(Photo via https://twitter.com/phishmaps)
Sometimes Phish can be the greatest rollercoaster on the face of the earth. The music can bring you up and down, taking you side to side, round and round, in loops of joy and explosions of bliss. I’ve seen peaks as high as the Himalayas with Phish over the last few years. The Ghost from MSG in 2010 and the Light from San Francisco in 2012 are two moments that instantly come to the forefront of my mind. The peaks of these jams resulted in full on endorphin explosions, leaving me smiling like a five year old kid who just walked in on Christmas morning. Sometimes, you can experience moments at Phish that truly change you. If you haven’t had one of the moments I am not going to try and describe it to you. It’s just too difficult to place into words. It’s like trying to describe the perfect orgasm. Most Phans themselves can’t even describe it. It is why we simply refer to it, as IT. You just need to know IT, and to know IT, you have to have experienced IT. I flew out to do the entire West Coast leg of Phish’s 30 year summer tour this past summer. After coming off a truly spiritual weekend at the Gorge I had a feeling I was in for IT in a way unlike anything I had ever experienced before. What resulted was 36 minutes and 48 seconds that we now refer to simple as the Tahoe Tweezer.
A lot of different people have reviewed the jam so I am not going to write at length about it. Some Phans think it is the greatest jam of 3.0, while others have said it is overrated. I think the latter are wrong for sure, but I am not going to fully agree with the former either. Regardless, it is not to be ignored. To me, the jam represents a true blending of the audience and band. While it was eventually lead by the start/stop of both the music and lights (CK5 controls the Woo), the initial emergence of “the Woo” was organic. It was an expression of approval and a release of bliss. It was truly about nothing more then living in the moment…and that moment was good! In preparation for our pin release commemorating the Tahoe Tweezer I sat down and gave the jam a full on eyes closed, headphones on treatment. I did my best to put myself back in the moment and I must admit….I did WOO. Following that dedication of attention I listening to the jam yet again and took some notes based on my experience. Here is what I wrote down. Hope you enjoy.
Tweezer starts. Raging begins.
12…..Really nice sonic lead soundscapes emerge as a buildup is approaching.
13….Mike approves and goes for it. Cue the head banging!
16 1/2….Serious bass in the face from Cactus. I was right in front of his stacks and remember just get pulsed with force. Mike side Hype side son.
20….Peaceful and soft…I remember this feeling like the end.
23…..First signs of the roller coast. Trey surrenders and the hose turns on. Page blasts organic notes all over the stage.
25….Thick Gordo grooves as the full band hits their stride
26…..Falcor descends down and Trey climbs on…..prepare for take off.
27:29….the OG WOO!
31….Jam drops into a pillow of bliss, it was the perfect way to wrap it all up
33….This doesn’t sound like it’s wrapping up at all. In fact….is it about to build again? WOOO!!!
35….Band drops back into Tweezer. Minds explode.