Retro Post: Exploring on the Eighth

8.15.11 - UIC Pavilion (Michael Stein)

Today, I’ll let my blog do my work for me. Here’s a link to last year’s December 8th installment of December jam memoirs, a series of posts in which I tracked the calendar using Phish jams. The intro is below.


Exploring on the Eighth

Today, our December focus shift onto two sprawling excursions that took place on the eighth day of the month in 1995 and 1999. Both selections — Cleveland’s “Tweezer > Kung > Tweezer” and Cumberland County Civic Center’s “Piper” — feature musical explorations that veer far off the beaten path, providing snapshots of the band’s experimental side as seen through the lenses of 1995 and 1999…Read On!


Jam of the Day:

Piper > Dog-Faced Boy” 12.8.99 II

Part of a stellar second set at Cumberland County Civic Center in Portland, Maine. Read about it in the article linked above.



VIDEO OF THE DAY: “Jennifer Dances” 12.7.99 II

One of the three December ’99 performances of the much-maligned tune. I’ve always wondered, “What’s not to like?”

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513 Responses to “Retro Post: Exploring on the Eighth”

  1. BingosBrother Says:

    I’m just sittin here watchin the wheels go round and round, I really love to watch them roll. love me some solo Lennon.

  2. Jtran Says:

    Listened to Bag > Slave while making dinner with the slf tonight. She dug it more than other long jams I’ve put on (maybe it was the CD qualiy?) we ate, then had beverages.


  3. BingosBrother Says:

    97 Phish would’ve slayed Fame by Bowie and Lennon.

  4. Esteban Says:

    @BB I just scored a 30th! 400 level, but whatever. Up top in MSG can be fun ! I was upstairs behind the stage for the 12/30/95… After all of this time, that one still stands up to everything else I’ve seen live.

  5. butter Says:

    that ticker, on the top of the page, looks sexy with the days in the teens

  6. Wilson123 Says:

    Need 1 NYE

    evan DOT hirschhorn AT gmail

  7. Mike in Austin Says:

    7-3 is it?

  8. BingosBrother Says:

    Woot woot esteban! congrats!

  9. Mike in Austin Says:

    Nice esteban!

    The end of that game in the last 4 minutes put 25 pts to my FF.

  10. hazel mango Says:

    You guys are the best. And those are NYC taxi cabs on 42nd street in my gravatar pic. Wish I could be there.

  11. voopa Says:

    FZ: Good night!
    John Lennon: Good night, thank you!
    Yoko Ono: Thank, thank you
    John Lennon: We’d like to thank Frank for having us on here
    Yoko Ono: Yeah, he’s great, isn’t he? He’s the greatest . . .

  12. Joel Says:

    If anyone saw glowing hot pink shirts at the Gorge or in Denver that read “Jennifer Dances” on them that was us, I think we had close to 50 at the Gorge. Look for mine behind the stage at MSG – you can’t miss it!
    A little less salt, in the gravy tonight!
    see y’all at MSG!!!!

  13. Robert Champion Says:

    I’m going to intentionally put a kink in here.

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