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  • Birthday January 3

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    Peaking out whenever I can, which is never since I have edit: three little kids that rule my life.

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  1. For a second there, I thought you were referring to a show four years earlier, to the day. 10/18/94 - across the street from my dorm Freshman year @ Vanderbilt. Some pretty sweet acoustic stuff went down that night with Bela on stage. "Scent of a Mule through Llama featured Béla Fleck on banjo and Old Home Place through Nellie Kane were performed acoustic. Llama began in the acoustic setup, but during the song the band members switched back to their electric instruments."
  2. I put the Halloween 98 webcast up on my buddy's big screen TV in college. My CPU was the only one of any of my friends that had a yellow video out jack. It was spotty and grainy, but we got the show live and threw one hell of a Halloween party around it. I came as Jay Kay from Jamiroquai. Grew the beard and everything.
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    Slavephan Selects

    Love me a sick 93-94 Foam. Thanks Dave!
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    Slavephan Selects

    I haven't thrown this show on in forever, but I did get the tapes the day after the run and the Ghost and Julius were instant rotation staples all late summer/early fall '97. That Ghost is so, so very sick. All my southern brethren felt seriously blessed by those Lakewood '97 shows, following up on The Fabulous Fox '95 and The Roxy '92.
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    Slavephan Selects

    As for 3/22/93, I always considered the over-the-top goodness of the Mike's > H2 > Weekapaug to be kind of a reward to the audience for "enduring" an entire Gamehendge. Not that I would have considered it "enduring," but I bet a lot of people in attendance in Sacramento in '93 probably could have done without a night of storytelling. Still, that is probably the most smoking version of those tunes I've ever heard. Ever.
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    Phish Fall Tour 2016

    As usual, I'm with Jimi. That was a nearly impossible feat they attempted with this album. IMO, it's the most difficult costume cover to nail (largely due to the uniqueness of Bowie's vocals, the spacious arrangement, and the precise placement of just about every sound on the album) since the White Album. I prefer other costume sets to this one, but I'm seriously impressed with their performance. To quote Trey from the Naked Guy show, "let's give [them] a round of applause, that took a lot of balls to do what [they] just did." I mean, just attempting to sing 1971 David Bowie in many of these tunes, knowing you'll never get close and your chords aren't what they used to be, is musically brave in my book. Moonage Daydream stole the show and is a lock to be the one that makes it into the rotation. Ziggy and Suffragette were pretty much nailed. Will I listen to this one as much as Remain in Light, Loaded, Dark Side of the Moon, and Exile? No chance. But I will listen again for sure. How lucky are we that our band does shit like this?!
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    Phish Fall Tour 2016

    Without question. But take it from someone who has a long history of dabbling in the Jedi arts, the way that amp is singing is a major factor here.
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    Phish Fall Tour 2016

    Just listened to Alpharetta night 1. IMO, Trey is really delivering the goods in the jams (see HUGE Disease) because of how much he's loving the break-up this amp is delivering. It sounds amazing, just as it did for Hendrix, Stevie Ray, and just about every other pantheon virtuoso who has sworn by it. Trey is rejuvenated by this amp, mark my words. He's going to be killing it all tour thanks to (the practice associated with Halloween) and this one change in his rig.
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    Slavephan Selects

    I will never forget those Hampton '97 shows. My East Coast crew and I were headed home from Nashville for Thanksgiving and caught them on the way. They were so good that my friends and I found a way to hit Cleveland-Detroit-Dayton after the break. In the end, great decision and fortune all around. When they came out to Emotional Rescue and Mike started in with the falsetto singing, we knew we were in for a very special Hampton run. Four song second set? Yes please. Having grown up with "The Mothership" as a backdrop to my childhood (my grandparents lived in Newport News), it was amazing to witness what I call the "architectural stereo" of Hampton's acoustics in person with my favorite band throwing down respectfully rare performances during a hallmark tour for the band. Oh and I called the Mike's opener the second night. So I had that going for me, which was nice. [I would be remiss here if I didn't acknowledge the greatest call I've ever witnessed. Before they ever played Sweet Jane at Merriweather the August before Halloween in Vegas '98, I was engaged in a very serious conversation with one of my best friends in college about what they would play for Halloween that fall and he said Velvet Underground Loaded. Boom. Nailed it. Best call ever. I think my call at the time was Songs in the Key of Life.]
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    Slavephan Selects

    Oh wow. This is about as good as this song gets. If it were to be featured on a live album akin to "A Live One," this version would be the one to represent this tune. Fantastic find, Dave. I had this on tape years ago but had forgotten about it. Thanks for rekindling the flame!
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    Slavephan Selects

    93 Maze = Total Peakfest My thoughts exactly. 93 Maze is a peak moment in Phish history, IMO. It was THE vehicle for the band to show off their peaking skills. Mike rumbling throughout the jams, Fishman going Mach 5, Page toying with your emotions during the organ jam, and Trey tweaking your noodle and pushing the tension and release to never-before-heard heights. I'm giddy just thinking about it, and the next thing I do will be to revisit that Red Rock Maze. Thanks Dave, a home run yet again!
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    Slavephan Selects

    I was right there with you. Ended up running to buy a tour shirt at setbreak just to be able to get out of my wet clothes. THAT was a wonderfully memorable experience. BTW, to which Walnut Creek show are you referring? I know I was at Walnut Creek '98, there by myself, and randomly encountered some friends from college who had front row tickets. So instead of the lawn, I was in the front row and, seeing that the lawn was getting drenched, was delighted to see them open with Water in the Sky, Drowned. Also caught my first Col. Forbin's at this show, so needless to say, the front row hookup for my first Forbin was unbelievably fortuitous. And later came the embarrassment of having friends that, having enjoyed a big batch of brownies prior to the show, who fell asleep IN THE FRONT ROW during the show. That confused me as much as anything I've ever seen at a show. Under no circumstance shy of being bludgeoned would you ever find me asleep in the front row of a show.
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    Slavephan Selects

    I always attributed to the superlative role of Trey and his pedals in this show to the fact that it was his birthday show (they didn't play on the 30th which is his actual birthday). Always seemed to me like it was at that point in Phish history when they had a propensity for this kind of wackiness, and when mixed with Trey's birthday, what resulted was an experiment in Trey being completely and utterly unleashed and uninhibited in his use of his effects array. It's my birthday, and I'll lightsaber if I want to.
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    Slavephan Selects

    C'mon, Dave. You gotta give credit where credit was due. NONE of us saw Che Hun Ta Mo, much less Big Alligator, coming in that first set. I arrived at the gates at 11 am that day and was in the first wave of sprinters once they opened. So I was on the rail for 12/30 and you could just feel the energy when, instead of going with a typical cover or a rare original, they doubled-down with that sick Big Alligator throwdown All kidding aside, the Light Up jam is one of my Big Cypress favorites. Page absolutely destroys the Winwood vocals. You could tell they were settling in for a long run of ride-heavy, patient jams the way that one took off. The Trey melody was perfect, the Fishman ride was smooth, and Mike's bass line was perfectly syncopated for Trey and Page to do their thing. It's close to perfection and a heavy go-to of mine to start a road trip (to which my kids can attest). Great selection, Gondolier!
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