As the calendar flips to December, memories of Phish jams past always dance in our heads. The month is synonymous with vintage Phish, as the band brings their explorations of the year to a head each year. Throughout history, many fall tours spilled into the early weeks of December, and in 1999, the band gave December a tour of its own, as the band geared up for Big Cypress. This week’s playlist is taken from shows that took place on the first two days of December throughout the years. Enjoy the tunes as we fade into the weekend.
“Peaches En Regalia” 12.1.96 I, Los Angeles, CA
This bustout of “Peaches,” for the first time since 12.31.94, opened the show at Pauly Pavilion at UCLA.
Nineteen-ninety five was, arguably, the peak year for “Mike’s Groove,” and as the band careened towards ’96,every single version in December absolutely slayed. This is the first one—a legendary rendition from Hershey, PA.
“Split Open and Melt” 12.1.94 I, Salem, OR
Another outrageous ’94 “Split.” They just don’t make ’em like this anymore.
“Tweezer” 12.2.95 II, New Haven, CT
This fierce all-timer transcends groove and lands in pure musical annihilation. In SBD clarity thanks to @shapsio!
“Reba” 12.1.96 II
A big-time second-setter from Pauly Pavilion.
“Light” 12.2.09, NYC, NY
One of the first jaw-dropping versions of “Light.”
This show kicked off the Phish’s torrid December Tour of ’99, and this sequence formed the scorching centerpiece—and a tour highlight.