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. Mr. Completely Says:

    ahhh albert yeah

    its very funny to me how many great shows I saw that I did not think much of at the time for exactly that reason – it just wasn’t the show I was looking for – I especially overlooked great versions of common songs

    and some shows I remember as epic are not really that great but maybe they have one song I really was psyched for and that’s what I remember

    when I was young it was all about my expectations

    stuck inside my own head, you know

  2. Mr.Miner Says:

    “There was an energy that kind of left the building after 95 that’s hard to explain unless you were there

    ^^ it came back in 97 😉

  3. BrandonKayda Says:

    Completely – Oh man, that 4/5/91 Terrapin>Jam is sweet. The Terrapin just drops into a really cool funk jam.

  4. fat bastard Says:

    been listening to the gordon download and I the song that hooks me most is “can’t stand still.” I like “sprial” too and I agree Phish could rip it. But CSS is pretty smooth, really hope to hear it live.

  5. fat bastard Says:

    man I can never type right.

  6. flarrdogg Says:

    “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.”
    -This is why your website rules. Kudos, sir.

  7. Mr. Completely Says:

    that last paragraph is gold for sure

    the other reason this site rules is that his picks are actually good. proof is in the music, I am a picky fucker, and Miners Picks and downloads always do me right…

    you can’t fake the funk

    @halcyon you are asking about “what article” earlier – I think peeps were just referring to Miners fall tour article

    @brandon you mean Stir It Up jam? yeah, a gem

  8. fat bastard Says:

    the other reason this site rules? many reasons, you included mr c.

    I mention that BLK JKs band and now I”m listening to it because you threw it on here! That is a good download

  9. flarrdogg Says:

    also, that busey shot is fantastic

  10. fat bastard Says:

    under “genre” that download is listed as WTF. I think that’s the proper distinction.

  11. albert walker Says:

    Hershey sounds great. were still tight as hell back then.
    The practicing years!
    Love the Stash. Pschedellic from jump not the more straight up jazz jam first.
    Page’s piano was just meancing back in the day, so powerful.

    I think new years 95 vs 96 was another reason at the time I thought the band was struggling for direction

    again backwards thinking, but after closing 95 with such a rager 96 new years kind of left us flat.
    the run was great though. don’t remember specifics but had a great time in Philly also.

  12. beepaphone Says:


    I have an extra for Gordo tomorrow night if you or anyone want it for face.

  13. Mr. Completely Says:

    @bastard – thanks to you for mentioning them, I had never heard of em and now I really like em – I had to put in WTF for genre, I mean come on

  14. Mitch Says:

    Jimmy “I mean come on. I’m down like a clown Charlie b-b-b-brow, Charlie b-b-b-brown”

    I can’t hear “I mean come on” and not think of South Park.

    Beep, I have a lot of friends back home if you want me to ask if they need a ticket.

  15. albert walker Says:

    Gotta love a show with a sick little dark psyche jam out of opening Wilson
    very nice!

  16. GuitarPicker420! Says:

    @beep – I’m covered, but I’ll ask some of my crew

  17. gus Says:

    Could somebody please point me in the direction of the Red Rocks and Camden videos that people were talking about? When people posted links here a little bit ago I had no space on my computer so I didn’t download it but I got a large external hard drive today so links would be appreciated.

  18. albert walker Says:

    Are you kidding me Fee > Poor Heart was I hearing things or did
    they segue that
    throw in that Wilson > Jam and a rippin DWD
    nice Reba
    better then I remembered for sure

    only half way through 1st set but this holds up to anything I remember from this tour

  19. Mr. Completely Says:

    @gus – RR can be found on The Traders Den

    dunno about Camden but I hear it’s up on Demonoid – might be on TTD – have not looked

    both are private torrent trackers – I think tradersden might be open for new signups – demonoid you probably need an invite

  20. beepaphone Says:

    @ beep and GP420

    k thanks

    @ gus – you have to start an account with and then do a search

  21. beepaphone Says:

    i meant @ mitch. oooooooops.

  22. gus Says:

    alright thanks guys got the red rocks video downloadin’. super excited.

  23. Little Buddy Says:

    Just checked out that GD Miami ’89 show. I see what you meant by “alien language” during Dark Star, Mr. C. Weird stuff!

  24. Mr. Completely Says:

    i think whole tour called it alien language but it’s appropriate

    those shows were sloppy but intense and very bizarre

  25. Harpua Says:

    the cypress videos on the the8tre page have been taken down

    not sure of the significance of that

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