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.

[audio:] Tags: , ,

862 Responses to “TTFT: Winter 2003”

  1. GorgeSand Says:

    Guyute you have mail! Thanks bro.
    And TB…come on. Seriously?

  2. kayatosh Says:

    2.22.73 eyes and 2.17.79 terrapin station — $$$. i like my rock jazzy.

  3. Guyute711 Says:

    You should have mail Gorge

  4. sumodie Says:

    I’m already holding Labor Day weekend for Phish again. Either that or Burning Man, and at this point Phish tix will likely be easier to score

    As for dreaming, every night I dream that phish are practicing, practicing, practicing (except when I dream I’m in Westeros)

    And I prefer staggered Phish announcements as they are good for fomenting mystique

  5. angryjoggerz Says:

    mmm, caramel stuffed dates

  6. lumpyhead Says:

    I need dicks to happen.

  7. verno329 Says:

    I would love to make it out for a Labor Day run but with the college football season starting then too I have no chance at making that. ::kicks dirt::

  8. GorgeSand Says:

    Guyute…sent you a little thank you! Check your mail.

  9. Guyute711 Says:

    Thanks man, nice shot. Maybe check your spam if you don’t see it. Weird though.

  10. GorgeSand Says:

    Yeah, haven’t seen it yet.

  11. GorgeSand Says:

    Guyute, do you mind trying to send it again? jiudice @ hotmail. thanks man.

  12. The Flesh Says:

    need bethel and spac dates please!

  13. The Flesh Says:

    also looking for a destination venue for a weekend.. possibly alpine valley or deer creek as i have never been to either. anyone have any suggestions based on rumored dates?

  14. Guyute711 Says:

    Tried again

  15. BingosBrother Says:

    Both should be on Flesh. that will be my Phish Value Meal.

  16. kayatosh Says:

    Have a great evening everybody.

  17. Phamily Bezerker Says:

    Have a teritory that covers both coasts.

    Need dates!

  18. BingosBrother Says:

    somebody fart?

  19. lumpyhead Says:

    yeah I know right?

  20. Dr Pronoia Says:

    Love the word “fomenting”

  21. garretc Says:

    Nah, board always dies around now… East coast commute time and all that

  22. voopa Says:

    Damn east coasters.

  23. lumpyhead Says:

    fackin east coasters

  24. garretc Says:

    Fuck east coasters!

    And, by extension, Trey!

  25. BingosBrother Says:

    Frack da east coast. Buncha prep school hippies.

Leave a Reply