November 12, 2022

Phish: new archival release New Haven ‘95

Another archival Phish release is available for streaming and download: 2/12/1995 New Haven Coliseum, New Haven, CT:

On December 2, 1995 Phish played their second of three shows between 1993 and 1998 at the New Haven Coliseum (aka Veterans Memorial Coliseum) in New Haven, Connecticut. New Haven ‘95 fell in the middle of a legendary 54-date fall tour – the most extensive since 1993 - and the band was coming in hot from an impressive week, from their first Hampton appearance to shows in Nashville, Dayton, and Hershey. The Coliseum was a modernist style Northeast hockey arena with a capacity of about 11,000 and a built-in helical parking structure stacked dramatically atop the venue. Tickets cost $22.00 and the show was sold out – a scorching rocker on a freezing cold Saturday night.

New Haven ’95 set I got rolling with the first Prince Caspian opener followed by an impressive Runaway Jim. A spacious conversation developed in Reba, which reached a soaring peak to alight sans-whistling at My Sweet One. Free showcased a deep piano excursion supported by Trey on percussion and swirling effects, followed by the newly-reworked-for-fall Taste. The Possum closer maintained the set’s flow and intensity and welcomed in the setbreak. After the traditional fall ’95 Audience Chess Move, set II blasted off with 2001 > Maze > Simple > Faht > Tweezer > A Day In The Life > Golgi Apparatus. Maze had a warped intro out of 2001, Simple resolved into the last Faht to date, and the explosive New Haven Tweezer. The Squirming Coil, Tweezer Reprise, and an emotional Bold As Love encore brought the night to a close. New Haven Coliseum was imploded in 2007 but the reverberations from this show will last forever. New Haven ‘95 was recorded by Paul Languedoc to 2-track digital and mastered by Fred Kevorkian.

Setlist and notes from

SET 1: Prince Caspian, Runaway Jim, Mound > Guelah Papyrus, Reba[1], My Sweet One, Free, Taste That Surrounds, Bouncing Around the Room, Possum[2]

SET 2: Also Sprach Zarathustra > Maze > Simple -> Faht[3], Tweezer > A Day in the Life > Golgi Apparatus, The Squirming Coil, Tweezer Reprise

ENCORE: Bold As Love

[1] No whistling.
[2] All Fall Down signal.
[3] Fish on acoustic guitar.
Reba did not have the whistling ending and Possum included an All Fall Down signal. Faht featured Fish on acoustic guitar. Tweezer contained Take Me to the River teases and Squirming Coil contained a Carol of the Bells tease from Page.


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