Phish - 1996

Wolf Mountain Amphitheatre
Park City, Utah, US

Set List

Show Notes

This was the first show of the U.S. summer tour and Phish’s only show at Wolf Mountain Amphitheatre, which was located at the base of Wolf Mountain Ski Resort with a capacity of 12,000. The band had been scheduled to play Wolf Mountain on 6/8/95 but the show was moved to The Delta Center due to weather.Tickets cost $22.50. The band members attended the HORDE Festival at this venue the day before this show. Soundcheck included the 1st known performance of Living Loving Maid (Led Zeppelin cover) and Crew Jam, which consisted of a Tequila-like groove w/ lyrics about Root Doc, the band rule and Bob Neumann. Just before showtime, a double rainbow appeared over the stage. Somewhere Over the Rainbow was performed solo by Page as his onstage Theremin debut and was played for the first time since 4/20/94. After Foam, Trey welcomed everybody to the U.S. tour saying “Europe was a beautiful place but it’s good to be playing in the states.” Possum contained Oom Pah Pah secret language. Run Like An Antelope included a tease from May The Force Be With You (The Force Theme from Star Wars). After this show, the band and crew stayed in Utah before flying to Denver the following day for a day off. The Summer 1996 Doniac Schvice (sent during the 1st week of July while the band was in Europe) Phish News shared advance notice about Fall and beyond, “After the subsequent U.S. summer tour climaxes with The Clifford Ball on August 16 and 17, the band will take some time off to rehearse for an extended U.S. fall tour that begins on October 16. You can find info. for the first half of the tour on page 3, including the Halloween show in Atlanta. Full information on the second half of the fall tour (November 17 – December 6) will be announced in the next Schvice, out in mid-September. We will also be playing four holiday shows between Christmas and New Year’s Eve.” The Summer 1996 Doniac Schvice also gave some information on recording projects “The band’s sixth studio album, currently untitled, is set for a North American release of October 15 (early January of 1997 outside of North America). Several of the songs featured have never before been performed live. Speaking of new recordings, Phish contributed a track (a collaboration with Burlington street musician “Richard the Clarinet Man”) to a compilation CD ‘Burlington Does Burlington’ which features Vermont bands covering each others’ music. The CD was created by and for the benefit of Good Citizen, a Burlington based organization run by local musicians whose mission is to ‘acknowledge and support Vermont music.” The September 1996 Doniac Schvice included a piece by Page called Notes on the Theremin: “This past summer tour brought with it many new things — The Clifford Ball, a new acoustic set and the Theremin. You may have seen me attempt a song on this instrument — it looks like a speaker’s podium with antennae on two sides. First developed in the 1920’s by musician/physicist Lev Termin (whost name was later anglocized to Leon Theremin), and later built by RCA, the Theremin is an instrument that is controlled without being touched. The Theremin has two antennae — the left controls volume, the right pitch. Moving one’s hand further and closer tot he antennae alters the electromagnetic fields surrounding them, changing the pitch an volume. The Theremin has been used on many soundtracks, including ‘The Lost Weekend’, The Day the Earth Stood Still’, and ‘Ed Wood’, as well as many famous rock recordings (The Beach Boys’ “Good Vibrations” and Led Zeppelin’s “Whole Lotta Love”). The Theremin that I play is a new one built under the supervision of synthesizer pioneer Bob Moog, who now runs Big Briar Electronics, a company in Asheville, NC that specializes in Theremins…Listen for the Theremin on our upcoming album, ‘Billy Breathes’.”