, attached to 1991-07-23

Review by Greiser

Greiser This was my 1st Phish show (!!!!) although I was very familiar with the band by this time and had several bootlegs I had been listening to. I was going to school in Fla. and they were mostly playing shows in the NE at this point, so had little opps to catch them. But I was home for the summer in MD, the Bayou was kinda of a home base in high school, and was extremely excited for this.

Showed up hoping to grab tickets at the door, but it had sold out…. Was so bummed but ran into a friend of mine from growing up who was going to school at UVM and he hooked me up! (RIP Mark Williamson) Got in in the middle of Foam and the place was rocking! And as mentioned it was hot as all hell being the middle of summer in DC and the AC seemed non existent. This was the tour with the Giant County Horns, which added a lot of jazzy flair to these shows. Audience was way into the entire show and it was clear these guys were on the up and up.

After this show I was hooked and saw many more Phish shows mostly on the west coast until 1995-ish Then l I eventually lost interest. Having been spoiled in the early to mid-90’s on shows like this one it was hard to see them in large venues or deal with their later more refined sound. I like the weird stuff! Still I really enjoy revisiting these old shows on phichtrack.com, where you can find a good sound board of this one.

Honestly when I look at the set list and listen to this show, this coulda been the only Phish show I ever saw and I would of been good because this was the real deal and they pretty much played all my favs that I would hope to hear at shows for years to come. So psyched I was able to experience this band at this epic time in their career.


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