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. sumodie Says:

    Way to go Mr P!


    Jdub, sounds like you missed yesterday round here

  2. Mr. Palmer Says:

    That Fee gets me every time. So sick.

  3. xpun Says:

    I love a Kenny Rogers quote to start the day. My go to is “If I could move I’d get my gun and put her in the ground.” Kind of dark. Need more RL to bright my day.

    I couldn’t sleep at all last night and read back a little ways. I think a webcam capturing RLs reactions to ridiculous posts would be great entertainment.

  4. MiA Says:

    Let’s not say I “missed” work Bob, if you know what I mean.

  5. sumodie Says:

    My pick for kids show theme song is BBFCFM

    (Kids shows can’t exist without a theme song)

  6. xpun Says:

    Ren & Stimpy had the best theme song. Just saw yesterday you can stream it on amazon prime. Oh joy!!

  7. btb Says:

    spinning the Bangor Tweezer for the 1st time in 15 years (sorry Palmer!)

    Damn, that takes me back. That was the first PH jam that I “got.” I remember being all like damn, “these guys can listen to each other and just make shit up as they go”

    Yeah, they can.

  8. Stimpy Says:

    Oh yeah it did!

  9. xpun Says:

    That’s a good pick sumo.

    Maze for the 80s D&D toon. Little circus ending as Eric slips and falls in a big pile of dragon shit.

  10. voopa Says:

    Must have:

  11. Stimpy Says:


  12. Stimpy Says:

    This is a great DwD. Great call Palmer.

  13. Leo Weaver Says:

    After having listened to it dozens of times, the Fee jam still amazes me.

  14. jdub Says:

    It astounds me how many great jams this band came up with in the ’90s. Recently I went through all the notable Bowies. Maybe I shouldn’t have done that. Makes me sad to think how castrated that once proud beast is these days.

    Bangor Bowie?

  15. Luther T. Justice Says:

    Nice Mr. P! Have always loved that Gin.

    eatme & KYS

  16. ren Says:

    Had to make an apt Ren appearance in light of the convo….workin and lurkin lately.

    Happy Friday! (if your not soggy on the east coast)

    Fingers on the trigger (with slight pressure) for Bangor! This is going to be an expensive $$$ summer

  17. roberto luongo Says:


    let’s try to not diss Trey. Dude is god. all Bowie’s are fuckin epic.

    embrace the 8 minute Bowie.

  18. kayatosh Says:

    palmer’s fee jam is $$$. single theme jamming.

  19. xpun Says:

    The new positive blowing rainbows RL should change his avatar from Eazy to Will Smith to complete the transformation.

  20. jdub Says:

    I read back a little yesterday cause I like a little drama in the LBB. So RL has low self esteem and should off himself because of it? All over a distaste for Tory and his prancing ways? That makes sense.

  21. marcoesq Says:

    Morning all. Great picks Palmer! Love any list that’s rife with ’99.

    Just realized Bangor ’94 is in sbd on ph tracks, aw shit.

  22. phlorida phan Says:

    Great pics Mr. P, nice little Cannonball tease in that Tweezer!

    Only thing Eatme left out yesterday way being a Non-Puffer!

  23. kayatosh Says:

    holy mackerel! palmer’s antelope is amazing! only midway through and feeling deeply immersed in goodness.

    eatme, if you think i’m fluffin.

  24. kayatosh Says:

    rip roaring ending to that lope.
    palmer’s picks rocks. thank you.

  25. marcoesq Says:

    Saw WSP on Wed and was drastically underwhelmed. Always enjoyed those guys but they’ve seem to lost any luster. And holy shit Todd is fat as fk.

    Met some good Phish kids though. Did show solo and sat 10th row, definitely better than whatever else I had planned for that night.

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