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Link Sunday, 08/04/1996
Red Rocks Amphitheatre, Morrison, CO

Soundcheck: Character Zero, Poor Heart (half speed), Caravan, Jam

Set 1: CDTChalk Dust Torture, Funky Bitch, Guyute, Fee[1] > SOAMeltSplit Open and Melt, MangoThe Mango Song, SlothThe Sloth, Maze, Loving Cup

Set 2: BagAC/DC Bag > Reba[2], SOAMuleScent of a Mule, SampleSample in a Jar > BowieDavid Bowie, Sweet Adeline, SlaveSlave to the Traffic Light

Encore: Theme from Star Trek[3], Rocky Top

[1] Trey sang verses through megaphone.
[2] No whistling.
[3] Phish debut; performed solo by Page on theremin.

Noteworthy Jams: Scent of a Mule

Average Song Gap: 7.71

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

Notes: Trey sang the verses of Fee through a megaphone. Reba did not have the whistling ending. The Theme from Star Trek made its Phish debut at this show and was performed by Page solo on the theremin.

Song Distribution:
4 Stash
2 Hoist
2 A Picture of Nectar
2 Lawn Boy
2 Junta
2 The Man Who Stepped into Yesterday
2 The White Tape
1 The Story of the Ghost
1 Rift

Songs by Debut Year:

This show was part of the "1996 Summer U.S. Tour."

Mikesgroover , attached to 1996-08-04 Permalink
Mikesgroover The only show on the summer '96 tour with no reviews? Well let's have a listen some 17 years later and see what's cooking. I didn't attend this show, but I do remember what a tough ticket the Red Rocks run was at the time. Anticipation of this run was riding high and the band delivers a satisfying performance on night one.

Trey's voice is a little hoarse in spots at this show, but the energy level is extremely high. In fact, Trey is so possessed that it feels in spots like the band is playing catch up. The SOAM in the first set is a good example of this, a boisterous and frenzied version that never strays from the theme. Mango is spiffy, but Sloth suffers a bit from Trey's hoarseness. Maze is the other first set highlight, a blistering tour-de-force that's all Trey shred and little nuance. No complaints.

The energy levels stay elevated with the Bag second-set opener, again with Trey racing out ahead of the band. It's barely over before the opening notes of Reba kick in.

This Reba has about 3 minutes of an outstanding ascending jamming, a great exploration, wiith Trey getting stuck on a single lick as the band builds behind him. Unfortunately, it cuts off a little abruptly-- no whistling, just blam! Done. I'd still rate it higher than the jamming chart on this site.

Mule doesn't move me on recordings -- I believe it's a song best appreciated in person so you get the visual accompaniment of the duel. Page's soloing is melodious here, however.

The Bowie is the highlight of the show, another energetic, rocking version. It doesn't get deep and dark or really far out there, but brings the thunder with a rock and roll vibe. Stunningly fierce, a joy to listen to.

The quiet section of Slave has Trey repeating the same lick over and over, but some feedback on the buildup mars a solid version. Pageís stab at the Star Trek Theme on the theramin before the encore is interesting, but not quite there. I donít think many in the audience knew what he was playing.

A very energetic night, with lots of great moments and a song selection with almost no slow selections. The Maze, the last few minutes of Reba and the Bowie in particular will remind you that this is a well-oiled band clearly approaching a pinnacle. That zenith came two weeks later at the Clifford Ball, an unforgettable weekend that I feel privileged to have attended.
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