Fog That Surrounds
This was the 1st show of the first leg of fall tour. The band and crew, now thirty-five including drivers, had a few days of tech. rehearsal at Oakland Arena in Oakland, CA before traveling North to Sacramento. The Fall 1995 Doniac Schvice listed 54 fall dates through December and a mail order deadline of August 29 as well as a Halloween announcement that read “The tradition continues this fall, this time at Chicago’s Rosemont Horizon. Once again, Phish plans to don a ‘musical costume,’ and play an album chosen from your suggestions at some point during the show…Anything from the annals of recorded music is fair game. We also encourage you to come dressed as your favorite Phish song, character or crew members. Betty Frost and her legion of disciples will scout the corridors and give out mystery treats for getups that amuse their fancy.” The Fall 1995 Schvice also informally announced the holiday tour and welcomed a rare opening act – Medeski Martin and Wood – as special guests in New Orleans. This was Phish’s second show (and only headliner) at Cal Expo – an amphitheater with a capacity of about 14,500. Tickets were general admission only and cost $22.00. This show featured the 1st “Fog That Surrounds” (a variation on Taste played in this arrangement just 8 times from 9/27/95-10/17/95) as well as the 1st Cars Trucks Buses, Billy Breathes, Keyboard Army played plus the 1st Hello My Baby (Howard and Emerson cover) played by Phish. The opener was Wolfman’s Brother, which was played for the 1st time in more than a year (since 6/26/94) and included updated backing vocals at the end. Before Fish’s trombone solo during I Didn’t Know, Trey introduced him saying “please welcome, all the way out of the past, Mr. Henrietta.” As Trey got set for Fog That Surrounds, he said “Thanks everybody it’s really great to be back playing here. It’s been too long. This next tune…you think you know this song, some of you, but you don’t.” After the song, Trey said, “That by the way is called ‘Fog That Surrounds.'” This was the first Phish show since Jerry Garcia died and some listeners hear a tease of Slipknot! during the ending changes of David Bowie. Harry Hood was unfinished, ending in sort of a wash without the final “You can feel good about Hood!” refrain. Before Hello My Baby, Trey said “We’d like to dedicate this next song to our close friend and monitor mixer, Mr. Pete Schall.” After this show the band and crew traveled 510 miles overnight to San Diego.