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 = $$$$$

    Now, the only listenable LivePhish recordings from 2009: 10.30.09: Wolfman’s Brother -> Piper.

    Exceptional version of the WB.

  2. Kaveh Says:

    Should have said:

    the only listenable LivePhish recordings from 2009 = Indio.

  3. Guyute711 Says:

    32 years ago today was the Miracle on Ice. I was only 6 years old and still remember it vividly. Greatest sports event of all time.

  4. Robear Says:

    The Bethel Halley’s is so sick. Such sick leads from Trey. WTF happened to the first sets after Bethel night 2? Back to Vanilla Ice, other than 7/3

  5. lumpyhead Says:

    totally been asking that same question @ robear

  6. Robear Says:

    add that to my list! seriously…..such a tease

  7. joemeg Says:

    UIC I first set is pretty good, but your right there’s not much happening in most of them

  8. Mr. Palmer Says:

    Still think 5/31 is smoking show.

  9. Mr. Palmer Says:

    ahh…first sets… missed that part.

  10. Robear Says:

    all the other first sets, other than bethel and sbix 3 are interchangeable IMO.


    like a different band at Bethel. More baby deer births, less not baby deer births.

  11. lumpyhead Says:

    completely agree re: interchangeable.

  12. Robear Says:

    palmer, word. PNC 1 has an un-Vanilla first set. Not quite like bethel 2 and sbix 3, but at least a smoking Sand.

  13. joemeg Says:

    yeah, add that one too. Mike’s birthday had a pretty good first set too.

  14. El Duderino Says:

    don’t forget the SSSSSSshow

  15. garretc Says:

    I thought both Gorge first sets were at least a meh+, but generally agree

  16. Guyute711 Says:

    Blossom first set was pretty damn nice, got me back on the train.

  17. Multibeast Says:

    Roggae gorge set 1 was a highlight

  18. Kaveh Says:

    Pine Knob first set is a high octane well played one.

  19. Leo Weaver Says:

    Well, bamboo IS a grass, so an allergy makes sense.

    @Kaya…another good (perhaps underrated) Fall ’10 show? Chucktown 2. I think duder pamped it here yesterday.

    Child care costs…great. Millie just got connected to my insurance, my premium went up $250/month.

    @telas…good luck with the taxes and the mother-in-law. I love mine to death but 23 days in my house? I don’t think so.

  20. Multibeast Says:

    whoa. I did not catch the 23 days part of the in law deal. Not sure I could handle that.

  21. albert walker Says:

    def a hot 1st set chunk 10/30/2010

    Chalk Dust Torture -> Whole Lotta Love > Chalk Dust Torture, Ha Ha Ha, Walk Away, Wolfman’s Brother-> Undermind > Bathtub Gin, The Squirming Coil

    wheels were comin off a bit during this show too for me tto which always makes for more fun.

  22. albert walker Says:

    23 day in law visits?
    20K day care bills?

    today is working as AW birth control day

  23. Leo Weaver Says:

    At least Telas has a proper man cave to sequester to. I’ve got 1000 sf and one bathroom…and my garden, but that doesn’t do me much good when it’s too hot, cold, or raining.

  24. Type III Jamming Personality Disorder Says:

    23 days and the m-i-l gets OUT
    23 days and the M-I-L gets out
    23 days and the m-i-l gets OUT

  25. kayatosh Says:

    had a lull in the action. went right for 10.26.2010 Light. tayor c aud. $$$

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