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. lastwaltzer Says:

    “Swing Low Sweet Cadillac

    great track right there”aw

    for about three years the intro to that track was my voice mail.

  2. kayatosh Says:

    weigh fans. 8.2.98 weigh — $$.

  3. Mr. Completely Says:

    funny, I just googled “video fuck your face” and that’s NOT what it came back with

  4. Mr.Miner Says:

    ^ hahahah

  5. Lycanthropist Says:

    im e-patchouli

  6. phishnin Says:

    9/28/99 II’s Tweezer > Makisupa from Oak Mountain’s killer show is the best use of Trey’s mini-keyboard I have heard.

  7. Mr. Completely Says:

    you can click my name and go to “jazz” for OG (1930s) versions of Manteca and Night in Tunisia, which are both uber fantastic IMO.

    I take that 1930s live Manteca as proof positive that kids back in the day knew how to have fun. Listen to that and imagine a hall full of hep cats and cool ladies, high on reefer and drunk on bathtub gin, getting down like mad…cool to think about.

    Tonight I can upload a nice Verve Jazz Masters best-of disk, and also a Giants of Jazz show which is pretty early-1970s lineup – Art Blakey, Dizzy Gillespie, Al McKibbon, Thelonious Monk, Sonny Stitt, and Kai Winding.

  8. sumodie Says:

    I love the logic at phish.com of randomly inserting the latest video clip onto their video page -not newest first, or alphabetical, or any other so-called logical way to organize the videos

    Oops, I forgot, this is 3.0 phish.com, where good web design is verboten

  9. kayatosh Says:

    phishin: 9.28.99 tweezer>makisupa = top shelf phish, $$$.

  10. Mr. Completely Says:

    “which is a pretty cool early 1970s lineup”

    makes more sense if I actually type all the words instead of just thinking them

  11. Mr. Completely Says:

    hahaha @sumo that’s one reason I never visit that page, I just go to http://vimeo.com/phish where they, unsurprisingly, get it right

  12. kayatosh Says:

    8.2.98 ghost — $$. wortha spin.

  13. Mr. Completely Says:

    …and yes, Diz was a stoner. He talked openly about smoking ‘reefer.’ He wasn’t a SWE guy like Louis Armstrong, but he was a toker.

  14. sumodie Says:

    @mrC: yeah, guess I should concede and just dl the clips from vimeo

  15. albert walker Says:

    yeah noticed AV DVD and bonus disk is up on demon already

    good stuff

  16. Type III Jamming Personality Disorder Says:

    I have been researching a conspiracy theory late at night in my secret basement laboratory of which one of the central tenets is that the new phish.com is a cover up for something bigger. much much bigger. and more sinister. I can’t go into too many details as the wrong people might be reading this right now… I’ve already said too much!

  17. kayatosh Says:

    best rotation in baseball. yes!

    four aces>wade, lebron, bosh

  18. Mr. Completely Says:

    yeah, Vimeo has cracked the secret formula of putting things in the order they’re uploaded

    pretty tricky

  19. Mr. Completely Says:

    the greatest thing that has ever happened in baseball is less intersting than a single high-low screen run in the fourth quarter of a blowout between two 5-20 NBA teams

  20. Mr. Completely Says:

    just kidding, nothing is less interesting than regular season NBA games between non playoff teams

  21. lastwaltzer Says:


    if you grab the dvd and feel like cranking it, let me know.

  22. Themanatee Says:

    Depends on which 5-20 teams 🙂

  23. kayatosh Says:

    gonna stroll with some July 99. time to embrace the frigid with warmth around the ears. bring on the loops + page magic.

  24. P.S.H.S. Says:

    i thought that the best thing that happened to baseball was steroids, that is until the feds got involved.

  25. P.S.H.S. Says:

    btw, step into the FREEZER! it’s colder than a witches titty in NH today. spinning tweezers all day!

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