TTFT: Winter 2003

8.6.11 - The Gorge (Graham.Lucas)

When Phish came back from their hiatus, the band played a mediocre New Year’s Run that left some fans wondering what was to come. But after two weeks in February, during which the band stepped up its game considerably, much of the community believed again. This was the only domestic winter or spring tour since 1994, and the frigid crossing of the nation brought a different feel to the two week journey. But each night, Phish’s playing warmed up the audiuence with increasingly creative playing and considerable on-stage risk taking. And by the end of the short tour, there were plenty of musical highlights to look back on. Enjoy these ten selections for this Tuesday, celebrating the band’s return to the road nine years ago.


Mike’s Song > Free” 2.21 II

“Mike’s” still had girth when the band came back in 2003, as it opened this second set in Cincy—nine years ago today—with plenty of filthy grooves.



Tweezer” 2.20 II

Though Nassau’s gem gets the most focus of any “Tweezer” from Winter ’03, this Chicago rendition—the first of tour—is a dissonant and diabolical ride.



Piper” 2.16 II

This Vegas “Piper” highlighted a big weekend in Vegas that symbolized the true return of Phish to the community at large.



Twist” 2.24 II

A dark horse ride to outer space from East Rutherford’s second set, though much of the crowd was already blues’d out by BB King’s first set marathon sit-in.



Bathtub Gin” 2.22 II

One of the most original and cohesive jams of Winter Tour, as the band pushed into a nouveau ambient-Phishtronica.



Stash -> Ghost” 2.26 II

This sequence was the improvisational centerpiece of the band’s returned to The Centrum in Worcester.



Seven Below” 2.20 II

With the above “Tweezer,” this “Seven Below” jam anchored the second set at Rosemont.



Down With Disease” 2.21 I

An often-overlooked jam that got things rocking quickly in the first set of four on a snowy weekend in Cincinatti.

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862 Responses to “TTFT: Winter 2003”

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  1. HYHU Says:

    Let me be the first to say good morning, thx for the tunes, and may summer dates be announced today.

  2. bhizzle Says:

    Good morning Stoner Fucks! Who needs coffee when you got Mike’s?

    And, please, for the love of all that’s holy, let’s get some dates today.

  3. st8 of mind Says:

    Hey, thanks Miner. Love this tour.

  4. 20 Minute Halleys Says:

    No lie, I have been spinning this tour since last Tuesday. Dug into that Tweezer with my father in the car on the way to John Mayall in Fairfield, CT, last Wednesday. This whole tour had “diabolical” written all over it. The boys entered some scary spaces in my mind.

  5. 20 Minute Halleys Says:

    Mayall, by the way, is the MAN. 78 and still rocking it out. I got to meet him before the show at his merch table and his hands are monstrous. His fingers are so disjointed, watching him play after wards, I sware he could stretch the length of the keyboard with one hand! Unbelievable. He had a bass player and drummer from Chicago, and Guitar player from Texas. This bass player tore up his solo, like nothing I’d ever seen before. Just insanity. First show of the year and they were on point!

  6. bhizzle Says:

    As cool as the transition is from Mike’s into Free, the composed portion is an absolute trainwreck on Trey’s end.

  7. 20 Minute Halleys Says:

    A lot of train wrecks for 2003, though occasionally they landed in beautiful pastures and the like! BB king set was a pleasure to rehash, but the songs that followed the next few nights, like Cities, I never heard them played quite that way!

  8. bhizzle Says:

    I haven’t heard too many people tell me they enjoyed the BB King set. I will give the man his due, but the thrill has never been for me.

    And this Tweezer is rearranging the pieces of my mind.

  9. RoosterPizza Says:

    Dates Dates Dates Dates Dates Dates!

  10. Mike in Austin Says:

    Great stuff. Thanks Miner. I am partial to the Vegas Ghost also. No type II but a great rocking d major jam that kept popping back up again and again (like summer’s shoreline Gin)

    The hood from Vegas is quite good too.

  11. Projmersch Says:

    – I listened to 2/14/03 yesterday. Surprised the Gin from that show didn’t make the list.

    That show was pretty sick for a tour opener. Has Miner ever listed the best tour openers?

    And yes- dates, dates, dates.

  12. Type III Jamming Personality Disorder Says:


    thanks for the wintry jamz, miner!

    “Nouveau Ambient Phishtronica”

    pfft. I was listening to that before anyone even had a name for it.

  13. DryIceFactory Says:

    Dates for leg one of summer ’11 were announced on this very Tuesday last year. hmmm

  14. Dr Pronoia Says:

    Let me go on record as having enjoyed the BB set. Also enjoyed Jay Z

    Both were one of just 1 or 2 shows I hit those respective tours so it wasn’t even like I had many other shows and jams to look forward to

    Personally I don’t understand desperately wanting novelty in jamming and song choice but not appreciating it when it comes to lineups, especially when it’s so visibly enjoyable for the band

    Dates please?

  15. kenny powers Says:

    @ bhizzle

    as someone who was there, it was very cool and exciting for the first few minutes to see BB up there with the band…but it did drag big time. I just think an arena was the wrong place for that. In other words, i think the only folks who probably got a lot out of the experience were the ones way up front who could really watch Trey and BB’s facial expressions as they played together.

  16. kenny powers Says:

    Granted, I was respectful and didn’t chatter the whole time, and am very glad I was there to witness that. As i said, i just felt it was odd experiencing it from way up in the balcony. Seeing that at a small club would have been the shit. Bourbon in hand…

  17. bhizzle Says:

    “but it did drag big time”

    a recurring theme in all who spoke of the BB set

  18. Dr Pronoia Says:

    True KP

    Enjoyable at the time, never relistened to

  19. stapes Says:

    Enjoyable at the time, never relistened to

    ^^^kind of like P Funk Miami 03 for me. Also felt it went on a little to long.

  20. gavinsdad Says:

    just got the following from my source:

    “next week”

    there you have it.

  21. gavinsdad Says:

    ^was also at BB set/show and drag it did.

  22. marcoesq Says:

    morning all. great picks, miner. hit this ’03 winter tour pretty hard

  23. phoammhead Says:

    and my source says the delay is punishment for all the trey bashing lately . . . take that, suckas! Love, Trey

  24. marcoesq Says:

    This Tweezer is making me feel evil

  25. Type III Jamming Personality Disorder Says:

    oh, and

    heureux mardi gras à toutes et à tous!

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