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. EL Duderino Says:

    I think the Mrs’ would like the change of pace as well…

  2. EL Duderino Says:

    Derek and Warren are as good as any player’s out there Miner…

  3. Mr. Palmer Says:

    I’ll pay to watch Warren Haynes and Derek Trucks play guitar any day. Some real musicianship going on there.

  4. EL Duderino Says:

    In my older age I’m liking the DT & SD Soul Stew Review kinda delay they got goin’. I’m hoping that since DTB is taking a year off that Derek and susan can get a Delaney and Bonnie thing goin’. Obviously Derek doesn’t sing, at least with his mouth. But that may be a neat direction for them

  5. EL Duderino Says:

    Speakin’ of the Beacon… Just might have to get a little Liz Reed with Page and Trey on the HDTV

  6. joechip Says:

    Derek is an astonishing musician. He’s worth seeing in any context.

  7. EL Duderino Says:

    Greg can still sing well IMO too. He was never a great keyboard player. We used to make fun, he’d sing a verse, Warren and Dicky would jam, Greg would smoke a cir take a drink and 15 minutes later he’d sing another verse. LOVE IT

  8. Mr. Palmer Says:

    Duder- has your stance re: Furthur softened to the point where you would actually consider going to a show?

  9. Corey Says:

    Anyone see the latest fiasco regarding Camp Zoe, potentially derailing a lot of festivals everywhere? Apparently, the feds have been running an undercover investigation and have determined that since drugs are bought, sold and used on this land…that the land is therefore used for this purpose and therefore can become a forfeiture given back to the state, possibly leading to criminal charges for the land owner/festival runner. That would set some scary !@#% in motion.

    Based on what I read, Bonnaroo, PHiSH’s fests and basically all places where a large group of people gather to hear music could be affected.

    How rediculous is that?
    WTF!!?!?

    Sorry to be a downer folks. Lets hope that this doesn’t go through and the gov’t does something to stop this slippery slope.

  10. EL Duderino Says:

    I would go under a circumstance like we’re talkin’ about…seine’ an ABB show along with a Furthur would be fun.

  11. SillyWilly Says:

    Lawyers will be needed.

    Seems like there’s some very real property law and constitutional law issues going on in there.

    Get the local economies/governments involved, too. They make a killing off the fests.

  12. EL Duderino Says:

    FWIW

    There is a ton of Derek Trucks Band on Live Music Archive

  13. KfL Says:

    been thinking a lot lately about later years dead and later years phish

    never saw the dead – too young. was 13 when jerry died. when i eventually got into them, i dug 70-82 or so. i know 75-8 really well, 73-4 pretty well. i never listen to anything after the early 80s, ever

    which sucks, because i know that there is plenty of magic in there

    i’m just not willing to dig through the average to find the nuggets of great. why would i? there is so much great in the 70s to keep me busy – and really, i’ve only scratched the surface of those years

    and i wonder if kids 20 years younger than me will be the same way with phish

    will they listen to the mid-late 90s, but neglect 3.0, not willing to dig through the average to find the great?

  14. EL Duderino Says:

    Right Wing Fear Mongering Bull Shit!
    Republicans…
    “God Bless Their Hearts” as they say in the south

  15. EL Duderino Says:

    There’s been enough research done by so many to pick and choose KFL

  16. EL Duderino Says:

    You would also be pleasantly surprised how certain tour offered constantly good shows and then tours where there are very few good shows.

  17. KfL Says:

    thats true el dude

    the other issue is that i don’t dig the sound of the band nearly as much as the 70s

    some of those 80s tones just kill me

  18. Mr. Palmer Says:

    Trey shreds After Midnight on the 31st. Smokin version.

  19. KfL Says:

    pretty sure that won’t be the same for phish – their tones now are so great, a definite strength. mike sounds brilliant these days. ocedoc – enough said.

  20. Mr.Miner Says:

    fair enough… not my thing.

  21. KfL Says:

    then again those heads in the late 80s probly thought those cheesy synth tones were bomb

  22. Corey Says:

    or those that actually want to read the formal complaint. Details are on the second page if you scroll down a bit.

    http://www.scribd.com/doc/42065949/Camp-Zoe-Complaint

  23. EL Duderino Says:

    I believe there has been a leap in live sound technology and Phish has definitely benefited from that. It’s so CLEAR and LOUD now

  24. EL Duderino Says:

    I love Brent…

  25. Mr.Miner Says:

    @ Corey…just read that doc…that shit is crazy…

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