January 29, 2021

Phish: new archival release Kansas ’93

Another archival Phish release is available for streaming and download: 8/17/93 Memorial Hall, Kansas City, KS:

On August 17, 1993 Phish returned to Memorial Hall in Kansas City, Kansas for the second time that year. Also known as Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Building, the venue is a historic 3,500 capacity auditorium that hosted three Phish shows along with everything from basketball to roller derby and professional wrestling. Kansas City was the last stop before heading out to Colorado and points west for the last six shows of the tour. The band was experimenting with “Including Your Own Hey” listening exercises amidst a groundbreaking summer and the results were palpable. In Kansas City after a memorable St. Louis show (released as St. Louis ’93) Phish took just about every song for a creative ride.

Set one kicked off with Wilson > Llama, introducing the first of this show’s multiple micro-jams during Wilson and a reprise of the “Wilson” vocals in Llama. A standout Divided Sky led to the only Weigh > Maze pairing to-date followed by Fluffhead > Fast Enough For You and the then-common bluegrass spiritual Daniel Saw The Stone. Set two soared, from the must-hear 2001 > David Bowie opener (the first such combination) to The Horse played on acoustic guitar with a unique David Bowie mashup. You Enjoy Myself went deep, ending in an Ob La Di, Ob La Da vocal jam while the encore paired the unamplified a cappella Memories with Jimi Hendrix’s Fire – a reminder that summer ‘93 was packed with both.

Setlist and notes from phish.net:

SET 1: Wilson > Llama, Guelah Papyrus[1], Divided Sky, Weigh > Maze, Fluffhead, Fast Enough for You, Daniel Saw the Stone

SET 2: Also Sprach Zarathustra > David Bowie, The Horse[2] > Silent in the Morning > Rift, Suzy Greenberg, You Enjoy Myself > Purple Rain > Hold Your Head Up, My Sweet One, Cavern

ENCORE: Fee[2] > Tweezer Reprise

[1] Oom Pa Pa signal.
[2] Trey on acoustic guitar.
[3] Without microphones.

Mike dropped a few vocal references to Wilson in Llama. Divided Sky contained Call to the Post teases. Guelah Papyrus included an Oom Pa Pa signal. The Horse featured Trey on acoustic guitar. Trey teased the Speed Racer theme and Frankenstein in YEM. The vocal jam in YEM was based on Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da. Memories was performed without microphones.

» livephish.com

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