Let’s take a quick moment to celebrate this awesome month in ’s rich history.

Many have heard the famed “Nassau Tweezer” but two days prior dropped a masterpiece at The Centrum Centre in Worcester, MA which was twelve years ago today or as ’s Archivist Kevin Shapiro calls it, #TIPH. Not only did it include the rare “You Enjoy Myself” opener but sustained a first-set energy rarely witnessed these days. Trey took charge early especially in a gorgeous version of “Roggae.” You could tell was focused from the first note playing a string of Phish debuts from their respective solo projects. This helped to sculpt the show as special right off the bat. I still wish Phish would take another crack at “Drifting” and “Clone” because of how well they fit in.

Besides the first ever opener ( “Clone” vocal jam!) the MVP is “The Moma Dance” which clocks in at 14 minutes and reaches best-ever status. It even overshadows the “” that segued into an instrumental “ Rider” out of nowhere. The Worcester crowd achieves lift-off several times throughout which you can hear in the audience recordings. Whenever I press play on this gem I’m immediately transported back to my college years in New England. Listen to Dave Flaschner and Jason Sobel’s recording on phish.in or click play below:

2003.02.26 - Worcester Centrum Centre

Play it !

(Ticket stub from The Golgi Project)


Besides being an avid concert-goer, currently working at Fox Sports and serving as co-editor / writer for LIVE music blog, while living in Santa Monica. Tweets @phortin.