Thursday 05/26/2011 by jackl

PROTO-AMBIENT JAM AT EARLY SOUNDCHECK RELATED

I never understood Phish, the rock band that I will always associate with vacuum cleaners and trampolines.

But Phish bass player Mike Gordon in 2002 told me an awesome story about a soundcheck the guys had before playing The Chance in Poughkeepsie years ago:

”My favorite moment at The Chance — no one was in the room during a soundcheck. Fishman and I were sleeping in a van right by the stage door and someone came to get us. We got on stage and both of us were still in alpha stages, still in a dream state, and we played really steady bass and drums, unvarying but very hypnotic. Sometimes sound checks were more hypnotic and mesmerizing than the gigs. Trey and Page did a very ambient … they did these very light, very fluttery patterns over steady bass and drums. It was one of the best musical experiences ever.”

johnbarry at the Poughkeepsie (NY) Journal blog "Sonic Storm" (5/25/11)

http://blogs.poughkeepsiejournal.com/sonicstorm/

Comments

, comment by sharininthegroove09
sharininthegroove09 I've always loved the soundchecks. I hope we see more of them from 3.0 surface, from what I have heard from them (Festival 8, Hartford, Greek) they have been great. Maybe we will see one from Watkins Glen to honor the Grateful Dead's amazing "soundcheck" from '73 Superjam.
, comment by 23932173217hy
23932173217hy Has that sound-check surfaced??? ..... The Hartford Lampost soundcheck is a good one
, comment by mgouker
mgouker Wow, neat! I would so love to hear this. If Mike thought it was good...
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February 21, 1993
24 years ago
Roxy Theatre

Set 1: Suzy Greenberg[1] > Buried Alive, Punch You In the Eye, Uncle Pen, Horn > Chalk Dust Torture, Esther[2] > Dinner and a Movie > Bouncing Around the Room > Run Like an Antelope[3]

Set 2: Axilla, The Curtain > Stash -> Manteca -> Stash -> The Lizards, Bathtub Gin -> Hold Your Head Up > Cracklin' Rosie > Hold Your Head Up, The Squirming Coil, Big Black Furry Creature from Mars

Encore: Sweet Adeline, Good Times Bad Times[4] -> Paul and Silas[5] -> Pig in a Pen[6]

[1] Prior to starting Suzy, the band sung the first line a cappella in a different manner than the rest of the song.
[2] Began with Page modifying the intro (including a brief reggae attempt) and included a Simpsons signal.
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[5] The "Reverend" Jeff Mosier on banjo.
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