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. butter Says:

    hey AW!!, tell K hi

  2. albert walker Says:

    droppin Necro I need drugs in the TT

    probably could have gone without ever hearing this shit

    baking soda
    cocaine so sweet
    gotta find me a crack pipe
    and I’m complete

    such a poet. where is SW?

  3. albert walker Says:

    will do Butter

    we were supposed to be in Maui for late Feb

    pissed I was too lazy to make the plans.

  4. Guyute711 Says:

    Well, I was getting a little pissed with the Cuse until they went on a 24-0 run.

  5. albert walker Says:

    spin more Too Short

  6. BingosBrother Says:

    “We cloud hoppers, tailored suits like we mobsters
    Break down keys into dimes and sell them like gobstoppers”


    Love me some crack poetry

  7. joe Says:

    S. Florida way underrated G711. plus they have a few dudes who look like they’re about 35 years old

  8. Mike in Austin Says:


  9. SillyWilly Says:

    I’m here.

    Great lines.

    Got hit on today reading a poetry book.


  10. joe Says:

    did you show her your Longfellow? (Back to School with Rodney?)

  11. garretc Says:

    Yeah Silly, so? Ever since I started receiving the Economist and reading it in public I practically have to swim through all the hot ladies hitting on me!

    So there, economics is totally as glamorous as poetry!

    Ok, fine, nobody has hit on me while reading the Economist in public… They’re probably just intimidated, that’s what it is, I’m sure of it!

  12. albert walker Says:

    the economist gets me tons of pussy garret

    you just need to start reading it on the brown line in Chicago I guess

  13. garretc Says:

    Ouch, and here I thought I could foist my failures off onto something besides myself! Haha

    The brown line, you say? I’ll just take note of that here…

  14. Robear Says:

    ::prepares to start bitching about lack of west coast dates::

  15. Robear Says:

    Mr Miner’s Music Thoughts, Next Assignment:

  16. DukeOfLizards Says:

    “Ay gurl, I was just reading up on the merits of behavioral economic theory, whaddaya say me and you go do something irrational?”

  17. thedayman Says:

    denver -7 is the bidness.

  18. garretc Says:

    “Excuse me miss, but have you heard the latest on corruption in the Indian government’s distribution of the cellular spectrum to private bidders? What say we get into some dirty business of our own?”

  19. joe Says:

    What do you say we test some trickle down theory?

  20. RoosterPizza Says:


    what were you reading?

  21. Mr.Miner Says:

    re: dates—

    @aw….yes, some in Cali.

    datewise…looking like June 5 (not at Bonnaroo) may be first show.

    two legs.

    Can’t really say much more.

  22. DukeOfLizards Says:

    “Damn girl, you stickin’ that LRAS out is makin’ my demand curve grow. Which, assuming a moderate level of inflation and elastic short-run aggregate supply, will of course lead to real growth in total economic output.”

    They always lose me at the second part.

  23. Gavinsdad Says:

    Thx Miner. Staggering is key. I will ask that all work stress come when i am not going to a one off show at an amazing venue in palmers car.

    In other news: rupp gin coming up the rear.

  24. Gavinsdad Says:

    Now holmdel.

    I’d take early summer AC, late summer destination. @robear stick w me 😉

  25. thedayman Says:

    i’m really hoping that their are colorado/west coast dates earlier in the summer, as august tour trips are most likely out of the question for me. need to catch this thing they call west coast phish, never been.

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