This was Phish’s only performance at the Civic Auditorium – a basketball arena opened in 1954 with a capacity of 10,960. The show was general admission, tickets cost $22.50 and the show was sold out. The Dog Log soundcheck was to the tune of Funky Bitch with Trey singing Dog Log and Page singing Funky Bitch.
Maple Leaf Rag was teased by Page at the end of Gumbo. Vibration Of Life was played for the first time in almost two years (since 11/30/94) and Trey announced that it was “written by God.” During Catapult, Mike took off his bass to sing one verse in each direction while Trey kept a beat on his percussion rig. Mike then performed a unique scarf/ribbon interpretive dance. Axilla contained the Axilla (Part II) ending with with the “don’t shine that thing in my face” lyrics from ‘Hoist’ and a tribute to Toph, the light crew, and specifically Leigh Fordham. The Harry Hood lyrics (specifically the crowd “Hood” chant from Red Rocks) were also altered to include a call-and-response (Trey) “Leigh” (crowd) “Fordham” moment. During Harry Hood, Trey held a single guitar note for approximately 3 minutes and Mike played some foot bell. Leigh Fordham references also dotted Suzy Greenberg, which also included teases of La Grange and Axilla. This show featured the 1st We’re An American Band (Grand Funk Railroad cover) by Phish – giving the band a chance to re-tell the classic tale of Four young chiquitas in Omaha. After this show the band and crew traveled 711 miles overnight to Memphis, Tennessee for a day off – the longest trek in a week of long drives through the Midwest.