And On the Seventh Day…

Today’s flashbacks bring us into two legendary periods of Phish history – Fall ’97 and Fall ’95 – and showcase two pieces of music that define these eras to a tee – Dayton’s “Tube > Slave” and Niagara Falls’ “Split Open and Melt.”


Tube > Slave” 12.7.97 – Nutter Center, Dayton, OH

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Capping off a fun-filled opening set at Dayton’s Nutter Center, Phish reeled off the defining musical segment of the entire show. Tw0-thirds of the way through a tour filled with dance grooves, “Tube” — still a three-minute song — had yet to make an appearance. Thus when Phish took the rarity off the shelf in Dayton for a rendition that many fans now know by heart, they completely redefined the song for the late ’90s and beyond. Instead of firing through a musical shot of adrenaline, Phish applied their Fall ’97 paradigm to the song, crafting a legendary dose of “cow funk.” A revelatory moment in which one could feel the burgeoning excitement deep within, Phish locked into an addictive groove clinic that set the Nutter Center afire. Phish, themselves, felt so good about the birth of the funk-generation “Tube,” that upon its ending, they burst back into the rhythmic crack that had just drenched the crowd. Lighting up thrilling back-to-back dance sessions, Phish built these grooves away from “Tube” and into an iconic slice of Fall ’97 music. The band slowly infused melodic leads into the bubbling brew, and Trey introduced the opening hints of “Slave” while the band still soared through a rhythmic wormhole. The band heard his idea and slowed the tempo for a gradual move into “Slave.” Capping this momentous segment with a glorious “Slave,” the band had invented a brand new improvisational vehicle for years to come.



Split Open and Melt” 12.7.95 – Niagara Falls Convention Cntr, NY

12.5.09 (Graham Lucas)

Surrounded by so many mind-stretching highlights in the same week, let alone the same month, this show from Niagara Falls doesn’t always receive the recognition it deserves. Boasting top-shelf renditions of “Reba,” and “Mike’s > Groove,” its most blistering piece of music remains the second-set opening “Split Open and Melt.” Illustrative of the rapid-fire communication of late-95, the band chugged their way into a vintage psychedelic jaunt. Spinning into a four-piece symphony, the band converged in a piece that pushed the limits of improvisational tightness amidst cacophony. A chaotic version that remained tightly glued together, the skills on display in this jam were the skills that made December ’95 such a spectacular month of music. Progressing into a more palpable rhythm, the band slowly built the abstract jam back into the back end of “Split’s” sinister build. Taking plenty of time to peak this enthralling rendition, Phish also traveled down a creative path to end the piece, softly closing one of the more impressive renditions of the year.



Jam of the Day:

Mike’s > Weekapaug” 12.7.95 II

Another stellar nugget from Niagara Falls ’95.




10.27.1995 Wings Stadium, Kalamazoo, Michigan

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This Fall ’95 reader’s request goes out to Vinnie in San Francisco. In his own words:

The “Runaway Jim > Fluffhead” opener was pure bliss. The “Suspicious Minds” cover was in tribute to the epic rumor of an Elvis spotting at a Burger King in Kalamazoo. The “Bowie” was a melter for all in attendance, and they finished off with a classy David Bowie cover of “Life on Mars?”

I: Runaway Jim, Fluffhead, Taste That Surrounds, Horn, I Didn’t Know, Rift, Stash, Fee > Suspicious Minds > Hold Your Head Up

II: Also Sprach Zarathustra > David Bowie, Dog Faced Boy, Poor Heart, Simple, McGrupp and the Watchful Hosemasters > Keyboard Army, Bouncing Around the Room, Possum

E: Life on Mars?

Sources: FLAC – (FOB) Schoeps cmc3/mk4, Mp3 – AKG 460s


453 Responses to “And On the Seventh Day…”

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  1. Spasm Waiter Says:

    Mornin’ BB-

    Good stuff today Miner! I was in absentia for these amazing runs of lore.

    Re. 2010 MSG/Woostah- Will the repeats be big jam vehicles like light and Mikes Groove or standards like golgi, cavern, etc…?

  2. Calpain Says:

    liking the synchronicity here.

    Miner just wanted to let you know there is a glitch in the ‘Split’ on my end.

  3. sumodie Says:

    many good memories from Dec 95

    and I expect many more from Dec 10

    we are blessed to have phish in the NOW

  4. angryjoggerz Says:

    Greetings from Beijing, everyone. Just got in, long flight, left on Monday AM, got in on Tuesday PM, off to dinner. Hope everyone is well. Staying in the hotel where Nixon stayed, pretty nice.


  5. Corey Says:

    Good morning. @angryjoggerz, Glad you made it safe and sound. Further proof that PHiSH fans are indeed everywhere.

    Nice two-fer today, @Mr. Miner. Fond memories of Dayton and that little midwestern run… Ha! — Just paused to look back and there you have the TweezerBella combo from Michigan. Brilliant.

    Thanks for the tunes to start the day.

  6. SillyWilly Says:

    Good morning, all

    Have my first exam this morning. Luckily I only have two because my other classes were papers.

    A little nervous, but that’s to be expected.

    Can’t wait to be done and free on Thursday.

    Hope everyones doing well.

  7. st8 of mind Says:

    This Wing’s Stadium show was my first show. I left there with my Jaw on the ground. Thanks Miner!

  8. lumpyhead Says:

    silly, you’re a lot closer than I.

  9. EL Duderino Says:

    Fall ’95 and Fall’97 are 2 different animals.
    I don’t think one is better than the other, just different in the most good way

  10. Litteringandd Says:

    It was my first show too. Pretty much hooked from the get go, but when the drummer put on a lighted cape and sang an Elvis tune, I knew I had no chance

  11. Type III Jamming Personality Disorder Says:

    mornin all

    not too shabby. I caught two of these three shows mentioned (dayton and kalamazoohoo) and still recall how wonderful each night was. like el dude says, fall 95 and fall 97 were two different animals but definitely two I appreciate greatly for that reason. viva la difference

  12. lumpyhead Says:

    they’re really two ENTIRELY different beasts; I don’t know which one I wish I had been around for more.

  13. Litteringandd Says:

    It says file not found for the Melt on this post

  14. Guyute711 Says:

    The Jets are who I thought they were!!

  15. lumpyhead Says:

    how we still only on page 1?

  16. KfL Says:

    worcester ptbm arriving tomorrow :mrgreen:

    have a good one folks

  17. Guyute711 Says:

    Very jealous KfL. I hope the BB rocks these shows for me.

  18. lumpyhead Says:

    Quite a few BBer’s making it to MSG. Yesterday Miner said no repeats over the run, or at least I think he did.

    I’ve been saying this all along; although they definitely could repeat 3-5 it seems much more likely that there will be no repeats.

    But this band is f*cking impossible to predict.

  19. kayatosh Says:

    12.7.95 mike’s song blowing up over here. Thanks, miner.

    pretty sure I was in attendance for 12.2 and 12.3.97, but the memories are fuzzy to nil. But I sure as heck can remember standing in that little hockey rink in Mazoo – 10.27.95.

    good luck, silly, with exams. and peace yall.

  20. kayatosh Says:

    Tosh lyric of the day: “I’m a helpful man, and I love helpful people.”

  21. andrewrose Says:

    The repeats question is an interesting one. I’m not so sure.. when was the last 5 show run with no repeats?

  22. EL Duderino Says:

    “The Jets are who I thought they were!!”-guyute711

    So are the Chargers!!! 🙂

  23. lumpyhead Says:

    when was the last 5 show run?

  24. Mitch Says:

    Nice! 10.27.95 download of the day.

    Most of the regulars prob have it from robear pimping it as the 2×2 show but if you don’t already, the time is now!

  25. Spasm Waiter Says:

    Who’s best in the AFC? Tough call right now. I know Willows vote.

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