Soundcheck: My Friend My Friend, Silent in the Morning, It’s Ice (each song played several times, stopping and starting)

SET 1: Poor Heart > It's Ice > Sparkle > Wilson > Dinner and a Movie > Bouncing Around the Room, Maze, Guelah Papyrus, Rift, Horn, David Bowie[1]

SET 2: Runaway Jim, Weigh, The Landlady > Fluffhead > The Man Who Stepped Into Yesterday > Avenu Malkenu > The Man Who Stepped Into Yesterday > Llama, Glide, Paul and Silas, Mike's Song > I Am Hydrogen[2] > Weekapaug Groove

ENCORE: Blue Bayou[3], The Squirming Coil

David Bowie contained Aw Fuck! and Oom Pa Pa signals in the intro and Hydrogen contained an All Fall Down signal. Blue Bayou was jammed in Bowie, teased in Weekapaug, and would make its Phish debut to start the encore. Landlady contained an Oye Como Va tease from Trey.
Noteworthy Jams
Teases
Blue Bayou jam in David Bowie, Oye Como Va tease in The Landlady, Blue Bayou tease in Weekapaug Groove
Debut Years (Average: 1988)

This show was part of the "1992 Summer U.S. Tour"

Show Reviews

, attached to 1992-07-16

Review by DollarBill

DollarBill Good show tonight. Last of the full, two set shows for a while. Not as good as last night's though. Very boomy sounding recording. Not sure if that's from the original mix or somebody upped the low end in one tape generation. I can't believe I would ever ask for less Mike!

Ok, good Poor Heart to start things off including a call out for Cactus. Ice was ok, still needs polishing. Sparkle was good, with a call out for Sam? Sounds like Fishman and Trey calling for him? Wilson is very rusty sounding as is Dinner. The gap chart proves this. Bouncing is just ok, very uninspired. Maze picks things up a bit. Pretty good but, not great, as is Guelah. Rift is back again with it's new structure. Much better tonight. Horn is rough for Trey. All the antics in the begining of Bowie causes them to blow the actual intro to Bowie itself. Not sure what the deal with Blue Bayou is tonight? Listen carefully at about eight minutes in, it sounds like the actual solo section to My Soul, how many years before they really play it? Bowie itself is ok, not great.

Can't quite tell what Trey is singing before the start of second set? Jim is a good opener. They have been playing this one well. Woo hoo! Weigh is back! I love this song, it shows some rust but, it's great to hear anyway. A second set Landlady? That's different and this one is good with the Santana tease. Fluffhead is pretty good. Then another rarity shows up with TMWSIY>Avenu>TMWSIY. Lots of rust to knock off and another call out for Cactus! Llama rips as usual. Sounds like a Mission Impossible tease from Page. Glide is good, as is Paul and Mike's Song. Hydrogen has it's problems as usual. Weekapaug is a good, solid jam to close tonight.

Again we have multiple Blue Bayou teases before a proper encore of Squirming Coil which is pretty good tonight.

Pretty good show overall with a few sloppy ones thrown in and some more rusty ones pulled off the shelf. Getting ready for some Santana openers!
, attached to 1992-07-16

Review by LookTheStormsGone

LookTheStormsGone The Flood Zone was located in the Shockoe Bottom neighborhood where a few blocks of clubs & bars could scratch almost any musical itch. In the 90s, holding about a 1000, it was the primary Richmond venue to see big time regional & national touring acts. As a converted tobacco warehouse, it was typically lacking in any comforts. There was a sticky concrete floor, a folding table bar in the back, and an upstairs cat walk. The bathrooms were horribly placed right off the main floor, so if you were at a GWAR show, for example, the likelihood of getting kicked in the face almost made a trip not worth it. The Flood Zone was also well known for a DMB weekly residence that had the little known band alternate between Trax in Charlottesville and Richmond. Phish played here a couple times in '92 before graduating to the Classic Amphitheater the next couple years & then never to return.

What I remember about this show... Place was way oversold. It was hot & humid & back then everyone smoked, usually Camel Lights for the Head crowd. Although it was my first show, the Richmond crowd was more than familiar with the band's music. This is a good time for a shout out to a Deadhead zine called "Unbroken Chain". Before the internet, this is how we learned of the Dead's setlists from the previous tour. It was a lovingly produced zine that could be picked up at a few head shops in the area & was also an important source of info about other bands, local or national, that played in the vein of the Dead. I'm not sure we even used the word "jam bands". Phish was likely to have been featured on the pages of Unbroken Chain, as well as New Potato Caboose, Headstone Circus, and maybe at the top of heap, Indecision. It's probably likely that this is how I first heard of the band in high school.

Back to the show... to my ears on playback, the energy is still palpable on the audience tape. I was immediately taken back by the musicianship, the clean but in your face sound of Trey's guitar, the (seemingly) impromptu dance moves, especially on Guelah, and a style of jamming that I had always dreamed of hearing. If I wasn't addicted by the time David Bowie came around, then that was the lethal injection. Sometimes 1st Sets can almost overwhelm the circuit boards & this is what happened at my first show. I recall bits & pieces of the 2nd Set, but those first several songs of my first Phish experience still have juice.

Overall, it's classic '92 Phish & where I jumped on board. Flood Zone is long gone, but the tapes are still around. Give this one a listen if you're looking to hear the band in lights out, take no prisoners mode (pretty much their mode of choice for all of '92). For jam seekers, the Bowie & Mike's Groove stay in the box, albeit a really sweaty smokey concrete box. I especially enjoy the Weekapaugs of this era. 5 stars minus 1 star for 1st show bias.
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