Broome County Arena, Binghamton, NY
Soundcheck: Strange Design, Free
Encore: Bold As Love
· Slipknot! tease in Tweezer
Noteworthy Jams: Foam (highly recommended), Split Open and Melt, Tweezer (highly recommended), Timber (Jerry) (highly recommended), Tweezer (highly recommended), Halley's Comet (highly recommended), NICU (highly recommended), Slave to the Traffic Light
Average Song Gap: 6.16
Notes: The jam into Timber included a Slipknot! tease. Bold As Love was played for a fan up front with a sign requesting it. A humorous scene ensued when another fan got excited, as if Trey was referring to his Brother sign. Trey remarked that when fans bring signs, it has to be for a song the band wants to play. This show was officially released as Live Phish 01.
Songs by Debut Year:
All I knew is that I was super excited and that I had wished some of my friends were allowed to go!
I remember strange ppl trying to sell me clothes, food and god knows what!! I stayed in that spot for 2hrs!
When my brother returned all all bright-eyed it was time to go in!!
I was really excited they opened with Suzy...it was one of the few songs I actually knew!
The show it'self was amazingly fun!! I was a dead sober 14 year old rocking out to one of the greatest phish performances ever and I didn't even know it!!
I sometimes wish I could go back in time to this show now that I'm a lil more experienced for this stuff and truely appreciate what kind of show it was... but then I think to myself that I loved it when it was happening already so why ruin a good thing!!
I can honestly say that it was one of my favorite shows, eventhough I didn't know how special the Keyboard Army was, how rare a Suzy opener is (havent seen one since), how rare Taste that surrounds is!!, and how sick the show really was!!
Tweezer into Timber back into Tweezer!! amazing!!
Bold as Love encore!! yes please!!
Just a beautiful memory for an amazing show!! Great 1st show!!
Trey talked about the Carlos Santana wisdom that they are the hose and the music is the water that flows out to the audience, the flowers. The interview seemed like it lasted an hour but must have been about 10 minutes. I was captivated.
With that, I caught my first show that night!
Oh yeah, Bacon.
They're talking about the riff that starts at 5:35 on the Blues for Allah Help/Slip that commonly signaled the end of the jam.
It starts around 7:41 on my Tweezer from Live Phish 01.
Set I is rock solid for song placement and flow. I love this version of Foam, and the prog sections of the songs in general are played well here. The only Type II action comes from SOAM, which excluding its ending silent jam, is fairly typical for the period.
Set II, however, has the best flow of any set in my mind, and is nearly seamless from Curtain to Slave. Even the pause between Keyboard and Halley's is less than a second. I don't know whether the setlist was planned, but either way, the flow works perfectly. Each "->" is earned.
And those jams. No less than 5 separate Type II excursions, many with multiple distinct sections. Timber, Halley's and NICU all have Hose in spades, with the band creating chord changes and variations on themes. Halley's first jam (you know the lick I'm referencing) is one of my all-time favorites. The reprise (and subsequent variation) of Halley's second jam in NICU is downright sublime. Surprisingly, no jam lasts very long, and the inspiration is seemingly right at their fingertips without requiring any percolation periods. While not Type II, this version of Slave is amazing, with Trey laser-honed in building his solo. Axis caps things off wonderfully, and I'm sure sent everyone home happy.
I typically read reviews to see if a show is worth my time. To you, I say plop down your money and get the soundboard of this. To the rest of us, I'm just preaching to the choir. You can run down a long list of superlatives when describing the second set. No collection can be considered serious without it.
A classic month for Phish only a few weeks away from the epic 12/31/95 show, this one proves that even in a shorter time span, Phish can master just about anything. There is no YEM, no Mike's Groove. Just everything they are touching is rocked out, played tightly and seemingly able to go anywhere. Amazing, amazing stuff.