CSU Convocation Center, Cleveland, OH
Soundcheck: Poor Heart (slow)
 Brady Bunch theme tease.
 Phish debut.
Notes: Good Times Bad Times was dedicated to “the man in the dragon pants,” a.k.a. Jimmy Page. Antelope included a Brady Bunch theme tease. The encore, which included the first ever Phish performance of Come Together, was played in remembrance of John Lennon’s death on December 8, 1980.
This show was part of the "1995 Fall Tour."
But the Tweezer is really where it's at. I love Mike's sustained high-pitched singing over the groove during the verses. This thing really feels too funky to be Dec '95. I know they really had the "permagroove" thing going on that Fall, but this is..well, just beyond good! They bring it way down during the middle of the jam, and the sound of Trey's unaccompanied soloing (or, punctuatedly accompanied soloing) echoing around the hall is pretty cool to hear on these FOBs. Then they really start to wail again. It takes the rest of the boys a minute or to to ratchet up their steam to Trey's level, but when they all reach the peak and then tear into the last 4 1/2 mins of this jam, there's no doubt that this Tweezer is a (typically awesome) true Dec '95 rager!!! There's a hint (not quite a tease) of "Sunshine of your Love" toward the end of this, too. It almost sounds like it could wind down into a YEM vocal jam...they toy with some of the sparse jamming that was maybe more prevalent on the Fall '94 tour, and then all merge into a nice ebb & flow jam...and Trey's leslie brings us back in for a landing. Great Tweezer overall, but my favorite parts were probably more toward the beginning.
But wait! It's Kung!
Yeah, I'm pretty sure this is the first time I'm hearing this. I can't believe I spoke to soon. This mysterious & almost creepy Kung is probably the most a-typical I've ever heard (now that's saying something). Mid-Eastern harmonies from Fishman, sounds like. Then the Tweezer just rages face for another 4 mins. Fishman is screaming (always a good sign) while Trey is wailing to conjure the demonic powers of Cleveland. Short jam after Kung, but firey & intense. And I, for one, have always appreciated the sloooow old school wind down like this one has. This is one of the longest. Nice.
Go listen to this show. Then all of Dec '95. Right now.