TTFF: Today In Phish History


Phish has played a total of three shows on November 4th in their career from 1990 forward, and as it turns out all three carried quite a bit of meat to them. In Fall of 1990, on Phish’s first true tour, November 4th brought the band to Fort Ram’s Nightclub in Fort Collins, Colorado—a show that circulated widely on Maxells back in the day. The last of a five show Colorado run, the band finished their visit to the Rocky Mountain State in style. Come Fall ’94, Phish wound their way to Onondaga War Memorial Auditorium in Syracuse, New York—the same venue they visited during Fall of 2009. November ’94 is a legendary month in Phish history, and this was the third show. Their last November 4th show came at McNichols Arena in Denver, Colorado, on the heels of Utah’s half-empty “Dark Side” extravaganza. This week’s Friday playlist is assembled solely from these three shows, each spaced four years apart. While perusing the selections, the vast differences in style are obvious as Phish continued to add new aspects to their ever-expanding satchel of sorcery. Enjoy the tunes and the weekend!


Harry Hood” 11.4.90 I

A pristine, old-school version of Phish’s uplifting and spiritual classic.



Mike’s > Simple > Mike’s > Tela > Weekapaug” 11.4.94 II

A raucous sequence from Onondaga War Memorial in Syracuse, New York.



Piper > 2001” 11.4.98 II

This sequence is a vastly overlooked highlight of Fall ’98. The band masterfully blends this monster “Piper” jam seamlessly into “2001,” creating a powerful segue into the spacefunk.



Manteca -> Caravan” 11.4.90 II

A jazzy combo from back in the day. Trey playfully teases “Woody Woodpecker” in “Caravan.”



Slave to the Traffic Light” 11.4.94 II

A gorgeous set-closing rendition from Syracuse.



Bathtub Gin > Ya Mar” 11.4.98 I

This cathartic “Gin” and rhythmically intricate “Ya Mar” combined to form the centerpiece of the first set in Denver ’98—the set after Utah’s Dark Side freak-fest.



The Asse Festival” 11.4.90 I

Before “Guelah Papyrus” existed, there was “The Asse Festival.” Check out the early-school precision to this tune.



Frankie Says -> David Bowie” 11.4.98 I

The band displayed their Fall ’98 ambient jamming as they migrated from “Frankie Says” into “Bowie.



Phish 1990

OLD SCHOOL MEMORIES: Few fans in the present-day Phish community carry the veteran tour experience and perspective of having seen—essentially—the band’s entire career. Some of these old-school tour heads still frequent shows with the same enthusiasm they had twenty years ago, and my friend, Todd, is one of them. Check out his blog, “Back In My Day,” chronicling early show experiences from a different era of Phish. Providing a glimpse into the early scene that so many of us missed as youngsters—he was at Amy’s Farm—Todd’s posts provide vibrant, personal anecdotes of a time gone by, not to mention musical analysis, streaming highlights and downloads of the shows he reviews. When you have some time on your hands, get lost in his writings—they are informative and engaging accounts of shows that many of us just know as analog classics; they are a lot of fun to read! Check it out!

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1,638 Responses to “TTFF: Today In Phish History”

  1. Mike in Austin Says:

    This is gonna be a great game.

  2. EL Duderino Says:

    I wish you could puff for the 1st time after 28 days then put on that DS 🙂

  3. EL Duderino Says:

    strap in and buckle up

  4. Jtran Says:

    Doing some resume editing for the first time since I got my job a little over a year ago.

    Not fun times.

  5. thedayman Says:

    so true @garret, that sally was kick ass

  6. kenny powers Says:

    about to embark on 5/22/00 Ghost journey

    wish me luck

  7. Type III Jamming Personality Disorder Says:

    anyone had any luck finding extras out there for the 30th and 31st? prices are still pretty high right now from what I’ve seen.

  8. Jtran Says:

    Good luck kp

  9. kenny powers Says:

    my god this is good stuff

  10. garretc Says:

    Pssh… Who needs luck getting through the RCMH Ghost?

    It’s pretty much impossible to fail to listen to the whole thing once you start!


    I’m supposed to have been working lately on getting my first resume together, but it’s been slooowwwww going… I bet internships are overrated anyways…


  11. Mr. Palmer Says:

    funny how years like ’99, ’00, ’04, which are often over looked , have some of the greatest jams phish ever produced.

  12. kenny powers Says:


    we offish need to hang

    mark it 8 dude

  13. garretc Says:


    Agreed. MSG it is!

  14. kenny powers Says:

    the thing that’s so great about this Ghost is how minimal it is. While Page is lighting his synth on Fire, Trey plays the same chord for longer than i think i’ve heard him hold down a chord with no kind of fills at all. Just gross

  15. kenny powers Says:

    i would have shit myself to be at this show

  16. EL Duderino Says:

    eagles secondary dropping like flies … 2 now gone

  17. EL Duderino Says:

    Bears 120 yds Eagles 20

  18. Jtran Says:


    I haven’t heard of anything really, and I’ve been casually looking for 12/30s for friends and looking hard for 12/31s for Alex and I

    I think people are still hoping for miracle trades, but who knows

  19. kenny powers Says:

    David my brother

    big vote coming up in Ohio

    Kasich vs. the Unions and everyday people

    i feel a movement is coming in support of labor unions and peeps that fucking work. investment vehicles have been spiritual crack on this land

  20. EL Duderino Says:


    you trying to rial me up?!?! 😉

  21. Type III Jamming Personality Disorder Says:

    I’m still seeing big markups but there are tickets starting to come out. found a site where you can search multiple craigslists at once.

    I have some hard work trying to get two more for the 30th and four for NYE. At this point I need to gauge what my friends’ comfort level is in terms of paying over face. I have mine but need to get the rest of the crew in the round room!

  22. kenny powers Says:

    totally not man! nothing but positivity in here! but i just identify with you on that and feel a true revolution coming up and it’s about time.

  23. thedayman Says:

    well then, need to cue up the RCMH ghost. not a problem, love that jam

  24. EL Duderino Says:

    I’m just playin’

  25. Jtran Says:


    Thanks for the site, I’ll check it out.

    If I find anything come up and can help I’ll let you know…Burlington CL (only one I’m really comfortable with) has only had a couple posts a day of people wanting to buy NYEs for face, or trade 28 or 29 for 31, etc

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