Throughout most of Phish history this was understood to have been the date of the first Phish show. The band believed this to be true as late as 1998, when on October 30 they celebrated their “15th anniversary.” Later research, however, revealed this to be incorrect, and that the correct date of this first show – commonly referred to as the “Thriller” show or a “Halloween Dance” – is December 2, 1983.

NOTE: This Phish performance does not count for stats purposes.

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Review by The_Ghost

The_Ghost Greatest Phish show ever. The boys really peaked in 0.0. I know I was blown away as a toddler to know that this music was being made.

It was a hazy late Autumn day. Leaves of many colors littered the ground and filled my little brain with vibrant colors. Everything was new to me then. I was so excited and impatient for Halloween. I was going to get to dress up and get free candy. It was literally a dream come true. My mom was taking me to see her friend Kristy. Kristy was super cool, she gave me some candy and then told us about the best Vermont beans to be had. They were at UVM caf. We all went down there and these guys started singing and one of them took the vacuum cleaner from the back and made beautiful music with it. Kristy looked embarrassed by the whole thing, but I never knew why. My mom told me that the red headed guy tapping on the table was why Kristy was my aunt. I never understood what she meant. I just remember that it was a beautiful day and it is my first memory.
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