, attached to 1995-12-11

Review by hfl_coder

hfl_coder This was my very first Phish show, and remember having an absolute blast. We met and hung out with some other guys that were doing the whole tour, and can distinctly remember them saying, "This wasn't your normal Phish show" after it was done. After going to dozens of shows myself in the following years, I can now confirm that was absolutely true.

The My Friend opener was great, launching straight into a brief Ha Ha Ha. Scent of a Mule was awesome as always, and Suspicious Minds was a real treat. Probably to this day the best Fishman singing performance I've seen live. Plus, the humorous 'dog log' crowd interactions were really fun, and can remember us debating whether or not a 'Dog Log' album would actually be coming out. lol. Warren Haynes showing up was also entirely unexpected. Not sure why he appeared in Portland Maine of all places, but it was great to see him on stage with Phish. I wound up seeing him play with the Allmans a few times shortly thereafter.

This show really illustrated the fun the band was having at the time, and it absolutely transferred over to the crowd. They were clearly this whacky, uncannily talented band, that didn't seem to take themselves too seriously, and were still somewhat flying under the radar. (somewhat, and not for much longer). So this was my virgin Phish experience, and I still look back on it nostalgically.
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