Let the Madness Begin…

Tourney Time 2012

Enjoy the first round of action today, and here is a powerhouse playlist to rock with or without the ballgames. Also, make sure to cast your vote in Trey Is My Friend’s championship song bracket‘s Round of 32 by the end of today! And then head back for the Sweet 16 tomorrow! In the Phish universe, ticket madness is about to explode over the weekend as all the show of Leg One go on sale in two days! Get your strategies prepared!


Split Open and Melt -> Catapult” 12.31.99 I, Big Cypress, FL

One of the top highlights from Big Cypress—an all-time great.



Reba” 6.13.94 II Kansas City, KS

1994 and “Reba,” a match made in heaven. Here is another stellar version.



Ghost” 8.7.98 I, Raleigh, NC

A first set bomb after the rain stopped at Walnut Creek ’98.



Piper” 8.8.98 II, Columbia, MD

As Phish came back from Europe, after dropping Prague’s 7/6/98 version, “Piper” continued to expand.



Tweezer” 11.3.96 II, Gainesville, FL

A groovy and percussive version with Karl Perazzo; two shows after “Remain In Light” you can already hear the influence of the album’s style.



YEM -> Izabella” 7.26.97 II, Austin, TX

Everyone knows “Tweezabella,” but do you know her sister “YEMabella?”



Stash” 11.13.97 II, Las Vegas, NV

Phish dropped this mammoth “Stash” on the first night of Fall ’97. Funk, what?

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409 Responses to “Let the Madness Begin…”

  1. joe Says:

    we are in the minority here. (not that we are a one-mindset entity, but would say we lean towards jam chasers)

  2. Duder Says:

    all of the above Palmer

  3. Mr. Palmer Says:

    That is my point. The fan base is pretty diverse. .

  4. Mr. Palmer Says:

    you can never make everyone happy, so why even try. As an artist , trey should do whatever he wants.

  5. Duder Says:

    of course he should, but he’s always been a pleaser 1st to a fault

  6. joemeg Says:

    After the Albany seven below > Ghost the cord goes crazy. Gave the band a really big ovation. A lot of jam chasers in there that night. It was Albany though, so location probably had an influence

  7. joemeg Says:

    crowd goes crazy

  8. Phamily Berzerker Says:


    Shit phans say!

  9. MiA Says:

    Out of 20K, I guess there are … 500-1000 that really are Jam chasers to the level of the folks on this board. 1/20 maybe?

    I wonder how many of those 500-1000 would go if they had to be absolutely clean and sober to get in the door.

  10. Phamily Berzerker Says:

    ding ding ding, I’ll take your pavs stoner fucks!

  11. voopa Says:

    I would.

  12. joe Says:

    fuck that

  13. joemeg Says:

    Shit Phish fans say is funny.

    I would, but fuck that

  14. lastwaltzer Says:


    I think your making a false tie between drug use and enjoying jams.

    If Phish stopped jamming, I’d stop going. End of story.

  15. Phamily Berzerker Says:

    Sobriety has impacted my pocketbook positively show-wise.

    That, and I know what song they are playing and remember what songs they have played.

    Piss breaks, almost non-existant.

    Concerns about the return home or to the hotel post show, nope.

    Lost cars in the lots? Nope.

    More attention to the music, yup!

    Pass the rock test 100% of the time.

    better game on the lovely ladies than some loaded dude, likely. I do not go to shows to pick up chics being married, and if I were not then I would likely not do that there as well. I go to shows to rage.

    I rage harder than 99% of the folks I know at shows. It’s my thing and I do it well.

    I am saddened for the folks who feel that they may not enjoy the music or the show itself without the use of some way to chemically alter themselves. You may want to ask yourself where else you are limiting yourself in your life. Contempt prior to investigation… Try it once, let your real slef get wrapped up in the music and you can still tap in.

    That said please pass that j to Mrs. B just don’t let her light it. 😉

  16. plord Says:

    Been sober plenty. Jams still rule.

  17. Mdawg Says:

    Phish 2012! “Can’t Wait!”

  18. Phamily Berzerker Says:

    Gotta echo waltzer.

    If the band stopped jamming, I would be much less inclined to go or participate in various aspects of the community

  19. MiA Says:

    @LW, quite the opposite. I think a ton of people enjoy jams without using drugs. As PB stated. I don’t think they all do. My question was… what is that percentage? Just a simple one.

    I absolutely do know there is a lot of drug seeking behavior at Phish shows though. Some folks that absolutely wouldn’t go, if they couldn’t imbibe. I know friends that the first thing they say/think of when they hear Phish is playing, is “I can’t wait to go to a show and take some acid!” People avoiding certain sheds because they can’t drink in the lots, or heavy handed police force. SPAC and Jones Beach I’ve noted just from this board.

    Great jamming is great jamming. I don’t think anyone on here, doesn’t listen to Phish sober (like at work or just whenever), and can love the hell out of it.

  20. Spasm Waiter Says:

    Ditto. Need jams.

  21. phoammhead Says:

    sobriety is more a state of mind, imho . . . an even keelness, a coolness, a level headedness . . . not acting a fool or out of your ass

    you can be as fucked up as the drunk and not even of had a sip . . . again, imho

    having a few drinks, puffs, accoutrements can be a good thing and usually is . . . jams are king, though

  22. MiA Says:

    “If Phish stopped jamming, I’d stop going. End of story.”

    My statement was the complete opposite. Phish jams like hell, but fans can’t do any imbibing. What percentage drops out?

  23. Type III Jamming Personality Disorder Says:

    The rock test is truth, yo

  24. lastwaltzer Says:

    for sure, MIA. Misread your comment.

    I could be wrong but I don’t know how many of the people that are there for drugs really care about the jamming.

  25. joemeg Says:

    Who knows. The jams sound pretty good sober. I know that. I heard that they sound pretty good on acid too.

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