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Link Monday, 06/26/1995
Saratoga Performing Arts Center, Saratoga Springs, NY

Soundcheck: Time Loves A Hero > Dog Log/Time Loves A Hero mashup, Nellie Kane, Santana Instrumental, Rocky Mountain Way

Set 1: My FriendMy Friend, My Friend, Don't You Want To Go?, GinBathtub Gin, NICU > SlothThe Sloth, MMGAMOIOMy Mind's Got a Mind of its Own, It's Ice > Dog Faced Boy > Tela > Possum

Set 2: DwDDown with Disease[1] -> Free > Poor Heart > YEMYou Enjoy Myself, Strange Design > AntelopeRun Like an Antelope

Encore: Sleeping Monkey > Rocky Top

[1] Unfinished.

Teases:
· Heartbreaker tease in Possum
· Immigrant Song tease in You Enjoy Myself
· Pomp and Circumstance March No. 1 tease in My Friend, My Friend
· Long Tall Glasses tease & quote in Bathtub Gin

Noteworthy Jams: Down with Disease (highly recommended), Free (highly recommended), You Enjoy Myself (highly recommended), Run Like an Antelope

Average Song Gap: 8.11

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

Notes: My Friend started with a Pomp and Circumstance March No. 1 tease from Trey. Trey teased and quoted Long Tall Glasses in Bathtub Gin. Possum contained a Heartbreaker tease and YEM contained Immigrant Song teases from Trey. Down with Disease was unfinished.

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

Songs by Debut Year:

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

oongowa , attached to 1995-06-26 Permalink
oongowa Ah, the memories. I was 18 years old and fresh out of High School. Bring on the party! For some stupid reason my parents let me and my two friends borrow the car and drive it across the state to see this show. My best friend Nate and Craig were with me. Nate is the guy that I have to thank for getting me into Phish in the first place....but that my friends is another story!

Having seen the "Fleezer" show a few days earlier my mind was still recovering and in a fragile state. This was only my sixth show so there were still a lot of surprises and songs that I've never heard before on tape or live. I believe I heard my first Tela and Sloth but I know it was the first time I ever heard Free, Strange Design and Sleeping Monkey. The DWD is simply awesome. So weird and all over the place. Amazing raw improv. I was SOOO lost during this song that I was certain that Phish were aliens and that I was now dead and I was going to spend the rest of my life within this confusion and lights. The Free saved me. This was the first time that I heard that riff. Instantly fucking loved that song. INSTANTLY. I wish I had a video of my face during those first lines of Free, I probably had tears running down it. Soon after the bliss I was again launched into fright and amazement by the mind-fuck that followed. Poor Heart brought me back to reality but I was again off into the stratosphere during YEM and Strange Design. I remember really liking Strange Design and thinking how fucking weird of a song it was. Trippy shit! I also remember the lights really well during the song. It was a Strange Design indeed and of course it blew my mind a litte further. I've seen Antelope more times than any other song and I never get sick of it. I can only imagine how excited I was to hear Antelope this night. At this point in my Phish career I was still hearing songs I've never heard before and the ones I did know where always such a treat to hear. I was still figuring out the how, why and what and didn't fully "get it" until a few shows later.

I remember after the show talking to an older Phish guy (he was probably in his late 20's...OLD) who was doing the whole tour. He told us about Free and Strange Design. I remember telling him how much we all loved Free and how fucked up the DWD and Free were.
At one point he stopped and looked at us with his knowing and knowledgeable face and said
"You guys totally got your minds blown tonight didn't you?" Yes sir. Yes we did.

After the show the cops drove around to us like 5 times and asked us to leave. We kept yelling at them "just eatin' and leavin'!". It was extremely funny at the time. Eventually they got out of their cars and, started grabbing all our shit and started packing it up for us. Again, it was REALLY funny. Can't see how they allowed me to drive out of there. Being 18 and not able to make any long term plans, we ended sleeping in some farmers field outside of town. I had a towel for a blanket and no pillow but everything was SO right with the world at that point. What a night.

BB

Jibboo Crew
JSW#1
Score: 7
Glasshole , attached to 1995-06-26 Permalink
Glasshole I really wish this was a better review of my first Phish show ever. I was young (16) and broke. Not even sure how I bought the ticket. I caught a ride with my friend who had to referee a soccer game prior to the show. His mom drove us to the game and then dropped us at the show in a VW Vanagon. I dont remember not one note of music, or even seeing a ray of light during the show - this depresses me! I know my friend dave was dancing like crazy and he had probably never heard a note of Phish's music before that night. Looking back at the setlist, I'd give anything to actually know what was going on and listen to how they played those songs, many of which are now my favorites. It's been 19 years to the day since that show. Time flies when you're having phun. Sidenote: After the show I was waiting for my crew near the front gate. Standing next to me was this super cute hippie chick with a respectable amount of armpit hair holding a sign that said "Dayton". She turned to me and said, "Can I have a ride to Ohio?" All I could think to say is, "Baby, If I was going to Ohio, I would bring you! But I live about 20 minutes down the road." She understood and continued on her crusade. I went home and went to bed.
Score: 2
Palmer , attached to 1995-06-26 Permalink
Palmer First I have to say how much I love the venue, I grew up 15 miles from the venue and the sound coming from the venue when you approach the SPAC bridge is unheard of, a solid venue for all music, and when Phish is in the local vicinity Vermont and Eastern New York packs the venue.
SET ONE- My Friend My Friend opened the show, good opener always a solid version from Rift, only done better when it's live. Next came Do you want to go, i was unfamilar with this one. Gin > NICU, The Sloth and Mind got a mind of its own is nothing short of amazing. It's Ice, another Rift live gem with Page playing the keys and singing his heart out, i love this.
Dog faced boy > Tela, Possum, Another example of Phish in the mid 90's. Solid Set, Solid energy and a solid show well on it's way.
SET TWO- Disease, Free, Poor Heart, got to love the power, the energy and the bluegrass mixed up in set 2. YEM came with arms flashing and feet kicking, Spac became stuck in the middle of a long extended jam and it continued and continued, into Page singing Strange Design, calming the energy and allowing the show closer to be
Antelope. Wow A YEM which could melt iron and an Antelope which seemed to zip through the venue like a bullet. What a show.
ENCORE- I'm guessing Julius, nope Fishman came out on the table with Sleeping Monkey which is a solid ballad if i had heard one, then Rocky Top, I swear to God Gordon loves this tune as much as the crowd that was feeling the blue grass treat.
SPAC is awesome, good times and great tunes.
Score: 0

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