Going to California
With the first set of Festival 8 starting one week from today, preparations are in full swing for the Phish community to descend upon Indio. In the past weeks, many of us have listened to albums that have gone unheard for years. Many others have discovered new music that they have come to love. All thanks to Phish. The past months have been exciting with all the speculation and unfolding sequence of events. As the final preparations for the trip out west are made, every Phish fan has hopes for the Festival, aside from the Halloween set. Here are some of ours:
“It’s Ice” was played at Hampton, and only once on the summer tour – the second night at the Gorge. This song is different from other Phish songs, it matches masterful composing with deep, insightful lyrics. Trey talked about the song’s lyrics in an interview with Shelly Culbertson from ’91:
“…do you get that he has a battle with his image underneath? I love those lyrics. To me, they’re some of Tom’s best. It’s a tough tune. Is that the image you got? They battle it out. The guy is under the ice, trying… I love those lyrics. I was completely blown away when he gave me those lyrics.”
At Hampton, the song featured an extended ambient section, and was one of the highlights of the second night. This lead many of us to believe that it would be a staple for the summer tour. The single performance gives us hope. Mike mentioned how the band was trying to keep the catalog small, as they regained their comfort. During the second leg, as the band’s confidence grew, so did the list of songs. This one is at the top of the list for a reason.
“It’s Ice” 8.24.93
I feel like people have forgot about this song. It was last played at Deer Creek in ’04, and has always been a rare favorite. Since the first time it was performed live, on 6.13.97 in Dublin (the song was unofficially debuted at Brand Sand’s house on 6.6.97), the band has used the song as a vehicle for bright, melodic jams. A perfect first set day-time song, and a welcome compliment to the picturesque surroundings.
Only played once in ’09 – at Hampton – the song’s reggae groove will provide the ideal backdrop as we bask in the California sun. The deterring factor keeping this one off setlists is most likely the fugue, “The Asse Festival”, featured in the song. With the recent time-off to polish up the composed section, this one should make its way back in to the rotation.
“Guelah Papyrus” 8.3.91
Not played once in 2009, either “Roggae” has been shelved, or is about to make a bustout comeback. Last played at the Thomas & Mack in ’04, “Roggae” is another song that has often lead to slow, melodic jams. There doesn’t seem to be any reason as to why this song hasn’t been played – its structure is very simple. Nonetheless, I know several people who are eagerly waiting for this song to make its return. Another ideal day-time song.