Phish - 1996

Joyous Lake
42 Mill Hill Rd, Woodstock, NY, US

Set List

Show Notes

This was Phish’s only show at Joyous Lake – a small local bar with a capacity of about 300. It was a 21-and-over show and no advance tickets were sold. The cover charge was $7.00 at the door and the show was completely sold out. This was not listed in the Doniac Schvice and was unannounced until the day of the show. The band performed under the moniker “Third Ball.” Juan Hung Low opened the show. Big Black Furry Creature From Mars included some Rolling Rock beer-bottle-slide guitar by Trey. Scent Of A Mule included some Trey keyboard and a Sunshine of Your Love tease. This was the 1st Waste and Character Zero played in public. In a rare throwback to the club days, Paul Languedoc provided a soundboard patch for this show. The Late Spring 1996 Doniac Schvice included ticketing info. for the upcoming Europe dates and mail order info. for the U.S. Summer Tour. It also announced the departure of longtime monitor engineer, Pete Schall, who had been with the band since 1990. Last but not least, the Schvice announced “The Clifford Ball – A Beacon of Light in the World of Flight”. Phish News from the Schvice read: “Our European tour in July will consist of some concerts opening for Santana (Phish will play 50-60 minute sets) with some select headlining club shows. As you can see on page 3, several of these shows have not been confirmed. Please call the hotline to get the most current information. Many of the confirmed shows are already on sale. Purchasing advance tickets to these shows is highly encouraged…Immediately following Europe, we’ll be touring for two weeks in the U.S., culminating with The Clifford Ball in Plattsburgh, NY (about three hours north of Albany, directly across Lake Champlain from Burlington, VT) on August 16th and 17th — the only dates Phish will play in the Northeast this summer. This two-day festival will be unlike any Phish show we’ve ever mounted before — on-site camping, tasty and eclectic food, a diverse assemblage of arts and amusements, and plenty of Phish — three sets both days. Festivarians of all flavors are invited to make the pilgrimage to The Clifford Ball. The band has returned to the studio to continue recording and mixing their next studio release, hopefully in stores in early fall. More details on The Clifford Ball, as well as the first half of Phish’s fall tour, can be found in the next issue of the Schvice, in your hands in late July. Have a great summer!” Between this show and the next (7/2/96 opening for Santana), the band finished overdubbing and mixing “Billy Breathes.” Planning meetings for The Clifford Ball began and Fish got together with Pork Tornado for a gig before the band and crew prepared for their first trip overseas (2nd ever) in four years.