TTFF: Phish2k—Summer Tour

10.23.2010 (Dave Lavery)

The Summer of 2000—moving from Tokyo, Japan to Columbus, Ohio—represented Phish’s last true push of creative music. Though the band’s playing in Japan was on another level than in the states, the band, nonetheless, cranked through a solid summer tour—their last until 2003. Once the fall came, Phish shows turned less consistently creative, and standout jams came less frequently as the band moved towards hiatus. Today’s playlist features some of the tour’s lesser known jams to go along with a couple fan favorites, all arranged chronologically as they came in the Summer of 2000. Enjoy ten more tunes as the wait for summer dates continues!

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Piper” 6.10.00 I, Tokyo, JP

The only “Piper” of Japan happened in a big way in the first set of Tokyo’s second show.

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Theme -> Dog Faced Boy” 6.16.00 II, Osaka, JP

This unfinished “Theme” followed a massive “Runaway Jim” (featured last week) in the band’s final show in the far east.

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Tweezer” 6.24.00 I, Atlanta, GA

This sunset “Tweezer” from Lakewood is one of my personal favorites.

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Bathtub Gin” 6.28.00 I, Holmdel, NJ

A spectacular and triumphant version that Trey leads to the mountaintop.

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Birds -> Catapult > Heavy Things” 6.29.00 II, Holmdel, NJ

Phish dropped this stellar piece of improv to open the final set of PNC’s two night stand. The dark and twisted “Birds” jam has hints of Coltrane’s “A Love Supreme” laced throughout .

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Ghost” 7.1.00 II, Hartford, CT

This scorching, second-set closing “Ghost” snuck in the door at the last minute to highlight the show.

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Limb by Limb -> 2001” 7.6.00 II, Toronto, ON

A dark horse combo that got things moving after setbreak in a quick stop north of the border.

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Split Open and Melt” 7.7.00 II, Burgettstown, PA

Though not with the unbridled fury of 1994, Phish could still rip a serious “Melt” in 2000. Can they still?

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Mike’s Song” 7.14.00 II, Columbus, OH

A driving and sinister jam transforms into beauty, representing one of the last—if not the final—versions of “Mike’s” with two jams.

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Down With Disease -> WMMGW” 7.15.00 II, Columbus, OH

Summer’s dramatic “farewell jam” came at the top of the second set, while sliding smoothly and unexpectedly into “While My Guitar Gently Weeps.”

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882 Responses to “TTFF: Phish2k—Summer Tour”

  1. Robear Says:

    Joe, I hear you. They were a fairly sober band on stage through the early 90s I’m told.

    I agree 100% with you that the lack of jamming and creativity is a choice by Trey. Nothing more. I want a new choice!

  2. Gavinsdad Says:

    Dicks Gin is my 3.0 choice…not the whale-y Gorge 09 Gin.

  3. thedayman Says:

    hopefully 2012 will bring the heat. i think it will. maybe trey’s focus will return to improv, and i certainly hope so. at some point he’s gotta realize that we don’t travel around the country to hear them play ‘alaska’ and horse >silent. i certainly didn’t pay a bunch of $$$ to see that on 12/31 this year. people go to 1 show for that kind of thing.

    i’m there, and all of us here i think are, for the hope of uplifting and spiritually enlightening improv that was the core of this band in the 90’s.

  4. joemeg Says:

    yeah, but they were at least puffing then Robear. Like I said I’m definitely not advocating that Trey fall off the wagon, just think that sobriety may have a little to do with the lack of jamming.

    I think just more practice would go a long way too.

    I agree with MIA on the Camden Gin a few days later. Remember when Gin was pretty much always a highlight.

  5. Robear Says:

    Joe, also lots of fungus tea back then. I’m just referring to on stage, not practice sessions. But what do I know. We’ve now had 3 years of pretty much the same routine, with slowly improving chops by Trey and Fish.

  6. Gavinsdad Says:

    And tho I’m completely with el dude on PAF vs Furthur I did get a little frustrated with some of the herring/Haynes/molo era meandering….even when they were killing it at those early aughts beacon runs they took alot of “wander time” that I thought was crappy. That’s why I thought this incarnation with Russo was gonna be so bangin. Guess it was!

    I’m an equal opportunity meandering hater….I don’t like certain Phish jams people dig for the same reason. You hear a jam…I hear pointless wanking.

  7. Mike in Austin Says:

    Thanks Dude. We’re seriously looking into adopting now.

    Mrs MiA was a foster child, and I also really appreciate the work of foster parents.

    But I also know that it’s really tough to give the love to a child, and know that the state may decide that putting the child with their original family is best for them, when you know you can give that child better opportunities than the original potentially broken home they came from.

    We’re on the cusp right now. Hopefully adopting doesn’t take too long.

    Gotta say though, being 42 and the thought of an 18 year old harassing me when I’m 60 kinda blows my mind too. Gotta get into shape.

    Shoreline ’00 Gin, I really love too. Mike’s contributions on that go unnoticed, but I find that “Sunset” Gin to be perfect in many many ways.

  8. joemeg Says:

    Funny thing is I guess I’m one of the few that really likes Horse> Silent. But I did like it better when Horse was acoustic and the Silent solo had that old really sweet tone that Trey used to have

  9. phoammhead Says:

    @HYHU

    friend of bek’s who’s connected says so. how connected? don’t know. probably wouldn’t mark it 8, but it was fun typing that last night. ;)

    @gdad – vibes

    @T3 – happy happy – have a great day!

  10. Mr palmer Says:

    Fuck Trey!!!!

  11. thedayman Says:

    @joemeg – i dont necessarily mind either of those tunes, it’s just the placement that can be irksome at times. i’ve been to a few shows where those seem to pop up in really deep moments in the second set and it can be frustrating. but that’s placing my own expectations of what i want from phish on them, and that’s not really fair i guess. i just want some improv is all.

  12. Robear Says:

    Palmer, whenever I need a good laugh, I think of your meme. ” If we play Mikes Song two nights in a row, doesn’t count as a second jam?”

    “You’re an idiot”

    Cracks me up every time!

  13. El Duderino Says:

    @ GDad

    I can agree with you on the Oct. ’00 tour when they 1st got together.
    By Summer tour ’01 that shit was the best thing on the road, they got it dialed in.

  14. joemeg Says:

    I was waiting for Mr. P to drop in with that.

    MIA, your not too old. I’m 40 and have 3 little ones, 7 year old, 3 year old, and 16 months.

    In that last few months I found out about health issues I have that make me scared that I won’t be around for when my kids start going to college. Still they are by far the best thing that ever happened to me, and Meg of course.

  15. Mike in Austin Says:

    Oh yeah, Happy Birthday T3!

    And Fuck Trey.

    Going on a pure Gin walk. The plan is …

    Real Gin -> Riverport Gin -> Went Gin -> Shoreline ’00 Gin -> Rupp Gin -> Hampton Gin -> UIC ’98 Gin

    Deck is stacked!

  16. DaNcInG fOoL Says:

    @Gdad – vibes to you and your family. good luck, i can imagine the next 10 days will be pretty anxiety filled.

    viva la gorge gin!

  17. Gavinsdad Says:

    I wanted set lists at mehsg. I didnt get song choices or orders there at all. This is the type of thing I never would have commented on pre BB/3.0. Just saying

    (we are losing it w boredom here)

  18. Mike in Austin Says:

    Joe – I’m probably too old, but I’ll give them carpet rats a run for their money. Hopefully.

  19. Robear Says:

    MiA, you’re missing all 3 of my favorites!

    Real Gin
    Winston/Salem
    Shoreline 03

  20. DaNcInG fOoL Says:

    riverport gin
    went gin
    gorge gin

  21. SillyWilly Says:

    Happy Birthday, T3!!

    Phish kids 2012: We’re on the natural rhythms method.

    sometimes they can, sometimes they can’t.

    sometimes there’s a surprise.

  22. El Duderino Says:

    I like Horse > Silent and Alaska…

    1st sequence reminds me of ’93 and Alaska was WAY better the KFC that’s fo’ sho’

  23. El Duderino Says:

    Rupp Gin

  24. joemeg Says:

    yeah, I hear you dayman, and I agree. But remember everybody Trey doesn’t just horse jams, he Julius’s them too, and also does it with many other songs.
    I still can’t believe Trey thought it was a good idea to finish new year’s with Alaska, Wading, First Tube. What?!

  25. joemeg Says:

    yeah, I hear you dayman, and I agree. But remember everybody Trey doesn’t just horse jams, he Julius’s them too, and also does it with many other songs.
    I still can’t believe Trey thought it was a good idea to finish new year’s with Alaska, Wading, First Tube. What?!

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