, attached to 2022-08-10

Review by Xpanding_Man

Xpanding_Man I notice that nobody has yet included the clear nod to our dearly departed friend Mikey Houser from Widespread Panic in their review. I was streaming this show and I missed it as well (and I was a Spreadhead before a Dead/Phish head having seen them in Fall 1991.)

This show marked the 20th anniversary of Mikey's passing, and the "Disease > DDHVL > Twenty Years Later" segment (and possibly the Light as well) were a clear nod to that date and event. Lest we forget, Panic played a huge role in helping to grow Phish's audience in the South (just as Phish helped WP grow their audience up North) so the two bands share deep roots.

It just goes to show that you don't always know what's going on in the band's interpersonal dynamics and the thought processes going into setlist creation. I'm reminded of a show where the band seemingly cut short a jam to play "Shine A Light" for a phan who has attending her last show before going into hospice, which I confirmed later had definitely been communicated to them pre-show. Without that context, that segment, like the segment noted above, might not make sense to the rest of us. But hey that's what the interweb is for right :)

RIP Mikey Houser (January 6, 1962 – August 10, 2002) Fuck Cancer!


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