Well friends, here we are back in Atlantic City! Hard to believe it was 593 days ago as it seems like we were just partying there yesterday. Of all the highlights, from the Zeppelinesque show on the 30th, to the lovingly covered costume on Halloween, to the myriad of things to keep the masses entertained in Sin City East, perhaps one of the most indellible musical memories was the extraordinary Stash from the first set on Halloween. A slow patient build with gorgeous textures and layers, this Stash is not to be missed. The entire band really dials into a melodic groove that is both spellbinding and magnificent. Enjoy this Atlantic City gem and set your gearshifts for a slew more this coming weekend. Be safe and to all the fathers out there: Happy Father's Day!
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Three songs into Kenny Rogers' set at Bonnaroo on Sunday, he expressed his gratitude to the organizers and the crowd for welcoming him to the festival. He made some quip about young fans remembering his music (blissfully unaware to the apparent hipster irony), closing with a proclamation of his intent to play every one of his hits. The tent erupted.
With Rogers, a greatest hits set is expected. He does not need to prove himself at Bonnaroo, as acts have done over the past eleven years. All attendees are expecting to hear are recognizable songs, as he has been performing for years in Branson. While Phish certainly no longer needs to prove themselves, their fans, by contrast, do expect more than a run through of the hits. Especially during a four-hour slot on what could arguably be the largest stage in live music. But other than one or two moments of surprise and adventure, Phish's show was filled with songs that simply muscled through the bigness of the event.
Welcome to the 102nd running of the Mystery Jam here at Phish.net. As usual, we will be playing for an MP3 download, courtesy of our friends at LivePhish.com / Nugs.Net. The rules haven't changed: you need to correctly identify the song and the date to win. Post your guess in the comments. One guess per person per day (with the second “day” starting after I post the hint). A hint will be posted on Tuesday (if necessary) and the answer will be posted on Wednesday. Good luck...
Wednesday Answer: Congrats to Prof. Pauly9717, Emeritus for nailing the 12/4/96 "Mike's Song." Yes, with his 7th win, Pauly will be joining Rabeldy in the faculty lounge looking down on the rest of you for your extreme Phish noobtardery. Look for a Pauly-curated MJ in the coming weeks.
Words by Phillip Zerbo. Photos by Parker Harrington.
We’re back! Five months and change since they kicked off 2012 at Madison Square Garden, Phish returned to the stage in Worcester, home of so many classic Phish performances over the years. The MSG New Year’s run met mixed reaction among fans, though that seemed long forgotten when the lights went down on Thursday. Let’s recap...
A punchy “Buried Alive” opens, followed by “Runaway Jim” – their second performance of the song in Worcester since the all-time classic “Runaway Jam” of 11/29/97. The fifth-ever Phish performance of The Stones’ “Torn and Frayed” was next, one of the few Exile on Main St. songs to stick in the repertoire after their performance of the album in full on 10/31/09. Standard but enjoyable renditions of “Funky Bitch,” “Moma Dance” and “Rift” were next. The only mild surprise song selection of the night was the Anastasio/Marshall composition “Nothing;” this was the fifth Phish performance ever and the first since 6/24/10 in Camden (78 shows). A typically languid “Ocelot” brings the set back into a more predictable pattern, followed by Page’s “Beauty of a Broken Heart,” the obligatory “Possum,” and we are capped off by “Rocky Top.”
Welcome to the second century of Mystery Jam Mondays at Phish.net. As usual, we will be playing for an MP3 download, courtesy of our friends at LivePhish.com / Nugs.Net. The rules haven't changed: you need to correctly identify the song and the date to win. Post your guess in the comments. One guess per person per day (with the second “day” starting after I post the hint). A hint will be posted on Tuesday (if necessary) and the answer will be posted on Wednesday. Good luck...
Wednesday Answer: Pauly7917 was the first one in withthe12/14/95 "NICU." Congrats, Pauly. This was an easy one, of course, and for that reason, I'm half tempted to declare Rabeldy the winner for getting all meta on us and noticing the reason behind picking this particular MJ for 101... we're starting the second 100 the same way we did the first. See you all next Monday, where the MJ will not be from 2/16/03.
Less than a week away!
So much magic has happened in Worcester over the years. Who could forget: Hour long Runaway Jim, entirety of New Year's 1993, Ghost 1997-11-28, Stash -> Free -> Jam -> Piper 1997-11-30, The Real Me -> Bathtub Gin 1995-12-29, Chalkdust -> Mirror in the Bathroom -> Chalkdust 1998-11-27 ? Yet, there are dozens more that you pick out as definitively Phishy moments from Worcester. What's your favorite? There's no doubt that this mesmerizing Harry Hood would make many top ten lists, not just of Worcester, but of all time Harry Hoods. The excitement mounts. See you in Worcester!