So this is my first review on .net and this was the first Phish show I ever attended. I'm an achievement whore now, so...
'96 Phish gets overlooked a lot in general, and this show is probably the most overlooked one of '96 - and for good reason.
This was Iowa, in the middle of November, there was a freezing ice storm happening during the pre-show and throughout. Because of this the lot scene was non-existent and the show was clearly cut short so the band could get the hell out of there.
The band knew the room was full of n00bs, so what they did was demonstrate many of their "sides" and "talents". Jamming is pretty by the book with little to no Type II to speak of.
What does it have?
Dark jam during Free
Banter from Trey before ATR, talking about how his mom is from Iowa and he has lots of family at the show
Trey on Acoustic for Talk
Nicely recovered flub at the beginning of Llama
Vocal Jam during Scent with Fish on Vacuum
Life on Mars
And an acapella encore
Lots of phishy n00b goodness, minus real deep jamming.
This was my first show as well. I had never heard of Phish. I was working as a waiter at the local Village Inn Restaurant the morning of the show when a new friend told me about this band coming to town. He was going with his girlfriend and some others. I asked if I could tag along, he said sure but good luck getting a ticket. I knew that the day of the show big businesses who hold the rights to some seats will release them the day of the show. I walked into the student center at ISU and landed an amazing seat. My friend immediately did the same thing. I remember I dressed like I was going to church. He was a hippie and so were his friends. They laughed. I was a complete geek. But it started a ride that is still going to this day. I can't remember much about it except "Free" and "A Day in the Life". My new hippie friends had given me something before the show. Life has had it's ups and downs but Phish has always been there for me. Love these guys.
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