The Top 100 Moments: 1-10

Starting from my first show.  Here are some things that I remember.  A quick hit from each show.

1. 7/1/95 Great Woods – The opening notes of Ya Mar.  The guy sitting about 10 people away from me who can clearly be heard on tape yelling “Fishman!” repeatedly.  The best If I Could ever played.

2.  12/2/95  New Haven Coliseum – Listening to part of the Funky Bitch soundcheck on 99.1 WPLR preshow.  Hearing Runaway Jim for the first time and having a moment with Dan O realize what an awesome song that it is.  The Tweezer Hose Jam.  Page’s solo during Squirming Coil – the most attention I have ever seen a crowd.

3. 8/16/96 Clifford Ball Day 1 – The innocence of the first major festival.  The perfection of the 2nd set.

4. 8/17/96 Clifford Ball Day 2 – Miracle-ing that dirty smelly skinny tour rat who had done the entire tour.  Old Home Place opener.  Ben & Jerry jumping in the bathtub during Brother.

5. 10/17/96 – Bryce Jordan Center, Penn State – 2001 opener with deep red lights and smoke machines.  Star Spangled Banner acapella.  Walking through campus zig zagging through the dorms with Dewey.

6. 10/21/96 – Madison Square Garden, NY – Pretty Meh show.  Had great seats right next to Fishman.  4 guys in the row behind us had homemade tshirts: Trey is Good, Page is Good, Mike is Good, Fish is Good.

7. 10/23/96 Hartford Civic Center – Extra drummer during the 2nd set.  Straight forward and rocking from the start.

8. 12/31/96 – Fleet Center, Boston, MA – Preshow at the Boston Museum of Science.  Bitter cold night.  Impossible tickets.  Saw one guy trying to trade a bar of soap for a ticket. Don’t Stop Til You Get Enough tease during Punch You in the Eye. Balloons falling from the ceiling!

9. 8/14/97 – Darien Lake PAC, NY – Camping behind the lawn listening to Crosseyed and Painless soundcheck.  Walking through the amusement park to get to the venue.  Bozo’s walking through the crowd at setbreak.  The Jam after Harry Hood.  BOZO MADNESS > Camel Walk.

10. 8/16/97 – The Great Went, Limestone ME – The band came on at exactly 4:20 and opened with Makisupa Policeman.  Took me 11 shows to get my first You Enjoy Myself.  Pretty sure we were sitting next to Tom Marshall before set 1.

 

Padding The Stats: Justin Bieber and Selena Gomez Go to a Phish Show

I’ll admit it.  I love stats.  One of my favorite things about this whole blog thing is that I get to see how many people visit my page each day.  Not only that, but it shows me where most of the clicks come from.  After only a few short weeks of life, my page is now searchable on the Interwebs.  I received my first Search Engine hit the other day.  Someone in Singapore entered in his Yahoo! search bar – “I feel feeling.”  I have no idea what the hell they could have been searching for, but it directed them to my first ever post.   

I started thinking about a way to get the most readers with the least amount of work.  That’s kind of how I roll – I like to work smarter, not harder.  And honestly, I’m not very smart.  But today I am a genius.  To steal a line from my other blog inspiration, “that’s right kids”  JUSTIN BIEBER AND SELENA GOMEZ went to a Phish concert last week in Long Beach, California.  And he like, totally Tweeted about it on the Twitter.

BIEBER TWEETS

I can’t wait to see how many hits those two names get me in the next couple of days and weeks.  A bunch of Tweens are going to be searching for more info on their favorite heartthrob, but instead they will get directed here to my blog.  Ha – the joke is on you 13 year old girl from the midwest!  No Justin Bieber content here. 

Alright, maybe just one picture from backstage.

 

OMG – Biebs (That should get me at least 6 clicks from Google) and Selena!!  Also known as Jelena (worst Hollywood couple nickname ever).  According to Hollywood insiders – and a bunch of dirty hippies at the Phish show, they were throwing glowticks during the second set.  Glowsticks wars have been a normal scene at Phish shows for the past 15 years.  When Justin Bieber was only 3 years old, I was at the Great Went listening to Phish play “Harry Hood” in complete darkness while thousands of glowsticks were launched into the air for the first time.  A Glowstick War was born!  It was spontaneous, it was beautiful, it was painful at times – but it was a moment I will never forget.

Thank you Justin Bieber and Selena Gomez for helping me remember my first Phish glowstick war – and more importantly, for padding my stats.

And if you want to see Justin Bieber’s arm throwing glowsticks, watch this Youtube video:

August 17, 1997 – “The Went Gin”

The first time I made it way up north to Limestone, Maine was with “Black Saab” and “DanO.”  We had attended the previous show together in Darien, NY and it was the first Phish show for both of my brothers.  That night we camped together outside of the Amusement Park in the shadows of the venue and the rollercoasters.  I have no idea how or why we got separated from them before the long drive and the weekend ahead.  But, that’s the whole point of this – maybe “Fat Strawberry” and “Rod B” can help me remember what happened with that.  I don’t remember seeing my brothers at all the entire weekend in Maine.

Two things that I remember vividly from that weekend both occured during the second day of music.  The first was about a minute into the opening song “The Wedge.” 

I’m building you a pyramid
With limestone blocks so large
I drag them from the mountain top
You’ll need a two car garage

I looked over at “Black Saab” and he had that look in his eyes that things were just not OK with being in a field surrounded by 50,000 other people.  The wave of people seemed to be sweeping over him and he leaned over and said something like.  “Dude, I’m freaking out.  I need to get out of here.”  I calmly assured him that everything was going to be alright.  We sat down together for a minute or two in the same spot where we were standing and the tide slowly went back out to sea.  We stood back up and smiled at each other and were able to enjoy the rest of the set.

The second thing that stands out in my mind from this weekend is the performance of “Bathtub Gin.” 

Phish had previously toured with Carlos Santana, and he described the band as a “Hose.”    Trey paraphrases Carlos’ statement here –  “(The Hose) is where the music is like water rushing through you and as a musician your function is really like that of a hose. And, and well his thing is that the audience is like a sea of flowers, you know, and you’re watering the audience. But the concept of music going through you, that you’re not actually creating it, that what you’re doing is — the best thing that you can do is get out of the way.”

 The best way to describe this section of the song is “Pure Hose.”  The music and energy flowing from the stage into the crowd was drowning us in sound.  I find it hard to believe that someone was able to hold a camera during this:

Yeah, The Went Gin has a special place in Phish lore.