Phish's November 19th, 1992 show at Ross Arena at St. Michael's College in Colchester, VT was an old fashioned local barn-burner. It took place just as the band finished recording "Rift" - their fourth album for Elektra Records.
In nearly a decade of playing almost every venue in Vermont, this tour-opening show marked the band's first St. Michael's appearance. The newly constructed Ross Arena provided a hometown showcase for the new material. Of five songs debuted in Colchester, several came from the new album including "Fast Enough For You" and Fishman's contribution to Rift - an extended dub-style "Lengthwise".
The band used the overgrown living room vibe of their hometown show to introduce the first ever Big Ball Jam. It was during the set two-opening "Mike's Groove" sequence when the show reached full fever pitch with an extended Weekapaug Groove. Gordon Stone's guest parts on pedal steel lent a spooky flavor to "Poor Heart" and "Llama" and his contribution to "Fast Enough For You" earned this first version a permanent spot among the best performances of the song. Four songs from the soundcheck accompany in this release, including "Weigh", "Caravan" and an extended "Funky Bitch".
The intended release of this show at LivePhish.com happened to intersect with the incredible tragedy of the 2010 Haiti Earthquake. This archival release emerged as a way to help the victims of the Haiti Earthquake thousands of miles away.
100% of proceeds from the release will benefit The American Red Cross and Partners in Health, two organizations working towards the aid and restoration of Haiti. Phish's own non-profit, The WaterWheel Foundation, will match the first $15,000 raised from the sale of this show.
In the past, charitable downloads at http://www.livephish.com have raised over $60,000 for three non-profits, the Harbor House of New Jersey (The Headphones Jam), the New Orleans Musician's Clinic and the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Fund (Katrina Relief). Additionally, the Mockingbird Foundation receives funding on an on-going basis from the proceeds at LivePhish.com.
For a complete tracklisting or to download the MP3/FLAC files, please click here. Please spread the word about this release and its beneficiaries, who are busy right now providing much needed medical support in Haiti.