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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.

· 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 (highly recommended)

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: 4
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: 4
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: 2
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: 1
Bootney_Lee_Farnsworth , attached to 1995-10-24 Permalink
Bootney_Lee_Farnsworth Listening to this show on the eve of Alpine 2015 nearly 20 years after I attended it. This is quite possibly my favorite Phish show that I was ever at or at least I put it right up there with the Fall 97 shows.

For the second year in a row, Phish was playing a Fall Tour show in the city where I live! Got in and took some seats in the on Fishman's side (was on Ragin' Page's in 94) about 2 sections from the stage so we'd have a good view and good sound - never been a floor/pit guy and the wife is short, so she wants no part of you giants.

First set highlights were... well... everything, but of note were an interesting placement of Friend as the opener, Paul & Silas - a song I wish they'd still do, a BLISTERING Llama, MAZE (on right now as I type - JFC!!!), and a nice SOAM closer.

Not to diminish this stellar first set, but the second set took things to a whole 'nother level. The Julius opener was just what you want from that song with a huge build an release.

For me, the show's highlight was next with the best Theme I've heard. The build up and then when they launch into the jam was absolute ecstasy and the jam seemed to go on and on in waves of bliss. Still waiting to get another Theme that good.

The YEM was great and the vocal jam was as others have stated... creeptastic. PALUCIFER... PALUCIFER... PALUCIFER...

Rounding out things were a nice Sleeping Monkey complete with Fish standing on his stool for his acapella moment and a raging 95 era Antelope.

I know many got sick of the ADITL encore, but this version was tight and it was still early in the song's life cycle with Phish and I thought it was the perfect cap for a near perfect Phish show.
Score: 0
DaleCooper , attached to 1995-10-24 Permalink
DaleCooper My first show. What can I say that hasn't been mentioned? The Antelope is absolutely vintage mid-90s smoke and YEM literally had me frightened. It really was something special.

Ran into half my crew coming into the arena in one of the great Phish coincidences that we all know really well. Drove into together and parked and started the party immediately. I had miracle a ticket to my cousin and we headed in.

I remember the floor being relatively empty. In fact, and I may be misremembering this, I felt like the venue was only about half full. We got up to within 25 feet pretty easy and never had to worry about people pushing or bugging. Totally stress free.

First notes of My Friend strike and I was really glad that I knew the first song (I wasn't versed in the lexicon at all) and from them on it was simply trying to hold on.

The above mentioned songs I remember clearly. My most vivid memory was "I hope the drummer doesn't fall off his stool." (He was singing Sleeping Monkey). The Day IN the Life encore made me happy as well. Acoustic Army and Demand are a couple of tunes I love having in my stats.

This is pure '95 greatness. I am glad and fortunate that I got to experience it first hand.
Score: 0
phishyprod , attached to 1995-10-24 Permalink
Introduced to Phish in the Winter of 1994, this was my first show ever and 20 years later, I consider it one of the best I have seen after seeing quite a few.
Three of us drove from Milwaukee to the Dane Co. Coliseum and memories began in the lot, new friends were made...all that will be remembered forever.
MFMF opener instantly won me over and I was glued to the floor just 3 people back from the stage. I got lost in Maze as did many others.
The highlight for everyone remains Run Like an Antelope. Listening to is today, it gets dark and heavy then breaks out to greatness!
I live in Madison now and drive by the Coliseum often and am instantly transported back.
Thank you for all the years of joy!
Score: 0

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