After taking most of the fall off the road after the IT festival, The Phish from Vermont got together for four shows before the 2003 New Year’s run in Miami to celebrate their 20th anniversary as a band. Most people thought the band was conceived on Halloween in 1983, though the announcement of the 20th Anniversary Run made it clear that Phish’s first show did indeed take place on December 2, 1983 at Harris/Millis Cafeteria on the campus of UVM. So it came to be, a four-night run through their stomping grounds of the Northeast culminating with the 20th Anniversary Show at The Fleet Center in Boston, Phish’s first show there since New Year’s ’96.
2003 was a “festive” time for Phish, with members having their own party agendas most nights. Even with their propensity to get loose, 2003 saw many of the band’s best post-hiatus shows. This run, while celebratory in vibe, did not showcase the best the group had to offer this year in any consistent manner. There was flashes of utter brilliance at times but they came in disjointed shows. My tour mates and I had an unbelievable time this run celebrating what Phish had given to our lives, so we really couldn’t be pissy about the band reveling in much of the same merriment.
So let’s have a look at these flashes of brilliance in chronological order.
NIGHT ONE: NASSAU
11/28/2003 – Nassau Coliseum, Uniondale NY
Encore: Crimes of the Mind
Notes: This show included the debut of Crowd Control. Trey introduced Mike to sing “his song.” Crimes of the Mind (first since July 10, 1994, or 504 shows) featured the Dude of Life on vocals. During the song, the Dude congratulated Phish on their 20 years together, and wished them success for 20 more.
[All setlists via Phish.net]
The first night of the run took place at the Nassau Coliseum. Fans were psyched to get back into the room that saw Destiny Unbound dusted off earlier that year, and of course the first two nights of The Island Tour in ’98. The highlights from this show all come from the first set. Oddly enough, this set opened with Bouncin’, the first Bouncin’ opener since Nov. 10, 1995.
READ ON for more of Wade’s take on the 20th Anniversary Run…
Back in 1978, Ed Volker, Dave Malone and a couple of fellow musicians turned a few beers and five hour jam in a garage into a 33 year career together. As The Radiators they played with such luminaries as Gregg Allman, Maceo Parker, George Porter, Jr. and Bob Weir, to name a few, and in such long gone NYC venues as The Ritz, Tramps and Tobacco Road. Along the way, fellow musicians became brothers and fans became family as the Radiators became affectionately known as “The World’s Best Bar Band”. Playing two packed evenings at Sullivan Hall, fans from as far away as Boston and Washington, DC came to share in what was expected to be one of the final appearances for beloved keyboardist “Zeke” and this lineup in New York City.
[All photos by Jeremy Gordon]
Treated to a mix of covers from The Beatles and Van Morrison and personal favorites of their own, many of the songs including How Do You Feel, Funeral March and The End Is Not in Sight were filled with deeper meaning and tinged with both euphoria and sadness in a truly New Orleans way. Even the final song of the run, Train Kept A Rollin’, spoke to the future of the band and its remaining members. Even if you’re not one of the loyal Fishheads, we suggest you check out one of their New Year’s run shows in Ardmore, PA or as a real treat, their final appearance at the upcoming New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival on May 8th.
New York, NY
Set 1: Tuning – Intro, Sunglasses On, Between Two Fires, Oh La La, Domino > All The Good Ones Are Gone > Everybody’s Got Something Hide Except Me & My Monkey > Linin’ Track > Domino, Falling Through The Bottom Line, Danang, Daddy’s Coming Home, Grief Snafu, Good Things, Going Up To The Country, City Of Refuge, Outro
Set 2: Tuning – Intro, Down By The River, Circus Life, The Man Who Lost His Head, Honey Bee > Keep On Popping That Shine, Hide You Love Away (false start), Hide Your Love Away, Number Two Pencil, Fools Go First, Lovely You, Kenny’s Call Em’ Back, St. James Infirmary, Party Ain’t Over Till I Say It So > Whole Lotta Shakin’, Outro
New York, NY
Set 1: Tuning, Young Neil Intro, Dreaming Out Loud, Texas Chainsaw Massacre > Willie & The Hand Jive > Texas Chainsaw Massacre, Brand New Tennessee Waltz, How Do You Feel, Funeral March (riff), Automatic, One Eye Jack, JigSaw, Last Time, Sparkplug, You Can’t Always Get Want, Monkey In Her Heart > Screwloose, Outro
Set 2: Tuning – Intro, Brown Eye Girl *, March On Down To Valentine, Gimmie A Rainbow That’s For Real, I’ve Got A Feeling > Midnight Special > I’ve Got A Feeling, Empire Getaway, Where Is The Soul Of The World ?, Lila, The End Is Not In Sight, Soul Kitchen, Kenny’s Call Em Back, Ride Captain Ride, Train Kept A Rollin’
* Young Neil On Vocals
[Setlist via Kevin Cawley]
READ ON for more of Jeremy’s shots from this show…
Hangout Music Festival has announced their 2nd annual festival will take place May 20th-22nd, 2011! Hangout is the first music festival of its kind with four stages on the white
If Of Montreal’s over-sexed genre-hopping cast any doubt on Kevin Barnes’ commercial potential, False Priest puts them to rest. With his (at least) metaphorical muse found in the enigmatic Janelle Monae, Barnes reigns in the verbal-orgy-as-art attention deficit freakout, and paints a pretty graphic picture of love in the age of therapy and public discourse.