May 28, 2021

Phish: new archival release Great Woods '93

Another archival Phish release is available for streaming and download: 07/24/93 Great Woods Performing Arts Center, Mansfield, MA:

On July 24, 1993 Phish played their first headlining performance at Great Woods Performing Arts Center in Mansfield, MA, a modern amphitheater with a capacity of about 15,000. Reserved tickets cost $19.50 and the Saturday night show was sold out. This was a watershed moment. Phish had paid their dues around Boston from club dates at Molly’s and The Paradise to theater shows at the Strand, Somerville, and Orpheum, opening for Santana at Great Woods, and New Year’s Eve shows at World Trade Center and Matthews Arena. Unlike its predecessors, Great Woods ‘93 had a video feed that was captured on VHS tapes and kept in Page’s collection until being transferred for release - a rare full-show video from the legendary Summer 1993 Phish tour. On the heels of their latest album, Rift, Phish’s process of crafting live shows was evolving, incorporating new sounds including Page’s Yamaha C7 grand piano and the return of his Fender Rhodes. With a deeper catalog and instrumentation came expanded production, like the multi-panel Minkin backdrop and moving lights, and a growing devoted audience to enjoy it.

Llama opened the show and set I highlights continued with Divided Sky, a killer Stash with choreography, the only The Mango Song > Bouncing Around The Room pairing to-date, and The Squirming Coil. Set II got rolling with 2001 > Split Open And Melt and a potent Fluffhead > Maze with megaphone vocalizations and 2001 callback. Glide showcased Mike and Trey’s onstage ice-sliding moves and Mike’s Song featured an extended jam with strobe lights/hazers that set up Yerushalayim Shel Zahav > Weekapaug Groove. Purple Rain displayed Fish’s vocal and vacuum skills before Daniel Saw The Stone > Good Times Bad Times brought set II to a close. The arena rock barbershop air guitar of Free Bird capped an electric Great Woods experience.

Setlist and notes from

SET 1: Llama, Horn, Nellie Kane > Divided Sky, Guelah Papyrus, Rift, Stash, The Mango Song > Bouncing Around the Room, The Squirming Coil

SET 2: Also Sprach Zarathustra > Split Open and Melt, Fluffhead > Maze, Glide > Sparkle > Mike's Song > Yerushalayim Shel Zahav > Weekapaug Groove, Purple Rain > Hold Your Head Up, Daniel Saw the Stone > Good Times Bad Times

ENCORE: Golgi Apparatus, Free Bird

This show saw the first Mango Song since May 17, 1992 (150 shows). Fish teased Bouncing Around the Room before Mango. Maze contained Also Sprach Zarathustra teases from Trey. Page teased Under the Boardwalk in Mike's Song.


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