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Link Saturday, 08/07/1993
Darien Lake Performing Arts Center, Darien Center, NY

Set 1: Llama, Bouncin'Bouncing Around the Room > Poor Heart > Stash[1] -> MakisupaMakisupa Policeman, Reba[2], Maze, Forbin'sColonel Forbin's Ascent > MockingbirdFly Famous Mockingbird[3] > Cavern

Set 2: 2001Also Sprach Zarathustra > Mike'sMike's Song[4] -> Kung -> Mike'sMike's Song > TMWSIYThe Man Who Stepped Into Yesterday > Avenu Malkenu > SlothThe Sloth, Sparkle, My FriendMy Friend, My Friend[5] > McGruppMcGrupp and the Watchful Hosemasters -> Purple Rain > HYHUHold Your Head Up, AntelopeRun Like an Antelope

Encore: Carolina, La Grange

[1] Unfinished.
[2] No whistling.
[3] Narration dealt with the "Roller Coaster of the Mind."
[4] Aw Fuck! and Oom Pa Pa signals.
[5] Beginning featured Trey on acoustic guitar.

Teases:
· Reba and Stairway to Heaven whistlings in Maze
· Paint It Black and Wilson teases in Fly Famous Mockingbird
· Purple Haze and Charge! teases in Cavern
· New York, New York and Also Sprach Zarathustra teases in Mike's Song
· Dave's Energy Guide tease in Stash

Noteworthy Jams: Llama, Stash, McGrupp and the Watchful Hosemasters (key version), Run Like an Antelope

Average Song Gap: 6.36

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

Notes: Stash was unfinished and included Dave's Energy Guide teases from Trey. Reba was performed without the whistling ending. To compensate, there was some whistling from Reba during the Maze opening. Maze contained a tease of Stairway to Heaven. The narration in Mockingbird dealt with the “Roller Coaster of the Mind” and contained a Paint It Black tease from Page and a Wilson tease from Trey. Cavern contained a Purple Haze tease from Trey. At the end of Cavern, Trey wished Happy Birthday to "Jim" and said it was Steph's birthday and said it would be funny if everybody who walked by the Greenpeace table gave her a hug. Page also teased "Charge!" while Trey was talking. Mike’s Song contained an Also Sprach Zarathustra tease from Trey, a New York, New York tease from Page, and Aw Fuck! and Oom Pa Pa signals. The beginning of My Friend featured Trey on acoustic guitar.

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

Songs by Debut Year:

This show was part of the "1993 Summer Tour."

oongowa , attached to 1993-08-07 Permalink
oongowa Story time…

It was the summer of 91 and my best friend Nate was spending the night at my house. We were staying up late into the night listening to music and talking about how much fun we were going to have at summer camp a few days from then. At one point Nate pulled out a tape that his older sister gave to him and said “you gotta listen to this band. They’re really weird. They play this song about cars and tires and jump on trampolines on stage and one of them plays a vacuum and they play all sorts of crazy music.” So Nate pops in the tape. The first thing I think is “WOW…this sounds like total shit.” I remember Nate telling me that it was a live show that someone recorded so it doesn’t sound too good. Looking back it was probably like a 10th generation tape. I don’t remember everything he played but I do remember him playing Contact for me and really liking it. The whole idea of songs lasting for 10 minutes and having all sorts of changes was totally new to me. I never heard anything like it…and I was intrigued. The next day we went into town (I grew up out in the boonies) to do some shopping for summer camp. Just so happens that there’s a record store in the plaza and Nate goes in and picks up Lawn Boy. I remember looking at the liner notes on the ride home and trying to figure out who the crazy cave man was holding the vacuum cleaner. I can’t tell you when we first listened to that tape, I’m sure it was later that day. What I can tell you is that during that week at summer camp we probably listened to that tape 1000 times. It never left the radio and we played it OVER and OVER. I clearly remember running down the path to the lake while blasting Antelope and just feeling SOO good. I was with my best friend, I was at an awesome summer camp and somehow I had a soundtrack to it all. This was the first time that music made me feel that way. Nate and I were the Antelopes and we were completely out of control.

Nate’s sister took him to The Riviera Theater on 5/8/92. He had so many stories to tell I could hardly believe that any of it was true. Phish seemed like the coolest band in the world after he told me all about the craziness that went on. I wish we would have gotten some more live shows from his sister but at the time we both agreed that they were simply too bad to listen to and what band plays songs live that aren’t on an album? We did manage to get our hands on Junta and somehow that kept us entertained until Darien Lake. As with everybody else at this age, this is the time that I was really getting into music and trying to figure out what I liked. Even though popular music generally sucks, I’d have to say that at this point in time it wasn’t all that bad. This was the grunge era so we had Pearl Jam, Sound Garden, Alice in Chains and Nirvana…who I got to see that November! I was also into all the classics… The Dead, Allman Brothers, Beatles, Zeppelin, Floyd etc, etc…all the classic high school bands. At the time I wasn’t a huge fan of the Dead but I did go to see them earlier in the summer at Rich Stadium on 6/13/93. This was my first BIG concert. I remember walking around the parking lot trying to find people that were listening to Phish. Only found two guys and they were quite a bit older than me so I didn’t say anything to them. It’s funny, at the time I thought that Phish was way better than the Dead and that there was some kind of war between Dead fans and Phish Fans. It was like you had to like one band or the other. I thought I was better than Dead fans even though I barely knew anything about Phish OR the Dead. Took me a long time to appreciate the Dead, guess I just got older and wiser.

SHOW DAY! There are a handful of very clear memories I have of this show, more that are kind of blurry and probably a few that by now are completely made up. At this point, my best friend Nate moved a “few towns over” so we were just going to try to meet up at the show later. I managed to get a few more friends into Phish at that point so there were four of us that got a ride to the show from my friends Dad. I remember how lame it was that we had to have my friends Dad drop us off considering that most of my friends had cars but there was nothing we could do about it. None of us had a way to get a car. A sister of one of the guys I went with was going to the show so were able to hang with her crew in the lot beforehand. I was just starting to get into polluting my mind with drugs and alcohol so we consumed just about everything we could get our hands on. We ate some pot brownies, smoked some pot, drank a few beers and split a bag of mushrooms between the four of use. Funny thing is, I didn’t really get that fucked up. The shrooms were either fake or spread too thin, the grass was not enough and horrible, the pot brownie was probably fake or again spread too thin between us and a two beer buzz lasts about 20min. I don’t think that anyone of us would admit that we weren’t fucked up though. It was probably for the best, who knows what would have happened to us if all that shit was as strong as we wanted it to be. So we wander around a bit and eventually start to make our way into the venue. Around this time the Darien Lake amphitheater was much smaller and a lot different looking than it does now. There was shelter over the stage but none over the seats in the front. There was still grass in the back but it was about half the size it is now, maybe even smaller than that. So we get in and head straight to the merch table. I think we ALL bought shirts and hats. Typical noobs. I still have my t-shirt and even wore it to the first 3.0 Darien show as a sort of anniversary for myself. I think that was the only time that I actually wore that shirt to the show. Anyway, we’re waiting in line and the band starts playing. All out panic ensues and we rush to get to our seats. We finally get up to the ticket people for the seats, my friends all get through and it turns out that I have a lawn ticket!!! I scream out my friend Pete’s name as he runs in. He turns around for a second and just kind of shrugs with a “I’m sorry” look on his face and disappears. So here I am, a little buzzed up, my first Phish show and I’m alone on the lawn. I found myself a good spot and enjoyed the first few songs as much as I could. While I’m standing there I hear someone scream out “BB!”…I know that voice, I turn around and there’s Nate standing there with a huge smile on his face. Fucking awesome. At that point I knew Lawn Boy and Junta and could you believe that they didn’t play ONE song off of Junta? Needless to say I was pretty lost the entire night. Also something to consider is the fact that the songs I actually did know didn’t sound anything like they did on the albums. I remember some older guys next to me that were clearly huge Phish fans dancing around, fist pumping, cheering and singing along to every song they played. I couldn’t believe they knew all these songs. The only other songs I knew that weren’t on Lawnboy were 2001, Purple Rain and La Grange. I wish I could remember what the hell I was thinking the entire night but I can look at that setlist and only imagine. I remember Nate and me laughing our asses off numerous times and looking at each other and shaking our heads in disbelief at how weird this was. After probably the weirdest hour of anything I’ve ever witnessed was about to end they start up Antelope. I don’t think we could have been any happier. We were once again transformed into antelopes out of control.

This was the start of it all. Who would have known how much time and money I would spend on this band over the next 19 years. I know that I would have found this band eventually but I’m so grateful that Nate’s sister got us into them so early. From this point on Phish was number one in my book. My friends that I went to the show with never got past the albums and if you asked them now they would probably say that Phish sucks. Nate and I caught a handful of shows together up through the end of 96, including the Clifford Ball where we both REALLY got “it” during the same set. He eventually moved up to Maine where I hit all the festivals up there with him and sometimes I can twist his arm to come down to SPAC or Great Woods. I honestly think I have him to thank for all of this, my first show buddy.
Score: 13
broomecountyforumite , attached to 1993-08-07 Permalink
broomecountyforumite I consumed *something* before this show, near the amusement park, which greatly affects my memory of this show! I remember "knowing, just knowing" they were going to open with Llama :0 My pals thought I was a wizard. I think I thought I was a wizard.
Like a a giant scooper in a barrel of Phish songs, I scooped up every song (pretty much) that I hadn't heard in concert yet. I remember jumping 9 feet in the air and hovering there when they started Forbin....(I doubt that really happened). I had been anxiously chasing Forbin, not to mention McGrupp and Kung. I remember Trey telling the story in Mockingbird from on top of a roller coaster. (I doubt that really happened).
What Fish did with the vacuum in Purple Rain made me convulse with laughter. I think I fell on the ground.
Now, 20 years after the fact, looking over this mega setlist, I kinda wish I had a clearer less-altered head. Times were changing for us....we had all just graduated high school...about to permanently scatter across the country for college and wider things. This was the last month of the last summer we would all be together.
In many ways, this show put a cap on an Era...an era I still look back on as the times of my life. It would never be like this again. But, oh what a Farewell show!
Score: 3
SlavePhan , attached to 1993-08-07 Permalink
SlavePhan THE GOOD: The band continued their hot streak of shows with this one. Not to be missed is the arabic-groove laden Stash in the first set that features a nearly perfect ending (if only Mike had just resolved things!) The 'roller coaster of the mind' Forbin is also a stand-out, with a wild, screeching narration describing an ascent in an amusement park ride. But really, the whole second set is freakishly good. Mike's has some wild 93-era hey-jamming, but then the band mellows into a distinct slow Irish jig of-sorts, which quiets and dissolves into Kung. Kung slams back into the ending of Mike's wonderfully. But the transition of the night goes to Avenu > Sloth, which is just too good to be true. My Friend is explosive, McGrupp is beautiful (with Fish on the washboard), and the quirky Antelope ends things on a high-note.

THE BAD: Like most of the mid-to-late summer of 1993, finding bad spots in a show is like trying to find black lining on a silver cloud. Even Sparkle sounds good in this one. The Irish-groove out of Mike's is definitely weird, though, so take that one with a grain of salt.

ETC: Listen to Trey introduce Mike as "Mik-hae-el" in both Poor Heart and Avenu Malkenu, a possible reference to his Jewish background. This is the first Stash, as far as I can tell, where the audience participation is clearly audible in an audience recording. Makisupa has the policeman telling Trey, "Please don't do that". If you want to hear some great banter, check out this Forbin. MFMF is unfinished and features a bunch of odd noodling before McGrupp.
Score: 1
EvilKingWilson9 , attached to 1993-08-07 Permalink
EvilKingWilson9 This was my first Phish show. After seeing the Grateful Dead quite a few times, I was slightly aprehensive with a megaphone-toting, trampoline-bouncing, secret language-having band from Vermont. My roots felt more down to Earth... This show was one of the foundation stones of who I am today. From a song about a turquoise mountain (and some subsatnce known as "blastoplast") to another about running like an antelope, out of control, I was completely mesmerized.
From seeing the Dead continually drift apart at this time, I was filled with joy to see a band like Phish, with such cohesion, have so much fun together. I have only had 3 TMWSIYs but each time I hear it, it brings me back to this day... this day that I decided was so perfect, i could never go to another Phish show again. So as not to have an opportunity to taint it. Three years later something really special happened in Plattsburg, New York: the true journey of my life began
Score: 1
pauly , attached to 1993-08-07 Permalink
pauly 8-7-93 Darien Lakes
:nice show:
Set started w/a rocking Llama a standard Bouncin' that jumped right into Poorheart.Stash was great w/a nice segue into Makisupa.
This Reba and Maze,was simply stunning.(nice combo). Forbins->Mockingbird,Cavern too close

SetII:What a Set'
2001>
Mikes had a wonderful Irish Diddy Jam,Kung and Mikes closing (w/Fish screaming adding some extra heat to the beat!)
TMWSIY>Avenu w/a nice segue into Sloth.My Friend,Mcgrupp->Purple Rain,and a fun Antelope to Close.
Score: 0

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