We Follow The Lines Going South

6.7.09 Camden (D. Vann)

6.7.09 Camden (D. Vann)

Still reeling from Camden’s throwdown as we make our way down to Asheville, the excitement for the rest of this Summer is now bubbling more vigorously than ever.  With six summer shows under their belt, Phish looks to dial up the intensity and improvisation as we enter one of the most anticipated weeks of tour.  From the mountains of Asheville, to the sleeper in Knoxville (tickets are now going for $12 on TicketsNow!), and from the monstrosity of Bonnaroo to the intimacy of The Fabulous Fox Theatre- this week holds countless promising moments.  The venues will be diverse, including both the grandest and smallest stages of the summer, and it’s all kicking off with an indoor GA show tonight in Asheville.  Having re-acclimated to the live setting, the band looks to springboard off their colossal night in Camden and continue their fireworks down south.

6.7.09 (D.Vann)

6.7.09 (D.Vann)

The band members are having a blast on stage night after night; flashing huge smiles, joking with each other and the crowd, and clearly sharing our enthusiasm for what is unfolding this summer. Trey, Page and Fish look like kids in a candy store up there, and while Mike is always more reserved, his bass has been expressing his thoughts in between subtle smiles.  This positive energy and enthusiasm has permeated their music into the audience where the crowds have been spectacular.  Everyone at the shows is having a blast and it seems that most people are coming for the right reasons- in celebration of Phish.  Once again, we are living IT, and it feels so good to be home again.

6.7.09 (D.Vann)

6.7.09 (D.Vann)

One of the most encouraging trends on this leg has been the copious amount of new songs, virtually all with improvisational potential.  Not to mention that when these pieces are compiled onto Phish’s forthcoming album, they may just comprise the most impressive studio effort of the band’s career.  Each piece focusing on a different piece of Phish’s sonic repertoire, the new material spans the Phish spectrum from ballads to psychedelia to straight-ahead rock and roll.  It will be interesting to watch the development of these new songs and see when they are placed as centerpiece jam vehicles in the show.  Personally, I look forward to the time when Phish builds big second set versions of “Stealing Time From the Faulty Plan,” the playful “Ocelot,” and “Twenty Years Later,” just to name a few.  And that time could be sooner rather than later.  Phish’s songwriting hasn’t been this strong since 1997 when they debuted a slew of new material that summer.  And with the way things are going, I think we will continue to hear further debuts as we shift into the southern run.

With the band improving by the night, it has been like watching time-lapse photography of Phish’s re-development.  Harnessing the precision and energy that put them on the map, and channeling it into a renewed improvisational spirit, the odysseys that made Phish famous are again knocking on our door again; and we’ve never had a more welcome visitor.

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344 Responses to “We Follow The Lines Going South”

  1. msbjivein Says:


  2. GuitarPicker420! Says:

    @msb – what part of indy are you in? I live up in Noblesville, but party downtown a lot

  3. worthlesswampyfool Says:

    wish list for the next two weeks (minus fox):

    saw it again
    divided sky
    fluff (not gonna happen)
    rocky top
    makisupa (nope)
    sneaking sally
    and NO day in the life!

  4. msbjivein Says:

    I live in Meridan Hills basically. Like 75th and Spring Mill………..You pick guitar??

  5. HarryHood Says:

    @ el dude.

    I wouldn’t consider the other show’s throwaways. I was at GW and they were really on their game. Their playing was actually so good that I developed a new appreciation for some songs that I definitely wouldn’t have put on a dream setlist. Jiboo, Scent, and Bug changed a few peoples expressions that weren’t too happy with the song choice at first. Sometimes you gotta just be there I guess.

  6. worthlesswampyfool Says:

    @ jiven

    well said

  7. worthlesswampyfool Says:

    oh how could i forget bug. add bug to above wish list post

  8. GuitarPicker420! Says:

    well, I expect that we will get a mike’s a deer creek and there will be a tweezer at alpine. Also, deer creek tends to get an antelope. I haven’t seen a show since 2004 and only went to 2 or 3 post hiatus because of life and lack of interest in what they were doing, but I went to nearly 70 before the hiatus. Of the new songs, I would really like to see Stealing Time, I think it rocks. There has to be a tour shirt with “Got A Blank Space Where My Mind Should Be” by the second leg. I think that we will get something busted out at the roo, although I expect more that some of the McCoury boys will be joining them. If you haven’t heard the Nashville 2000 show with the McCourys, Sam Bush and Winona, you are missing out. I was 12th row, Page side, facemelted, and that Hood was insane.

  9. VTsnowboarder802 Says:

    randumb question, i missed the posters at GW, and had a ball at the show. Anyone buy a GW poster they wish they hadn’t, that they’d sell for face? or know where I could find one? I don’t care to pay taxed ebay prices.

    while I’m at it, anyone got a link to the poster value site where pollock’s and whatnot are tracked?

  10. El Duderino Says:

    @ Harry I didn’t really mean total throwaways. My bad, i guess I should have articulated it in a better way

  11. worthlesswampyfool Says:

    and has anyone heard a “play it leo” on my sweet one before camden?
    cause it fucking sweet!
    PLAY IT LEO!!!

    add funky bitach to wishlist

  12. GuitarPicker420! Says:

    @msb – I know Meridian Hills, I went to Brebeuf (decades ago) and our swim practice was at the Riviera Club and had to drive through Meridian Hills to get to school in the morning after practice. I do pick guitar.

  13. msbjivein Says:

    No Esther???? Or TMWSIY????????
    The Makisupa from GW was great. Mike’s bass sounds soooooo good on that version!!! That’s a nice wishlist and a good chance you could hear a lot of those tunes.

  14. Phamily Berzerker Says:

    Need a Webcam feed for “When Falcons Atack”!!

    Brought a smile to my face early out in AZ.

    Be good or don’t get caught, folks.

  15. HarryHood Says:

    The “salesman” jivein is referring to was a complete douche. I hope for whoever had the seats next to him that he didn’t make it into the show. Kept sayin “fuckin hippies” every chance he got and he couldn’t talk without being 3 inches from your face. Not sure why he even showed up.

  16. El Duderino Says:

    The throwaway show was Fenway! Ugh!

  17. msbjivein Says:

    @Guitarpicker, Nice I used to be a swimmer back in the day also. What kinda stuff do you play?? i play drums and am into the Backbeat funk grooves. I’ve been playing w/ quite a few locals lately. Are you looking to jam w/ some folks??

  18. HarryHood Says:

    ……..Fly Famous Falcon.

  19. msbjivein Says:

    You can’t throw away Destiny and Curtis Lowe dude………………..

  20. Mitch Says:


    from indy myself. see you at the creek!

  21. HarryHood Says:

    @El dude

    People are gonna argue with us, but I’m gonna actually agree on the Fenway show. Good to hear them back and nostalgic yes, but after hearing the last couple of shows, Fenway was certainly not a highlight.

  22. msbjivein Says:

    Ha HA hA @ Famous Falcon! My co-worker was trying to video but it was happening so fast she never got any got footage. The Falcon has been perched on another building waiting for those fuckers to back out. He/She wants blood!!!

  23. El Duderino Says:

    @jivein, Yeah Destiny and Curtis Loew but that’s really it! I hope Big Ball Jam comes around this summer! 🙂

  24. GuitarPicker420! Says:

    @msb – I haven’t picked up an electric guitar in years. I play all types of acoustic styles. I have a working band, the Stringtown Pickers, but we don’t play out as much as we used to. The scene in Indy just isn’t very good for live, local music, unless you play punk. But I do love to get down to the Melody for punk rock night here and there. You heading to Bonnaroo?

  25. msbjivein Says:

    Soory……… Waiting for fuckers to come back out………….

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