TTFT: Past Balls

Ready to Ball?

The time is near…everyone is useless at work at this point. I’m heading back East tonight, to to get prepared for what is sure to be an extravaganza, let’s take a look at some highlights from past Balls. Enjoy the music as you prepare for Watkins Glen International and Super Ball IX.


2001” 8.16.98 III

A super-sized version filled with chunky, Summer ’98 grooves.



Wolfman’s -> Simple” 8.16.97 II

One of so many outstanding musical memories from The Great Went.



Piper” 7.18.99 III

The Clifford Ball

This scorching centerpiece of Oswego’s final set is among “Piper’s” elite versions.



Harry Hood” 8.16.96 III

The first the line of many glorious festival “Hoods.” This one , however, just may be the best.



Tweezer -> Have Mercy” 7.17.99 II

The sunset suite on Osewgo’s opening night.



Mike’s Song” 12.30.99 III

The Great Went

The apocalyptic version from Big Cypress’s opening night just released on SBD by Kevin Shapiro on SBD; the last “Mike’s Song” of the 1900’s.



Ghost” 8.16.98 II

This version that forsehadowed the ambient interplay of Fall ’98 is a personal favorite.



Waves” IT 8.2.03 II

A relic of an era when the band willingly immersed themselves in abstract psychedelic jams.



FROM PHISH.COM: The Bunny on Jam On

“The Bunny is back and will be broadcast on SIRIUS XM’s Jam_On channel. The Bunny (and Sirius XM) will be broadcasting not just Phish sets, but the full mix of eclectic music, festival reports, archival Phish audio and much much more. In addition, for those driving in to the festival without satellite radio, The Bunny will be rocking it old school on WRCE 1490 AM as well.”

The Bunny will begin broadcasting on WRCE at 8 AM on Thursday, June 30 through 8 AM on Monday, July 4. Sirius XM will join us at Thursday at 3 PM and broadcast all the way through Monday morning.”



Beyond the ‘Boards: The Taping Tradition Lives On

One can’t begin to discuss even the cursory history of Phish without mentioning the role of tapers and the taping community. After every show and tour, hundreds of padded envelopes criss-crossed the country and helped spread the gospel of Phish in a fashion similar to the way bits & bytes travel the Internet now. From one to one trades, to complex trading trees, to blanks & postage offers, to taping parties, Phish tapes were constantly circulating. At the root of every chain and the beginning of every trade, was a taper who selflessly put recording the shows above all else…Read on here!

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3,579 Responses to “TTFT: Past Balls”

  1. DukeOfLizards Says:

    Well that was fucking gorgeous.

    Did a little Savasana over here for… five minutes? I have no idea.

  2. Mike in Austin Says:

    I retract my dammit. It slipped. Sorry.

  3. MrCompletely Says:

    that was very unlike Dave Matthews. I was deceived.

  4. verno329 Says:

    Wow. Nice after the Simple from blissville

  5. voopa Says:


  6. frottage Says:

    god that was beautiful.

    they have come so far

    i mean we with them
    have come so far

  7. vegas wolfmans Says:

    Like Sand, Bug also kicks ass. And always has.

  8. DukeOfLizards Says:

    Fucking awesome little plagal cadence from Page on the Hammond to close out that Simple.

    That’s what it’s about.

  9. fat bastard Says:


  10. msbjivein Says:

    It doesn’t matter!

  11. SillyWilly Says:

    i don’t like bands who converse with extra-terrestials

    im quitting.

  12. DukeOfLizards Says:

    Just had a couple of convos with the SLF and the family.

    I am Ballin’ tomorrow.

  13. MrCompletely Says:

    i’m never Yay to hear this song start but at least I’ve started to remember that I always come around to like it by the time it gets to this part so I can stay gruntled a little easier at least

  14. SillyWilly Says:

    you gotta, Duke.

    good decision, man.

    you would have regretted it.

  15. guitarpicker420! Says:

    it reminds me of 20 years later (though I like that better) in that it has that peaceful verse and then big rock chorus, both sound like very modern songs. though they are 10 years apart!

  16. MrCompletely Says:

    er, I mean yay for you!

    [thumbs up]

  17. MrCompletely Says:

    I mean…yeah. get some, Red.


  18. DukeOfLizards Says:


    I know. Unfortunately 7/1 is basically the one day a year that I absolutely CAN NOT take off from work (client fiscal year ends, etc.), so it had to come to last minute scrapping like this.

    Setting the alarm for 4 AM and getting my ass up there bright and early.

  19. vegas wolfmans Says:

    This is an extremely gruntling Bug peak.

  20. MrCompletely Says:

    it sucks that Trey has lost all his handspeed

  21. voopa Says:

    WOO HOO!

  22. voidboy Says:


  23. vegas wolfmans Says:

    possum reprise> week

  24. snowbank Says:

    Just pure awesome… lovin the ball from afar

    but MrC gets the Meme win…

    Cant beleive you would go without me

  25. SillyWilly Says:

    totally, Duke

    anyone who can possibly see this band right now must.

    that Simple was just beautiful

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