More Than Fun

508836127_44cdb2be4eConcerts are fun.  Parties are fun. Carnivals are fun.  But Phish was so much more than fun.  If fun was the primary thing we drew from this band, would we all be rearranging our summers to hit as many shows as possible?  If fun was the only thing we derived from Phish, they would have been like any other crazy Saturday night.  But they weren’t.  There was something intangible for all of us, something more than fun, that kept drawing us back to those arenas and amphitheatres for years on end.  There was something strangely personal about the whole Phish experience, as if the band was sometimes playing to you and you, alone.  That connection we all felt inside; to the music, the experience and to the moment kept us yearning for just one more taste.  Whether that taste came the next day, the next weekend, or the next tour, we knew that taste was coming and we awaited it like we awaited nothing else.  Yeah, there was something more than fun going on.  And now, that next taste is in reach once again.

3181882151_d0fea0a7871That late-night jolt of life that came last fall; the mystery that gripped our soul when the lights suddenly went black; that bursting sensation at the peak of the most grandiose Harry Hood; the sense of adventure when another Tweezer jam opened; the silence that fell over every crowd at the start of a Slave jam; these things were far more than amusement.  Those tranquil inner moments or those times you felt like you were going to explode; balancing on the cusp at the onset of every Bowie or the sea of bliss that sailed with each Reba drop, this was not the stuff of birthday parties and pin the tail on the donkey.  This stuff was serious, our car’s odometers and our former bank accounts can attest to that.

The reason why Phish 3.0 has revitalized the community and brought us all backwards down the number line is because we know that whenever we next see Phish, whether at Hampton, Jones Beach, Alpine Valley or beyond, we will have an experience that no one in their same mind could simply describe as fun.  We know that when we find ourselves in front of the Phish, that special place inside that has been closed for so long will reopen.  We will feel different. We will be different.

3176382295_a7653d1791This even helps explain why Phish tickets are at such a premium today.  Everyone wants a part of what’s left to come, because the experience provides us with so much more than fun; something with which to dream.  Stir your best friends, post-show parties ’till way past sunrise, road trips, and mayhem into the mix with the transcendent live experience, and Phish tour magically morphs into one constant and reliable “Fun > Magic > Fun” segue.  And it’s about to start all over again.  With a blank canvas, Phish will paint a new self-portrait that will also serve as a mirror reflecting our own growth and change since Coventry.  As Phish steps to each stage during this upcoming year, spawning new jams while revisiting old ones and evolving into the future, there is one thing you can be sure of, it will be far more than fun.



8.17.96 The Clifford Ball SBD < LINK


The Clifford Ball

Taking care of yesterday’s unfinished business, here we have the final three sets from The Ball.  Highlights include a divine afternoon “Reba,” a beautifully crafted second set capped with a “best-ever” version of Slave, and an adrenaline-laced third set with a “Tweezer” centerpiece, that left everyone wanting just a little bit more.

I: The Old Home Place, Punch You in the Eye, Reba, Cars Trucks Buses, Lizards, Sample in a Jar, Taste, Fee, Maze, Suzy Greenberg

II: The Curtain > Runaway Jim, It’s Ice, Brother*, Fluffhead, Run Like an Antelope, Golgi Apparatus, Slave to the Traffic Light

III: Wilson, Frankenstein, Scent of a Mule**, Tweezer, A Day in the Life, Possum, Tweezer Reprise

E: Harpua#

NOTE: Before the second set, the Clifford Ball Orchestra played classical music by: Debussy: Nocturnes (2 movements), Ravel: Pavane Pour une Enfante Defunte, Debussy: Claire de Lune, Ravel: Tombeau de Couperin (2 movements), Chavrier: Joyeux Muse, Faure: Pelleas et Mellisandre (2 movements), Stravinsky: The Firebird (2 movements). *With Ben & Jerry singing a verse. **With a Fishman solo instead of the typical Page/Trey duel.  #Without the “Ooom Pah Pah” opening and cut short before finishing.

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189 Responses to “More Than Fun”

  1. Camman Says:


    that would be Columbia, MO…and if your headed for the roo too man, i’ll see you there! I’ll be the kid with the selist on the back of his shirt. (12/6/96, 11/2/98 and 12/7/97) this town has a pretty lame scene… kids here just listen to screamo. I have gotten to see Widespread Panic and Keller williams here a coupe, of time though… but mostly that was to just hold me over until i could get out on tour with the band we all really wanna see…i try to explain to people why this band mean so much to me… and they look at me like i’m either in a cult, crazy, or obsessed or a combination of the 3…. i’m just ready to get on down to manchester….

  2. Chalkdustin Says:

    C man, I hope to see you there. I don’t have tickeys but hope to get some once the next round is up. I haven’t been to the Roo since ’04 so I’m pumped at the thought of going. I’ll look for your shirt!

    I’m from Milwaukee. Our scene is actually pretty decent so I can’t complain. But I can relate to how people react to your love of Phish. Only one of my close friends is on the Phish train with me (and even he seems to care less about this summer) so there aren’t many people to share this excitement with and when I do go on an endless outpouring of Phish love, they give me the same looks. Glad to see you pushing on ’till Roo!

  3. Camman Says:

    i’ve been wanting to go to bonnaroo since ’03 back before i knew anything about jam bands or phish or mary jane. i heard Dave Matthews set on cd and feel in loe with the idea of the Roo…. i’ve been pushing on since ’04… and with the way kids are today… i thank God every day i can drown them out with “Fee” or YEM…im also planning on get tix when the next round is up. my uncle already has his. He’s never seen Phish either, but he’s only 25. words just can’t describe how much i can’t wait for this… i’ve already begun having “phish dreams”

  4. brandofunk Says:

    Mr minor

    Im pretty sure Dan is shesmysister

  5. Chalkdustin Says:

    As Trey said, “Music is sort of the last pure thing on earth. We’ve kind of always seen it as a thing where it’s an escape. You can go with the music, and lose yourself.”
    Amen to that, eh Camman?

  6. guyforget Says:

    now we know where Cman and Chaldustin hail from, it would be interesting to see where the rest of you heads call home. i for one am in Phoenix, by way of NJ..

  7. Dan Says:

    brandofunk, I’m done with PT, who gives a shit. It’s generally agreed upon that the positive vibes along with the quality of the music has gone down the toilet since hiatus. I’ve decided I won’t see Phish because it will be too painful to see my favorite like this, I don’t want to deal with lot violence, it’s too obvious I’m a noob, and I’ll probably get shut out night after night, and I don’t feel like dropping $200 for one show that won’t even earn me any credit to be any more than a noob.

  8. Camman Says:

    Amen to that Chalkdustin. Phish was the escape in my life when i went truly some truly hard things… it really was one of just a few things keeping me going from day to day there for a while. I’m glad got through it and i can’t wait for the phamily reunion. Ive got a feeling, that for the band, music was the same way for them. either they were outcast or just needing something pure to hang onto… but not all music pure though today… so much of it is manufactered.. i dont own a radio and wont listen to one anymore. its just me and my ipod named “jukebox”. also, how have you not frozen to death today man?

    it would be cool to see a map where all the heads are from that read/ comment on this site are from……

    ever since the tour announcement.. i can help but imagine what they’re going to throw down at the fox theatre… i still am gonna call that as the best show of the tour.. what ever they open up at bonnaroo, they’ll close at the fox, end of thread

    ive been in such anticipation for 5 years of seeing this band that i’ve even gone to see a phish cover band. they were called “the helping friendly band”

    7 people showed up for that…

  9. Camman Says:

    dan… going and seeing shows is not about gaining credit. do you think it really matter if you’ve seen 1 show, 100 or 1,000? only tools really care about that stuff. i’m as much of a noob as you are… but how can you not feel overcome with hope when thinking about the upcoming tour? this next ear of phish will be nothing like the post-hiatus phish… just give it a chance man, i’m going to…

  10. full tour: ANNOUNCED! Says:

    phish i like the forgotten psychedelic initiation rituals of old that have been lost to the sands of time. Part of the reason the world is so f-ed up these days is that spiritual connection to the great beyond has been lost. We no longer confide in shamans that have access to that forgotten spiritual real. People in the rainforrest call this the “realm of the jauguar.” Phish has always been a special ceremony for thousands of people. Its also a group communion into that spiritual realm known as “gamehendge.” The world needs more of these soul cleansing rituals and ceremonies. That is why phish always was and will remain to be special. Through the unspoken interaction of the band, the music, and how that music effects the audience is timeless. Phish is the only band i know of these days that can actually slow down time, and in that moment you can grasp realities of life that you could never find in any normal “church.” The problem is that people who have never gone through this ritual could never understand its importance and often brush it aside as some drug induced hallucination, when actually it is a key element of the human spirit that is longing to be set free in every human on this planet. Their loss, or gain! See you back in gamehendge this summer!

  11. c0wfunk Says:

    I’d like to echo the no phish day of show sentiments and add that I always like to lay off phish on the road as well, driving around on tour, the road trip to hampton, etc. I’ll usually listen to a lot of funk, the beatles, and some jerry/dead sprinkled in. Definitely don’t do a back to back of your favorite shows on that 8 hour trip .. it’s best to go in kind of fresh, you know?

    All that said, since I found this site, and a few others, I’ve been listening to phish, almost a show a day since the hampton announcement. I haven’t been able to get enough! Thanks again Mr. Miner for feeding the addiction.

  12. Chalkdustin Says:

    Three pairs of socks, two pairs of pants, one giant Michelin-man looking jacket, and some thick gloves.

    Phish is exactly that for me too. I think music in general is like that for a lot of people, but with Phish it’s different. Their music grabs you and holds on stronger than anything out there. It takes you through so many emotions, many of which you find over the course of one long jam, and it doesn’t leave you feeling empty.

    I’ve actually seen The Helping Friendly Band before. There were more than 7 people, though…

    The map is a good idea. I’m looking to meet up with some fellow phans in March and in the summer and gain some new friends.

  13. Dan Says:

    Camman, you’ve never seen Phish, neither have I, but really there’s nothing to base any optimism in. Ten shows is not a ‘tour’, they may never tour again, and with Roo and that Mike interview they clearly will never play their own festie. I was astronomically excited when Phish announced their comeback, but then I was shut out of Hampton and can only go to Camden on tour, if I don’t get shut out there. That and I bought Roo tix early and now it’s obvious Phish won’t play there. The point? PHISH HATES NOOBS. It’s too obvious. They don’t want everyone to have a chance, just the vets who can weasel their way through the system (See: The ticketmaster captcha incident)

  14. Mr.Miner Says:

    @ FULL TOUR- Amen, brother. Beautifully written!

  15. Camman Says:

    Chalkdustin, i’ll meet up with any time! especially if were at the roo! its getting nippy here.. pretty damn cold… after ready so much bad stuff about phish since the Hampton announcement.. i’ve decided to ignore it all and be as optimistic as i can. Because phish can grab you by the balls and not let go is why i listen to them. i spent my english class today listening to the dark side of the moon set for 11/2/98. i’ve had to deal with watching them on youtube and imagining being there.. and i’m definitely in the latter stages of cabin fever waiting for this summer to come…

    so what did you think of the helping friendly band? i thought they were pretty good expcet for the one guy yelling “tweezer” at them ever five minutes at the top of his long when were in a bar with 12 people…that got old fast

  16. guyforget Says:

    The negativity is not welcome on this site, if i can speak for the masses.

  17. Dan Says:

    Fine, I wasn’t ever welcomed to the Phish scene anyway, so I’ll try to find another band.

  18. Heath Says:

    Question regarding flying to Hampton: I think I have got a solid lead on some tix so I was looking at flights. The cheapest would get me into Norfolk at 6:20pm on Friday. Would that be cutting it too close? Anybody have a clue what the timeframe will look like for the comeback show?

  19. Mr.Miner Says:

    @ Dan That’s simply not true. Why all the negativity? Phish will play a fall tour and into the following years. They or may not put on another festival, but you have already decided you lost without even playing. Ten shows IS a tour! The summer ’96 US tour was shorter than that. Phish WILL play Bonnaroo. Lighten up brother- you are about to get it! To say Phish hates noobs is absoluely off base. Buck up man. Be positive. Life is about to turn even brighter!

  20. bhizzle Says:

    Ticketmaster does not cater to “vets”. If so I would be going to Hampton on any of the nights for face value. Then again, could I be called a vet? I’ve only seen, maybe a dozen shows since 94 and none prior.

    FYI – origins the world, but ended in Rochester

  21. Mr.Miner Says:

    @ Heath– WAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAY to close. Book your flight for the day before, who knows what can happen these days. If you land at 6:20, you won’t make the show on time…

  22. Camman Says:

    Dan, i couldn’t honestly, 100% completely disagree with that statement more. Phish will be at bonnaroo, otherwise why would there be a week gap in a 10 show TOUR? the guys are getting older, but that not so old that they need a week long piss break after five shows… i’m sorry you feel that way, i really do, but maybe once you get ahold of the new shows you’ll realized what you missed… and ye im going to make this reference, and maybe you’ll get back on the train…

  23. Mr.Miner Says:

    Dan – you are being welcomed here, but this is not a place for negativity…seriously, email Camman, he knows what’s up and has never seen Phish either. Its all a matter of YOUR perspective.

  24. Chalkdustin Says:

    Thanks for being the first to say that, guyforget. I don’t see how you can not be completely stoked about this summer and the return of the boys. I also don’t get the impression that Phish is purposely trying to make this summer miserbale for anyone, especially those you haven’t seen them before.

    Camman, stay positive dude. You seem like a cool kid. I liked the HFB. Their jams were tight and the guy was no Trey but I had a hell of a time at the show.

  25. Camman Says:

    this si the positive PT (phish thoughts) theres no reason to act like most of the trash ive seen on PT (phantasy tour).. i’m appalled by whats on that site…

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