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. Mitch Says:

    beep thats terrifying. if you like that, check out

    I laughed for a long time at that site.

    Now back to Phish music, I’ve been playing 8.26.89 (live phish 9) the past couple days and I highly recommend it to everyone.

    08/26/89 Townshend Family Park, Townshend, VT
    Set I: Fluffhead, Colonel Forbin’s Ascent> Fly Famous Mockingbird, Harry Hood, Split Open and Melt, The Divided Sky, You Enjoy Myself> Possum
    Set II: Theme from Andy Griffith, Bold as Love, Ya Mar, Slave to the Traffic Light, AC/DC Bag, Donna Lee, Funky Bitch, Foam, David Bowie
    Set III: The Man Who Stepped Into Yesterday> Avenu Malkenu> The Man Who Stepped Into Yesterday, Suzy Greenberg, Dinner and a Movie, Run Like An Antelope
    Encore: Contact, The Lizards, La Grange

    It was funny seeing Phantasy Tour doesn’t have any of the setlists from shows around this date but has this one since it was released.

    Ok, I’ll stop hogging the board now, other than the pending post.

  2. beepaphone Says:

    Good lord Mitch…a couple of those almost put me in tears, attempting not to laugh uncontrollably here at work.

    Yeah…up my alley.

  3. dyda Says:

    where’s my chippy?

    the vid is at the top of the page on yemblog. i only mentioned cause i felt like i should say something phish related. there’s also a link (somewhere – scour youtube) to all the easter eggs from the clifford ball dvds. it’s just the band poking fun at themselves as they watch the footage but there are over a dozen of them. it’s kinda old too cause marley is present. looks like it was recorded at the same time as they did the special feature talking about the ‘long gig.’ trey is clearly drinking magic hat and at one point mike walks in carrying several magic hat six packs. page has to sit on the floor with the dogs.

  4. beepaphone Says:

    thanks dyda that was a nice little nug

  5. Mitch Says:

    Brooklyn DVD has a fluffhead tease during soundcheck easter egg too while you’re at it.

    Check out the popular ones. so funny.

  6. voopa Says:

    @ SOAM That aborted Stash you mentioned on page 1 was 10-10-99, tour closer, 1st set closer. The abrupt ending was the hot topic on rmp for weeks after. That was the same show where Trey almost fell off the tramps. Great YEM tho.

    Trey almost biffed it on the tramps during the Vegas ’04 YEM>Step Into the Meatstick too. That Vegas run gets a lot of crap, but I had a blast. Probably because I wasn’t wasted as I was during the ’03 shows I attended (Vegas and Shoreline). Sure they were sloppy, but it wasn’t a downer for me.

    @ dyda Thanks for that link. My wife teaches High School Band and will get a kick out of that.

  7. Mr. Completely Says:

    while I might choose Gordeaux, Blk Jks are worth hearing, and I posted a link to some of their music on page 2 of today’s thread.

    @Mitch – the terraces, yeah, that’s where we were. My kid is 5, so we didn’t have one of those carriers – although *he* was carrying a backpack if that’s what you mean. He was wearing a Star Wars shirt.

    We were on Fish side about halfway down the terraces and halfway between centerline and corner. Some other friends of ours were on the same terrace all the way out at the edge, where the terrace blends into the lawn. They had several kids, 2 families’ worth.

    Those baby carriers are called “Snugglies” and we saw Mike wearing one that day actually. We were waiting at the early entrance gate and Mike drives up in a golfcart with baby in a carrier…turns out he was there to pick up his wife I guess…it was cute

  8. bearito Says:

    That Gary Busey shot just made my day.

  9. Mr. Completely Says:

    ^^^ based on the perspective in the mango photo I do think we were near each other

  10. Mr. Completely Says:

    …interestingly, with baby in carrier, people kinda left Mike alone…it was funny…all rock stars should walk around with decoy babies so they don’t get bugged

  11. wvbrdr Says:

    I don’t know if it’s been posted here before, but here’s some of the Clifford Ball easter eggs:!.aspx

  12. wvbrdr Says:

    ^^ let me try again

  13. SJC Says:

    same here with the Gary Busey shot.

  14. Mitch Says:

    Mr C.,
    I was next to those families. Just a few people between us but the kids were all running around and having a blast. I wonder if they saw the mangos.

  15. SOAM Says:

    I haev always been fond of “I’ll lick it for a ticket”

    wouldn’t twist arooooounnd that way…whoo!!

  16. larry bird flu Says:

    hello all. long time no posting on my part. hows everyone been? another excellent write up miner. this tweezer is exactly how i like to take my tweezers; dark, dirty, nasty rides into the great unknown

  17. SOAM Says:

    Fuckin Curtain, Mound from RR this summer is sick shit maan-that jam is pretty damn tasty all things reconsidered

  18. SOAM Says:

    Fall tour 99-i remember now….

  19. wvbrdr Says:

  20. Mr. Completely Says:

    @Mitch – then my son and I walked back and forth in front of you during the first set, we went on several errands/random walks/friend visits/bathroom breaks etc and just walked along the front edge of the terrace

  21. pence Says:


    there’s my chippy

  22. Mr. Completely Says:

    ok funny – I clicked on the yemblog link, then followed to another link there, and on that page one of the “related links” was a link back to this site, and an old post of Miner’s that’s appropriate today

  23. beepaphone Says:

    I am so glad they rip on “laser pointer guy” in those easter eggs

  24. llamalee Says:

    about to ask my boss off for indio, ahhhh, why did i wait so long

  25. Mitch Says:

    Mr C we practically met at the show! haha

    llamalee, you can have my days off, I can’t go but now have the days off. That stings a bit having the days and not making it happen.

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