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Link Wednesday, 04/15/1992
Variety Arts Center, Los Angeles, CA

Set 1: Oh Kee PaThe Oh Kee Pa Ceremony > SuzySuzy Greenberg, Foam, GuelahGuelah Papyrus > Sparkle, Stash, Uncle Pen, Cavern, IDKI Didn't Know, ATRAll Things Reconsidered, Runaway Jim

Set 2: CDTChalk Dust Torture, YEMYou Enjoy Myself[1], Reba, LandladyThe Landlady > NICU > Cold as Ice > Cracklin' Rosie > Cold as Ice, MSOMy Sweet One, GolgiGolgi Apparatus

Encore: Memories[2], Sweet Adeline[2], Rocky Top

[1] Vocal jam centered on a "rolling" theme.
[2] Without microphones.

Teases:
· Sunshine of Your Love, Proud Mary, and Theme from Rawhide teases in You Enjoy Myself

Average Song Gap: 1.75

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

Notes: Uncle Pen was played, according to Trey, “with all due respect to Bill Monroe.” It was also explained at this show that All Things Reconsidered is a variation on National Public Radio’s All Things Considered. YEM included a Sunshine of Your Love tease and the vocal jam centered on a “rolling” theme, including the quote “Rolling on the River” from Proud Mary. YEM also included quotes from the theme to Rawhide. My Sweet One was announced by Trey as being written by the “third greatest songwriter of all time” while Fishman took a bow of recognition. Memories and Sweet Adeline were performed without microphones. Widespread Panic opened.

Song Distribution:
5 A Picture of Nectar
3 Lawn Boy
3 Junta
2 Stash
2 Rift
1 The White Tape

Songs by Debut Year:

This show was part of the "1992 Spring Tour."

DollarBill , attached to 1992-04-15 Permalink
DollarBill Solid show for this time period. Great sounding bootleg. Good first set once you get through the feedback during Suzy. A little sloppy during Stash, otherwise a tight set. The monitors seem to be a problem for a while. Oh, I forgot to mention a few weeks a go I think Mike got a new distortion pedal. Check it out during Cavern.

Mike has a funny fill in Chalkdust. YEM has a rough begining but turns out good. Nice vocal jam as always. Reba and Landlady are fine. NICU still has the weird middle section. Listen close before the start, Trey asks "Is that too fast?" Fish gives the crowd a choice of songs tonight. Then the self titled third greatest song writer in the world gets a My Sweet One going. Golgi sounds a little out of tune on Trey's part.

Memories and Adeline are missing from the bootleg.
Rocky Top is great as usual.

Great soundboard recording for 1992. I love that you can hear Trey calling out songs and laughter in between.
Score: 1
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(Published in the second edition of The Phish Companion...)

This was my first show and the band's first ever appearance in Los Angeles. The venue was an old theater, all seats, with most of the seats on the floor and the rest in a small upstairs balcony. The venue didn't allow taping, security told me to stop dancing, and also went after people smoking inside (they were kicking people out of the show if they caught you). It was my first Widespread Panic show as well (they played for about an hour as an opener). I had been listening to Phish's studio albums and a few bootlegs for at least six months prior to the show, so I had some familiarity with the older material. All of the "new" stuff is funny to listen to now, not hearing any crowd reaction on the tape but knowing that if the song were played today it would be considered a kickdown.
The first peak comes during "Stash" in Set I. They play well through the end of the set (including my first vacuum solo experience) with a really intense "Jim" to close the set. By the time "Jim" was over I decided to drop the rest of my holiday plans and go on tour.
Second set starts with the slowest "Chalk Dust" I think I've ever heard, but then is followed by the peak of the second set, the "YEM"/"Reba" combo (including my first trampoline experience). Both songs are played especially well, with everyone in the band really playing at 100%. There are great tones from Page and Trey, and solid rhythm from Fish and Gordon. The rest of the set isn't bad, but is pretty average, including a funny version of Neil Diamond's "Cracklin' Rosie" my first Trey-on-drums-for-funny-Fishman-cover experience). "Golgi" was a crowd pleaser as always, and they easily got the crowd to quiet down for the two a cappella numbers, then sent us home with "Rocky Top".
Overall a pretty average, solid show. I really enjoyed listening to it again recently as a nice quality soundboard source is in circulation, and would suggest tracking it down if you'd like to hear the warm-up show for the epic 4/16-21/92 run.
Score: 0
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(Published in the second edition of The Phish Companion...)

This was my first show ever! By this time I had already heard a tape from the Catalyst show in October, so my interest was piqued. I had just recently moved to a loft in downtown LA so the show was about as local as it could get. The theatre itself was beautiful! Very ornate and somewhat inappropriate for a rock show. In those days when Dionysian Productions was booking Phish in some of the prettiest old theatres in California.
I remember liking Widespread Panic as the opening act. But they were not quite in the same league as the headliner. Phish grabbed me by the ankles if not from the first few bars of “Oh Kee Pa” then definitely by the time they started raging through “Suzy”! I found the band to be an interesting mix of many of the musical styles I like, yet, somehow they still were not easy to pigeonhole into a simple category. The band ranged from bluegrass covers with all due respect to Bill Monroe to insane vocal jams that twisted and turned and included quotes from popular songs. Man! Who and what are these guys?
I did not realize until much later how cool that set had been! If anyone has a tape out there that would be really fantastic, Well, needless to say, Phish hooked me and I was signed up for the rest of the shows that tour that I could conveniently make. The next two or three nights were spent driving from venue to venue.
Score: 0
TheEmu Phish.net Staff , attached to 1992-04-15 Permalink
TheEmu 4/15/92: All kinds of interesting stuff about this show. First of all, during Stash you can hear the crowd going "Woo!" in the spots where the clapping would eventually be.

Landlady > NICU was an interesting combo. This was my first time hearing the middle Doo Doo Doo section of NICU; that section was probably best left on the cutting room floor ;)

Cold As Ice > Cracklin' Rosie > Cold as Ice is pretty funny. First of all, I'm pretty sure Fishman says "This fuckin' song" as they keep at CAI for a while. He then offers the crowd a choice of a Neil Diamond tune or a Syd Barrett tune, the "two greatest songwriters" ever, and Trey says that Fishman is the conglomeration of the two. After Rosie, Trey introduces My Sweet One as being written by the Third Greatest songwriter in the world, who is behind the drums.

Finally, a question. How do you know Trey hates Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles? 'Cause he's THE FUCKING SHREDDER!!! This YEM was very good, shred-tastic Trey at the end and some great MMMMMMMMike as well. Plus Rollin' on the River and Rawhide in the vocal jam (which actually is quite nice, rather than the standard yelping and small furry animal noises).

Four stars for this show, on the strength of the YEM and the funny Fishman stuff. After the shredding YEM, I had hoped Reba would be more exciting, but '92 isn't really a primo year for Rebas.
Score: 0

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