, attached to 1995-12-31

Review by rachelmolly

rachelmolly So many years later, and no notes from the show, my memory is a bit of a haze. However one thing that I will never forget is that we were sitting behind the stage, this is before the Garden was renovated so I think it was called section 69 or 70. When the large white balloons/balls came down just having the vantage point of being behind the stage and seeing them float out on to the crowd, and then back toward the stage, was surreal. It's as if they were floating as was I during this show, only my 4th (I think?) Phish show of my life. I was so blown away by so much of the show, as many of these tunes were new to me on this night. Imagine hearing Strange Design for the first.time.ever. By second set, it surely was a Strange Design and you didn't know if you were dripping in it or tripping in it. By the time of Midnight, to hear Weekapaug was to fully embrace Phish, to feel that I have arrived and to feel at one with the entire Garden as we were all sharing in the groove. I had seen other bands in this hometown venue of mine in the past, including Billy Joel, Genesis (ok, Hartford Civic Center) and the Stones (ok, Shea Stadium) but never felt like I had ever shared in any sort of groove before. Phish made that happen. By the time Frankenstein came on, I knew this was familiar musical territory, and I was fully even more so blown away when they rocked out Johnny B. Goode. Before 1995 I hadn't had a rock and roll musical experience ever like that created by Phish, and I knew that from then on, I wanted more, More, MORE!


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