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. bob dylan Says:

    i hear ya dorn, just telling people not to rule it out entirely.

  2. vapebraham Says:

    2012-2013 = hawt

    2003-2004 = nawt

    ^^^ agree to large degree. I would take 2012-13 over 2003-04 everyday of the week. However, 2003 had some moments. 7.30 and 7.31.03 were the last good shows I attended from that troubled era.*

    * skipped 2004 altogether; the band was mainly crappy sloppy.

  3. Phamily Berzerker Says:

    Nice work, Marco!

  4. phishm Says:

    I would love to dorn. I have my kids over the holiday weekend and won’t go see a band over being with my kids. I’ve gotten soft in my older age. I would bring them, but it’s an indoor Phish show and I can’t get myself to bring them to an indoor show.

  5. MrCompletely Says:

    not saying it’s not a worthy discussion on some level @JG, but when it comes to comments sections, it’s like the man said:

    “Never try to teach a pig to sing. It’s a waste of time and it annoys the pig.”

    You can’t have a rational discussion in that context.

  6. Mr. Palmer Says:

    Why have I never seen or heard these gals before.. Iron Maidens!!

    All chick Maiden cover band….


  7. vapebraham Says:

    3.0 more similar to 1.0 than 2.0 as far as energy, vibe, and execution.

  8. MrCompletely Says:

    @pham, if you’re referring to the postmodern art movement that has taken root esp. in Amazon product comments, I certainly agree – a well done example of those reviews starts from the premise that the concept of meaningful review comments is an absurd one

  9. Mr. Palmer Says:

    Mia, Selector, JG- my little sister is getting married next year and my future brother in law has decided to have his bachelor party in Austin, TX.. I have no interest in the the actual bachelor party, as I’m a solid 5-10 years older than everyone else, and lets be honest, no dude wants his wife’s bro at their bachelor party..

    However, I always have wanted to visit Austin and this is a great excuse. Hmm…

  10. HeadyBrosevelt Says:

    2.0 definitely has some choice cuts- the oxy years mix is proof of this. i, too, totally skipped 2004.

    i remember i was at a small venue on the colorado river while coventry was going on. i ran into a friend i hadn’t seen in a while. she said, “i’m surprised you are not in VT seeing phish- it’s there last show and all.” i replied, “i don’t think it is really going to be there last show, plus it will probably be a shit show to begin with.”

    i said the first part honestly, and the second part jokingly, but i was right on both accounts. i am so happy that coventry was not the last show- too many good 3.0 memories that have enriched my life.

  11. Dorn76 Says:

    Yeah I wouldn’t take my 3 year old near an indoor show. See ya next Summer then.

  12. Stoney Case Says:

    Those comments make me feel like such a non-hater.

  13. DavidSilver Says:

    I, for one, would not wear a Gaper or Fluffer t shirt, but if that’s your thang, feel free.

  14. HeadyBrosevelt Says:

    i am pretty liberal about taking my daughter to shows, but indoor shows just aren’t happening- especially indoor phish shows.

  15. HeadyBrosevelt Says:

    ^ that is why i am only catching one night of the msg run this year.

  16. HeadyBrosevelt Says:

    oops their not there- grammar check. too excited about all of this snow falling.

  17. Type III Jamming Personality Disorder Says:

    it’s easy to keep it real in comparison to those comments.

  18. Gavinsdad Says:

    Austin is an oasis of great in every way. Except for the avg. yearly rainfall I guess but I’d defer to the locals on that score.

    ::avoiding the heck out of laundry folding. It’s like freaking Mount Everest in here::

    C had poked Stoney and I about lions v eags on twitter. Stoney said if eags win he’d wear a hater shirt and if lions won I’d wear a fluffer shirt. I don’t know that I fully commited to these hi-jinx but seems like a good enuff bet and I know I could get the tee turned around in time if I had to sport it at MSG.

    I don’t even know how to interpret the line. Seriously. I’ve made it this far in complete ignorance. I didn’t get it in high school and I don’t get it now.

    I have soft hands.

  19. phishm Says:

    Absolutely dorn. Hoping for a Deer Creek run next Summer. That will be fun.

  20. Kaveh Says:


    Austin is great; so much good food and cold beer! You guys will have a blast.

  21. Dorn76 Says:

    Yeah my bro-in law was not invited to my bachelor festivities. Wasn’t really my call but a solid decision as he and I are good buds, and I’m still happily married to his sister.

  22. Dorn76 Says:

    Soft hands on a fluffer = hawt

  23. Phamily Berzerker Says:

    Team Berzerker is locked and loaded for the entire MSG run!

    Hosted Happy Hour and Gravity Bongs at our place on the 29th!

    Sorry, Sumo. 😉

  24. bob dylan Says:

    Soft hands on a fluffer = hast

    ^well that one i will agree with

  25. DavidSilver Says:

    I prefer a tight calloused grip. Indicates experience.

    Fluff n fold gdiddy.

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