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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138 Responses to “The Last Great Tweezer (For A While)”

  1. msbjivein Says:

    @Soulish, Or feed him some “L” and take him to Phenway! He’ll never be the same after that.

  2. Jay Says:

    I personally think bashing religion is intellectually correct and politically incorrect thing to do. To me, organized religion has been the cause of most of the worlds worst events.

  3. Dr SF Jones Says:

    @Soulish- With regard to the Dead, I am sure that a lot of other cats here can steer you in the right direction better than I can, and I am going to duck out after I say this, but
    I am really not a fan of the Dead. A great deal of people have tried to turn me over the years and I just find them uninteresting. Not my thing…
    But the one track that seriously impressed me and that I now love, and still listen to occasionally, is the studio version of “Terrapin Station”. Play that for your friend. He might like it.
    Ok… see you dudes tomorrow.

  4. Mugician Says:

    Fuck!!! Some cat I was talking to back in March about a Shoreline for Gorge just backed out on me.

    Almost there. Now I need to find another Gorge ticket. Anybody? Face + Fees, or Shoreline lawn.

  5. msbjivein Says:

    Trey’s the son of Christ!!! I swear to God.

  6. Mugician Says:

    Jeez. How did a Phish board get into religion? Maybe there should be a subject change before someone gets cranky. Religion scares the shit out of me, and discussions about it give me nightmares.

  7. Chalkdustin Says:

    Hey, so how about those Penguins?

  8. msbjivein Says:

    How about those Indiana Ice??? In game 4 of the Clark Cup finals! LOL!

  9. Selector J Says:

    Trey started it!

  10. Selector J Says:

    Okay, I kinda started it… My bad.

    My last word on it: I think as people get older, more mature, and more comfortable with their own beliefs, there is less of a need to lash out against what other people believe and that is where Phish/Trey is today.

  11. msbjivein Says:

    @ MinER, PLEASE, PLEASE Put up some of these shows featuring the Giant Country Horns. I only have tapes of SOME of these shows. I think everyone on here would love to revisit this tour. This tour led up to Amy’s Farm. Which my tapes have Giant Country Horns labeled on them but they weren’t featured in those shows.

  12. msbjivein Says:

    Holy shit I didn’t mean to take up this much space. My bad MinER!

  13. Chalkdustin Says:

    @msbjivein You win the award for longest post ever!

  14. msbjivein Says:

    My Bad. There’s some killer shit up there Man! That has to be one of the better Phish tours in Phishstory.

  15. R1 Says:

    I figured out track 5 – only took me about 42 hours of listening

  16. Read Icculus Says:

    …those arrowhead ranch shows were the shit.

  17. msbjivein Says:

    @Icculus, Did you go???? I didn’t see any of these shows. I just jones.

  18. Mr. Completely Says:

    @soulish – if you want evidence that the Dead could throw down, I can do that. Email tyler23rh at comcast dot net.

    But as with the esteemed Dr. SF Jones, it just doesn’t click for some people. Same with Phish too. I have a number of deadhead friends over the years who have been Phish resistant. Most of them have come around after being barraged with enough evidence. But there are a couple who gave Phish a fair listen and said “nope -doesn’t work for me – not feeling it.”

    I don’t understand it, but at that point you have to respect it – which is also my response to Dr. Jones – if you have given it a fair shake (and aren’t spewing hate, just saying “doesn’t work for me”) then who would burn you for that? Maybe other places, but not here.

    Ignorant dismissals of bands you haven’t actually listened to are just stupid. Deciding you don’t like something after fair consideration is just a matter of taste.

    (but anyone who argues that the Dead never had chops, something I hear far too often, had better be prepared to back it up with cash they can afford to lose – ’cause that’s a bet I will win)

  19. Mr. Completely Says:

    …I also have a few super snobby “headier than thou” old school deadhead acquaintances who still dismiss Phish as silly, lightweight entertainment – yet for some reason go to every show they can possibly manage – and complain the whole time about how its not as good as the Dead, or even as good as other Phish shows they saw, which is funny cause when they were at THOSE shows they were complaining the whole time too…

    man those ppl are fucking annoying. friends of close friends, can’t seem to shake ’em, but what bunch of debbie downers

  20. Read Icculus Says:

    …..that Saturday show was my first. This venue was within an hour of my hometown…I was totally clueless of course. Went there because friend had recommended them. I remember delivering pizza and hearing the ad on the radio for the shows. I did not go to Sunday.

  21. Mr.Miner Says:

    editing out those setlists msb…

  22. Read Icculus Says:

    ….first show 91, second show summer 92 HOARD tour at Orange County Fair, Middletown, NY. Third show was in February of 93 in Poughkeepsie NY.
    After that it is a blurrrrrrrrrrrrrr……….!

  23. Mr.Miner Says:

    children are now old enough to “ridicule us.” = “Read Icculus”

  24. Mr. Completely Says:

    I was at that Cradle show. I dug the horns a lot.

  25. Read Icculus Says:

    ……I always thought it was Ridiculus….

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