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Link Friday, 07/05/1996
Stadio Olimpico, Rome, Italy

Set 1: Funky Bitch -> CDTChalk Dust Torture, BagAC/DC Bag, YEMYou Enjoy Myself > SOAMuleScent of a Mule, BowieDavid Bowie

Encore: Sweet Adeline

Average Song Gap: 2.57

Performers: Trey Anastasio, Page McConnell, Jon Fishman, Mike Gordon

Notes: This show was a one-set opener for Santana.

Song Distribution:
2 Stash
2 Junta
2 The White Tape
1 Hoist
1 A Picture of Nectar
1 The Man Who Stepped into Yesterday

Songs by Debut Year:

This show was part of the "1996 Summer European Tour."

dscott , attached to 1996-07-05 Permalink
Disclaimer: I wasn't at this show. If that bothers you, then feel free to drive to Firenze and wash the f***ing Uffize instead of reading further. ;)

In terms of the overall Phish canon, this show is well below average and not essential listening. Still, it's plenty enjoyable if your ears happen to cross its path.
Unfortunately we will probably never hear the first several minutes of the show, as the Funky Bitch "soundcheck" reportedly became the opening song of the set, transitioning into Chalk Dust Torture. The tape begins midway through the latter, and graces us with 4+ minutes of typically incendiary tension and release for a mid-'90s CDT. AC/DC Bag is standard, but is played with a fusto (look it up) full of gusto. Possibly the most compact version of YEM since the 1980s comes next, squeezing every usual part besides the bass jam into a little over 11 minutes. Scent Of a Mule comes galloping out of the vocal microjam, and it's a spirited but standard delivery. Bowie is solid but unremarkable in length and execution, with some dissonant and effects-laden tension and release towards the end. Some funny banter about the encore being acapella so that the band could say that they performed a song thusly, and they finish this brief opening act set with a typical Sweet Adeline.
Score: 1

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