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Feb
03
93

Phish - 1993

Portland Expo
Portland, ME, United States map

Set List

Show Notes

In the weeks leading up to this show, Fast Enough For You was released as the 1st single from “Rift”, Fish donated a 1967 Electrolux vacuum to the Hard Rock Cafe’ in Boston at a “Rift” release party (where the band sang Amazing Grace) and, the day before (2/2/93) “Rift” was released on Elektra. The Portland Exposition Building was a historic gymnasium with a capacity of 2,700. The venue, opened in 1914, was the second oldest continuously-used arena in the U.S. behind Boston’s Matthews Arena, where Phish played their previous show. This was Page’s 1st show playing his new Yamaha C7 Baby Grand Piano, which he has played ever since. He had reportedly said he wouldn’t play Loving Cup until he got one. Not surprisingly, the show opened with the 1st performance of Loving Cup as well as the 1st performances of The Wedge, Lifeboy and Amazing Grace. Trey sang the verses of Fee through his megaphone and My Friend My Friend began, for the first time, with Trey on acoustic guitar. Runaway Jim included a tease of My Girl. Trey played The Horse on acoustic guitar, switching to electric for Silent In The Morning. You Enjoy Myself included another tease of My Girl and the alternative lyrics “Water Your Team in a Beehive I’m a Sent You”. This phrase came from a “what are you saying after ‘Boy’, Man, God, Shit’”? letter in the Feb 93 Phish Update that Mike answered, “in ‘You Enjoy Myself,’ after ‘shit,’ we say, ‘Water you team in a bee hive, I’m a sent you.” The public debut of Amazing Grace was performed without microphones. This was the first date listed in the Feb 93 Phish Update, which read in part: “The dates on this newsletter are for the first month of a North American tour that will continue into early May. The next newsletter will be mailed in late January and will hopefully contain the remainder of the tour. Our new album for Elektra, Rift, is being shipped to stores on Jan. 29th and should be available by Feb. 3rd. Tickets, etc: As our fan base grows we are faced with new problems that don’t have easy solutions. A number of shows this fall sold out very quickly, and with these sell-outs came a number of unfortunate situations. Tickets for several shows were available at high prices through “ticket brokers”. Purchasing tickets from these agencies will only fuel them to drive the prices up and try to get more tickets the next time we play in the area. The only way to eliminate this problem is to refrain from purchasing tickets from them. It is a supply and demand situation and if they feel there is no demand, they won’t bother with us. Linked to the brokers problem is the issue of counterfeit tickets. Counterfeit tickets have been discovered at several shows, often being sold right outside the venues. These tickets may appear to be good imitations, but most ticket takers can easily distinguish between real and fake tickets. We urge you not to purchase tickets from anywhere or anyone except from an authorized ticket outlet. If you do so, you will be contributing to a growing problem that casts an ugly light on an otherwise positive situation. If we all cooperate now, we can nip this problem in the bud before it gets out of hand. We are currently looking into alternative ticketing situations (mail order, etc.) to help make tickets more available to fans.”