Exploring On The Eighth

Today our December focus shift onto two sprawling excursions that took place on the eighth day of the month in 1995 and 1999. Both selections — Cleveland’s “Tweezer > Kung > Tweezer” and Cumberland County Civic Center’s “Piper” — feature musical explorations that veer far off the beaten path, providing snapshots of the band’s experimental side as seen through the lenses of 1995 and 1999.


Tweezer > Kung > Tweezer” 12.8.95 – Cleveland, Ohio

Cleveland '95

This multi-tiered adventure moves through several distinct stages in forming a musical labyrinth. Page led the troops through the first segment of the jam with heavy piano, while Trey selectively picked and chose his spots before slowing integrating a melodic theme. Quickly — but not abruptly — Phish descended into a quieter canvas painted, still painted by Trey and Page’s brushstrokes. Moving into an abstract, beat-less realm, this version evoked memories of the depths that plunged “Tweezer” seemingly every night in the experimentally-focused Summer of ’95. Even while Phish cranked out, perhaps, the tightest music of their lives during December ’95, they still carved out plenty of room for abstract exploration. Dipping back into “Tweezer” and building directly into the cosmos again, Phish passed through segments of groove, amorphous jamming, and ambient beauty before morphing into “Kung.” Oozing back into “Tweezer,” the band took a couple minutes to wildly peak the jam, and then several more to slowly bring it to a close in a hefty dose of Fall ’95.



Piper > Dog Faced Boy” 12.8.99 – CCCC Portland, Maine

CCCC - Portland, ME

On the second night of Phish’s visit to Cumberland County Civic Center during their smoking tour of December ’99, they dropped an unconventional “Piper” amidst a six-song set that has flown under the radar ever since. Setting sail into thrashing “millennial” waters, Trey fired off countless notes as Mike crushed frenetic bass-lines in lock-step with his guitarist. But instead of following this more traditional “wall of sound” path, the band peeled away layers, landing in stripped down and particularly un-noisy textures. Page added quintessential ’99 space-sounds and Fishman altered his beat as the band significantly down-shifted into a hauting-turned-beautiful exploratory passage. Trey played subtle melodies over a growing ambient canvas as the music turned into uncharted territory. This segment fused Phish’s more melodic ambient style of Fall ’98 with their abstract and layered psyechedelia of ’99, resulting in an awing musical concoction. Drifting though crystalline, space-aged bliss, the band sculpted a soulful ambient excursion. Concluding the adventure with a grandiose spacescape, Phish gradually melted into “Dog-Faced Boy.”



Jam of the Day:

Halley’s Comet” 12.7.99 I

A phenomenal version from the first night of Cumberland County ’99.




2.12.93 Mid-Hudson Civic Center, Poughkeepsie, NY

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This one goes out to Highway Bill, who describes this special night as…

“…my first real show, a snowy weekday night in Poughkeepsie. The venue was almost empty. I remember quite clearly walking right up in front of Trey (like 3 feet) in amazement of what I was seeing. I would then walk back to where the people I came with were standing and asking them if they were seeing what I was, they weren’t. I could not understand (and still can’t) why they were not being affected. I remember doing this several times…This show hooked me for life.”

I: Golgi Apparatus, Maze, Guelah Papyrus, Sparkle, Split Open and Melt, Esther,The Wedge, Chalk Dust Torture, I Didn’t Know, Take the ‘A’ Train, Run Like an Antelope

II: My Friend, My Friend, All Things Reconsidered, Reba, Poor Heart, Big Ball Jam, Fast Enough for You, You Enjoy Myself, Ya Mar, Hold Your Head Up > Terrapin > Hold Your Head Up, Harry Hood, Harpua

E: Amazing Grace, Good Times Bad Times

Source: Unknown


343 Responses to “Exploring On The Eighth”

  1. kayatosh Says:

    forgive me. i have roadwork happening outside my front door that is rattling my dwelling and my dome. Thankfully, I have 4-8-78 scar-fire to protect me.

  2. Highway Bill Says:

    …and I just got my mailorders.

    Could this day be going any better?

  3. kayatosh Says:

    thinking about that ticket 12.27, willowed. 9 hr. train ride one way. philly to worcester. with a switch in springfield mass. $123. come on sunday or monday 9arrives in worcester at 7 PM) leave tuesday.

  4. Mr. Completely Says:

    cool y’all. not sure if it will be exactly weekly, but something like that. as I mentioned I will try to seed whatever the current show is at night for torrent peeps.

    love April ’78 too kaya…I just heard 4-6 and 4-7 for the first time recently…4-6 is great, 4-7 is fairly bad

  5. Mr. Completely Says:

    considering some January/Feb ’78 shows for one of the upcoming shows actually…Uptown Theater, maybe

  6. kayatosh Says:

    don’t know what it is about 4/78, but it stands out as one of my favorite months in GD history. keith was on. I prefer it to anything from 77.

  7. kayatosh Says:

    want to know why people drive b/c it takes half the time as training, in some instances. like the philly to worcester jaunt.

  8. kayatosh Says:

    beat back germs and disease w/ garlic and turmeric. powerful medicine.

  9. BingosBrother Says:



  10. kayatosh Says:

    4.8.78 estimated>eyes spacejamtastic. $$$

  11. kayatosh Says:

    laterz. kid duty. again. love it. for realz.

  12. willowed Says:

    Not sure if any f you guys do this. Let me know if you do.

    The morning of a multi night run. Cities only – Albany, MSG etc…

    During multi night runs when I’m staying away from home, I leave the hotel room and go down to the venue in the morning of a show. Of course the venue is quite. People are going to work, every day routines if you will. The venue just sits there…lifeless. I always pull up a seat and try to absorb the sights and sounds. Usually it’s still and quite peaceful.

    The whole time, knowing the venue will absolutely come alive in a few hours.
    That gives me goose bumps just thinking about it.

  13. garretc Says:


    Never done it, but from the sounds of it I probably should at some point…

    Should we have a BB meetup outside MSG on the morning of 12/30?

  14. Jtran Says:

    Spinning 11/29/98 front to back

    Love this Simple

  15. joechip Says:

    Just listened to today’s 99 Piper…nice! Could see that laid-back melodic jam taking a lot of people by surprise. Anyone who talks during a jam like that is going to hell though. It’s instructive to listen to recordings from Japan 2000 to hear what kind of difference an attentive audience can make. I used to have a recording of Mahavishnu Orchestra from Japan where they started the show by asking for silence…a full minute of total silence, with just a cough here and there, and the band launched into “Meeting of the Spirits”…now that was an epic pause!
    Gotta find that recording now…
    Also, I wish the slower more subtle intro to Piper would come back…the tune is all about the build IMO and it works best starting more quietly for sure.
    Also, Fall 73 rules.

  16. Mr.Miner Says:

    Roger Waters – The Wall.

    Carry on.

  17. KfL Says:

    i typically spin fall 98 stuff back to front… but that’s just me

    @willowed: i’ll be in bed, try to keep it down when you’re leaving, ya dig?

  18. sumodie Says:

    Excellent article about Keith Moon’s style of drumming in a recent issue of the New Yorker

    Author makes some very interesting observations about rock n roll drumming, and he also compares Moon’s style with John Bonham’s

    Fascinating read -click on my name to dl a PDF of the article

  19. garretc Says:

    The arrival of an email from SillyWilly wanting to share a picture with me reminds me:

    In case you missed it earlier, Silly warned us about the scam that is those “shoppybag” accounts.

    Don’t trust those emails!

  20. Mr.Miner Says:

    Spinning 11/29/98 front to back

    ^ one of my favs of Fall 98.

    Gin>Yem to close $$$

  21. Jtran Says:

    I did that at Canandaigua this summer. Walked right into CMAC the day before, no security whatsoever.

    Could’ve hopped right on stage. Felt really weird.

  22. Chuck D Says:

    when i grow up, i want to be a hacktivist~

  23. Jtran Says:

    Nice Miner!

    I’d only ever heard the Simple until today. Well, Simple is still playing, but I saw and though “hmmm, 98 Gin..nice!”

  24. willowed Says:

    Nice one KW’s
    I have three small children KWL, even if we party till the early morn, My ass will still be up around 8:00 a.m.
    That intenral clock just doesn’t quit.

    If you wake up in Woosta with your ass cheeks duct taped together…it wasn’t me 😉

  25. Jtran Says:


    Is taht hotel you got just you and KfL? that sounds enticing 🙂

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