TTFF: Cities of Summer

6.15.2012 (Michael Stein)

In the tradition of Kevin Shapiro’s “Live Bait” series, in which he highlights jams from the venues and/or cities of the upcoming tour, I have put together an “unreleased” playlist of my own that fits the same bill for Leg Two. Perhaps someday some of these choice nuggets may get the soundboard treatment. Until then, enjoy these audience recordings within “Cities of Summer.”


The Curtain > Tweezer” 11.19.95 II, Charlotte, NC

Out of so many phenomenal Fall ’95 “Tweezers,” this version, from Charlotte Coliseum, is one of my favorites.



Wolfman’s Brother” 8.6.98 II, Atlanta, GA

This Lakewood “Wolfman’s” is a perfect portrait of a band migrating from funk towards a more ambient sound during Summer ’98.



Gumbo” 7.3.99 I, Atlanta, GA

The second song of a two-night, Lakewood holiday stand stretched into an engaging dance session right off the bat.



Frankie Says > Bowie” 11.4.98 I, Denver, CO

A phenomenal chunk of Fall ’98 ambient jamming blossomed out of “Frankie Says”and  led into an intricate set-closing “Bowie” at McNichols ’98.



Harry Hood” 9.28.99 I Pelham, AL

Playing like a man possessed, Trey leads the band and audience to the mountaintop and beyond in one of the greatest “Hoods” you’ve never heard. And it came at the end of the first set at Oak Mountain ’99’s throwdown! This selection goes out to Scotty B. of YEMBlog, one of the biggest “Hood” fans on the planet.



Reba” 6.13.94 II Kansas City, KS

“Reba” and 1994 are like peanut butter and jelly. I’ve always loved this version for the hypnotic rhythm groove Trey spins right out of the gates. You can check out the awesome You Tube clip as well!



Timber -> Simple” 11.16.97 II Denver, CO

Having always lived in the shadow of the next night’s monumental show, this “Timber” from the opening night of Denver ’97, never gets its due. One of the truly dark horse jams of Fall ’97—with a spectacular segue—deserves the soundboard treatment one day. It’s that good.



Bathtub Gin” 7.20.98, Ventura,CA

Everyone knows the Riverport “Gin” from a week later, but this similarly, show-opening version from North of LA, laid the groundwork for the masterpiece to follow.



Piper -> 2001” 11.4.98 II, Denver, CO

The centerpiece of an underrated show in Denver.



Antelope” 8.6.97 II Maryland Heights, MO

After a cross-country trek from The Gorge to St. Louis, this blistering “Antelope”—with a theremin-laced “Makisupa” jam, was a talking point of the Midwest section of Summer ’97, and one of the best versions of the entire tour.




I’m both happy and excited to announce that I will be the guest host of Sirius/XM Jam On‘s “Gone Phishin” this coming Monday and Tuesday, 8/13 and 8/14. The show will air at 9 pm Eastern / 6 pm Pacific and will run for 90 minutes each night. Over the course of three hours, I will be highlighting my favorite jams of Leg One, as we prepare for Long Beach’s opener of Leg Two on Wednesday night. Be sure to tune as it should be a good time with great music guaranteed!


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721 Responses to “TTFF: Cities of Summer”

  1. phoammhead Says:

    deer creek birds gets shred fest award

  2. Slicksasquatch Says:

    This guitar is gonna fuck your face

  3. phoammhead Says:

    actually a lot of good shredfest moments in the tour . . . halleys then while my guitar

  4. Phamily Berzerker Says:

    Is that an old Doc bass?

  5. Slicksasquatch Says:

    Looks like a languedoc 5 string

  6. Gavinsdad Says:

    @phoamm – billy B was very special for me leg 1. Nice moment….band played it well. Birds was Nasty too and has gotten many a respin.

  7. phoammhead Says:

    deer creek 2 is under-rated show

  8. phoammhead Says:

    that’s what i’m thinkin’ gdad

  9. phoammhead Says:

    sand is at tops of shreddfest leg one award . . .

  10. phoammhead Says:

    i’m suckin’ down ipas like they’re goinin outta style. . .

  11. RoosterPizza Says:

    That is dangerous^

  12. phoammhead Says:

    cheers folks . . raise a glass!

  13. phoammhead Says:

    rule for troy . . . if you know it, you don’t get to play it in 2nd set

  14. Mr. Palmer Says:

    Phoam is throwing it down lately.

    Wedding planning is getting the best of ya, isn’t it? Lol…

  15. phoammhead Says:

    right on, mrP . . . feelin’ good right here

  16. MiA Says:

    Reading back.

    have a great next couple days, folks. build up your tour stamina. fortify, hydrate, and ambulate.

    I did none of this today. Golfed. Had a few. Mowed yard. Trimmed. Fell, twisted ankle, ugh.

    I did hydrate. I could drink 3 gallons of water a day down here, and still feel like I don’t have to piss.

    Hopefully this naproxen helps.

    3 days!!!!

  17. MiA Says:

    Oh yeah. Cincy Twist!

  18. voopa Says:

    voopa div. of Team Enthusiasm is posting at The Intercontinental, on Howard bet. 4th & 5th (same block as the Moscone Ctr.). Shows, woohoo!

  19. MiA Says:

    Voopa, do I have your e-mail? I can’t find it.

    MikeInAustinbb @ ghee male.

  20. marcoesq Says:

    Sharkweek, bitches

  21. butter Says:

    Crab roll / lobster roll =

    The one on Market x 14th is closer to BGC. The other one is on Filmore.

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