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. kayatosh Says:

    just as long as the guitar plays

  2. DryIceFactory Says:

    I thought Merriwether 1 had an above the standard set I. SBIX1 as well.

  3. Leo Weaver Says:

    You need to get with the times brah…

    But seriously, if you do (look at and) eat dates, try that little recipe above. They’re pretty phenomenal.

  4. DryIceFactory Says:

    Hey whats the date of that Crosseyed laced YEM? I want to hear it right now, cant think of the show though.

  5. kayatosh Says:

    about to got take lifted walk (stroll) with over ear headphones and 2.22.73 dark star>eyes. life is for livin.

  6. Type III Jamming Personality Disorder Says:

    we’re slipping, people. kaya drops this gem

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

    and not one person jumps on it? why aren’t your minds in the gutter??

  7. snowbank Says:

    I like that recipe @Leo.

    We learned one from a friends: Stuff dates with blue cheese and a piece of fresh basil leaf. So good.

  8. Mr. Palmer Says:

    “Stuff dates with blue cheese and a piece of fresh basil leaf.”

    What kind of date is this? and where can i meet her?

    ^better T3?

  9. Guyute711 Says:

    Listening to Crosseyed off of the special edition of Stop Making Sense. It’s like a whole different song.

  10. Guyute711 Says:

    I like my dates without stinky cheese thank you very much.

  11. Ghostface Says:

    Dates?!? Did somebody say dates??? Ohhh………those kind of dates.

  12. snowbank Says:

    such dates can be found on the interwebs. You just have to know where to look.

  13. Type III Jamming Personality Disorder Says:

    you are headed in the right direction, palmer

  14. DukeOfLizards Says:

    I thought Merriwether 1 had an above the standard set I

    Seconded. Buried Alive opener, great (and under-the-radar) Wolf->Boogie, and hot versions of Gin & JJLC.

  15. Type III Jamming Personality Disorder Says:

    that’s MPP2

    MPP 1, I

    Set 1: Daniel Saw the Stone, AC/DC Bag > Ocelot, Access Me, Vultures, Wilson > Sand, Roses Are Free > Reba[1], On Your Way Down > Run Like an Antelope[2]

  16. Gratefulcub Says:

    23 days?!?!?!

    Only if I’m on tour

  17. Calpain Says:

    MPP 2 had the nice Wolfmans–>Boogie transition, followed by jameless combo of Gumbo and Halley’s.

    Just like in MSG 2 they pair Gumbo & Halley’s.

    Sure would have elevated both of those Set 1s, had they gone Type II (or even an extended Type I)

  18. litteringand Says:

    You guys talking about phish stuff?

  19. Spasm Waiter Says:

    I mentioned this once before to the sound of crickets chirping so I’ll try again. My Droid 2 shuts down it’s browser as soon as Phishthoughts is talmost fully loaded. Any thoughts?

  20. Guyute711 Says:

    Nope, politics and religion.

  21. Guyute711 Says:

    Clear your cache to start

  22. Type III Jamming Personality Disorder Says:


    1) clear your browser cache (it is in settings)
    2) make sure you have the latest version of Flash installed (go to marketplace) and set it to “auto update” to avoid future issues

    that seems to have worked for people

  23. Leo Weaver Says:

    Ha. I immediately recognized the “eat dates” as a gutterball tee up but didn’t bite. Too busy with actual work here to roll too far down the gutter. I do, in fact, like to eat dates. TMI? Perhaps. (sorry ladies)

    Because I can’t leave it laying on the floor – I prefer to stuff my dates with something other than cheese, basil, and almonds.

    Seriously, again, @snow…that sounds tasty. We’ll have to giev that one a go.

    OK, been fun. Time to throw some plastic and check out this new Master K that just rolled in.

  24. tela'smuff Says:

    23 days – i’m glad it’s as absurd to everybody else here as it is to me.

    @Multi – just read up on the festival news in Telly. Man, august could be a big month. I want to hit the bluegrass fest in Lyons this year. i also think i’ve been given a tip that Phish is indeed returning to Dicks this Labor Day.

  25. Spasm Waiter Says:

    “Just like in MSG 2 they pair Gumbo & Halley’s.”

    Roses/Haley’s was the pairing non-jammed songs at MSG 2. Same difference.

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