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)

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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

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1,010 Responses to “Questions For 2011”

  1. KfL Says:

    i think the first 20 shows i had from 99, the recordings all sounded like shit

    bass heavy, boomy, muddy

    and to this day my knowledge of 99 is way way below every other year from 93 on

  2. KfL Says:

    by the way i was just rushing to catch up with the last 6-8 pages b/c the convo was going super fast for a friday night, when it is usually dead, thinking that something big just dropped, like 4 nights at red rocks again or something

    nope, just everybody with the post tour blues 😮

  3. KfL Says:

    for the record, i’m in the same place

    loved every night of the run, was floored multiple times, had the time of my life really

    then 3 days later i’m wondering where the jams were – ha!

  4. KfL Says:

    dont get me wrong though, the convo has been quite good

  5. butter Says:

    a bunch of us booked rooms for Hampton Memorial day weekend Kfl

  6. KfL Says:

    i was around earlier when that happened butter, just been gone the last 3-4 hours

    booked rooms at 2 different hotels actually

    thanks for lookin out though 😉

  7. KfL Says:

    was thinking earlier today i might pull out an 03 show or two just to see what it was like when open jams happened regularly, even in set I, and each jam had multiple distinct segments of improv 😀

  8. butter Says:

    that’s right, i was late to your party 😉

  9. Mr. Palmer Says:

    Nice Kfl- i was kidding when i asked you to book a room for me.

    i kid, i kid.

  10. butter Says:

    fun day everybody, going to hit the video store and do a movie night with the little one

    only like 4 and half months, till fresh Phish if Hampton pans out

  11. ThePigSong Says:

    You guys are going to make me a jaded n00b!

    Glad I lurked a little earlier and saw some dates for Hampton/AV! Just wish I would have been able to drop what I was doing and book the embassy :/

    girl at the lodge said she “heard the phish is coming to town” that weekend.

  12. DaNcInG fOoL Says:

    alpine valley dates?? when??

  13. EL Duderino Says:

    june 25 26

  14. Mr. Palmer Says:

    David Fricke- Decembers best concerts.

    http://www.rollingstone.com/music/blogs/alternate-take/decembers-best-concerts-from-patti-smith-to-phish-20110103

  15. willowed Says:

    Have a nice night boys

  16. EL Duderino Says:

    dig it he has the Mule Beacon shows on there…

    palmer… 5 more days of ABB @ the Beacon for a total of 13 dates

  17. EL Duderino Says:

    go get you some willowed 😉

  18. Mr. Palmer Says:

    I know Dude. Palmer’s b-day is March 27th. Think i might have to do ABB on the 25th and then Furthur at Radio City on the 26th….

  19. EL Duderino Says:

    That sounds real nice Palmer real nice

  20. SillyWilly Says:

    I’d rather Alpine on week nights because this probably means Deer Creek will be during the week and I wouldn’t have to take off work to see any of that run. But Ill take it

    Will be weird to come to work and see the damage at the Public Defender’s office the Monday the 27th.

  21. Mr. Palmer Says:

    Duders and Weavers should head on up?

  22. EL Duderino Says:

    inchin’ ever so close to that big 4 0 Palmer!
    Ever SO CLOSE

  23. Mr.Miner Says:

    @ butter – that is my go to Sally. Really one of the best. The word swanky comes to mind… In the afternoon at Merriweather.

  24. EL Duderino Says:

    You know Palmer… That’s not a bad idea… I’d like to do a non Phish related musical trip… “cuz it doesn’t always have to be Phish right?!?!

  25. Mr.Miner Says:

    The all mans in 2011 doesn’t sound like the best alternative 😉 just saying…

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