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Link Monday, 11/23/1992
Broome County Forum, Binghamton, NY

Set 1: Runaway Jim, Foam, Glide, SOAMeltSplit Open and Melt, Rift, GuelahGuelah Papyrus, DividedDivided Sky, Mound, Bouncin'Bouncing Around the Room, Memories[1], BowieDavid Bowie -> Vibration of LifeThe Vibration of Life[2] -> BowieDavid Bowie[3]

Set 2: Poor Heart > Stash, CoilThe Squirming Coil, I Walk the Line, Llama, Weigh > Mike'sMike's Song > HydrogenI Am Hydrogen > WeekapaugWeekapaug Groove[4] -> BBJBig Ball Jam -> WeekapaugWeekapaug Groove, HYHUHold Your Head Up > Lengthwise[5] > HYHUHold Your Head Up, Cavern

Encore: Sleeping Monkey > Rocky Top

[1] Without microphones.
[2] Debut.
[3] Simpsons and Oom Pa Pa signals.
[4] Hints of Makisupa Policeman.
[5] Mimi Fishman on vacuum.

Teases:
· Makisupa Policeman tease in Weekapaug Groove

Average Song Gap: 4.62

Performers: Trey Anastasio, Page McConnell, Jon Fishman, Mike Gordon, Mimi Fishman (Guest)

Notes: During the break in Guelah, Trey explained the concept of the Big Ball Jam to the crowd. Memories was performed without microphones. Bowie featured the debut of the Vibration of Life and contained Simpsons and Oom Pa Pa signals. The jam before the Big Ball Jam included hints of Makisupa. Lengthwise featured Mimi Fishman on vacuum and some funny stage banter.

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

Songs by Debut Year:

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

soundboy1 , attached to 1992-11-23 Permalink
soundboy1 Best show of my first year of Phish. The vibe was crazy. Every single person there was on the EL train. The venue was a tiny little place with old lady ushers. It was more like an old movie theater than a performance space. They didn't rip tickets so EVERYONE got in. Even that old dude who used to sell the fake acid. I'm sure anyone from the east coast in this era remembers him and his crew... Sketchball for sure. So this show I actually remember the music. I loved it because it was my first Mike's Song Mound and Weigh... I was a kid and not very critical at that time so for me song selection ruled the day. That would change later but at this time I was just into the songs they played and the signals and just the general oddity of it all... Mimi being there was great. I actually spoke with her outside for a little bit. She was definitely an old hippie... She got it.
Score: 2
DollarBill , attached to 1992-11-23 Permalink
DollarBill Fifth show on Fall tour. This one's not quite as hot as last night's show as far as playing. The stage banter is all over the place. Kind of a Mike show tonight. Not a bad recording but, not crystal clear either.

Good Jim to start off with while getting settled in. Foam is pretty normal as is Glide. No real problems. Melt is a nice jam and dynamic. Haven't heard this one in a while. Rift was ok except Trey blows the end a little. Not quite locked in yet. Guelah is good and contained announcements from Trey for some reason before the Fly. Page is called the referee in reference to his new striped shirt. Divided Sky is good. A rare Mound comes out tonight. Not bad. Bouncing is the usual. Memories is hard to hear with the shushing, and sounds like they misfired and had to start over. You can hear the crowd tease Carolina again too. Trey also gives sound advice in the Bowie intro for some reason. Tired of people telling them to turn up Mike? The very first Vibration of Life is also attempted during the Bowie intro. "Did it work?" Trey asks. Bowie itself was not bad. A little disjointed at the end. Ok first set overall.

Poor Heart is kind of a strange opener tonight for second set although well played. Stash has got some problems tonight even with Fish's part. Not sure what the deal was but, they all had their moments in this one. Coil continued to be a bit rough from Mike. Not bad overall. This might be part of the joke as another Walk the Line shows up. I still don't get it. It's a fun gimmick but, doesn't do much for me. Llama rips as usual. Woo Hoo! Another new Mike song as Weigh make an appearance too. Pretty good considering they hardly ever play it. Very dynamic also. Mike's Song is pretty good. Hydro has it's usual problems. Weekapaug is hard to judge because of the Big Ball Jam in the middle. Not bad, I guess. Very funny stage banter, a sing along on Lengthwise and a Q and A segment with Fish and his mom. I think the best part was when she answered; "He dressed practically like he does now." Funny stuff. Cavern is a good closer. Mediocre set.

Quiet Monkey to start off with and Fish gets a second chance at his vocal solo too. Not bad. Rocky Top is disjointed but, still rocks to send everyone home happy.

Strange show. Just kind of average for me, even with the funny stage banter.
Score: 1
WeatherReport , attached to 1992-11-23 Permalink
WeatherReport This was the third show on the "mini tour" my friends and I went on in 1992. This show and Ithaca show were definitely the best of the four shows I saw on this tour. The above reviewer was right on about the EL thing, it was a crazy scene in that old theater. The place was beautiful, with great acoustics to boot. The second set was one of the best I've ever seen, crackling with energy. Even the version of Lenghtwise with Mimi Fishman on vacuum was strangely entertaining at the time. The first set was also really good, with the weird sound experiment "Vibration Of Life" being particularly amusing, considering the general state of mind of most audience members. After the show the parking lot scene was fun for a few hours, then everyone headed for home. My friends had decided earlier not to continue on to the next show in PA. I wasn't too thrilled with this, so I went and bought a ticket for the 12-13-92 show at Le Spectrum in Montreal as soon as I got home.
Score: 0

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