, attached to 1996-10-19

Review by Split_Open_My_Face

Split_Open_My_Face Offering a different take on this show, I found it to be fairly inspiring for an early '96 Fall Tour show. As tour developed, this show stands out with some very high moments. The entire first set is a keeper, and at the time left me pretty excited. Although we get a standard (at the time) MFMF opener, the rest took off with a heavy and welcomed Free, the rare Esther into a high-powered Llama, and the first hints of the jams that would come from the now classic Down with Disease. Of particular note for the first set is the Disease, in that, at the time, it wasn't known as a jam vehicle like it is now. I'm not sure of the timings of the jam for this show, but my memory reminds me how charged it got me, and I was left shaking my head at what had developed during this version.

Set II kicked off with a couple high energy crowd pleasers that I imagine had me feeling a bit jaded, but they were warm-ups for a beautiful rendition of Slave that had us on our knees. Again, they quickly moved to another sing-a-long, but dosed the kidz with a heavy Split that reminded us why we tour. Darkness enveloped the previously joyous crowd, and all was right with the world. Keeping the mindset of deranged fools spinning around the cement floor, they dropped a euphoric Fluff joined by the still fresh, and weird, Swept Away>Steep, the moving into a raging, full-throttled Antelope. This show is a keeper, and a perfect mix between the weirdness, and the crowd pleasing, as evidenced by the Fee, Rocky Top encore. Don't skip it in your research back into Phishtory.


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