Guest percussionist Karl Perazzo played the entire show. After Suspicious Minds, Trey introduced Fish as “Norton Charlton Heston.”
Jam Chart Versions
Debut Years (Average: 1990)

This show was part of the "1996 Fall Tour"

Show Reviews

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Review by n00b100

n00b100 If nothing else, you must absolutely hear the Mike's Song from this show, an astonishing hybrid of the crazed noisiness of 1995 (and, frankly, 1996) and the laser-focused tight grooves of 1997, with Karl Perazzo riding shotgun and providing a funky backdrop in that beloved Karl Perazzo way of his, a thread in Phish's jamming tapestry that heretofore had not existed. The supreme confidence of this jam, mellifluous at times like so many jams 13 and 14 months later, cannot be overstated - such is the confidence that Trey makes the ill-advised decision to head back into the usual Mike's closing stage, which the band stumbles through pretty badly. Still, the 17 preceding minutes are as good as the band gets (definitely as good ad 1996 gets),, and (if you want to get poetic about it) a remarkable literal transformation from old Phish to new Phish. The rest of the show is fine - Perazzo is Perazzo, and both Weekapaug and Slave are quite nice - but that Mike's is nothing less than a statement of intent and cannot be recommended enough.
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Review by User_6328_

User_6328_ I lost my cherry here. My first Phish concert. Mesmerizing!!!! The music was so compelling - when I heard the jams, I was hooked. I was really excited to see everyone having such a great vibe and the guest percussionist really complimented the sound. Unfortunately for me, it is the only Phish concert I have attended, but absolutely love Phish and have been a phan ever since. I am going to see them in Wisconsin in August! I can hardly wait. Anyone have tape of this concert? Let me know.
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Review by Bob_Loblaw

Bob_Loblaw This is one of the true turning points for Phish in 1996 as many of stated before Karl Perazzo's presence did so much for Phish and I believe pointed them in the right direction for the upcoming events of 1997.

Front to back this show is excellent. And call me crazy, but I think I like this show more than Halloween!

So much is enhanced by the percussion (especially Guelah, Taste, Stash, David Bowie, RIFT, Weekapaug, & The Wedge). And the playing and Trey's awesome '96 tone is the icing on the cake.

Billy Breathes is excellent as is a triumphant and excellent Bowie. The intro to Rift is unique and quite perfect, it drives the song in a way I would have never anticipated. Of course the obvious champ of this show is Mikes Song. It is likely a top 5 (or 3) version EVER! Yes ever! And it's one of Phish's most played songs! The execution is fantastic and the roaring jam that transformed in a perfectly played groovey funk jam. It's just the best listen for yourself. Weekapaug is excellent, as is The Wedge. Slave delivers as always.

Average encore but who is really going to complain at this point?

Almost a 5 star rating from me but just falling short. Do not skip this on the way to 10/31/96!
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Review by shumate

shumate The Weekapuag here is great. It just goes to show that there are jams aplenty that don't get the "Recommended" tag but are still fantastic. That's what you have people in the comments like us for. Karl Perazzo is fantastic. The whole show is fantastic. But you already know that.
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Review by DaReba

DaReba This Rift makes is played at a blistering pace. Feels like they are going to run out of the arena! Fish's ride is playing nici with parrazo. This sets aup a disgusting dark deep layered mike that Parrazzo rips apart.
Itsl like some Washington hieght, UrbanHippyrockfunk with drums coming from everywhere. Trey is just literally wailing his guitarcontent to just pierce throughthie sound animal they created .The first jam is heavier and more hardcore than anything I heard them play in up until that point in the states. The second starts like simple a little than on tape sounds alot like trey is on his drum kit lol but parazzo kills it though
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Review by djancy

djancy Love this Mike's they played at this show! A good solid show before Halloween
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