Step Into The Freezer

Rosemont 2000 (Unk)

Rosemont 2000 (Unk)

Nine years ago today we were in Chicago – the Rosemont Horizon turned Allstate Arena, to be exact – for the conclusion of a two-night stand in Chicago. Fall tour started in Albany back on September 8th and wove its way around the east for the first ten shows. This beginning stretch of tour contained some of the best playing of the entire fall, but there was one thing missing. We were almost halfway through what we thought could be the last tour ever, and the band  hadn’t dropped a ‘Tweezer.” Phish created impressive jams from many other vehicles – but with the absence of those crunching “Tweezer” grooves, there was a certain Phishiness that was missing.

As shows passed, we continued to believe that each subsequent night would certainly contain the all-of-a-sudden elusive throwdown. Great Woods, Darien, Hershey, Merriweather, Cleveland…no “Tweezer.” Once we got to the Windy City, we expected that over the two nights, the band would unshelve their epic. But a blistering first night never flirted with the song, and when the second set of the second night opened with “Birds,” we wondered if we were wrong.

Fall 2000 (M.Mitchell)

Vegas -Fall 2000 (M.Mitchell)

Then- as the closing hits of “Birds” bounced off the concrete surroundings – out roared “Tweezer.” You can hear the pent up enthusiasm of the crowd on the recordings as the band dropped their exploratory piece for the first time all tour. As the freezer door opened, the band dove into a driving beat, taking command of the ride without allowing time to settle. Moving through beefy but straight-forward “Tweezer” territory, Phish used the guitar-led build to get the crowd jacked before reaching more engaging improv.

Phish settled the initial music into a less-forceful groove in which Trey unleashed dissonant growls, drawing the band further and further outwards. Both Mike and Page responded with spacey , and stage two of the jam took off. While exploring this murkier texture, Mike took the lead with a strapping bass line that Trey locked onto instantly. Moving into an effect-laden, yet, percussive canvas, the band created some engaging music through this section. Phish eventually slid back together into their original “Tweezer” groove once their musical trek finished.

Albany - Fall 2000 (Unk)

Albany - Fall 2000 (Unk)

Was it a show highlight- definitely. Was it a musical masterpiece to be remembered for the ages- definitely not; but sometimes that just doesn’t matter. When I am living each note – one by one – fully immersed in a jam, it’s the experience that I remember.  That feeling of utter joy, oneness with the universe, raging the Phish in a hyper-aware dream state. When we think back on our Phish careers, our memories are made of feelings more than anything else. Sure, we then listen back, analyze, and have fun with it all- but it’s those feelings that Phish is all about. I wouldn’t be writing this article and you wouldn’t be reading if it were not for those feelings that blossom inside us during Phish jams. And on this night, my enduring memory is the shot of psychedelic adrenaline that flooded my mind throughout the first “Tweezer” of Fall. And no recording, re-listen, or analysis can ever re-create that or take it away.  But, hey, it’s always fun to listen back – just click play.


Winged music note=====

Jam of the Day:

Split > Catapult” 12.31.99 I


The clear highlight of the afternoon set, the Cypress “Split” should need no introduction.



8.14.96 Hershey Park, PA < Torrent

8.14.96 Hershey Park, PA < Megaupload

1996 Summer Tour T-Shirt (Pollock)

1996 Summer Tour T-Shirt (Pollock)

Here we have an underrated show from an underrated summer tour.  Squeezed between the higher key escapades of Deer Creek and The Clifford Ball, this Hershey show often gets glossed over as unworthy. I beg to differ. From the opening “Wilson” jam which morphed into “Disease,” through the dark-horse “Tweezer” deep in set two, this show has quite a bit to offer. Great times in Chocolate City!

I: Wilson > Down With Disease, Fee,  Poor Heart, Reba, The Mango Song, Gumbo, Stash, Hello My Baby

II: Runaway Jim, You Enjoy Myself, The Horse > Silent in the Morning, Cars Trucks Buses, Tweezer > Theme From the Bottom, HYHU > Cracklin’ Rosie > HYHU, Sample In a Jar,  Tweezer Reprise

E: Julius

Source: Schoeps CMC6/mk4 > Sonosax > D10 Pro II > DAP1 (m)

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203 Responses to “Step Into The Freezer”

  1. Aquaman Says:


    There seems to be a ground swell for the MEAT-LOPE.

    That has got to be one of the Phishiest moments I have experienced. To this day the MEAT-LOPE is what my wife calls her last moment of joy with Phish.

    Also worth mentioning from that show would be the Ghost > Wedge.

    Either of these would do well in a Jam Of The Day slot.


  2. kenny powers Says:

    @ halcyon,

    Newegg is a very reliable source of user reviews, you should check it out. Mostly tech-savvy users who know what they’re talking about. I’ve onwed a Western Digital interal 160GB drive for 5+ years and it’s still going strong. Just got a 1TB Western Digital a few months ago, it’s been torrenting virtually non-stop ever since w/ no issues. I still back stuff up as much as I can, but still.

    Seagate has a good rep too. But Newegg also carries lesser-known brands w/ great reviews and prices. Also their return policy and customer service is first rate. Super fast shipping too. Or you can just research there and make the purchase at Best Buy, Amazon or wherever you can find the product in stock.

  3. kenny powers Says:

    ^ meant to say that 1TB i just got is an extrernal USB drive.

  4. fat bastard Says:

    not to be a downer- but i hate meatstick

  5. ma Says:

    meatstick = fire on the mountain groove…how in the world can you hate such a thing?

  6. halcyon Says:

    Thanks Kenny. Its time to start a backup for my main media drive. I recently know a few people who lost large amounts of data with their drives.

  7. Mr. Completely Says:

    very nice write-up today especially the last paragraph…interesting

  8. fat bastard Says:

    i think its stupid. but i love the band.

  9. Jay Says:

    when you start getting into the multiple terabyte size of your archive (I have about 5 TB), it become prohibitive to back it up. Your best bet is to put your archive in the cloud.

  10. Jay Says:

    I think the lyrics and dance are goofy but the song iiself can groove.

  11. beepaphone Says:

    I’m a fan of a first set meatstick. Second set? Encore? not so much. The dance can loosen you up/set a goofy tone for a show.

  12. GuitarPicker420! Says:

    Happy 60th Birthday Bruce Springsteen. Man that guy still brings it hard for 60.

  13. Jay Says:

    Happy 60th Birthday Bruce Springsteen. Man that guy still brings it hard for 60.

    Love his “bringing it hard” face that he makes 🙂

  14. beepaphone Says:

    Bruuuuuuuuuuuce. 60…wow. I hope the boys are still together and bringing the heat at 60.

    a sweet but strange thing it was – being spun off the tail end of a roaring Antelope and landing 3 song Bruce show.

  15. beepaphone Says:

    lol @ Jay

  16. butter Says:

    morning all…..great write up miner….last paragraph especially (concur Mr. C)
    Thank-you Mr. Miner for being able to put all that into words. THE FEELINGS I feel at the live shows its what its all about for me. Thus what makes it completely impossible for me to sit and debate or pick a best show. I can pick a FAVORITE show. Or i can throw shows into the GOLDEN PROVERBIAL RING.

    all that being said; it is fun to dork/geek out and analyze and relisten.

  17. Neemor Says:

    I hope I’m never cowering in a corner with Bruce making his ‘bringing it hard’ face at me.

  18. butter Says:

    sorry^^, grammar, spelling , punctuation (no coffee yet, got excited)

  19. Mitch Says:

    Did anyone talk about Rosemont (Allstate) Arena yet? That place blows. It’s hot and jam packed. Def one of my least fav venues. Looking forward to that Tweezer tho.

    I’m excited about the DotD today. Is this the one something said last night that they saw Hershey bar wrappers in the air at Deer Creek?

  20. Jay Says:

    Hershey Park will forever be associated with the epic summer ’85 Dead show that took place there. I was a puddle leaving that place.

  21. Mitch Says:

    Last night you asked about the Phish / Lost stuff. Go to the Coventry Blog and you can order stuff. I know the logo Miner has is the patch and last week said it was limited so go sooner than later.

  22. butter Says:

    “The dance can loosen you up/set a goofy tone for a show. ”
    ALA Jiboo, good point bee..and thanks for the MMW- haven’t listened in a while. I used to really dig on them. Over the years i can’t pin point why i drifted away from them. Part of it may be getting turned on to New Orleans funk. I guess i prefer more of a groove based back bone, and MMW went the other way becoming more abstract. I love pure Jazz. If i want to see it, i like to sit down and be with a knowledgeable jazz audience. I think the crowd, all trying to get down at the MMW shows to abstract jazz music is kinda distracting to me. Maybe i will try them again live and just sit down and close my eyes, cuz they are one talented band. I’ve grown so far away from them I didn’t even see them on the Jam Cruise last year and they played 2 shows. You can’t see it all on the boat, like Jazzfest. You have to circle your “can’t miss”, and make those happen. Anyway, thanks for the dl, and it may have opened my ears to them again.

  23. fat bastard Says:

    yeah mitch same show. at deer dreek people were holding up hershey wrappers saying deer creek for your hershey and i thought hershey was some kind of drug.

  24. Neemor Says:

    Boy, oh boy.

    :40 in to the Catapult Cut…….


  25. GuitarPicker420! Says:

    Speaking of Coventry Blog – I met those cats this summer at Bonnaroo. Very cool folks, definitely know a thing or two about partying. If you check them out, you should also check out “This Week On Lot” which is fairly humorous as its basically two stoned out hippies talking about Phish and ragging on “wooks” for half an hour or so. Then of course there is “F@&k Phish” which is really, really funny.

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