The Last Great Tweezer (For A While)

Phish 2000 (Unk)

While Phish’s energy began to wind down during the second half of 2000, the year still boasted many bright musical highlights.  From Radio City, to clubs in Japan and back again, Phish threw down many significant jams in the year before their first hiatus.  One of the most memorable moments came on June 24th at Lakewood Amphitheatre, during the band’s third show back from Japan- only eight days removed from Osaka’s tour closer.   Following a bombastically improvised “Moma” opener, the band ran through “Runaway Jim” and “Bouncin'” before greeting the summer sunset with the growling opening licks of “Tweezer.”  What ensued for the next half-hour exists as one of the most magnificently improvised portions of Phish2k.

Taking daytime into night, Phish explored several musical feels, weaving them seamlessly into a tapestry of sound and groove. Phish was excited to be back in their summertime sheds, and they were celebrating their stateside return musically.  While Japan brought diverse venues and cultural experiences for the band, they were more than ready to return to their comfort zone- annihilating amphitheatres across the US.  And in only their fifth set back, they would unveil this unique masterpiece.

2000-06-24moAs the jam dropped, Mike immediately took the lead, generating a tight and heavy groove with Fish, as Page painted the backdrop.  Meanwhile, Trey set up some loops and sat back, awaiting the perfect entry point.  Upon joining the rhythmic fray, Trey began with a series of licks that fit perfectly into the preexisting patterns.  This driving, spacious funk characterized the initial part of this jam and led everyone through some addictive dance music as the sun dipped low.  Clicking right away, the band was off and running through a melange of engulfing crack-grooves.

Radio City 2000 (B. Stephens)

Radio City 2000 (B. Stephens)

As Gordon retained the lead for much of this initial segment, Trey gradually transformed his rhythm chops into a subtle melody that pushed the band to a divergent musical plane.  Soon the band’s playing picked up a certain motion, as all four members layered their offerings atop Gordon’s pillow.  Trey began climbing a melodic path that guided the band’s ascending improv.  As the rhythm shifted, it was clear that this “Tweezer” jam was going further than your average first- or second- set offering.

Continuing their upwards path, the band came together, moving the music outwards at the same time.  Further momentum sprouted as Phish passed into a third distinct musical canvas.  Adding urgency to the music, this section began to take a different shape, straying from the swamp funk that had sprung this journey.  Trey picked up a thematic pattern, and as usual, Fish picked up on Trey.  They both began to push the jam, resulting in a driving rhythm and melody that was purely Phish, not resembling its origins at all.  The band had transcended any semblance of a “Tweezer” jam and had launched into something far more grandiose in scope.

Chicago 2000

Chicago 2000

As the band hit this first peak, they took the time to settle the music back into a quickly-moving and straight-ahead groove that allowed them to collect their thoughts and determine their direction.  Trey soon picked a melody out of this groove, influencing his mates to alter their phrases to fit into the progressing puzzle.  Before long Phish had plunged into a spiritually uplifting section of music that grew directly from Trey’s original lines.  As the band brought this part to the top, they entered the true peak of this monster jam.  The entire band created a far more regal feeling to the music as Trey hit a fierce and emotional rolling melody.  From here, the band maintained this level of energy, careening past the peak into a denouement of lightning quick patterns.

Allowing their musical path to organically peak, Phish took time to wind the music back down to earth via slowed down bass lines, effects, and sonic residue.  After the triumphant arrival of this extended adventure, the band slid into the perfectly placed “Stange Design” to reorient the audience from their altered reality.  Although Phish would go on to play five more “Tweezers” before calling it quits, none would approach the magnitude of Lakewood’s first set epic.  For a couple of years, this one would hold the title of “The Last Great “Tweezer.””


Listen to 6.24.00 “Tweezer” Now! < LINK (Roll over, click play)




6.24.00 Lakewood Amp, Atlanta, GA < LINK

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phish-astron00Beyond the massive “Tweezer,” the first set really stole the show this evening. With a classic setlist and ripping jams, it was almost like the sets were reversed.  Nonetheless, the second frame boasts a ripping “Antelope” and solid versions of “Birds” and “Carini.”

I: The Moma Dance, Runaway Jim, Bouncing Around the Room, Tweezer > Strange Design, Cavern

II: Birds of a Feather, Bug, My Sweet One, Run Like an Antelope, Frankie Sez, Carini, The Squirming Coil, Prince Caspian

E: Guyute, The Inlaw Josie Wales, Driver, Tweezer Reprise

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138 Responses to “The Last Great Tweezer (For A While)”

  1. old dude Says:

    “States spend $65,000 on prison construction per inmate and another $23,876 annually to take care of the prisoner….

    More than 2.3 million adults — one American in 100 — are now behind bars. Roughly 1.2 million are non-violent drug-abusers…”

    that shit is fucked up. glad to see my tax dollars going to good use.

    two solutions:
    Drug Courts!
    Legalize It!

  2. Jay Says:

    Thank god the republicans are out of office. What a nightmare it is when they hold the reins. Don’t forget that most prisons are privately owned and run. It is more profitable the more people they have incarcerated. How fucked up is that?

  3. Mr. Completely Says:

    the prison-industrial complex: the face of evil in America

  4. Jay Says:

    They actually have lobbyists that lobby congress for stricter sentencing laws.

  5. Dr. Who Says:

    Thank you so very much for this gem Mr. Miner. I knew that you would be interested in this show as almost everyone had forgotten it after all of the Antioch hooplah. Once again thanks.

  6. old dude Says:

    what, are you saying you’re soft on crime?
    why do you hate America, Jay?

  7. guyforget Says:

    Selector – that’s awesome. reserved is sweet. you can get your lot on and still have your reserved dance space. i think i may head in crack of doors two days and party it up in the lot two days..

    Awesome article about Trey. Somehow this guy just keeps earning the respect of anybody he comes in contact with.

    So, off topic, who has met members of the band? Gordo at Lemonwheel on his golf cart for me.

  8. Uberchef Says:

    What about 2-28-03 Tweezer from Nassau?!?!?! Last I checked, that was one of the better PH jams.

  9. Jay Says:

    old dude, I don’t see the sarcasm font turned on 🙂
    intoxication in any form is not a crime in my book. Especially the mind expanding kind.

  10. Jay Says:

    Love this Tweezer – was at this show and did not remember how good it was, Thank you Mr. Miner!

  11. Jack O Roses Says:

    Arrrrrnollllldddd loves the THC!:

  12. A_Glide Says:

    I’ve got friends that can leave a show and talk about setlists and how this went into that and that one part of this one song that did this one thing and they’re all on the same page. I can never get that. I leave a show and I can tell you what the vibe was and let you know how the energy moved, but when I focus on the setlist or technical parts of the show I can’t see the forest through the trees.

  13. Brimley Says:

    Wow, I just finally got around to listening to the 03 Cincinnati Gin that Miner awhile back and it’s definitely the heat…I plan on immediately downloading after work…

  14. msbjivein Says:

    @Guy, I’ve met Fish @ The Vogue when he was doing a show w/ Jazz Mando. He was busy loasding out his gear so it wasn’t that cool. I met Gordo at an aftet show for Shoreline in San Fran in ’03. He had 3 chicks hangin off him. He also really didn’t have a lot to say. I’m sure to them it’s very old talking to tweeked out fans. I know I had a crazy look in my eyes both times. Never forget though.

  15. Brimley Says:

    Forget, saw Gordo roaming the lots of Alpine in a golfcart in 99 with a brew in hand…

  16. old dude Says:

    sorry Jay, I forgot the (wink, wink). i was hoping the America-hater thing was enough to push it over the top.

  17. Chalkdustin Says:

    Was at Bonnaroo a couple years ago watching the DMB show (I’ll admit it) and some guy bumped into me trying to push past. It was Gordo.

  18. guyforget Says:

    Gordo seems to be everywhere!! DMB played in phoenix last night and i had no clue until my gf said last night “all i fucking heard about all day was how Jonathan (her annoying co-worker) was going to see Dave Matthews tonight”

    Thought it was funny.

  19. old dude Says:

    right in the middle of this Tweezer (halfway mark) there are a few seconds where the sound resembles the opening bars to YEM then quickly shifts to the outro of FEFY. whoa, did you hear that?! cool.

  20. old dude Says:

    oops, FEFY don’t really have no outro. think I meant Silent in the AM.

  21. soulish Says:

    Hey all, quick question for the group at large here. A friend of mine who is a huge jazz fan, plays the sax in a band himself, also a big blues, and more typical rock fan has been bashing Phish and the Dead without having listened to them. But he has now issued me a challenge, to give him either one album or show to convince him that Phish has real musical chops. I am loathe to give him an album for obvious reasons, but in terms of a show what would be one of the best to give him. It should have great jams, but generally concise as a 30 minute Tweezer like today’s article is about would probably bore a fan who isn’t used to the band. I was thinking something in the ’94-’95 range. Any ideas? Thanks for the help.

  22. old dude Says:

    “has been bashing Phish and the Dead without having listened to them.”

    sounds like you need a new friend. (wink, wink)

  23. Manny Phresh Says:

    @ Guy – I met Page at the Trey show at Roseland back in Winter 2001. It was so surreal. Later that night he came out with Trey and they rocked the house, I still remember that Will it Go Round Circles.

  24. Mr.Miner Says:

    “What about 2-28-03 Tweezer from Nassau?!?!?! Last I checked, that was one of the better PH jams.
    ^^ hence the (For A While) part of the title 😉

  25. old dude Says:

    i high-fived Fishman at a bar in Ann Arbor in 93. didn’t want to be one of “those” fans – so i just thanked him for the music.

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