You Enjoy Myself and Twist were unfinished. Chalk Dust concluded with a rave-up akin to the ending of The Mango Song.
Noteworthy Jams
Debut Years (Average: 1991)

This show was part of the "2003 Summer Tour"

Show Reviews

, attached to 2003-07-09

Review by waxbanks

waxbanks What a way to open a show! YEM segues unexpectedly into a rich Simple, and it'd all be gravy from there if the show didn't also feature a colossal multipart Gin and downtempo Twist > Scents. That's a pre-Undermind take on Scents, by the way - meaning the errant-laser-beam Twist outro transforms into the eerie Halloween intro to Scents (previewing the haunting Seven > Scents coupling on 8/2). Phish's jamming was getting pretty abstract by summer's end, but this show shares some of the winter '03 DNA while belonging firmly to what less tasteful Phish fans call 'the oxy years.' It's one of the most consistently inventive shows of 2003.
, attached to 2003-07-09

Review by Hose_jam

Hose_jam A great rare 25 min. Bathtub Gin first set closer. I love the second ambient half of the jam but it remains a pretty solid jam. Recording time's are per LivePhish release

5:05 Liftoff, Page on Grand, Fishman on the ride, Mike and Trey exchanging runs and licks.
6:30 Trey picks it up a bit playing a quick lick and really locks into Fishman here.
7:18 Page strays over to a synth adding a nice layer to the growing jam. He alternates with the Grand Piano giving a nice contrast.
8:15 Gordo locks into a nice rhythm and Trey shows some patience, hanging on a lick while Page builds the sound on the piano.
9:15 Great interplay from Page and Trey!
9:40 Seems like Trey has two options here, lay a screaming high bending note and go into typical Gin peak OR lay a vamp on a funky chords. He opts for the latter.
10:20 Page starts to funk it up on the clavinet. Trey is in rhythm guitarist mode with Page and Gordo really leading the way.
11:40 Fishman goes over the woodblock. Trey comes in with a melody and Gordo eventually takes over the line. Absolutely seamless building of a jam between those two here.
13:00 Trey puts on an effect and plays a three note melody that blends in nicely with the funk. Page is tearing it up on the clavinet, matching Fish's woodblock.
13:53 A small part of the jam, but when Trey switches over to a chord vamp here and Fishman hits an opening hi-hat, well, that is subtle stuff right there but it absoutely drives.
14:40 Trey builds a nice rhythm off a scratching pattern.
15:00 Fishman explodes with Trey and the jam takes it up a notch.
15:21 Fishman goes back to the block with Page on the Organ and Trey finally releases a bending note.
17:10 Trey lets out a nice note here but it seems like Fishman is the one who is really pushing the jam. The jam never really peaks too hard but it's a nice upbeat funk jam.
18:00 Trey lets out a howl from his guitar, Fishman slows up the beat and moves over the ride, Page plays some great lines with his wurlitzer(not sure?) and organ alternating lines. Very Pink Floyd esque.

18:40 Fishman slows it down and things get a little weird. Page and Trey are playing outside and with each other, making for a strange effect.
19:30 Full on ambient space jam. Trey noodles over some tom hits from Fishman...Page lays down some super spacey effects.
20:40 Page comes in with organ, Fishman steadies a beat on the toms and Trey shows some nice patience here.
21:30 Mike hits a low note that seems to signal a shift into major but Trey stumble around for a bit here.
22:05 Page has built a nice background sound and the jam has structure but is extremely ambient.

24:20 Trey comes back in with the Bathtub Gin melody. Nice patience here with Fishman counting back in on the hi-hat and Trey not pushing the tempo. I like how they let it patiently find it's way back to the main Gin theme.
, attached to 2003-07-09

Review by Anonymous

(Published in the second edition of The Phish Companion...)

I was somewhat disappointed with the July 8th show at Chula Vista this tour. But the next two nights at Shoreline Amphitheater solidified my freakish love for Phish. As I drove up the California coast from L.A with my brohans I was unable to contain my excitement. I released this adrenaline with sporadic screaming, violent banging, and even by drinking pee. I just didn't know what to do with myself. We were seeing Phish that night!
When they busted "YEM" to open the first night I knew that the shows were going to rock. And when they segued into "Simple" and Trey and Page were weaving and spiraling around each other creating the beauty that only Phish can create, I understood why my pre-show excitement led me to drink my friend’s urine. They played a mellow "Mist", an energetic “Chalk Dust”, and a crazy twenty-five minute Gin to end the set. Perfect beginning.
They opened the second set with an extremely funky "Boogie on Reggae Woman" where Mike's bass was making my entire body vibrate. Then came a solid "AC/DC" bag followed by "Piper" into "Twist" into "Scents and Subtle Sounds". The second half of "Scents" was so tight. I couldn't believe they ended the second set with “Mikes Groove”. It wasn't spectacular but the fact that it was “Mike’s Groove” sent my body into advancing craze. “Loving Cup” was a solid encore. After it was over I was exhausted both physically and mentally. My feet rarely stopped moving and my mind was constantly appreciating the insane musical peaks that Phish reached.
, attached to 2003-07-09

Review by FunkyCFunkyDo

FunkyCFunkyDo For now, let's nestle back into the warm summer wind of 2003. Two pendulum-esq shows in, with moments swinging from very amazing to very questionable, show #3 is about the time the band starts to find an identity within the tour. Let me put it another way, if Summer 2003 was a pirate map, there would be a series of squiggly dotted lines connecting 7.7 and 7.8 with a HUMUNGOUS X over Shoreline night 1 before the squiggly lines continue onward to the next treasure. 7.9.03 is what a Phish show is all about.

When You Enjoy Myself opens a show, it is already worth the price of admission. Period. With a full-circle nod to the final show Phish played at Shoreline in 2000, encoring with YEM, Phish completes their journey back to the venue with a show opening YEM. This YEM has a softer feel and tone. Juxtaposed against the still smoldering show-opening 2.26.03 YEM, this one has a laid back, breezy vibe from the get go. Patiently and diligently working its way through the composed section, the jam actually hits a fiery little peak before ebbing back into warm ethereal-ness. YEM settles into a patient groove, short and sweet, for about 60 seconds as it then seamlessly bubbles into Simple. A true -> . What an opener. Normally I have about 13 exclamation points when I say that, but show deserves respect for how mellowly it permeated the venue. Exclamation points would take away from the subtlety and beauty of the jam and segue. Simple gets into a pure, soft, heartfelt jam that swirls like a leaf in the wind. This is a special version. It sways like a giant oak limb in the breeze, leaves detaching without violence and dancing in the soundscape of Shoreline. The flutter to the ground and land in the Mist. Perfectly constructed set so far. True, organic beauty. Compared to the first two shows, one might think this is from a different year, let alone tour, entirely. Chalk Dust gets into an extended type-1 jam, still with a soft edge, but a hard rocker any way your ears hear it. A great jam to follow up Mist. Bathtub Gin sashays into the setlist. And I do mean sashays. With the rhythm section taking control from the get go, Mike and Fish anchor this 26-minute, intergalactic multibeast. A first, trey is nimbly picking. Then Mike takes over about 8 minutes in. A deep, soulful bassline, Fish wastes no time picking up on it and dancing around the woodblocks to make this a softcore porno funk groove. Truly sultry playing. The groove starts to evaporate into some more Trey led (what sounds like) tension and release style peaking, but it doesn't quite get there. Instead it takes a right turn at Albuquerque and ventures off into deep space. Passing the Orc Cloud, this Gin teeters on the event horizon of space jamming (not just noise, but actual jamming). Trey and Mike have some great interplay while Page is doing something just amazing with his affects... no idea how to describe or quantify the sounds... pure space. The jam finally loops around a passing comet and slingshots back into Earth, returning into a subtle Gin theme before dissolving peacefully into another, short, interstellar episode. An amazing, complete set. Wow.

Set 2 starts off with promise. A spunky Boogie On gets the ball rolling but never becomes fully realized. In fact, I think this was planned: to have it be a funky, energized springboard for whichever song came in next. Without missing a beat, literally, they drop into AC/DC Bag and really get after it. Trey NAILS the peak and this is a hot rendition. As it twinkles down in the outro, Piper builds up. Still containing that soft tonal edge, Piper immediately takes off into a smooth orbit of a jam. Much UNLIKE Winter 2003 Pipers, this one is not bouncy or percussive. It is, in fact, very unique in how it steadily gets out there. It keeps going, and going, like a spaceship without a re-entry plan. It really goes. I can't quite put my finger on the sounds and tones, but man is it ever unique. Pretty, spacey, pretty spacey, and downright focused, this Piper finally settles down some 17 minutes later into a humble and patient jam. This jam dissolves into Twist. Twist, now this is a fun version. The first 4 minutes of the jam are rocking, high-energy and full of zest. Then it breaks down in BRILLIANT fashion. Some uber-nimble tones and picking from Trey led to 3 complete start/stop segments highlighted by Mike giving an off-tone, single note, "bewwwwwww." It's giggle Phish! You'll laugh to yourself for sure upon hearing it. Twist then takes on the theme of the second set and dissolves into really eerie space. Some more crazzzzzy affects from Page highlight the 3 minute psychedelic venture, and Mike is hammering some weeeeeird bass affects as well. Great stuff to listen to. Then, you hear it. Those circus-esq notes. Over the space you hear them. Tumbling in. Scents and Subtle Sounds intro. Just fantastic. Man, do I love those intro notes. SASS is beautifully played, really truly beautifully played culminating in a cathartic climax. A must hear version, absolutely. After some brief discussion and what sounds like an Antelope tease, Mike's Song drops in next. This version is weird. It is not dark or gritty, like Mike's typically are, no. It is screech-y and loop-ridden. I am not the biggest fan of this Mike's. Also, it's peak, though the typical notes, are not played in typical fashion. I'm not sure how else to describe it other than... weird. Hydrogen drops in next to form the natural Mike's groove and it played very well. Weekapaug shuffles into the mix and has a raucous, superball (the toy, not the festival) type of jam. It really is fun! It really BOUNCES. Complete with a full band breakdown with Fish yet again on the woodblocks, there is some circus-esq playing that is, again like Twist, downright funny. Great way to end the show! Loving Cup is timely, rocking encore with nothing else to be proven after this amazingly fluid show! A true gem!

Must-hear jams: You Enjoy Myself -> Simple, Bathtub Gin, Piper > Twist -> Scents and Subtle Sounds, Weekapaug Groove
Probably-should-listen-to jams: Chalk Dust Torture, AC/DC Bag
, attached to 2003-07-09

Review by jcmarckx

jcmarckx This show was hit and miss, even for 2.0 standards. I brought my friend Jerry to see his first show, and he was blown away, but this was my first taste of sloppy Phish, and I was not all that happy. YEM> Simple was a great way to start the show, but they were both sloppy, as was the CDT. After this show, everyone was going on and on about the Gin. It was good, but for me the show was all about the Piper. This Piper is phenomenal! I'll go ahead and say it; BEST Piper ever! The Twist was very nice, and I love the psychedelic segue into Scents. This was the first time I have heard Scents, and I liked it, but thought it needed some serious work. Some of the riffs reminded me of a Who song in places!
A sloppy Mike's Groove closed.
My buddy Jerry got to hear two of his all-time favorite covers at this show: Boogie On and Loving Cup. He and I grew up on Exile on Main Street, and we raged this encore hard!

Overall, the show was okay, but really good at times. So much better than the next night .
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August 21, 1987
30 years ago
Ian McLean's Farm

Set 1: Dog Log, Peaches en Regalia, Divided Sky, Funky Bitch, Harry Hood, Clod, The Curtain With, Light Up Or Leave Me Alone, Shaggy Dog, Wilson, Camel Walk

Set 2: Mike's Song -> Hold Your Head Up[1], Harpua[2] > Bundle of Joy > Harpua -> Golgi Apparatus > Sparks[3], Flat Fee, Fee, Skin It Back -> Low Rider -> Back Porch Boogie Blues -> The Sloth

Set 3: Big Black Furry Creature from Mars[4], McGrupp and the Watchful Hosemasters -> Stir It Up, Makisupa Policeman[5] -> David Bowie[6] > Sanity, Swing Low, Sweet Chariot

[1] First known Phish performance.
[2] Restarted after the opening lyric.
[3] Extended intro.
[4] First known performance.
[5] Freestyle reggae rapping from Trey.
[6] Unfinished.

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