Phish – Tweezer Reprise

I could try to explain Tweezer Reprise (aka Tweprise), but I think it’s easier to let the music speak for itself.  A quick background:  Tweezer is a Phish classic – a long, dark, jammy song. Usually, when they play Tweezer in a show, they’ll later play Tweezer Reprise – usually in the encore – which brings the whole “jam” back together in a composed piece that’s intense and explosive.  On occasion, Phish has been known to not “finish” Tweezer, and instead play Tweezer Reprise a night later, or even a number of nights later, to “finish” the song. 
In Hartford a few nights ago, they closed the show with Tweprise, but had an extra few minutes before curfew, so Trey simply announced that they had time to play the song again – to finish the Tweezer that they’d played in Pennsylvania earlier that week –  and played it back to back. Awesome – it’s hard to describe how intense this must have been:
But Phish wasn’t done.  See, they have a fanatical fan base, and they – “they” being both the band and the Phans – GET IT.  Thus, Phish kept the streak going and opened the next night’s show with Tweezer Reprise.   I think this has actually happened a few times before (10/21/95, 11/9/95,) but certainly not when they closed with a double shot of it the night before.   Of course, Phish continued the saga by closing the show with Tweezer Reprise also, despite not playing Tweezer that night (making it 4 times played in two nights).  
I know that non-Phish-fans might think this is lame, but for a band who can play a 4 night run in a city without duplicating a single song, the fact that Phish picked up this Tweprise theme and ran with it is basically an inside joke between the band and their phanatical fanbase – which comprises most of the audience – and the crowd loves it.
I’ll see the band Tuesday night at the former Great Woods, now “Comcast Center” in Mansfield, MA.  My brother-in-law was lucky enough to get 3rd row center tickets in the Phish ticket lottery, so we are insanely pumped for this show.
-KD

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