Runaway Jim contained Third Stone from the Sun teases. Reba did not have the whistling ending. This show marked the debut of Prince Caspian. Page teased The Sabre Dance in Tweezer. This gig was originally scheduled for the outdoor Wolf Mountain Amphitheatre in Park City; due to a late spring snowstorm, the day before the show took place it was moved to the indoor Delta Center.
This was my first show. I was 19 years old, a freshman @ the University of Wyoming, Laramie, and recently turned on to the Dead and Phish respectively. I saw 7 Dead shows between December 1994 and the time of this show including the recent Dead shows in February also @ the Delta Center. Although it was my 2nd Dead show when I "got" it(Sugaree-Denver 12/01/94), it only took 1 show for me choose the righteous path, which is that of the Head. I remember exactly when it was- During Runaway Jim, Trey starts teasing "Third Stone from the Sun"-Hendrix. I lost it. Tears welled up and overwhelming emotions coursed through my body and my mind as I absorbed the power and beauty of my surroundings. Dancing, smiling, happiness. Thousands of wonderful people coming together to enjoy this awesome music and atmosphere. I knew that I wanted to experience and feel this joy again and again. I have shared this secret and to this day relish the sweetness I first experienced that day @ the base of The Wasatch Front. Still on the train, AJ
Someone needed to mention this Tweezer. While not the best known of the crazy-ass Tweezers, this one is just as crazy as the rest of 'em. You all know the ones I'm talking about, Bozeman, Bangor, Mud Island, the Fleezer, Bomb Factory, Mesa, Fox Theater, all of those. This Tweezer might not be as good as all those listed above (or bad if you don't enjoy when Phish gets weird, but let's be honest who doesn't), but its still really cool.
The opening is pretty standard, maybe a little extra funk than most 95 Tweezers. Trey starts the jam off weirdly with some wah'd out chording giving the jam a funky sound that seems two years early. But it gets weird fast, a lot of listening between everyone here, especially Trey and Mike and a lot of interjecting of weird chords. Still weirdly funky. Very off-kilter. Around 6:50 it breaks into almost double time but softly with strange chording from trey and page. This soon disintegrates into strange dissonant hits from everyone and now its almost half time. back into Tweezer sounding jam at 8:10. fantastic rhythmic playing from everyone. Super funky jam here in the 8th minute. Soon weirdness returns as the jam quiets at around 9:10. Sounds like the ending of AC/DC bag but drawn out. This turns into a scary bluegrassy jam with little fast plucking from everyone accentuated by Fishman's hi hat. Super weird at 10:30. Strange sounds from trey. Unexplainably weird jam around 11:20. Won't even try to describe it. Disintegrates at 11:40. Spacey weird shit now, still active though like the spacey parts of the Mesa (12/9/94) Tweezer. Not very pleasant. Weird interplay between Mike and Trey at 12:40 that sounds cool but very erie. Page joins this with piano fills. Fish is very light on the cymbals. Trey develops a cool theme at 13:30. Every one plays off this cool jam starts to develop at 14:00. Very cool jam here. Starts picking up. I really like this part a lot, its a rocking continuation of the weird bluegrassy stuff. Trey starts soloing in a strange manner at 15:10. Jam breaks down in to a weird double time thing. Little tinklings from everyone around 16 minutes and it starts picking up. Scary build up. Trey soloing happily but no one else's instruments are making happy noises. At 17 minutes this weirdness is sustained for a long time. Until, it breaks down at 17:30. Spaceyness here. Very weird. At 18:13, yes that exact time, out of nowhere Fishman blows out of the gates with a double time beat that everyone instantly adheres to. Sweetness. I feel a hose jam coming. Here we go. YUP. Trey starts chording like crazy but its over to soon. Oh no. Back to weird rhythmic stuff. sounds almost reggae-like at 19:30. Full blown reggae jam around 20 minutes. Trey slipping in the Tweezer theme here. Slowly picking up into a reggae Tweezer jam. Weird, but so cool, this is like Makisupa mixed with Tweezer! Back into the full blown Tweezer theme. Great transition. Sweet little jam at 22:00. Very funky, no big solo form Trey. Just starts coming down into Lifeboy.
All in all, not my favorite tweezer. It reminds me of the Bangor tweezer in that its a lot of short unrelated jams all strung together that all sound more-or-less strange. Much more active than Bangor though. So this tweezer is perfect if you're in the mood for a super weird Phish jam that is not that spacey. And to conclude my review of this Tweezer I will reiterate: WEIRD!
Well we drove out from Virginia to do this summer 95 tour. We opted to skip Boise the night before because it was just too damn far. So we took our time (I was 19, fresh out of high school) and drove across the US, sleeping anywhere we could find and getting yelled at a lot. Finally we pull up to the beautiful town of Park City and drive up a mountain to the base of the Wolf Mountain ski area. It is the day of the show and the place is deserted. My first thought is, "wow, phish must be pretty small out here." My buddy, Speedy, was wiser. He thought the show was cancelled. So we explore the office and find an old timer that tells us the show was moved down to SLC. We find out it is only an hour away and down the hill we blaze, blasting Cornell 77 in preparation for the show ahead.
Down in SLC, the parking situation is odd, we end up parking in a lot that seems to be filled with commuters who work downtown. In fact as 5:00 rolls around, many people in suits stream into the lot. I remember thinking it was an odd intersection of cultures.
We meet a guy in a conversion van who came from the boise show using a brick on the accelerator as his cruise control. He tells us about the new songs and hooks us up with some brain expanders.
Inside, the coliseum was half full, but for some reason our seats were still nosebleed. I had a hard time hearing the music, and this took away from my immersion in the scene. This was when phish was heavy into the tension and release, and I remember thinking that this would get old if the whole tour followed the exact same pattern. Red Rocks, night two, set one YEM really proved me wrong on that thought. They really broke through a wall on that song, check it out.
Very interesting show. Some good stuff, some new stuff, and some standard stuff.
The first set features a very solid Jim. No real jam but still unique and intense at the end. Reba is also straight forward but still very strong in its own right. Rough first version of prince Caspian.
The second set is one of those strung together almost off sets. Simple is an odd version because it features no guitar solo, which makes it feel weird and no payoff for the build. Free is an early rough version but it is unique in the fact that the mid section is experimental and eerie, nothing like what it would grow to sound like. Then comes Tweezer. I look at this as the first step for Tweezers epic decent into jam history. Basically each Tweezer for this half of summer becomes bigger and bigger. This is the first real dip into the abyss for Tweezer during this year and it is a very quirky jam with tons of teases. They are really feeling it out and finding their bearings, This is the building block of the amazing epic jams to follow. Nothing sticks out too much for the rest of the set.
Good Times Bad Times is an especially noteworthy version as Trey destroys the place.
This was my only show. I am from Ohio and was on the Grateful Dead summer tour. Our car broke down in San Fransisco, and we got a ride from some deadheads from New York heading back. They had an old bus with two Volkswagen buses welded to the top. On the way back they were going to some Phish shows, so I thought I might as well go to one. I remember being there, but don't remember what they played, good thing for this page. What I do remember is Phish jumping on trampolines and a couple next to me. The girl kept passing out and the guy was grabbing her overalls. We then went to Red Rocks and the ones that weren't going into the amphitheater had to hide in the upper level of the bus were the Volkswagen's were. We then were dropped of at the I-77 and I-80 intersection. Were we where picked up and rested a couple days to go to Vermont and finish the tour. It was a great summer, something I'll always remember.
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