Mid-Month Moments

Today’s stop on our tour of December’s past brings us to the 15th, and two high-profile east coast arena gigs at the tail ends of their respective tours. With the tour closers of Fall ’95 and Fall ’99 within sight, Phish channeled the musical momentum of their extensive runs in crafting the following, quintessential highlights.


2001 > David Bowie” 12.15.95 II – Philadelphia, PA

Fall 1995 (Unknown)

Today marks the 15-year anniversary of Phish’s first stop at The Spectrum in Philadelphia — their last show before Lake Placid’s two-night tour finale. Oozing with the energy and creativity that defined the legendary month of December ’95, the band dropped an adventurous second set that saw “Bathtub Gin” morph into a “Rotation Jam” — where the band members “seamlessly” switch instruments — and then into “Mallory,” a solo Fishman song on piano. But once this novelty act came to close, the band sat into the jam sequence of the show in “2001 > Bowie.” Typical of so many highlights from this month, as soon as “Bowie’s” jam commenced, Phish immersed themselves in creative, open jamming. Needing no buffer between composition and the cosmos, Phish dove directly into heavy rhythmic textures. Building out of this menacing section into a more spacious sea of improvisation, Fishman took off on a quickened beat that drove the entire piece into a fast and fluid conversation. Throughout “Bowie,” Phish showcased the lightening-quick and super-glued communication that had evolved over the previous 51 shows of fall tour. Transforming the music into a mind-numbing chase through an apocalyptic maze, the band simultaneously crept their way back towards “Bowie’s” structured build until they burst into the final peak with unparalleled cohesion. Another vintage slice of a vintage era; crank this one up to eleven for optimal enjoyment.



Free” 12.15.99 II – MCI Center, Washington, DC

12.15.99 - MCI Center (Todd Wickersty)

While plenty of fans had plenty to say about Trey’s mini-keyboard during Fall ’99, there were some times when this accoutrement directly enhanced the music. Offering a separate layer of sound in a millennial mixture strewn with them, the tactful use of his additional instrument added hypnotic and drone patterns to Phish’s bubbling brew. One of these instances came 11 years ago today in Washington, DC’s MCI Center during a mid-second set “Free.” Playing a keyboard line that added both rhythm and melody to the jam following Mike’s bass attack, Trey contributed to a unique musical fabric. Laying the foundation for a mechanical monster, his keyboard offerings helped set the ideal tempo for Phish’s percussive collaboration. Page stepped into extensive, layered interplay with Trey on keys, adding spacey, delay effects to the jam, while Mike and Fish assumed the roles of groove assassins. Many minutes into this successful experiment, Trey slung his guitar back over his shoulder and began to shred similarly infectious leads atop the music. This multi-faceted “Free” continued the band’s unstoppable momentum in December ’99, as they approached their last three shows before entering The Everglades.




Jams of the Day:

Here are some additional jams from today’s featured shows.

Harry Hood” 12.15.95 I



Reba” 12.15.99 II




12.2.1996 America West Arena, Phoenix, Arizona

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America West Arena - Phoenix, AZ

Phish made this seldom-discussed stop in Phoenix before capping their fall tour in San Diego and Las Vegas. This show comes at you as a reader request for Dr. B — just what the doctor ordered!

I: Rocky Top, AC/DC Bag, Bouncing Around the Room, You Enjoy Myself, I Didn’t Know, Theme From the Bottom, Gumbo, Julius

II: Ya Mar, The Divided Sky, Wolfman’s Brother > Taste, Free, Scent of a Mule, Harry Hood, Sweet Adeline

E: Fire

Source: AKG 391’s (FOB) > Graham Patten DMIC-20 > Tascam DA-P1


450 Responses to “Mid-Month Moments”

  1. garretc Says:


    You know it! If only you’d hooked it up, we’d still be all chummy, shootin’ the shit on the porch and stuff… But nah… No longer sir!

  2. Gavinsdad Says:

    Love the steel cage comparisons.

  3. Gavinsdad Says:

    And for the record I’m from the dirty Jerz and proud of it.

  4. lastwaltzer Says:


    Word, honestly I really do want to hook you up my problem is that half of my screen on my laptop doesn’t work which makes this kind of thing hard.

    Ask Sillywilly he can vouch, the shit is straight up broken. 🙂

  5. Gavinsdad Says:

    Ps….getting pumped the fuck up for some live Phish. They are gonna come out guns blazin on 12/30. Belee dat.

  6. Lycanthropist Says:

    i think those Worcester shows are gonna be pretty damn hot too.

  7. Lycanthropist Says:

    three songs into OK Rainbows play list , nothing has really blown my mind yet

  8. garretc Says:


    Haha, no worries amigo, I’ve got more than enough to listen to as it is!

    And good on ya for not allowing your fucked up screen to prevent BB usage!


    You’ve got mail!

  9. Gavinsdad Says:

    ::in Worcester denial::

    (but yer right Lycan)

  10. Lycanthropist Says:

    i mean i love it cause its Radiohead, but this order isn’t really putting anything in a new light..

  11. garretc Says:

    ^(Of the electronic variety)

  12. Chuck D Says:

    lycan, i agree… i was expecting the tracks to seamlessly segue so obviously that i would be upset that i didnt realize it myself… unfortunately, i feel like i could make this up about some other band and receive similar results.

  13. lastwaltzer Says:


    i dont buy that sequencing thing either. But if you get high enough……………

  14. Lycanthropist Says:

    agreed Chuck D

    for a good Radiohead playlist go here


  15. lastwaltzer Says:

    i’m out kids……………………..just don’t forget

    most people are afraid to talk about death but aren’t afraid of driving a car.

  16. DukeOfLizards Says:


    If they play a weekend show at the Great W00k Forest next year, you’re on. You can keep the strokes ;).

  17. Chuck D Says:

    nice ly,

    few of those dont ring a bell for me; what disc are these two from:

    meeting in the aisle
    these are my twisted words

  18. Lycanthropist Says:

    meeting in the aisle is from an OKComputer B-Sides


    these are my twisted words is a single released on the internet last year

  19. Lycanthropist Says:

    disclaimer regarding the Radiohead playlist:

    It is intended for a space-out session

  20. butter Says:

    Page side, you’ll give me a stroke a hole? let’s do this

  21. Chuck D Says:

    well then, looks like i’ll be tracking down OK Comp B sides when i get home.

    i vaguely remember the single release last year, but the title just didn’t ring a bell at all

    (its awesome that i can stream in itunes from your mediafire… one advantage of non-zipped mediafire files!)

  22. joe Says:

    …seems to recall something about butter being a scratch handicap. might want to not take that bet. also a professional smoker so the old joint every 3 holes formula of getting him off his game might not work.

  23. Chuck D Says:

    1 beer per hole… that always evens the odds… unless you’re playing against jon daly…

  24. jdub Says:

    The best goof from that cryptic article was the Monty python album that had the double grooves on the vinyl. Total brilliant mindfuckery.

  25. KfL Says:

    obviously we need to get 9 holes in during a run next summer. i wonder if being baned would cure my yips.

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