, attached to 1992-04-15

Review by Anonymous

(Published in the second edition of The Phish Companion...)

This was my first show and the band's first ever appearance in Los Angeles. The venue was an old theater, all seats, with most of the seats on the floor and the rest in a small upstairs balcony. The venue didn't allow taping, security told me to stop dancing, and also went after people smoking inside (they were kicking people out of the show if they caught you). It was my first Widespread Panic show as well (they played for about an hour as an opener). I had been listening to Phish's studio albums and a few bootlegs for at least six months prior to the show, so I had some familiarity with the older material. All of the "new" stuff is funny to listen to now, not hearing any crowd reaction on the tape but knowing that if the song were played today it would be considered a kickdown.
The first peak comes during "Stash" in Set I. They play well through the end of the set (including my first vacuum solo experience) with a really intense "Jim" to close the set. By the time "Jim" was over I decided to drop the rest of my holiday plans and go on tour.
Second set starts with the slowest "Chalk Dust" I think I've ever heard, but then is followed by the peak of the second set, the "YEM"/"Reba" combo (including my first trampoline experience). Both songs are played especially well, with everyone in the band really playing at 100%. There are great tones from Page and Trey, and solid rhythm from Fish and Gordon. The rest of the set isn't bad, but is pretty average, including a funny version of Neil Diamond's "Cracklin' Rosie" my first Trey-on-drums-for-funny-Fishman-cover experience). "Golgi" was a crowd pleaser as always, and they easily got the crowd to quiet down for the two a cappella numbers, then sent us home with "Rocky Top".
Overall a pretty average, solid show. I really enjoyed listening to it again recently as a nice quality soundboard source is in circulation, and would suggest tracking it down if you'd like to hear the warm-up show for the epic 4/16-21/92 run.


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