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


Bathtub Gin > jam > Character Zero” II


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. Weekapaug Says:

    Grab this show too.
    GD 10-31-83 http://www.mediafire.com/?sharekey=010e0bf8e0adcfbad6baebe61b361f7c50d04272f7cca10638538f5672f1b9df
    My personal favorite

  2. Mr. Completely Says:

    @Weekapaug FTW – nice work

    honestly @flarr I have no idea what source my 11-24-79 is right now. it’s a fine, average cassette-master sbd, a little loud and a tiny bit distorted…no problem but not teh awesomez…my cds are all disorganized right now, I’m moving them from cases to folders and they’re all on spindles in transition…

  3. Mr. Completely Says:

    and @Week yes the original version of GSET was “The Pump Song” on Mickey Hart’s totally-not-worth-your-time solo album Rolling Thunder

    the studio cut of GSET from Weir’s album Ace is very dope though. Full-band GD on that album and actually one of their better studio efforts.

  4. Weekapaug Says:

    ah, that’s right, the pump song. he recorded the pump which created the rhythm. clever, but yeah, Rolling Thunder is rough

  5. Weekapaug Says:

    @ Miner. I spent last night listening to your ’98 Laid Back Funk Mix and want to thank you for putting that together. My twin brother and I did that West Coast run together. Shoreline being our birthday. Some of my favorite shows to date.

  6. Mr. Completely Says:

    BTW: Wolfman’s > Piper > jam, Ghost, Mikes > 2001 > Light > Slave, all from 8, fits on 1 CD and isn’t a bad way to pass an hour…

  7. Weekapaug Says:

    Nice Mr. C. That entire 8th set was an awesome experience. I danced with another brother of mine who works for Goldenvoice. He isn’t into Phish but after a couple of pinky dips he actually got IT. I then explained to him about getting “hosed” and the idea of tension and release and he fully understood. So if he doesn’t love Phish, at least now he understands the magic of it all.

  8. flarrdogg Says:

    BK- the nugs.net Cornell show is the best recording I’ve ever heard of it. While you’re there (they’re listed under ‘free stash’) may as well pick up New Haven 5-5, Boston 5-7, and Buffalo 5-9 (night after Cornell. As the write up conveys, those shows do a good job of putting Cornell in context. *The Heat*

  9. Tyler Penn Says:

    Wow that Tweezer video is pretty sweet 🙂

    I’ll be shooting the Philly and MSG shows. Anyone want to help me sneak in some extra batteries and possibly a monopod to any of the shows?

  10. gavinsdad Says:


    don’t have time to mix it up today but playing catch-up and love the dialogue as always. i’ll basically echo mr c on much of the
    “gd and phish at the same time in the late 80s into early 90s” stuff as i was doing the same.

    95 phish = tough as nails.
    96 phish = one day will get it’s due.

  11. gavinsdad Says:

    @weekapaug: funny how the band can begin to touch a person, even if they are resistant.

    so many things got me on cassette tape (junta on repeat natch) when i was getting into the band…but once i got to see em my face fell off. there were things that “haunted” me tho….the lilting >hydrogen> and also tmwsiy. something about those interludes (along with landlady) really stayed on repeat in my head…they are very phishy to me and to this day i’d venture to say those little bits of phish are my phish/jungian archetypes…followed closely by golgi, yem and div sky.

  12. gavinsdad Says:

    mr c – the wife and i are having folks over from dinner tonite but you, and anyone else on here interested in researching GD ’77 should google for the dick latvala essay titled “shows i prefer more than cornell 77” or something like that. it’s on a site called agitators.com or something like that. i always go back to that essay for non released dick L recos for that year.

  13. gavinsdad Says:

    …ok now i’m out. have a good nite peeps.

  14. RamblinOnMyMind Says:

    This 11.13.97 show is amazing and tough to believe that it’s a tour opener. The first set is well-paced and never loses my attention. Can’t complain about a great Theme, Split and a first set YEM. Not crazy about putting PYITE, Caspian and Bouncin all in a row for the second set, but the Stash and Mikes more than make up for it.

    Re: The Dead. ’77 and ’72-74 always get plenty of love (certainly from me) but I hear less about ’70. I think Mr. C. mentioned their 2/13/70 show at the Fillmore. I just love their sound at this point. I would HIGHLY recommend picking up Dick’s Picks, Vol. 8, which was recorded at Harpur College (I think part of SUNY-Binghamton) on 5/2/70. The first disc is an acoustic set and they invite the New Riders on for a few songs. I think when that finished, the New Riders did a set of their own (not on Dick’s Picks) and then the Dead came out and did 2+ hours of their electric thing. The acoustic set isn’t as …polished?…as, say, the acoustic set at F8, but it’s really fun and there are some really great moments on it. The guys are fun and animated the whole time and you can hear their little discussions in between songs. Jerry plugs in at the end of the set.

    Oh, and the Morning Dew and especially Viola Lee Blues are two of my favorite performances of all time. I get goosebumps whenever I listen to the Viola Lee > Bid You Goodnight. Crazy energy.

    ::restless, rowdy crowd in the acoustic set::
    ::Jerry: “Hey man, relax, we’ve got you all night long.”::

  15. flarrdogg Says:

    Mr C.- Listening to 2-2-74. Been a while on this one…so good. Never understood why this one didn’t get the “Dicks Picks” treatment. Killer.

  16. flarrdogg Says:

    @Ramblin’- That Harpur College show is top notch and remains in the rotation for me. Love it.

  17. RamblinOnMyMind Says:

    I remember being a little jarred when I first heard Pigpen’s vocals on “It’s a Man’s World.” Once again, “polished” is not the first word that comes to mind…

  18. stitchstash Says:

    With all of this Grateful Dead talk, I figure now is a great time to ask this question: For those of you who saw the Grateful Dead, I’ve always been curious to hear how Phish’s sound system compares to the Deads? The Dead had the wall of sound and they always had the most current sound system right? I don’t know much about this topic but remebered my old Dead Head friends making a big deal of the speakers and the quality of sound. Does it compare to the technology that Phish has available today?

  19. KWL Says:

    for those interested, you can download Dead mp3s off the archive by changing the word ‘details’ to ‘download’ in the URL of a show page. That takes you to a directory where you can right click & save the vbr mp3s.

    77 was a big year no doubt, but 76 had some gems, & rarely gets talked about. I’ll dig around & see if I can find one or two to recommend…

  20. KWL Says:

    Only going to recommend one. Let’s hope that in a few days phish does to this room what the dead did 33 years ago…


    Set II is sick, in my very humble opinion. Set I AUD set II SBD.

  21. KWL Says:

    Mr C, I’d be interested to hear your take on 76…

  22. BingosBrother Says:

    @Fatbunch, nice to have a true vet on board. Folding Junta covers with Mike? Glad to see your still around after all these years. Love to hear some old skool stories when you get time to post. Whoa ooh oh Cobo!

  23. joe Says:

    one last comment before I finish work (very loose use of the term). The lasers pointers on the hood video posted are so stupid. What makes people think that they are adding to the show by using these things. This example might be the worst violation yet.

  24. Henry Says:


    I love that Dick’s Picks – one of my favorites.

  25. jed22 Says:

    very cool show thanks

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