Skip ahead 18 years from the Dead’s 78′ run discussed here yesterday – into a new generation, new scene, new band – and check out this magical 4-night Phish run (!) at Red Rocks in the summer of 96′. These shows happen just as the Phish scene is exploding, from a minority phenomenon to a household name. The fanbase is growing and taking on a culture and language of its own. For instance, the crowd initiates an audience chant in Harry Hood through fliers passed out before the show – this ritual remains today and you’ll hear it any Hood post 96′. You can really feel the excitement coming out of this newly blooming community in these shows – the band and the audience are locked in and just mutually lifting the scene to a higher level. Anyway, nuff’ bullshit – let’s get on with the shows:
08-04-96 Red Rocks Amphitheater, Morrison CO
1: Chalk Dust Torture, Funky Bitch, Guyute, Fee, Split Open and Melt, The Mango Song, The Sloth, Maze, Loving Cup
2: AC/DC Bag-> Reba-> Scent of a Mule, Sample in a Jar, David Bowie, Sweet Adeline, Slave to the Traffic Light
E: Star Trek Theme*, Rocky Top
*Page, solo on Theremin.
08-05-96 Red Rocks Ampitheater, Morrison, CO
1: Wilson, Poor Heart, Guelah Papyrus, The Divided Sky*, Wolfman’s Brother, Foam, If I Could, Julius, The Squirming Coil
2: Also Sprach Zarathustra, Down With Disease-> It’s Ice, Halley’s Comet-> Somewhere Over the Rainbow**, Waste^, Talk^#, Train Song^, Strange Design^, Amazing Grace, Mike’s Song-> I Am Hydrogen-> Weekapaug Groove
*During the silent part, everyone sat down by instruction of the “Group Crowd Ideas at Red Rocks” flier. **Page, solo on Theremin. ^Page on a smaller piano, Trey on acoustic guitar, Mike on acoustic bass, and Fishman on a smaller drum set (the “acoustic mini-stage”). #First time played.
08-06-96 Red Rocks Ampitheater, Morrison, CO
1: Makisupa Policeman, Rift*, Suzy Greenberg, Simple, Theme From the Bottom, Lizards, Dinner and a Movie, Horn, Run Like An Antelope
2: The Curtain-> Tweezer**, Prince Caspian, A Day in the Life, Big Black Furry Creature From Mars, Purple Rain, Harry Hood#-> Tweezer Reprise
E: Johnny B. Goode
*Contained “This is Red Rocks, This is the Edge” (referring to U2’s live album “Under a Blood Red Sky”), by Trey. **With “Norwegian Wood” jam. #First appearance of the “Hood!” chant after the band sings “Harry,” which was initiated by flyers passed out at the show.
08-07-96 Red Rocks Ampitheater, Morrison, CO
1: Punch You in the Eye, Sparkle, Stash, Ya Mar*, Gumbo, Taste, Lawn Boy, Years**, Ode to a Dream**, Doin’ My Time**
2: Runaway Jim***, Free, Colonel Forbin’s Ascent-> Famous Mockingbird, Possum, Life on Mars, You Enjoy Myself, Hello My Baby
E: Bouncing Around the Room, Golgi Apparatus
*Trey thanks the audience, salutes two-time Olympic gold medalist and Colorado native swimmer John Olson and announces that a special guest will come out later in the set. **First time played; with Tim O’Brien on mandolin, bouzouki, and lead vocals. O’Brian is a former member of Hot Rize (see 11-16-97). ***With “Gypsy Queen” jam.