Phish - 1993

Worcester Centrum
Worcester, MA, United States map

Set List

Show Notes

This was Phish’s 5th annual New Year’s Eve show and their 1st show at Worcester Centrum, a hockey arena with a capacity of 14,757. Tickets were $22.50. For the entire 1993 holiday tour the stage was set up as an aquarium, complete with seaweed, rocks, swimming fish and a giant clam. This was the third performance of Peaches en Regalia on the tour in memory of Frank Zappa. This entire show was recorded multi-track in a remote truck and was broadcast live (and rebroadcast the following day) on Boston’s largest rock station, WBCN 104.1 FM. Before Ginseng Sullivan, Trey teased Roundabout. Ginseng Sullivan was subsequently performed with Trey on acoustic guitar, Mike on upright bass, Page on piano and Fish on Madonna washboard. Trey introduced Fish for his last vacuum solo of 1993 during I Didn’t Know, saying “here to play a New Year’s serenade for the woman standing right here in the front row, will you please welcome Greasy Fizeek.” Run Like an Antelope featured Tom Marshall on guest vocals delivering “the first line that he ever wrote for a Phish song”, namely “Rye Rye Rocco, Marco Esquandolas, Been you to have any spike, Mon?”. This show featured Peaches en Regalia as a show-long theme song. It’s Ice featured an extended Peaches tease and Fee began with a tease of Peaches en Regalia before Trey sang the verses through his megaphone. Fee ended in a heavy jam that led into Possum, which also included teases of Peaches en Regalia. During the end of the You Enjoy Myself vocal jam (before they left the stage), the band donned wet-suits while the P.A. played some pre-recorded, under water gurgling effects. Those same effects signaled the start of Set III, which began with the band “diving” into the onstage aquarium (it was actually four actors in wetsuits lowered on cables from the trusses) and climbing into the giant clam, which snapped shut on them. As midnight approached, the clam rose off the stage and shook violently during the countdown to 1994 before it erupted into a sea of confetti, light and sound at midnight. At that point, the band appeared back onstage playing Auld Lang Syne. A major highlight of this show was the 1st performance of the Down With Disease Jam, during which Fish’s roommate and old friend Peter Becker (who looks a lot like Frank Zappa) paraded across the stage waving the band and crowd into the New Year. Suzy Greenberg contained more teases of Peaches en Regalia and Harry Hood included a tease of Auld Lang Syne. Amazing Grace was performed with microphones. This was the band’s last headline show until April, 1994. In the meantime, Trey and Fish played some Vermont dates with their new band Bad Hat (which included Jamie Masefield and Stacey Starkweather). They shot (and Mike directed) the MTV video for Down With Disease and Fish backed The Dude of Life on a 5-date northeast tour with guest sit-ins from the other band members. Various band members sat in with friends Shockra, Michael Ray and the Cosmic Krewe and Col. Bruce Hampton & The Aquarium Rescue Unit at local area shows. In March, Elektra released Sample In A Jar as the 1st single from “Hoist”. The album “Hoist” was released on 3/29/94.