Notes: To commemorate April Fool’s Day, Fish got decked out in a black dress with a feather boa around his neck. During I Didn’t Know, Trey introduced him as “Tommy Dorsey’s third cousin twice removed” prior to Fish taking a trombone solo. Bowie included Landlady teases, as well as Oom Pa Pa, Will the Circle Be Unbroken?, Get Back, Aw Fuck!, and Random Note signals. Carolina was performed without microphones.
My first show. Knew very little about the band other than their regular top 5 spot in HIGHTIMES Pot-100. Had heard some bootlegs and knew I liked what I heard but had never really listened to Phish at this point and had no idea what to expect. Well, by shows end I knew I had witnessed something very special, and that I wanted to see it again, and again, and again. 22 years later I have my tix for Northerly and Dicks on the way and will be doing the entire NYE run...along with any Midwest dates that might show up on a fall tour, but even if they don't I will be hitting 9 shows this year which will make it my Phishyest year so far at age 45. Songs that stick out in my hindered memory:
Cracklin Rosie(cuz there's nothing...like feeling phoolish!)
...and all 4 Encore tunes.
But what I remember most are the expressions on the bandmembers faces...they were having so much fun, and always checking out the crowd and making eye contact and smiling like they couldn't not smile if they tried...oh, and Trey's Languedoc had me mesmorized...great stuff.