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!


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.



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.



Tweezer” 6.24.00 I, Atlanta, GA

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



Bathtub Gin” 6.28.00 I, Holmdel, NJ

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



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 .



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.



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.



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?



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.


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. marcoesq Says:

    Would have LOVED to see them with Hornsby.

  2. marcoesq Says:

    I’m trying to hear that 2.17 show, need to get off my work computer so I can hit up etree

  3. voopa Says:

    I’m at work too. Boo!

  4. phoammhead Says:

    i’m lurking . . . does that count?

  5. verno329 Says:

    Hey all! Hoping for a good start to the week here.

    I keep trying to get to that 4/20/01 Phil show that Duder linked. One of my absolute favorites from the start of set one to the last note of the encore. But damn, I just can’t hit stop on the ’97 Jams compilation I’m spinning. 173 tracks of pure imrov Phish on shuffle is tough to stop. But I’ll get there I swear!

  6. El Duderino Says:

    @ verno329

    the Jam outa’ Wharf Rat is redonk!

  7. verno329 Says:


    That one is a monster! So is the Cumberland, like you mentioned earlier. And the Rainy Day Women jam to start set 2 is very fitting. And the Dark Star>Blues for Allah> Dark Star?!?! Not to mention the Help>Slip>I am the Walrus>Frank to close. Add a choice encore like that and that is why it is in contention for my favorite attended show from start to finish. Not one let up at all.

    And I think I’ve mentioned it before but I had the hiccups for this entire show. I rarely get them but when I do I have them for like 2 or 3 days at a time. So frustrating. I also have had them for Jazzfest in ’96 (tho thankfully not during the Phish set) and Smilefest in ’04. Crazy.

  8. Guyute711 Says:

    Duder, hitting the course today?

  9. phoammhead Says:

    duder, did you get snow?

  10. bhizzle Says:

    1st time I heard Blues For Allah, was in my early to mid 20’s, smoked some serious dank. the combo spun me. finished listening to the cd from the bathroom floor.

  11. snowbank Says:

    I’ve got a new t-shirt idea. likely my best one yet…
    The text across the top says: We are the .0099%
    Below, in smaller text: that appreciate the most interesting band alive

    Then the picture below is of phish fans protesting with signs like:
    -Signs are lame
    -Type Two Jams for all
    -Bouncing (with a red line through it)
    -Glowsticks are for Cu$ties

    I’m working on the protest signs, but you get the point.

  12. Guyute711 Says:

    Someone needs to step up and make some cool shirts again. That is one thing I have missed since the return. Most of the lot t’s have been pretty lame if there were even any around.

  13. El Duderino Says:


    it hail’d-sleeted

    @ G$$$


  14. El Duderino Says:

    someone needs to make an understated-slick t-shirt

    an emblem or something, I don’t know

  15. neemor Says:

    Gotta turn myself in.

    First time since 6.28 Holmdel listening to that Gin.
    So ashamed.

    Loving 2000 retrospectively today,

    Hope you guys are all good.

  16. neemor Says:

    I still think the slickest tee would be the dark gray with the lurker’s tiny black smiley face.

  17. neemor Says:

    There never was a Series two tee for

    We all got complacent, I think.
    Or something. I did anyways.

    Needing a new tee also,

  18. Iriewalton Says:

    The moving truck left an hour ago.
    The company was called Humboldt, appropriately enough.
    We fly to Oregon, tomorrow.

    Oregon Trail 2012 stylee.

    See you all on the left side.

  19. bhizzle Says:

    right, my first phishthoughts tee is looking pretty weak

  20. phoammhead Says:

    yeah, no snow here, either

  21. marcoesq Says:

    This is how our weather report has gone the past week:

    ALL last week: “Snow this weekend!!!”
    Thurs: “SNOW on sunday!!”
    Fri: “SNOW Late Sunday!!”
    Sat: “Possibly snow, late sunday”
    Sun: “Umm, the storm track moved just south of us. NO precip”

    Sunny today.


  22. snowbank Says:

    I managed to ride the 30″ of fresh this weekend and avoid avalanches! pretty stoked. Listened to gorge ’09 sbds yesterday. Such smoking shows. I really wish those would get remixed. Mike is so low, it’s like a three person band most of the time. Still smoking.

    And sadly, ironic ‘concept’ t-shirts are the best that I can do. slickness isn’t really my thing.

  23. snowbank Says:

    ripping down the mountain to the gorge sally jam is $$$.

  24. kenny powers Says:


  25. Spasm Waiter Says:

    Que pasa comrades. Really enjoying those P & F recordings as well.
    @Palmer- Herring and Robinson will be a cool como. Have you heard brotherhood yet?

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