Jam Chart for Piper (52 entries)

Date Song City Timing Notes
1997-06-14 Piper Dublin, Ireland 4:58 Debut in Dublin. Many '97 - '99 versions follow this format, that involves (1) a long, harmonic, building intro, (2) a high energy lyrics and "Type I" jamming section, and (3) a short settling coda, but no exploratory jamming or improvisation.
1997-12-06 Piper Auburn Hills, MI 14:20 -> in from "Twist." First Piper to really break out into improvisation. Jam is raging at first, mellows briefly, and then gathers fresh steam. There is no closing coda section (which would become more customary).
1997-12-12 Piper Albany, NY 18:57 -> in from "Saw It Again." Very improvisational version that modulates back and forth between hard rocking bursts and quiet, pensive moments. Includes a "BOAF" tease and beautiful space before > into "Swept Away."
1998-04-03 Piper Uniondale, NY 16:14 After a gorgeous building intro, this version is somewhat unique in that the jam follows the ending coda that was common in early versions of "Piper." The jam itself is restrained and contemplative, based somewhat on the ending coda.
1998-07-06 Piper Prague, Czech Republic 19:49 Relentless, punishing, and hard rocking jamming place this "Piper" squarely in the same company as the 11/19/97 "Wolfman's Brother" and 12/29/97 "DwD." Like those monsters, this one eventually settles down. -> to "Makisupa."
1998-08-08 Piper Columbia, MD 15:43 Not your typically pumped up "Piper," this awesome jam, driven by Mike and Page, is spacious but has real legs. "Sparks"-like tease at about 14:30. A fan favorite.
1998-11-04 Piper Denver, CO 17:40 A nice building intro leads to a hard rocking straightforward "Piper" jam until 13:40, when the jam mellows into a nice low-key and rhythmic groove with delay loops. > to "2001."
1999-07-18 Piper Volney, NY 25:02 After a long patient intro, this "Piper" rages until about 14:00 when the jam shifts to a funky, multi-faceted rhythmic groove. This version has much more exploratory jamming than most '99 "Pipers," which tend to focus on a single layered groove. Cool Fishman percussion at the end leads to a -> to "Prince Caspian."
1999-09-17 Piper Mountain View, CA 15:27 The typically high energy "Piper" jam settles down after 12:00 into a low key, blues-tinged exploration, with quiet, looping space bombs from Trey, and great Mike/Page grooving.
1999-10-02 Piper Minneapolis, MN 21:58 After rocking pretty intensely, this version mellows into a "Manteca"-like jam for a stretch that also sounds similar to the jam from "BOAF." Eventually devolves into space before > to "YEM."
1999-12-08 Piper Portland, ME 19:31 The jam downshifts from typically high energy "Piper" fare to a subdued, low key groove with spacey Page effects.
1999-12-13 Piper Providence, RI 19:11 High energy version with intense "Type I" jamming between verses. A propulsive, rhythmic jam follows.
1999-12-31 Piper Big Cypress, FL 19:03 New millennium Swamp Worm (it was played about 4:00 AM on 1/1/00) opens with all guns blazing before settling down with a Mike and Page led groove including "Bug" teases from Page.
2000-06-10 Piper Koto-ku, Tokyo, Japan 21:03 Beginning with a style and sound so typical of '00, the band then twists this jam into a bleak, nightmarish soundscape. From there, it breaks into a decent groove before finally succumbing to space.
2000-07-06 Piper Toronto, Ontario, Canada 15:41 This one breaks very quickly out of standard raging "Piper" mode into a classic '00, Mike and Page led groove-based jam.
2000-07-08 Piper East Troy, WI 14:49 Super-charged "Type I" bridge jam between verses leads to pulsing groove typical of many '00 "Pipers." Great segue into "Rock and Roll."
2000-07-12 Piper Noblesville, IN 13:18 A typically high octane '00 version with an insanely intense jam between verses settles into quick tempo, intense groove. Things gradually settle down, followed by some quieter play with good Mike/Fish teaming and spacey effects from Page and Trey.
2000-09-11 Piper Mansfield, MA 23:16 Ferocious initial jamming leads to a repetitive and funky exploration with a Mike/Fish-led groove similar to "Sand."
2000-09-15 Piper Hershey, PA 20:08 Fishman's tempo driven percussion work moves this dark other-worldly spacious jam along.
2000-09-23 Piper Rosemont, IL 19:13 After 10:00, Fish leads a quick step foray with spacey effects and sounds compliments of Page and Trey. A nice pulsing groove emerges after 15:00 with delicate musing from Trey, Mike and Page. This good version suffers from poor recording quality; a soundboard release would be welcome.
2000-09-27 Piper Englewood, CO 17:26 Very cool and well-played jam from this relatively unknown show. An excellent space funk groove!
2000-10-05 Piper Irvine, CA 16:03 Good quality groove-based jam with nice modulation of intensity.
2002-12-31 Piper New York, NY 14:55 Phish ended the Hiatus with this unusually placed set opener. Listen to the crowd's excitement and roars of approval as the band returns to the stage. Trey leads the boys in this fiery, and (appropriately) upbeat version, which features a "Low Rider" tease, a jam segment between verses, as well as the ending coda which was uncommon by this date.
2003-02-16 Piper Las Vegas, NV 19:51 Short intro leads to up-tempo, rhythm driven, melodic jam. This is a favorite version for many fans, for reasons that will be obvious when you check this version out. Fishman's snappy work propels this funky jam.
2003-03-01 Piper Greensboro, NC 17:02 Twisted Worm! This version is many "Pipers" rolled into one. The jam is like a roller coaster with ups and downs in intensity and rhythm. Just a great groove that ebbs and rises and is partially based on Santana's "Oye Como Va."
2003-07-09 Piper Mountain View, CA 19:14 An excellent version. Like 3/1/03, the jam has one basic, propulsive groove. However there are a variety of dynamic and timbre shifts layered over this driving jam that finally cycles down into a subdued ending.
2003-07-19 Piper East Troy, WI 22:40 A spectacular and awe-inspiring exploration. The first of 3 phenomenal summer '03 versions. Must-hear.
2003-07-26 Piper Atlanta, GA 21:07 Another big and quality work of improvisation from a year of strong "Pipers." Incredible really. This version has multiple movements that weave together quite well, as well as a "Can't You Hear Me Knocking" tease.
2003-07-31 Piper Camden, NJ 21:45 The third big, powerful, and highly improvisational "Piper" from summer '03. This one has some beautiful, yet eery and unsettling space in the middle before a full throttle finish.
2003-12-02 Piper Boston, MA 15:27 Dissonant high power jam in this 20th Anniversary show version.
2003-12-29 Piper Miami, FL 15:08 A quality jam develops, then the band returns to the refrain to close, adding on an "old" coda of sorts.
2004-06-19 Piper Saratoga Springs, NY 32:40 A multi-section improvisational super heavyweight. The jam begins with a low-key, "Piper"-like groove, settles, then builds into an angry and rocking section that eventually bursts into a "Tweeprise" Jam. From here, the jam settles into a couple of great and swinging, lower intensity grooves that -> to "Jibboo."
2004-06-26 Piper East Troy, WI 16:13 A snappy, somewhat dissonant but rocking groove develops and gets out there. Page and Fish are excellent.
2004-08-12 Piper Camden, NJ 12:28 A really nice, mellow and low-key movement beyond standard "Piper" develops, energizes, and > to "Sneakin' Sally."
2004-08-15 Piper Coventry, VT 9:25 Blistering, fierce, machine-gun Trey, akin at times to Hendrix at his best!
2009-06-21 Piper East Troy, WI 12:50 Page gets the jam section off to a great start, then Trey zeroes in on a nice blues riff. Taking turns playing off this riff, Trey and Page team up nicely, before the jam eventually dissolves into familiar '09 transition space.
2009-08-14 Piper Hartford, CT 13:02 Once past 3 minutes of somewhat unpleasant string bending from Trey, the jam becomes quite improvisational and multi-faceted with some great Mike and Page contributions, including a "Spill The Wine" Page tease.
2009-10-30 Piper Indio, CA 11:03 One of the best (short) versions ever, certainly for "3.0." Several distinct movements in the jam and all band members contribute well. "She Saved My Soul"-like vocal jam towards the end.
2010-10-20 Piper Utica, NY 9:33 Good jam in this version, part of a "SOAM-Have Mercy-Piper-SOAM" sandwich. "BOAF" tease.
2011-09-04 Piper Commerce City, CO 11:55 Another excellent version for any era, some here a tease (but not musical quote) of "Roadrunner" (Modern Lovers) in it. Others just hear siiiiiick jamming.
2011-12-30 Piper New York, NY 15:16 A rhythmic, swirling, and improvisational jam develops with nice work by Page. Becomes serene and dreamy towards the conclusion and transition to "Twist." Really an excellent version.
2012-07-08 Piper Saratoga Springs, NY 15:31 Multi-dimensional, very high quality jamming. "Piper" has come back a long way since '09. > to "Free."
2013-07-20 Piper Chicago, IL 10:16 The Chairman of the Boards takes command on the B-3 in this propulsive and rocking version which packs a lot in 10 min.
2014-07-05 Piper Saratoga Springs, NY 13:22 "Piper" is restored to some form of its former self, including an intro (short), bridge (short), and some good "Type I" jamming before breaking into "Type II" ground with nice rhythmic-based playing with strong Page, followed by a short Trey-led "hose" section.
2014-07-30 Piper Portsmouth, VA 12:25 The jam at first breaks into a rocking, percussive section with Page leading on the B-3. Then Trey grabs the reins briefly, before the jam settles and rebuilds, growing melodic at the end.
2014-10-25 Piper Chula Vista, CA 9:23 A very nice compact version which still manages to include some form of intro, bridge, second refrain, and a darkish and pulsating jam which has a '99 - '00 quality to it.
2014-11-02 Piper Las Vegas, NV 13:25 A solid and "complete" version, breaking first to some growly, echo-filled play, which settles to a rhythmic foundation for Page and Trey to play off. At 7:45, the jam brightens in tone, but remains low intensity, then mellows further with quiet musings led by Page.
2015-08-15 Piper Columbia, MD 15:48 -> in from "Steam." Solid and varied "Type I" playing through 8:40, when the jam quiets and takes on a groovy but dark and probing sense. The energy builds to a spirited, rocking peak, then neatly -> to "Tweezer."
2016-06-25 Piper Chicago, IL 8:27 With super short intro, bridge and "Piper" jam sections, this densely compact version packs more punch than the duration suggests. The gnarly, anti-bliss jamming is driven by Mike and Fish, and sounds more like the big summer '03 versions than anything more recent. Great -> to "Steam."
2016-09-04 Piper Commerce City, CO 19:07 You aren't crazy if you hear this highly improvisational sequence as "Piper" -> "Drums" -> "Jam." Following strong but typical playing, the jam breaks into unprecedented, Fish-led drumming and percussion, with all four on various percussion instruments. A brief but impressive jam emerges from the percussion session and includes "C&P" quotes.
2016-10-16 Piper Jacksonville, FL 18:17 After rolling through solid in-bounds territory, the jam fractures into several sections, including "Woo"-like stop/start play, some nice upbeat playing with a swinging vibe, and a return to more rocking action with "C&P" vocal quotes, before settling to percussive transition space.
2016-10-29 Piper Las Vegas, NV 14:31 The customary "Piper" jam is melodic, rocking, and somewhat different from the typical, trilling shred-fest of years past. Around 7:00, the jam takes on a percussive aspect that grows increasingly powerful. Following great Fender-Rhodes action from Page, things settle, then blast into a spirited, celebratory conclusion.
All versions in a jam chart are recommended, but yellow rows indicate highly-recommended versions.
A purple date indicates that you were in attendance.
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