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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366 Responses to “The Envelope, Please…”

  1. Stoney Case Says:

    Great show Telas. My little bear’s first. Was stoked she got a ‘Guelah Papyrus’ in set 1

  2. tela's_muff Says:

    nice. i’m always stoked for a Guelah.

    facts are useless: of the 114 times Tube has been played, only 9 versions reached 10mins or longer. The first was in Dayton ’97, and one of the last was in Cincinnati ’03. I chose the Cincy version for my playlist.

  3. Gavinsdad Says:

    Shitty Case

  4. dorn76 Says:

    Fans sure bitch alot about standard Tubes considering those stats show its basically how the song is played.



  5. joe Says:

    heard these guys on radio driving into work today (promoting new album). Longstanding local group, seen em a few times. might be something that people here like if you’re not familiar

  6. dorn76 Says:

    Although a 4 minute version does deserve a groan from even the most devoted fluffinaire.

  7. ren Says:

    Nothing better than arriving home to find my wife blaring the phish on the home system.

    Happy Turkey Days to the BB….we should be prepping for run at Woosta but Fall tapes are a nice consolation

  8. Type III Jamming Personality Disorder Says:

    d’elf is great. Rotating cast so you never know quite what you’ll get either. There are some awesome shows of theirs with Medeski on board as well as other guests if you dig through the LMA.

  9. RoosterPizza Says:

    @stoney, happy to hear!

  10. joe Says:

    ever see them at Lizard Lounge? I probably haven’t been over there in almost 10 years, but that used to be a chill spot to see some good music and it seemed like they were always playing

  11. Type III Jamming Personality Disorder Says:

    Yeah, that’s where I’ve caught them, Joe. That’s a nice tiny room downstairs. Saw the stringdusters there about two years ago and you are so close you can play the chords for them.

  12. joe Says:

    neat trick by phish. the 7 below sale includes items that are marked up from $4.

  13. dorn76 Says:

    Just be glad it wasn’t a 46 Days sale.

  14. phishm Says:

    Ya, I’m glad cooler heads prevailed. Dude got in my face with his 3 friends standing behind him. It was obvious that didn’t scare me at all. It was silly. The 4 of them were as wasted as can be. Belligerent if you will. It all worked out however. I would never throw a 1st punch, but after that I would throw all of them. I guess if I was up front and AG got in my face shit would not be good. I don’t back down. I guess it’s better to stay out of situations like that. Hard to when the 4 frat guys push right up in front of you and ruin your evening. Anyway, other then that the night was really fun.
    I also had to take a female to an Indigo Girls concert. That was very painful.

  15. MiA Says:

    Those Tube stats are a little misleading.

    Lots and lots if a Tubes in 3.0 but only 2 got above 5 min in ’10 (5:04 and 5:09) and two in that year were below 3:30.

    In ’97 to ’04, 80% were longer than 6:30.

    The “average tube length” had been shortened by 3.0 pinner tubes.

  16. MiA Says:

    Tons of typos. That’s what I get for writing that post on the shitter

  17. Type III Jamming Personality Disorder Says:

    Especially a tube post on the can

  18. joe Says:

    fairly recent club d’elf video. good quality audio

  19. Type III Jamming Personality Disorder Says:

    Since we are already close to riding the chocolate train, the Hershey 2000 Tube takes all comers, smacks em in the face, and tells em what for then proceeds with the wedgies.

  20. halcyon Says:

    evening friends. looking to upgrade my phone.
    any word on the newest iphone? new android phones?

    any input or suggestions will be considered.


    Check out the d’elf shows with John Medeski. I think MMW has sat in with them as well. I know I have a few shows with Medeski.

  21. Dorn76 Says:

    Keeping track, taking a crap.

  22. tela's_muff Says:

    I could of taken the Tube stats that next level MiA but found the 9 versions at 10 min more compelling.

  23. jerseyjim Says:

    @tela – thanks for the ohio tunes.

    @spasm – Sneakerz – my sister went to St. Mikes, and i remember going there when i visited. that was 1985.

    happy thanksgiving to all.

  24. joe Says:

    cool Halcyon. I’ve checked out a few of em before (and also with DJ Logic), but hearing them on the radio today has sparked my desire to revisit. tons of stuff on the archive so that helps.

  25. butter Says:

    fluff, fluff, pass

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