Ten Tunes For Worcester

The Worcester Centrum

Phish has only played three shows on December 10th since 1992. The 10th was an off day for the Fall tours of ’95 and ’97, while the band played in Kalamazoo in 1992, Santa Monica, California to close out Fall ’94, and a stumbled through a rather off night in Philadelphia in ’99. So instead of going with December 1oth jams today and in the interest of sticking with the numerology theme, today we turn our attention to the “Top Ten Moments in December History at The  Worcester Centrum” (now affectionately known the DCU Center). With two more New Year’s Run shows at “The Centrum” around the corner, let’s look back at the best Phish had to offer in their December visits of ’93 and ’95.


10. “Slave to the Traffic Light” 12.28.95 II

10.20.10 (C. Boire)

This solid ’95 version closed out the first night of Worcester ’95.



9. “Split Open and Melt” 12.28.95 I

The opener of the entire New Year’s Run in 1995.



8. “Antelope” 12.31.93 I

10.31.09 (D.Lavery)

A vintage ’93 rendition that closed out the first set of New Year’s Eve.



7. “Tweezer” 12.31.93 II

Tight, ’93-style jamming.



6. “Harry Hood” 12.31.93 III

10.10.10 (C.Klein)

A scintillating cap to New Year’s Eve, Trey just about blows a gasket leading the band to a sublime mountaintop vista.



5. “Stash” 12.29.95 I

A harrowing trip into the underworld early in the show.



4. “Tweezer” 12.28.95 II

10.31.10 (G.Lucas)

A year that featured so many gargantuan “Tweezers” finished off with one more monster.



3. “Reba” 12.31.93 I

A gorgeous slice of Phish’s New Year’s Eve legacy.



2. “Auld Lang Syne > Down With Disease Jam > Split” 12.31.III

Live Bait 3

Perhaps the most cathartic moment in Phish’s midnight history, the genius debut of “Down With Disease’s jam” was followed by a crushing version of “Split Open and Melt” to kick off the New Year. Here is a  newly-remastered upgrade from Kevin Shapiro’s most recent “Live Bait” compilation!



1. Bathtub Gin > The Real Me > Bathtub Gin” 12.29.95 II

A classic jam sequence that easily grabs top billing. Pure fire.

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412 Responses to “Ten Tunes For Worcester”

  1. JeffieM Says:

    Yeah crazy show.

    Also, blown away by the psychedelic ocean>cowboy song discussed earlier.
    I really felt the Phil bombs and deep grooves more than I ever had in the Dead. With Phish it is easy… the grooves are just so fantastically wide.

    Dead grooves are narrower… but they’re deep enough to rip a whole in space time if you get into them far enough.

  2. albert walker Says:

    What’s up bitches

  3. albert walker Says:

    peak JGB


    some shit right there

    great tough mama

    good fucking stuff

  4. angryjoggerz Says:

    whattup AW
    cold chillin in the business lounge at the beijing airport, ready to get back to chicago. just made my kindle go white screen, seems a sign i need an ipad. i travel too much to deal with this bullshit.

    hope you are doin well, say what up to km.

  5. angryjoggerz Says:

    looks like i am gonna have to get drunk on some free tsingtao beers and listen to these jams solo

  6. albert walker Says:

    2nd gen ipad starting to order parts and set up manufacturers AJ

    thinking maybe February launch

    drunk and back from going out
    depressed everyone is rich but AW

    I need a hustle quick. need more $$$$.

    laterz kids

  7. angryjoggerz Says:

    Wow, that 93 Tweezer just fucked me up

  8. angryjoggerz Says:

    gotta wait on the second gen ipad, bound to be sexxxy

  9. angryjoggerz Says:

    ps. no one i know is rich anymore, that was so 2002

  10. rebadipaladle Says:

    Love the list! I hope that a few of these get played in Worcester. I’d also love to hear a Yamar. Just psyched that the boys are back for another New Year’s Run!

  11. benhatley Says:

    really good list. you inspired me to pull down that 12/28/95. i haven’t listened to that show in years. in fact, i have great tapes, but i never pulled it down digitally. with 12/29 and 12/31, it is quite easy to see how this one can get lost in the shuffle.

    as for your pick for numero uno, BRAVO! this is my all time favorite phish jam in what is probably my favorite show, from top to bottom. fluff head and stash are smoking in the first set, and you have to love that la grange break out!

    my only complaint, not tacking on the mcgrupp that follows gin. great playing by page there.

  12. andrewrose Says:

    Man I forgot how good that Reba is.

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