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September 21, 2011
June 27, 2011
Tour Recaps: Summer Tour So Far – Highlights and Not-So-Highlights [Phish.net]
In sum? The tour has been pretty good so far. “Phish 3.0” continues. I respectfully disagree with those who think Phish’s music has changed in any meaningful way this year. (Please re-listen to the mid-to-late October 2010 shows, and the NYE run, especially the 1/1/11 MSG show, for perspective.) Trey may be using the Digitech whammy less often, and the sound and light shows may be better, but I don’t hear anything dramatically different, show to show, than what we’ve heard from Phish in the last year. There have not been many debuts, nor have the newer songs (from the album Joy, or otherwise) been played much if at all. But what this tour has arguably lacked in novelty, it has made up for with improvisations like the Bethel2 “GoldenGinTeca,” and the Pine Knob (Clarkston) “Down with Disease,” as well as entertaining setlist calls — many of them thanks to fans bearing signs — including “Daniel Saw the Stone,” “Instant Karma,” “Buried Alive,” “Lonesome Cowboy Bill,” “Icculus,” and “Bike.” The “Bathtub Gins” and “Rebas” from this tour also have been consistently marvelous, and all are worth a listen.
June 25, 2011
June 8, 2011
May 27, 2011
May 26, 2011
Previews: Hidden Track staff Makes Summer Tour Predictions [Hidden Track]
We wanted to give our staff and our readers a chance to get their predictions for what the tour will bring down “on paper” and then once the tour wraps up on June 19 we’ll see how everybody did. So take a look at our calls and be sure to leave your own predictions in the comments section.
May 20, 2011
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April 19, 2011
April 12, 2011
March 2, 2011
February 23, 2011
September 14, 2010
September 13, 2010
August 31, 2010
Interviews: Trey Anastasio Reflects on Summer Tour [Relix]
You know, we pulled into Merriweather Post Pavilion and we suddenly remembered that there was a song called Walfredo that has a line in it about Merriweather Post Pavilion because we had played with Santana at Merriweather Post Pavilion in like 1991. We’re like “oh, we should learn it.” We get the recording and we learn it backstage and off we go. And that’s a lot of fun, so maybe we do it again.
August 30, 2010
August 26, 2010
Lists: Phish Summer Tour – Leg 2: From A to Z [Hidden Track]
W is for Walls of the Cave – Though it may have taken those in attendance a few moments after Page hit the isolated notes on his baby grand before recognizing this Round Room song, the first performance by 3.0 was warmly welcomed once the band got into it and rocked this out with little signs of rust.
Summer Tour: Leg II’s Best Jams and Highlights [OPT]
8/7 Suzy Greenberg, Jam – Whenever Trey starts the Suzy jam back up after playing the song, you know you’re in for a treat. Last time happening with the epic version from Festival 8 and only happening twice before that (1996, 2000), this version was a bit shorter but wasn’t short on fun–while F8′s stopped completely before launching into the jam, this one had Trey strumming out of the end. When Fish realized what was up he bust back into the jam. It’s always refreshing when Trey wants to go for it nowadays.
August 23, 2010
Tour Recap: Leg Two – First Impressions [Phish Thoughts]
Gelling on another level during Alpine’s opening night, and carrying this momentum through the end of tour, Phish proved they are a “force of nature” once again; a musical tsunami that can crush you at any time. With proficiency no longer a hindrance to creativity, Phish’s unbridled enthusiasm and success over the past two weeks point to another peak era on the horizon.
August 22, 2010
August 5, 2010
Previews: Wade’s World – Open Door to Classic Tour [Hidden Track]
The stage is set. The time is now. After an amazing first leg full of as much surprise as there was predictability, The Phish have left the door wide open for a classic second leg which is the same amount of shows as Summer Tour ‘96. The venues alone tell a story worth listening to and they haven’t played a note yet.
August 3, 2010
Haikus: Ten Haikus For Leg Two [Phish Thoughts]
Type two, where are you?
Once, a nightly ritual
Now we must chase you.
July 30, 2010
Previews: Phish Summer Tour 2010 – Leg 2 [Hidden Track]
If Phish comes out and continues to kill it, playing their standards with extra awesomeness and sprinkling in well-played bust outs and new covers, they will fill arenas this fall/winter and sheds again next summer. If they come out and resort back to their “standard” approach to shows, they could again see a quick and steady dropoff in interest and ticket sales.
July 26, 2010
July 22, 2010
July 21, 2010
July 20, 2010
July 14, 2010
Summer Tour Recap: Phish Summer Tour – In Review [Jambands]
In fact, Phish’s Summer tour, which is presently on a brief hiatus before it continues in August with three shows at Berkeley’s Greek Theater, has already covered all of the bases that fans have come to expect from Phish on every tour. While no show has been a start-to-finish, hear-at-all-costs shredapulooza, almost every show had something noteworthy. There were huge bust outs, blistering jams, goofy gimmicks, and now-legendary encores.
July 13, 2010
Summer Tour Recap: Thoughts & Moments You’ve Enjoyed [DogGoneBlog]
As the dust from tour settles, and we prepare for the next run of shows, we have a chance to look back on the highlights from the first leg. While some shows indicated a hesitance to explore extended jams there were many exploratory jaunts that brought us to that place. These moments not only foreshadowed the great possibilities for August, but left us with memories that will stand out in our minds for many years.
Summer Tour Recap: Cover Flow [Phish Thoughts]
In a clear effort to freshen up summer setlists, Phish unveiled no less than 10 one-time covers over the 18 shows the season’s opening leg. Placing some innocently within first sets, and others more dramatically within the depths of second halves, the effects of these songs varied from case to case.
July 12, 2010
Previews: What Can We Expect After Tour Break? [OnlinePhishTour]
While Telluride and Greek are sure to be amazing and beautiful shows, both playing to a select core of serious fans, Deer Creek and Alpine Valley are sure to be explosive all-out party shows. No matter how amazing the Greek > Telluride shows are, I have NO DOUBT that the four DC/Alpine shows are going to be highlights for years.
July 8, 2010
Analysis: Phish and the Whale [Phish Thoughts]
As Phish rebuilt their foundation throughout 2009, their playing retained a sound rooted in the past, without truly pushing into original territory. By the end of the year, a compact style of jamming emerged in which the band assaulted their audiences with a plethora of musical themes in a short amount of time – in short, musical density. But as we waited through the first six months of 2010, the question lingered of how this style would be applied, or rather, “When would Phish discover a new sound?” Never known for resting on their laurels, Summer 2010′s opening leg seemed ripe for the band to put one foot forward, and sure enough, that’s exactly what they did.
July 7, 2010
July 6, 2010
Summer Tour 2010: Setlists, Posters, Videos, Audio & Much More [Hidden Track]
The first leg of Phish Summer Tour 2010 came to a close on Sunday night at the Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre in Alpharetta, GA. We’ll have plenty of recaps of all sorts over the next week, but for now we wanted to present “just the facts.” We’ve put together a list of every setlist (via Phish.net) and have detailed our favorite audio sources, videos, reviews and photo galleries from each of the 18 shows Phish has performed thus far in 2010.
July 5, 2010
Surveys: First Leg Summer Tour 2010 [@TMWSIY]
Let us know what you thought of the first 18 shows of Summer Tour 2010 by clicking the link above and filling out the survey. – ScottyB
June 25, 2010
June 24, 2010
June 17, 2010
Analysis: Come Waste Your Time With Trey [Phish & the Dead]
So whether it’s just Trey being so excited to be touring with his friends again, I cant wait to see if this teetotaler, will continue to lead with his mean guitar licks and whale calls…If you listen closely the harmonies they are making are as much vocal as they are musical. Any night can be anyone’s but up to this point Big Red is back with a vengeance, one that feels 1998 to me.
June 11, 2010
Previews: After Calling It Quits, Phish Regroups [Plain Dealer]
While the jury is still out on Phish 3.0, the band in its current state is “a lot cleaner” than the previous versions, said Phish expert Ellis Godard, who has seen the group in concert more than 100 times.
“The music doesn’t get to the edge as much,” said Godard, executive director of the Mockingbird Foundation (a charitable organization of Phish fans), executive editor of “The Phish Companion” and keeper of the FAQ at Phish.net.
Previews: Today in Not Yesterday (And Will Never Be) [PhishNet]
Let’s look at Time Turns Elastic. I’ve advocated for Time Turns Elastic before, but let me just highlight some of that here. Those noobs who makes smarmy jokes suggesting TTE is only for pee breaks annoy me. Time Turns Elastic is a musician’s wet dream: I dare you to try to count it out. It’s got definitive sections, much like Fluffhead. It’s got a happy ending jam a segment, like The Arrival. It’s got some fun, warm sections, like Reba. And some tough-to-figure-out, intricate composed sections a la Divided Sky. But for whatever reason, there is a large group that simply doesn’t like this masterpiece.