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. Phamily Berzerker Says:

    Have a teritory that covers both coasts.

    Need dates!

  2. viola Says:

    winter 03 was a fantastic tour. i dd LA/ vegas skip’d denver then chicago>nassau and it was insane.

    the cincinatti weekend ranks up there with the best of ’em. downtown was wook central and the energy all around was unreal. the tube has great interplay wit trey orchestrating the whole jam. the piper>paug and my second life boy are unforgettable and stand the test of time. love that life boy!

    and i got to give a shout out to the LA valentines tour opener…. cover of a rolling stone still gives me chills. mikes verse is still one of his finest vocal arraignments to date. and the gin wit stage jumper goes down as an all time great imo

  3. lumpyhead Says:

    the Gin from this post is taaaaaaaaaaaaaaasty.

  4. tela'smuff Says:

    hell yeah viola. i mentioned that Lifeboy yesterday, as well as the Piper>Paug. really did love that Lifeboy though.

    you can say a lot about Cincy, but no question that when Phish is in town, it’s a must hit show.

  5. jtran Says:

    The LA Gin really is $$$

  6. Mr.Miner Says:

    someone just told me something…I think there are gonna be a lot of Phish shows this summer. That is all for now.

  7. garretc Says:

    “someone just told me something…I think there are gonna be a lot of Phish shows this summer. That is all for now.”






  8. voopa Says:

    Well, I like the sound of that!

  9. Mr. Palmer Says:

    “someone just told me something…I think there are gonna be a lot of Phish shows this summer. That is all for now.”


  10. Multibeast Says:

    Wow. Glad to hear that Miner. Need me some dates!!

  11. albert walker Says:

    Santorum and obummer buy there jeans at the same store

    can we have a president that doesn’t rock the high wasted, pleated, stone washed mom jeans?

    never trust a fucker that doesn’t look comfortable in jeans

    we recently hired a new trader from Greenwhich, CT. 27 year old kid that said he had to buy jeans to fit in with all of us at work cuz he didn’t have any. fucker rocks khakis everyday of his life. that shit is fucked.

    first puff post.

  12. BingosBrother Says:

    I feel good. Thanks Miner. Now if they would just say when. Really struggling holding the wife back from summer plans.

  13. albert walker Says:

    great news Miner

    hopefully some in Cali so we don’t have to listen to Stoney Case bitchin all the time.

  14. Mr. Palmer Says:

    ^^ haha. fucking Stoney Case…

  15. BingosBrother Says:

    Santorum who thinks the earth exists to serve humans. Might be the most dangerous candidate I’ve ever seen and thats saying something.

    Dear Rick,
    fuck off you bigot.

  16. lumpyhead Says:

    someone just told me something…I think there are gonna be a lot of Phish shows this summer. That is all for now.

    ^ never experienced being ‘just the tip’d like this before.

    But this makes me very very very very happy.

  17. Mr. Palmer Says:

    3 nights Spac, 3 bethel, 3 PNC, 3 JB

    Stoney Case jumps in front of a tractor…

  18. joe Says:

    A lot…what does that mean, and will you hit them all or make good on the threat (not really a threat) to stay home for some?

    given my fluid personal home situation, a nice 10 day vacation or so on the road with Phish might be exactly what I need.

  19. joe Says:

    or a weekend at Bethel and AC is a more likely scenario for this old-timer anyway. just would be glad if they have extensive dates for the rest of you

  20. Ghostface Says:

    @miner do elaborate please…

  21. Mike in Austin Says:

    Miner’s tidbit is like the chum needed for a good frenzy.

  22. lumpyhead Says:

    two legs ftw.

  23. snowbank Says:

    do me a favor: go delete any copy of the 8.7.2009 Taste that you may have. just painful.

    The sally, Light, Gin and Hood though…

  24. Mike in Austin Says:

    Wearing khakis all the time?

    I kinda have disdain for parents that dress their kids up like gap kids in khakis a blue button down shirts. They look like little management wannabes. I blame parents wanting mini-me’s

    That said it beats jorts.

  25. Mike in Austin Says:

    I sadly know the lyrics to a lot of Dr. Hook tracks. I think I stand alone in this group.

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