A Live Bait-Inspired Playlist

Miami (A. Nusinov)

Miami 2014 (Andrea Nusinov)

The week before tour is usually when archivist, Kevin Shapiro, drops his next installment of his Live Bait series, highlighting jams from the cities of the upcoming tour. I figured I’d drop a similarly inspired playlist of my own comprised of tracks that would be great to have in remastered soundboard fashion. Enjoy the jams as we await the tour opener in Bend, Oregon, one week from Tuesday.

Ghost” 9.12.99 II, Portland, OR

A monstrous jam that highlighted the first weekend of 1999’s Fall Tour, despite the higher profile shows in Vancouver and at The Gorge. (Portland is close enough to Bend to make this one count.)



Reba > Walk Away” 10.29.98 II, Los Angeles, CA

The most creative “Reba” ever played.



Runaway Jim > Circus” 7.31.97 II, Mountain View, CA

This exploratory, set-opening colossus illustrates that Phish did more than funk in the Summer of ’97. One can hear echoes of Raleigh’s iconic “Disease” jam from the previous week in the middle section of this jam.



Yamar” 7.25.98 I, Austin, TX

Though Austin has a history of great Phish jams such as ‘98’s “Tweezer “and ‘99’s “Wolfman’s”, I’m choosing something a bit more under the radar in this extended first set “Yamar” from the first set of 1998’s summer installment.



Chalk Dust Torture” 7.25.97 II, Dallas, TX

This show seems to linger in the shadows of the many amazing outings if Summer ’97, but with it’s non-stop second set, it really shouldn’t. This “Chalk Dust” opened the frame with some spectacular whole-band improvisation during an era when the song was rarely used as a launchpad.



David Bowie” 6.15.95 II, Atlanta, GA

This “Bowie” is quintessential ’95 psychedelia and represents a culmination of several experimental versions earlier in the tour.



Harry Hood” 6.22.00 II, Nashville, TN

Very rarely do guests truly click on stage with Phish, but this “Harry Hood” from 2000 is one time where things definitely jived. In the first show back from Japan, Bluegrass legends, Robbie McCoury on banjo, Ronnie McCoury on mandolin, and Sam Bush on fiddle, joined the band for a beautiful rendition of their classic work.



Sneakin Sally” 6.4.11 II, Cuyahoga Falls, OH

Might as well throw a modern-era track on here. At the time, this “Sally” hit like a freight train and five years later, it stands the test of time pretty well.



Mike’s > Ain’t Love Funny” 8.9.97 II, East Troy WI

This snarling “Mike’s” jam segues into a haunting version of the rarity “Ain’t Love Funny” by JJ Cale.



David Bowie” 6.24.95 II, Philadelphia, PA

If Lakewood’s”Bowie” was the defining version of the first half of Summer ’95, this version from the Mann was the flagship version of the second. The band exhibits amazing precision and control over their improv in this piece which is an all-time classic. (Excuse the repeat)



Ghost” 8.7.98 II, Raleigh, NC

This driving jam came at the end of the first set of ‘98’s stop at Walnut Creek and represents the most impressive passage from a relatively straight forward show. (Excuse the repeat)



Rock and Roll  > Theme > Dog Log” 9.17.00 II, Columbia, MD

This absolutely sublime run of jamming opened the second set of this show, one of the strongest efforts of Fall 2000.

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1,234 Responses to “A Live Bait-Inspired Playlist”

  1. btb Says:

    Got a free tix to MB so I feel blessed but definitely not Custy’d up for weekend. Solo camping tent, my Honda Civic & a cooler.

    SBIX was a breeze tho so not all that worried. Probably 10k more people this time at least, but the venue was fine.

  2. phishm Says:

    I’m old. I had a decision between camping 3 days at Magna or staying in a 3 star hotel for Dicks. Obvious which choice I made. I give you all credit. A lot of you are as old as I am. Good luck. Those doing both. Godspeed.

  3. btb Says:


  4. btb Says:

    Dick’s campground is really fun, but definitely a bit much. I woke up every time being like “how did I sleep through that rave going on down there?”

    every time.

  5. BingosBrother Says:

    High five BtB. Here’s a song I wrote a while back. Thank god for music.


  6. BingosBrother Says:

    Yeah those lockers at Pitchfork with charging stations inside are tight. Would be a nice addition to the Ball.

  7. GWKush Says:

    Wondering how ph inc art direction going to make Magna different than SBIX with the racecar/Americana theme such an obvious thing. No real variation in the grounds to work with. Confined to a track infield and huge bleachers on one side. Should be interesting to see what the art crew comes up with.

    Evenin’ BB!

    Voop I think I sent you those BGCA ’12 stubs right? Or was that 2011?

    amen ab ftw. Was over it before it happened. Perhaps bc I couldn’t go and was weary of the constant chatter. but because of the way overblown nature of the thing, only a week later it’s all well trodden. ‘Twas a good “send-off”. Bring on the pheesh. No gd covers. But will they nod to JG on 8/9 Alpine?

    Heres to the end of a loooong off-season (and hopefully people forgot the woo).

    Saw that FlyLo is Hannibal Buress’s dj on his Comedy Central show.

  8. btb Says:

    GWkush – You are right, there will not be major changes in the layout…the theme will be different, but I don’t know anything about that. I got to take a peak at the layout on a laptop and there wasn’t anything notably different so expect a similar set up.

    the only thing that might change is there was a plan to incorporate the bleachers this time, but I have no idea for what purpose or if that is even still part of the plan.

    Jesus, Page I thought we talked about this…


  9. Bwana Says:

    Quick read back… Saw the Joe Rogan and Dan Carlin posts. Big fan of Rogan’s podcast. 2-3 hour interview/conversations that are unfiltered with plenty of atypical tangents for talk radio.. He’s had Carlin on his show a few times. That’s where I first heard of Carlin.

    Bend soon… “Rip City” rehearsals happening now! I will try to frequent the Waterwheel table to meet up with some BBers.

    For now spinning the Santa Clara highlights. Starting with that sick short-but-dark-funky Theme (the jump builds from about the 7min mark)… http://phish.in/2014-10-22

  10. GWKush Says:

    Not sure if this has been mentioned, but Denis McNally is releasing 8-hrs of Garcia interviews this fall in hardback and audiobook formats. Pretty cool. Always enjoy listening to JG speak. Usually a very unique perspective on most topics.


  11. btb Says:

    Dick’s Light is so perfect you would think it had charts….coming to theater near you with a full orchestra and horns behind it.


  12. GWKush Says:

    Cool btb. At SBIX it seemed to me that the crew was using the bleachers to throw the sound of the Storage set around the grounds. Mighta been my headspace but I swear there were some speakers over there. before the USA shack lit up, I had thought the bleachers were gonna be a part of it because the sound was booming off of them back into the infield and I thought some lighting was over there too

  13. btb Says:

    Haha. Funny you mention that. The 45 minutes of loop music before the Storage Jam was just as creepy as the actually jam.

    And yes, that sound was looping around. Not exactly sure how they did that part. It did seem like the loop was on a delay or coming from somewhere else. Surreal indeed.

  14. phishm Says:

    Joe Rogan just slams some heckler. Too funny.


  15. Bwana Says:

    ^Whoops FTW on the mind. Meant Santa Barbara highlights… On to the CDT>Ghost

  16. MrCompletely Says:

    If I was Phish I’d have motherfuckin’ speakers on motherfuckin’ drones painted flat black flying slow looping circles in the dark around you motherfuckers

  17. MrCompletely Says:

    you’d be all like I think it’s coming from over there and then oh no it’s coming from here and then whaaaaat

  18. MrCompletely Says:

    like every fuckin wristband would have a little bluetooth speaker embedded in it and you’d be all ITS COMING FROM EVERYWHERE MAAAAAAAN

  19. btb Says:

    Phish is more of a speakers on stealth golfcart type band imo 🙂

    But yeah C…..fear & loathing ‘BATS’ style would freak the wo0ks out for sure.

  20. MrCompletely Says:

    tiiiiiiiny little speaker in the Slushie you bought from concessions and now the music is coming from inside. your. body.

    ok maybe too far?

  21. MrCompletely Says:

    it’s 2015 dog. if you’re not flying drones you’re not really trying.

  22. HeadyBrosevelt Says:

    Hey now, bb! I have not been keeping up with the board and I apologize for my self gratifying drive-by’s. Bend is out for family reasons, but Austin is in. One of my best friends from childhood moved there from NYC and my halloween crew will be there. Flight was super cheap. Fuck it, right- 36 hours in Austin. Mama bro gave me the pass. I will be rolling solo: super small backpack, skateboard, and some L- just like the old days. Selector, I would love to meet up if for nothing more than some reggae talk. MIA, where you at, brah. I have your email, I’ll find ya! Kind of stoked, Texas phish!

    Fare Thee Well x5, Austin, Nashville, Philly x2, Dicks x3- not a bad summer of music.

  23. btb Says:

    Still making my way through 8/4/76 video


    But spinning that MELT since it’s PH season

  24. GWKush Says:

    “Order some golf shoes! Otherwise we’ll never get out of this place alive!”

    Spinning a nice On The Beach vinyl I received recently. Probably my favorite studio NY record. One of his best for sure even of all the early 70s stuff. Introspective mellow listen but peak stuff from Shakey

  25. MrCompletely Says:

    Someone combined the Darkstarenstein supercut concept with the “hey, all the 1972 Dark Stars are amazing” observation and put in a whole lot of work and bam


    10 hours of top shelf prime psychedelia

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