Phish New Years Day 2011 MSG

Published: 2011/01/04
by Charlie Dirksen

Phish, Madison Square Garden, NYC – 1/1


What’s With The Controversy? Isn’t It All ‘Hood, ‘Brah?

Click Here for the Setlist, Courtesy of Phish.Net

IT is often the most highly anticipated event in any given year of Phish. And 2010’s New Year’s Run began 2011 as it had ended 2010, with a sold-out, webcasted performance at Madison Square Garden in New York City — a show that some fans regard as one of Phish’s most consistently great gigs in recent years, up there even with the best shows from October. But why? Did they see or hear the same show that you did?

No, they probably didn’t. This is one of those Phish shows where opinions even among fans who have seen and heard a ton of Phish’s music seem to be all over the map. Even if you were at the show yourself, and were occasionally bumped by (inconsiderate) tripping-aisle-dancing wooks, or burned by cigs, or doused with beer, my guess is that you still managed to enjoy the music overall — because I think it was that good, overall. But the scene could be challenging, to be sure.

While MSG ushers at past shows that I’ve been to were typically quite strict, they seemed in general to have taken a hands-off approach to the shows on this run, and fans were able to move about relatively freely, which naturally caused gross overcrowding in some sections and wide-open rows in others. This is, of course, not atypical of scenes at indoor Phish shows. But the sound at MSG was also very different as one moved throughout the venue, especially the ability to hear Mike’s bass and Page’s keyboards. This was not likely the fault of Phish’s soundman, however, given the complexities of the room, and frankly I can’t recall the sound at MSG ever being that awesome, unless you had a bank of speakers aiming directly at you from under 50 yards away or so. In any event, the sound at MSG did seem a bit lower than it has been in the past, and, as at all shows but especially at these MSG shows (heard live by many fans thanks to the webcasts), dramatically different experiences by fans are contributing to the extremely diverse range of opinions about theMUSIC of the shows. It should go without saying, but if you watched the shows from the comfort of your home with friends and family, your experience of the music was quite different than that of the guy who vomited all over himself during the “Guelah Papyrus” and heard most of the show lying sideways on the floor of the hallway outside section 420. Or the gal who had to rescue her freshly-soiled winter coat — a Christmas gift from her dying grandmother — out from under a couple of rolling wooks mating during “Reba.”

Thus, to put the following two cents on the music of 1/1/11 in context: I had a wonderful seat Page-side in section 211, just off the aisle, near a bank of speakers, and I was surrounded by respectful, dancing, happy fans, even though I exited MSGsmelling like a beer-filled ashtray. But such is par for the course upon leaving an indoor Phish show.

Phish’s first show ever to take place on January 1 began in a mellow mood with “My Soul,” remarkable only in how perfunctory it seemed in light of the very tight “Tube” that followed it. Though arguably not quite as strong as the Atlantic City version from October or the Portsmouth version from June, it was nevertheless up there with and similar in its funkiness to the Greek and Jones Beach versions from August. Its jam foretold the strength of the improvisation that would occur in the rest of the show.

The first set then proceeded to go “old school” with a run of good versions of fan-favorites “Runaway Jim,” “Foam,” “Guelah Papyrus” and “Divided Sky.” Although many veterans likely fled to the bathrooms during one or more of these tunes, I repressed any negative or otherwise jaded thoughts, and chilled warmly in the glow of these fantastic songs. The soulful, timeless themes of “Divided Sky” are gorgeous and very moving to hear when one reflects on the year that’s passed and the year that’s to come. This version may have done (or will do) nothing for you, but it nevertheless brought tears to my eyes. Don’t ask me to compare it with the 12/31/94 version, though, another year-ending, year-beginning “Divided Sky” which I heard live. Though it ain’t always perfect, my love for “Divided Sky” is and always has been unconditional. And this is true, even if you catch me using the bathroom during the opening composed section, since there’s plenty of time before Trey’s usually magnificent solo begins, and the song’s set placement often occurs when the bathrooms are least in use. (But don’t tell anyone I said that, as the only thing perhaps more jaded at a show than deliberately using “Divided Sky” as a bathroom-break song is to leave the show during it instead.)

With a whimsical nod to MSG’s shape, “Round Room” was up next. It was an unusual call, as it had only been previously played four times, with all four performances occurring in 2003 (the last one was on 7/13/03 at the Gorge, 140 shows ago). It was a little bit rough, which is forgivable, but regardless, it deflated the energy stirred-up in the room by “Divided,” including the energy of Santa Claus, who raged while rail-riding (front row) for most of the show. That energy dramatically rebounded, however, during the excellent “Walk Away” that came next. All of the versions this year have had a jam segment with a chord progression and intensity similar with (but certainly not identical to) “Tweezer Reprise,” which gives this cover more juice than it ever previously had. This is a tune that has improved tremendously not only in the last two years, but also since the first time Phish covered it in July 1988. In fact, my eyes may have deceived me, but I think this 1/1/11 version (comparable in length to the 6/17/10 Hartford version) may have even fooled Chris Kuroda on the lights a bit, as Trey continued wailing-away in the jam segment for an additional few measures, rather than ending the jam more or less where he’d ended it in the preceding versions in August and October.

Like so many other 2009-2010 versions, “Gotta Jibboo” was punchy and tight, which proved to be a striking contrast with the opening composed section of the “Reba” that followed. “Reba” is an extremely challenging song to play correctly, and no one understands that better than Trey. The jam segment of this “Reba” is very precious and soulful, and it concludes mightily. It is arguably one of the best versions of the last decade. It’s no improvisational monster like the recent Augusta 10/19/10 version. It’s just a straight-up, but excellent, “Reba.” This was one of the songs that made me fall in love with Phish’s music, and it’s one of the songs that keeps me in love with Phish’s music.

Immediately after “Reba,” pretty much everyone who had been paying attention to the setlists over the New Year’s Run began calling “Split Open and Melt” to close the first set, and then, after “Walls of the Cave” was played to close this hour and thirty-five minute first set, some of those same people began calling “Melt” at every possibly opportunity before and during the second set. It is a head-scratcher why Phish opted not to play “Melt” on this run, but whatever. The set-closing “Walls of the Cave” was no improvisational beauty like so many 2003-2004 versions (especially 2/22/03 Cincinnati and 2/25/03 Philadelphia), but it was nevertheless similar to and at least as great as the Manchester version from October. I loved hearing this close the set, as I’ve only caught this song twice.

The second set, believed by some to be one of the best sets of “3.0,” is remarkable for several reasons. First, it lacked ballads or otherwise obvious bathroom-break tunes, and so there were no doubt hundreds of fans who were dancing throughout the set only as hard as their dangerously-full bladders could tolerate. The set was an array of danceable, popular songs, each with the potential to send one’s soul — irrespective of one’s sobriety — soaring in blissful transcendence. Second, song choice means the world to many fans, particularly those who seize the moment and don’t care much (if at all) about whether they’re witnessing a “top” or “best ever” version of a tune. And this six-song second set — a set with almost half as many songs as the first set — exceeded their expectations. At only an hour long, this second set was also noticeably shorter than the vast majority of Phish sets ever performed. When “Bowie” ended the set, some no doubt wondered aloud whether the encore would be another multi-song throw-down like, say, at MSG on 12/30/97 with “Carini -> Black-Eyed Katy -> Sneakin’ Sally through the Alley > Frankenstein.”

But the brevity of the second set was forgiven in light of the consistently strong playing in every song in the set. The set as a whole was so entertaining that I don’t think I ever sat down (even briefly) or otherwise left my space — which probably hadn’t happened to me at MSG since 12/31/95. The musical highlights of the set, in my view, included the unusual, “type II” closing jam of “Simple,” an improvisation that sounded composed, and made people wonder if it was a new instrumental along the lines of “What’s the Use” — which I thought this jam might segue into, a la the 8/14/10 Alpine Valley “Down with Disease -> What’s the Use.” “Simple” was also followed by arguably the best version of “Sneakin’ Sally” in “3.0.” Noticeably faster than the 8/14/10 Alpine Valley version, this version of “SS” is worth a listen even if you’re not a fan of this tune.

The “Makisupa Policeman” in this set is also unusually improvisational, similar to the 12/28/09 Miami version. The jam segment seemed to be steadily and slowly deconstructed, only to be reconstructed anew, and the segue into the set-closing, excellent “David Bowie” that followed is wonderful as well. This version of “Makisupa” is as must-hear for any fans of this song as the 8/29/87 Ranch, 11/19/97 Champaign, and 7/25/99 Deer Creek versions are, to name a few. The encore on 1/1/11 began with “Fee,” with Trey on megaphone, just like all other versions of “Fee” since 8/12/10 Deer Creek, which was the last time that “Fee” had been played in the encore spot. And “Frankenstein,” which closed both the show and the New Year’s Run, featured Page on “keytar,” like all other 2009-2010 versions of this spectacular cover. Everyone seemed to appreciate the encore, and it was an outstanding way to conclude Phish’s first gig of 2011.

Whether you’re a fan who chooses to be happy in your Phish listening at all times, or who is instead pleased only when Phish gives you at least a bit more than the greatness your jaded hide demands from them, the 1/1/11 MSG show is worth a listen. Many bytes have apparently already been sent debating the merits of this show, and especially whether the second set in particular is one of the best of 2010-2011. This is, of course, reason alone for why you should hear it and decide for yourself. Happy New Year, and THANK YOU PHISH!!

By oliverjamreview Posted in PHISH

Merry Phishmas

Here’s a small Christmas gift to you..

Twas the week before New Year’s, when all through .net,
Every Phish Phan was stirring, both n00bie and vet.
The tickets acquired by trades foul and fair,
In hopes that St. Icculus soon would be there.

The lizards were sleeping right under their beds,
Since all of the knowledge had leaked from their heads.
And Rutherford in armor, and Tela on beast,
Were waiting for Forbin’s return from the east.

When out by the Rhombus there burst sounds of tuning;
The lizards were wakened and all began swooning.
Above came a laser-light, rainbow hued flash,
As Kuroda lit the forest and Trey started Stash.

The glow of the black-lights on t-shirts below
Gave the crowd and their white out the luster of snow.
Then, what to their wondering ears should go bam,
But a Whipping Post bust-out, with 20 minute jam!

With Moses Brown drumming, so lively and quick,
They all thought for sure it was some kind of trick.
But Cactus and Chairman kept blazing along,
And they thumped and they pounded in song after song!

“Now Tweezer! now, Reba! now, Mango and Fee!
On, Comet! On, Bowie! on, on Wolfman’s and Free!
With the funkiest cow funk and balls to the wall!
Now jam away! Jam away! Jam away all!”

And so, ‘round the forest, the grooves they did fly,
They split and they opened and divided the sky.
So late in the night, and with sanity gone,
The boys just said ‘f*** it,’ and the concert raged on.

And then, with a rumble, a mountain appeared
But it looked like the mountain was sporting a beard.
As the lizards and phans turned their heads all around
The side of the mountain slid right to the ground.

So the mountain became then the face of a man,
And then Fish started screaming, like only Fish can.
But in the man’s eyes was a generous look,
And he carried before him a wonderful book!

His eyes-how they twinkled! His smile was so kind!
And with him, the Neti were marching behind!
The lizards, once cheering, now joyfully cried,
For there now was Forbin, McGrupp by his side!

The stump of a pipe he held tight in his teeth,
And the kind smoke encircled his head like a wreath.
The Colonel spied Tela and puffed out his chest,
On his shoulder, a Mockingbird, taking a rest.

Then Icculus laughed, and the crowd let a whoop!
And the prophet just beamed at this lizard-phan troupe.
His laugh filled the air like a chorus of birds,
And he grinned while addressing the crowd with these words:

“I know that some tough times can make a heart harden,
And it’s no easy road to get to the Garden.
But we’re all here now, whether by fate or by chance.
So, if you please, Trey, count off YEM and LET’S DANCE!”

So each of them put on a perfect rage face,
And each clapped their hands, for it was the right place.
And you heard them all say, with a beautiful sound:
“Happy New Year’s to all, and now let’s all GET DOWN!”

By oliverjamreview Posted in PHISH

Big Summer Ahead..

Trey Anastasio Says Phish Likely to Start Recording This Winter

‘We just want to get together and see where it goes’

June 24, 2011 1:25 PM ET
Trey Anastasio of Phish

Trey Anastasio of Phish
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“Everything seems to be dialed in right now,” Phish front man Trey Anastasio told Rolling Stone while on the road with the band. They’re currently on a massive summer tour, and they’re having a blast: At a recent gig, they lost themselves in a blissful 25-minute spin through 1994’s “Down with Disease,” and have been breaking out stellar covers of Beatles, Stones and Zeppelin songs (on Sunday, they paid tribute to E Street Band saxophonist Clarence Clemons with Bruce Springsteen’s “Thunder Road”). We spoke to Anastasio shortly after the tour kicked off about the band’s three-day Super Ball IX festival, which starts July 1st in Watkins Glen, New York; his love of the band Beach House; and Phish’s next studio album.

How does it feel to be onstage again after the break? 
It feels great. The sound onstage is killer, partially due to some fine-tuning we’ve been doing over the last two tours, and partially due to this badass new sound system we broke out in Bethel. I always try to listen to the sound coming back from the room, and this new system is so tight. It really helps. The band feels loose in all the right ways, and it’s just so cool looking out and seeing all of these people that I haven’t seen in a while. It’s a pretty tight-knit community. You’d be surprised how many people I recognize when I look out there.

You’ve played some Zeppelin and Beatles covers on this tour, among others. Have you heard any great songs lately you want to cover?
I went through an obsession with Beach House recently, and I actually found myself trying to copy that gorgeous pattern picking style of guitar during one of the jams in Bethel. I’ve been listening to a record by the Grates called Teeth Lost, Hearts Won that I love. I haven’t heard a song screaming to be covered recently, though I did learn “Zebra” by Beach House on the guitar because I love the way Alex Scally picks so cleanly with a pick, as opposed to finger picking patterns. In terms of rock songs, I’ve kind been toying with this idea of covering “Master of Puppets” for quite some time.  

When do you hope to record a new Phish album? Any idea what it will sound like yet? 
We are talking about opening the door to some kind of new album this winter. Next year is looking like it will be a less busy touring year, mostly because of family obligations for some of the band members.  We want to get together in the winter and start working on something new. What that thing is undefined, and we’re keeping it that way on purpose. We just want to get together and see where it goes.

The Super Ball IX is coming up July 1st. Any big plans you can share with us?  
We have loads of plans for Super Ball IX!  The four of us have a backstage brainstorming meeting tonight with the artists about the festival. That’s all I can say though.

Phish are pioneers of the self-curated festival – something Pearl Jam, Dave Matthews Band and others are doing this summer. It must take a lot of work and planning – what is the appeal of having your own festival? Why do you think more bands are doing it now?
The festivals grew organically out of our early scene in Vermont. We were always a party band and we used to play outside a lot. People always seemed to show up. I remember a big pig roast at our friend Ian’s farm one summer – everyone came and slept in the field. We did a gig at our friend Amy’s farm in Maine and suddenly it was 5,000 people. Then we went to Plattsburgh and it was 50,000. You have to keep in mind, though, that there were no festivals to speak of when Phish was doing those early ones. I remember hearing about Burning Man, but even that was just getting going in the Nineties. Now there are tons, but it all felt very cutting edge in the mid-Nineties. There was no playbook. We were making it up as we went along.

We always felt like we were throwing a party for our friends, regardless of the size or the place, because we actually were throwing a party for our friends. We’ve always had a very tight knit community. We talked about what we would want if we were going. The four big ones in the Nineties – the Clifford Ball, the Great Went, Lemonwheel and Big Cypress – were some of the best times I can remember with Phish. Indescribable.  I’ll never forget them.

Now that Phish has been playing for 25-plus years, do you get tired of playing long sets? Or has time made it easier?
Not only isn’t it getting tiring, but it’s getting harder in some ways to kill the time between gigs. Music has always been my protection against the world, from a very young age.  I feel safe inside of a jam.

What’s you’re favorite all-time summer song?
Hmmm… How about “Wipeout.” Now that’s a summer song.


By oliverjamreview Posted in PHISH

Phish Shows Ive Attended


1. June 2, 2009: Jones BeachWantagh NY Jones Beach (First Ever Phish Show..late bloomer)

Set 1Runaway JimFoamStealing Time From the Faulty Plan[1]TimberTimber (Jerry)CitiesDriverRebaPossum,FarmhouseIf I Could
Set 2Mike’s Song > Simple > Wolfman’sWolfman’s Brother ->Weekapaug GrooveCircusWhen the Circus Comes,KDFKill Devil Falls[1]HoodHarry Hood > Loving Cup
EncoreSuzySuzy Greenberg

[1] Debut.

Notes: Stealing Time From the Faulty Plan and Kill Devil Falls both debuted at this show, with the latter, remarkably, being played by request. This show featured the first If I Could since June 28, 2000 (103 shows).

2. August 14, 2009: Comcast Theatre Hartford, NY (Considered one of the best Phish shows of all time)

Set 1PYITEPunch You In the EyeBagAC/DC Bag > NICUForbin’sColonel Forbin’s Ascent > MockingbirdFly Famous MockingbirdBOAFBirds of a FeatherLawn BoyStashIDKI Didn’t KnowMiddle of the RoadCharacter Zero
Set 2DwDDown with Disease[1] > Wilson > SlaveSlave to the Traffic LightPiper[2] > Water in the SkyGhost ->Psycho Killer -> Catapult -> Icculus[3] > YEMYou Enjoy Myself
EncoreWMGGWWhile My Guitar Gently Weeps

[1] Reba jam; unfinished.
[2] Spill the Wine tease from Page.
[3] Narration centered on the fact that “you crazy kids” just don’t read anymore.

Notes: This show featured the first versions of Forbin’s and Mockingbird since September 30, 2000 (96 shows), which were performed without narration. During I Didn’t Know, Trey introduced Fish as “Recent Julliard Master’s Vacuum Program graduate, the one and only, Jon Moses Quagmire DeWitt Hampton.” DWD contained a Reba jam and was unfinished. Piper included a Spill the Wine tease from Page. This show featured the first Psycho Killer since December 7, 1997 (282 shows). Psycho Killer was unfinished and disintegrated into a self-described, electronic “Pong” jam. During the post-Psycho Killer “Pong” jam, Trey initiated a dance contest saying that whoever could best dance to that music would “win something.”  After Catapult (while continuing the “Pong” jam), Trey asked, “Does everybody else love this song as much as I do?” and said that he was “waiting for the day when they play stuff like this on the radio.”  Icculus was last performed on July 18, 1999 (193 shows). The Icculus narration centered on the fact that “you crazy kids” just don’t read anymore.  The “Pong” jam reappeared during the YEM jam. The soundcheck included a jam with lyrics that were made up on the fly with Trey on bass (so that Mike could check on bass sounds from the audience) and Fish on drums. Trey briefly quoted Spill the Wine and The Pendulum during the soundcheck jam.

“I can honestly say that Phish blew us all away in Hartford, surpassing everyone’s expectations. When I try to explain to non-fans why Phish is so great, this show is exactly what I think of. The energy level was EXTREMELY high. Story-telling, trampolining, vacuum-cleaner solos providing humor, and interaction between the band and crowd were all reminders that the band doesn’t really take itself too seriously. Also, Chris Kuroda has once again stepped up his game with the lighting he provided. Bust most importantly, we heard good jams, and the band sounded great. They were as enthusiastic as the crowd, and the show was a blast.” (Naptown Phish Fan,1/28/2010)

3. November 27, 2009: Times Union Center Albany, NY

Set I: AC/DC Bag, Maze, Driver, My Mind’s Got A Mind of Its Own, Gumbo, Bouncin’, Its Ice, Two Versions of Me, Timber Ho!, Limb x Limb, Cavern > Light

Set II: My Friend, My Friend > Golden Age*$, On Your Way Down, Fluffhead > Piper > Tomorrow’s Song*, Prince Caspian > Harry Hood > Suzy Greenberg > Squirming Coil#

E: I’ve Been Around
E2: Fire

4. December 3rd, 2009: Madison Sq Garden New York, NY

Set 1PYITEPunch You In the EyeBDTNLBackwards Down the Number LineAxilla > TasteBoogie OnBoogie On Reggae WomanStashLawn BoyTTETime Turns ElasticBOTTBack on the Train > Julius
Set 2DwDDown with Disease[1] > Piper > FluffheadCities > FreeHalley’sHalley’s Comet > 2001Also Sprach Zarathustra > BowieDavid Bowie
EncoreCharacter Zero

[1] Unfinished.

Notes: Disease was unfinished.

5. December 4th, 2009: Madison Sq Garden New York, NY

Set 1Heavy Things > PossumWilsonKDFKill Devil FallsGlide46 DaysBouncin’Bouncing Around the Room >Reba[1]Dinner and a MovieGuyuteMazeFirst Tube
Set 2Scents and Subtle Sounds[2] > R&RRock and Roll -> Seven Below > Twist > Mike’sMike’s Song > HydrogenI Am Hydrogen > WeekapaugWeekapaug GrooveHorseThe Horse > SilentSilent in the MorningYEMYou Enjoy Myself
EncoreShine a Light

[1] No whistling.
[2] No intro.

Notes: Reba did not have the whistling ending and Scents did not have the intro.

6. June 17, 2010: Comcast Theatre Hartford, CT

Set 1PYITEPunch You In the Eye > OcelotDinner and a MovieStashEstherWalk AwayDividedDivided Sky,CircusWhen the Circus ComesSugar ShackAlaska[1] > GolgiGolgi Apparatus
Set 2Party Time > DwDDown with Disease[2] -> Sand -> HorseThe Horse > SilentSilent in the Morning > Guyute,FarmhouseMike’sMike’s Song > HydrogenI Am Hydrogen > WeekapaugWeekapaug Groove
EncoreShine a Light

[1] Streets of Cairo tease by Trey.
[2] Unfinished.

Notes: Alaska contained a Streets of Cairo tease by Trey. Down With Disease was unfinished.

7. June 18 2010: Comcast Theatre Hartford, CT

Set 1Fee > RiftWolfman’sWolfman’s BrotherSummer of ’89[1]FoamPossum[2] > MomaThe Moma Dance > Julius,Reba[3]Cavern
Set 2Halley’sHalley’s Comet > Light -> Billy BreathesTweezer > ThemeTheme From the Bottom > HoodHarry Hood >Velvet SeaWading in the Velvet SeaSTFTFPStealing Time From the Faulty Plan
EncoreSleeping Monkey[4] > TweepriseTweezer RepriseTweepriseTweezer Reprise

[1] Debut.
[2] Streets of Cairo tease from Trey.
[3] No whistling.
[4] Crowd sang part of the song.

Notes: This show contained the debut of Summer of ’89. Possum contained a Streets of Cairo tease by Trey and Reba did not have the whistling ending. Sleeping Monkey was played for a fan who was holding up a sign for the song during the previous show. Trey later said “if the guy with the sign isn’t here, everybody sing so he can hear it on the tape,” leading to the crowd to sing part of the song. Trey said they were playing the second Tweezer Reprise because they didn’t play one at Hershey Park.

8. June 19, 2010: Saratoga Performing Arts Center Saratoga Spring, NY

Set 1TweepriseTweezer RepriseCDTChalk Dust TortureFunky Bitch > Runaway JimYa MarSampleSample in a JarAxilla > FluffheadGinBathtub GinSuzySuzy Greenberg[1]
Set 2R&RRock and Roll > FreeBDTNLBackwards Down the Number LineHalfway to the Moon[2] > CaspianPrince Caspian[3] > JoyBowieDavid BowieShow of Life
EncoreCoilThe Squirming CoilCharacter Zero > TweepriseTweezer Reprise

[1] Living After Midnight tease from Trey.
[2] Debut.
[3] Unfinished.

Notes: This gig featured the first Tweezer Reprise opener since November 9, 1995 (482 shows) and the debut of Halfway to the Moon. Suzy contained a Living After Midnight (Judas Priest) tease from Trey. Tweezer Reprise was teased by Trey after Sample in a Jar and closed both this show and the previous night’s show in Hartford as well, making this the first time since July 16, 1993 (691 shows), that two consecutive Phish shows had each closed with the same song (Freebird closed both the July 15 and July 16, 1993, shows). Caspian was unfinished.

9. Wednesday August 18, 2010: Jones Beach Wantagh, NY (My favorite Phish show ever)

Set 1DwDDown with Disease > SampleSample in a JarGuelahGuelah PapyrusPoor Heart > OcelotCDTChalk Dust TortureGinBathtub GinTubeDestinyDestiny UnboundJoyAntelopeRun Like an Antelope
Set 2Axilla > TimberTimber (Jerry) > Light[1] -> 46 Days -> My FriendMy Friend, My FriendHoodHarry Hood >Tweezer -> HorseThe Horse > SilentSilent in the MorningYEMYou Enjoy Myself
EncoreSuzySuzy Greenberg > TweepriseTweezer Reprise

[1] Seven Below tease from Fish.

Notes: The soundcheck began with You Can Get It If You Really Want (Jimmy Cliff), which included quotes from Trey of You Can’t Always Get What You Want.  Rock On (David Essex) was briefly played after Hey Joe. The Marco Esquandolas lyric in Antelope was changed to Mike-O Esquandolas, and was followed by a short bass solo by Mike. Light contained a tease of Seven Below from Fish.

10. October 22nd, 2010: Dunkin Donuts Center Providence RI

Set 1DwDDown with DiseaseFunky BitchFluffheadRosesRoses Are Free > RiftMomaThe Moma Dance > Ocelot,NICUSampleSample in a JarJulius
Set 2R&RRock and Roll -> Carini -> My Problem Right ThereMike’sMike’s Song > Sanity > WeekapaugWeekapaug GrooveSuzySuzy Greenberg > Light > Character Zero > 2001Also Sprach Zarathustra > Loving Cup

EncoreFirst Tube

11. October 23rd, 2010: Mullins Center, UMASS, Amherst MA

Set 1Meatstick[1]Party TimeGolgiGolgi ApparatusKDFKill Devil Falls > TweezerLawn BoySparkle > BBFCFMBig Black Furry Creature from MarsHYHUHold Your Head Up > Love You > HYHUHold Your Head UpPossum >TweepriseTweezer Reprise[2]
Set 2DwDDown with Disease[3] > My FriendMy Friend, My Friend[4] -> CaspianPrince Caspian[5] -> Halfway to the Moon -> Boogie OnBoogie On Reggae Woman > MazeVelvet SeaWading in the Velvet Sea > Piper[6] > HoodHarry Hood > YEMYou Enjoy Myself[7]

EncoreShine a Light

[1] Japanese lyrics.
[2] Meatstick lyrics instead of Tweezer Reprise lyrics.
[3] Curtain tease from Mike at end; unfinished.
[4] Did not contain the “Myfe” ending.
[5] Unfinished.
[6] Maze tease.
[7] Wilson teases.

Notes: Meatstick included Japanese lyrics. During Party Time, Trey wished “Kevin” a happy birthday (Kevin is the owner of Higher Ground in Burlington). Tweezer Reprise featured band members singing the refrain to Meatstick in place of the Tweezer Reprise lyrics. Prior to Down With Disease, Mike teased the Leave It To Beaver theme. The end of Disease contained a Curtain tease from Mike. Disease and Caspian were unfinished and My Friend did not contain the “Myfe” ending. Piper contained a Maze tease and YEM included Wilson teases.

12. Friday October 29, 2010: Boardwalk Hall Atlantic City, NJ

Set 1Star Spangled BannerThe Star Spangled BannerMy SoulBagAC/DC BagOcelotSampleSample in a Jar,Light UpLight Up Or Leave Me AloneSugar ShackTimberTimber (Jerry) > Bouncin’Bouncing Around the RoomAxillaRiftMomaThe Moma Dance[1] > Cities > 46 Days
Set 2PYITEPunch You In the Eye > Sand -> Carini > CaspianPrince Caspian[1]CorinnaPiper > ThemeTheme From the Bottom > GolgiGolgi Apparatus > SlaveSlave to the Traffic Light > Fluffhead
EncoreLoving Cup

[1] Unfinished.

Notes: Moma Dance and Caspian were unfinished. A brief When the Circus Comes tease preceded Corinna.

13. Saturday October 30, 2010: Boardwalk Hall Atlantic City, NJ

Set 1KDFKill Devil FallsCavernFoamGuelahGuelah PapyrusCDTChalk Dust Torture -> Whole Lotta Love[1] >CDTChalk Dust TortureHa Ha Ha[2]Walk AwayWolfman’sWolfman’s Brother[3] -> Undermind > GinBathtub Gin[2],CoilThe Squirming Coil[4]
Set 2Tube > Possum[5] > Tweezer[2] -> Heartbreaker[6] -> Tweezer -> Ramble On -> Thank You[6] -> Tweezer ->Stairway to Heaven[6]Halley’sHalley’s Comet > 2001Also Sprach Zarathustra > BowieDavid Bowie[7]Show of Life,BDTNLBackwards Down the Number Line > GTBTGood Times Bad Times
EncoreSleeping Monkey > TweepriseTweezer Reprise[2]

[1] One verse only.
[2] Whole Lotta Love tease.
[3] Vocal jam.
[4] The Rain Song and Thank You teases from Page.
[5] Whole Lotta Love and Sneakin’ Sally teases.
[6] Phish debut; Incomplete.
[7] Whole Lotta Love quote from Trey in intro.

Notes: Whole Lotta Love was incomplete (one verse only) and was played for the first time since March 1, 1991 (1,033 shows). Wolfman’s contained a vocal jam. Ha Ha Ha, Gin, Possum and Tweezer and Tweezer Reprise all contained Whole Lotta Love teases and the Bowie intro contained a Whole Lotta Love quote from Trey. Squirming Coil contained The Rain Song and Thank You teases from Page and Possum also contained a Sneakin’ Sally tease. The incomplete versions of Heartbreaker, Thank You, and Stairway to Heaven were all Phish debuts. Ramble On was played for the first time since August 12, 1998 (305 shows). After Stairway to Heaven, Trey joked, “Happy Halloween! See you all next year.” Mike teased The Lemon Song before Halley’s. Appropriately, Whole Lotta Love was also the post-show music. From the soundcheck, Ramble On and the second and third versions of Whole Lotta Love were incomplete. Destiny Unbound was played by only Mike and Fish, started out as being sung to the drumbeat of Time Loves A Hero and included a Live and Let Die quote from Mike.

14. December 28, 2010: DCU Center Worcester, MA

Set 1KDFKill Devil FallsMMGAMOIOMy Mind’s Got a Mind of its OwnAlaska[1]She Caught the KatyShe Caught the Katy and Left Me a Mule to RideWolfman’sWolfman’s BrotherPigtail[2]StashBouncin’Bouncing Around the Room >RiftSTFTFPStealing Time From the Faulty PlanBirdwatcherThe Birdwatcher[3]
Set 2Carini > BDTNLBackwards Down the Number Line > BOTTBack on the Train[4] -> LxLLimb By Limb > WedgeThe Wedge > Frankie Says > AlbuquerqueHoodHarry Hood[5] > Bug
EncoreShine a Light

[1] Trey used a device that played Sarah Palin quotes.
[2] Debut.
[3] Phish Debut.
[4] Streets of Cairo tease from Trey.
[5] Spanish Harlem tease from Page.

Notes: She Caught the Katy was last performed on July 21, 1998 (323 shows).  Trey used a device that played Sarah Palin quotes during Alaska and after the debut of Pigtail. This show also featured the Phish debut of Birdwatcher.  Back on the Train featured a Streets of Cairo tease from Trey and Hood contained a Spanish Harlem tease from Page.

15. December 30, 2010: Madison Sq Garden New York, NY

Set 1CitiesCDTChalk Dust TortureGumbo > QuinnQuinn the EskimoHalley’sHalley’s Comet > Camel Walk[1],MazeDriverGinBathtub GinFat Man in the BathtubTimberTimber (Jerry) > GolgiGolgi ApparatusCharacter Zero
Set 2Tweezer > Light > ThemeTheme From the Bottom -> My FriendMy Friend, My Friend[2] > AxillaFluffhead,Boogie OnBoogie On Reggae Woman -> 2001Also Sprach Zarathustra > SuzySuzy Greenberg
EncoreAntelopeRun Like an Antelope > TweepriseTweezer Reprise

[1] P.A. cut out.
[2] No “Myfe” ending.

Notes: This was the first of three Pay Per view performances. The P.A. cut out during Camel Walk. My Friend did not contain the “Myfe” ending.

16. January 1, 2011: Madison Sq Garden New York, NY

Set 1My SoulTube > Runaway Jim > FoamGuelahGuelah Papyrus > DividedDivided SkyRound Room > Walk Away > JibbooGotta Jibboo > Reba[1]WotCWalls of the Cave
Set 2C&PCrosseyed and Painless > Twist[2] > SimpleSneakin’ SallySneakin’ Sally through the Alley >MakisupaMakisupa Policeman[3] -> BowieDavid Bowie


[1] No whistling.
[2] Manteca quotes from Trey.
[3] “I went home late last night after doing the New Year’s stunt, laid back on my couch and rolled myself a blunt” lyrics. “Kick drum solo.”
[4] Trey sang verses through megaphone.
[5] Page on keytar.

Notes: This was the third of three Pay Per view performances. Reba did not have the whistling ending. Round Room was played for the first time since July 13, 2003 (140 shows). Twist contained Manteca quotes from Trey. Makispua included the lyrics “I went home late last night after doing the New Year’s stunt, laid back on my couch and rolled myself a blunt” and also featured a “kick drum solo.” Frankenstein featured Page on keytar.

17. May 27, 2011: Bethel Woods Center for the Arts Bethel, NY

Set 1Tweezer > My FriendMy Friend, My FriendPoor HeartRosesRoses Are Free > Funky Bitch,Wolfman’sWolfman’s Brother[1] -> Walk AwayStashBouncin’Bouncing Around the RoomKDFKill Devil FallsBold As Love
Set 2Carini > BOTTBack on the Train > Boogie OnBoogie On Reggae Woman > Waves > CaspianPrince Caspian[2] >C&PCrosseyed and Painless > Velvet SeaWading in the Velvet Sea > PossumCoilThe Squirming Coil


[1] Streets Of Cairo tease from Trey.
[2] Unfinished.
18. May 28, 2011: Bethel Woods Center for the Arts Bethel, NY

Set 1ThemeTheme From the BottomNICUCitiesHalley’sHalley’s Comet > Runaway JimGumbo > QuinnQuinn the Eskimo > LxLLimb By LimbHornGinBathtub Gin -> Manteca[1] > GinBathtub Gin[2]
Set 2DwDDown with Disease[3] > Free > BDTNLBackwards Down the Number Line[4] > MakisupaMakisupa Policeman[5] > HoodHarry Hood > Cavern > BowieDavid Bowie

EncoreADITLA Day in the Life

[1] Golden Age and Manteca mash-up jam.
[2] Manteca quote from Trey at end.
[3] Unfinished.
[4] DEG tease from Mike.
[5] With lyrics referencing several band members’ houses (and Trey’s favorite show, House).

Notes: Gin included a mash-up jam of Golden Age and Manteca and later closed with a Manteca quote from Trey. Disease was unfinished. BDTNL featured a DEG tease from Mike. Makisupa included lyrics referencing several band members’ houses (and Trey’s favorite show, House).

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Phish Rumor January Tour!

Phish January 2012 Tour

1.10 Nassau Coliseum
1.11 Izod Center
1.13 Mellon Arena
1.14 Boardwalk Hall
1.15 Boardwalk Hall
1.17 Worcester Centrum
1.18 Worcester Centrum
1.19 Worcester Centrum
1.21 Patrick Gym UVM
1.22 Patrick Gym UVM

Keep on the Lookout…

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Legendary Port Chester: Phish at the Capitol, October 6, 1990

For collectors and fans, finding bootleg audio of Phish playing the Capitol Theater isn’t too difficult.

But out of a half-dozen performances here, the Oct. 6, 1990 show might be the most memorable — it was the band’s first appearance in Port Chester, and complete recordings of the set are elusive, even on the internet.

The Capitol performance serves as a career marker for the band, seven years after it was formed — while Phish is primarily known for headlining large outdoor festivals, on that night its members were playing an intimate venue, opening for a band best remembered as a two-hit wonder during the height of the grunge era.

Some 1,800 fans filled the theater to capacity that night, drawn by fliers promising “1 killer show” as the Vermont-based rockers warmed up the stage for headliner Blues Traveler.

The latter band’s singer, John Popper, joined Phish on stage for the first known performance of “Don’t Get Me Wrong,” contributing deft harmonica licks for the new tune. Phish frontman Trey Anastasio told the the audience he wrote the track when Popper was in Burlington, where Phish had formed seven years earlier.

Returning the favor, Anastasio joined Popper and Blues Traveler, contributing guitars and vocals for a cover of Van Morrison’s “Gloria.”

Phish’s set list included fan favorites “If I Only Had a Brain,” “David Bowie” and “Carolina.”

Two weeks before the Capitol show, Phish released its second album, Lawn Boy. Songs like “Squirming Coil” and “The Oh Kee Pa Ceremony” debuted on that album and were a part of the band’s set list in Port Chester.

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Phish Jam On Top 50 Songs

50. Sample In A Jar
49. Bug
48. Fee
47. Carini
46. Icculus
45. Piper
44. The Curtain With
43. Wolfman’s Brother
42. Halley’s Comet
41. Golgi Apparatus
40. The Wedge
39. Weekapaug Groove

38.Theme From The Bottom
37. Destiny Unbound
36. N.I.C.U.
35. Simple
34. Colonel Forbin’s Ascent
33. Moma Dance
32. Tela
31. My Friend, My Friend
30. Maze
29.  Mound – 8/14/93
28.  Julius – 6/19/11
27.  Mikes Song – 10/7/00
26.  Suzy Greenberg – 10/31/09
25.  Sand – 10/16/10
24.  Wilson – 12/1/95
23.  Split Open and Melt – 2/19/93
22.  Punch You In The Eye – 12/30/97
21.  Chalkdust Torture – 8/16/96
20.  2001 – 6/25/10
19.  The Mango Song
18.  Stash
17.  Bathtub Gin
16.  David Bowie
15.  Harpua
14.  Tube
13.  It’s Ice
12.  Run Like an Antelope
11.  Harry Hood
10. Slave to the Traffic Light
9. Ghost
8. Down with Disease
7. Divided Sky
6. Lizards
5. Free
4. Tweezer
3. Reba
2. You Enjoy Myself
1. Fluffhead

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