When show anniversaries pop-up, one of the coolest is The OJ Show. But what about the shows that precede it? Often overlooked is the run of shows that started the tour leading up to that night. Today’s podcast is a great example of the phenomenon of looking past greatness to get to the juice. Some real treats hide in set one, but its just a prelude for the second set which really starts off one of the best weeks in Phish history to that point.
The podcast tosses it’s listeners a rare one: an indoor show in June from a college venue during the 3.0 era. The first set starts strong, features a nice Mike’s Groove… and check out the back-end of Undermind! Set two contains a gorgeous three-song combo to compliment one of the top Reba’s of the last decade.
Ride the rides! See the show! A night under the big top, the podcast’s first foray into 3.0. This show is home to fan requests, rarities, and a stellar second set.
Right before one of the top shows of the decade, Phish played to a small crowd of fans at a country club cafe… and rocked it! This three set show starts off with early favorites, begins to spread it’s wings by the time Weekapaug Groove comes around, and closes it’s first set with Machine Gun Trey tearing through You Enjoy Myself. Two new songs find ground in the middle of set two, sandwiched by good versions of Bowie and Antelope. Set three is fantastic with a great Slave and Possum.
Ending the tour with a bang, this show ranges the best parts of the first tour of this particular year. Set one continues to ratchet up the intensity through the set-finishing Run Like An Antelope. The closing set of the month rages, including a great Mike’s Groove and layers of band member solo sections that sent early tour heads out with the knowledge that the band was at a peak.
Friday night at a condo complex… and its not the 80s. This show rocks from start to stop, making it far from underrated. However, it did not find wide circulation until the BitTorrent era began. The first set displays a band playing at the top of their game, with a fantastic Runaway Jim opener and three jam chart tracks before the break. Set two is a tour de force: strong, crafty, masterful. Split, McGrupp, and YEM will take your face off.
Pre-show rain causes a change of location within the same venue. This show starts solidly before a great Stash and mid-set Squirming Coil. Set two makes an interesting listen with deft playing and a nasty, short Down With Disease. The back of the set features a fantastic Harpua and a gorgeous take on Slave to The Traffic Light.
A night in Charlotte full of highlights. The first frame starts with four well played numbers before hitting its stride with a bustout and a gorgeous Slave to the Traffic Light. Set two opens with crowd interaction, contains a monster David Bowie and a fun Forbin’s Mockingbird.
This Phish podcast finds it’s way back to California, paying tribute to one of the hottest weeks in the early 90s. The first set here is a full of tight composed segments and interesting jam treatments. Set two is a mind-bender and on many lists as best set of the year it appears in. It was late one fall night at a fairground near town…
Showing no ill effects from a fall and wearing ankle brace, Trey is on his game this show. Set one features impressive bookend numbers and some intense jamming in Split Open and Melt. Set two is extra strength: the intensity of the first four songs, a rare Fishman tune, and a colossal Hood to close one heck of a first week of the year.