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. joe Says:

    t-minus 4 hours till “weekend”(or whatever you call 2 days off). Picking up my Worcester tix as an early christmas present to myself.

  2. joe Says:

    tomorrow, that is. Then I’ll have some uncontained excitement. It’s the small things that give me pleasure these days.

  3. butter Says:


  4. jdub Says:

    @Gdad, that is a Jedi move my friend. The force is strong in you.

  5. butter Says:

    @GD – “didn’t have the hunt in him”

  6. gavinsdad Says:

    btw i visited my local tobacconist and this guy has more insane “scientific” glass than i’ve ever seen…illadelph, sheldon brown, roor, everest, hitman, syn, migrant, helix and zob. i felt older than i ever have before. where the hell did all this shit come from??? none of this stuff has a place in my home unfortunately (but i betcha my lungs are thanking me).

  7. Mr. Palmer Says:

    Hence the name…. TicketHunter…

  8. gavinsdad Says:

    stoked for you @Joe!

  9. rivertrance Says:

    my favorite trick back in the day I’d always use

    kick down like a gram of nugget out of a short sack your working for a ticket

    then ask the Phishie if he needs any puff

    sell Phishie what was already a short sack minus the chunk you just gave him for a c-note

    over half the shows I get in that way. free.

  10. rivertrance Says:


    we got a Sheldon Black bubbler recently

    shit is dope. plus it’s easier on my old ass than the 2 ft medicali

    highly recommended

    they use slides so you pull it like a tube but they are two piece bubblers with a detaching mouthpiece for cleaning

    my girl got one for Christmas. nice.

  11. neemor Says:

    “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.”
    ^ Miner foreshadowing.
    Love it.

  12. neemor Says:

    Where’d you guys learn all this stuff….weed college?

  13. angryjoggerz Says:

    I second the hotness of the Alpine bonuns Tweezer. Get on that.

  14. phoammhead Says:

    LOL – i asked for an update, but didn’t stick around to see that i got blackballed – suckas!

    @butterfly – i will ship tickets to you tomorrow – i sent you an email earlier today from my work – check all your emails.

  15. rivertrance Says:

    also Robear was all over this and I resisted cuz it’s kind of awkward to use

    but that Bee-line shit is the real deal

    me and my girl are full converts. shit tastes so good and you get such a clean herb taste. when I use a lighter now I notice how harsh it is. It’s like hitting the crack pipe or some shit.

    if you haven’t started using this shit and you SWE like you all should I’d invest in 20 feet.

  16. gavinsdad Says:

    i just saw that shit RTrance….also saw one (helix) with a bubbler, dry, and oney attachments. shit is completely nutso now. i really do not need a tube in my house (nor would the wife let me) but the once i pay the holiday bills i’ma size up a proper bubbler.

    i like your lot technique too on the tic trade up. very 95 of you ;P

  17. gavinsdad Says:

    sorry for the headshop hi-jack but i was just in the place…it was like walking into the future (again)

  18. rivertrance Says:

    same thing happened to me though GD about 2 years ago

    rolled down the block and realized I had slept through 10 years of tube evolution

  19. Mr. Palmer Says:


  20. garretc Says:


    Yeah, I know some folks that swear by the bee-line, but I’ve never noticed much of a difference… Maybe cause I don’t use it on the reg?

  21. garretc Says:

    @Mr. P

    Wax coated hemp string, light with lighter, apply to bane, enjoy, repeat

  22. rivertrance Says:

    hemp organic beeswax string

    you light the end of it with a lighter then light your herbs and shake it out

    once you notice how heavy the butane tastes and how bad it alters the taste of the herb you will never go back

    greatest invention since the grinder and ice catcher

  23. angryjoggerz Says:

    I just picked up one of those hand held vapes, pretty nice. Looks like a walkie talkie.

  24. rivertrance Says:

    hemp organic bees w a x string

    you light the end of it with a lighter then light your herbs and shake it out

    once you notice how heavy the butane tastes and how bad it alters the taste of your herb you will never go back

    greatest invention since the grinder

  25. jdub Says:

    Solar hits and Bee-line lighters. You guys take smoking herb to another level. I feel like a high school kid with my stealth one hitter and pocket sized glass piece.

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