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. albert walker Says:

    Khaki pants shouldn’t be worn under any circumstances

  2. Jtran Says:

    Hey MIA

    Saw on FB rubblebucket is looking for a place(s) to crash for SXSW. Email me if you want more info/that request isn’t too weird.

    Would imagine it’d be pretty cool to host a band…

  3. El Duderino Says:

    It’s nice to play 36 holes of DG in 65 degree weather in Feb.

  4. El Duderino Says:

    got to try out my new Columbia DG pants too…

    shit is stylie yo’

  5. Mr. Palmer Says:

    DG pants? Khakis?

  6. joe Says:

    people not appreciating my old school hip hop stylings in the hip hop room.

    tt anyone? (if I can play rap music?)

  7. voopa Says:

    71 here…maybe I’ll hit the course on the way home.

  8. albert walker Says:

    Give me 20 min ill drop some Joe
    Out dog walking

    DTE DWD really is the goods
    Timeless jam in a great set

  9. dusty Says:

    50 in the mts. What a shit show Pres week is in tahoe. another week of this and our disc courses will be clear.

    I can’t believe after the MSG run you guys are chomping at the bit for summer tour. I guess they can’t phone a whole leg in.

  10. El Duderino Says:

    Yeah, there basically khaki’s but fancier pockets and better material

  11. El Duderino Says:

    we’re going up into the 70’s tomorrow… hopin’ for another 36 holes

  12. dusty Says:

    Phil passed out little cardboard invitations on the way in that had the musical notes and his hand written lyrics to a verse from Box Of Rain on it at those phil and phriends shows. Still have one somewhere I think.

    ^^^ this and the sickest poster I have from the run are hanging over the wood stove. Energy in that room those 3 nights were something.

  13. Mr. Palmer Says:

    hearing Va. for July 4th weekned

  14. El Duderino Says:

    that’s at all BGP shows until it was sold fwiw

  15. El Duderino Says:

    VA.?? no tanks

  16. albert walker Says:


    Some fuckin phish right there

  17. joemeg Says:

    “that’s at all BGP shows until it was sold fwiw”

    Yeah, I got my free poster from Phish at the Fillmore in a little frame. They don’t do that anymore el dude?

  18. lumpyhead Says:

    50 in the mts. What a shit show Pres week is in tahoe. another week of this and our disc courses will be clear.
    I can’t believe after the MSG run you guys are chomping at the bit for summer tour. I guess they can’t phone a whole leg in.

    ^ Damn straight I’m chomping at the bit. Being under the impression that MSG was more of a fluke than the way things are going to be from here on out.

    Nothing is better news for the music of Phish than lots of dates.

  19. dusty Says:

    BGP gave out free posters at the fillmore…not warfield. I miss the warfield usher line.

  20. dusty Says:

    I liked the free apples at the fillmore. Little sugar rush for the rush in.

    Tour dates aren’t for practice.

  21. albert walker Says:

    Twista – Mob up in the TT!

  22. Multibeast Says:

    Best show is the next show, brah.

  23. butter Says:

    hey kids!!

    shout out from Maui!!

    been offline minus some tweets

    on hold extending trip an extra week. im going to fly Alanna bl tack home so she can be back tp school on Monday, then fly back tp Maui to get back with wifey and baby and kick it till March

    much love

    phish rules

    email me if dates get dropped — por fa vor

  24. albert walker Says:

    rock it out Butter. jealous. slummin it here in the miswest.

  25. butter Says:

    ^i’m flying big kiddo home on Saturday

    we are kicking it whole fam for the next four days still

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