Soundcheck: My Friend My Friend, Silent in the Morning, It's Ice (each song played several times, stopping and starting)
SET 1: Poor Heart > It's Ice > Sparkle > Wilson > Dinner and a Movie > Bouncing Around the Room, Maze, Guelah Papyrus, Rift, Horn, David Bowie
SET 2: Runaway Jim, Weigh, The Landlady > Fluffhead > The Man Who Stepped Into Yesterday > Avenu Malkenu > The Man Who Stepped Into Yesterday > Llama, Glide, Paul and Silas, Mike's Song > I Am Hydrogen > Weekapaug Groove
ENCORE: Blue Bayou, The Squirming Coil
David Bowie contained Aw Fuck! and Oom Pa Pa signals in the intro and Hydrogen contained an All Fall Down signal. Blue Bayou was jammed in Bowie, teased in Weekapaug, and would make its Phish debut to start the encore. Trey teased Crossyed and Painless in Runaway Jim and Oye Como Va in Landlady.
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Review by LookTheStormsGone
What I remember about this show... Place was way oversold. It was hot & humid & back then everyone smoked, usually Camel Lights for the Head crowd. Although it was my first show, the Richmond crowd was more than familiar with the band's music. This is a good time for a shout out to a Deadhead zine called "Unbroken Chain". Before the internet, this is how we learned of the Dead's setlists from the previous tour. It was a lovingly produced zine that could be picked up at a few head shops in the area & was also an important source of info about other bands, local or national, that played in the vein of the Dead. I'm not sure we even used the word "jam bands". Phish was likely to have been featured on the pages of Unbroken Chain, as well as New Potato Caboose, Headstone Circus, and maybe at the top of heap, Indecision. It's probably likely that this is how I first heard of the band in high school.
Back to the show... to my ears on playback, the energy is still palpable on the audience tape. I was immediately taken back by the musicianship, the clean but in your face sound of Trey's guitar, the (seemingly) impromptu dance moves, especially on Guelah, and a style of jamming that I had always dreamed of hearing. If I wasn't addicted by the time David Bowie came around, then that was the lethal injection. Sometimes 1st Sets can almost overwhelm the circuit boards & this is what happened at my first show. I recall bits & pieces of the 2nd Set, but those first several songs of my first Phish experience still have juice.
Overall, it's classic '92 Phish & where I jumped on board. Flood Zone is long gone, but the tapes are still around. Give this one a listen if you're looking to hear the band in lights out, take no prisoners mode (pretty much their mode of choice for all of '92). For jam seekers, the Bowie & Mike's Groove stay in the box, albeit a really sweaty smokey concrete box. I especially enjoy the Weekapaugs of this era. 5 stars minus 1 star for 1st show bias.