Five Favorites From Summer ’95

Jones Beach — Summer '95

Tweezer” 6.14 II, Memphis, TN

The Mud Island “Tweezer,” a classic and personal favorite that—I feel—is captivating for the entire 50 minutes.



Runaway Jim -> Free” 6.15 II, Raleigh, NC

Phish took this doggie a long way from home in Walnut Creek, another classic rendition.



David Bowie” 6.24 II, Philadelphia, PA

In a summer that contained countless standout “Bowies,” this version from the Mann Music Center is among the elite.



Down With Disease -> Free” 6.26 II, S. Springs, NY

One of the finest sequences of music from a spectacular summer—a two-pronged, psychedelic monstrosity.



Stash” 6.17 II, Gainesville, VA

A mind-numbing version from that closed the first set on the fifth night of a five night run. And it wound up being the highlight of the show.

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780 Responses to “Five Favorites From Summer ’95”

  1. kayatosh Says:

    “Summer 95
    11 years old, building ramps in my driveway with any piece of scrap wood I could find.” — rooster

    ^^^ love it. That was me in 85.

  2. ColonelJoy Says:

    A month long leg 1, as Bhizzle indicates, would be longer for 3.0

  3. Kaveh Says:

    06.14 Tweezer: is quite the adventure. Very, very nice.

  4. albert walker Says:

    on to the BOwie now

    that Jim > Free was great. haven’t heard that one in ages.

  5. Mr.Miner Says:

    there seems to be a nice “week” between woosta and AC…f’ that Bonnaroo noize.

  6. Lumpyhead Says:

    What, were they just fucking with us on the light touring bit? This sounds like a kick ass tour.

  7. Mike in Austin Says:

    @AW, when I hear these shows, I hear 4 guys just going their own way at times, barely listening to each other and just discovering space. They devolve often into rhythmless jams in ways, or very poorly glued together.

    But each is looking for ideas, it’s like brainstorming and tossing ideas, until 2 grab, then 3, then 4.

    Page is just a tapestry of sound at time. It’s like Page was the rhythm section for awhile in some jams. But there is always someone holding it down.

    I don’t know though. I think Fishman is pure on point lately, and have no complaints at all. It’s just Trey refusing all “ideas” that come at him unless he created it.

  8. ColonelJoy Says:

    Maybe Phish should go back to limited stage sounds like they had in 95’….Page with only Piano/Organ/Clav….Trey with fewer givmos

    They still could spill some crazy sounds…

  9. Mike in Austin Says:

    Clarify though, I dig the music very much. Chaotic as it is at times.

  10. willowed Says:

    I was thinking the same thing. Cats that do full tours are going to have issues with that break. Especially people from far away. Travel down to Woosta for a few, then hang around and wait for AC to pop.

    I don’t view Bonnaroo as a phish show.

  11. Dr Pronoia Says:

    In 95 I was 15, getting into the dead CDs that were out and working my first job, and screaming at my younger sister to please stop waking me up with Junta every morning that summer

    She grew out of her hippie phase in a few months. I, needless to say, haven’t

  12. kayatosh Says:

    west coast? what? what?

  13. TheSloth Says:

    Id like a summer 95 roll call please

    ^ Lowell, both Red Rocks shows, Riverport, both Sugarbush shows (’95 VT Fest?).

  14. albert walker Says:

    that is what I hear too and why it is my fav tour

    there is a real open almost free jazz element to the psychedelic jams that summer that I don’t really hear on any other tour. almost storage jam abstraction at times.

    but the majority of the searching is FIsh and Trey. which is how Phish is supposed to be cuz they are the real players in the band. Page def is more of the foundation back then holding a more steady rhythm as Fish and Trey just roll all over the place. Mike was way more laid back just kind chilling and following.

    I love fucking summer 95.

  15. RoosterPizza Says:


    Kids these days with skateparks don’t appreciate the ingenuity involved in a driveway skatepark. PVC rails slide like butter…

  16. Kaveh Says:

    I looked on PT: Found these:

    8/17 Irvine, CA – Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre
    8/18 Mountain View, CA – Shoreline Amphitheatre
    8/19 Mountain View, CA – Shoreline Amphitheatre
    8/21 Eugene, OR- Cuthbert Amphitheater
    8/22 Eugene, OR- Cuthbert Amphitheater
    8/25 George, WA – The Gorge Amphitheatre
    8/26 George, WA – The Gorge Amphitheatre
    8/28 West Valley, UT- USANA Amphitheatre
    8/31 Commerce City, CO- Dick’s Sporting Goods Park
    9/1 Commerce City, CO- Dick’s Sporting Goods Park
    9/2 Commerce City, CO- Dick’s Sporting Goods Park

  17. albert walker Says:

    agreed Joy

    sometimes all the bells and whistles Page and Trey used post 97 start distracting from the music

    I would rather just it be Trey with one tone and Page on Piano and organs.

    another reason I just love this tour. I’m just a guitar into the amp cat and sometimes the heavy effects of say 99-04 don’t do much for me.

  18. ColonelJoy Says:

    “Trey Refusing All Ideas Unless He Created Them”

    Agreed, more than ever Trey seems to be steering the ship, and this ship rarely surrenders to the flow….there have been glimpses in 3.0, but brief and fleeting. NYE run was a regression.

    We need more surrender from Trey in 12

  19. kayatosh Says:

    Mia: i like that description of 95 jamming style. high-speed idea exchanges. in strong contrast to the latter style of jamming ushered in in by RiL.

    spinning some TAB Liquid Time (2.18.11). enjoyable slow, lush tune. phish should give it a shot live. would be cool to hear it sans horns, although the horns play an essential role in the TAB version. lyrics are fun.

    try to recognize . . . liquid time

  20. Mike in Austin Says:

    And they don’t have to deal with splinters.

  21. kayatosh Says:

    aggro jazz

  22. Robear Says:

    Agreed, more than ever Trey seems to be steering the ship, and this ship rarely surrenders to the flow….there have been glimpses in 3.0, but brief and fleeting. NYE run was a regression.

    We need more surrender from Trey in 12

    ^Welcome back Colonel. ::virtual phan to phan salute::

  23. ColonelJoy Says:

    That’s a fairly solid West Coast Run, Kaveh, most robust Northwest Love since 99′

  24. ColonelJoy Says:

    Carry On, Robear…Thank You:)

  25. Mike in Austin Says:

    I think I’m in a lag.

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