, attached to 1996-08-13

Review by Slewfoot

Slewfoot Out of all the Phish shows I've seen live, this one has a special place in my heart. I saw it while visiting colleges in high school and staying with an old friend. We drove out from Dayton with no tickets in hand and found a pair from some guys at a gas station close by the venue. Things were already looking up.

I saw most of my shows between 1994 - 2000 and some are very memorable and others not so much. This one is in the former camp. I remember much of the music, but also distinct images: the sea of moving bodies as we walked in during Divided Sky, the guy jumping up and down when they started Tube, the way the music in Lifeboy made it seem like chandeliers were swaying all above our heads, Page dangling the theremin, the band sitting down for the acoustic set and many others.

Everything about this show felt special that night and it has only gotten better over time. Kevin knew what he was doing releasing this show many years ago. It would nearly be impossible to ask for a better setlist and the band had that perfect balance of playing with severe intensity and flawless balance. Too many highlights to mention them all, but the Mike'a really is one of the best versions they've done. I can't recall them playing with such balls to the wall rock while being so cosmic. Really great.

Please do hear this show if you haven't already. It gets my vote as the most underrated show the boys have played.


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