the idea, communicate to each other and execute the segue. And the crowd goes wild!

6. “Twist” 10.23 II: Here we have the second segment of the Glens Fall’s “Twist,” as Trey is teasing “The Line” before anyone had heard the song. This jam signified a turning point of tour from which Phish never looked back, paving a path of gold for the duration.

7. “Waves” 10.25 II: Worcester’s “Waves” has been severely underrepresented in the post-tour chatter. A gorgeous piece of psychedelic Phish, the band moved from something far more upbeat into this dreamy ambient realm—the beginning of the footage we see here. The video tracks the jam as it moves into a heavier outro, one that sparked the idea for the move into “Carini.” This one is a gorgeous clip of Kuroda’s light work, taboot.

8. “Bathtub Gin” 10.26 I: The next clip documents the first set “Bathtub Gin” from Worcester’s second night—a version that I highlighted last week and one that has to be among the most dynamic of the year. The band locks into a swanky, airtight groove and lets it ride in a spectacular segment of musical catharsis. Even with all the jams in set two, this was the most energetic, collective peak of the entire show.

9. “Drowned” 10.26 II: Next up is the Worcester “Drowned,” a sprawling jam that the video picks up as after it had moved through a couple feels and has settled in an uptempo, “Guy Forget”-eqsue groove. We follow the band as they stop on a dime and drip into one of tour’s most sublime musical sequences—A soul-tugging, blissed out segment that eventually blends into an instrumental and chill-inducing nod to Jimmy Cliff’s “Sitting in Limbo.”

10. “Tweezer” 10.27 II: The final jam before “Intermission” is the final segment of my pick for jam of tour, Hartford’s “Tweezer.” The band has navigated an extended segment of hooked up grooves, and have found their way—seamlessly—way into this melodic second part of the jam. The guys find a three chord progression that provides the melodic framework for the rest of the jam.

Setbreak: part of “Fuego”

11. “Golden Age” 10.27 II: The second part of the video picks up with Hartford’s “Golden Age,” by my estimation, the standout version of tour. We hear the band center this jam around Fishman’s rhythmic fireworks, as he consistently changes beats, adds fills and generally destroys his kit. The guys eventually blend into a more ambient soundscape towards the end of this footage, a jam that would eventually end with the onset of “Halley’s Comet.”

12. “Split Open and Melt” 10.29 I: Had the band nailed the ending of Reading’s “Split,” we’d all be talking about it as a highlight of tour, and this segment of footage shows you why—Phish got into some super-locked, menacing-as-fuck jamming. They seemed to have the piece by the jugular, but just as they were set to begin working their way back from this musical dementia, Trey pulled the string for an abrupt change into “Julius.”

13. “Down with Disease” 10.29 II: Reading’s second set was among the best of tour, and the spine-tingling peak to the set-opening “Down with Disease”—captured here—is one of the central reasons why. Trey’s magical guitar solo is among his most prolific of the past five years, and certainly one of his most original—pure transcendence on every level.

14. “Twenty Years Later” 10.29 II: But while many have focused on “Disease,” I find the true improvisational gem of Reading to lie in this “Twenty Years Later.” Patiently working their way into a pre-historic dancehall groove, the band evoked the feeling of ’97 amidst a truly sinister milieu. The entire fan base had been waiting for this moment ever since the guys debuted the song back in ’09, and boy was it worth the wait! Eventually, they pull off a back door transition into another Americana outro, this one likening “I Know You Rider.”

15. “Ghost” 10.31 III: After the band introduced us to the songs of Wingsuit, they came out and did something far more familiar—jam their faces off. This set-opening “Ghost” provided a jolt of adrenaline to a crowd half comprised of those disappointed in the Halloween set. Nonetheless, the band put a smile on everyone’s faces with this ripping rendition of a crowd favorite.

16. “Twist” 11.1 II: This sequence from the AC “Twist” is why we go. ‘Nuff said.

17. “Sneakin Sally” 11.1 E: This surprise encore of “Sneakin Sally” put the cherry on top of one of Fall’s most complete shows on the second night in Atlantic City. This night had it all, including the most hard-hitting encore of the tour.

18. “Theme from the Bottom” 11.2 II: We end this video tour through fall tour with the first set funk throwdown that emerged out of “Theme” in Atlantic City’s penultimate set. This one felt like the olden days as the band hadn’t unleashed grooves of this nature in quite some time. A truly electric moment in a tour filled with them.

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303 Responses to “A Tour in (Moving) Pictures”

  1. harryhood Says:

    Nectars was def a fun time last night. Sorry if I fueled the rumors a bit as I myself had serious doubts that a surprise gig was in the works. I wouldnt have even considered going if I hadn’t personally seen a box truck being loaded with gear after dark last night. Too much of a coincedence to not at least go check things out. Great for Nectars and the cover band though as the place was as packed as the Glens Falls bathrooms. And apparently the guy posting on the green board claiming to be Nectars marketing director is indeed who he claims to be and was trying to squash the rumor due to the phones ringing off the hook all night…….

  2. harryhood Says:

    I guess the guys in the kitchen who are responsible for answering the phones were really pissed.

  3. Spasm Waiter Says:

    Just got green light to goto MSG1 from the wifey. Giddy-fuckin’-up!

  4. DavidSilver Says:

    PJ has wooks too?


  5. Kaveh Says:

    Morning BBers! Hope all is well.

  6. Kaveh Says:

    @Miner – thanks for video; looks like I got almost 2 hours of my morning music all planned out.

  7. Stoney Case Says:

    Miner, liked the subtle nod to yesterday’s 30th Anniversary

  8. Gavinsdad Says:

    My parents here thru the new year. Ill be lucky to make one show but def looking fwd to whatever I can get. 12/30 would be schweet.

  9. russtab Says:

    no 30th anniversary post?

  10. dorn76 Says:

    Nice, Miner. LL deserves some kudos. I’ve been watching his AC vids ALOT the past couple weeks.

    Can’t do the jam compilations, though cool concept, too disjointed for me I need the full songs.

    Interesting thoughts on improv, Miner in relation to your love for the 20yL. I’m in agreement that pieces like that and the HFD Tweez are pretty amazing bits of creation, though relatively simple, funk style stuff. Not sure I would go so far as to say peeps were ignorant if they disagree though!

  11. sumodie Says:

    I’ve never been one to cut straight to a jam but I’m very curious to give this video splice a ride, esp one so intentionally edited

    Miner & LazyLightning, thanks!

  12. sumodie Says:

    Hasn’t LL had other videos yanked off the Tube? Won’t this video comp share a similar fate?

  13. dorn76 Says:

    I fear change, but I’ll cue it up too.

  14. Fly Says:

    Hi all,

    Want to test the MSG waters. If I can find extras for the 28th-30th, I might have to make it happen. Please let me know if you have any, doesn’t matter where.

    Many thanks!

    FlytoMSG at gmail

  15. Spasm Waiter Says:

    That jam comp is way cool on the big tv via. AppleTV and big stereo system.

  16. Spasm Waiter Says:

    btw- I attempted to link DB PearlJam in my orange.

  17. Stoney Case Says:

    Phootball Thoughts

    The Seahawks hit harder on offense than many teams hit on defense. Instead of ‘Legion of Boom’, call them ‘The White Towel Brigade’ cuz suckers’ be ready to surrender rather than get tatoo’d by Earl Thomas.

    On one hand, Russell Wilson may have saved Pete Carrol’s job. Imagine that team with Matt Flynn under center. MATT FLYNN LMFAO!

    Also, credit due to Carrol and his staff for hitting so many home runs on later draft picks. Clearly due to his close relation to college football. Just blowing a bunch of teams out of the water when it comes to 2nd and 3rd day draft picks.

    Biggest bummer? All the PNW cats that never watched a down of football, unless it was on at a relatives house. Now are the football experts of America. MAKES ME WANT TO PUKE! Glowbanks walking around with a hot air balloon attached to his shoulders. What, with the Phish/Wilson/Glowhawks connection, it’s like RECKONING DAY doe northwest gapers and wOOks!

  18. Stoney Case Says:

    “day for” not “doe” ^

  19. dorn76 Says:

    From my perch in the northeast it still seems a bit surreal, like can they do that on the road? But damn that looks like the best football team out there by a good bit. I’m sold on Wilson, too. Great touch and obv scary speed, mobility.

  20. Stoney Case Says:

    Wilson one of the best stories in the NFL. Could tell the kid had potential at Wisconsin. Since being drafted though, Wilson is class personified. Visiting Childrens’ Hospital every week, being a model citizen. Excelling on the field.

  21. Spasm Waiter Says:

    Wilson is just so damn evil though…

  22. Stoney Case Says:

    Spasm! There in lies the irony! Evil King Wilson, conquerer of Gamehendge, enslaver of the Lizard People. Bestowed upon Good-Guy Russell.

  23. plord Says:

    Looks like we are adopting another rescue dog for an early holiday present to the family. In keeping with family tradition, it is a brown dog with floppy ears, our third. This one is a 6 month old puppy, seems to be a lab/corgi mix, should grow to be in the middle size between the terrier mutt and the big Shepherd/Bulldog.

    I am such a sap. Blindsided by the cute, can’t say no to wife and children.

    Also: Homdel Crosseyed>hood people. Go spin that shit again right now. 30 minutes of awesome.

  24. dorn76 Says:

    “A coach’s dream” they kept repeating. Ok ok, we get it, he’s not RG3.

    On a totally unrelated note, the Swedish Bikini Team’s bus just broke down outside my office. Should I go out there and see if they need a jump?

  25. Spasm Waiter Says:

    True, true. Speaking of the evil K-dubs, my nephew is getting into playing guitar and listening to a little Phish. He is 12. I gave hime a scrap book of gamehendge images and TMWSIY recording last xmas. I thought I would give him the Crest show as well, in MP3 sdb. Whats the best source for that and is that indeed the best live performance and rec of gamehendge? TIA

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