Archive for November, 2009

Phish: Sunday Night in Syracuse

More Phish goodness in Syracuse on Sunday night 11/22, as the band’s fall tour continues on its east coast trek. First set highlights include a David Bowie opener (for the 10th time ever), a fun Boogie On, and a smoking, exploratory Stash set closer. The second set kicked off with a big Drowned>Twist>Piper>BBFCFM sequence with lots of fun and energetic jamming and some Fishman drum breaks. Late show highlights were a fan-requested Tube, an always-welcome Theme, and a ragin’ Maze.  Next stop for the band is Tuesday and Wednesday night for their first gigs ever at the Wachovia Center in Philadelphia.

11/22/09 - Set 2

11/22/09 - Set 2, Drowned

Phish ~ 11/22/09 ~ War Memorial at Oncenter ~ Syracuse, NY

Set 1
David Bowie
Kill Devil Falls
Lawn Boy
Heavy Things
Funky Bitch
Boogie on Reggae Woman
Let Me Lie
Beauty of A Broken Heart

Set 2
Drowned >
Twist >
Piper >
Big Black Furry Creatures From Mars
Theme From The Bottom
The Horse >
Silent in the Morning
Character Zero
First Tube

Good Times, Bad Times

***dl coming soon***

11/22/09 - Set 1, Bowie

Furthur Stealth Show in Fairfax, CA

Days after announcing a big 2010 tour, Furthur played a stealth, last minute show on Friday night, Nov. 20th in Fairfax, CA. The band is currently rehearsing for their upcoming December Tour and NYE shows. John K. was of course with them and in top form as always, while Jeff Matson filled in the last few shows with Dark Star Orchestra on their Fall tour. Faux Jerry will re-join his DSO brothers Tuesday night in Syracuse and stick with them through their T-Giving weekend shows in NYC, a couple shows at the Higher Ground in VT, and on through their tour closer on Dec. 5th in Bufallo, NY. In the mean time, things in Furthur camp are looking up – Bobby seems to be really back in a groove these days, John K. is finding his own space with the band, and Chimenti’s playing is starting to shine through, check out the nice extended Lady With A Fan (Terrapin) Jam YouTube vid below:

19 Broadway
Fairfax, CA

Playing In The Band
Let It Grow
Welcome to the Dance
Hey Jude
Terrapin Station
Help On The Way>
Franklin’s Tower

Good Lovin’

Phish in Cincy Night 2

Night 2 in Cincy built on the energy from night 1 and carried a much more rocking, triumphant tone. The Set 2 combination of Rock and Roll, Ghost, and Backwards Down the Number Line was a great expose of the many sides that Phish rock and roll anthems can take on. The first set was straight ahead rage-in-your face rock – see Wilson, Melt, and Antelope. Other notable jams included a 10 minute Ocelot that found a nice Type II groove before returning to the song’s reprise. All in all, the band in sounding confident and practiced and the tour is picking up speed nicely. Enjoy pics, setlist, dl, and vids below…



Phish/11-21-09/U.S. Bank Arena/Cincinnati, OH

Set 1: Wilson, NICU, Wolfman’s Brother, Ocelot, Torn and Frayed, Strange Design, Ginseng Sullivan, Albuquerque, Split Open and Melt, Dirt, Limb By Limb, Run Like an Antelope

Set 2: Rock and Roll > Ghost > If I Could, Backwards Down the Number Line, Prince Caspian, Suzy Greenberg, 2001 > The Squirming Coil

Encore: Sleeping Monkey, Axilla

Set 1 DL

Set 2 DL


Phish – 11/20/09 – Cincy Night 1

Fresh off a solid, if not warm-up-esque (aern’t all tour openers?) tour opener in Detroit, Phish kicks off a 3 night run tonight with show 1 of 2 at the U.S. Bank Arena in Cincinnati, OH. Then it’s up to Syracuse on Sunday before heading back south to Philly for the highly anticipated Turkey day run. Ah, Phish tour and the holidays, it dosen’t get much better than this phans.

11/20/09 Set 1

Phish – 11/20/09 – U.S. Bank Arena – Cincinnati, OH

Set 1: Chalk Dust Torture, The Moma Dance, The Divided Sky, Alaska, Water In The Sky, Fast Enough For You, Time Turns Elastic, Gotta Jibboo, Fluffhead

Set 2: PYITE, Tweezer -> Light -> Back on the Train -> Possum, Slave to the Traffic Light, YEM

Encore: Joy, Golgi Aparatus, Tweezer Reprise

Set 1 DL

Set 2 DL

Furthur Winter Tour 2010!

That’s right people, hot off the faux Jerry resignation news – Furthur comes out with news of a massive tour up and down the east coast in February 2010. The tour kicks off Feb. 5 in Miami, FL and makes big stops at (from south to north): The Tabernacle, Hampton Coliseum, Trump Taj Atlantic City, Radio City Music Hall, and Barton Hall (Cornell).  Check out the official tour dates, ticket info, etc. over at the offical Furthur site.

Phish Fall Tour Kick-Off?

It’s arrived, Phish fall tour starts tonight in Detroit rock city at Cobo arena. As the band winds their way down the east coast, here’s some useful links to keep you up-to-date on all things Phish tour:

Phish Twitter – real time setlist updates From The Road – real-time and historical setlists and pics from every show

PhishThoughts – Reviews and ‘no spoilers‘ downloads of every show

PT Phish Message Board – More sarcastic and idiotic Phish-related banter than you knew was possible

PhishTwit – Real time Phish activity in the twittosphere, next best thing to being there

And, of course, the tour opener setlist, pics, audio and vids below:

Phish ~ 11/18/09 ~ Cobo Arena ~ Detroit, MI

Set 1:
Stealing Time from the Faulty Plan
Bouncing Around the Room
Sample in a Jar
Kill Devil Falls
It’s Ice
Mountains in the Mist
Poor Heart
46 Days
David Bowie


Set 2:
Runaway Jim
Down With Disease >
Wading in the Velvet Sea
Mike’s Song >
I Am Hydrogen >
Weekapaug Groove

Character Zero

Download – Set 1

Download – Set 2

11/18/09 - DWD

John Kadlecik Leaves DSO To Go Furthur

It was officially announced today on Dark Star Orchestra’s website as well as John K’s site that the frontman faux-Jerry extraordinaire is resigning from the band and will play his last DSO show December 5th in Buffalo, NY. Kadlecik says that he “cannot in good conscience divide [his] time and energy between DSO and Furthur”, and he feels that it “would be a disservice to all parties involved”. In the interim, Jeff Mattson (Zen Tricksters, Donna Jean Goodchaux Band, Phil Lesh and Friends) will be filling in – at least for the NYE run, Jam Cruise, and the winter tour announced today. The band’s publicist, Dave Weissman, told Hidden Track that “Mattson’s assignment will be temporary, and that DSO has begun a search for a permanent replacement”. Read what drummer Rob Koritz has to say about the decision here.

Mattson and Kadlecik

Phish Fall Tour Preview

You can feel it in the air folks, Phish tour is upon us. In less than 72 hours, the band will kick off its 13 show Northeast fall tour. Hot of the massive success of a two-legged summer tour that just seemed to build and build over time and a picture-perfect Festival 8, one can only dream of what’s in store in the coming weeks. Indoor shows carry a different energy than outdoor ones, there’s just nothing quite like Phish in the winter. Let’s get this show on the road!

8/02/09 Red Rocks

8/02/09 Red Rocks

The tour kicks off this Wednesday in the Motor City and weaves through a two night run in Cincinnati and a stop in Syracuse before pulling into Philly for two pre-turkey day shows. And let’s not forget the 3 shows everybody’s looking forward to – 3 nights at MSG from 12/2-12/4. Get ready for the floor to shake! Look for full coverage of the tour here on Welcome To Now including first-hand reviews from 11/25, 12/3, and 12/4, stay tuned for all the good stuff. Phish – Winter – Step into the freezer!

Festival 8 - Exile

Festival 8 - 'Exile' Set

To help get by in the cold coming days before we all get our fix again, enjoy this ultra heady, ultra tasty Phish compilation, aptly titled Farmhouse Cheddar (vol. 3). This is one cheese you do not want to miss, enjoy responsibly!

Acoustic Sundays

Today is the first installment of a new weekly tradition – ‘Acoustic Sundays’ – where we’ll check out some chiller acoustic listening for the day of rest. To kick things off in style, give a listen to this crispy SBD recording of Garcia and Kahn acoustic at the Oregon State Penitentiary in 1982. This recording is glistening with energy, soul, and emotion and is just pristine sounding. Until next Sunday…

Garcia and Kahn - 5/05/82

Garcia and Kahn - 5/05/82

Jerry Garcia and John Kahn Acoustic
Oregon State Penitentiary
Salem, OR

Deep Elem Blues
Friend Of The Devil
Oh Babe, It Ain’t No Lie
It Takes A Lot To Laugh, It Takes A Train To Cry
Run For The Roses
I’ve Been All Around This World
Dire Wolf

Reuben And Cherise

Download Link

Today in Grateful Dead History

The early 70s were an interesting time  for the Grateful Dead – a period of massive songwriting, creative, and musical growth and at the same time an era of sadness over the loss of Pigpen and growing weariness due to building troubles of years on the road. The weight of these troubles would eventually lead to the band’s brief hiatus in the mid-seventies.

It never ceases to amaze me that the band onstage continued to build on each night’s performance, with unbridled abandon, regardless of what was going on in their world. This show from 1971 is a great example of this relentlessness. This is one of Keith’s first shows with the band, filling in for the ailing Pigpen. Despite some sound issues early on, this show is pure bliss from start to finish. Give it a go and see for yourself.

Hairy Jerry

Harding Theater
San Francisco, CA

Set 1: Truckin’, Brown Eyed Women, Beat It On Down The Line, Hideaway, Sugaree, Jack Straw, Tennessee Jed, Cumberland Blues, El Paso, Big Railroad Blues, Comes A Time, Mexicali Blues, One More Saturday Night

Set 2: Ramble On Rose, Me And Bobby McGee, Loser, Sugar Magnolia, Dark Star-> Drums-> The Other One-> Me & My Uncle-> The Other One, Deal, Brokedown Palace, Playin’ In The Band, Casey Jones, Not Fade Away-> Goin’ Down The Road Feelin’ Bad-> Not Fade Away, E: Johnny B. Goode

Encore: Uncle John’s Band

SBD Stream Link

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