, attached to 1996-10-25

Review by Brettinthebathtub

Brettinthebathtub @drewn20 - also my first show. Hadn't done the math on the anniversary date. Good call. Kinda gives "20 Years Later" a special meaning.

I remember walking around the parking lot before the show and just feeling like it was somewhere that I was supposed to be. Really good vibe to a 17 year old kid. My friend had gotten me into Phish a little bit, but I was still fairly unaquainted with what they were all about, so I was unsure of what to expect. It was a promising start.

We rushed the stage when the gates opened and wound up about 20 rows back. The cats around us were really cool and seemed very excited when they heard it was my first show.

Danced my ass off during the first set. When the set break came, my buddy had to hit the head, so we started making our way off the floor, but it was so crowded down there that we couldn't get out. We tried the entire time until the lights went back down. He was pretty irritated until the band came on and we realized that we had wound up about 3 rows from the front, Page side, in between him and Trey. It was the closest I have ever gotten, and it was completely by accident.

Going back and listening to it now, it was a decent but not great show. Coil was awesome, Stash and Maze were really tight, and I was psyched to hear Geulah, one of probably 20 songs that I knew at the time. But by the time the show ended, I was completely hooked. It's cool that they played TMWSIY at this one, because I also stepped into another world that night.


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