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Link Tuesday, 10/24/1995
Dane County Coliseum, Madison, WI

Soundcheck: Dog Log, Taste That Surrounds, Acoustic Army

Set 1: My FriendMy Friend, My Friend, Paul and Silas, Taste That Surrounds[1], Fee[2] -> Llama, HorseThe Horse > SilentSilent in the Morning, Demand > Maze, Wolfman'sWolfman's Brother, Acoustic Army, CaspianPrince Caspian, SOAMeltSplit Open and Melt

Set 2: Julius, ThemeTheme From the Bottom, Bouncin'Bouncing Around the Room, YEMYou Enjoy Myself -> Sleeping Monkey[3] > AntelopeRun Like an Antelope, Contact > Cavern

Encore: ADITLA Day in the Life

[1] Debut.
[2] Trey sang verses through megaphone.
[3] Started a cappella.

Teases:
· Ha Ha Ha quote in You Enjoy Myself

Noteworthy Jams: Fee, Julius, Theme From the Bottom, You Enjoy Myself (highly recommended), Run Like an Antelope (key version)

Average Song Gap: 8

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

Notes: Taste That Surrounds made its debut. Trey sang the verses of Fee through a megaphone. The YEM vocal jam included Ha Ha Ha quotes. Sleeping Monkey segued out of the YEM vocal jam and was started a cappella.

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

Songs by Debut Year:

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

XavierMudbottom , attached to 1995-10-24 Permalink
XavierMudbottom This was my first Phish show ever...with many more to come. To this point, I had been introduced to Rift in the summer of '94, and subsequently fleshed out the remainder of the discography. A close friend had also given me the tapes for 4/16/92 (still my standard of comparison for Forbin>Mockingbird), and 3/11/90 (Roll Like a Cantaloupe).

That said, I was largely unprepared for the experience that awaited me at the Dane County Coliseum that fateful Tuesday night. A group of about twelve of us had driven up to Madison from my hometown of Lake Geneva, WI (near Alpine Valley Music Theater). My girlfriend at the time was going to school in Madison (coolest town east of the Mississippi) but did not attend the show with me. We took care of a little pre-show partying at a friend's place, and then made our way to the coliseum. If memory serves, it was a GA show (or at least we treated it that way) and about six of us (who hadn't found our buddy 'Cid on the way in) sat in the first couple of rows in the center of the balcony. I remember lobbying for these seats as I wanted to be able to take in the whole scene.

I was stoked to hear an opener from Rift (still my favorite studio release). Paul and Silas was great fun, and Taste that Surrounds (was called Fog that Surrounds on the tapes at the time, and only later became known as Taste) was a pleasant surprise. I got to see a Fee through the megaphone, Silent was "our song" so I was pleased to hear it, and a rare Demand. Maze had me delighted that they were playing so much off of Rift. Acoustic Army?!?...what can't these guys do? SOAMelt to finish off a great set...and I was still trying to figure out what was going on.

From the second set my more vivid memories include Theme from the Bottom, Bouncin' (I wasn't yet jaded by the inclusion of this one), YEM's gorgeous lights by CK5 during the quiet interlude and a scary vocal jam (we were guessing it was a dry run for the upcoming Halloween in Chicago), Sleeping Monkey (which was on the 3/11/90 tape that I had), a sick Antelope, and Contact (which I used to play to introduce people to Phish as I drove way to fast on back roads, getting air in my Oldsmobile)...basically the whole set.

I walked out of that place a changed man. I was dedicated to catch as much of these guys as possible. I felt like I'd spent the last three hours in a church that was preaching something I could believe in...that if there was a higher power, it was being channeled through Phish.

It's no surprise that the show from Dane County Coliseum hooked me all those years ago...with the benefit of hindsight, I was treated to something very special: a show full of bust-outs, and even a debut.

My tape collection exploded. In '96 I got to see the boys at Alpine from about the twelfth row, and drove to Minneapolis for one show in the fall run...still my least favorite show, ever. But it convinced me that one show was not enough...that if I was going to ensure my being a witness to greatness, I would need to make an effort to see multiple shows whenever possible...I've seen 48 more shows since then (I never went on tour to sell drugs or grilled cheese), and am looking forward to four more this summer.
Score: 3
deceasedlavy , attached to 1995-10-24 Permalink
I kind of envy the guy who felt like this show was church. It was my first show too, but for me it felt like a cult meeting that I definitely was not a part of. Pretty much scared the shit out of this sheltered smalltown dork. I didn't get it. It would be years before I got it. I lost the people I came with for most of the second set, stone cold sober and the YEM vocal jam was like a satanic seance. I genuinely feared the people around me might suddenly attack me and tear my body to shreds. I felt like the only person in the room with no idea what fuck was going on. Opening to Antelope was so quiet I assumed everyone around me was just cheering for the fuck of it because there was no way they could possibly tell what song this was. The jam was so pulverizing I was just like 'what the hell kind of music is this? IS THIS even music?' I felt stunned and dizzy. Looking back it was certainly the greatest jam I ever witnessed It didn't dawn on me then but obviously it was pivotal, struck me much more deeply than I realized and was the genesis of what would eventually become a life obsession. Don't remember much after that except my car was rammed by what looked like a deer on the way back to Milwaukee. I suspected it was actually the Dane County Antelope.
Score: 2
BassPlayer , attached to 1995-10-24 Permalink
BassPlayer This YEM gets my vote for "Scariest YEM ever". Gotta love a My Friend opener and the Demand->Maze was a nice treat. Great Page solo in Maze as well. There is a section during Antelope where it feels like a galloping Antelope is controlling Dane County. Awesome energy!
Score: 1
theothr1 , attached to 1995-10-24 Permalink
theothr1 Seeeee?!?!?! the above review is EXACTLY what I was referring to in my twocentsworth for the following night's show in St Paul; ANY band that can musically scare the shit out of people will lure me in hook, line & sinker (eeewwwww, worst accidental pun, EVER!!!!)...funny; I say ANY band but Phish is, undoubtedly, the heavy-weight champeeeens at THAT
Score: 0

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