Notes: This show marked the debut of Page’s theremin. Somewhere Over the Rainbow was played for the first time since July 3, 1994 (161 shows) and was performed solo by Page on the theremin in response to the huge rainbow that appeared over the venue just before the show started. Possum contained an Oom Pa Pa signal. Antelope included a tease of May The Force Be With You (The Force Theme from Star Wars).
Beautiful venue!! Nice way to start summer tour. This was the same venue they were supposed to play for my first show a year earlier. Ok show. I remember likeing the Runaway Jim and the Tweezer. Punch You In The Eye was a cool encore. The rainbow over the stage was beautiful... and trippy!!
There was a big Phish crowd in Park City the day before and we all just happen to meet up at the grocery store purchasing sundries and what not. We asked a couple of the locals where we could camp and they told us of this ridgeline up above town. So we had a big party and camped up above Park City with probably 30 people and 5-6 cars/tents. Bonfire, BBQ, beers, and buds. Grate stuff!
To be honest the WSP show the next year(6/28/97)at the same venue was much better. Low Spark of High Heeled Boys encore. Dave Grisman Quintet opened. Check it out.
Been meaning to get to this review a long time ago. I can hardly remember this show now being 15 years ago.
The scene was serene, and immediately sublime and keen.
I had never experienced so many smiling faces at a concert before. As this was my first I had my brain dosed with Phish for the 8 days leading up to it. Non-stop school across the country. So I had my early favorites. What is ironic is how your taste changes over time.
After this show I was a huge fan of Free and Caspian. Almost like the catchy pop hit that you can't get out of your head. Not even realizing that in my very first show I get a Theme and a Fluffhead and a Tweezer and Antelope in the same show. On paper this show should be considered epic. But frankly I remember Red Rocks in the proceeding days a lot better. And I was on more drugs at the time.
After a long European Tour They return to the states to a rainbow over the venue. Page plays "someWhere over the Rainbow" on his new theremin.
Ya MAr gets the boys vibin good. The crowd is very enthusiastic.
DWD!!! They are tight and ready . There's none of the ambient sort of lazy playing that peppered the europe tour.
This is a brilliant interpetation of one of their staple songs. Trey is in full flight throught. Fish and Mike are on a mission to groove your head off your shoulders. Mike drops a few teases like Carinin and another one that is an obvious standard that i can place now. But unlike the last DWD they played in Europe they are are all in full flight the whole jam. They don't leave the theme but trey's ideas are spraying out him.
Theme!! So we know they turn this song inside out in February. We know they played some decent versiond in Europe. And we know they are tight as hell. First note are Trey on top of the groove. Good sign!
He does go back to the pedals but its a rhythmic expression. Fish and Mike are so great Trey can do whatever. But what makes it all genius is that Page is following Trey note for note then Mike clearly drops an It's Ice baseline tease at the 5:40 or so mark!!! this Theme is worth the listen just for that!!! it worked perfectly.
TWEEZER ! If this were a week a go Trey probably when have been working those pedals. Here its him and his guitar listening to the band. Its a solid Tweezer. Trey brings it to a great, logical ending .
Possum!! Early on you can hear how much they are listening to each other. this jam is just a man and his guitar !! lol Trey has some great fun with his axe in the beginning.!!! This isn't Europe anymore!!!
Must listen POSSUM. Trey is just flooded with ideas. Fish continues his MVP status for the year. Mike gets his props for taking this jam into Type II territory . At one point you quickly forget what song they were playing then Trey brings it back to a loud and boisterous final flight.
Runaway Jim in America finally !! This opener is a Fish vehicle. It's good to hear the band in all their separate glory and not have trey going to the pedals early. This is him and his guitar vs the snare and cymbals. the end is pretty fun in that vein
This is a good example of how pretty the melody of this song is. Trey works it out in a myriad of ways here. entertaining .
Interesting Taste. Trey is content to throw out chords and let the guys play.
Free is free but it goes into Fluffhead!! which hadn't been played since December. The written part is played perfectly. Check it out gets a rouse out of the crowd . The jam is not crazy but it almost gets to type !! territory . The end flows into a nice Prince Caspian
The last Antelope they played, in germany was pretty sick compared to all the music they played in Europe. This is almost type II but still fun nonetheless.
A solid return home.