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Link Thursday, 06/22/1995
Finger Lakes Performing Arts Center, Canandaigua, NY

Soundcheck: Funky Bitch, Ginseng Sullivan, Dog Log, Shaggy Dog > Jam, Acoustic Army

Set 1: SampleSample in a Jar, SOAMuleScent of a Mule, Ha Ha Ha > DividedDivided Sky, GuelahGuelah Papyrus, It's Ice, Strange Design, Maze, Cavern, Sweet Adeline

Set 2: ThemeTheme From the Bottom -> Jam -> Tweezer[1] -> TweepriseTweezer Reprise

Encore: Acoustic Army, WMGGWWhile My Guitar Gently Weeps

[1] Fish on vacuum.

Teases:
· Dave's Energy Guide tease in Maze
· My Generation and Rift jams in Tweezer

Noteworthy Jams: Theme From the Bottom, Jam, Tweezer (highly recommended), Tweezer Reprise (highly recommended)

Average Song Gap: 5.63

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

Notes: Maze included a brief Dave’s Energy Guide tease. This 40-minute Tweezer, which is known as “The Fleezer,” contained a My Generation jam, Rift teases from Mike, and, at one point, a Fish vacuum accompaniment. In the soundcheck, Funky Bitch was performed as the blues version and Dog Log ended with the AC/DC Bag intro.

Song Distribution:
4 A Picture of Nectar
3 Stash
2 Hoist
2 Rift
1 Billy Breathes
1 Junta
1 The White Tape

Songs by Debut Year:

This show was part of the "1995 Summer Tour."

JARdale , attached to 1995-06-22 Permalink
I took a buddy of mine to this show after hyping Phish to him for over a year. It was his first show and it was brutal. The 1st set was average at best and the second set was a huge WTF!?!?!?! I don't know what their deal was but this was not a typical show for Phish during this period. There were some cool moments but over all I walked out seriously confused compared to what I had seen them do the previous two years. My buddy didn't give up and eventually became a fan but this show did not help. I was not a fan (of this show) but I know some people that think this show is one of the greatest ever. Just goes to show....... to each his/her own.
Score: 5
Penn42 , attached to 1995-06-22 Permalink
Penn42 If it were up to me there wouldn't any of this "-> Jam ->" nonsense between Theme From the Bottom and Tweezer. Those five minutes are without question a post-jam out of Theme. My second set setlist for this show would read "Theme From the Bottom -> Tweezer -> Tweezer Reprise" making this, to my knowledge, the shortest (in song count) full length (in time) Phish set out there.

Is the hour of music contained within the second set a successful outing for the Phish from Vermont? I can't really say. On one hand: HOLY SHIT! 20 minute Theme?!? 45 minute Tweezer -> Tweezer Reprise?! On the other hand: What?... With the benefit of hindsight, this is a really interesting set to listen to. It shows a band that had reached a point where they could comfortably do pretty much whatever they wanted on stage and get away with it. Including, but not limited to, only playing three songs and jamming two of them out for way longer than normal.

I'd call Theme From the Bottom proper mediocre at best, but the post jam and segue into Tweezer (Fishman mistakes notwithstanding) are really nice. This monster Tweezer, just like the Mud Island version, has lots to love, and lots to... feel otherwise about. Personally, I didn't *hate* any of it, but it wasn't a full 40 minutes of mind = blown. My favorite portion is right after the My Generation jam and the subsequent build into the vacuum jam/chaos. (I don't like the My Generation jam at all, though. It's just awkward.) Had they segued into Rift when Fish then Mike fell into that groove, I'd have been a happy camper. It's not even that I dislike the jamming after Rift fails to catch, I just didn't need any more at that point and Fish and Mike really had it grooving.

However, all of that said, had I witnessed this in person, I don't think I would have responded particularly well. Nobody goes to Phish shows to see four guys go on stage and wank for an hour. Because, if these long excursions are anything, they're self-indulgent. I think their ability and rate of success when it comes to these XXXL jams increased tremendously with time (Cypress Rock and Roll, IT Ghost, and IT 46 Days immediately come to mind), but at this point, they just weren't something I'd necessarily want to witness. Of course, as I said earlier, it is fun to listen back from our current vantage point and be able to hear these anomalies within Phish-lore.

But what are my words worth? Now that this set has been released as filler on the Blossom '95 archival release, you no longer have an excuse for having not heard it. Take a listen and decide for yourself! At the very least it will be a pretty wild ride!
Score: 4
Riosan , attached to 1995-06-22 Permalink
Riosan Although I wasn't at this show, the 4-song set II and the 40 minute Tweezer -> Tweezer Reprise intrigued me. After all, this was still only '95 and 4-song sets weren't common yet.

Set I was alright, but nothing special. Mule at points seemed like a train ready to derail but was still enjoyable. Ha Ha Ha > Divided Sky is an interesting choice. After It's Ice (which sounds like it features a vacuum solo), Strange Design is a great way to let off steam, and a raging Maze turns it right back up to 11. Cavern and Sweet Adeline were played and sung great, as always. A great first set and a solid 8/10, but there's nothing that really stands out.

Set II is obviously the main attraction here. Theme from the Bottom is solid as well, and evolves into a small interesting little jam until Trey takes us into Tweezer. Let's break down this 40 minute behemoth.

The opening composed segment of Tweezer almost seems like it's going to fall off and derail at any point as well. Fishman can never seem to be right on target, and (in my copy at least), there are way too many annoying push/pulls in the rhythm. Around 5 minutes in, Trey screams for "NEEZA! EBENEEZA!" Page side is most definitely rage side until Trey breaks into some heavy Zeppelin-esque riffs around 12 minutes in. This escalates into a solid type II jam for a little while until...

It starts getting a little weird with a bluegrass-y jam on the Who's My Generation around the 20 minute mark. Trey sings as Page just hammers the keyboard until it begs for mercy. Immediately after they finish jamming My Generation, they slow the tempo down a lot and go into more type II jamming. Fishman has some great echo-y hi-hat rolls as Trey and Mike lead this part of the jam. Around 29 minutes, they go into some scary, dark, effects-laden jamming accompanied by screaming from what sounds like Mike and Fishman. Trey and Page go crazy with effects - sounds like air horns and raid sirens going off. Fishman just hammers the ride cymbal and toms and at one point, someone begins to play the vacuum.

Around 35 minutes, Trey and Page begin to form actual notes and melodies again. Page and Mike lead a small jam here, with Fishman accompanying them with tasteful work on the hi-hat and wood block. Around 38 minutes, Trey comes back in and lightly jams with Page. The finale of this epic Tweezer finishes with Fish playing a weird rhythm and gradually slowing into...

Tweezer Reprise to roaring applause. Fishman is bouncing off the walls and begins playing even before Page and Mike come in. He exits and waits for Mike's bass bombs, and comes right back in. Right before the final "step into the freezer"s, Fishman plays some great triplet snare rolls.

This encore is the only thing to me that holds this concert back from being one of the all time greats of 95. After the massive Tweezer and energy of Tweeprise, where do they go from here? Unfortunately, they blow it with Acoustic Army, and it's met with screaming and lots of shushing from the crowd. At one point, they begin clapping along and I even think I heard a firecracker? While My Guitar Gently Weeps comes afterwards, and while another good song, what were they thinking? They killed all the energy from set II!

Final thoughts: Set I was solid but doesn't really stand out. Set II features the incredible 40-minute Tweezer into a screaming Tweezer Reprise. Everyone should seek out set II, but the encore ruins any energy that was still left over. 8/10.
Score: 3
nichobert , attached to 1995-06-22 Permalink
nichobert Super weird that people think of this as the band "giving the finger",

This show was advertised as "Space Jam", no? I can't find the flier / poster now.. But it's out there somewhere.

This Tweezer isn't as held together as Bozeman, Tahoe or Mesa, or even Jones Beach or Mud Island. But it's a lot more listenable than Bangor, which they released on their career defining A Live One. Not to mention a few dozen other jams that were actively confrontational in their off kilterness.

Think of it more like Phish are fans of free jazz, psychedelic rock and the ambient stylings of Brian Eno and Aphex Twin.

I'm guessing that in Phish's minds, they were giving you a great gift. If it was my first show, maybe I'd be turned off. But if I knew the deal I'd have been ecstatic to see a show where Phish was comfortable enough to get this knotty and weird. Certainly more happy than seeing 10 songs that differ from previous versions solely in how well they were executed.

Bozeman is the Forever King of experimental Tweezers, but the June 95 versions are no slouch. This is just what they were doing with the song at the time. The first 6 Tweezers of summer tour add up to nearly 3 hours of music. In today's era, you'd be familiar with Mud Island and Salt Lake City. In 1995? You might not have even heard Bozeman and Bangor and Mesa and MSG yet, and your vision of a weird Tweezer might be confined to Bomb Factory and Big Birch from earlier in 94, possibly even stretching it all the way back to Louisville 93!

Did someone say there's a board of this show? That should be interesting!

C+ average great first set.
A+ thank you for trusting us Phish 2nd set.
Score: 2
lizardneck , attached to 1995-06-22 Permalink
lizardneck Wow.....just wow.....can we NEVER be happy? "they didn't jam this enough"...or "Trey ripcorded that"...or "07/27/14 was ok but there were no jams"...This is a three song EPIC second set, and STILL we find a way to bitch about it. We are the most ego killing fan base ever, lol we are so bad that it's comical! I have to admit I do love the irony of it all...it's like never missing a Sunday dinner with your parents, " yeah mom the chicken was good.....buuuuut I wish it was ham." (next week) "Yes ham! But what happened to the chicken?" lol
Score: 2
MrJones , attached to 1995-06-22 Permalink
MrJones My first show and a weird show taboot.

Of course the reason for giving this show a listen is the second set Tweezer (FLeezer). A bit spaced out a times but good fun.

That being said the first set has a great feel to it. It is almost as if while listening to the first set it becomes obvious that the second set is going to be strange. A classic ScentOAM and a great It's Ice.

If you listen to the recording at a couple times you can hear people yelling to "play another song!" during the second set. Kinda funny.

If I recall correctly it was a beautiful evening in Canandaingua. The line of traffic for this show stretched far from the venue all the way of the main street in town. Kinda shut the town down for the evening.

After this show, the rumor goes anyway, Canandaigua said that Phish would never be allowed back. And this was the last time they played at this venue until 2010. Oddly enough almost 15 years to the day (they returned on 6/29/2010).

Absolutely worth a listen.
Score: 1
DriedupGoliath , attached to 1995-06-22 Permalink
DriedupGoliath Pretty weird show. This second set is notable as being the set with the least amount of songs in it in Phishtory (Barely three..if you count Tweezer and Reprise as separate songs). The Theme From the Bottom is not actually that great in light of other versions of the song. The 5 minute jam bridging it and Tweezer is pretty cool. The Tweezer itself is a MONSTER, with some very engaging parts and some bullshit parts. The funky rock and roll jam through the weird My Generation jam is all pretty fantastic music, but the spacey chaotic jam after that is pretty boring to me. It just doesn't sound like music. Fortunately, the Page and Mike led jam back into the Reprise is pretty beautiful.
Score: 0
iriesdad , attached to 1995-06-22 Permalink
This was an epic show. The music transported us to places my boys and I had never gone before. The Ebeneezer was mind blowing. The took it so far out that when they brought it back we were floored. While my guitar gently weeps and acoustic army kicked ass also. It goes without saying that ya had to be there....lol
Score: 0
broomecountyforumite , attached to 1995-06-22 Permalink
broomecountyforumite I'd have to echo what was said above: about the 1st Set being "average at best" and the 2nd Set being a huge "WTF?" My feelings exactly.
I have not heard this show since I was there.
But I hope we're allowed to be critical, in a peaceful and constructive manner, about the band we all obviously LOVE on this site. I'm not trying to be a drag, offensive or a bummer but.....
After 14 shows, this one left me actually hurt. I mean, my feelings were so hurt after this show that I have not seen Phish since. (Now, that may change Summer '13! I'll admit right here: the boys are back :) ) But, back to '95......
Personally, I felt the band was giving us the finger, musically, in the 2nd Set. They had an hour + to give us the Phish I had grown to LOVE....instead, they gave us nonsense. I only remember it being tedious, sheer chaos. I am not, again, trying to offend those of you who are fans of this show. To each their own, you know?
Did the band do some serious *partying* backstage? That's what it seemed like. I had never, EVER heard Fishman's tempo waver, but at the start of Tweezer, he was pullin and pushing so much...I had no idea if it was intentional, for some reason, or if the guys just had "one too many" of....something.
And that's just it...was this intentional musical experimentation that went awry? Or....was it a band just too inebriated to even play? Honestly, I don't know. Maybe no one does, but thank goodness, these days are gone and I've had 18 years to lick my wounds, and fall back in love with the band.
Let's hope for a killer '13 :)
Score: 0
iriesdad , attached to 1995-06-22 Permalink
Broome: Sorry to hear daguia caused you to get off the bus. You've missed a hell of a lot of getting down and dirty, but you can always hop back on. We won't judge you; unless you want us to.
Score: 0
iriesdad , attached to 1995-06-22 Permalink
Does anybody who went to this show know a dude named Scooby-Doo (or at least he had a Scooby-Doo shirt on that night)?
Score: 0
theothr1 , attached to 1995-06-22 Permalink
theothr1 having been to a handful of shows with song "lite" second sets and 30+ min jams over the years, it's easy to follow the progression from individual and/or group wankery to full-on serious, musically ground-breaking, GROUP-mind improvisation (and, yes, there is a HUUUUGE difference between the two)...though, sometimes, these earlier long excursions (ie: the 11/26 & 12/29/94 Bowie, many Tweezers from the fall of '94 thru summer '95, etc...) hit the bulls-eye....i will say that, NO MATTER WHAT, any epic jam aPhishianado will find SOMETHING to like in each and every one
Score: 0
bmrobin , attached to 1995-06-22 Permalink
bmrobin let me start by saying that i was not in attendance, so this will seem biased.

i have listened to this 2nd set many, many times and i actually do enjoy it. sure i may zone out during the 29-35min marks during the 'noise' section of the Tweezer, but overall i do enjoy listening to this set. knowing my affection for this set NOW, i can say it would have been cool to see it live.

i CANNOT justly say that i would have enjoyed being present hearing it live and for the first time. especially if this would have been the only show i saw during the tour.

just my thoughts....
Score: 0
VLooch , attached to 1995-06-22 Permalink
Sorry but I was not happy about attending this show and was very confused that night. I actually concluded that possibly the band was getting tired of the larger/more out of tune audiences and were trying to stifle their growing popularity (which I would have liked at the time as I "grew up" on smaller theater Phish shows).
I will always be a greater phan on the shorter jams that have one long dynamic build. This show seemed more like attending one of their practice sessions.
Score: 0

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