Soundcheck: Dream On, My Mind’s Got a Mind of its Own, Leprechaun, Daniel Saw the Stone (several times), My Friend My Friend Intro, Punch You in the Eye (x3), The Squirming Coil (x3), Stash, My Friend My Friend, Horn (x2), 2001 (x2), Split Open and Melt, You Enjoy Myself, The Oh Kee Pa Ceremony, The Horse, Fluffhead Intro, Divided Sky Intro, Silent in the Morning, Reba, Fee, Kashmir

SET 1: Peaches en Regalia > Poor Heart > Split Open and Melt, Esther > The Oh Kee Pa Ceremony > Suzy Greenberg > Ya Mar, It's Ice > Fee[1] > Possum

SET 2: Sample in a Jar, You Enjoy Myself, My Friend, My Friend[2] -> The Lizards, The Sloth, Fast Enough for You > Uncle Pen, Harry Hood[3], Highway to Hell

ENCORE: Memories[4], Golgi Apparatus

For the entire New Year’s Run, the stage was set up as an aquarium, complete with sand, seaweed, rocks, and a giant clam.  Peaches en Regalia (last played June 23, 1989, or 562 shows) was likely played in memory of Frank Zappa, who passed away a few weeks before. Subsequently, Split Open and Melt included Peaches teases. Suzy contained a Tweezer Reprise tease. Auld Lang Syne was teased in Ya Mar. Trey sang the verses of Fee through a megaphone. Possum included Kashmir and Jean Pierre teases. My Friend started out with Trey on acoustic guitar and did not contain the "Myfe" ending. Hood included a Simpsons signal. Memories was performed without microphones. 

Jam Chart Versions
Peaches en Regalia tease in Split Open and Melt, Auld Lang Syne tease in Ya Mar, Kashmir and Jean Pierre teases in Possum, Tweezer Reprise tease in Suzy Greenberg
Debut Years (Average: 1988)

This show was part of the "1993 NYE Run"

Show Reviews

, attached to 1993-12-28

Review by Shred

Shred The aquarium stage set up made 93 feel like the official start to Holiday Tour. We saw 12/31/92 but not that whole run. 93 was the start for me seeing every holiday run in their entirety up until/including Miami 2003.

This run was full of great music and heavy snow storms. It says Bender “Arena” but it was more like a GYM. Outside there huge line of hot chicks scantily dressed in a snowstorm. The energy of the room was glowing. It was still the era of “Phish is my dirty little secret” for those that were there.

The first set was pretty sweet. Peaches was the obvious theme of the whole tour due to Zappa’s recent passing and his impact on Trey/Phish. Peaches was a great way to start the tour. Melt was hairy. A bunch of twists and turns. Trey’s guitar sounded vicious. Esther is always a treat with a dark, floating trey solo at the end. But the song of the set was Possum. Totally broken down to start the jam, Phish build it up slowly in an erotic way. The buildup runs into Kashmir which is the closest thing we had to Zep especially at the time when Fish was an animal. Trey hit the high notes over and over, the white lights were blazing, Trey drooled on his guitar, I drooled on the paint for the opposing team’s hoop. Set break.

2nd set standouts are YEM, Fast Enough, and Hood. With YEM being the natural jam of the night. Trey’s leads were perfect. The band backed him up. Tension-Release all over the place. Couple of Gamehenge Tunes with Lizards-) Sloth. Fast enough helped me come down a little with a welcomed slower pace. Passionate and skillful solo at the end. Hood was really good too. The intro was tight. With Simpson language. Trey’s finishing notes were clean and emotional.
It was a solid tour opener. We went to the car pumped to drive to New Haven.

I won’t review the Cumberland/Worchester shows since everyone knows they were 2 of the greatest of all time. Phish built up to those with Bender/New Haven. It felt Holiday tour 93 was one long 4 day show. They are legendary for a very good reason. Pure Shred. We followed the band’s tour buses up the turnpike through the snow storm chasing live music history.
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Review by Anonymous

(Published in the second edition of The Phish Companion...)

I had moved to Northwest Pennsylvania in fall of 1993. Phish announced the NYE run for 1993 and I said to myself, "Its on!" I ended up getting a free ticket to this one, lucky me. After waiting in the cold in what looked like a crazy long line at the American University's student union, we realized the arena really wasn't an arena at all. Just a large opening in the student union. No seats, but an aquarium at the end. I actually didn't realize it was an aquarium until "Hood" in the second set... duh. We made our way down front when my friend Courtney asked, "When was the last time they played `Peaches En Regalia'?" I said it had been a while. She said, "Well, Frank just passed away. I think they are going to bust it out." I said that would be cool, but then to myself thought, "Yeah right." Phish came out onstage and BAM: "Peaches". I would never doubt anything Phish could do from then on.
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Review by wols20

wols20 The darker the Phish the better and the second set at American University delivers just that. The bulk is a rollicking You Enjoy Myself which starts innocently enough but soon dissolves into an acoustic interlude and then a jarring My Friend, My Friend. Trey and Page mingle on a couple of runs but its Fish's bombastic pacing that keeps the song afloat -- he's the true MVP here. Lizards lets the band come back up for air briefly before diving head first into a fantastic Sloth. And while there's some unevenness here (particularly the Uncle Pen which feels like it belongs in the first set), the second set is worth it simply for that meaty four-song run alone.

A wonderfully laid-back and fun -- albeit safe -- first set is highlighted by a tightly woven Suzy Greenberg into an airy Ya Mar.

Rating: 8.2
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Review by kipmat


From The Phish Book, p. 121:
Trey: "When someone asked how he felt about fame, Albert Einstein replied, "It sure gets in the way of your work." It's true, and sometimes I think, "Jesus Christ! I've spent countless hours the past two years dealing with my career, conferring with managers, and giving interviews when I should have been practicing the guitar and writing songs."

"Show me a genius, and I'll show you someone with a behavioral disorder." I don't know if someone else has said that, or if I just made that up, but Trey Anastasio fits the description. Trey has been able to compose all those classic tunes, crack the whip in band rehearsals and tour incessantly partly because he is immensely talented and creatively gifted, but also partly because he is hyperactive and manic. Trey's brain moves faster than most, pushing him to stay active, working feverishly through the night and into the next day; not to meet a deadline but to fulfill the vision in his head. It was this same characteristic that helped popularize the band over the 1990's, and eventually brought the band to a crashing halt in 2004.

Although the band finished their 1993 Summer Tour on the California Coast, they would take a few weeks' vacation before reconvening to record Hoist in Southern California from late September through early December. Mike's "Tracking" video captures the events of the sessions and provides a valuable snapshot of the personalities of the four band members. There are a couple of clips of Anastasio adding guitar overdubs in the evening hours, hamming it up for the camera. Those images display Anastasio's guileless charm in the face of recording an album of mostly untested new material, featuring a plethora of not-easily-impressed studio musicians and vocalists. Omitted from that portrait are all the hours Trey spent working on songwriting demo recordings, practicing guitar parts, and writing out the musical parts for all of the guest musicians to play from.

By April 1994 and the release of Hoist, there would be some phans who feared that Phish had peaked the previous year, and the Hoist release demonstrated that they were losing their edge, but at the time of the NYE '93 run, it seems that no one was concerned about a dip in the band's performance quality. The 12/28 show at Bender Arena can easily be seen as a "warm-up" for the NYE '93 show at the Worcester Centrum, particularly because the setlists for the two shows share no fewer than 11 songs in common. But listen to the fire in the playing coming off the stage, both in the intricate compositions like Split Open and Melt, It's Ice, and You Enjoy Myself, and the country-picking of Poor Heart, The Oh Kee Pa Ceremony, and a wicked-fast Uncle Pen. Of course, the return of Peaches En Regalia was a symbolic tribute to the life of Frank Zappa, but Classic Rock was still in the band's blood with the awesome Kashmir teases in Possum and a "thank-you-very-much-good-night!" Highway To Hell closer.
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Review by WhereisBruno

WhereisBruno Still maybe the best NY run, with the stage design and 1993-era precision of the tension/release style. This show gets overshadowed by the monster 12/30 and 12/31 gigs but don't sleep on the SOAMelt with Kashmir and the YaMar with Auld Lang Syne. The onlu time I can recall the set design influencing the vocal jam - see YEM. Phestive Phish.
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Review by Mergz

Mergz I know I was there - I remember flipping out over Peaches, since I had been getting heavy into Zappa that previous year and he died in early Dec. of that year, around the date of this entry. I don't remember the show being in DC. I thought it was somewhere in Mass. Hmmm.
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Review by Faht1

Faht1 This version of Possum is worth a listen. Its in my Possum top 5 list!
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