Questions For 2011

12.31.2010 (George Estreich)

* Will Phish ever focus on open jamming again? — After Fall and New Year’s Run, the band is as tight as ever and communicating with ease…now let’s really take it places! With proficiency an issue of the past, and a full season of smoking improv under their belt, why was the amount of exploration limited last week — and from lessened from summer to fall? Whenever the band chooses to take musical risks, they have a near-100% success rate these days, but after the New Year’s Run, I wondered why they only shot for such excursions about once per show? (27th: “Seven Below” 28th:”Harry Hood,” 30th:”Tweezer > Light” 12/31:”Ghost,” 1/1:”Simple”) With four of those five selections finding pure gold, the question that begs asking is, “Why isn’t Phish digging more?

* Will Phish play a July 4th festival at Watkins Glen, New York? — The rumor mill has been spinning on this one for quite some time now…

* When will we see a new jam vehicle debut? — “Light” has been an all-world performer since its rookie season of ’09, creating sound sculptures of all shapes and sizes. But it needs a new, modern running mate to continue pushing Phish into the improvisational beyond.

*With the material from Joy fully integrated into the catalog, will we see a new batch of songs this year? — A constant influx of new material has always kept Phish’s rotation fresh throughout their career, and they’ve never been shy about pushing it. With little music of impact debuted in 2010, it seems about time for another installment of tunes. Hopefully there are more Trey and Tom songs where “Pigtail” came from…

12.31.2010 (George Estreich)

* Will Phish adopt a launch pad from “Exile” and/or “Waiting For Columbus?” — Over the past two years, Phish has covered two iconic double-albums from rock and roll history, yet, for whatever reason, the band hasn’t fully fused any Phishified covers from these records into their catalog. “Shine A Light” is a great encore and”Fat Man” is a great song, but looking at their previous three Halloween albums, they adopted “Drowned,” “Crosseyed and Painless” and Rock and Roll” — staples of their live show and primary trampolines into other worlds. What ever happened to “Torn and Frayed?” No “Spanish Moon” over the Holiday Run? C’mon now…let’s not rest on the past…

*When, if ever, will Phish do a west coast swing? — Sure, quality over quantity… Indio…Greek…blah…blah…blah. West coast swings of lore are some of the greatest memories of Phish tours past. Despite their age and east coast roots, even if only once this era, Phish should hit up a week-plus long run up or down the left coast, from San Diego to Seattle and all the beautiful places in between.

12.27.2010 (A.Hill)

* Will Trey and/or Mike do a winter tour like last year? — Phish’s schedule has been close to clockwork since their return, so does that mean we will see a Trey Tour before Phish plays again? Strong srumors of Phish headlining the Hangout Festival on the Gulf Coast of Alabama between May 20-22, would place any solo circuits in the winter or early spring of 2011.

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Jam of the Day:

Harry Hood” 12.28 II

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DOWNLOAD OF THE DAY:

12.28.2010 DCU Center, Worcester, Massachusetts

Worcester Print (Masthay)

FLAC Torrent (via etree), Mp3 Torrent, Megaupload < Links

I: Kill Devil Falls, My Mind’s Got a Mind of its Own, Alaska, She Caught the Katy, Wolfman’s Brother, Pigtail*, Stash, Bouncing Around the Room, Rift, Stealing Time From the Faulty Plan, The Birdwatcher*

II: Carini, Backwards Down the Number Line, Back on the Train > Limb By Limb, The Wedge, Frankie Says > Albuquerque, Harry Hood, Bug

E: Shine a Light

*debut

Source: (FOB) Schoeps mk5> KC5> M222> NT222> Aeta PSP-3> SD 744t (@24bit/96kHz) – (taper: taylorc)

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1,010 Responses to “Questions For 2011”

  1. EL Duderino Says:

    agree on the “they could finish each other’s sentences” thingy in ’94

    again… right place at the right time

  2. butter Says:

    i have 12/7/99 with the fatty Jennifer Dances, and lol @Trey b4 Tweez

  3. Mr. Palmer Says:

    I think going into a 5 show run like this there has to be some sort of pre-planned set list of sorts. Maybe not clearly written out so to speak. But i agree with Miners take that it was a bit prefab.

  4. joechip Says:

    I want more jamming too, but I’m serene in my confidence that it’s going to happen.

  5. EL Duderino Says:

    Oak Mtn ’99 will always have a special place in my heart

  6. willowed Says:

    Miner, I was just trying to make point that sometimes distance and time away makes things seem a little grander than what they were
    I tend to put everything in sports references. Kind of silly

  7. EL Duderino Says:

    I get it willowed

    Where’s my ’85 Bears/Phish man

  8. butter Says:

    spinin 8.8.98 Sally

  9. butter Says:

    clearly 1995 Dude

  10. willowed Says:

    They wooped our ass so obviously that was the best defense to ever play the game.

    They were

  11. EL Duderino Says:

    speakin’ of Sally’s ’99 OM

  12. kenny powers Says:

    danny woodhead. talk about a double-double entendre last name.

  13. EL Duderino Says:

    @ Butterz

    I was there… trying’ to be Dan Patrick funny I guess

    :epic fail:

  14. butter Says:

    my Dad had a friend “Richard Trotter”, he went by Dick

    Dick Trotter…….rip

  15. EL Duderino Says:

    the NASCAR Dick Trickle

  16. willowed Says:

    Don’t get caught up on what it used to be because we are missing out on what it is!!

    That’s all I’m saying.

  17. joechip Says:

    I’m not sure what WFC cover I’d like to see in the rotation as a jam vehicle. As I said back on page 1, I have trouble picturing Spanish Moon without the horns. I’d like to see them go off the board with Feat and maybe do Easy to Slip, or Strawberry Flats or something.

    More versions of Golden Age would be refreshing. It’s tailor made for exploration. Get it into that R&R, Drowned, C&P rotation.

  18. Mr. Palmer Says:

    I will never get Scent of a Mule for as long as i live. Might be my least favorite phish song. Sorry. decided to spin 12.31. set I.

  19. willowed Says:

    and what it is is all good

  20. joechip Says:

    US Congressional candidate from my district back in the 90’s: Dick Swett.

  21. Mr. Palmer Says:

    ^^ Well said Willowed!

  22. DaNcInG fOoL Says:

    “99 is likely the single most underrated year of Phish. period.”

    that’s because there’s like 1 SBD from this year

  23. EL Duderino Says:

    “you kid these day and your 8 track tapes”-Carol Channing from Family guy

  24. EL Duderino Says:

    you kids these days… sorry

  25. kenny powers Says:

    “99 is likely the single most underrated year of Phish. period.”
    that’s because there’s like 1 SBD from this year

    ^^^ excellent point

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