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. Jay Says:

    Now that I’m in my mid-30’s don’t have to worry about being carded much, so not even an ID.

    Always bring your ID. A friend of mine at the Fenway show went to get a beer at some pint in the first set and got carded. Her boyfriend and her ID in his wallet so she had to struggle back to our seats, get her ID, and struggle back to get her beer. By the time she got back to our seats, they already played Destiny! She was pissed to say the least. She is in her 30’s as well.

  2. Mr. Completely Says:

    wow dyda….so there is some kind of exercise going on? sounds like NorCal back in the heyday of CAMP…

  3. dyda Says:


  4. Mr. Completely Says:

    back in the day I was lucky to come out of a show with pants on so I got in the habit of traveling very light thru the gates – I don’t drink at shows and never have, so just the ticket, about $10 or $20 of just-in-case money, and as much weed as I can conceal – that’s it

    the gorge was weird that way, I was carrying these enormous sherpa loads of kid related gear…definitely put me in that “this is not going to be a typical show experience” mode

  5. Mr. Completely Says:

    maybe some paper for setbreak re-dose and give-aways

  6. Phamily Berzerker Says:

    Is there a ticket board for the folks who cannot make it to 8 but have already purchased tickets.

    Does Jambase still have one in their forum? Last itme I looked, Trey Summer ’01, it was poorly arranged

    I am looking for one for the Señora.

    Love the BC Day Trip. Nice Choice!

  7. beepaphone Says:

    @ Mr. C
    There need to be more folks like you out there. The only way I ever know if paper is any good anymore is if its free.

  8. Mitch Says:

    fear and loathing?

    i’m not familiar with blk jks. Everyone here says good things and it’s a shorter drive but Mike THREW IT DOWN! I got BASSED and really dug it. Plus JFJO and Burlington… I vote Mike.

  9. halcyon Says:

    thanks mitch for the input…thats what I am leaning towards….the debate is 4hour drive to vt or 1.5 hr drive to cambridge

  10. beepaphone Says:

    Bass me, Mr. Gordon.
    Happening tomorrow and I can’t wait.

  11. Mitch Says:

    What’s NG? also, you in NYC? Cops are EVERYWHERE here in midtown. People on the news last night said it made them feel safe. I don’t see what they will do against an attack so I don’t feel safe that way but like my friend always says the most obvious is the safest. Maybe they wont crack down on normal shananigans. Who am I kidding? NYPD bust anyone they can. Shoot first ask questions last.

  12. whole tour! Says:

    gordo brought the heat last friday

  13. Mitch Says:

    Those pricks at Fenway were annoying. My girl lives in NYC and doesn’t have a license. She showed her state ID and they said they wouldn’t accept it. Maybe it was Yankee hatred.

  14. freshtracks420 Says:

    @guyforget – Hey man…I’ve seen a few of your posts regarding the Fest8 tix, and even tried about a week ago to get your attention on this thread, but unfortunately, I think that my response went unseen because it ended up being at the very end of the day’s comments…right before Miner input his new entry. Anyway, I live in PDX and might be able to help you dish the tix here locally. I have mine, but have a few friends that might be interested…so, my e-mail is: freshtracks420 at hotmail dot com
    Or, if any other posters who are on this board regularly and often happen to see guyforget post again trying to dish his tix, could you maybe direct him my way…my e-mail is easy…it’s just my PT “Handle” Thanks for any and all assistance here. Hope that everybody out there is havin’ a good one! BTW, where are the additional fall dates?!?

  15. dyda Says:

    national guard. pittsburgh is hosting the G20 summit right now. there are thousands of cops from all over the state and lots of additional national guardspeople at a barracks on the other side of my neighborhood. most every local is staying out of the way, but the cops are being pretty harsh on the protesters apparently. the media coverage has been spotty. from what i’ve seen of past g20s the anarchists give people opposed to globilization a bad name and i’m not entirely surprised at the riot control tactics used against them, but there were stories of peaceful protests with proper permits being heavily cracked down on by the pigs that just want to smash some hippie heads.

  16. ub40 Says:

    i got bassed monday night in memphis and it was a sick show- meat, makisupa, and cities! plus a nice prince cover encore which got real funky.

    mike even hung around after to sign stuff and chat.

    i think his band sounds great, especially the extra percussionist which really added a lot to the groove, especially in cities

  17. Mitch Says:

    Mr. C,
    Were you in the area in front of the lawn. Forget what it was called but it was tiers with concrete behind then another level then another etc. Did you have kid carrying backpacks? Is this making sense? Anyway I was next to a guy with kids and other parents at the show and I remembered you said you were gonna sit on those tiers if you could. I may have been right next to you night 2 at the gorge.

  18. dyda Says:

    and yeah, fear & loathing. lucy (in the sky wtih diamonds) from that town (montana) who paints portraits of barbara striesand. we’re going over to the americana tonight to meet her… she’s a religious freak. i gave her a cap before i realized she’d never even had a drink before. a potentially fatal millstone around both our necks. we had to cut her adrift and hope her memory was fucked.

  19. dyda Says:

    kid-carrying backpack = papoose?

    yeah i had heard that mike was either hanging aftershow or greeting people at the door on the way in

  20. whole tour! Says:


    ‘i suggest you pull over to the next rest area and take a nap’ – busey, gary

  21. Mitch Says:

    They look like backpacker backpacks only you put a kid in them. Kelty makes some. I wasnt describing the carrier or the tiers well at all. thats an example.

    and our cities are on lock this week dyda. There are all kinds of UN officials walking surrounded down the street and armored cars everywhere. I haven’t seen missiles yet but plenty of machine guns and bulletproof gear.

  22. Mitch Says:

    dyda, I replied to your papoose comment but am in limbo til Miner gives the go ahead. I added a link to kelty showing a kids backpack.

  23. beepaphone Says:

    Speaking of Gary Busey

  24. dyda Says:

    right on. i just googled it and saw what you meant. i didn’t think it was literally made of reeds or something like the natives used, but the term still kind of applies to describe the device.

    anyone see the youtube vid of a color guard doing a routine to the BB version of taste? they called it ‘through the lines’

  25. beepaphone Says:

    ^ I couldnt find it…do you have a link?

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