1996

January: 24
February: 24
March: 01
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June: 06
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December: 01 | 02 | 03 | 04 | 06 | 28 | 29 | 30 | 31
As the traditional Auld Lang Syne rang in the New Year, tens of thousands of balloons (reportedly a world record) fell from the rafters. This show marked the first Phish performance of Bohemian Rhapsody which, along with Julius and Amazing Grace, featured the Boston Community Choir. PYITE included Don’t Stop ‘Til You Get Enough teases from Page.
Reba did not have the whistling ending. Talk featured Trey on acoustic guitar. The P.A. cut out during Funky Bitch, during which Fish took an “air drum” solo, Trey performed Townshend-style windmills, and the entire band engaged in random silliness while still “playing” the song. Scent featured a Page/Mike Mule Duel and a guest appearance from comedian Steven Wright, who came out and rang a desk bell three times.
Squirming Coil contained a Sesame Street theme tease from Page. Mike performed the Phish debut of Sixteen Candles solo on piano. Tom Marshall contributed the vocals to the Phish debut of Champagne Supernova as Harpua, Poster, and Jimmy were confronted by the “Über Demon” and the “evil sound of hell.” This show featured the breakout of Caravan, which had been shelved since December 2, 1994 (160 shows).
Makisupa Policeman included the cryptic lyrics “Stink, Stank, Stunk,” which may have been a reference to the theme song in The Grinch Who Stole Christmas. Weekapaug Groove ended with a long Page solo. The Star Spangled Banner was dedicated to Kate Smith, who used to sing God Bless America at Flyers’ home hockey games.
2001 included Super Bad teases. The YEM vocal jam was based on donuts. The jam out of Simple contained Blister in the Sun quotes. Sweet Adeline was performed without microphones. The opening segment of Harpua was performed in a normal 4/4 time signature as opposed to its usual 7/4 signature. Wildwood Weed (a Phish debut with Les Claypool on vocals) and parts of Harpua featured Les Claypool and Larry LaLonde of Primus. I Want To Be a Cowboy's Sweetheart also made its Phish debut at this show and featured the Yodeling Cowgirls on vocals, Claypool, LaLonde, and John McEuen. Happy Trails was teased in Harpua before and after Sweetheart. Suspicious Minds featured four Elvis impersonators on vocals with Fish joining in at the end. Suzy Greenberg featured Claypool, LaLonde, McEuen, the Elvis impersonators, The Yodeling Cowgirls dancing on stage, and actor Courtney Gains on Trey’s percussion rack. One of the Elvis impersonators led a Susie Q jam at the end of Suzy Greenberg. This show was officially released as Phish Vegas 96.
PYITE contained a Get Up Offa That Thing quote.Reba did not have the whistling ending. During Lawn Boy, Trey thanked the caterers and brought two of them on stage to dance.
Phish performed the national anthem before a Los Angeles Lakers basketball game.
Scent of a Mule was unfinished.
This show marked the return of Peaches en Regalia, which had been shelved since December 31, 1994 (144 shows). Reba did not have the whistling ending.
The Old Home Place and Uncle Pen featured John McEuen on banjo. Timber through Funky Bitch featured Peter Apfelbaum on tenor saxophone. Taste included an intro jam that was basically a slowed-down version of the song. The Amazing Grace Jam and Possum featured Apfelbaum on tenor saxophone and McEuen on lap slide guitar. Punch You in the Eye and 2001 featured Get Up Offa That Thing quotes and James Brown antics from Fish. 2001 also contained Super Bad teases from Trey. The lyrics to Brother included a reference to Steve McConnell.
Maze contained a Dave's Energy Guide tease from Trey, and Trey broke a string during YEM, which led to some odd jamming. Sparks was played for the first time since October 29, 1994 (173 shows).
The Mule Duel included Brady Bunch theme scats from Trey and some vacuum action from Fish. Fire and Bold As Love were dedicated to Jimi Hendrix on his birthday. The Disease and Tweezer combo has led some fans to refer to this as the “Diseezer.” The return to DWD contained a Can’t You Hear Me Knocking ending.
Reba did not have the whistling ending. I Didn’t Know included a Because tease.
This show included the first Phish performance of Midnight on the Highway, which was learned while the band was stopped at the American/Canadian border. Makisupa also referenced the border-crossing incident: “Woke up in the morning, border guard in my bunk, he took his fucking dog on the bus, and he found my dank.” Weekapaug was unfinished.
Julius included a Cocaine quote and a thank you to the city of Spokane.
Trey sang the verses of Fee through a megaphone. Trey announced the first-ever Vibration of Life dedication and sent it out to the crew in general, and more specifically, Bob Neumann, the band’s Audio Crew Chief and speaker designer. YEM included a Groove is in the Heart jam that included brief lyrics.
Reba did not have the whistling ending. Trey teased Jump Monk in Simple. Tweezer through Llama and Johnny B. Goode featured Gary Gazaway on trumpet. Tweezer included a Zimbabwe tease from Gazaway.
After attending a ZZ Top gig earlier in the evening at the Memphis Orpheum, Fish sat in with FreeWorld on drums for a portion of the second set of this late-night gig. Phish was in town for a performance at Memphis’ Mid-South Coliseum the following night. There is no known setlist or circulating recording.
Page teased Maple Leaf Rag at the end of Gumbo. The Vibration of Life was announced by Trey as “Written by God” and was performed for the first time since November 30, 1994 (148 shows). At the end of Axilla, the light crew also received a bizarre tribute and Leigh Fordham, a member of Phish's light crew, was mentioned several times. The Hood lyrics were subsequently altered slightly to include a bit about Leigh Fordham. Suzy Greenberg included Leigh Fordham references as well as La Grange and Axilla teases. We’re An American Band made its Phish debut in the city referenced in its lyrics.
Mimi Fishman addressed the crowd before the show and noted that the band was donating a portion of the proceeds from the show to charity. After Sleeping Monkey, Trey announced that the show was brought to you by the letter M (referencing all the second-set songs with “M”-titles) and the number 420. This show marked the Phish debut of Mean Mr. Mustard, complete with a John Popper (cloaked in a cape and hobbling with a cane to the roar of the audience) cameo as the “dirty old man.” Popper stayed on stage to lend his harmonica to a very short Weekapaug closer and Funky Bitch encore.
Talk featured Trey on acoustic guitar. Trey teased Buried Alive in Julius.
Phish performed the national anthem before a Minnesota Timberwolves home game. This was their first performance of the song at a major sporting event.
Divided Sky included an All Fall Down signal. Page teased Maple Leaf Rag at the end of Gumbo.
Talk featured Trey on acoustic guitar. Hood contained a Steep tease.
Trey had equipment problems in Simple, so Loving Cup (“I know I play a bad guitar”) was played next. Simple included a Cecilia tease. ATR was played for the first time since July 1, 1995 (108 shows) and Axilla was played for the first time since October 16, 1994 (170 shows).
Page teased HYHU before Suzy. Trey teased Dave's Energy Guide during Gin. Fish humorously stumbled through Bike, which was played by request. This show is available as an archival release on LivePhish.com.
Split Open And Melt included an In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida tease from Trey.
Karl Perazzo sat in on percussion for the entire show. Trey teased China Cat Sunflower (the segue into I know You Rider) in the intro of Possum.
Karl Perazzo sat in on percussion for the entire show. Trey sang the verses of Fee through a megaphone. Mike repeatedly teased the bass line of Dave's Energy Guide in the C&P jam and then Trey very briefly teased it as well. The lyric “Norton Charlton Heston” replaced “Marco Esquandolas” in Antelope. Butch Trucks joined the band on drums for the encore while Fish played Trey’s percussion rack. Portions of this performance were released to the syndicated radio program The Album Network. This show was released as the Coral Sky DVD in 2010 and is available as a download from LivePhish.
The Mockingbird narration included a reference to Talking Heads’ David Byrne, who appeared in the mountain as the face of Icculus. As Trey told the story, Byrne threw Colonel Forbin off the mountain and into the arms of the “evil” Famous Mockingbird. The second set "musical costume" was Talking Heads' Remain in Light. All of the Remain in Light songs were Phish debuts; the set featured Karl Perazzo on percussion, Dave Grippo on saxophone, and Gary Gazaway on trumpet. Perazzo also played during the entire third set. Jesus Just Left Chicago, Suzy Greenberg, and Frankenstein also featured Grippo and Gazaway. At the end of Houses in Motion (which featured Trey teasing Tweezer), an armchair was brought out to the center of the stage and Mike sat in it to sing Seen and Not Seen. While he sang, Karl Perazzo drummed and Trey played bass. After Overload, a bizarre on-stage demonstration closed the set. The third set opened with a Feel Like a Stranger tease. Suzy included a Born Under Punches tease from Page. Simple included a tease of Mama Told Me Not to Come. The soundcheck's Overload was performed with horns and briefly featured Fish on vacuum. This show was officially released as Live Phish 15.
Mike and Page, in town for Phish’s performance of Talking HeadsRemain in Light the following evening, sat in for a portion of this late-night set.
Guest percussionist Karl Perazzo played the entire show. After Suspicious Minds, Trey introduced Fish as “Norton Charlton Heston.”
Catapult was performed twice during the Mule Duel; first by Mike, and then by Page solo on the theremin. Melt contained In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida teases and Taste included a Norwegian Wood tease. Talk featured Trey on acoustic guitar.
Antelope included Star Spangled Banner and Voodoo Child teases, and was dedicated by Trey to Fish’s then-14-year old cousin Jason Roberts for winning a guitar competition.
The entire second set and encore featured Bob Gullotti on a second drum set. Ya Mar included a long drum jam between Fish and Gullotti.
This Weekapaug, often referred to as the “Freakapaug,” included circus dancers and Mimi Fishman dancing around on stage towards the end. Watchtower (first since April 21, 1994, or 227 shows) featured Buddy Miles on drums and lead vocals, Merl Saunders on keys, and Fish on Trey’s percussion rack. The circus dancers also appeared for the encore.
Ginseng was played for the first time since June 23, 1995 (103 shows). Reba did not have the whistling ending.
The second set started with a Wish You Were Here tease. Trey sang the verses of Fee through a megaphone.
YEM included teases of Peter Frampton’s Do You Feel Like We Do. Reba did not have the whistling ending.
The Star Spangled Banner made its Phish debut at this show.
Swept Away and Steep debuted at this show.
Mike sat in on bass for the whole show. Fish sat in on washboard during the second set; the second set list is unknown.
Mike sat in on bass for the whole show. This gig featured the debut of “Weekly Time” and the first known Mike Gordon vocal performances of The 5th Dimension classic "Up, Up and Away" and Aerosmith's "Last Child."
This smal club performance followed the weekend when Phish had performed before their largest audience to date, at The Clifford Ball.
This was the second show of The Clifford Ball festival. Reba did not have the whistling ending. Trey sang the verses of Fee through a megaphone. Before the second set, Trey paid tribute to Aaron Stein of Syracuse, who was front row center for every show of the tour. The first Brother since August 2, 1993 (258 shows) featured Ben and Jerry on guest vocals. Wilson included a Heartbreaker tease. Antelope featured a female acrobat twirling in the rigging, suspended above the stage in a circus-like fashion. Scent of a Mule featured a Page/Fish duel instead of the typical Page/Trey duel. Tweezer had big trampolines on each side of the stage and more circus shenanigans. A stunt plane circled overhead during Tweezer Reprise and Harpua. Harpua was unfinished; it was completed on August 16, 1997 at The Great Went.
This was the first show of The Clifford Ball festival. Bathtub Gin contained a brief DEG tease from Trey. Waste through Strange Design were performed on the acoustic mini-stage. Disease was unfinished. The second set was preceded by a Mary Had a Little Lamb tease. The jam at the end of Harry Hood accompanied a fireworks display. The band took to the back of a flatbed truck at around 3:30 in the morning and drove through the crowd. The performance was one long open-ended jam.
This was the soundcheck for The Clifford Ball. The final jam segment included the first annual soundcheck tribute to "Mr. Sausage," multiple shout-outs to festival staff, and Trey on his mini-drum kit. 50+ minutes of this check were included on the Clifford Ball DVD bonus disc.
Trey sang the verses of Fee through a megaphone. Reba did not have the whistling ending. Julius was dedicated to Brad Sands’s brother Matty.
Page performed Somewhere Over the Rainbow solo on the theremin. Waste through Strange Design were performed on the acoustic mini-stage. Trey played the composed section to Divided Sky over the soundcheck jam. This show was officially released as Live Phish 12.
Possum included All Fall Down and Simpsons signals as well as a Voodoo Child tease.
My Friend featured Trey using his microphone stand as a slide. Trey sang the verses of Fee through a megaphone. Reba did not have the whistling ending. Page teased Sunshine of Your Love during the Mule Duel. Whipping Post was played for the first time since April 20, 1993 (285 shows) and featured Fish on vocals.
Stash contained DEG teases from Trey. During Ya Mar, Trey thanked the audience, saluted a Colorado swimmer who won two gold medals at the Olympics, and announced that a special guest would come out later in the set. The last three songs of the first set were all Phish debuts with Ninety-Nine Years featuring Tim O’Brien on mandolin and lead vocals and Hold To A Dream and Doin' My Tume on bouzouki and lead vocals. This show also marked the Phish debut of Gypsy Queen. During the Mockingbird narration, Trey told of a giant iguana that would take the crowd to Mars to view the life there.
Note the “This is Red Rocks, This is the Edge” quote from Trey during the break in Rift. The quote was a reference both to U2’s Live: Under a Blood Red Sky album and Trey’s similar remarks on the Junta-released version of Icculus. Suzy included a Simple tease. The phrase “21 year old Phish Fan Marcus Esquandolas” was substituted for “Marco Esquandolas” during Antelope in reference to a fan’s quote in a newspaper article on the disturbance in Morrison the day before. Tweezer included a Norwegian Wood jam. Harry Hood featured the debut of the “Hood” response chant, initiated by Phish.netters and advertised on flyers handed out at the Red Rocks shows. Among other ideas, the flyers encouraged fans to shout: “Hood” after the band sings “Harry.” It began to rain in the second set; the band responded with Purple Rain, and Chris Kuroda showed the stage in purple lights. The performance of Simple from this gig appears on the Carved in Stone CD benefiting The Rocks Fund, dedicated to the rehabilitation and preservation of Red Rocks Amphitheatre.
As urged in flyers handed out by Phish.netters, many fans sat down during the silent part of Divided Sky. Down with Disease was unfinished. Somewhere Over the Rainbow was performed solo by Page on the theremin. Waste through Strange Design were performed with Page on a smaller piano, Trey on acoustic guitar, Mike on acoustic bass, and Fish on a smaller drum set. This show marked the first performance of Talk and featured an atypical It’s Ice.
Trey sang the verses of Fee through a megaphone. Reba did not have the whistling ending. The Theme from Star Trek made its Phish debut at this show and was performed by Page solo on the theremin.
This show marked the debut of Page’s theremin. Somewhere Over the Rainbow was played for the first time since July 3, 1994 (161 shows) and was performed solo by Page on the theremin in response to the huge rainbow that appeared over the venue just before the show started. Possum contained an Oom Pa Pa signal and a Lazy tease from Trey. Antelope included a tease of May The Force Be With You (The Force Theme from Star Wars).
This show was a one-set opener for Santana.
This show was a one-set opener for Santana.
This show was a one-set opener for Santana.
Train Song debuted at this show and was dedicated to the fans that were following the band around Europe via the rails. Trey sang the verses of Fee through a megaphone.
This show was a one-set opener for Santana.
After opening for them, all of the members of Phish sat in for the listed portion of Santana’s set, though the specific songs are not known.
This show was a one-set opener for Santana at the Nice Jazz Festival.
This show was a one-set opener for Santana.
Possum contained Simpsons and All Fall Down signals.
Reba did not have the whistling ending.
It's Ice, Mike's Song, Antelope, NICU, Slave, Bowie, and Free were all unfinished. The jam before NICU was interactive, as the band jammed on chords yelled out by the fans.
Reba did not have the whistling ending. Hello My Baby was performed without amplification.
This show was a one-set opener for Santana.
This show was a one-set opener for Santana.
This show was a one-set opener for Santana.
This show was a one-set opener for Santana. Reba did not have the whistling ending.
This show was a one-set opener for Santana.

SET 1: Runaway Jim, Stash, Sparkle > Taste[1] -> Llama[2]

This show was a one-set opener for Santana. Carlos Santana and Karl Perazzo sat in on Taste and Llama, during which Trey flubbed lyrics to both songs; Carlos jumped in to help during Llama, singing a verse. This version of Taste is the debut of the new, reworked version (similar to the Billy Breathes album version).

SET 1: Exodus [1] > Get Up, Stand Up [1] > Exodus [1] > Maggot Brain [1]

Phish's opening set was rained out. All the members of Phish sat in during Santana's set on the listed songs.
Phish's set on this date was rained out. Phish did, however, jam with Santana during their set that evening.
This unannounced show was performed under the name “Third Ball.” BBFCFM featured Trey using a Rolling Rock beer bottle as a slide. Scent of a Mule included a Sunshine of Your Love tease and saw Trey on keys for portions. Waste and Character Zero debuted at this show. The opening act was Juan Hung Low.
This gig took place during the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival and was billed as "Jazz Funk of the Future." Trey, Page, and RJ Spangler sat in for the whole show. This setlist is incomplete; the listed songs were officially released in 2003 as Live at Jimmy's. Phish had performed earlier in the weekend on the main stage of JazzFest.
Trey sat in for the entire set, playing along with Sunspots’ guitarist Jim Kebodeaux. “Garbage Can Woman” featured Sunpie (on harmonica), Jim, and Trey sitting on the edge of the stage after Sunpie said: “I don’t think they can hear us. Let’s get out on the porch.” This performance was part of the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival and took place on the Fais Do-Do Stage; Phish had performed earlier in the weekend on the Main Stage of JazzFest.

Soundcheck: Funky Bitch, Poor Heart, Blues Jam, Wolfman’s Brother

SET 1: Ya Mar, AC/DC Bag > Sparkle > Stash, Cars Trucks Buses[1], You Enjoy Myself -> Wolfman's Brother[2] > Scent of a Mule > Also Sprach Zarathustra > Harry Hood > Sample in a Jar, A Day in the Life > David Bowie

ENCORE: Hello My Baby, Cavern

This single-set performance was part of the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival. Ya Mar included a When the Saints Go Marching In tease. Cars Trucks Buses featured Michael Ray on trumpet. The first two verses of Wolfman’s Brother were performed a cappella as they came out of the YEM vocal jam. David Bowie included a strong Caravan jam. Trey teased The Rover in Cavern. This show was made available as an archival release on LivePhish.com with all proceeds going to Tipitina's Foundation and the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Foundation in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina.
This setlist is incomplete. 
Trey joined Merl Saunders and the Rainforest Band on guitar from Howlin' Wolf's “Built for Comfort” through the end of the show. "It's in the Air (Konfusion)" included a "Dixie" tease from Trey. "Dark Star" was performed instrumental and included a "China Cat Sunflower" tease from Trey. "I Feel Like Dynamite" included a full-band "Thank You (Falettinme Be Mice Elf Agin)" tease. The rendition of “We All Wanna Boogie” from this gig appears on the CD Merl Saunders With His Funky Friends: Live!
Surrender to the Air was an effort of Trey Anastasio to bring contemporary musicians together to improvise in the free form style of the jazz musician Sun Ra and the Sun Ra Arkestra. This performance, and the previous night were, in conjunction with the previous month’s release of the Surrender to the Air album. The two sets featured entirely improvisational music. In addition to the performers listed, Page sat in keyboards for the second set. This was the final performance at The Academy.
Surrender to the Air was an effort of Trey Anastasio to bring contemporary musicians together to improvise in the free form style of the jazz musician Sun Ra and the Sun Ra Arkestra. This performance, and the following night were, in conjunction with the previous month’s release of the Surrender to the Air album. The two sets featured entirely improvisational music.

SET 1: Jessica , You Don't Love Me , Ramblin' Man , Worried Down With The Blues , Tombstone Eyes , Stand Back , Statesboro Blues , Change My Way of Living

SET 2: Hoochie Coochie Man , Dreams , Back Where It All Begins , I Know I Oughta Leave , One Way Out [1], Southbound [1], True Gravity [1], Whipping Post [1]

Page filled in for an ailing Gregg Allman, playing keyboards on “One Way Out” through the end of the show. Gregg Allman had been in a minor motorcycle accident the day before the beginning of the annual ABB run at the Beacon. Gregg toughed it out in the first set, but didn’t feel well enough to finish the show. Page was attending the show, and while backstage during the intermission he was invited to fill in for the rest of the gig.

SET 1: In Harmony > Mystery Train , Dark Water , Emotional Railroad , Late in the Evening > If You Ask Me

SET 2: Louisiana Sun [1] > Wild Side [1] > Jessica [1] > Season of the Witch [1], Just a Rose [1]

ENCORE: 99 Years and One Dark Day , Back Porch Boogie Blues

Mike played rhythm guitar, as the only available bass was left-handed. He performed for the entire second set and was introduced as “Mike Jones” after “Just a Rose.” 
This gig marked the inauguration of a weekly series of musical performances at this venue named “Carmel’s Coffeehouse” in memory of Trey’s paternal grandmother, Carmel Musco Anastasio. "Air Mail Special" contained a "Theme from The Brady Bunch" tease.
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