, attached to 1992-07-11

Review by scott_bernstein

scott_bernstein My first Phish show -- after I'd already been well-introduced to them by hearing recordings that friends had provided, I was very happy to finally have the opportunity see them on a bill with my then-favorite jambands, Blues Traveler and Spin Doctors.

I was very impressed with the diversity of styles in the song choices that made up this set. While all of the tunes are extremely "standard", it was nice they were able to slip in a vacuum solo (which I was NOT prepared for!) into the middle of Cavern, and a full on You Enjoy Myself despite a festival-imposed time-limit.

The notes here are not entirely accurate -- the "Popper jumping through the trampoline" was a totally set-up bit! They had purposely rigged the trampoline to fail so that he would fall through it for a laugh.

I was so blown away with these guys that I immediately bought tickets to see them open for Santana just 8 days later at the same venue. Unfortunately in contrast to this one, that was a highly unremarkable 30 minute set. The only truly remarkable thing about that night was Trey's sit-in with Santana's band, which was spectacular. Luckily it did not dissuade me from coming back again and again for (now) more than 20 years!


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