10 Underrated Moments of Phish 3.0
Admittedly, I’ve been listening to less Phish lately. Maybe it’s because of all the great new music, or maybe I just needed a break. But the listening that I have done recently, has been focused on revisiting the less talked about highlights from 3.0. There are already so many jams that have fallen the way of the wind, seldom discussed or heard. Today we look back on several of these underrated moments from 3.0.
1. Down with Disease (8.5.09 Shoreline Amphitheatre, Mountain View, CA)
I rarely hear mention of this standout jam from the second leg of summer ’09. Around 12:00 the music takes a turn, entering a spacey section driven by Page’s synth effects.
2. Ghost > Limb By Limb (6.11.10 Toyota Park, Bridgeview, IL)
It seems those of us that were present for this have kept it in the back of our minds. But for others, that is hardly the case. This was the first psychedelic excursion of summer ’10, and also the tour opener. “Ghost” reaches some deeply transcendent territory and lands in a unique version of “Limb by Limb” with a African-inspired vocal jam tacked on the end (a supposed nod to the World Cup).
3. Fee > NO2 -> Kung > Fire (8.12.10 Deer Creek, Noblesville, IN)
This seldom discussed encore took place on the first night of Deer Creek last summer. Choppers flying overhead, waiting to prey on nitrous-hungry fiends, the band acknowledged the scene with this eye-catching combo. With all of the bust outs in 3.0, this kind of thing seems to be taken for granted.
5. Tweezer (6.7.09 Susquehanna Bank Center, Camden, NJ)
I’m sure some will argue that this isn’t exactly “underrated,” but it is. Overshadowed by the Messianic arrival of the massive “Sand” jam that opened the set, this “Tweezer” fails to earn the respect it deserves (even if it has garnered three PT threads in its support).
6. Harry Hood (6.2.09 Nikon at Jones Beach Theater, Wantagh, NY)
I think I’m probably the only one who talks about this version of “Hood.” In my humble opinion, it’s one of the top versions since the return. The jam features a section of deep psychedelia that offered us an early glimpse into the early jamming style of 3.0.
7. 46 Days (11.18.09 Cobo Arena, Detroit, MI)
Again, this one is debatable. Those that were there will remember this as the moment that kicked off the much-awaited fall tour within the historic Cobo Arena. As soon as the jam began, everyone knew the band had escalated to a higher level. Even Kuroda knew it and he embraced the moment by layering washes of color across the venue’s white backdrop. I remember it like it was yesterday.
8. Reba (11.24.09 Wachovia Center, Philadelphia, PA)
Some feel this is one of the top versions since the return. Showing a noticeable patience, the band comes together to create a piece of stunning, collective music. This is an occasion where the whale actually seemed to pan out on one of the less charged numbers.
9. Drowned (8.13.09 Darien Lake PAC, Darien Center, NY)
With so many similar jams on songs like “Drowned” and “Rock n Roll,” it’s hard to differentiate between them all. There’s lots of great moments, but many charted similar paths. Although, this jam from Darien in ’09 served as one of few that truly stands out.
10. Piper > Tomorrow’s Song (11.27.09 Times Union Center, Albany, NY)
I’ve been a major proponent of this jam, and those who remember it well know how special it was. Foreshadowing the events of the following night, the band took “Piper” for a journey into the cosmos eventually landing in the blissful chant of “Tomorrow’s Song.”