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Sep
30
95

Phish - 1995

Shoreline Amphitheatre
Mountain View, CA, US

Set List

Set I

Set II

Encore

Show Notes

This was Phish’s 1st headline performance at Shoreline (they had played there on 8/29/92 opening for Santana). Tickets cost $22.50. This show took place on Trey’s 31st birthday. Trey teased Call To The Post before My Friend My Friend. The 1st ever band chess move was made during the instrumental White Rabbit Jam, during which Trey explained the concept for the band vs. audience chess match that continued throughout fall tour. During The White Rabbit Jam, Page (for the band) and Pooh (for the audience) played a few moves on a large, vertical chess board that hung behind the band where everybody could see it. Velcro held the chess pieces onto the board. This show featured the 1st Suspicious Minds (Elvis Presley cover) played, sung by Fish, who appeared from behind the drums wearing his light-up Elvis cape in its onstage debut. Run Like An Antelope was teased before Horn. I’m Blue I’m Lonesome was performed acoustic and was dedicated to Jerry Garcia – this being the 1st Bay Area Phish show since Jerry passed on 8/9/95. After this show, the band and crew traveled 841 miles to Seattle for a day off before playing the Key Arena. The Late Fall 1995 Doniac Schvice (sent in mid-October after New Orleans) explained the chess game as follows: “The tradition of bands playing chess against their audience dates back to the times of Gregorian chants. Chanters vs. Monks. The Monks usually won. The great bluesmen of the 20′s and 30′s named their label Chess Records in honor of the legendary matches that took place in the blues halls and juke joints of the deep south. And who could forget the giant chess board that hung behind Jimi Hendrix on that misty morning in Woodstock, NY. In this tradition, Phish plays their audience in chess. The band’s convoluted strategy has kept the audience guessing. Victory is inevitable for one of the teams…”