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. tela'smuff Says:

    the trick to music storage is to get a computer that can hold more music. 😉 my recent upgrade has been a revelation. i’ve got 25,000 songs so far in my iTunes, and i’m only a quarter full on the internal HD, which is 1TB. i now keep all my live stuff on one external 1TB HD, and my backup of all my other music on another 1TB. then, i have all of that music all backed up on dvd’s, and those are stored in a safe place.

  2. Calpain Says:

    @alf, I completely agree about those IT moments, patience is key.

    Here is a re-post from last night:
    Calpain Says:
    February 21st, 2012 at 4:59 pm

    The economic, historical and logistical reasons for no band stepping up are valid. I would like to toss in the idea that the culture of the younger music fan has changed.

    I am 24 and I feel a world of separation between myself and the 18-21 demographic. Not only in my musical choices but the method to my intended goal or desire witness those IT moments we all love…You know when they have found it, you feel immersed in it, completely engulfed and loving it.

    Folks are still looking for these IT moments, but the patience is lacking and the fear of the unknown is great. Rare are those who live for that unknown open jam, as the current IT moments I have seen live involve a cathartic electronic riff or a phat beat-drop in dubstep.

    This has been discussed in a similar vein when comparing the increase of mahl use, while fluff usage has significantly declined. Kids want to have a good time, they want it now, and they dont want to be challenged and they want it to be easy.

    Also, rock music is not cool anymore, apparently.

    Those IT moments are not easy or convenient, but all so worth it.

    my $.02

  3. El Duderino Says:

    I love these PLQ “Deal” ‘s

  4. Robear Says:

    I don’t always listen to Halley’s from 3.0,

    But when I do, I prefer it be the Bethel version, with a quick fast forward to the 5 min. mark.

    The most linteresting Halley’s of the era.

  5. Mike in Austin Says:

    kids today are too hip for guitars.

  6. Mike in Austin Says:

    Tela’s, you ever heard of Plajia?

  7. Spasm Waiter Says:

    I love my guitars.

  8. Guyute711 Says:

    What are you talking about? They play guitar hero.

  9. Type III Jamming Personality Disorder Says:

    dealing with the daycare blues here as well in getting the tax stuff together. not to the level of palmer, though infants cost more per day than bigger kids.

    the thing I really hate about the whole racket is that you pay the same rate no matter what. kid gets sick? you pay. short week due to holiday and the place being closed? you pay. go on vacation? you pay. my sister-in-law is a teacher and thus keeps the kids out of daycare all summer but still has to pay to keep her spot from going to another family. I get that they need to be able to count on certain income but it is pretty frustrating paying out $75 when you are the one taking care of the kid that day.

  10. Robear Says:

    good god Duder. the list of LAST SONGS by the GD that I want to hear beaten to death by cover bands includes:

    obviously He’s Gone and Tennessee Jed as well. But really….another version of Deal?

  11. albert walker Says:

    nothing left to do but smile, smile, smile RObear

  12. El Duderino Says:


    listen first before you criticize

  13. Robear Says:

    down with rats in drain ditches!

  14. El Duderino Says:

    better than that dub shite 😉

  15. Mr. Palmer Says:

    Haha. I don’t mind Deal or He’s Gone ( Dead version) for that matter.

    Tennesse Jed yes, and my alltime hate song…Beat It (over my head) on Down The Line.

  16. tela'smuff Says:

    i have not MiA. any particular albums i should check? i saw you mention your boys from TX yesterday, Osoolo, or whatver. they could have made some noise. maybe the first jamband tyope stuff i’ve heard since early moe. that i really liked.

    we have out tax appointment today. i’m freaking due to my company paying for my move out here, it appears i made way more than i actually did. my larry david-like luck will no doubt leave me with some insane tax bill.

  17. Calpain Says:

    bamboo flooring is nice, but durability is a factor. Had a friend who was allergic to bamboo and was unknowingly walking barefoot on it….that turned out badly.

  18. El Duderino Says:

    allergic to bamboo? never heard that one.

  19. Robear Says:

    Try calling a company and ask what their product is made of:

    ‘Huh?’ is the standard response……followed by ‘We’ll get back to you’

  20. Calpain Says:

    I don’t know how common it is, but similar to a grass allergy…

  21. Type III Jamming Personality Disorder Says:

    I assume that marmoleum is made of either marmalade, marmots or essence of marmaduke.

  22. Type III Jamming Personality Disorder Says:

    or some combination thereof. it is a composite after all.

  23. RoosterPizza Says:

    I guess you could say he was bamboozled.

  24. garretc Says:


    My mom just put in all cork flooring in our place, looks pretty slick, not sure about costs or potential downsides though, although I can probably get you more info if you want it

  25. Mike in Austin Says:

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