, attached to 1991-05-03

Review by kipmat

kipmat https://forum.phish.net/forum/permalink/1377934557

From the phish.net Interview with Trey Anastasio - Somerville, MA - November 21, 1991:

"Tonight, I felt -- I had thoughts, halfway through the first set -- sometimes you're feeling, "Well, we've got to get the audience going," that might be something you feel, but I'm just feeling totally and utterly tonight like "I don't care, at all, about the audience," in a way, and that sounds bad, at first. It may sound bad. But that popped into my head. It just seemed like I was seeing the structure of the importance of my life and what was going on, and at the time, I just had no interest in cheerleading the audience in any way, and getting the audience riled up or playing a big hit song or something like that. I didn't care at all. And then we went into Weekapaug Groove, at which point the set had been going on, all these different experiences had been going through my head, and we just completely started going into new areas. At which point I felt completely energized, wasn't tired at all, forgot all about that stuff, but I had gotten to that point through being totally relaxed because I was in Boston, and I knew that the crowd was friends of ours, and we had nothing to prove in Boston, at all. If there's any place we have nothing to prove, it's the Somerville Theater. "

The above quote may strike some as typical Big Red hyperbole, but Phish certainly backed up his claim. At the time of that interview, Phish had just completed their seventh (and final) show at the Somerville Theater in the span of 14 months, from the Lawnboy album release party to a crazy Giant Country Horns show. It was a familiar room, full of familiar faces; an environment where Phish could allow themselves to relax and not worry so much about putting on a great show. And it's no coincidence that the shows where Phish doesn't care at all are the shows that demonstrate Phish at their best.

Trey "One Move" Anastasio was almost certainly watching Game 3 of the NHL Conference Finals between the Boston Bruins and the Pittsburgh Penguins, and if he thought Ulf Samuelsson got away with a dirty hit on Bruins Right Wing Cam Neely, he certainly wasn't the only one. Partly as an expression of sympathy for the injured Neely, and partly as a way to vent the frustration of Bruins fans in the Somerville Theater audience, the band humorously dedicated songs to Neely throughout the show. Another group of local heroes, Aerosmith, get evoked during a hot first set Tweezer jam, but it's the second set that becomes a seguefest, with each song seamlessly dovetailing into the next, holding the audience in rapt attention. It sounds as if the band's former lightman Tim Rogers surprised the band by bringing out the trampolines during YEM, which Trey subsequently referenced during his Harpua narration.


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