, attached to 1995-06-22

Review by nichobert

nichobert Super weird that people think of this as the band "giving the finger",

This show was advertised as "Space Jam", no? I can't find the flier / poster now.. But it's out there somewhere.

This Tweezer isn't as held together as Bozeman, Tahoe or Mesa, or even Jones Beach or Mud Island. But it's a lot more listenable than Bangor, which they released on their career defining A Live One. Not to mention a few dozen other jams that were actively confrontational in their off kilterness.

Think of it more like Phish are fans of free jazz, psychedelic rock and the ambient stylings of Brian Eno and Aphex Twin.

I'm guessing that in Phish's minds, they were giving you a great gift. If it was my first show, maybe I'd be turned off. But if I knew the deal I'd have been ecstatic to see a show where Phish was comfortable enough to get this knotty and weird. Certainly more happy than seeing 10 songs that differ from previous versions solely in how well they were executed.

Bozeman is the Forever King of experimental Tweezers, but the June 95 versions are no slouch. This is just what they were doing with the song at the time. The first 6 Tweezers of summer tour add up to nearly 3 hours of music. In today's era, you'd be familiar with Mud Island and Salt Lake City. In 1995? You might not have even heard Bozeman and Bangor and Mesa and MSG yet, and your vision of a weird Tweezer might be confined to Bomb Factory and Big Birch from earlier in 94, possibly even stretching it all the way back to Louisville 93!

Did someone say there's a board of this show? That should be interesting!

C+ average great first set.
A+ thank you for trusting us Phish 2nd set.


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