The Envelope, Please…

Hampton Coliseum (Andrea Nusinov)

Hampton Coliseum (Andrea Nusinov)Fall Tour Awards:


MVP: “Tweezer”

Barely edging out “Carini” on the strength of its third version, “Tweezer” takes away the most coveted individual award of Fall. “Tweezer” not only produced my jam of the tour in Hartford, it also produced two other jams that I have heard ranked number one of tour by others, and that speaks to the incredible nature of them all. Three all-star versions, all with a unique vibe and direction vault “Tweezer” to the top of this fall’s pedestal. Had Worcester’s “Carini” gone a bit longer and developed more, we might just have co-MVPS, but Trey elected for a pre-mature “Caspian,” a move that—in retrospect—sealed the deal for the big dog. “Tweezer,” here’s another trophy for your mantle. “Carini,” close, but no cigar.


Comeback Player of Tour: “Twist”

This recipient comes as no surprise, as Phish resurrected “Twist” from the dead over Fall Tour. When the band opened the second set of the season with “Twist,” it felt like a bizarre and foreign move, yet when they opened up tour’s second-to-last main event with “Twist,” it felt just right. Over the course of two weeks, Phish sculpted three magnificent jams out of their once-prolific platform, and just like that, “Twist” was a major player in the Phish scene again. First, an ambient, Pink Floyd laced excursion in Hampton, then, a delicate, ethereal outing in Glens Falls, that featured a sneak preview of “The Line,” and finally a signature masterpiece in Atlantic City with one of the jams of the year. Welcome back, “Twist!” We’ve surely missed you and had grown tired of your pseudo “Oye Como Va” scene.


Debut of Tour: “Fuego”

It was hard to not sport an ear-to-ear smile during the debut of “Fuego,” the undeniable gem of the Wingsuit set. A multi-staged composition that leaves room for two improvisational passages, all packaged with catchy hooks, overlapped lyrics, and group chanting, “Fuego” has all the components of a Phishy show-stopper. I bet we see this one during the Holiday Run at MSG.


Second Set of Tour: 10/20 Hampton 

Hampton 2013 (A. Nusnov)

Hampton 2013 (A. Nusnov)

The vibe after this show reeked of the late ’90s, when Phish left most of their audience speechless and in dismay on a nightly basis. This was one of those shows for which the ushers had to eventually ask fans to leave, because nobody wanted to go anywhere. We had just experienced a full-throttle assault like none in recent years. The second entire set was strewn with big-time jam vehicles, and the band never stopped taking care of business. After two nights at Hampton, many Northeastern fans who had elected to skip the run were feeling pretty good about their decision. After night three’s course-correcting ritual, they weren’t.

Paul and Silas, Tweezer > Golden Age > Piper -> Takin’ Care of Business > Also Sprach Zarathustra > Sand, Slave to the Traffic Light


First Set of Tour: 10/26 Worcester 

This first set runs away with this award, though there were several other high-quality opening frames during Fall 2013. This one however, featured highlight jams in “Bathtub Gin” and “David Bowie,” not to mention solid versions of “Stash” and”Simple.” An extended version of “Party Time” opened things up before “Punch” really got things going. A couple rarities of “Ride Captain Ride” and “My Soul” as well a spirited version of “Back on the Train” rounded things out less a gratuitous “Character Zero.”

Party Time, Punch You In the Eye, Back on the Train, My Soul, Bathtub Gin, Ride Captain Ride, Stash, Simple > David Bowie, Character Zero


Show of Tour: 10/31 Atlantic City, NJ

10/31 Official (D.Mumford)

10/31 (D.Mumford)

There is no denying the incredible significance of this year’s Halloween show. Never before has Phish presented an entire set of new material, and never have they presented so much new material that has been as instantly well-received. Touching on so many disparate genres and feels, the songs of the Wingsuit set were all crafted with a distinctly Phishy vibe, and most seem to be ready for rotation. The infusion of this much new material totally revolutionizes the Phish experience and paves the way for a glorious future—all in their 30th year! And after setbreak, the guys came out and tore apart a third frame for the first time in ages. Unloading two top ten jams of tour in a prolific one-two Halloween punch of “Ghost” and “Carini,” the band provided plenty of improv for those who didn’t get off on Wingsuit’s revelation. Those jams were supported by solid versions of “Hood” and “Antelope,” and when you combine all of these elements, you’ve got your show of fall tour.


Two Set Show of Tour: 10/26 Worcester, MA

Rarely is a Phish show presented over two flowing sets without a single lull or dull moment, but that is exactly what happened on Saturday night in Worcester. One need only look above to see the quality of this show’s first set, and most are familiar with the monster sequence of “Drowned > Light” that opened the second. Follow that up with “Sand” and “Mike’s > No Quarter > Weekapaug,” with only a “Theme” interlude, and one has the most complete Phish show of tour.

Runners Up: 10/27 Hartford, 11/1 Atlantic City


 All-Stars, 1st Team: 

 “Tweezer,” “Carini,” “Twist,” “Ghost,” “Disease,” “Golden Age” 


Mimi Fishman Auction:

Mimi_Fishman_Foundation-353x-353xFive Phish New Years ticket packages were just added to the Mimi Fishman Foundation online charity auction. All proceeds from the ticket packages to benefit Phish’s WaterWheel Foundation.  The auction also features Phish Summer Tour posters signed by all band members. Of special note is the multiple night runs include matching numbered posters auctioned off as single sets. Additionally, the auction includes New Years packages donated from The String Cheese Incident, Yonder Mountain String Band, and Umphrey’s McGee with the proceeds to benefit Colorado Flood Relief efforts.

To access the auction please visit

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  1. Rob Ford Says:

    You know first sets fucking blow when that Worcester set “runs away” with the award.

  2. DaNcInG fOoL Says:

    I’ve got one extra, FREE ticket to NYE (good seat) for whomever can provide me with (free) crash space for the run.

  3. phoammhead Says:

    another great post, miner…thanks!

  4. Spasm Waiter Says:

    Thanks miner! Cool list. Fun stuff.

  5. dorn76 Says:

    What, you think no one wants to put up an overweight crackhead?

    Nice list Miner. Setting up for a big 4 nights in NYC.

    Read this article if you want, but the first 2 comments are why I am linking it.

  6. Kaveh Says:

    Morning BBers…great writeUp @Miner…

    …Happy Thanksgiving week everyone!

  7. vapebraham Says:

    oh sweet nuthin 8.15.10 — $$$.

    started day w/ JGB how sweet it is, aftermidnight>rigby>AM from keane college1980. $$$

  8. vapebraham Says:

    looking to revisiting fall ’13 after this breather (11.18.98 Birds now. the yr. of the birds).

    hanks for the research and writing, miner. you’ve been making phish more fun for me since 2009.

  9. vapebraham Says:

    ^^^ yep. vay ping starts early round here.

  10. phlorida phan Says:

    Wake and Vape FTW!

    Great readings MinEr.

    Safe travels to all doing just that.

  11. vapebraham Says:

    9.9.2000 makisupa w/ trumpet — $$$.

  12. DavidSilver Says:

    Those comments are gold dorn! The Hero sandwich remark especially.

  13. phlorida phan Says:

    “So much for the Meet and Greet with Al Davis.”

    If I drank coffee and had some in my mouth, that shit would be all over my keyboard!

    Thanks for that Dorn

  14. dorn76 Says:

    Trade 4 nights of lodging for a $300 NYE ticket, in a city where a mid range hotel goes for $400.

    Why the Hell aren’t people jumping all over that?

  15. Mr. Palmer Says:

    But Dorn, you aren’t taking into consideration the fine company you will keep…

  16. vapebraham Says:

    digging deep in the kayarchives – 8.2.09 Boogie On. 17 mins?!?

  17. sumodie Says:

    Rob Ford, electrons sent. Have acquaintances who may be interested in your NYE for lodging offer.

    They do hope your offer comes with some mayoral crack

  18. dorn76 Says:

    Not to be a total wisacre…..I can offer up floor space for any degenerate mayors on the 28th. Only night I’m staying over in NYC though. I’ll be commuting in for the 30th, and likely skipping 29th/31st…

    Square turds all over the muthafreakin skybridge!

  19. dorn76 Says:


  20. DavidSilver Says:

    Wiseacre way underused. Well dome.

  21. Boghog2001 Says:

    I cannot find the Line teases in the Glens falls show. Can someone confirm times?

  22. Rob Ford Says:

    Hey Palmer, happy thanksgiving, go fuck yourself.

    Dorn, you know some people actually live in NYC right? I’ve done this before.

  23. Mr. Palmer Says:

    someone can dish but can’t take… Lol..

  24. tela's_muff Says:

    working my way through the Phish Destroys Ohio playlist, specifically ’97. This Cleveland Julius is a workout. my knees are sore just from listening.

    interesting that Phish didn’t play in Ohio from Dec. 5th 1995 (CSU) until Dec. 7th 1997 (CSU). they wouldn’t skip the state again until this year.

  25. Stoney Case Says:


    Read miners paragraph on Twist. There’s your answer from the other day. How that wasn’t obvious to someone as sharp as Cliff Clavin is really the only question.

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