The Last Great Tweezer (For A While)

Phish 2000 (Unk)

While Phish’s energy began to wind down during the second half of 2000, the year still boasted many bright musical highlights.  From Radio City, to clubs in Japan and back again, Phish threw down many significant jams in the year before their first hiatus.  One of the most memorable moments came on June 24th at Lakewood Amphitheatre, during the band’s third show back from Japan- only eight days removed from Osaka’s tour closer.   Following a bombastically improvised “Moma” opener, the band ran through “Runaway Jim” and “Bouncin'” before greeting the summer sunset with the growling opening licks of “Tweezer.”  What ensued for the next half-hour exists as one of the most magnificently improvised portions of Phish2k.

Taking daytime into night, Phish explored several musical feels, weaving them seamlessly into a tapestry of sound and groove. Phish was excited to be back in their summertime sheds, and they were celebrating their stateside return musically.  While Japan brought diverse venues and cultural experiences for the band, they were more than ready to return to their comfort zone- annihilating amphitheatres across the US.  And in only their fifth set back, they would unveil this unique masterpiece.

2000-06-24moAs the jam dropped, Mike immediately took the lead, generating a tight and heavy groove with Fish, as Page painted the backdrop.  Meanwhile, Trey set up some loops and sat back, awaiting the perfect entry point.  Upon joining the rhythmic fray, Trey began with a series of licks that fit perfectly into the preexisting patterns.  This driving, spacious funk characterized the initial part of this jam and led everyone through some addictive dance music as the sun dipped low.  Clicking right away, the band was off and running through a melange of engulfing crack-grooves.

Radio City 2000 (B. Stephens)

Radio City 2000 (B. Stephens)

As Gordon retained the lead for much of this initial segment, Trey gradually transformed his rhythm chops into a subtle melody that pushed the band to a divergent musical plane.  Soon the band’s playing picked up a certain motion, as all four members layered their offerings atop Gordon’s pillow.  Trey began climbing a melodic path that guided the band’s ascending improv.  As the rhythm shifted, it was clear that this “Tweezer” jam was going further than your average first- or second- set offering.

Continuing their upwards path, the band came together, moving the music outwards at the same time.  Further momentum sprouted as Phish passed into a third distinct musical canvas.  Adding urgency to the music, this section began to take a different shape, straying from the swamp funk that had sprung this journey.  Trey picked up a thematic pattern, and as usual, Fish picked up on Trey.  They both began to push the jam, resulting in a driving rhythm and melody that was purely Phish, not resembling its origins at all.  The band had transcended any semblance of a “Tweezer” jam and had launched into something far more grandiose in scope.

Chicago 2000

Chicago 2000

As the band hit this first peak, they took the time to settle the music back into a quickly-moving and straight-ahead groove that allowed them to collect their thoughts and determine their direction.  Trey soon picked a melody out of this groove, influencing his mates to alter their phrases to fit into the progressing puzzle.  Before long Phish had plunged into a spiritually uplifting section of music that grew directly from Trey’s original lines.  As the band brought this part to the top, they entered the true peak of this monster jam.  The entire band created a far more regal feeling to the music as Trey hit a fierce and emotional rolling melody.  From here, the band maintained this level of energy, careening past the peak into a denouement of lightning quick patterns.

Allowing their musical path to organically peak, Phish took time to wind the music back down to earth via slowed down bass lines, effects, and sonic residue.  After the triumphant arrival of this extended adventure, the band slid into the perfectly placed “Stange Design” to reorient the audience from their altered reality.  Although Phish would go on to play five more “Tweezers” before calling it quits, none would approach the magnitude of Lakewood’s first set epic.  For a couple of years, this one would hold the title of “The Last Great “Tweezer.””


Listen to 6.24.00 “Tweezer” Now! < LINK (Roll over, click play)




6.24.00 Lakewood Amp, Atlanta, GA < LINK

6.24.00 Lakewood Amp, Atlanta, GA < TORRENT LINK

phish-astron00Beyond the massive “Tweezer,” the first set really stole the show this evening. With a classic setlist and ripping jams, it was almost like the sets were reversed.  Nonetheless, the second frame boasts a ripping “Antelope” and solid versions of “Birds” and “Carini.”

I: The Moma Dance, Runaway Jim, Bouncing Around the Room, Tweezer > Strange Design, Cavern

II: Birds of a Feather, Bug, My Sweet One, Run Like an Antelope, Frankie Sez, Carini, The Squirming Coil, Prince Caspian

E: Guyute, The Inlaw Josie Wales, Driver, Tweezer Reprise

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  1. ColonelJoy Says:

    Miner, I haven’t listened to this Tweezer before. Thanks for the signpost.

    Contrary to popular belief, the moments Phish were on target in 99′-00 were smokin’ hot, a perfect fusion of all phishthoughts that came before….

  2. Selector J Says:

    Man! I was at this show and completely forgot about that Tweezer… that thing is Read-Icculus! The only thing I can vividly recall from that show is the four song encore. Glad to revisit this one. (Probably one of the best shows I forgot I saw.)

    @ Guy (from yesterday): My RR confirmation email does say reserved for the 3 nights that are between rows 25 & 55. For Saturday night, it just says GA (no row/seat# given).

  3. Chalkdustin Says:

    Thank you, thank you! Love this setlist!

  4. HSV 007 Says:

    The boys love playing in the ATL & Lakewood has never dissapointed. While 6/15/95 & 7/3-4/99 have very special places in my heart, this show is spectacular. Miner is right on the money with “reversed” sets feeling as the 1st set stole this show. The opening MOMA was the fire that led to one of the most incerdible torching Tweezers I have ever heard live. And while Tweezer was the pinnacle, the Strange Design was a beautiful way to slide back down into reality. I remember the Tweezer Reprize encore being so ominously huge (re: the real power of the band) it felt like the bass line was going to destroy the entire pavillion section & blow the back wall down. SICK!

    For all those representing that evening (you know who you are) this was PHENOMENAL! Thank you Mr. Miner for the wonderful memories!

  5. Al Says:

    Guys! Help yourself and download SBD (!) recordings of the legendary “BATHTUB GIN” from the Great Went 97 and “SAND” from Big Cypress here!:

  6. Rolling Papyrus Says:

    Wow… I have not heard this show before, but that Tweezer is a monster. I will definitely be checking out the rest of this show.

    Thanks for the Roo download link, I’m listening to the “Sand” now. The quality is ridiculous, although I do kind of miss the guy in the crowd saying “Get ready to rock!” that was on my Aud recording.

    So if these SBDs are out there, they must be getting ready to release the whole thing, right? Right??? 20 DVD box set, anyone?

  7. lanser Says:

    atlanta phish= awesome!

  8. R1 Says:

    Hey Miner – how about a little hint on track 5? What’s the trick about it?

  9. JerZ Says:

    Has anyone else ever completely forgotten that they were at a show, and even when you see the setlist and hear it, you have no recollection?

    I know that I was there, but there is absolutely nothing about this show that rings a bell. Usually something will jog my memory, but this one is in another time forgot in space

  10. JerZ Says:

    Sorry, Selector J, didn’t read your comments until after I wrote mine. How could the two of us have completely spaced this show? My guess is that either we were hanging out together that day or Miner made this up and it never really happened

  11. Pencilneck Says:

    @ JerZ. you’ve described a lot of my shows. I’ve downloaded and listened to shows from Mr. Miner. only to realize halfway through that i was there. Ha!

  12. bhizzle Says:

    I am afraid to let you guys in on this lil secret (re: forgotten shows), but you addicts probably smoked yourselves into oblivion prior to and during the shows.

    wink wink

  13. JerZ Says:

    Former addict- I went the Trey route

  14. Chalkdustin Says:

    So proud of Trey. Really, so happy for him.

  15. msbjivein Says:

    I was at that ATL show in ’00. Thanks for posting that show MinER. I haven’t listened to it in yrs. I totally remember that Tweezer. Blew my freakin mind I tell ya!

    Good for Trey!! I sure hope he stays on the right path. Sober tour ’09 will be tough for him I bet. Hopefully he has surrounded himself w/ the right people. Go Trey!! You can do it!

  16. Mr. Completely Says:

    @ chalkdustin – thanks for that link! go Trey! such a positive vibe around that guy again – it sounds like he went through the wringer and really earned a life reboot. Kudos!

    @ miner – I have never even heard of this tweezer – looking forward to checking it out.

    @Al – thanks for the link!

    @JerZ – not only is that a sadly common experience for me, I have a good friend who is famous for having experienced things at shows that did not happen – he came out of a Greensboro Dead show raving about the Morning Dew, which only happened in his head…he could describe every note…you may laugh but he saw a better show than we did.

    @ Kobe Bryant – you are a punk ass bitch and your time is over – Ron Artest is my new hero

  17. bhizzle Says:


    “@ Kobe Bryant – you are a punk ass bitch and your time is over – Ron Artest is my new hero”

    How bout Manny? 50 games?!?!?!? Damn!

  18. Mr. Completely Says:

    Rolling through this tweezer now…I have to say this is why I love this site so much…there is so much Phish and I would never have guessed to pick up this show if the torrent came across some random tracker. But Miner has proved over and over that he knows the difference between average (very good) Phish and the really great stuff – a trusted source is a valuable thing in any context – very cool to get treats like this served up on a platter, and on a daily basis.

  19. bhizzle Says:

    Trey – “And in September I’ll play a solo concert at Carnegie Hall with the New York Philharmonic.” from Huffington post article.

  20. Mr. Completely Says:

    @bhizzle – wow I don’t even watch baseball anymore and that’s big news

  21. Mr. Completely Says:

    boston peeps, your boy Rondo is the heat – that lane-splitting Dr J slam was bananas

  22. Manny Phresh Says:

    My experience at Hampton was the first time I saw Phish sober. I’ve seen Phish 37x and all those shows for the most part just blur together. In fact my life from 1998-May2008 was just one big blur. Yes, I do remember certain highlights, but overall my mind was just a jellyfish in the ocean of my head.

    I also went the Trey route, and can’t wait to do Sober Tour 09. I will be seeing you at the Phellowship table this summer?

  23. voopa Says:

    I’m not sure how much of any show I’d remember without recordings. I know I’m forgetting great chunks of the many High Sierra and Reggae on the River’s I’ve attended over the years…having said that, recordings aside, I’ve taken away something from every Dead and Phish show I’ve been to (save for Furthur), and if someone named a date, I could tell you something that I actually do remember from that show. I know that sounds contradictory, but I have no other frame of reference, since tapes have always been around, at least since I started attending shows. Meh.

    I’ve been to shows in every frame of mind (except completely sober and too drunk), and still have a least one vivid memory from every single one. 49 GD shows, 52 Phish, 24 moe. – and counting! I don’t meant to brag, guess I’m just fortunate that I can recall these things.

    Oh, and HA HA DODGERS!

  24. A_Glide Says:

    I totally thought that tweeser was gonna seg straight into tweeprise at 18min.

    that’s awesome.

  25. old dude Says:

    live music is meant to be somewhat fleeting. the notes travel through the ether, in one ear and out the other. but while bouncing around in your skull transform your subconsciousness (or unconsciousness), leaving a delicate imprint rather than a hard memory. or something like that.

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