Narration gave a brief recap of the Gamehendge saga.
 Fish on trombone.
This show was part of the University’s Earth Day festival. Divided included a DEG tease from Trey. The Mockingbird narration gave a brief recap of the Gamehendge saga. I Didn't Know featured Fish on trombone.
This isn't really a review, more of a reminiscence. Hope that's okay!
I was a sophomore at Potsdam at the time. I had seen Phish several times before then, and had been turning a lot of friends at school and at home on to the music. So I was stoked to find out that the school's Environmental Club was working to convince the College to pay for the whole thing and make it a free event. And they succeeded. The school paid for the gig, and no admission was charged for anyone, even non-students.
So, this show was up in the Multi Purpose Room on the second floor of our little student union building. I remember I helped unload Phish's truck, and got to hang around backstage for a while. I remember playing with Trey's dog Marley, running around the floor of the room while the real crew set up the stage. At some point close to the show I ditched all that and went to hang with my friends in the crowd.
I don't remember much detail about the actual show itself, but I do remember having a great time. This was back in the day when I hadn't yet seen a single low energy Phish show. I had seen some Dead shows that blew my mind, but then a few that didn't, and was disappointed in that. Then I started seeing these Phish shows and every single one of them was a least as good as the one before. My mind kept getting blown, and this show was no exception.
Well, because the show was free, word got out, so even though Potsdam College is small and the town is small, the place was pretty packed (at least for little old Potsdam). The school was caught by surprise by the fact that this was a REAL rock show. Big sound, big crowd (for Potsdam), big fun. No meaningful security presence, no tickets, lines, check-ins, pat downs. Just waltz right in and prepare to boogie. It was awesome! Some guys I knew brought a beer ball right in to the room (remember those?). Yeah, it was a fun scene.
Of course security had a fit. I don't remember any trouble that night, but the school did call the Environmental Club organizers in front of some judicial/review board and reamed them pretty good! I think it was mostly about beers (and beer balls) in the MPR, and maybe pot being smoked. I don't remember what punishment was doled out, but I'm pretty sure they thought it was worth it!
Can't believe that's almost two decades ago now...backwards down the number line and twenty years later, eh?
I read about this in a book called "growing up dead" about a teen following the dead in the 80's. After the dead scene was ruined by the new heads in the 90's, the author turned to Phish. He attended this show and said it was great, and that the future of jam bands was deffinetly not over. There was much hope. Long live Phish!
My first Phish show. I was playing in a little band in Potsdam called Fathead Minnow and we played a bunch of Phish songs (AC/DC Bag, Mike's Song, YEM [without the complex parts!!]), but I hadn't seen them until this show. Really fun night. "Swank" (another reviewer) describes it perfectly (and we must know each other pretty well because I have almost the same story, so we were definitely a part of the same group of friends). Yes, the Environmental Club actually got suspended for a year because of the show. It was ridiculous. Per the reviewer who read Peter's book - yes, he was part of our whole crew as well (in fact, I'm "Shasta" in his book) and I spent much of the night with him. Potsdam is a super small world, so it's funny to look back on that show now and see things in a different context.
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