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Link Wednesday, 07/15/1992
Trax, Charlottesville, VA

Soundcheck: Weigh, Happy Trails, Weigh, Rift, Silent in the Morning (x4)

Set 1: Glide > Oh Kee PaThe Oh Kee Pa Ceremony > SuzySuzy Greenberg, Foam, My FriendMy Friend, My Friend, Uncle Pen, SOAMeltSplit Open and Melt, HorseThe Horse > SilentSilent in the Morning, CDTChalk Dust Torture, LizardsThe Lizards, AntelopeRun Like an Antelope[1]

Set 2: SlothThe Sloth > DividedDivided Sky, Esther[2] > MSOMy Sweet One, Stash, McGruppMcGrupp and the Watchful Hosemasters > ATRAll Things Reconsidered, HoodHarry Hood, GolgiGolgi Apparatus

Encore: Possum[3] > Vacuum Solo > Possum

[1] Simpsons signal.
[2] Random Note signal.
[3] All Fall Down signal.

Teases:
· The Lizards tease in Run Like an Antelope
· Birdland tease in Possum
· Rock Lobster tease

Noteworthy Jams: Split Open and Melt (highly recommended), Run Like an Antelope, Stash, Harry Hood

Average Song Gap: 7.33

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

Notes: Fish played this show wearing nothing but a jockstrap with a big “0,” referencing his “Zero Man” nickname, on the groin area. Antelope included a Lizards tease from Trey and a Simpsons signal, Esther included a Random Note signal, and Possum included a Birdland tease and an All Fall Down signal. Rock Lobster (B-52s) was teased prior to the start of the second set. Some recordings that circulate include Rift at the beginning but it is believed that this is from the soundcheck.

Song Distribution:
4 Rift
4 Lawn Boy
4 Junta
3 A Picture of Nectar
3 The Man Who Stepped into Yesterday
2 Stash
2 The White Tape

Songs by Debut Year:

This show was part of the "1992 Summer U.S. Tour."

, attached to 1992-07-15 Permalink
(Published in the second edition of The Phish Companion...)

It was the summer between my junior and senior year of high school, and my friend Channing and I were trapped in our boarding school's summer session. We were taking AP Psychology so it would be one less thing to worry about in the Fall. Incidentally, Channing passed, and I did not
I was just really getting into Phish. I had a handful of tapes which I listened to over and over. I loved the frantic energy, the thumping bass lines, and Trey's ripping guitar. I heard that Phish was playing Trax, so I went out and picked up two tickets, about $12 each I think. I miss those days! I got permission for both of us to leave campus for the night, and one of the summer school teachers agreed to chaperon us. Thank you Adam! Where are you now?
We drove into Charlottesville and went directly into Trax. Trax is a typical club, two rooms, one with a stage and dance floor, the other room housed the bar and a few pool tables. We talked to Paul as he was setting things up, and saw a few tapers patching into the soundboard. We ran into another friend of ours, and the three of us went right up front to the stage. The stage itself was maybe two feet off the ground, and everyone's equipment was packed really close.
I went crazy when the lights went down and Phish came on stage. Fishman looked like he was wearing a jock strap, but it could have been a pair of tighty-whiteys, and nothing else. It was so cool being about a foot away from them, being able to watch them as they played. They opened with "Glide", a song I did not know, but was a lot of fun. "Oh Kee Pa" flowed into "Suzy Greenberg", and Trey went nuts. "Suzy" used to be such a rocking number. We fell right into the deep hole of "Foam", and it was good. I liked "My Friend", but it was another new-to-me song. "Uncle Pen" was funny and tight. Mike looked really goofy with his rolled up jeans and puffy high tops. "Split Open" was fantastic, and one of the songs I had hoped to hear. The crowd was dancing and moving, jumping up and down. The band was feeding off our energy and put it back into the music. "The Horse" into "Silent in the Morning" was beautiful; I love Page's playing and singing in this song. They rocked into "Chalk Dust," kept things moving right into "Lizards," and closed the first set with "Antelope." Everyone in the room was jumping up and down as Trey sang "Set the gearshift for the high gear of your soul."
The crowd was so energized that everyone kept moving around during the break. My friends and I were drenched with sweat but loving every minute. We found some water, and then went back up front for the next set.
"Sloth" opened things up; another new song for me, but it was amazing. I had never heard "Divided Sky" before that night, and I was blown away. The balance between the composed sections and the section where Trey just lets loose has kept me coming back to shows ever since. I swear during the quiet part, you can hear Channing screaming on the recordings! This song is just amazing. "Esther" was beautiful, and is it me, or is this song really sad? It's about a young girl who gets taken advantage by a scary older man, ostracized from her church and town, and ultimately dies. This is just tragic. Trey and Page did a great job carrying that emotion into their playing.
"My Sweet One" is a great tune, helps the band wind down but also pumps the crowd up. "Stash" followed, and this is another of those life-changing songs. It was incredible to watch the band's expressions as they went from one change to the other. Each of them was really concentrating, listening to each other. This song is high energy for everyone, crowd and band alike. "McGrupp," another first for me, was majestic. I have really come to like this song as I hear it on tapes. "All Things Reconsidered" was great a way to unwind before the delightful "Hood" which followed. I still get chills on my neck and arms during the quite part after Mr. Minor is thanked. I can not say enough about "Hood". "Gogli" was a great closer, really rocking and nicely played.
Someone had given me a copy of the March Binghamton show, so we were all familiar with the signals. To my delight, when Phish came out for the encore, they played several of the signals. Trey was teasing "Possum," and he played the Simpson's signal. They all looked thrilled at the immediate response, and someone, Page I think, tried the "all fall down" signal. As I went down to the ground, several people around me jumped back to see if I was okay. Laughing, I got back to my feet, to see Fishman come around from the drum kit with his vacuum. I had heard about this, but this was my first experience with a vacuum solo. What fun! These guys are crazy! After a minute or two of some weird sounding notes from Fishman, Trey started back into "Possum." Fishman waved to us and went behind the kit to start playing. "Possum" was intense, and almost all I could handle. The place exploded as they left the stage, and we all stumbled out into the cool Virginia night.
About 3:00 in the morning, we arrived back at our school.. die hard phans! I know there is a tendency to gush about your first show, and I am following the norm. From other shows I have heard from that tour, Phish was really keeping the level of intensity up and the setlists were fairly dynamic. But for me, this show will always hold a special place in my heart. My younger sister was in Vermont visiting a friend, and I made her promise to go see Phish and Santana play. She went and had a great time, but that is another story.
Score: 4
DollarBill , attached to 1992-07-15 Permalink
DollarBill What a difference a day makes! Much better show, much better sounding recording, although there was a lot of monitor feedback all throughout the first and some of the second set.

Nice Glide to open up, even with the feedback. Right into a nice Oh Kee Pa and rocking Suzy. Foam was right on. Now the rust starts to show as the intro to My Friend was a disaster, but the song itself is great. Same with Pen, blown intro but, great song. Melt is great! Horse>Silent is getting better. After reading the soundcheck list, it shows they practiced. Chalkdust rips as usual but, again Trey pulls himself out of tune a little for Lizards. Antelope is huge with a great jam, great closer!

After a Rock Lobster tease we have a, kind of rare, Sloth to start second set. They show some rust spots again here and on Divided Sky. Good energy Sky though. Esther is also more rare now and pretty good tonight. My Sweet One rips, so does Stash, and actually so does McGrupp. In fact, the whole back end of this set rips pretty good. ATR is really fast. Hood has a blown intro that sounds really cool. Golgi is a great closer. Excellent set.

Possum features Fish for a vac solo and after about nine minutes into the file you can hear Trey say, "Sing it Mike, come on..." A very long Possum but a goody.

Great show tonight overall. A lot of big ripping songs. Huge set list.
Score: 2
Hose_jam , attached to 1992-07-15 Permalink
Hose_jam 4:00 Trey comes in with the opening riff, plays a nice melody to juxtapose the time signature of the jam.
5:30 Things start to get a little weird with Trey and Page playing some nice lines.
6:38 Buried alive tease from trey
7:00 Trey just hangs on a note with some serious sustain.Plays some nice lines with a lot of reverb.Serious energy being brought from the band from this point onward.
7:26 Trey brings it down and him, Page and Fishman immediately lock in for a walk up release.
7:44 Trey and Page have some nice interplay with Fishman rocking the splash.
8:00 Trey starts a chromatic walk up
8:18 Band hits their peak, one more measure till they drop.

Fantastic jam that really showcases Trey and Fishman. In the end it's a pretty standard Split from this tour(and year) which isn't a bad thing at all. The band hits the peak on point and takes it to the next level multiple times. Great stuff.
Score: 1
cab1024 , attached to 1992-07-15 Permalink
The show started with Glide: We're glad glad glad that you've arrived. (Or so I heard....)
We're glad glad glad glad glad glad glad glad glad glad that you're a glide.

I was shrooming my face off. It was my first show, and I DID NOT WANT THAT SONG TO END. And it didn't seem to for the longest time. But they would go on to play what became my core favorite phish songs for all time.

I saw it with my brother and a bunch of friends from college. Many of that group went on to see dozens and dozens of shows together over the next few years. But never saw them in a venue as small as Trax again.
Score: 1

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