Weekend Nuggets: Fall Tour Openers


9.8.00 Albany Tour Opener

9.8.00 Albany Tour Opener

As Wednesday’s Fall Tour opener stares us down, this weekend we will take a trip back to some other indoor Fall Tour openers. Albany’s 2000 kickoff is new to the site, featuring standout versions of “Ghost” and “Bathtub Gin,” while the others are re-posts to grab if you missed ’em!


9.8.00 “Knickerbocker Arena” Albany, NY < Torrent

9.8.00 “Knickerbocker Arena” Albany, NY < Megaupload

2000-09-08moI: Mellow Mood*, Limb By Limb, Ghost, Bouncing Around the Room, The Horse > Silent in the Morning, Saw It Again, NICU, Glide, Axilla, Taste, Golgi Apparatus

II: Birds of a Feather, Windora Bug*, David Bowie, Back at the Chicken Shack, Bathtub Gin** > Jam > Character Zero

E: Fire

*Debut / **The jam out of the end of Gin featured Fishman on vacuum and Trey on drums.

Source: B&K 4011’s > Lunatec V2 > Apogee AD-500 > Tascam DA-P1 (@48kHz)


9.9.99 GM Place, Vancouver, BC < Torrent

9.9.99 GM Place, Vancouver, BC < Megaupload

gm_logoI. Mozambique*, Axilla > Limb By Limb, Horn, Guyute, Chalk Dust Torture, Back at the Chicken Shack, Stash, I Didn’t Know, Character Zero

II: Birds of a Feather, Ha Ha Ha > Ghost, The Inlaw Josie Wales*, First Tube*, Tweezer > Bug, You Enjoy Myself, Hello My Baby

E: Sample in a Jar, Golgi Apparatus, Tweezer Reprise


Source: Unknown


11.13.97 Thomas & Mack Center, Las Vegas, NV < Torrent

11.13.97 Thomas & Mack Center, Las Vegas, NV < Megaupload

Thomas & Mack Center

Thomas & Mack Center

I: Chalk Dust Torture, Black-Eyed Katy*, Theme From the Bottom, Train Song, Split Open and Melt, Beauty of My Dreams, My Soul, You Enjoy Myself, Character Zero

II. Stash, Punch You In the Eye, Prince Caspian, Bouncing Around the Room, Mike’s Song > I Am Hydrogen > Weekapaug Groove

E Loving Cup


Source: Unknown


Winged-music-noteJam of the Weekend: 9.8.00

Ghost” I

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Bathtub Gin > jam > Character Zero” II

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The most compelling segments of Fall 2000’s tour opener.



“Harry Hood” jam 10.30.09 (by RadioStarKilla)


“Mike’s Song” 11.1.09 (by glump1)


“Tweezer” 11.1.09 – partial (by Tyler Penn)


Festival 8 Slideshow (by S.Colfax)

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255 Responses to “Weekend Nuggets: Fall Tour Openers”

  1. flarrdogg Says:

    Also- Go Hornets.

  2. Fatbunch Says:

    Hi pholks! Long time reader of this excellent board. First show: Halloween ’88. 21st Anniversary Show: Indio! Costume: I am Hydrogen.

    Yesterday Birddog posted the excellent Phish Destroys America mix but I’m finding the “Disc 3-4” files to be corrupt – archive won’t extract. Anyone else having the same problem? Birddog can you re-post? Thank you so much for sharing this mix!

    Thouroughly enjoyed the discussion on “arrival” yesterday. My two cents places lift-off (prepareing for arrival?) in March 1989. I suppose one can argue that arrival requires exposure to the greater masses so I understand the ’92-’93 concensus (St. Mikes show in ’92 followed their summer at “jazz camp” and was certainly a major blow-up) but to the question of when (for me) did the music take us over the cliff and into the abyss? Living and Learning Room 117, UVM, March-?-1989 (the band brought oranges and graham crackers for all the slack jaws in the crowd). Haven’t found that one online but my hand-colored yellow-sleeved cassette tapes off the soundboard are somewhere in my basement right now. Miner – do you have that one in your collection?

    First show musical point of reference moment: Whippingpost (“What the F is going on man????!!!!”) This tune must have been 6 hours in. Something was clearly up.

    Favorite under-age scam into The Front: sat at the soundboard doing homework from 2 p.m. until the bar opened acting like I was supposed to be there. No one asked me a damn thing! Ended up folding Junta tape covers with Mike before the show.

    Mr. Miner you are a scholar and so prolific, none of us can understand how you do it! Do I recall you mentioning being a Brown alum? We you there around ’88-92 by chance and if so do you remember a phish-like band called Omar Sayeed Quintet?

    Phish: like no other!

  3. albert walker Says:

    That’s why for me 95 is the pinnacle year for Phish

    you had the tightness of more structured oldschool rockin Phish with a new found tendacy to get real creative and open.

    95 summer is where it is at
    skewed my mind to what a hot Phish shows was forever

  4. butter Says:

    I’ve said it before, but I’ll say it again.

    I find it very interesting that the GD were falling apart on that final Summer tour in 95, while Phish was soaring higher than ever.
    Fall 95 including Halloween and all the way thru NYE was just epic Phish
    right on the heels of Garcia’s death

    Torch passed

  5. joe Says:

    I think by 95, they had figured out how to really play in a big room. The momentum was already cruising along by the time Jerry died. Phish was also just at the right place in their own career to capitalize on the new crowd ready to be turned on.

  6. joe Says:

    my own preference is still late 90’s dance party phish.

  7. joe Says:

    ^ as far as “pinnacle” comparisons to 77 dead are concerned.

  8. MakisupaSecurity Says:

    9-9-99 is when Sega Dreamcast came out.
    Trey didn’t buy it because it didn’t have Pong, so he readicculus instead

  9. flarrdogg Says:

    Interesting take butter and joe. I count myself in the crowd of people that had been exposed to phish prior to summer of ’95 (seen a few shows at that point), but didn’t fully embrace it until after Jerry passed. In my case, I wasn’t necessarily trying to fill a void that the Dead had left. I’d just become so inundated that I had little time, or interest in anything that wasn’t GD. Definitely had some tunnel vision going- in retrospect would’ve maybe been a bit more open-minded to new things.
    In my case, it took the end of the Dead for me to open my eyes (and mind) to Phish- and lots of other stuff. Ironically, that is just when they (Phish) were coming into their own musically. The Perfect Storm? Never really thought about that before.

  10. Mr. Completely Says:

    but there are lots and lots of moments, especially from late spring early summer 74 that are worthy.

    absolutely. The height of fluid full band jamming. Also loving the Project, lots of upgrades and a couple shows I’d never heard (Missoula Dark Star).

    Sleeper hot song from that year, Greatest Story.

    great call. a stealth smoker. at its best that song is one of the Phishiest in the Dead canon – knotty, complex structure with many changes at a high tempo, and short but very explosive jam. Donna does drop a stinker on every one though – still looking thru her maternity leave shows for an exception.

    Check out the 11-24-79 version for a pleasant surprise 😮

    Is this the case with Denver for the Phish?

    I see your point, and would say it depends on the person you’re trying to hook, and what kind of music they relate to. If they were already open to jamming I’d probably start with the single disc of 7-2-98 II just because that’s my single favorite disk. But Denver would be a great call as well. Absolutely. If they had a different musical style, I might pick something from earlier, like a not-too-weird 93-94 show.

  11. Mr. Completely Says:

    That’s why for me 95 is the pinnacle year for Phish
    you had the tightness of more structured oldschool rockin Phish with a new found tendacy to get real creative and open.

    that’s what I have been really liking about it so far.

    still too early for me to say anything intelligent on the subject but so far it seems that the ’95 open jamming style is not as sophisticated as it later became, but is very adventurous

    great points/perspectives by @butter and @joe there

    sadly @flarr when I burned out on the GD the second time in ’91 I decided I was done with the whole big rock band touring jam scene…led to my own personal hiatus…talk about bad timing

  12. butter Says:

    11-25-79 was one of my favorite shows as a youngster, i wore those tapes out. i believe their was a killer Shakedown and a smokin Sailor>Saint. i don’t think i’ve ever heard 11-24-79….better check it

  13. flarrdogg Says:

    ^7-2-98 is a scorcher. So is 11-25-79. Both good calls, fellas!

  14. butter Says:

    @Mr. C – as a Dead Head first that did get to see Phish all thru the 90’s, i’d trade my 90’s Phish for your 80’s GD

  15. butter Says:

    that sleeping in the parking lots just sounds too cool, we’ve got to do it at Deer Creek, Gorge and a few others , but as a regular for tour thats just bananas

  16. Mr. Completely Says:

    7-2 isn’t just a theoretical pick, it worked the one time I used it to hook a friend

    ..and then I followed up with Denver when he liked it, now that I think about it, LLFA! along with 7-1-98 and 6-18-94.

    11-24 is an average show in a well above average tour, some good points, some bad points – but the Greatest Story is killer, Phil is all over it, and the thing the drummers do in the jam is insane.

  17. Weekapaug Says:

    re: Greatest Story Ever Told. If I remember right, wasn’t that song written to the sound/beat of water dripping from a faucet? Mickey recorded the sound or something like that. I think I read that in a Dead book.

  18. joe Says:

    way off topic, but figured there are some pretty tech savy people here that may be able to help me. (phishthoughts. what can’t it do?) My laptop at home is no longer connecting to the public wireless signal that I’ve been able connect to since I bought the laptop this summer. It is an hp that runs vista. The network I usually sign on to now is “local network only” and no internet. It’s been about 3 days without it at home. Any thoughts on a fix for this. Obviously, I may have to just suck it up and get my own.

  19. Weekapaug Says:

    @BK I’ll zip em up for you on Mediafire

  20. BK Says:

    I’m loving the erudite historical perspective today. Could someone please direct me to easily downloadable (MP3s) copies of Cornell, 5/19/77, and 2/24/77?

    I’m too lazy to get into torrents but would love to expand my knowledge (and mind) w these classic shows…

  21. Mr. Completely Says:

    dead tour in mid-late 80s was far from idyllic, but it was pretty great and definitely the highlight and centerpiece of my youth. from Summer 87 on, which is when I saw by far the bulk of my shows, it had become pretty fucking intense on tour. at least on the east coast and midwest.

    I would just say in response that you got to see Phish at their peak, and while the Dead in ’89-91 had it rolling pretty fucking hot, it was nowhere near them at their best historically speaking; and we knew it at the time, even as Grateful as most of us were for the experience…

    not sour grapein’ it. glad for the times I had. but I coulda had both…I had other fun instead, not like I was in the monastery or working in a coal mine…but still, I could easily have been doing 10-20 Phish shows a year through the whole 90s without giving up anything meaningful

  22. flarrdogg Says:

    My usual *hook* is Slip Stich. Sound quality is so damn good- feels like you’re sitting right next to them.

    Mr C.- Suggested source on 11-24-79? I have 11-25.

  23. BrandonKayda Says:

    So….Cobo eh?

    I really hope Phish opens up the big jams this tour. With all of the little hints they have given us over the summer (JB Hood, Hampton/Shoreline DWD, Camden Sand, RR Ghost/Drowned->C&P/Boogie On/Tweezer, Gorge Sally/Gin/Rock and Roll, Fest 8 Light/Piper/Tweezer/Mike’s/YEM, etc)…I think they should definitely be able to bust-out consistent jamming equal or better to some of these by mid/end of Fall Tour.

    Hopefully Cobo is the first.

  24. joe Says:

    bk. nugs.net ahs those 77 shows in easily downloadable mps too. probably not as high quality as some files floating around, but easy to dl and/or stream.

  25. Mr. Completely Says:

    @bk, 5-19-77 is a Dick’s Pick and I don’t know where you’d find it exactly without buying that, it’s one of the best releases

    you can stream but not download cornell here:

    and the Winterland 2-24-74 here
    (all good but it’s about the Dark Star > Dew)

    I’m sure there are mp3 downloads out there somewhere…if you’re clever you can actually DL the Archive mp3s somehow, I forget exactly the hack…

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