The adventures happen when they start to meander away from the song structure.
"That's what we've gotten good at," Weir says. "I've developed a set of skills, I can listen to what people are doing and gauge what they're up to. Under the right circumstances, if they're also approaching the music like I am, then new stuff can happen, can develop explosively quickly, and is richly rewarding."
"The train wrecks are rare occurrences," he adds, "but they absolutely have to be possible. The element of peril - it's one of the things that makes it exciting."
No matter what unfolds on stage, the audience is along for the ride. "We're all part of the same thing," Weir says. "They know what we're up to, most of them know the material. They know the risks we're taking, and they're rooting for us because they're rooting for themselves. They want to have a good time and we want to have a good time. They're participating and we feed off their energy."
Thursday, July 8, 2010
Set One: Plunger > Visions of Parin > Plunger, The Linear > I Heard It Through the Grapevine > Andy's Last Beer, Cemetery Walk > Utopian Fir* > Alex's House > #5 > Baba O'riley^
Encore: Push the Pig > The Crooked One > Anchor Drops > The Crooked One> Cemetery Walk II
* with Super Mario Brothers theme tease
^ with Allie Kral (Cornmeal) on fiddle
[setlist source: jwelsh via the bort]
photo courtesy of Taperrob [philzone.com]
Set One: Sittin' on Top of the World, Operator, Crazy Fingers > West LA Fadeaway, They Love Each Other, Big River, Women R Smarter, Birdsong
Set Two: Ashes and Glass, Cosmic Charlie, Doin' That Rag, Hard to Handle > Deal, Dear Prudence, Cryptical > Dark Star > The Other One > King Solomon's Marbles > Mason's Children
Encore: Johnny B. Goode
[setlist source: philzone.org and deadheadland]
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N is for Neutral Milk Hotel – This was one of my personal favorite bust outs of Summer Tour 2010, as Phish tackled the title track off this longtime HT favorite album – one that is regularly cited as one of the best indie rock records of all-time. Surprisingly, hardly anybody at Merriweather Post Pavilion knew this cover, and in fact, many fans actually left the pavilion and headed for the bathrooms and beer stands. Well, that’s part of the beauty of Phish; they expose their fans to all sorts of different music, so I’m sure lots of folks who didn’t previously know NMH have been discovering it since then.
You guys have a huge summer tour schedule ahead of you, including some really unique stops like Red Rocks and the North Coast Music Fest. What do you look forward to the most when you undertake a huge tour like that and do you have anything special on tap for this tour in particular?
Well, obviously headlining Red Rocks for the first time is a major pinnacle for us. So that’s on our radar. And a couple of the bigger gigs too, you know. There’s a couple new songs that we’ve been recording over this past break. And I’m not sure which of those we’re going to save and which of those we’re going to start playing live. But I think once we get back out on the road we’ll start practicing every night. We have like a practice room so we’ll start spending 14 days in a row together sifting through these originals and there’s a couple new covers that we’ll add to the set-list. So I would say by the middle of the tour you’ll start seeing some more new stuff.
One Set: Alabama Getaway, Don't Ease Me In, Mama Tried, Dire Wolf, Hell In A Bucket, Bertha, Truckin' > Smokestack Lightning > Casey Jones, I Need A Miracle > Help On The Way > Caution > New Speedway Boogie > Wharf Rat > I Fought The Law > Liberty
Encore: On The Road Again > Touch Of Grey
[setlist source: philzone.org]
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