Trey teased Lazy (Deep Purple) in Chalk Dust. Possum included Oom Pa Pa, Simpsons and All Fall Down signals and a Voodoo Child tease from Trey. Trey mentioned that he saw his first concert (Jethro Tull) in this very venue. Mallory debuted at this show.
Jam Chart Versions
Voodoo Child (Slight Return) tease in Possum, Lazy tease in Chalk Dust Torture
Debut Years (Average: 1990)

This show was part of the "1995 Fall Tour"

Show Reviews

, attached to 1995-12-15

Review by GreatWent19

GreatWent19 Trey comes out in a Flyers - LeClair jersey... the old Spectrum had lights that dimmed rather than immediately shut off. So when the band took the stage, there was still lights on, dimming ever so slightly...

Chalkdust erupts and my 15yr old self at his first show sees all these people dancing. It was like nothing I'd ever seen before. Heads bopping to the thrashing opening of Chalkdust. It was like nothing I'd ever seen before. It's remained something I will never forget.

In an age of song timings and instant recordings and reviews galore, you can sometimes forget to stop and notice the magic of it all. On a cold night not long before Christmas, for me, everything changed...
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Review by forbin1

forbin1 This was my first Phish show I ever attended...actually it was my first concert ever...I was 19 at the time and attending college in Delaware...Had just gotten home for winter break and some of my friends asked if I wanted to go see Phish in Philly...At this point, I knew very little about the band..only heard a couple of songs from some of my college friends...

Decided to take the trip with them as they had extras....if I remember correctly...price for a ticket was around $25...I could be wrong though...Got to the spectrum fairly early...enough time to walk around (it wasn't that cold out) and soak up the scene...I didn't know what to expect...but I do remember the smell of food in the air...I thought the scene was really cool...I had never seen anything like it before...

As we headed inside..I remember getting this nervous feeling...perhaps more anxious than nervous..probably because I didn't know what I was in store for...

As for the actual concert...I don't remember all that I'm writing this 16 years later...A few highlights of the show I do remember are:

Chalkdust...I remember hearing this song being played in the dorms..and I remember saying to myself..This is song in and I know it...

Harry Hood..I also recognized...also thought to myself...this is a pretty mellow song that seems to soar higher and higher

Rotation jam...I thought this was something that went on at every show...can remember it being pretty cool... seeing the band members switch up instruments and keep jamming

Everything else during the show is a distant memory...although it would take me a few more shows to truly understand what Phish was about..I can recall leaving the show very excited...not only because I went to a concert..but because..I could tell some of the cool kids I went to college with..that I saw Phish, since I knew quite a few of them were into them...
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Review by Captain_Fantasy

Captain_Fantasy Set 1
CDT – Quick, efficient, and energetic Type I to open this up. Not anything out of the ordinary, but a solid opener.
Harry Hood – This is a happy duo in combination with the CDT. Trey does some really nice things with his guitar during the post-“Thank you Mr. Hood” buildup. Quick and satisfying Hood. This is how the short Hood’s should sound. Ends abruptly into
Wilson – Really cool start out of Hood. This is one reason why you should not look at a setlist while listening to a show for the first time. Surprises like these come out of nowhere. Standard Wilson.
Maze – I’m normally the kind of person who thinks that all Mazes are absolutely killed, but I felt like something was amiss here. Page’s first solo was really cool, but after that it seemed pretty bland until Trey began some dark descending rifts and ultimately building back up to the climax. There is a period of about 3 minutes or so when I feel like nothing good’s happening. Impressive bookend solo’s though.
Ha Ha Ha – Other than Trey saying he’s really happy to play here tonight (remarking that his first concert was at the Spectrum for Jethro Tull), Maze and this are a dark duo.
Suspicious Minds – Ha ha ha indeed. Fish is hilarious doing his Elvis impersonation. It’s always fun to hear Phish cover songs with such ease.
HYHU – Fun song to cap off Suspicious Minds.
Cars Trucks Buses – I love what Page is able to do in this song.
Bouncing – Not much to say here.
Free – Once again, not much to say. Free is just a song that provides a lot of space for Mike and Trey to maneuver freely in.
Possum – Awesome closer. This one is awesome and, in the first few minutes, somewhat resembles the 3.0 Blossom Possum. The end of this jam segment Trey absolutely shreds. Also of note, there are a few secret signals played.
Tweeprise – Unexpected way to start off a set. This is yet another example of why you should fight the urge to look at the setlist before listening to a show.
Runaway Jim – This feels a bit too monochromatic for me, even for a Jim. It bores me a little bit almost.
It’s Ice – Obviously this one is typically never too abnormal, but this one is impressive. The descending segment gets especially weird and intriguing. Under the influence of drugs, it is creepy. Cool stuff.
Gin > Rotation Jam – This rotation jam is pretty special musically methinks. While other rotation jams sounds somewhat bland and basic to my ears, this was interesting. Play this to a phan without telling him/her it’s a rotation jam, he/she may not notice.
Mallory – More goofiness from Fish.
2001 – Wow this one is short-lived. It’s odd because looking at the setlist, one would think it is used merely to segue into a murky Bowie intro. But this 2001 doesn’t smoothly flow into Bowie at all. Instead it ends abruptly.
Bowie – The beginning of the jam segment is really interesting. It starts off with a dark, lurking rift from Mike that almost gives the effect of a sneaking thief. Trey and Page do well not overstepping their grounds by playing chords more spaced out, giving the music more space to develop. Then around 7:50 or so, Trey and Page switch places with Mike. Mike now follows Trey’s suit while Page echoes the spirit of the dark, building jam. This one just gets better and better as it slinks along building tension.
Sweet Adeline – A Cappella is great.
Good Times Bad Times – Nothing too interesting going on here. Really cool transition into Tweeprise.
Tweeprise – Good way to cap off the show, reprising the kick-start of set II.

Set I - Possum, Ha Ha Ha > Suspicious Minds
Set II - Gin > Rotation Jam, Bowie

Overall this one is hard for me to give over a 3 star rating. I enjoy the flow they managed to create for the sets. In the 3.0 era when set flow is a gift, this is one to appreciate. However I was not too impressed with the show overall. A few good jams are sprinkled here and there, but nothing to go to nuts about. If you like '95 shows, this one may be for you. If you like the more serious, intense shows of the late '90's more, this one won't impress too much. As for me this show is a 3/5 star rating.
, attached to 1995-12-15

Review by Schlitz_Guy

Schlitz_Guy Ah, my first show, down with the Dead and Phish in the same year. Suspicious Minds was always a winner.

Phish was so different then, they played so fast. CDT, Hood and Wilson to start it off was a charm. Mallory debut? Try only time, why shelf it Fishman?

GTBT encore is one of my favorites over the years.

I remember this show and will never forget it.
, attached to 1995-12-15

Review by kevinAreHollo

kevinAreHollo Video of this second set has surfaced (thank you to all my 90s camcorder ninjas out there) and it seems the Gin segment of the show deserves some clarifying.

After the noted percussive jamming (Trey on his mini-kit), things dissolve into cacophony and noise until an eventual fade to Page's piano. He solos in the spotlight for quite a while unaccompanied, several minutes. When lights do come up again, Trey and Mike are seated on stools a la Acoustic Army at centerstage. They pick in unison for a bit, and Fishman joins them on vacuum for some moody atmospherics. Kuroda takes the lights down and this time when they come up the rotation has occurred: Trey on drums, Page on the Dragon, Mike on guitar. Fish takes his place at the piano to "sing" Mallory.

While I don't find this portion of the show all that interesting (the Jim and Bowie on the other hand...), it's obvious they had a strategy/game plan going in. Successful or not, I feel like it warrants updating the setlist.
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Review by spreaditround

spreaditround SET 1: Chalk Dust Torture > Harry Hood > Wilson: Standard, other than the super unique placement for Hood. >

Maze: Trey takes the tension to another level on this one and delivers a KO with the finale. Brilliant Maze. >

Ha Ha Ha > Suspicious Minds > Hold Your Head Up > Cars Trucks Buses, Bouncing Around the Room, Free: Standard. >

Possum: Definitely has a bit more juice than your run of the mill version.

SET 2: Tweezer Reprise: Another big surprise! Super cool. >

Runaway Jim: Standard. >

It's Ice: Creepy and weird. Plenty of replay value. >

Bathtub Gin: -> Rotation Jam: Like the DWD from Philly, I appreciate the effort. It takes a lot to get out in front of a crowd such as these dedicated folks and take these kinds of risks. I get it! But this is…not good. ->

Mallory: I have no words for whatever ‘this’ is/was. >

Also Sprach Zarathustra > David Bowie: Definitely a solid segment with plenty of replay value.

Sweet Adeline: Standard.

ENCORE: Good Times Bad Times -> Tweezer Reprise: Rock stars at their first Spectrum gig!

Summary: Maze, Possum, Ice, Bowie = plenty of meat here. This is a solid show! Look, they took another huge gamble and frankly, it did not pay off. But good on them for trying. I think the 4.137 rating is completely right on the money, as such – count me in for a 4.1 out of 5.
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Review by dr32timmymeat

dr32timmymeat This show is coming off six straight 4.2-or-higher rated shows, and that's not even including the storied 12-1 show in Hershey. Perhaps the climaxes weren't as high -- no brilliant Tweezer > Timber > Tweezer as with the previous show -- but all in all this show is another absolute gem from December 95. What. A. Month.

This is a pretty remarkable setlist. Harry Hood 2nd and Maze 4th.... those are both heavy hitters that you would expect to see in more prominent spots.

It's also great that the boys get the Fish-singing shenanigans out of the way early instead of letting the show end with that, as was too often the case back in '95.

2001 being used as a late-second-set jam vehicle is also noteworthy.

The second set is essentially a full set segue with some superfluity tacked on to the end. As a drummer, I couldn't help but notice that Fish is pretty look at a few points during the composed, pre-jam section of It's Ice, but not nearly enough to taint this bad-a** show.
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