Date: Sat, 15 Feb 1997 18:20:15 -0600 From: Bob Metz Subject: 11/6/96 review This was my sixth show. And before i start out I first must say that i saw my first show a little over a year ago (11/29/95 which was a great show!!) and every time i see them on a different tour I notice how they have improved. although this show wasn't superb it did have some great highlights. let's jump in- split open and melt: third time I had heard this one, and never expected to hear it as an opener. it started off standard. i noticed that when Mike came in his bass was a little hard to hear. The Jam though- THe Phucking JAM was AMAZING. Now in the other reviews people have called this standard, but in the show I realized it and now that i have the tapes i realize it- this is in no way standard. trey takes this jam to a new level that is really pleasant to here. this was a definite highlight cars, trucks and buses- great song to get down to, but not a whole lot of variant jamming- phun, good placement. fast enough for you- great placement. the more and more shows i go to, the more i realize that phish knows when to slow down and when to speed up. fefy is a wonderful slowing down song. taste- third time i had heard this also. i fell in love with it in deer creek. the jam was really nice, better than some of the other taste jams i've heard. This song has one of the coolest endings, i think. train song- heard this in deer creek too, acoustic though. i liked it better acoustic, but i really really like this song because it's a great deviation to what phish normally does- JAM poor heart- played well. not much to say about this. phun song punch you in the eye- this song I must say is really really DANK. landlady jam was great, as well as was the rest of the song. billy breathes- this song is ok but it's just not up there on my "really want to hear tonight" list y'know? anyway i needed the rest for- david bowie- HELL YEA BOWIE!!!!! this is the best closer to any set. it was well jammed but somewhat standard. set 2 wilson- ba dum ba dum Wilson! i caught it right away and was stoked because i think this is the best opener in the phish repertoire besides ac/dc bag. I thought it was well played. the curtain- i've waited a long long LONG time to hear this and i must say it was worth the wait- this song is DANK and was right on. great placement. this was a highlight (for me anyway) ->mike's song- hell yea this was turning out to be a good show. mike's song is always great. although i didn't think it was as good as the deer creek mike's- it definitely rocked ->swept away->steep- when i first heard this on billy breathes i was like what the fuck! but i must say i really liked this live. i really don't know why other than i think it's serves as a really cool and short slowing down point before something that requires you to DANCE YOUR ASS OFF! great placement. ->weekapaug groove- i've hear a thousand weekapaug's on tape and two live and i must say that this is the best one i've heard yet. mike's intro was so phucking bad it was scary. and the jam just soared really really phucking high. definitely a highlight scent of a mule- i love this song but i think they play it too much. i heard it in alpine and was really surprised at the addition in the middle where trey does some vocal work that matches his guitar. then page does some too. that was really cool to here. the russian dance/jam was dank. sample in a jar- great song, great placement. standard version fucky bitch- i'd never heard it before but this is such a cool song that everybody should here it. encore: rocky top- knew it was coming. great encore to a great show. i just want to add that i thought both sets were really solid and that it would not be a waste of tape to get this show. peace all.... ------------------------------------ Subject: The Late, Late, Late Reviews (PART I - Knoxville) From: "Brian P. Kelley"
As I am posting about this Knoxville show, several others are posting about the shows in Michigan. Well, I must say that I have been busy as hell and haven't been able to get on the 'puter for several days. I was meaning to post about the bitchin' and awesome Halloween and perhaps a three-part mini-series of Hampton, Charlotte, and N. Charleston. (Take a number, please ;) I'd rather post about the most recent shows just so they don't become too dated. (But I thought shows were supposed to be dated! . . .) Anyway, after coming back from the Knoxville --> Lexington run, I needed time to rest and recapture my thoughts. Boy, man! What rest will do for the Phish-Fried mind! Between working (yes I have a job, thank you :) and seeing 6 shows in 6 states in 2 weeks of Fall tour, I've hardly had time for anything else. But now, I can sit back in the EZ chair, pop my knuckles (ouch!) and give my "crazy fingers" a workout for a while! 11.6.96 knoxville, tn I II split open wilson cars trucks buses curtain --> fefy mikes --> taste swept away --> trainsong steep --> poor heart weekapaug pyite soamule billy breathes sample bowie funky bitch E rockytop Driving up from Atlanta was such a beautiful, little trip! Rustic orange and brown leaves of the poplar trees lined up and down I-75. Autumn time along the Smokie Mountains is just wonderful. Oh, oh, anyway, back to the review! (Sorry, I was reminiscing again ;) Stayed with a couple friends in Lenoir City, about 20 miles outside Knoxville. Headed up to the Civic Center with an hour-and-a-half to spare and do a li'l vending! (Yeah, yeah, they say not to do it - but hey, I needed gas and nug money!) They had a pat-down just outside the entrance to the venue. My friend freaked as they looked at her enclosed, darkened jar: "Don't take it! IT'S MY MEDICINE!" The lady humbly gave it back to her. (Whoa! =0 Didn't want to do without our anesthesia ;) Once inside the Civic Center, it was *everything goes!!* A bunch of ol' ladies were present around the fronts of every section, but once showtime came on, they were like Rutherford the Brave in the quicksand - HISTORY!! Set I opened with a solid, but standard SPLIT OPEN. Always a great opener to get you right into the mood. A groovy CARS TRUCKS BUSES followed and Trey was on his second-favorite(?) prized possession - the drum kit! Page was belting away those sinister, twisted melodies on his Hammond as Trey was smiling from ear to ear on his kit! Two uppity feel-good songs to start the ball rolling and then, the pace dramatically changed with FAST ENOUGH FOR YOU. Though its such a beautiful ballad, I felt that it was out of place this early in the set. The highlight of this song was this blonde chick right next to our row who was obviously X'ed out! She proceeded by taking off her green T-shirt, grinning skywards, to expose her "pair of mangos"! Towards the end of the song, she put her shirt back on and wandered off in her oblivious state. (At least it wasn't one of those old granny ushers - whew! :o) The sideshow was over and TASTE followed. Though it has a nice flowery jam and a good Fishman "fog" vocal, the song doesn't really go much anywhere. It's static until the dynamic ending when you actually appreciate the fact that it's over. Next came TRAINSONG, which was a pleasant treat. I just wish they would play it acoustic just like 8/13 Deer Creek. There's this sweet, elegant quality you get acoustically (such as on "Talk") that you can't capture live electrically. POOR HEART kicked in seconds afterward - a fast, non-shuffle version that made me dance my ass off!! (For this was my first "Poor Hear"!) Always a treat to hear back-to-back Mike songs (and I don't mean "Mike's Song", that comes up later in the 2nd set ;) PUNCH YOU IN THE EYE in its "Landlady Dance" splendor was a typical, average version - hard-rocking and fun, but doesn't hold a flame to 12/31/95 which opened that show! BILLY BREATHES followed and it was my second one since Hampton. A very tender, beautiful ballad which shows Trey at his "heartfelt best" (especially his Gilmour-like ending solo). However, as some others have said, the essence of the song is captured more on the album than in concert. Still it's wonderful to hear live! As the song came softly to an end, it segued into those weird, spacy chirps and echoes rendered throughout the arena. Trey's loop delay was in full swing! I quickly discounted "Maze" and called a "Bowie" for they were due for one! It seemed to last forever until Trey and the boys broke loose into the intro. DAVID BOWIE!!! Yes!! Knowing this was probably to be the set closer, I felt that it was gonna be an exceptional one. And boy, they didn't disappoint! Probably one of the most hard-driving, climactic ones I've ever heard. They built up to the coda slowly but surely, and while keeping the momentum going and not letting down! Trey was like rolling thunder with lightning precision as he ripped those notes out and setting off an explosion of cheer in the arena. This "Bowie" was just plain sick for I was left in a drenching sweat! It definitely saved this set from slipping into mediocrity! Set II opened up with two more first-time songs for me. I couldn't help but feel a shiver up my spine as the infamous "duh nah... da nah" emerged. Could it be? Could it be? Of course it is! WILSON!!! In an arena which holds 4000-4500 people, the Wilson chant didn't quite have the dynamics as say a 20,000-seat MSG but still great to hear! I was singing along to the whole song and screaming "I beg it all trune for you!" at the top of my lungs! I wanted to hear like a 30-40 second silence before the "Blat! Bloom! Blah Blah...!" part, but hey - for my first "Wilson" I wasn't too picky! Next came another sweet gem: THE CURTAIN (another first!) This one got me dancin' as hard as "Poor Heart". This is probably one of my favorite non-album Phish songs. Page adds a great countermelody to Trey's "ukulele-on-speed style" playing before the first verse. Such a great composition (almost like something Mozart would've written today). And now, heeeeeeeere's MIKE'S SONG!! Usually a set with a Mike's>?>Weekapaug means: Look Out, It's Gonna Get Nuts!! Though it was a thoroughly solid 15+ minute Mike's, it was nothing out of the ordinary. The dry ice creeped out when Trey was on guitar and the whole stage was blanketed in smog. You couldn't see shit!! Then, the cloud slowly lifted to show Trey on the drumkit! Pretty cool! The strobe jam was decent but didn't really wow me like past versions! SWEPT AWAY-->STEEP served as a great breather for what was to come: A truly funkin' and rockin' WEEKAPAUG!!! This was a different Mike than from several minutes before - for he was thumpin' those riffs harder and fatter than I have heard in a while (since...you guessed it, 12/31/95). The whole arena was dancin' away and totally "sharing in the groove". At the end of the show, it would surely prove to me that this was indeed "Mike's night". He really shined on this version, one of the highlights of the evening! SOAMULE was average, with the "Mule Duel" with Page and Trey. It's so funny hearing Trey sing the exact notes he plays up to the high-pitch "daaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaahhhh!!!!" Would've been great to see Page with the Theremin here such as in N. Charleston 10/27 (during the end of "Catapult" which segued between "Scent"). Nevertheless, the bluegrass quality of the song got many a Tennessean dancin' away - but the "big shindig" was yet to come! SAMPLE came next. Not much to say here, a standard version. Got many of the "Hoistheads" (Phish's equivalent of "Touchheads") singing along. Praying they wouldn't close with this, divine intervention came down and struck in the form of FUNKY BITCH! Woo hoo!!! Been dying to hear this one for a long time! Mike was in top form singing his verses and was actually the best I heard Mike sing all night! I can see why alot of people love this song so much! Though it's a bluesy song, it has such hard, raw, ferocious energy in it! Great closer for putting the exclamation point in "WOW!!" for the second set! As expected for an encore, it was the quintessential University of Tennessee fightin' song - ROCKY TOP! Again, Mike did the honors in yodeling out the leads while everyone (even the security and ushers, yes the grannies too ;) were jammin' away! I felt like I was attending a halftime show at a UT game and I even fantasized about hearing the trumpets and French horns in there. My first and only previous Rocky Top was at Deer Creek, but being in the Volunteer State and hearing this song made me feel such pride and honor for my fellow neighboring state. Overall, the show was just slightly above average but was redeemed mightily by great versions of Bowie, Weekapaug, and Funky Bitch! Especially being a Tennesee show, Rocky Top put the icing on the cake for a 7.25 overall rating. See y'all next time in my next late review from the Bluegrass State: Kentucky. (Mmmmm....I love Bluegrass :) ------------------------------------------------------ Subject: Knoxville review (sort of long) From: Randy Little I: Split Open and Melt, Cars Trucks Buses, Fast Enough for You, Taste, Train Song, Poor Heart, Punch You in the Eye, Billy Breaths, David Bowie 63 min. II: Wilson, The Curtain Mike's Song > Swept Away > Steep > Weekapaug Groove, Scent of a Mule, Sample, Funky Bitch Encore: Rocky Top 77 min. Myself (Randy) and my friend Brandon returned from Knoxville last night from our 4th and 5th shows this tour respectively. We were both in agreement that while ALL phish shows are fun and great, this was the weakest we had seen this tour, and possibly the weakest I've seen in about a year. Before I begin the review I have to get something off my chest which has been bothering me for a while. We came to the show with an extra ticket (on the floor) for one of our friends who was sick. I said "No problem, I'll just sell your ticket at the show." So I get to the show and try to sell it for face value only to be berated by every ticketless individual who I passed. People were angry when I would not sell the ticket for less than half what I paid for it, or worse some were angry that I would not simply give it to them for free. Anyway, I feel better now. Here is the review: Set I SOAM : When they stepped out with this tune I thought the show was showing some potential. The last set I saw which opened with SOAM was at the Ball and that turned out to be a great set. Unfortunately this melt was a shadow of what it could have been. It started out ok, and they grooved rather lazily, only to finish before reaching the usual peak. So I'm thinking ok, first song, their just stretching. CTB : Ok, this is a fun song to dance to, got the crowd moving a bit but nothing out of the ordinary. FEFY : This was nice to hear because it is not played too frequently. But it mellowed the crown out too soon. I was beginning to be a little concerned for this set. Taste : The composed section was normal and the jam was good although nothing I haven't heard before. Still nothing great. Train Song : This song does nothing for me and while it seems they like to play it, this song did not add to the set for me. It did leave Trey smiling. Poor Heart : This is not a spectacular song although I like to hear it and it did help to rouse the crowd from its coma with it upbeat pace. Another standard version. PYITE : Again, I like this song, it was fun to hear, but yet another very standard version. Trey was not even playing some of the notes he normally does in the opening section. However this did maintain the energy of the crowd. Billy Breathes : First a comment: when I heard this song on the new album, I thought the new arrangement was great and was really excited to hear this at a show. I have seen it 3 times since and each time it is played note for note off the disc except in concert it loses the perfection which can only be accomplished in the studio. So when they began to play this I was HOPING they would finally do something with this potentially great song. Maybe at New Year's ... David Bowie : When this began I really thought they were going into maze not only because of the sound but also because of the way the set was going it did not seem that Bowie would fit into this set. Let me preface this by saying that Bowie may be my favorite song, and thus I think all Bowie's are great. However, following suit with the rest of the set, it was standard for a bowie, although it was the clear highlight so far. The jam was building nicely only to be cut short :( . The overall rating of the this set was about a 3, the Bowie pulled it up from a 1 or 2. (Remember, this is in relation to other Phish shows, which are all good) Even though we were disappointed with the 1st I have noticed a trend of stronger 2nd sets, so there was definitely still hope. Set II Wilson : Sort of expected this one as they hadn't played it in 9 shows. With a crowd of what I was told was about 4500 people it did not have the overwhelming chanting effect which it normally does. But I was happy to hear it, but standard again ... at this point I am very worried that they would never catch fire. The Curtain : It is hard to rate this one because I was busy being hassled by the event staff for being in the improper seats although we were in the right row. Last time I checked that is usually good enough, but not last night. Therefore it would not be fair to rate this one. Mike's Groove : FINALLY!!!! Something I could sink my teeth into. This Mike's was great, and I broke a sweat at last. It had a grooving jam section into a cool spacey extended jam. This rocked. The huge plume of smoke at the beginning is always a welcome touch although Chris seemed to be searching for the proper light pattern to penetrate through the fog. Anyway I am very excited at this point. Now the last time they did the Swept Away > Steep segue, I read lots of people complaining. I think that these songs are perfect for Mike's groove and it almost seems they were written for that purpose. As they did at Halloween Chris flicked on the strobes foe the final scary scream at the end of steep. Very cool. Then out of the fading screams arose what would be the clear highlight of the show - Weekapaug. Mike was more dominant than in the the post- lyric section of Mike's Song. This was a real tight and intense version. The crown loved it, the band seemed happy, all was right in the world. Mule : I was sort of excited to hear this although I think it has been overplayed. While I used to look forward to the battle of wits between Trey and page, it seems now to be like just going thought the motions of the competitions which it once was. Trey's rebuttal had its usual vocal sort of jam, but this time page added a little vocal jam to his retort as well. I was happy however that Fishman was not permitted to solo like he was at the ball which I was not happy about. Sample : Sample was ... sample. The crowd enjoyed it, and as samples go it did have lots of energy. Funky Bitch : This was a great show closer. It was jammed out nicely, had lots of energy, and was fun to dance to. It was rockin'. Encore: When they returned Trey commented on enjoying his stay the past 2 nights in Knoxville and conceded that they could not resist this next song: Rocky Top : The crowd exploded when they started playing it. This is a song which I really enjoy compounded with the huge crowd enthusiasm. Left me with a smile. The second set was about a 5.5 - 6.0. Between the Mike's and the Funky Bitch, I was happy with it. Overall, I am going to have to rate this show as a whole at about a 4.0 - 4.5 . Although the second set had some great highlights, it could not erase the memory of the first. ------------------------------------------------------------------ Subject: we couldn't resist... (very long) From: email@example.com (KHW) hey there, i got home from knoxville this morning at about 2AM, weary and sore, tripped down and scratchy-throated, with a smile on my face ten miles wide (imagine that ;) last night, my friends, was a marvel. i was in atlanta on the 31st, and i said that night that remain in light was better than either of the other two sets. i say to you now that the two sets saw/heard/felt/tasted/smelled last night topped I and III from halloween as well. now, halloween was an INCREDIBLE performance all around. they started off shakily with mistakes in sanity, DWD, YEM, AND reba. of course, they pulled it together in the former two cases for incredibly high energy renditions. and in the latter two superjams, the mistakes were barely there (e.g. in reba, fishman halfway changed beats one measure too early but recovered brilliantly, leaving the crowd and the band chuckling). i forget the exact nature of the YEM flubadub, but i'm pretty sure it was there. i would argue that the boys were under more pressure to perform that night than ever before. assuming the mistakes were, in fact, theirs and not mine :), they are completely warranted. i know this is turning into a ween diatribe -- just bear with me. the other thing that diminished my enjoyment by the slightest bit on the 31st was the complete lack of rapturously joyful jams (slave, hood, antelope, divided sky, etc.) BUT IT WAS HALLOWEEN, you say. IT WAS _SUPPOSED_ to scare you shitless, you say. it did, it was, and you're right. all i'm saying is that i expected to have at least a few tears of joy in my eyes that night, and i didn't. i like that kind of phish the best, and they didn't play it. no biggie -- i'll be at new year's (knock on cellulose) for all the crying, kissing and weekapaugrooving i can handle ;) now back to our regularly scheduled program. here comes 11/6/96 song by song. SPLIT OAM: i wrote down bathtub gin when they started. don't ask me :) this was by FAAAAAAAAAAAAAAR the best version i have ever heard. it had me leaping into the air, and i was soaked by the end. the beginning was standard, as expected. from "we breathe..." to the GLORIOUS finish, though, i was absolutely transported. i was not transported on 10/31. i was misty-eyed at the end. thank you, phish. CT&B: i said "time to rest" when they started this one, and for the most part, it was. i haven't seen this since atlanta last year (is that right?). trey added much more than he used to towards the end of the song. at the pause, the crowd went nutso and then shut up quick when they started again. neat. FAST ENOUGH: sure. more rest. the solo was great -- they made this one sound like an old classic -- i do suppose the rift songs are moving in that direction though, aren't they... TASTE: i was a touch disappointed here. i was looking for a ROCKER. PYITE. antelope. oh well... fish did a decent job with his part; they all made the song sound great -- i didn't like the placement. TRAIN SHIT: no offense, mike -- that's just what i have written down on my setlist. as much as i have ever been at a phish show, i was PISSED at this point. is noone buying the album, or what??? my anger lasted only a moment, though, as the lights shining down on mikey's 'fro, making his eyes big black shadowy circles as he sung made me crack that inevitable smile. okay, okay... promote. as long as you play the songs PERFECTLY. and they did. after this song was over, i saw trey telling the others something... two words... i can't really make it out, "what is he saying???" and then in a bluegrassy blaze came POOR HEART: THANK YA JEEEEEZUS! i can DANCE again!!! this was so much fun after the four song lull. energy energy energy, screams out the wazoo. go jonny go... and you can imagine my unfettered joy upon hearing exactly what i was looking for in the opening notes of PYITE: easily in my top five. this is my favorite nonsuperjam phish song. i remember, from my first show, an old guy with a long frizzy gray beard standing next to me holding up a cardboard sign saying "punch you in the" and a little picture of an eye. one of my phondest memories (they DID play it that night, too). kicked ass. landlady dance had the crowd screaming, and me copying -- running all over the bastardo security guard trying his damndest to keep me out of the aisle. what could possibly top this incredible peyeitey? well... i sure as SHIT wouldn't have picked BILLY BREATHES: i mean, come on. i know i sound like i'm complaining an awful lot about these bb tunes. i am. i did. i can feel myself becoming more of a snob even as i type. these _were_ less than perfect choices, though. i saw last year's knoxville show, and the crowd kind of sucked. cheese ball people screaming during the acapella in drunken southern accents (i was born in knoxville, but there's just something about that drunken southern yell that makes my skin crawl). perhaps they were playing to the cheese. i don't know. this song sounded spectacular, except for the part where trey is doubled during the solo on the cd -- that HUGE pink floydy bend that slowly settles into balls out (that's four, not the customary two ;) soul-shearing distortio-soloation. that cannot, as of yet, be reproduced it seems. >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> is that a high hat i hear? why yes, i believe it is... DAVID BOOOOOOOOOOOOOWIE: oh my lord. i knew (hoped) they would finish with this, if for no other reason than to keep character zero off the list ;) this kicked my ass, and everyone elses, as far as i know. but it always does, doesn't it? SET BREAK: MMW on the speakers. big ass coke in my hands, and just a sprinkling of the old _psylocibe cubensis_ on my tongue. don't forget the shiva shanti in the upper deck. the cops at this place were ubiquitous and tyrranical. i saw people being thrown on the ground, chased, and generally harassed. it just goes to show you (venue security operators) that a low security profile (a la atlanta) facilitates control, order, and happiness, while the knoxville thug squad ready to tear out every dreadlock in site at any HINT of insurrection just ends up in a lot of out of breath blue boys and 50 paddy wagons full of the gentlest people on the planet. it was a farce. i was humming mike's in the bathroom... WILSON: sure. great. this set is going to kick. CURTAIN: i don't know this song well enough to comment extensively (aren't you lucky), but i sure as hell didn't notice any obvious mistakes. this song is EXTREMELY phishy, don't you think? i mean nobody else could have written anything even remotely like it. we follow the lines going south :) |>>> i called the hell out of... MIKE'S SONG: wow. they played this so incredibly well. lots of smoke and strobe lights. mike disappeared for a minute, i think messing with equipment, and i thought something wacky was going to happen. they brought it down low (not as low as some i've heard), and locked on a groove that i thought i recognized... of course, the groove that comes out after the low section is usually pretty teasy sounding, so i don't know. they continued, probing my brain with wickedness and left me drooling -- what are they gonna stick in the middle??? i'd love a little hydro, they already played poor heart, i was looking for a day in the life, maybe harry hood (WOULDN'T THAT BE CRAZY?!?!? with all the other placements tonight, who could tell...) but the little seed of someone's post from a few weeks ago, "they pulled that shit at MSG" referring to what you could probably call a nightmare, considering my previous complaints > SWEPT AWAY>STEEP: NOONE cheered. for god's sake, i hope they got the fucking picture. this would have blew my mind i think, had it not been for the seemingly start to finish rendition of bb during the first set. maybe not. in two years i could hear this and feel like i got something... out of this world. right now i feel cheated a little bit. putting these songs in the mikesgroove shows a reverence for them by the band. on that level, it makes me respect them more. on another level i was dissapointed. keep those expectations realistic, i guess. > (get me out of billy breathes world...) WEEKAPAUG: groovin. reciprocity. 'preciate it, guys. SOAM: better stop that laser game. this was the "intellectual" highlight of the show for me. page had solo worthy of coil -- he just kept going, and going, and at one point, mike and trey were facing him -- quiet, smiling, hands muting their strings. i got heavy chills. they love it more than i do. when page settled down, trey took the floor with a FLAWLESS scat session, mimicking the notes on his 'doc with his voice. this is where i saw that 10 mile wide smile :) badass. you could hear the laughter in the coliseum. then page says "oh yeah?" (not really) and does the same thing trey did, not _quite_ as well imho, and leading back into a more standard solo. trey begins to encroach, then mike and fish, and they pick up this jewish-wedding-sounding jam with trey and mike dancing just a little bit (and me kicking my straight legs up full force, clapping my ass off) they got faster and faster, the audience clapping it out (this was a MANDATORY clap, btw), and jon throws in the "hey!" that was on everyone's mind. just spectacular. SAMPLE: big time, kept that energy up. good choice, would have rather heard hood, antelope, divided, slave. picky, picky, picky. FUNKY BITCH: every time i see her she's got new fancy clothes... (nice purple silk shirt, mike) this rocked my butt. where's carlos when you need him ;) they moved out of the 12 bar with the funny turn around, into a straight up jam, and back again. nice. i love moving my feet to that turn around, if you know what i mean -- the little extra bit they throw in at the end of the chord set. i was shaking my sweaty hair all over the security guard who was just starting to cause inhuman feelings of rage and murderous hate to rise in the depths of my soul. E: ROCKY TOP: trey thanked the entire town, several restaurants, and said "we couldn't resist..." wish that i was on old rocky top... it was great. no real jam to speak of, but they certainly phished it up. strangely enough, i thought the best thing about this song was that the security guards (no matter how much they despise phish and their fans) MUST have been fighting so hard to keep their mouths shut and their feet from moving. i love it. it felt soooooooo good to have the guards watch me let myself go while they had to stand there and look mean. they'll all die of heart attacks before next tour anyway from the stress. knock on wood again; i shouldn't say things like that. well, there you go. i said the two sets were better than halloween. that's probably not true, really. my seats last night were incredible. i was in the upper deck on the 31st. i need to feel the lights on my closed eyes. i need to hear the echos of the show in my ears at the end. above all, i need happy stuff. oh well. see everybody on the holidays... ken "long of breath" williford --------------------------------------------------------- ubject: Phish in Knoxville, 11/6/96 From: &ee Jones Hello all, Last night was Phish's first show after a few days break - the much needed break was obviously a great help to the band - they were really on fire!! They played the Civic Coliseum, which unlike last year actually sold out completely. And yet we had a quiet and well-behaved crowd. Go figure. Set One opened with SPLIT OPEN AND MELT. I never ever expected to hear this as an opener. I never ever expected it to work so well either! It was pretty slow and low-key overall, but the tail part of the jam really took off and was just an amazing study in "How to build up a jam seamlessly." Wow - my legs were weak at the end of the song. Next came CARS TRUCKS AND BUSES - pretty standard, but a really neat song. FAST ENOUGH FOR YOU - OK Phish, what are you doing here? This was just a weird order for these songs. And I was to find out that the whole set was to run this way - much coherence but little continuity. The solo for this song, by the way, was gorgeous. TASTE - also standard. TRAINSONG - much better than it was at the Charlotte show from this tour - the deep drone from Page really came across well beneath the vocals. POOR HEART was a nice treat, but again weird to see this right after Trainsong. Fishman was having a helluva lot of fun throwing in the backing "vocals." PUNCH YOU IN THE EYE - I'd wanted to hear this someday, and I was not disappointed. During the first Landlady jam, Trey and Mike began doing a hilarious dance. The end of the song with its stop-go-stop sequence was really cool and very high energy. BILLY BREATHES - this didn't fit after PYITE, but it was a great version nonetheless. Trey solo is really starting to go somewhere, and I look forward to hearing it on the next tour after it has matured on the road a little. The set closed out with DAVID BOWIE. All I can say is that I have never heard another Bowie that can compare. It was just incredible - group communication must have been going particularly well as the song continually, slowly, but evenly built up and concluded with bang. Trey will never cease to amaze me. Set Two opened with those familiar four notes, over and over; the crowd begins to chant; WILSON - ahh, a Gamehendge song. Then begins what I thought was Slave, but then pinned down as THE CURTAIN. Shivers ran up my spine when the harmonies came in, thena cool jam begins but is cut short!! They're launching into MIKE'S SONG. This is why we love Phish - they jammed this song for a long time, doing some wild stuff, including fogging the entire stage and adding strobes, while Trey took to his drum kit and let his guitar go hogwild. Page was about as innovative as I've heard, and he seemed to take charge at the end. He brought it down fianlly, I heard the key change, and just as I called at the beginning of Mike's, they segued straight into SWEPT AWAY and the STEEP. I knew what was coming at the end of Sttep, but I still was scared out of my mind - right after the song ended, the stage went black for a second, then they all just SCREAAAAAAM into the mikes. Whoa!, but they're still playing - WEEKAPAUG GROOVE. Thousands of smiling, dancing and just plain happy Phisheads seemed to love this song as much as I did. OK, wow, if the first set taught me anything, then a quiet song must follow and tone it down a notch. WRONG - SCENT OF A MULE - as crazy as they come. The jam began as expected with Page, but then Trey plays guitar while vocalizing the notes simoltaneously, but with some other strange effect added. Wild. Then Page comes in for his solo, doing the same thing, but without the extra effect. Trey looked really shocked that he was doing this - obviously an unplanned thing. Anyhoo, the jam just kept going into the Turkish style jam, complete with Trey and Mike dancing in that style, then more jamming. Very cool. Everyone again built up the song evenly and everyone was together. Next came SAMPLE IN A JAR, which showed a lot of growth over last year's fall tour. Segued into Funky Bitch, which surprised me - they closed with it in Knoxville last year too. Nonetheless it rocked, although Trey took the forefront a bit too much. Of course he didn't disappoint either... Encore - Trey begins to tell the audience about the past few off days, spent hanging out in Knoxville at our fine restaurants, coffee shops, etc., and then makes the obvious selection - ROCKY TOP. And the crowd goes wild... -Andy Jones ------------------------------------------- Subject: My BIKE in Kentucky! From: firstname.lastname@example.org(Peter T Carvalho) Hello everyone: Once again I have been graced by the mighty Icculus and Shelly and received phat tickets. First row directly in front of Fishman. So since this was my first time being front row I made a sign. I wanted to use a song that they would never play but would find it funny to see. How about bike? I was with my two friends Lewis and Billy B. As soon as the band took the stage I held up the sign. Trey looked directly at it and smiled. I must admit I was very intimidated to be so close to the band. Everytime they looked at me dancing and singing I looked away. So I decided to dance as hard as I could. Chalkdust opened and rocked. Weigh followed the first of this tour. The rest of the set was standard. I was thinking what has not been played this tour so I yelled Guyute about 5-6 times and Trey started something and then stopped, looked at Fish and dove right into Guyute. It was amazing, better or as good as Rosemont but not Providence's Guyute.The set also had Tela and an in your face Character 0. This was the first time I have heard this other than Third Ball. The song wails. During set break everyone around us decided that fishman needs to sing, no matter what it was. As the band takes the stage the ten people around us started yelling "We want Fishman, we want fishman" Trey and Fish start laughing and Trey says "You're going to need to do better than that" The entire crowd cheers, fishman waves. They go into suzie, then a crazy Bathtub that had some of the best jammin I've ever heard. They were fooling around with these bells. Gordon had one at his feet, Trey had one by his drums. Anyway it was the best Bathtub besides the Centrum "Real Me" bathtub. After that was segue to HYHU. I could not believe it. Trey says something like, " Fish has not been singing to much this tour. We cut him off and put him in the penalty box" So Fish gets out and says "I am out of the box!" Into *Bike*! Unbelieveable. I cannot believe he played it. After the song was done Trey said to me"This guy right here is the reason you got Bike" I cannot remember exactely but he was talking about me. I figured out what it felt like to be that guy at Clifford Ball who Trey singeled out. If anyone has the tapes of this show could you tell me what Trey says to me? Also if possible could I send you some blanks? I am going to put a picture of my Bike sign on my web page. It's located at: www.netcom.com/~mcgrupp/phish.html. Thanks for putting up with this long winded, non-sober description of this show. I hope everyone enjoyed the BIKE! Take care and write me if you have any comments. Pete (...incased in orange rinds.) ------------------------------------------------------------------------ Subject: Knoxville 11/6 Notes From: email@example.com (Shaggy) Greetings, net.folk! Whew, a bit worn out today after last night's treat at the Knoxville Civic Coliseum! Setlist has been posted, so I'll just make a few notes. I was disappointed to hear on "Billy Breathes" that Trey hangs back during Taste. Listen to some older shows (before Taste becomes Fog), and Trey really takes the front in the instrumental portion. Last night he brought this back, and just melted me away :) I'm fairly certain that Bowie started out as Maze. I'd love some (constructive) commentary here. At least as far as Fishman's role, it sounded like Maze. There was an exchange of looks, smiles, and possibly some confusion between Trey and Fishman, Trey pulled a sustained note or two and then a chord. Almost as if it were a signal, or a request of sorts, Fishman inserted a beat and the pattern changed to Bowie. Nothing else happened for a few measures, and they launched off into a really siiiiiiiiiiick Bowie. Loomy sick jam. Excellent lights; Chris was doing a funky dance with the whites on a triangular tramp above the stage. I was about to note that, other than PYITE and Bowie, things were faring pretty middle-of-the-road.. I asked a blessing earlier in the day at work and said I would deem this a top-notch show if we got a Mike's>Weekapaug. We were blessed :) In fact, the Swept Away>Steep worked so wonderfully.. I am H2 is a sweet piece, but I didn't expect to hear it, at least not here. The fog and strobes were just crazy. Page did some sick synth work, and Trey had a moment back on the kit. After the "much ado" line they belted forth a scream, then Mike steps up into the soft blues with a kick ass bass hammer -> Weekapaug. Major energy here. Scent of a Mule: _SURELY_ they must be closing the set! But no! I listened to this from 6/25/95 (Mann Music Ctr) on the way up to Knoxville, so got adequately prepped to hear this. Page does an almost Peanuts Theme-ish > classical piano before "polka." Page = virtuoso pianist. Trey went into some wild vocal play with the guitar. Page was laughing out loud, then joined in the fun with the piano. The notes on the instruments followed their voices beautifully. This was akin to what Oteil Burbridge does with his bass. Is there a technical music term for this practice? Mike backed to the right of the drumset but filled with some hammering. Helluva climax to finish. My legs hurt! I followed Trey and Mike's orchestrated stepping; they stopped - I didn't! The security guard in our area freaked out, wondered what kind of hippie freak I was, but was really into the music and cool with all of us bouncing around. He even retrieved a camera for a friend of mine that another less, ah, "understanding" guard took earlier in the evening. (It was a quick-snap, no harm done.) Sample: expected this, but wasn't bad. I mean, they're musical geniuses, what else can be said? Funky Bitch: This one goes out, in my mind, to Taz. We had just conversed about this on her visit to our fair city. Third time I've seen this; Mike's got it to an art. Truly a funky feel, nice groove. Rocky Top: Went back to the apartment before departing to grab 6/26/95, where they encore with Sleeping Monkey and Rocky Top. Wanted to hear it on the road because it was to be expected as an encore. Trey thanked the folks they'd met and hung out with, the downtown restaurants, Cup-a-Joe, and everyone in general. Commented on how it'd been great for them to have a few days off after Gainesville. "We just can't resist" or similar was the lead-in to a fast-paced Rocky Top that everyone (it seemed) enjoyed. Someone commented earlier that it was likely a curfew that caused this to be the only encore :( Ken writes: > i thought the best thing about this song was that the security >guards (no matter how much they despise phish and their fans) MUST have >been fighting so hard to keep their mouths shut and their feet from moving. I noticed this. Some stood around trying to look important, but the ones in our area (floor right, stage front) were all over this one. Hope everyone had an excellent show in Lexington tonight! We'll be getting the tapes soon to see what we missed, so keep the vibe running! Thanks, Jonathan for the _timely_ posting of the setlist! Sounds incredible! Hate that I missed HYHU and the vacuum solo. Hope the parties were lively. Bright blessings, :: Shaggy :: "Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful | firstname.lastname@example.org committed citizens can change the world; | http://www.prism.gatech.edu/ indeed it is the only thing that ever has." | ~gt5685d/shaggy.html -- Margaret Mead ---------------------------------------------------- Subject: thoughts about 11-6 assembly hall (long) From: Gabriella Ann Amabile hello all! this review is dedicated to new friends katie and sarah and old friends dana and dom. pre-show: after driving the unexpectedly long 6 1/2 hours from ann arbor (and the last 2 hours without headlights) my friends and i found ourselves running into the venue so as not to miss the opener, according to my watch it was 8:00. i was a little surprised to see so many people still in the lots. so i get in the arens, and i'm thinking it's a little late for it to be this empty, but i made my way down to my seat (9th row center, bless you mail order) anyway. so, it still took me like 10 more minutes to realize that we had driven across a time zone and had gained an hour in the process. the guys sitting behind me got a good laugh out of my surprise. i then had tons of time to sit and wait alone because i had no idea where the friends i came with were sitting (not with me was all i knew). a few minutes later, a polite little voice asked over my shoulder if i knew what row this was. i turned around to see my friend who i haven't seen in months and months. we screamed and hugged! this ws so exciting! it turns out mail order gave us seats right next to each other! so, the night was off to a good start. setlist: 1: runaway jim, axilla 1*, all things reconsidered, mound, down with disease, prince caspian, reba**, gogli apparatus, antelope 2: 2001-> maze, bouncin, simple, lovin' cup, mike's song, star spangled banner, weekapaug groove * with some guitar problems for trey ** with whistling (yea!), clapping (boo!) and some antics from trey on the drum kit selected song reviews: even with the guitar problems, this axilla rocked hard and definately got me dancing. the girl next to me stepped aside to give some more much needed room. reba was absolutely phenominal. it brought me outside of myself. being so close to the stage, i could see all the guys' facial expressions, and they were definately loving the night. antelope was the best i've ever heard in 14 shows and 100's of tape hours. the energy kept building higher and higher. the energy flow did not stop in set 2. maze had so much tension and release play that i felt like i was going to explode until the song finally climaxed. the simple jam was awesome, the first i've heard it so i don't know about in relation to others this tour, but it rocked hard! during loving cup after the line "i know i play a bad guitar" i had to cheer for trey. this night belonged to him. he was jamming so hard, it seemed like he couldn't contain himself. a perfect example of this was the beginning of weekapaug when he played the opening section for a few seconds at super-high speed and was grinning away the whole time. rating: over all, this show had so many highlights. a killer setlist with many jamming tunes and phenominal playing. i give this show an 8 , even taking into account that all phish shows are awesome blah blah blah. get these tapes at all costs, just as i will be trying to do. thanks for listening, gaby ----------------------------------- From: Daniel Ritchey Subject: 11/6/96 Knoxville Thoughts.... Date: 28 Jan 1997 20:21:07 GMT Hi all, I have seen a couple of posts about Knoxville being a great show...one under the underrated shows thread. I must say I agree, although at the time I didn't think as highly of it as I do now. I recall after the first set describing it as below average, which was incorrect now that I have listened to the tapes some. I think I was still thinking about Halloween and wasn't judging it fairly. The boys were off for a couple of nights before this one and clearly had lots of energy and were ready to play! They were tight and together the whole night, and there are many extra licks and fills and small extraordinary things that make this show as a whole better than average. They were just warming up for Lexington though :-). I: Split Open & Melt, CT & B, Fast Enough, Taste, Train Song, Poor Heart, PYITE, Billy Breathes and Bowie II: Wilson, Curtain, Mike's > Swept Away > Steep > Groove, Scent of a Mule, Sample, Funky Bitch E: Rocky Top (in Knoxville, home of U of Tenn, whose school theme song is Rocky Top, which you hear 1000 times at any football game) Thoughts on some songs... Splt Open opener: This is a very pretty version of this song, if that makes sense. The jam is a good length, not as intense as some, but after the "breathe deep" break the jam begins to twist and become very melodic. Trey repeats this haunting series of licks over and over, varying them some, and it is fast becoming a favorite version of one of my favorite songs. Trey doesn't get as fast as usual, seeming to pay more attention to the melody. Mike is thumping along mightily throughout the whole thing. He sounds great. Fast Enough For You: I had 3rd row at this show, and this guy who started out next to me but ended up right behind me had a cardboard sign that said "FEFY". Trey gave it to him third song, and man the look on that kid's face was great. It made me happy to see someone so happy. Needless to say he was jumping up and down and smiling like his face was gonna bust. We were discussing before the show how he was gonna go to Deer Creek and didn't and was very upset about missing it there. Bike the next night in Lexington was very upset about missing it there. Bike the next night in Lexington was the result of someone with a sign also. Taste: Good tight, great jam at the end. Bowie: Pretty damn good bowie, nice closer. The second set opened with Wilson Curtain and Mike's falling one after the other in a 1-2-3 punch that scored a TKO with me. Nothing particularly noteworthy about the Wilson or Curtain but... Mike's Song: This song starts out great, you can tell they are into this one...Trey is particularly active and everyone is playing above average in the beginning. It eventually winds up in one of the coolest jams I have ever heard in a Mike's...I can't describe it at all, you'll just have to seek out the tapes. Scent: Not much unusual except Trey's part of the duel was really cool, he was into it and doing that deal a' la Oteil Burbage(sp?) (of ARU and Surrender to the Air) where he is playing and making noises with his mouth at the same time. Pretty cool duel, it didn't get lame like some of them. Funky Bitch: I figured they would end the set with Sample and when Trey ripped into the opening notes of Funky Bitch as Sample was winding down I was elated. Very cool. E: Rocky Top was Rocky Top, but the place went nuts as soon as the words started and the crowd realized what it was. Seek out the tapes of this night and the following in Lexington, they make a great pair of shows. Take care, Daniel Ritchey email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org Tapelist at http://ua1vm.ua.edu/~dritche1/tapelist.html "Even if the aliens are short, dour, and sexually obsessed--if they're here, I want to know about them." --Carl Sagan