TTFF: Today In Phish History


Phish has played a total of three shows on November 4th in their career from 1990 forward, and as it turns out all three carried quite a bit of meat to them. In Fall of 1990, on Phish’s first true tour, November 4th brought the band to Fort Ram’s Nightclub in Fort Collins, Colorado—a show that circulated widely on Maxells back in the day. The last of a five show Colorado run, the band finished their visit to the Rocky Mountain State in style. Come Fall ’94, Phish wound their way to Onondaga War Memorial Auditorium in Syracuse, New York—the same venue they visited during Fall of 2009. November ’94 is a legendary month in Phish history, and this was the third show. Their last November 4th show came at McNichols Arena in Denver, Colorado, on the heels of Utah’s half-empty “Dark Side” extravaganza. This week’s Friday playlist is assembled solely from these three shows, each spaced four years apart. While perusing the selections, the vast differences in style are obvious as Phish continued to add new aspects to their ever-expanding satchel of sorcery. Enjoy the tunes and the weekend!


Harry Hood” 11.4.90 I

A pristine, old-school version of Phish’s uplifting and spiritual classic.



Mike’s > Simple > Mike’s > Tela > Weekapaug” 11.4.94 II

A raucous sequence from Onondaga War Memorial in Syracuse, New York.



Piper > 2001” 11.4.98 II

This sequence is a vastly overlooked highlight of Fall ’98. The band masterfully blends this monster “Piper” jam seamlessly into “2001,” creating a powerful segue into the spacefunk.



Manteca -> Caravan” 11.4.90 II

A jazzy combo from back in the day. Trey playfully teases “Woody Woodpecker” in “Caravan.”



Slave to the Traffic Light” 11.4.94 II

A gorgeous set-closing rendition from Syracuse.



Bathtub Gin > Ya Mar” 11.4.98 I

This cathartic “Gin” and rhythmically intricate “Ya Mar” combined to form the centerpiece of the first set in Denver ’98—the set after Utah’s Dark Side freak-fest.



The Asse Festival” 11.4.90 I

Before “Guelah Papyrus” existed, there was “The Asse Festival.” Check out the early-school precision to this tune.



Frankie Says -> David Bowie” 11.4.98 I

The band displayed their Fall ’98 ambient jamming as they migrated from “Frankie Says” into “Bowie.



Phish 1990

OLD SCHOOL MEMORIES: Few fans in the present-day Phish community carry the veteran tour experience and perspective of having seen—essentially—the band’s entire career. Some of these old-school tour heads still frequent shows with the same enthusiasm they had twenty years ago, and my friend, Todd, is one of them. Check out his blog, “Back In My Day,” chronicling early show experiences from a different era of Phish. Providing a glimpse into the early scene that so many of us missed as youngsters—he was at Amy’s Farm—Todd’s posts provide vibrant, personal anecdotes of a time gone by, not to mention musical analysis, streaming highlights and downloads of the shows he reviews. When you have some time on your hands, get lost in his writings—they are informative and engaging accounts of shows that many of us just know as analog classics; they are a lot of fun to read! Check it out!

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1,638 Responses to “TTFF: Today In Phish History”

  1. ae Says:

    there’s no good explanation. i will go ballistic if they don’t fix it. all will be resolved. remain calm.

  2. Mr. Palmer Says:

    Ae- what night? Was the order placed on the phone? or internet?

  3. ae Says:

    internet. i have the email confirmations. either 28 or 30, those are the nights i got from TM.

  4. Gavinsdad Says:

    Ugh. Eagles. Fuck.

  5. BingosBrother Says:


  6. butter Says:

    great road victory for da Bears….

    bring on the Lions, Cutler looked great – O line looked great

  7. Gavinsdad Says:

    Love when pnc 00 (and 99 for that matter) get revisited here on the board. Hit em both. Great shows….lotta s2 hose.

  8. Gavinsdad Says:

    I had a ton of expectations at pnc this summer. Drowned maze.

  9. ae Says:

    i like the way you recover quickly gdad.

    i’m lucky my wife is out of town, she would be miserable at home right now.

  10. JeffieM Says:

    Ridiculously cool project: Yo-Yo Ma, Stuart Duncan, Edgar Meyer & Chris Thile
    Effortless movements back and forth from classical sounds to americana sounds.

  11. YborCity Says:

    I need to tell this place something. I have suffered from depression for most of my life. I just started getting help for it — started taking an anti-depressant and seeking therapy. 

    This place has represented a safe haven for me in the last three years I have been visiting it. No matter how terrible I was doing, at least there was a place on the internet filled with people who understood a crucial part about me. This place has meant so much to me. The people I have met at shows have been so incredibly, overwhelmingly, reassuringly pleasant that it brought tears to my eyes the first time I experienced the real life BB. 

    So, thank you all. From the bottom of my heart. Thank you for loving this stupid band with me. Thank you for letting me feel accepted, normal, and enjoyed. Thank you Phish. Thank you psychiatrists. Thank you anti-depressants. Thank you life. 

    I am getting better. It sucks, but at least I have this place. 

  12. garretc Says:

    Good on ya, Ybor! I’m not really sure what else to say without slipping into platitudes, just that the sheer friendliness and congeniality on this board is so astounding that you wonder why you can’t find it everywhere… I’m glad you’re a part of something that brings you joy, and would be even if it didn’t happen to be the same thing that bring me joy.

    Although I do resent you calling Phish a “stupid band”.

    And how did you get your comment to go ALLLLLLL the way across the page like that? Some kind of sorcery…

  13. garretc Says:


    “Platitude” does mean what I think it means… Haha. Was just cruisin’ along, getting ready for bed and thought to myself “Wait… Did I really say platitudes? The hell? I hope that means what I wanted it to!” So of course I had to check…

    I wish I could pull a groundhog on every day between now and the New Years run:

    “Lets see, wake up, look at calendar, is it 12/27 yet? No? Fuck it, going back to sleep…”

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