Nassau Wins the Title

Nassau Coliseum

#1 Nassau Coliseum 52 #1 Auburn Hills 36

In the championship game of Tweezer Madness, Nassau Coliseum’s ’03 version took down the Palace ’97 and captured the trophy. Although the game was competitive, the result was never truly in doubt, as Nassau grabbed an early lead and was able to maintain separation throughout the game. The only 2.0 Tweezer in the tournament out-dueled the Fall ’97 favorite in a battle between two defining versions. We caught up with Nassau in their champagne-soaked locker room, and the champ had this to say, ” We want to congratulate the Palace on an amazing season. That’s a nasty Tweezer over there, and it deserved to win as much as we did. In reality, Auburn Hills is a deeper, more psychedelic jam, but we had the advantage of length, and you know what they say—size matters. I want to thank all the voters that came down on our side, and we are happy to represent the much-maligned era of 2.0 in taking home the title.”

The Palace version offered it’s own take. “I can’t say we’re not disappointed, but its no embarrassment to lose to that monumental Nassau version. That middle section of music is as good as anything the band has ever played. I thought the score would have been closer, but sometimes things just don’t fall your way. They started the game quickly and we could never quite catch up. On another day, I think we could have defeated the Nassau squad. It was an honor to play in the national final, and it’s an experience we’ll never forget.”

It was a game for the ages, and the fitting end to an amazing month of music and basketball. It was truly a fun event and a joy to watch unfold. Hopefully people got exposed to some new versions and were able to revisit some old favorites along the way. And that brings Tweezer Madness to a close. The selection committee and Uncle Ebeneezer would like to thank all of the voters who helped make this tournament happen. We hope you’ve enjoyed the experience, and we look forward stepping into the freezer together in a little over a month as we prepare for new versions to unfold. Until then…please her with a Tweezer.

Championship Stub—2.28.03

649 Responses to “Nassau Wins the Title”

  1. Sex&City Says:

    Phish 4.0?!?!?? What an amazing show… haven’t listened yet. 40 mins… sheesh!!!

  2. Fly Says:

    Trey movie coming out on Wednesday…

    Trey drops show for the ages Sunday prior…

  3. joe Says:

    4 showings of Trey movie at local theater (kendall square) sold out. found other theater that had 2 remaining seats.

  4. Fly Says:

    Damn…ten years since the return.

    Phish man…today is a sentimental Phish day.

    Celebrate and be grateful for Phish!

  5. uncle-jimmy Says:

    Take all of my $$$. Keep the change ya filthy animals.

  6. Cal Says:


  7. Hans Says:

    Ok. Let’s talk Ruby Waves.

    There’s no doubt this tour has featured flashes of brilliance everywhere but for whatever reason that had not manifested itself in many full bodied mature lengthy improvisations. Ruby Waves breaks that mold. It’s as if they were making a point to shatter it repeatedly and that’s almost how the jam plays out. It’s interesting out of the gates and slowly builds through numerous sections. The tension building with each one but never busting fully. The tension and release flexes keep stretching the boundaries until before we know it we’re 20 in and the space skuzz rage peak 22:47 is so super seismic it pulls them in fully. But rather than succumb to the space Trey instead focuses and at 25 returns and buries us not in skuzz but in fully realized clear clean tone hose. LOVE. The space following is fully earned nearly 18’ kraken Melt territory. They rebuild and there’s more. Ten minutes more!

    This thing has some IT Ghost and Hampton 13’ Tweezer parallels. Big boy Space Rock Music,

  8. Sex&City Says:

    I guess it’s official. As much as I still love seeing some regulars keeping on the lights here… Its truly an end of an era. Phish jams for almost 40 minutes and there isn’t even one page worth of comments, 24 hours later? It’s Kind of sad.

  9. BooVT Says:

    I miss all the old chatter and and the old commenters, too.
    I’ve only heard the first half of the Ruby Waves jam so far. Yesterday was a busy day. Can’t wait to get a chance to hear the whole thing.

  10. butter Says:

    was in the Pit for 3 Alpines. wife and took an extra drop during Mercury on night 3. I dont know what to say. I haven’t spun a note of night 3. raged it with Miner and AW. The night was full of classic phish history and lore like a 93-95 type of show (Oliva’s Pool gave it a 97 feel)

    my first Oliva’s Pool, Born to Run and Ruby Waves

    time machine show, both to the past and future

  11. butter Says:

    avatar come back

  12. aj Says:

    I did the whole Alpine run and, though less articulate about phish than the rest of you all, I have phishthoughts.

    First, let me just say that Alpine is typically just a total grind logistically, as recently as last year (sad Dead Co there), and that all has changed. We got in and out of lot in no time, no lines, new entry division to get in means we just walked right in each night (yellow lot, represent), tons of bars and bathrooms, easy to get to seats, and all that. It was a way better experience than it has ever been. Also, because it is so well known for cops (never saw one, but sure they are there), there was very little n20 on lot, so that made for a nicer post show experience. Well done, Alpine!

    The first two nights were fun and solid shows, both with moments that felt like jams in the moment and turned out to jamlets, but with really solid playing. Trey’s tone is growly but not lost in effects, sort of a crunch confident blues growl. I love it. But the first two nights continued the jukebox trend from CT, and no one was that excited about it. Sat set 1 was my least favorite, just a bunch of songs that are not my fav, but whatever. Fun was being had, was there with great people, lovely weather, southern wisconsin, summer phish.

    Entered Sunday worried they would close out the tour and run with another just ok show. Energy in place all weekend was off the chain, great crowd and we had same seats all three nights (201), which was also a fun experience. Great vantage point and sound excellent.

    We all know there is something special about a special show. It’s not just the music, I swear there is an air quailty that changes and you can just feel the communal electricity and excitement. I’ve been seeing Phish since 93, and have only experienced that special something a handful of times. In 3.0 I would say it would be FYF show and Atlanta 7/31/15. Sunday at Alpine was one of those nights.

    I have been chasing Shafty like no other, so to get Olivia’s Pool at the bustout set was both awesome and funny. The bustouts kept coming, and the crowd was eating them up. You could see people’s faces just flip when they got their spocks brain or TMHSITY, etc. Just cheers of joy and excitement, and from the look on his face, Trey knew what he was up to. I love Vultures and Timber so damn much, check. And a long set too, just marvelous.

    When they came back from setbreak hopes were high. Mercury is such a cool and psychedelic song, most welcomed, but not the long jam we wanted. Then when Ruby Waves dropped I could tell the GOTF haters were worried. I happen to really like the GOTF material and this song in particular, but also had jams on my mind.

    The jams came. And came, and just kept coming. And they were crunchy, hard, funky, loud, quiet, reggae, metal, spaceship, plinkoy. Every member of the band just locked in and did that shit. When the reggae section dropped homie next to me said Makisupa, I thought it sounded like they were seguing into 555, but nope… metal. Real time I knew that this was a big jam, but I have been fooled before, and the show kept going and I laughed with my buddy that later we would check the app and see it was 9 minutes. It was not. Best jam of 3.0. A masterpiece centerjam in a masterpiece show.

    But it did not stop there. More bustouts and phishlore favs, lots of fun and silly Trey chatter, YEM>Catapault>Contact>YEM? They could do no wrong and they did not.

    I am still afterglowing like a MF (and was pretty sober at show), and am going to say that this was the best show I have seen in 3.0 and wonder if perhaps it just was the best of the era. I know that FYF, Randalls, some of Bakers are strong contenders and everyone should have their own view, etc. But for me, that was as special as it gets and I felt the band really knew it, were way feeding off the audience and we were all just locked in for a beautiful night of everything that is great about Phish and the surrounding community.

  13. joe Says:

    nice work AJ and the midwest crew.

  14. Sex&City Says:

    Thank you AJ for sharing. I can only imagine and hope to get something as special at Dicks.

  15. Random Poster...Nutbag Says:

    AJ & Butter! Awesome in house reviews. That feeling absolutely translated to the couch. IT was in the air big time on Sunday. Next up Trey’s movie. Can’t wait to see it tomorrow.

  16. joe Says:

    put together a livephish playlist from shows I went to. All songs appear in the spot they appeared in the show. I only chose 1 from each spot. Toughest spot to choose from was actually song 3 of set 2. I took liberties on set 1 closers including 3 of them since they appeared as songs 9,10 and 11 in their sets.

    set 1
    46 days – bangor 6/25
    plasma – bangor 6/26
    ass handed – bangor 6/25
    Tube – Fenway 7/5
    Stash – Mohegan 7/10
    Waves – Bangor 6/25
    Limb by Limb – Mohegan 7/10
    Gumbo – Mohegan 7/10
    Sand – Bangor 6/26
    Bathtub Gin – Mohegan 7/9
    Bowie – Mohegan 7/10

    set 2
    Disease – Bangor 6/25
    Chalk Dust Torture – Mohegan 7/10
    Fuego – Bangor 6/26
    Cities – Bangor 6/26
    Beneath Sea of Stars – Mohegan 7/9
    Say it to me S.A.N.T.O.S – Fenway 7/5
    Birds of a Feather – Mohegan 7/9
    I Always Wanted it this Way – Mohegan 7/10
    Drift While You’re Sleeping – – Mohegan 7/10

    Lizards – Bangor 6/26
    Saw it Again Kung – Mohegan 7/10
    Slave to Traffic Light – Mohegan 7/10

  17. RoosterPizza Says:

    Nice work, @Joe. I like what you did there.

  18. RoosterPizza Says:

    I also dig AJs review. The one time I really felt it in the air was 8.12.15 MANN. The first set was amazing, and then the second set was otherworldly. The crowd was also awesome at that show, though there were a lot of wooers the prior night.

  19. Spasm Says:

    @AJ- Sweet review w/ many spot on comments about what happens when it all clicks…

  20. kayatosh Says:

    BB alive and well. took a computer, phone internet hiatus for the past 4 days. can’t wait to dig into these Alpine shows. Thanks for weighing in folks

    Viva la Phish!

  21. kayatosh Says:

    anyone seeing the Trey flick tonight? cuz I am!

    jah July 14th first set is so sick. dream set and they executed like bosses

  22. uncle-jimmy Says:

    Ruby Waves>twist>steep>swept away>death don’t hurt
    was the dopest and purest expression of love for not only Chris C, but for everyone who’s star burned out too soon. I don’t like to get sappy, but it’s all about love. That’s all there is dudes. And hetty chicks shaking their booty to funky bitch…

  23. Hans Says:

    My current favorite moment of Ruby Waves is roughly 25:00. The jam slows and Trey is ripping a few stop start chords and the crowd mostly resists woo, he fully resists and immediately dumps into full rockstar godmode.

    I’ve pinpointed that the last 18 minutes of the jam are the best parts.

  24. BingosBrother Says:

    I called that Swept Away. A day earlier when I thought it was Frost. Haha.

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