Sunday, May 27, 2018

10/25/1996 - HAMPTON COLISEUM

Hampton, VA 

SET 1: Ha Ha Ha > Taste, Makisupa Policeman -> Maze, Billy Breathes, Mound, Guelah Papyrus, I Didn't Know, Stash, The Squirming Coil

SET 2: Tube > Prince Caspian, Timber Ho! > The Man Who Stepped Into Yesterday > Avenu Malkenu > The Man Who Stepped Into Yesterday, NICU > Free, Strange Design, Harry Hood > Cavern, The Star Spangled Banner

ENCORE: Johnny B. Goode

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8/7/1996 - RED ROCKS AMPHITHEATRE

Morrison, CO 
 
SET 1: Punch You in the Eye > Sparkle > Stash, Ya Mar, Gumbo, Taste, Lawn Boy, Ninety-Nine Years (and One Dark Day)[1], Hold to a Dream[2], Doin' My Time[2]

SET 2: Runaway Jim -> Gypsy Queen[3] -> Runaway Jim > Free, Colonel Forbin's Ascent > Fly Famous Mockingbird[4] > Possum, Life on Mars?, You Enjoy Myself, Hello My Baby

ENCORE: Bouncing Around the Room, Golgi Apparatus

[1] Phish debut; Tim O'Brien on mandolin and lead vocals.
[2] Phish debut; Tim O'Brien on bouzouki and lead vocals.
[3] Phish debut.
[4] Narration had Trey tell of giant iguana that would take the crowd to Mars to view the life there.

Stash contained DEG teases from Trey. During Ya Mar, Trey thanked the audience, saluted a Colorado swimmer who won two gold medals at the Olympics, and announced that a special guest would come out later in the set. The last three songs of the first set were all Phish debuts with Ninety-Nine Years featuring Tim O’Brien on mandolin and lead vocals and Hold To A Dream and Doin' My Tume on bouzouki and lead vocals. This show also marked the Phish debut of Gypsy Queen. During the Mockingbird narration, Trey told of a giant iguana that would take the crowd to Mars to view the life there.

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8/6/1996 - RED ROCKS AMPHITHEATRE

Morrison, CO 

SET 1: Makisupa Policeman > Rift > Suzy Greenberg > Simple, Theme From the Bottom > The Lizards, Dinner and a Movie, Horn, Run Like an Antelope[1]

SET 2: The Curtain > Tweezer > Prince Caspian > A Day in the Life > Big Black Furry Creature from Mars > Hold Your Head Up > Purple Rain > Hold Your Head Up, Harry Hood[2] > Tweezer Reprise

ENCORE: Johnny B. Goode

[1] “21 year old Phish Fan Marcus Esquandolas" was substituted for “Marco Esquandolas."
[2] Debut of "Hood" response chant.

Note the “This is Red Rocks, This is the Edge” quote from Trey during the break in Rift. The quote was a reference both to U2’s Live: Under a Blood Red Sky album and Trey’s similar remarks on the Junta-released version of Icculus. Suzy included a Simple tease. The phrase “21 year old Phish Fan Marcus Esquandolas” was substituted for “Marco Esquandolas” during Antelope in reference to a fan’s quote in a newspaper article on the disturbance in Morrison the day before. Tweezer included a Norwegian Wood jam. Harry Hood featured the debut of the “Hood” response chant, initiated by Phish.netters and advertised on flyers handed out at the Red Rocks shows. Among other ideas, the flyers encouraged fans to shout: “Hood” after the band sings “Harry.” It began to rain in the second set; the band responded with Purple Rain, and Chris Kuroda showed the stage in purple lights. The performance of Simple from this gig appears on the Carved in Stone CD benefiting The Rocks Fund, dedicated to the rehabilitation and preservation of Red Rocks Amphitheatre.

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8/5/1996 - RED ROCKS AMPHITHEATRE

Morrison, CO 

Soundcheck: Strange Design (several times)

SET 1: Wilson > Poor Heart > Guelah Papyrus, Divided Sky, Wolfman's Brother, Foam, If I Could, Julius, The Squirming Coil

SET 2: Also Sprach Zarathustra > Down with Disease[1] -> It's Ice, Halley's Comet, Somewhere Over the Rainbow[2], Waste[3], Talk[4], Train Song[3], Strange Design[3], Amazing Grace, Mike's Song > I Am Hydrogen > Weekapaug Groove

ENCORE: Cavern

[1] Unfinished.
[2] Performed solo by Page on theremin.
[3] Page on a smaller piano, Trey on acoustic guitar, Mike on acoustic bass, and Fish on a smaller drum set.
[4] Debut; Page on a smaller piano, Trey on acoustic guitar, Mike on acoustic bass, and Fish on a smaller drum set.

As urged in flyers handed out by Phish.netters, many fans sat down during the silent part of Divided Sky. Down with Disease was unfinished. Somewhere Over the Rainbow was performed solo by Page on the theremin. Waste through Strange Design were performed with Page on a smaller piano, Trey on acoustic guitar, Mike on acoustic bass, and Fish on a smaller drum set. This show marked the first performance of Talk and featured an atypical It’s Ice.

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8/4/1996 - RED ROCKS AMPHITHEATRE

Morrison, CO 

Soundcheck: Character Zero, Poor Heart (half speed), Caravan, Jam 

SET 1: Chalk Dust Torture, Funky Bitch, Guyute, Fee[1] > Split Open and Melt, The Mango Song, The Sloth, Maze, Loving Cup

SET 2: AC/DC Bag > Reba[2], Scent of a Mule, Sample in a Jar > David Bowie, Sweet Adeline, Slave to the Traffic Light

ENCORE: Theme from Star Trek[3], Rocky Top

[1] Trey sang verses through megaphone.
[2] No whistling.
[3] Phish debut; performed solo by Page on theremin.

Trey sang the verses of Fee through a megaphone. Reba did not have the whistling ending. The Theme from Star Trek made its Phish debut at this show and was performed by Page solo on the theremin.

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Friday, May 25, 2018

12/31/1995 - MADISON SQUARE GARDEN

New York, NY 

SET 1: Punch You in the Eye, The Sloth > Reba[1], The Squirming Coil > Maze, Colonel Forbin's Ascent > Fly Famous Mockingbird[2] > Shine[3] > Fly Famous Mockingbird > Sparkle > Chalk Dust Torture

SET 2: Drowned -> The Lizards, Axilla (Part II) > Runaway Jim, Strange Design, Hello My Baby, Mike's Song -> Digital Delay Loop Jam

SET 3: Auld Lang Syne > Weekapaug Groove[4] > Sea and Sand, You Enjoy Myself, Sanity, Frankenstein

ENCORE: Johnny B. Goode

[1] No whistling.
[2] Narration discussed how Phish makes time in the Phish Time Factory.
[3] Phish debut; Tom Marshall on vocals.
[4] Unfinished.

Reba did not have the whistling ending. The narration in Mockingbird discussed how Phish makes time in the Phish Time Factory, which set up the New Year’s Eve stunt. The Phish debut of Shine featured Tom Marshall on vocals. Drowned included a tease of Fire on the Mountain shortly before Lizards. Trey teased Shine in Runaway Jim. Mike's Song contained a Dave's Energy Guide tease from Page. The second set ended with a Digital Delay Loop Jam out of Mike’s, and the third set opened with the Phish Time Factory machine. All four band members dressed as scientists playing with synths while lights flashed and Van de Graaff generators zapped. Fish was lifted up in a bed as Father Time and was reborn as the Baby New Year. Weekapaug featured Auld Lang Syne, Dreaming (Blondie), and Spooky teases and was unfinished. This was the first performance of Sanity since June 24, 1994 (147 shows). This show was officially released as New Year's Eve 1995 - Live at Madison Square Garden.

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12/30/1995 - MADISON SQUARE GARDEN

New York, NY 

Soundcheck: Blues Jam, Drowned (x2), The Sloth, Funky Bitch

SET 1: Prince Caspian > Also Sprach Zarathustra > Suzy Greenberg > David Bowie, Simple > It's Ice -> Kung -> It's Ice > The Man Who Stepped Into Yesterday > Avenu Malkenu > The Man Who Stepped Into Yesterday > Divided Sky, Sample in a Jar

SET 2: Ya Mar, Free > Harry Hood > AC/DC Bag > Lifeboy, Scent of a Mule > Cavern > Run Like an Antelope

ENCORE: A Day in the Life

Ya Mar included an Auld Lang Syne tease and Antelope contained a Gimme Some Lovin' tease from Page.

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11/16/1995 - WEST PALM BEACH AUDITORIUM

West Palm Beach, FL 

SET 1: Cars Trucks Buses, Runaway Jim, Jam[1], Horn > Mound, Ya Mar, Simple -> Timber Ho! > Guyute, Funky Bitch

SET 2: A Day in the Life > David Bowie, Lifeboy, Uncle Pen, Ha Ha Ha > Harry Hood, Hold Your Head Up > If I Only Had a Brain > Hold Your Head Up, Amazing Grace, Possum[2]

ENCORE: Brown Eyed Girl[3]

[1] Trey on percussion.
[2] Butch Trucks on drums, Fish on trombone and Trey's percussion rack.
[3] Phish debut; Jimmy Buffett on vocals.

A new band/audience chess match started at this show. The opening chess moves were made during a short jam that followed Runaway Jim and featured Trey on percussion. Timber included a brief Mind Left Body tease. Trey teased The Rover at the end of Ha Ha Ha. Possum featured Butch Trucks on drums, while Fish played trombone and Trey’s percussion rack. Possum also included a One Way Out jam. The Phish debut of Brown Eyed Girl featured Jimmy Buffett on vocals.

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10/31/1995 - ROSEMONT HORIZON

Rosemont, IL 

Soundcheck: Guyute, Suzy Greenberg (x2), Jam, Suzy Greenberg, Jesus Just Left Chicago, Jam

SET 1: Icculus, Divided Sky, Wilson > Ya Mar, Sparkle > Free, Guyute, Run Like an Antelope, Harpua[1]

SET 2: I Am the Sea[2], The Real Me[2] > Quadrophenia[2], Cut My Hair[2], The Punk Meets the Godfather[2], I'm One[2], The Dirty Jobs[2] > Helpless Dancer[2], Is It In My Head?[2], I've Had Enough[2], 5:15[2], Sea and Sand[2], Drowned[2], Bell Boy[3], Doctor Jimmy[2] > The Rock[2], Love, Reign O'er Me[2]

SET 3: You Enjoy Myself, Jesus Just Left Chicago[4], A Day in the Life > Suzy Greenberg[5]

ENCORE: My Generation[6]

[1] Narration from Mike about raccoons.
[2] Phish debut; Dave Grippo on alto saxophone, Don Glasgo on trombone, Joey Sommerville on trumpet and Alan Parshley on French horn.
[3] Phish debut; Dave Grippo on alto saxophone, Don Glasgo on trombone, Joey Sommerville on trumpet and Alan Parshley on French horn, Leigh Fordham sang Keith Moon's original part.
[4] Dave Grippo on alto saxophone.
[5] Dave Grippo on alto saxophone, Don Glasgo on trombone, and Joey Sommerville on trumpet.
[6] Phish debut; acoustic.

Harpua included a story from Mike about a dream about raccoons. The Michael Jackson references continued, as Trey teased the audience by saying that Jimmy was listening to the Halloween album while the band played a Beat It tease. Also, the second set was preceded by recorded Wanna Be Startin' Somethin' and Thriller teases from Michael Jackson's Thriller album. The second set "musical costume" was The Who's Quadrophenia and was performed with Dave Grippo on alto saxophone, Don Glasgo on trombone, Joey Sommerville on trumpet and Alan Parshley on French horn. During Bell Boy, crew member Leigh Fordham, clad in a bell boy outfit, sang Keith Moon’s original part. All of the Quadrophenia songs, as well as My Generation, were Phish debuts. YEM was almost 40 minutes long, contained teases from Trey of The Real Me and DEG, and was preceded by the audience chess move. The chosen fan, dressed as a Wookiee, cracked under the pressure and could not choose a move on stage, prompting a quote from Fish that “Wookiees can’t play chess.” The Rock was teased after the failed move. Jesus Just Left Chicago featured Grippo on alto saxophone; Suzy Greenberg featured Grippo, Glasgo and Somerville. My Generation was performed acoustic. Before My Generation, the crew set up a Keith Moon replica drum set on stage. After the song, Fish and Trey destroyed the drum set a la The Who. Finally, a stagehand brought out a large plunger. Trey pressed it and set off a huge explosion backstage. This show was officially released as Live Phish 14. In the soundcheck, Suzy Greenberg was performed three times: the first with only Grippo, the second with the band and Grippo, and the third with all of the horns, alternate lyrics, and Bell Boy quotes. The jam through the end of the soundcheck was played with horns.

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6/30/1995 - GREAT WOODS CENTER FOR THE PERFORMING ARTS

Mansfield, MA 

Soundcheck: Dog Log

SET 1: AC/DC Bag > Scent of a Mule, Horn, Taste, The Wedge, The Lizards, Mound, Fee[1] -> Run Like an Antelope[2]

SET 2: Also Sprach Zarathustra > Possum > Ha Ha Ha > The Man Who Stepped Into Yesterday > Avenu Malkenu > Mike's Song > Contact > Weekapaug Groove, Amazing Grace, The Squirming Coil

ENCORE: Hold Your Head Up > Cracklin' Rosie > Hold Your Head Up, Golgi Apparatus

[1] Trey sang verses through megaphone.
[2] Lyric changed to "Suck the deer shit from the side of this hole."

This show featured a visually spectacular Mule, which featured Trey playing guitar with his teeth and Page playing keyboards with his face and feet. Trey sang the verses of Fee through a megaphone. During Antelope, Trey substituted “Suck the deer shit from the side of this hole” for the “high gear of your soul” lyric. Possum included a Dave's Energy Guide tease. Weekapaug included a Divided Sky tease from Trey. Fish introduced Rosie as being about “a lonely man singing to his inflatable love doll.” Parts of this show were used in Mike Gordon’s 1997 short film Goodwood.

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6/25/1995 - THE MANN CENTER FOR THE PERFORMING ARTS

Philadelphia, PA 

SET 1: Ya Mar > AC/DC Bag > Taste > Theme From the Bottom, If I Could > Sparkle > Divided Sky, I Didn't Know, Split Open and Melt

SET 2: Maze > Sample in a Jar, Scent of a Mule, Mike's Song -> Why Don't We Do It in the Road? > Hold Your Head Up > Jam -> Weekapaug Groove, Amazing Grace, Cavern

ENCORE: Bouncing Around the Room, Slave to the Traffic Light

During I Didn’t Know, Trey introduced Fish as “Cedric Harris.” The Maze intro included Taps teases from Trey and Weekapaug contained teases of Mainstreet and Dreaming (Blondie).

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8/17/1996 - PLATTSBURGH AIR FORCE BASE

Plattsburgh, NY
 
SET 1: The Old Home Place, Punch You in the Eye, Reba[1] > Cars Trucks Buses, The Lizards, Sample in a Jar, Taste, Fee[2] -> Maze, Suzy Greenberg

SET 2: The Curtain > Runaway Jim, It's Ice > Brother[3], Fluffhead, Run Like an Antelope > Golgi Apparatus > Slave to the Traffic Light

SET 3: Wilson > Frankenstein, Scent of a Mule[4], Tweezer, A Day in the Life, Possum > Tweezer Reprise

ENCORE: Harpua[5]

[1] No whistling.
[2] Trey sang verses through megaphone.
[3] Ben and Jerry on vocals.
[4] Page/Fish Mule Duel.
[5] Unfinished.

This was the second show of The Clifford Ball festival. Reba did not have the whistling ending. Trey sang the verses of Fee through a megaphone. Before the second set, Trey paid tribute to Aaron Stein of Syracuse, who was front row center for every show of the tour. The first Brother since August 2, 1993 (258 shows) featured Ben and Jerry on guest vocals. Wilson included a Heartbreaker tease. Antelope featured a female acrobat twirling in the rigging, suspended above the stage in a circus-like fashion. Scent of a Mule featured a Page/Fish duel instead of the typical Page/Trey duel. Tweezer had big trampolines on each side of the stage and more circus shenanigans. A stunt plane circled overhead during Tweezer Reprise and Harpua. Harpua was unfinished; it was completed on August 16, 1997 at The Great Went.

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