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. Dan Says:

    By your tone, I was pretty sure you were in for Hampton. Disregard a portion of my last comment in that case.

    “the short summer tour isnt about suffocating the scene, other wise they wouldn’t be playing at Bonnaroo.”

    Or maybe…..

  2. Camman Says:

    no man.. ive never said i got into hampton… ive just let everyone know how bad i want to go.. and i’ve listened to everyone say how bad they want to go… just because we didnt get in means that phish is going to bull doze through the shows this summer in a drug induced fringe…. this isnt the dead tour were talking about man…

    Or maybe what?

  3. Dan Says:

    Alright, I’m definitely done with this post. The more I read into it the more apparent it is I will never see real Phish and I can’t sweep that pain away by pretending to be oblivious.

    Or maybe what? They AREN’T playing Bonnaroo. And if they are I’m not going.

  4. shpongleyez Says:

    dooOOoOOood. Dan, who pissed in your wheaties? Seriously, man, just let go and enjoy the ride…You’ll never be the same. 🙂

  5. congressman Says:

    If you really feel this way then maybe you should stay away. Nothing worse than people who go see every show and never enjoy themselves. CAMMAN, You have given me new hope for Phish’s future!! You are so on point that one thing escapes me…. Why the fuck arent you going to Hampton? Haven’t you waited long enough? I am pretty sure that you are going to be hooked immediately, and I have to let you in on something that may change your mind. There are all types of Phish fans, but a select few that feel the way we do take our mission just a bit more seriously. Legions of fans such as myself and Miner let nothing get in our way of catching every single moment!! I know that I am going to get some flac for this but I know that I will see every Phish show played because the universe wouldn’t allow it to go any other way. Obviously, I can’t know your situation in life rt now Camman, but I think that you belong in Hampton…. If you really feel the way you post then I believe you will regret missing Hampton because you will find that it is unacceptable to miss anything!!! I feel so strongly about this , in fact, that I want to offer you a ticket to each night…. If I am reading you wrong and you are happy to wait til this summer, more power to you. However, if you really want to know the scoop on Phish, this is it!! The ball is in your court Camman but if you are skipping Hampton because you didnt get a ticket, then make the rest of your plans. We dont let little things like tickets get in the way of the bigger picture!! Holla back… I am 100% serious!!

  6. jerrydamule Says:

    CNN news ticker : “Congressman offers bailout package to new phish fan. Dow responds by returning to 14,000 overnight”.

    Well done, Congressman.

  7. c0wfunk Says:

    thing is, dan, it’s not about good , bad , or otherwise. It’s about the experience. I remember being a 20 year old preemptively jaded fan who rolled my eyes at sparkle and got upset when jams were less than 20 minutes (luckily I came of age during 97!).. but somewhere along the way it became something else.

    It is a communal experience, yes all about the music, but also all about sharing the moment. It’s important to go in with NO expectations, and especially important not to say “if this bowie isn’t as good as the providence 94 bowie, then I”m pissed”. That’s just not what it’s about. Until you really feel what it’s like when the lights go down, and then what it’s like when they go back up after that first set, it’s impossible to explain. But do yourself a favor — get off your high horse, go to a show (maybe just start with one or two instead of a whole tour), close your eyes, and SURRENDER TO THE FLOW.

    I repeat. Surrender to the flow. That’s what it’s all about anyway.

  8. camman Says:


    You have no idea how stunned i am at your offer. Email me all the details at both of the following addresses:

    one is my home account and the other is school account. I think maybe only you and Miner know how bad i want to go to Hampton. If i have the tickets… i will find a way to be there. We will talk more man.

    CNN: Phish Noob gets miracle tickets…. Parties ilike it’s 1999 all over again

  9. BingosBrother Says:

    Dear Congressman,

    You’re generous offer has brought tears to my eyes and light to my soul. You deserve it Camman. Be well.

  10. camman Says:

    I don’t know what i’ve done to deserve this, or how it will happen, but all i can do is say thank from the bottom of my heart. Bingo, you take care too and i hope to see you at Hampton and beyond…

  11. Mitch Says:

    I nominate Congressman for the first Miner’s Picks: Most Valuable Phan.

    Well done, I wanna jam with you both at the mothership.

    I’m taking my girl to Hampton for her first Phish shows. It’s gonna be a blast.

    p.s. my favorite word is “Shenanigans”

  12. Dan Says:

    Congress, if you’re serious, consider a Friday for me.

  13. camman Says:

    well mitch, jam we shall. to think that in 50 days, 1208 hours that the boys will be on stage… ahh yes!!!!!!

  14. lanser Says:


  15. Chris Says:

    A few thoughts after reading this loooooonnnngg thread.
    1)Miner’s Blog rules, from the memories he captures, to the “Miner’s picks”, so much entertainment it’s fantastic. Thanks for your efforts
    2) A lot of my spirituality I picked up from Phish shows. 10/21/95 changed my life in a lot of ways. I would equate my spirituality to a lot of new age studies, yet those studies have no “Phish show” element to them. So I’m really looking forward to being around real phans again who know what I’m talking about. This entry sums it up really well, and I look forward to seeing what we can discover in the upcoming tour.
    3) N00bness seems to go in cycles. I saw my first show in 93. At the time, if you liked Bouncin, or FEFY, you were lame. Then came the DWD video. Then Billy’s Cheese was uncool, and FEFY was a kickdown. blah blah blah, who give a shit who gives a fuck. When you go to a show, there’s a big difference between a venue full of phans, and one that’s half full of phans and half full of people who like pretty lights on ecstacy. This is why fall tour rules. If you get the right atmosphere, and are around the right people, I could care less if you’ve been to 1 show or 300(or none). A lot of people think Phish is a really great band, full of talented musicians. There’s others whose music connects on a level that nothing else in the world can touch. It’s easy to see the difference when you are there.
    4)Billy Breathes used to make me cry because I have two daughters and I could totally feel Trey. Baptism by Phish is a great idea.
    5)This year I will be bringing my wife(my second) to her first show. Still hoping for the ticket fairy to bring me some luck after hampton(Asheville would be key, or at least pavillion for Star Lake!). She’s going to fucking love it. And I’m going to love her loving it
    6)Congrats Canman, prepare your face!

  16. bhizzle Says:

    “prepare your face” – lol….love it

    I must say you hit the nail on the head with that statement “At the time, if you liked Bouncin, or FEFY, you were lame”. I still don’t care to hear Bouncin’, but always liked FEFY.

  17. camman Says:

    as miner once said though.. a jammed out 20 minutes version of bouncin’ would be pretty sweet…

    anything they play would be sweet…..

    what are odd you think they’ll break out gamehendge again?

  18. camman Says:

    and chris, what might be the best way to prepare my face?

  19. guyforget Says:

    unbelievable congressman, nice work kid. btw, was listening the Fox Theater from 94 on my way to work this morning. Simple->Ice rocker.

  20. camman Says:

    computer programming classes are a great time to sit, back, chill and read about phish!

  21. guyforget Says:

    my god how HS has changed in 15 years. senior year, i took keyboarding!

  22. camman Says:

    theres a technical school just for high school students 30 yards across the parking lot from my HS that is open to students for high school surrounding our area. It’s a pretty sweet set up,a dn a great class to just chill back in.

  23. spideyguy0 Says:

    Congressman, that’s an amazing offer, and I wish I was camman right now! About what was posted above about simply going to the show and looking for tickets there, will this work for Hampton? I doubt it will but if you guys feel otherwise, I will certainly be there looking for tickets. Will these tickets at the show also be $300 a night like on the scalper sites? Cause I simply can’t afford that right now, in college with student loans and everything else. But if you think I have a legitimate chance of getting cheaper tickets just showing up at Hampton I will be there sleeping on a street corner for 3 nights.

  24. camman Says:

    spiderguy.. if i get the tix, i may be sleeping on a street corner with you man. Pray for no rain!!!!!!!

  25. guyforget Says:

    i put up my offer for my reserved room at hampton last week. i actually have two, and am not going. it’s 6 miles from teh venue, but it’s better than a street corner. let me know if anybody wants to take over the res.

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