Roses are Free

“Roses Are Free”

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  1. phishm Says:

    In general when I was there the entire set seemed like a conversation I’d had before only converted to music. Maybe not a conversation, but an event. An event that I seemed to remember in bits a pieces and only as feelings of what I felt at the time they occurred. Glad I can remember these things after the fact. At the time it was it. I mean nothing else mattered. The music took me into a world where only music made sense. My body moved in a current that seemed to vibrate within and out of the building. I remember thinking that it just can’t get better then this, but it did. It kept getting better until the music started to swirl all members of the audience until they all felt this frenzy of music. Not as sound, but as feeling and they all let it play them as one single unit and it was good. Everyone in the audience felt it and allowed it to go on until the band decided it was enough. Some laughed. Some cried. Some sat in shock and some just pretended like it didn’t happen. It did and it was wonderful. Love listening to a show I was at. Good times for sure. Can’t wait for DTE.

  2. phishm Says:

    If you get the chance, listen to this Slave. It’s powerful. At least from what I remember. Just starting it now.

  3. phishm Says:

    Or something like that…

  4. little umbrellas Says:

    wow, just finished dat shit.

  5. RicksFork Says:

    Joe, I posted the same thing a few weeks ago. At about the 6 minute mark of the Roses I think I hear the line. No one took notice when I said it, so I left it alone. Glad you hear it too.

  6. btb Says:

    Morning y’all from Sunnyvalue Trailer Park

  7. btb Says:


    I only got my grade 11

  8. Gavinsdad Says:

    Shout out to Phish.
    Shout out to this Providence show. I was going thru alot in my sober head regarding the Phish scene. Was one of the darkest vibes I was getting from people in the hallways/portals. I danced behind stage in the hall near the phellowship table. Really enjoyed the show and only In hindsight does a show closing Bowie Hood have more of an impact.

    And shout out to the 24th anny of my first show, 4/4/90, and many years of goodness with a band that rips. Looking forward to more this Summer. The music and the community keeps me around. See u out there.

  9. Type III Jamming Personality Disorder Says:

    happy phisherversary, ticket hunter.

    and happy 20th birthday to some pretty notable songs in the history of the band: SOAMule, Disease (well, first full version anyway), If I Could, Julius, Wolfman’s, and the first time cover of I Wanna Be Like You… all in a show with the GCH that opened the spring tour in ’94.

    honestly, just a really good show all around

  10. roberto luongo Says:

    you misread it GD. the dark vibes were coming from the phellowship table. those AA peeps are creepy as fuck.

    Jazzfest Bitches!!

    start ya day with some Pete Rock & Method. Proper.

  11. Stoney Case Says:

    Listening to the Island Tour and contemplating summer tour DO NOT go well together. Quagmire.

    It’s like there are two main camps of fans:

    The new fans, who really don’t know what they missed.
    Us older fans that know we won’t ever get it back, no matter how we sugar coat things.

    Kind of bitter sweet. Not a complaint, just a loop that sometimes plays in my mind. The ‘nostalgia’ when I hear that guitar in the late 90’s can be #Overwhelming

  12. btb Says:

    Oh, to be a noob again, afloat upon the waves…

  13. Mr. Palmer Says:

    Hartford Tweez on train to work shit storm.

    Fun spinning 4/3/98 yesterday. Never gets old.

  14. Stoney Case Says:

    BooVT, were the incapacitating goo-balls, large, green, and rolled in coconut?

  15. Snigglebeach Says:

    For years I’ve been trying figure out if 4/4 or 4/5 is my phish birthday.
    Was such a noob I knew stash and really no other songs. I’ve studied this set lists over and over and I still have no idea. Either way my life was changed forever. I think like a junkie I’m still looking to match that experience, and like the junkie I never will. Not that I blame the band for that. That would be like blaming the needle. That being said I need my phix.

  16. Snigglebeach Says:

    I hope that doesn’t sound insensitive. But every summer I say to myself, next year I’m not breaking the bank to hit so many shows.” Then this time of the year throw those thoughts out and plan and plot to hit as many shows as I can.

  17. Gavinsdad Says:

    I didn’t appreciate the Island Tour shows I caught in the same way xpun did. I didn’t see them enuff per year in 1.0/2.0. I don’t have that great or discerning an ear. I’ve created a bubble I live inside with Phish, one that still feels like my first 10 shows. I’ve had weird chapters of my life (dirty>clean>dirty) affect how I’ve interpreted the shows in real time. I listen to 94 in awe these days while at 10/21/94 I guess I just thought they were “always that good”.

    Stoney has had to listen to my beaming post show drivel a number of times in 3.0 and I know he’s resisted lopping off my tongue but its just what I do. I still create wonder and fun at shows, even if its just for me. The playing just has never been crummy enough for me to stop going…far from it in fact.

    Saw 2 shows in 95 so I really don’t know what I missed.

    And sorry to segue over to the GD but I feel you @stoney when I listen to JG I get overwhelmed alot. I put alot of my heart into that band…the ties are strong. Same w Phish.

    Guys – we will never have another band like this in our lifetimes. GO ON TOUR.

  18. Kaveh Says:

    Happy Friday BBers…hope all is well with everyone.

  19. MiA Says:

    “BooVT, were the incapacitating goo-balls, large, green, and rolled in coconut?”

    Aren’t they all?

  20. sumodie Says:

    ^mine was at DC’00. Scarred for life

  21. roberto luongo Says:

    I never collected or spun phish tapes really. I stopped following the band closely after summer 97. that’s the tour that jaded me out. I’ve told this story but my summer 97 thoughts were “slow phish with too many effects” plus all the kids I saw shows with stopped caring around the same time. we’d still see probably 20 shows a year to work and get spun and have fun but never paid close attention.

    so I really didn’t even know there was an island tour till 3.0. shit I”m not sure I’ve heard the whole thing back. nostalgia is lame and subjective. tapes are worthless. but Phish is still playing pretty fun music right now. Still the best at what they do and bringin a bit of magic to most shows.

    it’s like 89-91 GD. if I was sitting at my crib all pissed it wasn’t 72-74 anymore probably not the smartest of moves. best GD of all time. fuck no. fun as fuck still. fuck yes.

    but don’t spin 93-98 phish next to 3.0. just will make ya crazy.

  22. Gavinsdad Says:

    My buddy Paul’s reminiscences of Prov nite 1…we have a separate email thread going this am:

    I totally remember this show and forgot the surrounding details.

    Brief synopsis. After the face melter S2 of Nassau, Ed and I decided to head to Providence. While waiting for an hour outside of Nassau for Aaron Liberman and Sarah Yaw, I tried to score tickets for Providence. I found someone with an extra, but they did not have it with them. I took a leap of faith and actually suggested that I give them the money, name, and a place to meet them the next day. They seemed legit.

    Ed and I drive up to Providence and it was a mad house. The venue is not located in a place that is remotely equipped for overflow of people. I arrived at the time and place we were supposed to meet and they are not there. I wait for an hour to no avail. In my mind I have been ripped off. For the next hour I try to score a ticket, but there are a TON of kind brothers needing to get in. At around 7, feeling certain I am being shut out, I try a new strategy. I simply start shouting, “Paul Keller” over and over hoping that these folks hear me. Stuck in a human blob near the entrance, I vaguely hear someone about 20 feet away say, “Isn’t that the guys name?” I then bushwhack through sweat, flesh, and patchouli to get to these kind folks from Boston who had been stuck in traffic, but were planning on not selling the ticket in case they ever ran into me again.

    Walk in the door and these guys are on fire. For the 2nd half of the 2nd set, a friend of Ed’s gives me a stub that is 5th or 6th row. I cannot wait to go back and give this a listen. The Lizzards, Bowie, and Hood are all timers. Back when Bowie was Bowie and Hood was Hood.

    And, yes, on the way back we are at the Whitestone and I wake up with a car honking at the Probe. Ed and I kind of look at each other and drive up to the empty toll booth that we were blocking. It could not have been more than a minute, but it felt like having taken a long nap. With both of us having to work, we missed night 4 (the least exceptional) of the Island Tour…

  23. Stoney Case Says:

    G’dad, for sure re: Jerry. The voice and the guitar tones, esp JGB usually choke me up. Then I sometimes get annoyed now that I’m older, and realize the obtuse playing of Bob Weir, and the off-timed drumming of Mickey. And don’t get me started on Vince. In other words, what if Jerry and Phil had met a Page and Fishman of their time…..

    Phishm is the man though. Posts that sloppy as recent Slave, amidst talk of the Island Tour and best slaves of all time. Maybe I need to drink more, drink in the daytime.

    Trey’s 3.0 skill set peaked at Dicks 12. Just hoping he finds that magic this summer. Can’t wait to be in house. Just hard to spend the money it takes anymore.

    I don’t want feedback about the expense and difficulty of catching Phish from ANY of you snowcones and mudpuddles living in the quad-state areas of NY, NJ, Conn, or Mass.

  24. Type III Jamming Personality Disorder Says:

    ha ha

    there’s a little “Hey Bulldog” jam in the 4.4.94 It’s Ice. forgot about that. smile worthy.

  25. Stoney Case Says:

    G’dad, post show glow is one thing! I was mostly ruminating on the folks that flufftard in the daytime.

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