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. Kaveh Says:

    04.16.99: II = Excellent monster.

    Bertha -> Prince Caspian -> St Stephen -> The Eleven -> Unbroken Chain, Chalkdust Torture….

    ….and still more to come!

  2. Robear Says:

    Marmoleum is an Eco-groovy vinyl like product. Made of linseed oil and such.

    What’s on Gordon’s not warm line? Anyone getting through?

  3. Kaveh Says:

    The opening concerts on April 15, 16, and 17, 1999

    ^ For some reason I didn’t realize that these 99 shows were the first Phil and Friends shows (post-GD).

  4. Kaveh Says:

    @Robear: I got through last week…nothing important is on there; not really even fun, IMO.

  5. garretc Says:


    Yup, and Phil’s first post-transplant shows, if I’m not mistaken?

  6. Mr.Miner Says:

    ^ yup.

  7. Multibeast Says:

    Colorado BBer’s
    A telluride friend of mine just let me know that the T-Ride town council has just approved a new music festie to occur every summer starting this year, Aug 25 & 26. It is sponsored by KOTO. These are the people who brought you the Phish shows, WSP before that, and the Avett Bros shows. They were also supposedly close to sealing a deal with Radiohead to play town park. Line up to come later but this should be sweet.

  8. Kaveh Says:

    This Chalkdust and the Chalkdust from Pine Knob are eerily similar; thus both are great!

  9. Dr Pronoia Says:

    I’m in that range Palmer with one infant

    Def prefer daycare to a nanny tho…that early socialization is key IMO

    At least they’re trying to work with us to save Quinn’s spot over the summer since my wife is a teacher. Paying $1800 a month to change diapers and chase toddlers yourself is brutal

  10. lumpyhead Says:

    ^ olospo

  11. albert walker Says:

    Phil passed out little cardboard invitations on the way in that had the musical notes and his hand written lyrics to a verse from Box Of Rain on it at those phil and phriends shows. Still have one somewhere I think.

    Probably the most heavy live experience I ever witnessed having Phil walk back on stage after getting the transplant. When Viola got busted that place just exploded. So sick.

  12. Dr Pronoia Says:

    And caplain, I agree with the patience and inability to tolerate uncertainty points you brought up, but I’ve been SHOCKED by how much L has been coming up lately with my patients (18-25) relative to mahl and other things

    Also related lifestyle choices like communal living, polyamory, freeganism, etc

    Maybe a bad economy and years of wars will sprout a counterculture after all


  13. Gavinsdad Says:

    I’m on the train to NYC reading the BB. Pleasant times.

    13k in child are this year. Will lessen next year when sage is in full time first grade. When it was all 3 babies we had a nanny and yea that was like 20.

    In other too much info news when I married my wife 12 years ago she brought with her 44k in school loans. Our last payment is next month and she is 38!!

  14. Corey Says:

    Boy (or girl), thanks for putting up those childcare numbers. Makes me even more confident that our move to Germany in Sept is the right one. Planning on getting the lass pregnant and beginning the family journey overseas….where the gov’t seems to value the needs of its citizens a bit more. Here’s hoping all those cuntree bailouts won’t change that attitude.

  15. kayatosh Says:

    It could be my current state of liftedness, but this 10.30.2010 show is just crazy good.

    The zep flavors are interwoven in spots in such a clever, gorgeous way. Phish risk takiong paying massive dividends in the ecstasy dept. Trey is in the fuckin zone. This show, as far as complete shows go is, $$$. (caveat: started listening at guelah)

  16. Dr Pronoia Says:

    My ex just told me she’ll be 300K in debt after her PhD

    Thank god I dodged that bullet

  17. angryjoggerz Says:

    I hear that on the kid costs – I think we did about 13k this year for nanny, but she is only 3 days a week, half a day. We have our kid in about 3 classes per week as well so she is meeting lots of kids. Next year we will do 3 day a week pre-k, half day and that is looking like another 8k. Pricey little buggers!

  18. kayatosh Says:

    you da man, gdad. gettin er done, day in and day out; the BB’s Jeremy Lin. peace to all the BB bretheren and sisteren (all 3? of you).

    A young man of the BB, just delivered some profound wisdom to me via email. grateful.

    find your emotional release. let it all go.

    this 10.30.2010 show is just that.

  19. Jtran Says:


    Actually watched a video of that set 2 on Monday (youtube it). I was as impressed listening back as you were.

    What a great show

  20. Gavinsdad Says:

    Missing tai chi tonite tho. Work drawback.

    Just listened to the following leaked sbds…forgetting if they are KP or Shapiro (winter leaks?)

    Halleys 11/11/98 – damn with the typical 98 outro blastoff ambient swirl
    Lowell Reba – act like u know
    Ghost – 7/23/97 think Kenny p also had this one. What appears to be an “expressway” organ tease. Dank
    Sand 12/13/99 up next. I’m a total convert to the ’10 and ’11 style of sands.

  21. kayatosh Says:

    We dodge some bullets, we take some (proverbial) bullets.

    @jtran: right on!

  22. Calpain Says:

    ” Maybe a bad economy and years of wars will sprout a counterculture after all ” -Dr. P

    ^ I think you are on to something here… 😉

  23. joemeg Says:

    Love that show kaya. I thought it was getting a bit of a bad rap here on the BB, maybe because the Ramble On was sloppy or something, but who cares, so much good energy in that set. I think the whole show is money. Fall 2010 was good shit. Too bad they didn’t do a fall tour last year

  24. kayatosh Says:

    The ramble on is $$$.

  25. joemeg Says:

    I agree, the segue from Tweezer into it, and then you realize it’s ramble on, goosebumps.

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