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Link Friday, 11/29/1996
The Cow Palace, Daly City, CA

Set 1: Frankenstein, NICU, CTBCars Trucks Buses, Character Zero > DividedDivided Sky, GinBathtub Gin, Life on Mars?, Maze, SuzySuzy Greenberg

Set 2: Wilson > Simple -> Sparks > Sparkle > Taste > Swept Away > Steep > YEMYou Enjoy Myself[1], Waste > HoodHarry Hood

Encore: SampleSample in a Jar

[1] Trey broke a string during YEM, leading to some odd jamming.

· Dave's Energy Guide tease in Maze

Noteworthy Jams: Maze, Simple, You Enjoy Myself

Average Song Gap: 12.75

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

Notes: Maze contained a Dave's Energy Guide from Trey, and Trey broke a string during YEM, which led to some odd jamming. Sparks was played for the first time since October 29, 1994 (173 shows).

Song Distribution:
6 Billy Breathes
3 Stash
2 Rift
2 Junta
2 The White Tape
1 Hoist
1 Lawn Boy
1 The Man Who Stepped into Yesterday

Songs by Debut Year:

This show was part of the "1996 Fall Tour."

Mikesgroover , attached to 1996-11-29 Permalink
Mikesgroover Maybe the band was getting a little tired by this point in a long tour, but aside from a joyous Simple that segues seamlessly into a rare Sparks (the last one until Dick's 2011), there's only a few moments of excitement on this night in Northern California.

Character Zero ends unusually, with the band members singing the background vocals acapella style. Gin is less than 10 minutes and never steps out of Type I territory. Maze is the first set highlight, a powerful and psychedelic version during a tour when this song shined.

The jamming out of Simple and seamless segues into Sparks is the musical highlight. Sparks>Sparkle is unique on paper, but it's a weird placement for that first set song. Fortunately the Taste that follows is way above average and extremely tight. Trey breaks a string sometime during YEM, but other than some extended jamming in the later section of the song, it never rises above standard.

An exuberant and fast-paced Hood ends the night on a high note, with Trey ending the night by telling the crowd, "We really appreciate you coming to the Cow Palace. If you want to see some real cows, come visit us in Vermont."
Score: 1
winterland6977 , attached to 1996-11-29 Permalink
winterland6977 The Simple from this show is fantastic. Great full band groove session. The rest of the show is meh, unfortunately, but the next night in Sacramento is pure fire. Oh- and the Cow Palace lives up to the billing- you can smell the cow shit in there to this day.
Score: 1
Tmac845 , attached to 1996-11-29 Permalink
Tmac845 Meh... This was my 21st birthday show. The boys seemed distracted most of the night. The transition into sparks is an attention grabber, but for a real burner, check out the next night in Sacramento. No doubt one of the best of the tour!
Score: 0

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