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This show was part of the "1995 Fall Tour"

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, attached to 1995-10-05

Review by Man_From_Mars

Man_From_Mars After a day off following the two Seattle shows, Fall Tour went south to Portland to begin a four-night run that would cover over 1,100 miles and include crossing the Canadian border. The Memorial Coliseum was newly vacant as the Portland Trailblazers were in a new home that season.

The show takes off immediately with Chalk Dust Torture. Trey drops some creative licks and drives the intensity as far as is needed in the opening spot. The crowd is stoked. The 1st Ha Ha Ha of tour, and 8th overall, keeps the energy pumping. The Fog That Surrounds, the 5th in 7 shows, is standard but crowd pleasing.

Trey says ‘Thank You!” and starts to play The Horse. Silent In The Morning follows as expected. Cars Trucks Buses, the most played song of tour so far (6 in 7 shows), is up next and bounces along nicely as the Chairman of Boards takes the spotlight. Strange Design completes a Page trifecta of sorts.

Divided Sky is most welcome as we are finally getting some beef. Trey’s pause is not long, just about a minute. Normally Fishman hits the cymbal two times soon after Trey plays the note. For the first time, and possibly the only time, Fishman initiates his own lengthy pause for roughly 30 secs. Fortunately we had 6th row seats and could see the band enjoying the humor in that moment. Trey takes this D-Sky jam a little deeper than in LA.

The band comes to the front of the stage to play Acoustic Army to the crowd’s delight. Trey thanks everyone and acknowledges Fishman on lead guitar ( not ;) The 1st Julius of tour delivers its usual incendiary jam. Suzy Greenberg provides the one-two punch to close the set. Trey teases Julius in his first little jam segment. Trey immediately jumps on the drum kit and Page explores most, if not all, of his keyboards. At the end of Suzy, Trey reminds the audience about making a chess move after the break, and of course throws in how they are going to crush us in chess.

Also Sprach Zarathustra kick starts the second set in normal fashion. Runaway Jim has been enjoying some more time in the second set, although it wouldn’t happen again this tour until late December. The Jim jam is solid and Trey implores some sustain throughout that allows the band’s overall groove to be front and center.

The 1st Colonel Forbin’s Ascent of tour is quite a nice surprise. It would be the first of two this fall tour; the other would be in Hershey. The narration begins with Trey saying “this is less of the standard roller coaster ride that you might know about and more of a conceptual kind of thing. And what I want to talk about here is the concept of the matrix.” He goes on to state that “every matrix requires three things: a source of possibility, a source of energy, and a safe ground on which to stand where you can realize that possibility using that energy.” It’s one of my favorite Gamehendge stories and I highly recommend checking it out. Fly Famous Mockingbird is always a treat; I wish the band would untether it from Forbin and play it more. Everyone participates so beautifully in this song; Trey’s jam is spirited and Gordo works a nice little bass solo before the song winds down.

Scent Of A Mule comes rolling in and Gordo gets into the spotlight; his vocals are excellent. The Trey-Page duel is interesting as usual; Page wins! Fishman drops Cavern before the Mule ends. No cavern is complete without a little lyric stumble ;)

David Bowie emerges out of the Cavern ending. Immediately Fish and Mike lock into a Cavern-esque groove before settling back into the hi-hat intro. The jam has a quick pace right out of the gate and meanders along until they break it down to single notes. Things pick back up and Page is very active. Trey is lurking in the background just waiting to go off. Things get a little intense prior to the ending.

Lifeboy, the 1st of tour (15 song gap), is such a tender song and always works well when played after a crushing jam. Amazing Grace closes the set and that song combo acts as the anti-one-two punch.

While My Guitar Gently Weeps, another 1st of the tour, rocks out and concludes a terrific night in Portland. We had just over a 300 mile drive to the next show in Vancouver, BC, which would be my first and only show to date north of the border.

Worthy of a listen: Divided Sky, Colonel Forbin’s Ascent > Fly Famous Mockingbird, David Bowie

, attached to 1995-10-05

Review by phishead71

phishead71 I remember parking on a divider on the road by the coliseum, bc the parking lot was packed! We were making our kind veggie pasta, when a fire broke out on my Coleman stove, and chaos ensued in the lot. I dared my friend to eat a HUGE mushroom, and he did! It was the right show, but not the best venue, for that! This show was a great show musically, but the venue really didn't vibe with me... like somebody mentioned, it sounded like an echo chamber. The highlight of the show by FAR was the Forbin's >Mockingbird combo.... everybody was freaking out on that. Followed by Scent, and another Gamehendge song - Cavern - was next. I love shows where they include material from Gamehendge, b/c I know I would never see a full Game set this late in the game. David Bowie is always a great build up to a rocking, dope ass song. Overall, a great show! However, the show at Spokane Opera House coming up on the tour was OUT OF CONTROL!
, attached to 1995-10-05

Review by Midcoaster

Midcoaster My first "arena" show. It was a little strange, but that's the nature of change, right? My buddy P and I talked to Mike about living in Oregon before the show. Just a casual chat, what's it like, etc.

I had a hard time finding good sound. That Coliseum's sort of an echo chamber. It took me a while to warm up to the scale of things. However, the Harrison encore grabbed me in a profound way, one that let me know this was still for real. It seemed like a post to lean on (without cutting 'er down), and appropriate in the waning weeks of 1995.
, attached to 1995-10-05

Review by spreaditround

spreaditround SET 1: Chalk Dust Torture, Ha Ha Ha, The Fog That Surrounds, The Horse > Silent in the Morning, Cars Trucks Buses, Strange Design: This whole segment is straightforward and standard. The Fog That Surrounds played in 5 of 7 shows and Cars Trucks Buses played in 6 of the 7 shows thus far >

Divided Sky: Major LOL @ Fish for not hitting his cymbal for A WHILE after Trey’s ‘note’. Exceptional version, it is truly ripped!

Acoustic Army, Julius > Suzy Greenberg: Standard stuff here, Julius and Suzy are ripped and Trey trash talks the audience again RE: “We will crush you at chess”

First set summary: Nothing crazy, just good, solid Phish and nice setlist flow.

SET 2: Also Sprach Zarathustra > Runaway Jim, Colonel Forbin's Ascent > Fly Famous Mockingbird: This whole segment is completely on fire, that Runaway Jim is outstanding! The narration is Forbin’s is highly entertaining, ‘the concept of the matrix’ >

Scent of a Mule: Typically not a fan but this one gets out there into space and was an enjoyable listen >

Cavern: Really interesting placement here and a space jam comes out of nowhere and >

David Bowie: This space jam goes on for a more than a minute and sort of mimics Cavern. Mike and Trey play well off one another in the 7’s. This is an above average Bowie. Nothing too outlandish, but enough to say it has replay value for future listening.

Lifeboy: Love this after a strong Bowie.

Amazing Grace: Always have been a fan of this, cool slot for it.

ENCORE: While My Guitar Gently Weeps: Perfect, great way to end the show.

Second set summary: They came out hot from setbreak and I loved that segment. Bowie was the centerpiece of this set although I bet many would argue Forbin’s holds that title. Regardless, both have replay value for me. This is a pretty good show and my second favorite of the tour so far just barely behind 9.29.95 from LA. I will rate this as a 3.55 out of 5.
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