First set : REBA!!! sublime Fish work than awesome type II jam. spectacular.
The boys have been on fire the whole tour. This is vintage Phish. mainly because I remember at this time each show being a real happening and reeeeAAL anticipation as to what the heck they would play. I really think it has to do with the MSG shows a few days ago. EPIC. Bar-Raising in terms of the spectacle Phish can deliver in an arena
Character Zero gets a turn for he third show in a row. for good reason. They were laying into back then. I still think they could take this a lot farther. This is a tight straight forward set I version
Five minutes into the Theme Trey changes voices and we get a real deep Theme. Fish is awesome as per '96 ( he is my mvl so far of the tour)
they lay into the set closing Sample also!
great DWD->YEM! the DWD was special at the end
Beautiful McGrupp. something happens and the crowd cheers during the middle.
waste has a very bevy psychedelic rid at the end that kills me
in hindsight, maybe this isn't as elite a show as others i attended, but it was still a solid performance nonetheless & quite an enjoyable evening. this might seem like an odd thing to point out, but they really nailed this particular version of "sparkle", holding it together even at breakneck pace, which seemed quicker than usual.....yeah i know, it's just "sparkle", but this version really stood out & was worthy of mention, LOL
while there weren't any segues or breakout extended jams to speak of, the playing was focused & the jamming still had many payoff moments. there's no shame in being a fan of this show, but admittedly i've been to better as well....
Ah... ten twenty six ninety six. I've said those words a bunch because this was my first show. Today is its twentieth anniversary. And twenty years later, I still love this show so much. It's probably the show I've listened to the most - and maybe I have beer goggles because it was my first time but I still think the song selection and performance are fantastic.
My friends wanted me to go to 11/19/95 but I wasn't into the band at that point. It took another year, but I remember hearing MFMF for the first time and being so happy. Anyway, I went to this show with those same friends, and we had a blast. Even in the balcony, I could see that Mike was wearing bright green pants rolled up halfway. What a guy!
Lots of people don't love Julius. But I do! This is a strong version, with an uptempo driving rhythm that gets the crowd worked up right off the bat. I remember playing this version for my dad years later because I thought he would appreciate the swing beat. He didn't get it.
Other first set highlights include Reba, Train Song, and Theme. Reba has been my favorite tune for a long time. While this version doesn't have the bottom-of-the-gut antics of the studio version, it's well played and energetic. Train Song is so tender! It's fun to hear the band move from the wailing Reba climax to whistling to a quiet ballad without losing the crowd. The Theme is by no means an 11/23/97 version, but it's played well and turned the Coliseum into a fishbowl. Good times.
The second set opening DWD > YEM duo is probably the single biggest reason why I've returned to this show so often. I'm not a musician, but it sounds to me like the DWD was played in a slightly higher key than normal - especially Mike's opening line. Back in the tape days, I would rewind Trey's last solo over and over to try and figure out why it feels so right. I remember trying to explain it to a buddy "you hear that? It's like he's turning it around or something. It goes down and then up at first- but then it goes up and then down!" Yeah. I'm not a musician. But I also remember taking this tape with me when I visited a girl in France around 2001. I had met my (now) wife a few weeks earlier but had already booked this trip. On the bus ride out of town, I had the biggest grin hearing "this has all been wonderful but now I'm on my way!" Also, this is how I like YEM to be played, with standout solos from Page, Mike, and Trey.
As another reviewer mentioned, this is an unusually strong version of Sparkle. Yes, it's Sparkle. But the crowd reaction is BIG.
The Simple from this show gained some attention after being released on Live Bait 8. I don't remember it that much, and that's possibly because I didn't know about Type II until much later. I do remember loving the McGrupp, and I'm still delighted that it was part of my first show. The Antelope closer is an absolute rage-fest. As evidenced by the Fire encore, Trey was pretty excited about Hendrix here. Thanks, Jason Roberts!
It holds a special place in my heart, but I also think that this show's energy and musicality make it worth the time.
This was my first show and being an arena show, the lights remain one of my most vivid memories. I'm exploring this show again via an audience recording available on the Relisten App and Archive.org.
The Julius opener has a nice, toe-tapping bounce courtesy of one J. Fishman. There is a lot of energy in this version and the crowd is clearly eating it up. The CTB that follows fits nicely in this slot. I would love to see it occupy this space in lieu of Moma on occasion.
The highlights of the first set for me are Reba and Theme. Both build to gorgeous rolling waves and who doesn't like whistling!
Disease and YEM are both crowd pleasers to begin the second set. That Simple tho...this was included in one of the Live Bait releases and with good reason. If you only listen to one part of this show, this is the hot meat.
Antelope has the tension and release you are looking for
what an amazing show....during theme from the bottom, it seemed like they had laser-lite bubbles floating thru the stadium....by the time they came out with an absolutely smokin version of Fire, I was rollin back and forth over the upper deck guardrail absolutely LOSING MY SHIT!!!!....first time I'd ever seen them and the only time I've ever seen 'em indoors....
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