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. Mike in Austin Says:

    This Va Beach Fee from a few days ago hits the spot. It’s like a post lunch desert.

    Other than I’m closing my eyes at work and swaying.

  2. DryIceFactory Says:

    12/29/11 MSG Halley’s almost became “The MSG Halley’s”. #Anastasio’d

  3. Calpain Says:

    thanks for setting me straight @Spasm.

  4. Multibeast Says:

    Me and the wife have been looking for a reason to head to T-Ride (besides skiing) so that fits the bill. Definitely go to Lyons bluegrass. You will love it. Very family friendly. And there is no doubt that we will be at Dicks this year if it is going down.
    I believe you are a Devendra Banhart fan….check this out:

  5. lumpyhead Says:

    How can we figure out if Dick’s is on? Can some one call them and use the old ‘I have cancer’ bit?

  6. Kaveh Says:

    Hey whats the date of that Crosseyed laced YEM?

    ^ @DryIce: did you figure this out? I’m curious too.

  7. Leo Weaver Says:

    it hit the spot for me pre-lunch today MiA. I hadn’t listened to it in a long time. Chatty Kathy’s back then. You know how Phish is connected to the universe and IT? The flyover is perfectly placed.

  8. Spasm Waiter Says:

    t3- update did it. thx.

  9. GorgeSande Says:

    Guyute, how ’bout that ‘Cuse SYF? I’d love to show some ‘Cuse love…

  10. Type III Jamming Personality Disorder Says:


  11. stapes Says:

    I think Dicks over Labor Day will happen. Little upset I’ll have to miss Friday night due to a wedding in Lyons.

  12. Kaveh Says:

    Thanks @T3.

  13. lumpyhead Says:

    so I’m guess then, totally guessing, that we’ll get a one-leg summer tour with dick’s being a standalone deal….

    Hopefully I’m wrong and there’ll be more west coast dates on a leg 2 but I’m thinkin not…

  14. Mr. Palmer Says:

    Deer Creek June 28th/29th…anyone else here this?

  15. Kaveh Says:

    I just hope they release EVERYTHING at once this year…so people can plan and make Phish fit in where they can and not have to worry about there maybe not being any shows without the full announcement. Plus that would take a great relief off of tickets too.

  16. stapes Says:

    100% hope the same thing @kaveh.

  17. GorgeSand Says:

    Anyone have any ins about Gorge this summer??

  18. DryIceFactory Says:

    @Mr. P


  19. Guyute711 Says:

    Standalone show?

  20. Calpain Says:

    08-10-1997 Cities is a beast, first time spinning. slow murky funk turned elevated jam. that is all.

  21. GorgeSand Says:

    Guyute, can you share the love with that Cuse Stealie??

  22. sumodie Says:

    youre dreaming if you think Red Light is gonna release all summer dates at once. only bands like DMB do that

  23. TrippingBilly Says:

    8/31 – 9/2 for the Gorge this year!

    Avett Bros. are opening all three nights too!

  24. lumpyhead Says:

    I’m dreaming a lot of things about this summer.

  25. Guyute711 Says:

    send me an e-mail at jmohr117 at yahoo and I’ll pass it along

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