, attached to 1995-09-29

Review by Man_From_Mars

Man_From_Mars The LA Greek Theatre is a very nice venue nestled in the hills of Griffith Park. The drive from the prior night's show in San Diego was a short 130 miles for the 3rd Fall 1995 show.

AC/DC Bag opens the first set with a pace faster than they played in Sacramento's 2nd set. It's an average hot version that ends normally and transitions nicely into Sparkle which gets the crowd moving and yelping. Divided Sky seems appropriate for this venue and the placement in the set is spot on. There’s a minor hiccup post pause and the jam segment is solid but not extraordinary.

California didn’t get any summer shows and the band is interspersing their new tunes throughout this 4-show CA run. Strange Design is well placed after D-sky as is the 3rd straight Cars Trucks Buses. You Enjoy Myself is most welcome in this odd slot of the set. Tour had been progressing nicely but was lacking a little in the beef category. The band got their groove on and we did too!

Sweet Adeline makes the crowd smile and laugh. The first Suzy Greenberg of tour allows Page to show off his skills and closes the set. “We’re gonna take a 15 minute break, don’t do anything I wouldn’t do” might be Trey’s favorite set closing statement.

The band opens the second set with a spaced out intro for Also Sprach Zarathustra before dropping into it. Maze immediately follows and this first version of tour is smokin’. It felt really good at the time and I’m thinking we have a couple more months of this nightly routine. Oh yeah!

Free brings things back down to Earth and plods along like other ‘95 versions. Ya Mar brightens the mood in the venue. “Play it Leo!” (sidenote: I forgot about how Mike used to scream at the end and spout nonsensical words; how I miss some of the little things they used to do)

Split Open and Melt is one of my favorite songs to dance to at a show. I love how disjointed and abstract it can get. My body parts move in all different directions at the same time. This version gets a little dark but doesn’t go off the deep end. The 3rd straight Billy Breathes is played and I have to say I’m not disappointed since I needed a breathe after Melt.

Hold Your Head Up indicates Fishman is taking the spotlight and he delivers one of his funniest covers with Cryin’, complete with a vacuum solo. Page comments “that wasn’t too bad.” A Day In The Life closes the 2nd set similar to Sacramento. And as I stated in that review “Still new to their repertoire from Summer Tour and a full Phish assault, CK5 included.”

Chalk Dust Torture fills the encore role and successfully ratchets the mood up one more time, getting us amped for the 350+ mile drive back North where Phish will headline the Shoreline Amphitheatre for the first time! And celebrate Trey’s 31st birthday!!

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