Phish concluded Fall ’96 with a famed run down the west coast. Ending in Las Vegas on December 6th, these two shows came directly before- with a stop in Phoenix in between them. Both shows illustrate the band’s developing sound, as they finished the tour with far more musical direction than when it began. Converging in more groove-oriented playing, the transition to funk was underway. The LA “Tweezer” and San Diego “Mike’s” stand head and shoulders above the rest of their respective shows. Enjoy the weekend.
12.1.96 Pauley Pavilion, Los Angeles, CA <MEGAUPLOAD
I: Peaches en Regalia, Poor Heart, Cavern, Cars Trucks Buses, Character Zero, The Curtain, Down With Disease, Train Song, The Horse > Silent in the Morning, Sample in a Jar, Run Like an Antelope
II: Tweezer > Sparkle, Simple > A Day in the Life, Reba, Swept Away > Steep > Tweezer Reprise > Johnny B. Goode, Slave to the Traffic Light
E: Highway to Hell
12.4.96 Sports Arena, San Diego, CA <TORRENT
12.4.96 Sports Arena, San Diego, CA <MEGAUPLOAD
I: My Friend My Friend, Chalk Dust Torture, Horn, Uncle Pen, Timber (Jerry), Sample in a Jar, Train Song, Guyute, Character Zero, Lizards, David Bowie
II: Ha Ha Ha, Mike’s Song > Prince Caspian, Sparkle, Punch You in the Eye, Life on Mars, Reba, Lawn Boy*, Weekapaug Groove
E: Jesus Just Left Chicago
Jam of the Weekend:
“Bathtub Gin” 11.9.98 II Chicago, IL
This “Gin” that highlighted night three of UIC’s ’98 stand, saw Trey carry a melodic idea throughout the entire jam, creating an melodic anthem.
VIDEO OF WEEKEND:
“Bug,” “Reprise” 3.8.09 E Hampton, VA (Three-Camera shoot)