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:

    thanks for the well wishes @Leo. my wife seems to think i’m an asshole for having a problem with it. i can’t dispute that i’m an asshole, but still….

    ’11 Gorge frsit sets each had highlights, and i really enjoyed the Tahoe 1 first set. everything there had some extra sauce. Best first set I saw in 2011 was Dick’s 3. There wasn’t a let up, everything played perfectly, and an interesting Gillian Welch cover. loved it.

  2. kayatosh Says:

    silver oak’d + bane’d.


  3. Leo Weaver Says:

    @T3…beans, raisins, or scat in the avatar photo? inquiring mind wants to know.

  4. Type III Jamming Personality Disorder Says:

    my m-i-l stays with us 1-3 nights a week. I don’t complain (too much) since she takes care of Baby Disorder two days a week (saving us about $150/wk in daycare expense) but my wife hates it. the irony is that my wife refused to consider moving away from MA due to wanting to be close to family but now she resents the fact that they are around so much. careful what you ask for…

  5. Type III Jamming Personality Disorder Says:

    those would be dates, naturally 😉

  6. Leo Weaver Says:


    I suppose raisins would be my most correct guess.

  7. snowbank Says:

    I put in $15 for @AW:

    Sitting down for a meal with the President of the United States is just not a chance many people — including me — will ever get.

    That’s why you’d be crazy not to at least give this a shot.

    We’re drawing the first winner tonight at midnight.

    That way you can thank him personally for proposing to reduce corporate taxes and closing the loopholes like you wanted. 😉

  8. stapes Says:

    I’m picturing LD when Cheryl’s parents visit @tela’s. Specifically ‘The Christ Nail’ episode. Haha.

  9. kayatosh Says:

    obvious to anyone that has seen a date.

  10. Type III Jamming Personality Disorder Says:

    I had another pic with dates on a platter but it looked even more like a pile of scat than this one.

  11. Leo Weaver Says:

    Stuffed with marscapone cheese (which has been whipped with cinnamon) and those make a mighty fine snack. Oh yeah, stick an almond in the center of all the goodness.

  12. Type III Jamming Personality Disorder Says:

    people keep asking for dates around here.
    just trying to help everyone out, you know?

  13. Leo Weaver Says:

    I don’t look at dates @kaya, just eat ’em 😉

  14. snowbank Says:

    Does the UIC set I wolfman’s not make that a hot first set by itself? Hell, I would have been happy to walk in, hear that and walk out.

  15. snowbank Says:

    Does the UIC set I wolfman’s not make that a hot first set by itself? Hell, I would have been happy to walk in, hear that and walk out.

  16. Spasm Waiter Says:

    Hey Gang- Tiger on GC

  17. kayatosh Says:

    leo: I like to look at the stuff that goes in my mouth. : )

    t3po: i picked up your allusion. well done.

  18. tela'smuff Says:

    after watching some Louis C.K. standup on Monday, i’m frightened how much i seem to be a mix of him and Larry David. that can’t bode well for my relationships with my fellow human beings.

  19. Leo Weaver Says:

    What? You don’t eat your meals blindfolded? What’s the fun in that? I though everyone ate that way. Oh…

  20. snowbank Says:

    the problem is you guys could only hear the imaginary orchestra for SBIX and Bethel…. if you listen in the other first sets, they are much hotter.

  21. kayatosh Says:

    call me old-fashioned.

  22. Guyute711 Says:

    Louis CK rules!!!! I love how he talks about how he could kick his daughters ass if he wanted to.

  23. snowbank Says:

    Kids sound expensive @AW but the return in vomit, spit-up and shitty diapers in outstanding.

  24. Mike in Austin Says:

    You’re old-fashioned.

  25. snowbank Says:


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