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”

  1. marcoesq Says:

    jeebus, why cant they rip Tweezers like this anymore?!?!?!?

    Tweezer>Ambient breakdown>Alien soundscape>Ripping finish

  2. marcoesq Says:

    ^Oh, and 20min long

  3. joemeg Says:

    morning all.

    I’d appreciate any positve vibes, thoughts, prayers or whatever you could send my younger brothers way. He has the same health issue I have but it is a little more progresed for him. He has to go to the hopsital today for hopefully only a few days. It should be OK, it needs to be becuase he has 4 kids, but it is serious shit. My anxiety has been through the roof the last few days over this, so it is proabbaly unbearable for him.

  4. Kaveh Says:

    Morning BBers!

    Thanks @Miner for the new tunes…I would say (broken record) that the David Bowie opener from the second night of Vegas would easily make this list. One of my all-time favorite versions.

    Dates today…I’m thinking YES!

  5. bhizzle Says:

    joemeg…keep the faith…if you feel his anxiety is above and beyond, as hard as it may be, you need to stay strong for him

  6. marcoesq Says:

    I heart Mike’s 2nd jams

  7. gavinsdad Says:

    dates next week.

  8. bhizzle Says:

    Is that a lil DWD reprise I hear at the end of that Piper?

  9. Snigglebeach Says:

    Winter 03. Some of the best shows this late arriver ever saw. That Nassau second set has been my most played sequence for a long time.

    Not sure why improv like that has disappeared these days. Like someone said the other day, not sure why only storage jams and sound checks are where they do that stuff. I’d quit my job this minute if they announce a storage jam tour.

    I have always loved the indoor arena shows. But unless they bring back a little more exploratory jamming I guess the outdoor party shows are where it’s at. Something about indoor rock shows of late ( MSG Amherst) just feel short of of “the old days”. Seems like a long time since they have truly melted a room. 03 I guess.

  10. tela'smuff Says:

    great pciks Miner! love that you added in the Disease from Cincy. that first set was a monster, besides the Disease, a fiery and fun Lope, and a great rendition of Lifeboy. I think you gotta add that Piper>Weekapaug in this mix from the next night. but yeah, the Tube, Gin still way up there on my list. I think the Gin had a Mr.Completely jam, then that crazy superplinko jam. anyway, Cincy shows and Vegas shows along with Nassau and Chicago made this winter tour a fun one. and the mushies i took think differently about the last night of Hampton ’03 as being mediocre.

    thx for the intel @Gdad. we have a target, but now this week is ruined. 😉

  11. joemeg Says:

    @bhizzle, Thanks, and I know I need to stay strong for him and not show him my anxiety.

    Maybe we could get some dates to take my mind off of it. Next week is no good Gdad. I need them now.

  12. Kaveh Says:

    thx for the intel @Gdad. we have a target, but now this week is ruined.

    ^ HA! Yes; thanks @Gdad.

  13. Robear Says:

    Hey all! Peace and vibes, Joemeg. You still on vacation? Stay strong.

    Dates? For the first time since the return, I couldn’t care less. Been let down enough with lack of west coast dates. Been spoiled by Miners jams of late. Would rather see a band leader that can surrender to the flow. Have Greenskybluegrass and Seun Kuti to look forward to.

    Etc, etc, etc.

  14. Guyute711 Says:

    After rocking out to a lot of the jams Miner has posted recently I kinda realized this weekend that the band cannot and will never be what it once was. It’s just flat out impossible. Don’t get me wrong, I still feel they are the best touring live act but they are not going to reach the heights they once did. If the band AKA Posterkid is reading this, Prove me wrong!!!!!!!

  15. bhizzle Says:

    What’s the story behind posterkid being in the band?

  16. Robear Says:

    G7, I can’t buy ‘cannot’. I buy ‘will not’, but see it as more of a choice.

  17. marcoesq Says:

    This Gin gets straight evil, too.

  18. tela'smuff Says:

    cmon guys. they are capable of it, it’s just that Trey needs to decide he wants to do it. there’s a difference. there are more than a few shining examples that the band can deliver the magical jams when they want to. had the band not played any shows after Denver, we wouldn’t be having this talk. instead, we have MSG and orchestra music to reflect on while 70 year old dudes are dropping hot, jam drenched shows in the middle of Feb.

    although i agree, the overall cloud hanging around Phish is not good. 2012 could be a thinning of the herd for some older diehards.

  19. El Duderino Says:

    G$$ finally comes around…

  20. Guyute711 Says:

    C’mon tela’s, nothing and I mean nothing from 3.0 even comes close to 3/4 of what has been posted in the last couple weeks on this site. If you think it does you are just pining for the old days.

  21. Type III Jamming Personality Disorder Says:

    same as it ever was
    same as it ever was
    same as it ever was
    same as it ever was

  22. marcoesq Says:

    If I had been in the building on 2.22 and had heard them drop a Friday after this INSANE Tube>Gin combo, not quite sure what my spun mind would’ve thought/done.

    There were more than a few times that tour-especially with the ballad encores-I was like, “Is Trey fucking with us??”

  23. Robear Says:

    Dicks was good, but safe and clean compared to what we are hearing from Miner.

  24. Robear Says:

    Marco, he’s often phucking with us. It’s gotten really old. After the coasting in 2000 and 2004, veteran fans deserve better IMO.

    But as T3 points out, that aspect is
    Same as it ever was

  25. Guyute711 Says:

    That’s kinda my point Robear. You can still go see quality Phish shows and I will until it’s over but listen to Ghost from Osaka and compare it to a recent Ghost. They are not even in the same universe. That Osaka Ghost is just one of many incredible versions taboot.

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