TTFF: Through The Years

12.31.10 (G.Estreich)

This week, Ten Tunes For Friday features one selection from each year between 1993 and 2003. Enjoy the juxtaposition of jamming styles, and hopefully it will take you right into the weekend!


2001 > David Bowie” 11.11.95 II

This combination kicked off the third night at Atlanta’s Fox Theatre, a run that revved up the second half of a marathon Fall Tour.



8.10.10 (G.Lucas)

Mike’s Song” 12.30.93 II

A classic piece of Phish history.



Down with Disease” 12.30.03 II

A passionate version that gets lost in the shuffle of Miami ’03 that features a spine-tingling re-entry into the song’s theme at the end of the jam.



Reba” 8.14.96 I

An eternally underrated show in Hershey ’96 finally began to get its props over a decade after the fact.



Piper” 6.10.00 I

In the band’s second night in Tokyo, this 20-plus minute “Piper” batted third in the first set after a near half-hour “Disease” sparked the show.


Ghost” 11.11.98 I

One of my favorite Fall ’98 “Ghosts” from Van Andel Arena in Grand Rapids, Michigan.



Limb By Limb” 12.3.99 II

This version from Cincy ’99 is far more your average “Limb.”



6.27.10 (G.Lucas)

Split Open and Melt” 12.7.94 I


A shredding first-setter from Spreckels Theatre in San Diego near the end of Fall ’94.



Harry Hood” 11.16.97 II

The night before Denver ’97’s monumental show, Phish dropped this stellar “Hood” towards the end of the second set.

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1,079 Responses to “TTFF: Through The Years”

  1. Gavinsdad Says:

    Yeah NT….that’s KWL

    Bowie>Cities>Bowie is another epic journey. Thoughtful seamless transitions. A majestic air. The whole thing kills. Specially the 2nd trans…

    Rush hour meditations are how I get my Phish.

  2. KfL Says:

    one and the same marshall

    telas, yes i’ll be back out to CO likely in mid june (right after mpp). planning on emailing you soon about the gorge>tahoe jaunt… i’m just about in for gorge, and am considering the gorge>tahoe>CO drive if i still have a spot. the picture will get clearer after mail order news…

  3. KfL Says:

    can’t stop with the 7-21-99 mikes>simple>left toe

  4. tela'smuff Says:

    What’s the longest Maze ever played? In doing a little research at, I was surprised to see 10/18/96 indicated among the undisputed champion versions. I was there and do recall a great Maze. Didn’t realize it’s considered one of the best. A revisit is in order.

    There is no question in my mind, that ’96 was the year of Maze (as well as Simple, and some killer Mike’s).

    I was always partial to 12-28-96 as my favorite version. Page just absolutely destroys his solo.

  5. Guyute711 Says:

    Marshall, when you check back in let me know what you are doing as far as accommodations in Alpharetta. Mikey will be in full force. I have hotel rooms already. I’m sure I’ll see you regardless.

  6. [an unrelated] Wilson Says:

    any cc holds out there yet?

  7. tela'smuff Says:

    kfl – sounds good man! at the very least we’ll fire up a round of frolf. i think the holding pattern is on for everybody on mail order. we shall see! gorge>tahoe>co will be fun.

  8. sumodie Says:

    Jtran- sell some H20. Get the campsite. You are traveling across the country, i wouldn’t let $95 stand in the way of hanging with phriends vs. posting up at a truck stop.


    Always lots o’ cops around the Gorge highways -would be surprised if they let cars hang long at the nearby rest areas. If you really want to stealth car camp somewheres, I’d search around on the green board, DMB forum, etc for the low down

    On site Gorge camping never sells out, so you can always wait til the last minute

    This site seems to have some great info on the Gorge, with a great aerial map taboot:

  9. sumodie Says:

    ^ From said Gorge info site:

    “There are also a few spots along the river where you can drive off the highway and find a place to park your car and set up a tent.
    These places are on the east side of the river, just south of I-90. These sites are dusty and windy. Keep in mind you are in
    rattlesnake country. But the price is right.”

  10. Mulitbeast Says:

    @sumodie – thanks for sending th gorge info link. Appears he is quite the DMB fan. Did you check out the dude’s DMB tatoo?

  11. BrandonKayda Says:

    16min Maze 8-17-97

    18min Maze 2-26-03

  12. sumodie Says:

    @multi: the tattoo? not until you pointed that out, lol

    DMB fans are a weird lot. Well, at least a different weirdness from phish weirdness

  13. Chuck D Says:

    llfa @ the coffee cup stain tattoo! classic

    (at least thats how i always interpreted those 2 circles…)

  14. Mulitbeast Says:

    Yep. Homeboy went pretty deep on finding the right DMB image to permanently put on his skin. Good for him.

  15. BrandonKayda Says:

    Trying to find Mr C’s big Gorge post from 09′. He posted a huge thing for people going – it has something to do with the left gate of the venue. Anyhow, if I find it I’ll let you guys know.

  16. Mulitbeast Says:

    Thanks BK – That would be appreciated.

  17. BrandonKayda Says:

    Found it!

    ” ============== The Gorge ============

    Similar to voopa’s advice re: Red Rocks there is (or was, last time I went in 03) a right way and a wrong way to enter the Gorge. One thing that has definitely changed is that there’s apparently now a new entrance for people in the Swanky Super Deluxe Camping or whatever that is. But, if otherwise things haven’t changed, there are two sets of gates, and one line is typically MUCH longer than the other.

    90% of show goers come from the campground which is to the north of the venue – to the right, when you’re facing he gates. There are two sets of gates, one to the right closest to the campground and one all the way around a curving fence off to the left. Everyone walks up from the campground and just gets in line for the right hand gates. You can’t even see the other gates from there, just the parking lot. So the left gates are only used by frequent flyers and people who drove from hotels (and even a lot of them just float with the flock and get in the big line).

    So just bust a move over to the left. It’s at least worth checking out. In 03 we did it both nights are there were literally AT LEAST several thousand people in the big line and just a few dozen in the left.

    As for in the venue: it’s a big ass place, and if you want it to be really loud, you probably want the floor. Especially if it’s windy. But if you don’t want to deal with the floor, there’s a nice and often overlooked section of terraces between the floor and the main lawn. It is a relatively small section of seating and fills up VERY fast when the gates open so if you want a terrace spot you might want to get in line early and send a runner ahead with your blankets. The sound is typically great there and though it’s more distant that the floor the view of the stage is great. The view of the Gorge itself isn’t quite as epic as it is from the top of the lawn…the Gorge is all about tradeoffs…from the floor you really miss a lot of the beauty of the surroundings IMO.


    Water, ice, more water, shade, water yet again, sunscreen and did I mention water?

    Now it may not be a real scorcher there. In 03 it wasn’t that bad, and that was July. But it can be fucking *ridiculous* – in fact a heat wave will hit there (and here) this coming week. Hopefully it will pass in time for the shows.

    But if it is hot, and you’re camping, you need to be ready for the sun to hit your tent like a sledgehammer by 8am at the latest and turn it into your own personal oven. If you can camp on the northwest side of a vehicle, especially a big one like an RV, do that. The Colonel’s suggestion from a few weeks ago is a great one: bring a big tarp, canopy or other shade structure to put between your tent and the sun. Keeping the glare from actually hitting your tent directly will make a HUGE difference.

    Other than that it’s just the list from above, and pacing yourself. What that really means is: it’s obvious that (again assuming it’s truly hot) the daytime is not really a good time to dose or start early rollin’ or any of that. So people tend to rage really hard all night. So if you want to sleep, camp on the periphery. But, if you party hard all night and aren’t in an RV or something with AC, you’re going to have a hard time sleeping in the next day. I’ve known a lot of ppl who have basically ruined their second show by blazing all night after the first show and then melting all day, and have nothing left for #2.

    So I like to go moderate the first night, or start a little early, something I can come down off of by say 3am or so and count on getting 4-5 hours of sack time. Then 2nd night you blow the root off and stay up counting the stars, dancing, watching the sunrise, fucking on top of your RV, all the nighttime goodness of a fully raging campground scene.

    Of course I won’t be doing any of that this year with Junior in tow, but then before, and eventually once more…

    FWIW I’ve never seen the Gorge campgrounds get badly nitroused out so while it’s a pretty heady party it’s also never really gotten sketchy there (at Phish shows, and as far as I know).

    Have fun! ”

    Thank you Mr C!

  18. tela'smuff Says:

    i am thinking to myself, “why am i camping at the Gorge?” after Deer Creek I said never again. But it’s two days, i’ll be in Tahoe soon after. One last melter. I can do this. cmon!

  19. Mulitbeast Says:

    Nice one BK. Thanks man.

  20. phoammhead Says:

    bek and i just booked round trip delta flights from asheville to seattle one stop in atlanta $500 per person

    gorge bitches!

  21. snowbank Says:

    Nice Work BK.

    That may be why they don’t play three nights at the gorge – people would die.

    It has been hard for me to rally for the second night after baking in the sun all day. Drinking probably didn’t help.

    My advice is to have a seperate shade area from your tent. When you get hot in your tent… go to the shade area to sleep. It can buy you at least an hour. Let’s also hope the weather is mild.

  22. tela'smuff Says:

    i’ve bought a couple of those battery operated camping fans and used those. they actually can add slight relief. this Gorge camping will test the past 16 years of my Phish/Festival camping knowledge. game on.

  23. Jtran Says:

    Thanks BK

    And also booked my flight today. Will be in Washington the whole week leading up to the shows if any of you WA cats want to hang out.

  24. Leo Weaver Says:

    You CAN do this Tela’s!

    @NTM…good to see you around again. You’re going to Raleigh with us, right?

  25. phoammhead Says:

    what’s the difference from camping at the gorge campground and the wildhorse campground?

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