Reader’s Picks: Greg Schneider

8.5.11 - The Gorge (Graham Lucas)

8.5.11 – The Gorge (Graham Lucas)

All selections and text by Greg Schneider aka Mr. Palmer

I tried to avoid some of the obvious choice selections while sitting down to do this.  I’m sure there are a few that everyone on here knows well and I hope there are a few others that are new to some folks…


Harry Hood” 12.11.99 I, Philadelphia, PA

One of my all-time favorite shows in an all-time favorite venue.  This “Hood,” with a near five minute intro, opened this special night in Philly. And the rest, as they say…is history.



Vultures” 9.21.99 II, Tucson AZ

This is a song I have always loved because, unlike most Phish songs, for me, this song is more about the vocal stylings than the music. However, this version is the outlier, and to my knowledge the only one. A Type II Vultures? Indeed. If you are going to blow up the Dirty Bird, it might as well be in a dusty, desert venue, don’t ya think?



Fee” 7.8.99 I, Virginia Beach, VA

A 23-minute version of “Fee.”  Just sit back, chill out, and let this beautiful version take you on a trip out to sea with the weasel and his friends…



Antelope” 7.29.97 II, Phoenix, AZ

This “Antelope” was played in the second slot of the second set this night in Arizona. This was one of only two shows I saw in ’97( I know, I know.) A tremendous overall show after the band returned from their historic and game changing tour in Europe. Not your every day, standard “Antelope.”  This one goes deep…real deep.



Tube” 7.21.98 I, Phoenix, AZ

My third selection from the state of Arizona…yes, this caught me by surprise also. It is my opinion that 1998 was Phish at their peak. Each band member was truly a master at their craft and combined, they brought a fierce, tight sound with incredible ambient textures. This is maybe my favorite Tube with it’s start-stop action. Each band member sounds at the top of their game here. If this version doesn’t get you up and dancing then I don’t know what to tell you.



Funky Bitch -> Jam” 11.22.94 II, Columbus, MO

This selection likely needs no introduction. Just an absolute killer jam out of this “Bitch.” Turn this one to “11.”



Tweezer ->DEG -> Tweezer” 6.28.95 II, Wantagh, NY

A true heater from the Summer of ’95.  Tough to describe this one with a few words.  It’s Phish, it’s “Tweezer,” it’s 1995…Enjoy.



Wolfman’s Brother” 12.28.98 II, MSG. NY

This was the highlight of the first night of the first four-night stand at Madison Square Garden. Expectations were through the roof for this run and Phish did not disappoint. This “Wolfman’s,” at times, has an eerily similar feel to the version played roughly two months prior in Las Vegas. This NYE run in 1998 is still my favorite run that they have played to date. The consistency and jams from night to night were magical. Let’s do it again this year, huh?



Bathtub Gin” 6.28.00 I, Holmdel, NJ

I was lucky enough to have third row seats for this night—right in front of Trey. He was totally “on” this evening. Some nights in ’00 this wasn’t the case. We truly got the hose this night. This “Gin” is all about Trey and his guitar annihilation. Fast paced and precise, a top three version for me and many others as well. Enjoy.



Down With Disease” 9.14.99II, Boise, ID

It is probably weird to see this date and a song other than “AC/DC Bag” or “Gumbo” attached to it. This isn’t one of those huge “Diseases” with massive improv. This version always grabbed me for Trey’s ferocity.  Check the You Tube video of it if you get the chance.  Trey is jumping (prancing?) around and really feeling it.



LAWN MEMO’S “33 in 33”

Tsofg2Perhaps you followed @LawnMemo‘s massive project, “The Daily Ghost” in which he reviewed each and every “Ghost” ever played. The same @LawnMemo is back with another big project, but this time around he is the behind-the-scenes orchestrator of “33 in 33,” in which he invited 33 different writers to chronicle a single jam from a single show from the 33 shows of 2012—all in the 33 days leading up to Summer Tour! The project has been underway for just over a week, and you can check out all the entries so far. My contribution will be posted on Sunday, and chronicles a selection from June 22nd’s show in Cincinnati. It was the first piece I’ve written in quite a while and I had a great time doing it. I’ll link it here when it’s posted, but bookmark “33 in 33” and peep it every day as we countdown to Bangor!

Check my essay on the Cincy Twist here!


571 Responses to “Reader’s Picks: Greg Schneider”

  1. MiA Says:


  2. Mr.Miner Says:

    this tuscon venue was such a random scene. A stage set up in the middle of a dusty, grass field. Windy as hell, zero organization, kind of felt like a random college party. Carini > Bug, Vultures > Limb were both great. Solid Drowned and Split in Set One. Random ass show.

  3. Mr.Miner Says:

    that Gin is blistering. Great Sand in that first set too. 2001 > Chalk to open right near the UFO site—forgetting the name right now—great show…

    Ghost > Taste is outstanding too. One of the top few Tastes I’ve seen. Actually set itself apart.

  4. MiA Says:

    Really is a top notch show Miner. Listening straight through right now. Love the Aud as they are obviously endorphined up.

  5. MiA Says:

    Area 51 right?

  6. Mr.Miner Says:

    ^ yeah—what’s the town? Roswell!

  7. garretcorncob Says:

    Roswell would be the one. Area 51 is in Nevada

  8. Phamily Berzerker Says:

    Good Antelope hunting around Roswell.

    Corncob is right. Area 51 is in NV. As you approach the sign say they are authorized to use deadly force and will. Thanks, Uncle Sam.

    Goes to show, AZ has had its share of good phish. I’d pay for more.

  9. gavinsdad Says:

    U get wsp @pham.

    Miners memory is uncanny. Or the number of times he’s played back the tapes.

  10. BNCB Says:

    I got to go in early for the soundcheck at that Tuscon show. Good times. Band played a jam about beating the crew at touch football on Hilton Head.

    After the show, all form of security left the area, and the lot turned into a free for all party.

    Then all hell broke loose, as it sometimes can when humans are involved.

  11. BNCB Says:

    miner, the speaker stacks were on the ground, too. Nowhere really to mount them on the ‘stage’ set-up.

  12. Type III Jamming Personality Disorder Says:

    Attention local grocery store: when you advertise something as “almost vegan” that is the same as saying “not vegan”.

  13. MiA Says:

    See, that’s why Corncob is an elder. He’s all smart and shit.

  14. BooVT Says:

    My 9 yr old daughter just now, showing me that she knows how to jump off the swings:

    “Daddy! Watch this! Wait… First I need to get high.”

    Oh, my. Ok…

  15. BNCB Says:

    BooVT, they’re fast learners at that age.

  16. BooVT Says:

    If she pulled out a Pax, it would have been concerning.
    Unless she shared with her old man.
    That would make the bike ride home from the playground much more interesting.
    Just don’t tell Mom.

  17. MiA Says:

    I’ve for my eyes on you Panama Red

  18. xpun Says:

    Speaking on conspiracies….Arlington Rd is a kick ass movie.

    I’m excited for this new end of times rogan/hill/cera/mcbride/Franco thing. Looks funny. Netflix or amazon stream freeks & geeks? It would be fun to rewatch that just to see how many of them got really big.

  19. BingosBrother Says:

    Netflix does. Currently watching. Awesome show.

  20. BNCB Says:

    Whats happened to Johnathon Slick Quick? He’s seeing pucks in his sleep.

    Hawks V Bruins setting up to be a good one, with potential BB smack talk at Level Pink.

  21. Type III Jamming Personality Disorder Says:

    Damn. Toots is going hard at that fucker who threw the vodka bottle at him.

  22. BNCB Says:

    Hey all, free stream has started. Check it out, Ryan Montbleau Band, followed by Greenskybluegrass:

  23. Type III Jamming Personality Disorder Says:

    Thanks, ro. Gonna jump on the gsb stream while I update my summer league spreadsheet for our draft tomorrow night

  24. sumodie Says:

    That’s a serious lawsuit, T3. While I hope the lawsuit sends a message to bottle throwing asshats (doubtful), more likely Toots will try to receive a settlement from someone with deeper pockets (promoter, etc)

  25. sumodie Says:

    First spin of Soundgarden’s King Animal was pretty cool. Orange’d

    Anyone grab the Bombino torrent off etree? Just hopped on it. Will likely orange that later

    Bombino – 06/01/2013
    Revival Tent, Wakarusa Festival, Ozark, AR

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