The Rhythms of Nature – Revisted

As we head towards Fall Tour 2010, I thought of a piece I wrote during the first weeks of this site – in July of 2008 – that fits congruently with this time of the year. In the months before Phish’s return, I dreamed of fall tours past and their stark contrast to the amphitheatres of summer. This fall, as we move into even smaller venues than we’d ever imagined during this era of Phish, some of the ideas in this article resonate louder than ever. In addition, with the limited readership over the initial stages of the site, many may have never seen this at all. Either way – enjoy – fall tour is just around the corner!


11.21.09 (W.Rogell)

While being smack dab in mid-July with dreams of Phish on the mind and the ten-year anniversary of Summer 98 upon us, one can’t help but reminisce on the wistful days of summer tour. Arriving to the lot early on a sweltering day at Lakewood; meeting up with friends in the dirt lot across that little bridge on the back side of the venue; kicking it until show time. Chilling at a campground down the street from the Deer Creek, needing only to roll a few hundred yards to the show, knowing it would be a killer. Running into buddies at rest areas along I-95 in the wee hours of a humid night and swapping analogs for the next leg. Driving through the breathtaking wilderness of Washington state only to find that The Gorge is by far the most awe inspiring site on your journey – and Phish was about to play two nights there?! Sleeping nicely in your air conditioned hotel room while the 90 degree day passed by, awakening at four to start your day with a shower > show. A hearty evening (and morning) of partying, talking Phish, listening to tunes, joking about and discussing life typically followed. Summer Tour was everything people cracked it up to be and then some, but Fall Tour was so much better.

12.3.09 (W.Rogell)

“What!?” One might say? Yes, fall kicked summer’s ass – no question; every time. There are so many reasons to support this claim. First of all, there were simply way less people on tour, making your secret-agent Phish mission that much more clandestine. Fall brought outside responsibility to many, whether this meant either school or jobs, and they couldn’t sacrifice a month. The weekend warriors popped up across the country for Friday and Saturday shows, but the core of people that dropped everything for Phish decreased noticeably in the Autumn months. The big east coast shows always sold out, but those out-of-the-way shows took on a whole different intimacy; Boise ’99, Vegas ’97, Utah ’98, Las Cruces ‘99, to name a few. At many southern and western shows, regardless of the year, one could walk up to the front of the floor without crushing anyone’s vibe. These shows were different – they were playing to you and not New York City.

Fall tour possessed an unparalleled intensity. Four cement walls contained the almighty power of Phish – the power of the universe. The sheer amount of energy that bounced around the room made fall shows much more concentrated and more powerful than anything on the summer amphitheatre circuit. Even the lights were and richer – more majestic – and their beams reached everyone in any corner of the arena. Fall tour existed in the jaws of the Phish and no one could escape to the top corner of the lawn if things got too hectic.

11.21.09 (W.Rogell)

Depending on the venue, space was scare, making finding that place needed to take it all in just a bit more challenging; another step in your covert operation. Suddenly the lights went off – it all began. Mike’s Modulus bass lines filled the room, and your brain, instead of drifting off into the warm summer evening. Trey wove tales of darkness and beauty in the most crystalline tone. The drumbeat pulsated instinctively at the heart of it, driving the four-piece symphony, while Page’s twisted melodies around the others. No cool breezes wafted from the sides of the pavilion if things got hot, and concrete and metal surrounded our existence. This was a darker atmosphere than your blissful summer night, and the band’s playing certainly followed.

Phish would never play a show like 12.28.98 – “Carini > Wolfman’s” – at Deer Creek. One could never imagine the 12.29.94 Providence “Bowie” popping up at Shoreline. The 11.23.97 Winston-Salem “Bathtub Gin” doesn’t happen at Vernon Downs,  and the madness of Orlando ’95’s “Stash > Manteca” extravaganza doesn’t happen at a Verizon Amphitheatre in any state across the nation. Hampton ’97 could not have occurred at Virginia Beach, and The Island Run didn’t carry the mellow vibe its moniker implied. Rather we were confined by two concrete super-structures while blessed with the four sacred nights of music. My point is, Phish played differently indoors. With more of an urgency and intensity; their music likened a deranged and boisterous dream state rather than those lucid nights of summer. As Phish jams followed the natural course of the seasons, their music adopted a different feeling when escaping the biting Northeast November air and stepping into Phish’s lair. Piling layers of clothing onto a seat, one prepared for the fire.

12.31.09 (W.Rogell)

Sure, there will always be counter examples to this trend – some, not-so-ironically, corresponding with severely inclement weather – Walnut Creek ‘97, Columbus ‘99 (“Ghost > Free > Birds”), Darien Lake ‘00 (“Drowned > Crosseyed”). Then there is every show from Summer ‘95, each characterized by terrorizing, abstract improvisation. But regardless of any of these aberrations, Phish dove the deepest during fall tour and the tapes will prove it.

Being a force of nature unto itself, a proverbial sixth element, Phish’s music often correlated with the forces of the natural world. As each season has its place in the year, each style of Phish had its place as well. Careening towards New Years, fall tour provided the celestial launching pad for Phish’s culminating journeys of the year before they capped it with a four-night fiesta.


From Phish.Net: The Phamily Poker Classic in Atlantic City

Take a Chance

“The Mockingbird Foundation is excited to announce THE PHAMILY POKER CLASSIC, a no-limit Texas Hold’em Tournament in Atlantic City to take place in the Tropicana’s poker room on the afternoons of October 30 (tournament) and 31 (final table). There will be both cash and non-cash prizes, and some of the $120 ticket price (the “buy-in”) will benefit the Foundation. This event is being graciously organized by Phish fan Kevin Young, with the assistance of others including Foundation volunteers, and none of us are benefiting financially from this event. For more details and to purchase tickets, please see the event’s website. If you play, you will not miss any Phish. So please, make a hand for Mockingbird, and don’t delay in purchasing tickets, as this event is expected to sell-out. It is unlikely that tickets (seats) will be sold at the door.”


Jam of the Day:

Tweezer > Kung > Tweezer” 12.8.95 II

Fuck it – we’re going for “Tweezers” all week here on the Jam of the Day. Monday and Tuesday came from Fall ’96, and today we dip into the iconic month of December 1995 – the 8th in Cleveland to be exact. The beginning of the second set started with “2001,” then dropped into this monstrous jaunt.




11.16.1995 West Palm Beach, FL < Torrent

11.16.1995 West Palm Beach, FL < Megaupload

11.23.96 (R.Gitzel)

The year before Phish played their famous Coral Sky show in the fall of 1996, the band visited the Auditorium in West Palm Beach for an indoor affair along their scorching road of Fall ’95. Two guests joined the band to close the night after a second set held up buy stellar versions of “Bowie” and “Hood.” Butch Trucks sat in on drums for “Possum,” while Margaritaville legend Jimmy Buffett joined the boys for Van Morrison’s “Brown-Eyed Girl.”

I: Cars Trucks Buses, Runaway Jim, Jam*, Horn, Mound, Ya Mar, Simple > Timber, Guyute, Funky Bitch

II: A Day in the Life, David Bowie, Lifeboy, Uncle Pen, Ha Ha Ha > Harry Hood, Hold Your Head Up > If I Only Had a Brain > Hold Your Head Up, Amazing Grace, Possum**

E: Brown Eyed Girl ^

* A new band/audience chess match started at this show. The opening chess moves were made during a short jam that followed Runaway Jim and featured Trey on percussion.

** w/ Butch Trucks on drums / ^ debut, w/ Jimmy Buffett

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767 Responses to “The Rhythms of Nature – Revisted”

  1. negev79 Says:

    @Bingos, I know, I’m not pulling the trigger on anything yet. I’m still holding out hope for face value tickets. Hitting all my contacts, etc. Just starting to get nervous is all…

  2. Dr. Pronoia Says:

    ^^ you’re awesome Silly!

  3. negev79 Says:

    oh and thanks for trying @Bingos!

  4. BingosBrother Says:

    @neg : still tryin, never say die.

    @Dr. : yes it was, but I’ll take a shitty fall phish show too. Someday.

    @silly : we love you too.

    @AJ : hide in the shitter.

  5. SillyWilly Says:

    If you had to explain how the audio player Cog works, how would you do it?

  6. BingosBrother Says:

    Wow Dr. P, didn’t even notice its been EXACTLY 10 years! Come back Phish!

  7. angryjoggerz Says:

    I think that 2000 run (2 Rosemont’s then Target Center) was my last indoor phish run! Been a while.

  8. SillyWilly Says:

    Thanks Dr. Pro and Bingos.

    One more question.

    Im getting Robear’d on the 7/6/98 dankseed pull.

    I only need .3 MBs to complete it.

    can anyone seed it for like 30 seconds?

  9. angryjoggerz Says:

    I think I am gonna pass on the hide in the shitter thing and go for plan B: up and onward.

  10. Robear Says:

    silly, just re-seeded that 7/6 pull. hope we have the same source running!

  11. SillyWilly Says:

    Thanks, Robear!

    Im starting to understand how important it is to keep the torrent files so I can help other kids out.

  12. Guyute711 Says:

    Robear, the Chinook are going down this week!!

  13. angryjoggerz Says:


    I am looking at getting a new Mac and I am wondering which of these is best and most powerful:

    Intel Core 2 Duo
    Intel Core i7
    Intel Core i5

    I know little of thse things. I want a 13inch, but suspect that the 15inch have more juice.

  14. kayatosh Says:

    Hello, kind peeps.

    what a crazy day, so crazy that i had to put on some JGB 12-02-83 Someday Baby “you keep on betting but the dice won’t fall.” Now I hear some 12-14-95 Phish frankenstein . bring it, page!

    And I’m about to break the 4 day hiatus. I plan to come back to it w/ more balance and consciousness.

    Looks like I have some great reading today on the good ole BB. Miner’s July 2008 article looks interesting.

  15. She Divides Says:

    morning all.
    I enjoyed this throw back post Miner!
    Last year right around this time I was eagerly anticipating my first indoor shows and it was so exciting to hear about the indoor phish. Philly2 (night before thanksgiving) was my first indoor show and the the lot scene was all sorts of dark and shady (in addition to rainy). It was a great first indoor experience for me despite landing on the floor and dropping 2 full beers during setbreak when I thought a retractable belt barrier was something sturdy enough to lean against…..whoops.

    Broomfield and AC here I come!

  16. halcyon Says:

    I was robear’d too, however could not dl anything. I downloaded only 100mb 🙁

  17. DukeOfLizards Says:

    Morning, folks.

    Resident Dead-i Knights – finished pulling the Garcia Discs yesterday – anyone familiar? I’ve been spinning em and it sounds great, just wondering if anyone could offer any context or can’t miss track recs or anything of that nature.

  18. SillyWilly Says:

    @Robear and Halcy

    Im not pulling anything either.

    I don’t know if Rob’s source is the same as mine.

    Could be something on my end too because Im not getting any activity from the big Japan 2000 megatorrent either.

    If I can complete this 7-6-98, Ill seed it for as long as everyone needs.

  19. SillyWilly Says:

    Did you guys hear there’s a fight between Carini and Puluska in the parking lot planned for tonight?

    Carini and Puluska gonna get it on.

  20. SillyWilly Says:

    its gonna be a really short affair

  21. halcyon Says:


    haven’t been able to dl anything for a few days now on those seeds, even before the domain name not getting paid 🙁

  22. c0wfunk Says:

    popped on 8.1.98 alpine for the first time in a while – whatever happened to ramble on? Such a great page cover.

  23. SillyWilly Says:


    A couple of the Project 94 shows are doing just fine as of about 2 minutes ago, so Im sure the seeders are just down.

  24. SillyWilly Says:


    I think someone needs to join the board under the name StankyVessel.

    that’s all.

    we love you.

  25. Calpain Says:

    under the new handle (formerly Cushion Convector) it took forEVER for that post to be approved, maybe because my IP address is pretty wacky.

    @SheDivides-I was at that Philly show, road my longboard and took the subway to meet friends in the lot and the rain sucked! And of course it was shady its Philly thats what happens when you are on the Nitrous Mafias home turf (one of them anyway).

    @Silly-no need to apologize, just keep rockin’

    Too bad I already got my new handle, StankyVessel would have taken the cake, had it been thought up sooner!

    Just finished the IT Waves on the way home, deconstruction is an understatement.

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