, attached to 1992-06-19

Review by GitDown

GitDown I wonder what small percentage, if any, of attendees at this show were excited to be seeing the opening act. It's interesting to muse on how this historic footnote set would have been received by a European Violent Femmes fan. Or for that matter, how an American VF fan who didn't know Phish would have thought about this "special guest from The U.S." And with respect to Dollar Bill's theory, if I had to guess, I'd say that the boys saw a promo poster for the show that was probably printed before they were confirmed on the bill. If they were billed as "Special guest from The U.S." then damnit, that's who they were going to introduce themselves and play as. I think that definitely fits the band's sense of humor.

Trey lays out a set that's equal parts showing off their diverse range of genre and overall chops (Landlady, Stash, YEM), lyrical eccentricity (Stash thru YEM), and quirky showmanship (did I mention they played YEM?). It's fairly representative Phish for the time period: talented yet oddbag musicianship. Not the weirdest they can get by any means, but for their first time in Europe, I'd say they came out of the gates ably and represented.

It is interesting to note, as I take one more glance over their song selection, with the exception of Sparkle, they definitely tended to go with a more wheelhouse-friendly approach, rather than truck out much of the batch of new (though months old) Rift-era stuff from this year. I'm sure that will come, though the only other show I'm currently familiar with, the Stowe Santana show, is also devoid of new tunes except Sparkle. Hm.


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