, attached to 1992-07-25

Review by joechip

joechip Phish was obviously excited to be playing to the hometown crowd, in a beautiful setting and delivered an energetic and focused performance that wound up with a legendary sit in from Carlos and the two percussionists. It was one of those deals when you could easily see and hear the excitement that the musicians were having playing together. Carlos was really getting off on Trey's playing and vice versa.

I wish a recording existed of the Santana set, the guys came out and sat in with the band for a lengthy segment, each member was given an extended solo spot. I distinctly remember them jamming on Carlos' fiery Super Boogie/Hong Kong Blues instrumental.

One of the most memorable shows I ever saw, almost 20 years ago now. I didn't see Phish again until 11/29/98 and I was frankly astonished at how their popularity exploded in the interval. I thought they were too quirky to ever really get that kind of following...but the way they slayed this performance at Stowe, on a tour that represented a big opportunity for them, I shouldn't have been too surprised.


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