Step Inside

3.1.03 (Unknown)

3.1.03 (Unknown)

While daydreams of Indio’s idyllic pastures still dance in our heads, and we have barely digested the festival’s eight sets of music, next week Phish will take their show inside the cement confines of fall tour – the moment many have awaited since this comeback materialized. Summer shows are irreplaceable, but as days get shorter and nights grow longer and colder, Phish’s music has traditionally changed as well. Darkening with the season, Phish’s most cerebral and ominous music has sprung from these concrete battlefields of the mind. Thus far, aside from the Hampton comeback and the specialty shows in Asheville, Knoxville, and The F0x, Phish 3.o has been an outdoor affair. As we step inside this week, it will be quite interesting to see if the new joy-infused Phish will follow their old patterns of nature. My guess is that they most certainly will.

12.28.03 (J.Pinsky)

12.28.03 (J.Pinsky)

Throughout their career, the band has proven to be masters of infusing the vibe of their surrounding directly into their music. We have experienced this already in this era. Just recently at Festival 8, but also at Red Rocks and The Gorge. Wide open, slowed-down explorations defined the vast surroundings of these three venues. The band’s festival playing became more relaxed and bass driven, but perhaps the greatest modern illustration of this mood-matching phenomenon was the first show at The Gorge. The majesty of that evening’s music was summoned directly from the spirit of the Columbia River. But when Phish brings there show inside, another type of story will most likely be written.

Entering an arena is like entering the jaws of Phish – there is no escape. No running to the lawn to chill out if things get hectic, just concrete walls and and metal railings. When the almighty power of Phish’s is contained within four walls and a ceiling, things can get crazy. The sheer amount of energy bouncing around the room makes fall shows so much more concentrated and powerful than anything on the summer circuit. Richer in hue, even the lights seem more magical as they beams into every corner of the room rather, creating a more inclusive experience.

12.30.03 (Unknown)

12.30.03 (Unknown)

Space becomes more limited, making finding your happy place a bit more difficult; adding yet another step to your mission. Suddenly, mid-sentence the lights go off. And inside, it actually gets dark! The experience begins. Mike’s thumping bass lines envelop the room while swallowing your brain, as opposed to the summer, when they drift off into the evening air. Trey’s tales of darkness and beauty sound far more crystalline when captured indoors. Fish’s drumbeat pulsates at the heart of it all, instinctively driving the four-man symphony, while Page’s melodies and effects enrapture your ears. No cool breezes waft in from the side of the pavilion when things get hot – this atmosphere can turn more frightful than carefree summer nights – and Phish’s playing has always followed.

12.30.03 (Unknown)

12.30.03 (Unknown)

Phish would never play 12.28.98’s “Carini > Wolfman’s” at Deer Creek. One could not conceive of 12.29.94’s “Bowie” popping up on a sunny evening at Shoreline. The madness of 11.23.97’s “Bathtub Gin” doesn’t happen at Vernon Downs, and the Vegas ’98 “Wolfman’s” certainly could never make an appearance at any Verizon Amphitheatre in any state across the nation. Hampton ‘97 wouldn’t jive with The Gorge, and The Island Run didn’t carry the a tropical vibe; that mythical energy was born into two classic super-structures in Nassau and Providence. Needless to say, Phish has always played differently indoors. With more of an urgency and an intensity; their music has often approached a deranged underworld rather than the lucid dream states of summer tour. Following the course of nature, their music adopts a different feeling when escaping the biting Northeast November air and stepping into Phish’s lair; shedding layers of clothing into a big pile, preparing for the fire.

A proverbial sixth element, Phish’s music adheres to the earth’s rhythms. As each season has its place in the calendar, as does each style of Phish. As we careen towards our first New Years Run in six years, fall tour will provide the launching pad for Phish’s newest celestial excursions. By Charlottesville, we should have a much better sense of where the band is musically heading, as this tour will be the first with no pressure. Throughout 2009, Phish has returned to prominence and reached a comfort level unseen in ages. With these conditions in place and without any monkeys on their backs, their creativity is bound to blossom. These mysteries will begin to unfold in a matter of days, as fall tour has finally arrived. Step inside!


Winged-music-noteJam of the Day:

Stash > Free” 11.30.97


A distinctly “fall tour” segment of improv from Worcester ’97.



11.7.96 Rupp Arena, Lexington, KY < Torrent

11.7.96 Rupp Arena, Lexington, KY < Megaupload

Fall 1996 (Unknown)

Fall 1996 (Unknown)

A quintessential show from Fall ’96, this Midwest run was the time the tour really began to heat up. With the momentum of their Halloween run with Karl Perazzo behind them, the band headed west to forge grooves on their own. The “Bathtub Gin” is one of the jams of the tour, and anchors the entire show. This one is a keeper!

I: Chalk Dust Torture, Weigh, Rift,  Guelah Papyrus, Stash, Waste, Guyute, Free, Tela, Character Zero

II: Suzy Greenberg, Bathtub Gin > Hold Your Head Up > Bike > Hold Your Head Up, You Enjoy Myself

E: Frankenstein

Source: Unknown

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330 Responses to “Step Inside”

  1. Type III Jamming Personality Disorder Says:

    So, not sure that anybody noticed, but I didn’t do a setlist for yesterday.

    As Fall Tour approaches and my life continues to get busier, I think I’m going to have to bow out of doing the setlist as an every day thing.

    The biggest reason is that I have this blog project of my own that I really need to devote some time to and sitting down to do the setlist here every night kind of prevents me from spending time on that.

    I really enjoy doing the setlists though so I’ll definitely try to keep doing them for supremely special days (and on request if possible). Most of you probably don’t really care but I wanted to put that out there so that the few people who do read them (this means you, Marshall 😉 ) aren’t kept up all night waiting for them. I am planning on doing one for today and might go back to yesterday if I have the time tonight as well just so that I can feel like this week was complete.

    Hopefully I can get some of the posts done that I’ve wanted to for The Harpua Project with the time not spent chronicling things here…

    Type III JPD

  2. Neemor Says:

    “Yeah….no….that’s great. You can marry Rob.

  3. Robear Says:

    kev., better get her the organic lady fitted T for an engagement.

  4. Neemor Says:

    Quit being a bitch and just do the fuggin setlists.

  5. Neemor Says:

    How is the Harpua work going?

  6. KWL Says:


  7. KWL Says:

    maybe if I promise her the latest version of the PT shirt on our anniversary each year, she’ll agree. A gift that keeps on giving right there.

  8. Marshall Says:

    @ Type III – understandable. They’ve been fun.

    This board is an addiction, and I need to reduce my intake anyway.

  9. Marshall Says:

    I’m thinking that Gone was written and when they decided not to use it for the Joy album, that allowed them to lift the keyboard riff for the Intro to Light, which obviously was crafted onto the song.

  10. Type III Jamming Personality Disorder Says:

    llfa @ Neemor

    Harpua work has slowed, as I mentioned above but that should change soon. The bulk of the DLing part is done, now I need to finish the break downs. I’m planning on posting a classic from Syracuse in 1992 soon (I LOVE this version BTW) and will roll more out as things allow. I’m probably also going to broaden the scope of my posts to cover other things on my mind. I’ll stop talking about myself now…

  11. voopa Says:

    Alaska sure sounds like a studio take to me.

  12. KWL Says:

    any Cuse extras out there?

    keith dot lindner at gmail dot com

  13. marcoesq Says:

    Man this write up is getting me pumped, thanks miner! My first 2 shows were outdoors, merriweather and va beach ‘98 and while terrapin station was dropped at the latter just a few days after my 17th bday, things didn’t really “click” until the hampton shows later that year in November.

    The 2 are really incomparable, while summer phish can appeal to all of the sensory systems, fall/winter indoor phishing is strictly audio/visual. (Unless you count stale cigarette/spliff smoke and hot dogs)

    The fact that tickets are still available for EVERY fall show still through brokers for insanely cheap is bizarre, while it helps out some of us who didn’t receive 100% of their lottery wishlist, it makes you wonder how the majority of these tickets can be picked up by scalpers. I guess it goes with the territory now that 3.0’s fan base has started to filter through almost every genre of music fan out there, even if to simply see the phish “experience” firsthand at least once.

    For those of you that missed the link the other day, ; type phish and you can get cheap ass tix to any of the fall shows. $68 Floor Seats in Philly?? absolutely ridic

  14. Aquaman Says:


    If the first tour on which they had an opening band move around with them from town to town, was Spring 1991, then I say 1991. I’d like to say the 4/25/91 show I saw on the Girls Basketball Gym in the UNH field house. (Outing Club fund raiser.) But, given my own criteria it would have to be first show of the tour.


  15. Aquaman Says:


    The Duo is Awesome! Glad you enjoyed the show. Have tou ever seen the “Bustle in Your Hedgerow” shows?

    The duo with Metzger and Dreiwitz from Ween. Epic evenings!


  16. ThePigSong Says:

    Neemor, check yo mail for Photographic evidence that Fall tour is upon you.

    We worked it out and I’ll just be sending you a single ticket this afternoon.

  17. llamalee Says:

    naw but i’ll look into it

  18. Neemor Says:

    Adam, you are the man.
    Ladies and gentlemen,
    I will be on the floor at Portland.
    It’s official.
    I just got a chill.

  19. Weekapaug Says:

    @type III I meant to ask you before, but what are these set lists all about? I’ve read through a couple of them but don’t know where they come from.

  20. Neemor Says:

    I have a stupid question.
    If all of the deuchebag scalpers selling their floor tickets at MSG for $499-$999 can’t get rid of them for that price, what happens to those seats?
    It makes me exceptionally mad knowing that these assclowns probably got lucky and pulled them from the Lottery without wanting them, just to turn the profit.
    But what happens to the seats?
    Is plan B to stand outside the venue and try to unload them?
    Is it alright to run up to them and kick them square in the nuts?
    Just curious.
    I love the fact that there are tickets available to all these shows, looks to me like the HYPE died down pretty quickly and we might be getting back to pre ’95 Phish Ticket madness.
    I love that.

  21. Type III Jamming Personality Disorder Says:

    Weekapaug, it all stems from a thread about a month or so ago where Neemor (it was you, right?) mentioned something about the continuous flow of the commenting throughout the day. I put up a quick recap of the day up to that point in setlist form to show what we were talking about and the next thing you know I’m doing them every day as a recap of the day’s comments. Fun to do, often cool in the patterns and such that resulted. Plus I like the aspect of making up “song” names to correspond to memes in the threads.

  22. Weekapaug Says:

    oh wow, what a great idea! Thanks for your time. I don’t post here often but I do read every post.

  23. Weekapaug Says:

    How’s this for a subject…Phish @ Burning Man 2010 billed under a false name. That would be awesome! discuss…

  24. bhizzle Says:

    Yo Robear..I heard that Timber as well only around the 14 min mark.

    BTB…that nassau show was my last indoor show….fantastic night pre…during & post…stayed at the “Quality” Inn. Must have been a 1000 others there causing “trouble”

    1st show indoors – 4.9.94 – Bingotown, NY

  25. marcoesq Says:

    @Neemor. Here’s a link for 2 floor MSG tix for Tues night, only $93/ticket

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