Friday 03/30/2012 by lumpblockclod

VIDEO OF THE WEEK: 1993-12-29

1993 was a period of significant change for the band. They had started headlining amphitheatres for the first time during the Summer Tour. There was no Fall tour in ‘93, as Phish was ensconced in L.A. recording Hoist!, so the New Year’s Run marked their first time playing several of the arenas that they continue to book today. It also seemed like every tour Kuroda would have a few new lighting toys to play with. Check out, for example, the spinning wheels during “Contact.” They're almost charmingly primitive in 2012, but were remarkable in 1993. The lights that spin around the arena were another new 1993 development (and would be used to great effect in the following night's "Slave").

Additionally, the 29th has a nice looking setlist, yet it was probably the least exciting show of the run. That said, one of the highlights of this show comes from a decidedly unlikely place. During the part of “BBFCFM” where they usually launch into a chaotic, thrash-metal jam, they immediately drop into an almost reggae jam that smoothy resolves into the then-rare “Walk Away” (unfortunately, partially cut on this vid).

The rarities would continue with the always amusing “If I Only Had a Brain,” where Fish tells the crowd about his new haircut. Other highlights from the show include “Antelope,” “Fluffhead” and a strange “Stash.” And, by all means, if you haven’t ever heard either of the following two nights, make like Mike vis-a-vis the Creature From Mars and RUN over to @hoydog23’s Spreadsheet and grab them both.


, comment by frantic0blivion
frantic0blivion or go to for individual tracks if you don't want to have to download an entire show
, comment by pauly
pauly New Haven Coliseum (RIP)

saw my 1st concert their,Twisted Sister
, comment by pauly
, comment by sirhotpants
sirhotpants 12/29/93 was my first show and one of the best nights of my life. I had this video on VHS for awhile but it was pretty much unwatchable with static and shit audio. Thanks a lot for sharing this!
, comment by Mr_Miner
Mr_Miner Contact was better with the electric piano.
, comment by WaxBrain
WaxBrain NH Coliseum, great place....remem seeing loads of Knighthawk games back in the day haha....
, comment by pauly
pauly knighthawks, hell yeah!!!

, comment by Matt_Leaf
Matt_Leaf Fond memories of driving through the storm that made it's way up the east coast. Snow heading down to DC, snow pulling into New Haven that didn't let up. Driving from CT > ME was absurd but the reward of 12/30 was well worth it. I don't think I ever slept as well as I did in the Econo Lodge in Portland after driving all night.
, comment by lumpblockclod
lumpblockclod @Matt_Leaf said:
Driving from CT > ME was absurd but the reward of 12/30 was well worth it. I don't think I ever slept as well as I did in the Econo Lodge in Portland after driving all night.
Ha! I could be wrong, but I'm pretty sure we stayed at the Portland EconoLodge too. Whatever it was, it was much nicer than the sketchy truck stop hotel we stayed at the next night in Worcester.
, comment by dorn76
dorn76 Ahh, the Coliseum. What a cave.

, comment by adriennenne
adriennenne My first show! ♥♥♥
Life Forever Changed.
, comment by angry_pirate
angry_pirate crazy snowstorm
, comment by WaxBrain
WaxBrain @pauly said:
knighthawks, hell yeah!!!

Wow, the spent many a countless hour downloading shows song by song. Then burning them to CD's. Those CD's are now sitting in a closet somewhere in Connecticut while all the shows are now on a hard drive. Haha....Love to waste my time on Phish.......
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