Weekend Nuggets: Tour Finales

Hampton '99 (Pollock)

Our long and winding road through Decembers of lore has finally come to an end. On December 17, 1995, Lake Placid’s finale concluded a monumental 54-show fall tour whose size would never be approached again. On December 18, 1999, in Hampton, Virginia, Phish punctuated their second tour of fall  — a two-week millennial prep course for the event of their lives. In each case, Phish spun two sets of celebratory anthems, crafting upbeat shows to send their fans home for the holidays. Enjoy the final step on our journey through Decembers past, because Worcester is only nine days away!


12.17.1995 Olympic Center Lake Placid, New York

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I: My Friend, My Friend, Poor Heart, A Day in the Life, Run Like an Antelope, The Mango Song, Tube, Stash, The Lizards, Chalk Dust Torture

II: Bouncing Around the Room, Maze, Free, Also Sprach Zarathustra > Harry Hood, Sparkle, Tweezer > Tweezer Reprise

E: Hello My Baby, Runaway Jim

Source: Schoeps CMC64 > BPS-1 > DA-P1


12.18.99 Hampton Coliseum, Hampton, Virginia

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I: Harry Hood, Back at the Chicken Shack, Dog Log, Tube, Heavy Things, Back on the Train, First Tube, The Inlaw Josie Wales, You Enjoy Myself

II: Also Sprach Zarathustra > Sand, The Horse > Silent in the Morning, Possum, Mike’s Song > Simple, Weekapaug Groove > Buffalo Bill > Weekapaug Groove

E: Ya Mar, Sleeping Monkey

Source: (FOB) mk4 > kc5 > cmc6 > Sonosax SX-M2 > Sony D100


Jams of the Weekend:

Tweezer > Tweezer Reprise” 12.17.95 II

The final piece to the gargantuan puzzle of Fall ’95.



2001 > Sand” 12.18.99 II

It’s hard to beat nearly 40 minutes of grooves to start off a set. This was the end of 1999; Y2k was upon us, and we were heading into Chief Jim Billie’s territory.




“Reba” 12.31.95 I – MSG


480 Responses to “Weekend Nuggets: Tour Finales”

  1. neemor Says:

    Thanks Robear.

    BK, it’s a must read…not necessarily a good read.
    Although, believe it or not…I’m reading it as we speak. Kinda funny timing.
    I was watching Freaks and Geeks and the book is mentioned as basically a travesty, so I wanted to re-read it.
    It breaks lots of rules that your high school literary teacher would have you utilize, but it’s a timeless classic I think b/c it shows us a glimpse into a very special time and more innocent era in this country.
    Kerouac and Ginsberg were very important in their capturing of the beat movement and I took an interest b/c it details Neil Cassidy’s life, a good friend of the Further bus, the Pranksters and a truly remarkable character.
    You should read it, my copy is war-worn and marked to bits.

  2. Tzara's Ghost Says:

    @jtran, big spiritualized fan here. Haven’t listened to Spacemen 3 since the ’90’s. I’ll put that on directly.

    @neemor, robear is the kindest phishie I ever met. Got a big hug every day at the Greek, and I’m a big jerk.

    @bk, I definitely recommend Kerouac, just remember to give Whitman equal time, for balance.

  3. Tzara's Ghost Says:

    No offense to anyone else I met at the Greek. But c’mon, it’s Robear…

  4. Robear Says:

    ::neemor knows about the bear hug::

    if Tzara’s is a jerk, he hides it well!

    i like to think Phish, Waterwheel, and the BB brings out the best in me.

    I’m always working on the worst in me.

  5. BrandonKayda Says:

    Thanks for the explanation everyone

  6. Jtran Says:


    This is my first time through this one, finishing up now. Really dug it.

  7. Jtran Says:


    One thing I’m really noticing (that I feel is true with most of Pierce’s music) is that the lead guitar parts are so subtle but add so much. Whoever this cat is, his licks are great

  8. Tzara's Ghost Says:

    J Spaceman is an awesome guitarist. I saw Spiritualized a small club here in SEA a couple of years ago, and it was the best show I saw that year. Even when it sounds like a wall of noise that is enveloping the whole room, there are guitar textures going on underneath that are interesting.

    It was a completely visceral experience.

    I’m downloading Perfect Prescription from mediafire now. Not available on napster.

  9. Tzara's Ghost Says:

    i like to think Phish, Waterwheel, and the BB brings out the best in me.–robear

    This. I often say that I am my best self at a Phish show. Or a Dead show before that.

  10. angryjoggerz Says:

    Anyone into Spiritualized, Spaceman 3, Galaxi3 500, Velvets – I highly rec the Dean & Britta – 13 Most Beautiful Songs for Andy Warhol’s Screen Tests album in my mediafire. It was commissioned by the Warhol estate and was the first DVD release of some of the films. The music is great, been spinning this a ton lately. Very good winter stuff. Enjoy.

  11. neemor Says:

    Portland was an awesome moment in time for me, Robear.
    In a large part thanks to you.
    Tits show.
    I’d definitely go back to that little corner of Me. for the next show there.
    I suggest everyone do, too…sweet little venue.

    Robear, I missed if you’re coming into Woostah or MSG…

  12. angryjoggerz Says:

    when I was in college I was on the concert committee for the university, so we got to do some cool shows. one of the first ones I did was Spritualized with Radiohead opening. It was Pablo Honey time, so Radiohead did not really do it for me, but I was geeked about Spritiualized.

  13. Robear Says:

    will check it out, AJ, thx.

    Willowed, quick, someone call and wake up the Pats.

  14. neemor Says:

    All I want for Christmas is Tom Brady’s leg hobbled for the remainder of the season.
    Anyone thinking that that’s not in the spirit of the Holidays, heck…he’d be stuck at home with Giselle.

  15. jdub Says:

    I just finished running through Miner’s MSG highlights while plugging away on some work after being sick for a couple of days. What a way to prep for this Holiday run. I love these old jams but I am just as excited about the new groove Phish is laying down. I don’t listen to much old Phish anymore, spending most of my time absorbed in all this new music. To my ears some of these jams from fall are just as special as what I heard from these December flashbacks.

    AC Stash, Augusta Light, the Carini’s, Providence R n R, and Augusta Reba to name a few off the top of my head are so damn engaging.

    Phish was much looser back then, jams went anywhere and everywhere but this thing they got going now is so mature and calculated. Excitement levels are rising bit by bit.

  16. jdub Says:

    Neemor mentioned it a few pages ago but I gotta give more props to the UConn women’s basketball team. 88 wins in a row to tie UCLA’s fabled record is nothing to scoff at. Even with the inequality in the women’s game, just as much inequality in the men’s game back then.

    And they did it at MSG non the less.

  17. joe Says:

    The ad for THE CAPE cracks me up

  18. Gavinsdad Says:

    At my Philly hideaway, now properly armed for msg. I wanna make sure to mention what a great crew we have here too. Positive people.

  19. sumodie Says:

    Is “On The Road” by Jack Kerouac a good read?

    Yup. If you like that one I’d also recommend ‘The Dharma Bums’, which is based on events in Kerouac’s life that occurred after ‘On the Road’, though it’s in no way a sequel

    At a certain point, BK, I’d also highly recommend Tom Wolfe’s ‘Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test’. Fantastic read.

  20. EL Duderino Says:

    Robear doesn’t have a hateful bone in his body…

    Now me! Well, I’m a first class asshole!

  21. Gavinsdad Says:

    ^100% agreeing with sumos book picks. IMO they are required reading.

  22. angryjoggerz Says:

    I agree with Sumo and think that I actually read those 3 books in that order when I was in HS. Dharma Bums is probably my fav of the 3, but Acid Test is a life changer.

  23. butter Says:

    Supp guys… at a Solstice party in Oakland

    Watchin the Packers work the Pats, we’ll see if Brady can pull this one out

    Excited to get home and lurk for the holidays, (that means Puffing and watching wife and daughter bake cookies)

  24. Robear Says:

    ^ He’s a smooth operator…..

    a smooth, operator

  25. Robear Says:

    This place is getting to me! I’m downloading albums like ‘Pretty Lights’ and ‘Dean and Britta’. WTF? I haven’t even heard of this stuff.

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