It's Monday, and, as usual, the Blog has cooked up a Mystery Jam (all while taking in ten straight hours of NFL action; lesser men might have folded under the pressure, but I managed to pack it all in). 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). The hint will come on Tuesday and the answer will be posted on Wednesday. Good luck...
Tuesday Hint: Alas, no hint needed this week...
Wednesday Answer:8/12/98 "Ramble On." Congrats to ghostboogie on the win. See everyone on Monday...
You just read their recap of buying tickets, now Dusty and Brando from CashOrTrade.org are announcing a ticket giveaway for Wednesday's show in Vermont! Thanks to these guys for such an amazing offer!!
In an effort to continue helping by doing our part, CashorTrade.org is GIVING AWAY 2 TICKETS for Wednesday to 2 lucky fans who help support and build the face value ticket fair trade community. Go to http://cashortrade.org/vtbenefit.php for details.
Brando and Dusty Rich from CashOrTrade.org are good friends of the site, so we reached out to them for a first-hand account of Friday and Saturday’s ticket buying experience in Burlington. With a monstrous line, ignoring the band’s request to spend the night at home and only a single point to purchase tickets, some were justifiably concerned that this could spiral into an organization nightmare. When it was all said and done though, none of those concerns even remotely surfaced thanks to a great group of fans and the amazing staff on hand in Burlington.
Read on to hear Brando and Dusty’s account of the whole experience.
Some of the most enjoyable places to catch shows in the early 1990’s were small theaters as Phish was slowly outgrowing campus venues, small gyms and fraternity houses. One of the many such loved venues was the “The Chance” in Poughkeepsie, NY. Nestled in the picturesque Hudson Valley, this beautiful and historic builiding was built in 1918 as a Vaudeville Theater. As did most comparable venues from the era, the theater slowly shifted from Vaudeville to silent films in the 20’s to “talkies” mid-century. While the theater went through a period of disuse, it was gloriously reopened as a music venue in the late 70’s under the name “Sal’s last Chance Saloon”. Closed briefly, and re-opened in 1980, the Chance has hosted scores of legendary shows and performers including Dylan, Bowie, The Police, Ramones and all the popular Jam Bands of the then nascent scene.
Hosting five Phish shows, the Chance had their share of memorable evenings. One such show was 9-28-90. While most all of the songs had been played two shows prior at UMass (Gap Chart for The Chance), besides @zzyzx, who was in attendance, no one probably realized that or much cared.
There were a couple debuts in the instantly loved “Gumbo” as well as the only known performance and debut of Duke Ellington’s “Black and Tan Fantasy”. (side note: Check out the extra awesome, newly improved "Everytime Played Charts" Gumbo ETP Chart)
A classic Oh Kee Pa > Suzy Greenberg is the center piece of this video. Although shot on a tripod we can only see three members of the band (Trey, Mike, and Fish). Unfortunately, Page is cut out of the video. While this may not include any “epic” jams or groundbreaking material, it shows Phish in a small venue in 1990 before a platinum album or large fan base. Today, one can only wish to catch Phish in as intimate a setting as this night in Poughkeepsie.
While not quite as splashy as Mike’s Scarf, Mike does display a tinge of his coming fashion sense with a hat that he sported on several occasions in the 90’s.
Embarrassingly enough, despite two Phish.net staff members being at The Chance that night, we have zero reviews. So why not download this little gem, give it a listen, and log your review? Show page link with attendance, reviews and "on this date".
Every Friday, we will highlight a video with a brief recap of the show it is from and what makes it interesting, noteworthy or simply fun. With the help of Dan Saewitz from Phishvids.com, we hope to keep the stream of videos coming at you entertaining and interesting. Have a cool video you’d like to suggest? Interested in contributing a review yourself? Please feel free to PM me and we’d be more than happy to get your input. Thanks for reading and watching.
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Welcome to the Very SpecialTM Labor Day Mystery Jam. What's so special about it? Listen and find out. 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). The hint will come on Tuesday and the answer will be posted on Wednesday. Good luck...
Tuesday Hint: There's nothing special about this Mystery Jam.
Wednesday Answer: Ok,I lied. The 12/5/95 "Gin" is pretty special by just about any measure. Congrats to zasdertultun for being the first to guess it. The Blog will be back on Monday with a Very SpecialTM 67th Mystery Jam. Aren't they all special, though? Except maybe that "Star Spangled Banner" one. That one kinda sucked.
After two excellent performances at Dick's Sporting Goods Park on Friday and Saturday, Phish played long and hard at Dick's last night for the third, and final, show of their first -- and now legendary -- Labor Day Weekend run. Before Friday, who would have thought that Phish would take Dick's for strong, playing song after song, show after show, largely with passionate precision, bringing multiple jams (regardless of length) to often spine-tingling climaxes? Masters on their instruments, and accompanied by a genius light designer in Chris Kuroda and a top-notch crew, Phish rarely cease to amaze their fans. And amaze, for the most part, they did.
Phish took the stage last night at Dick's in Commerce City, CO, on the middle night of this tour-closing run at the same time as the previous night, 8:20pm, even though Friday's late start was presumably weather-induced. On a stage that seemingly continues to get narrower and taller, Phish came out with ferocious, staight forward, Saturday-night-blazing guns. While it was quickly obvious there would be no repeat in stitching together a theme-based set like the previous night, it was also quickly obvious that Phish was intent on not letting the majesty of the surroundings overpower their sound. There was absolute shredding throughout the first set, beginninng with the stalwart "Possum".
The Dick(‘sSporting Goods Park). The Phish. Labor Day Weekend. End of tour. Echoing the Alpharetta2 (6/15/11) webcast: StormTeam17 reports heavy winds, lightning and sandstorms pre-gig. Think “S”!
Lights @ 8:17 MDT, a stock “Sample” opener, briskly into a “Sparkle,” “The Sloth” combo that keeps the energy high and allows band and crowd alike to settle in before the first catch-your-breath moment. “Sweet Virgina” provides the first deviation from script, their fourth ever performance (the first in 84 shows, 12-5-09 Charlottesville) and third since the Halloween ‘09 cover of Exile on Main St. in its entirety. Then the second-only Phish performance of “Suskind Hotel” kicks the tempo up in a welcome nod to those that have been clamoring for more Mike songs in the repertoire. “Suskind Hotel” was awesome, with strong hints of “Birds of a Feather” in the jam and a “CYHMK” in the ending. A strong presence on the 2006 GRAB tour (as well as the Mike Gordon solo repetroire), this one is a keeper!
Welcome back to the Video of the Week! Every Friday, we will highlight a video with a brief recap of the show it is from and what makes it interesting, noteworthy or simply fun. With the help of Dan Saewitz from Phishvids.com, we hope to keep the stream of videos coming at you entertaining and interesting. Have a cool video you’d like to suggest? Interested in contributing a review yourself? Please feel free to PM me and we’d be more than happy to get your input. In a stroke of serendipity, our choice last week of the David Bowie from 11-02-1990 was on the recently released Live Bait. Thanks for reading and watching.
In a show largely forgotten due to the following monumental festival that was Big Cypress and the previous years’ (‘97 and ‘98) Hampton shows, 12/18/99 is a hidden gem. The weeks leading up to the two night run at The Mothership were filled with hype and excitement from what many fans started to refer to as “The Hampton Factor”.
After a less-than-stellar first night, the show kicks off with only the second “Hood” opener since 1989 at 320 Spear Street (the first being a mere seven days earlier in Philadelphia). Trey quickly jumps in to Jimmy Smith’s “Back at the Chicken Shack”. This is one of only eight performances ever, ranging from late 1998 to early 2000. The crowd knew it was on. As Chicken Shack rolls to a stop, Trey starts up “Dog Log”. It was a heartened performance accompanied by a cannon of cheers. At the end, Trey dedicates Dog Log to Paul Languedoc, Phish’s [ex] soundman and guitar/bass builder, and remarks how it is his favorite song. “As a matter of fact he likes it so much, we’ll play it again!” They then play the first few bars of the song before stopping and flying into a ripping "Tube". The set continues with other 1999 necesseties such as “Heavy Things”, “Back on the Train”, “First Tube”, and “The Inlaw Josie Wales”, before closing out with a quintessential “You Enjoy Myself”.
The second set featured an array of classics opening with “2001” and ending with “Mike’s Groove”. A “Ya Mar” and “Sleeping Monkey” encore truly proved that Hampton Comes Alive. Fans walked out that night satisfied and excited for the Big Cypress New Years Festival.
A few recollections from the evening from Phish.net staff:
@pnazzaro: "The evening of 12/18/99 at Hampton Coliseum holds several distinctions: A "Harry Hood" show opener had been a rare treat in the second half of the 90's. A young "First Tube" that I somehow labelled as "First Thought" on my master DAT that was excavated for this blurb. An extended and extra spacey "Also Sprach Zarathustra". A muscular and powerful "Mike's Song". A surprise Weekapaug-> Buffalo Bill> Weekapaug sandwich (which is nothing really special, musically). And as a totality of a show, it was the last rave-up before that magical weekend in the Florida Everglades.
But most importantly, it was the unofficial album release party for the second-most witty album title/concept ever. And the nods at Frampton during Also Sprach Zarathustra bear that out.
@ScottyB: "You think Phish fans like to hype upcoming shows? Well just imagine the hype leading into two nights at the Mothership after the band threw the fuck down at that venue for the two years prior. Those who had missed the '97 and '98 runs made sure not to miss the '99 run. Everyone talked about the "Hampton Factor" and we all expected the best of the best. Unfortunately, Phish shit the bed the first night. In what was their worst performance to date at the venue, there were no debuts, bustouts and they didn't play well to complete the trifecta. We all went back to our rooms and shook our heads at what we just witnessed. How did that happen? Would that trend continue the next night?
Harry Hood, Back at the Chicken Shack, Dog Log, Tube immediately made it clear "The Hampton Factor" was in full effect for night two. The band played well and were inventive with the setlist. A rare first set-closing YEM was the icing on the opening stanza cake. Shit got real in Set Two with the Frampton tease we all knew was coming after Phish named their album Hampton Comes Alive and the Weekapaug was INSANE. Now THAT'S how you end a tour before heading down to Florida for the Millennium.
@sethadam1: I was at the show and I remember it perfectly. I was sitting in the second to last row of the upper bowl, Page side, there was a Hood opener and then BATCS kicked in. It was most certainly not my favorite song, but in retrospect, it was one of the last performances of this little bluesy number, and it was great in the "second song" position. The Hampton '99 shows are overlooked largely because they are way overshadowed by both the previous Hampton shows (97 and 98) and the Big Cypress festival that immediately followed, but this night was full of interesting twists and turns. Dog Log, Buffalo Bill, etc, made this an unpredictable setlist. A bombtastic 2001 opened set 2.
But, back to Chicken Shack and Dog Log, obviously, neither show has seen its 3.0 debut yet, and both were fairly exciting - and bustouts - at the time too.
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