New To YouTube: Phish Celebrates Trey Anastasio’s Birthday & Honors Jerry Garcia In 1995
On September 30, 1995 Phish headlined at Shoreline Amphitheatre in Mountain View, California for the first time. The concert took place on guitarist Trey Anastasio’s birthday and also marked the quartet’s initial performance in the Bay Area since Grateful Dead guitarist Jerry Garcia died. While a few clips from the show have been shared on YouTube throughout the years, today 90 minutes worth of professionally-shot video (captured by a fan pointing his camcorder at screens in the venue) has been uploaded to YouTube.
Phish’s headlining debut at Shoreline was the fourth show of Fall Tour 1995. Early in the first set, Trey had LD Chris Kuroda shine a light on a huge chess board set up behind the band. Anastasio explained the foursome would challenge the audience to a chess match that would feature a few moves each night. Page McConnell represented the band and a fan named “Pooh” represented the audience as they each made a few moves, beginning a competition that would last until the end of the year. Phish vamped on “White Rabbit” as the first moves were made. Unfortunately, the video picks up in the middle of the “Reba” which followed the start of the band/audience chess match.
The 90-minute clip below begins with a fierce “Reba” including a frenetic peak led by the birthday boy. “Uncle Pen” and “Horn” came next ahead of a fast and furious “Run Like An Antelope.” Phish then gathered around a single microphone with their acoustic instruments. Anastasio said, “This is the last place that myself and two other guys in the band saw Jerry alive. We thought this would be a good opportunity to play one of his favorite songs because I know he’s up there listening. So this one is for you, Jerry!” With that, the quartet launched into “I’m Blue, I’m Lonesome” by Bill Monroe. A quick romp through “Sample In A Jar” closed out the frame.
Phish kicked off the second set on September 30, 1995 with a standard “Runaway Jim.” Drummer Jon Fishman then led the group on “The Fog That Surrounds,” a variant of “Taste” that was debuted a few nights earlier. From there, the band uncorked the beautiful “If I Could” and a wild “Scent Of A Mule” ahead of an impressive “Mike’s Song.” Towards the end of “Mike’s” Fish, Trey and bassist Mike Gordon made their way to Page’s portion of the stage for “Keyboard Army.” Gordon then kicked into “Weekapaug Groove.”
A crazy little jam eventually left McConnell to his own devices as the keyboardist played the intro to Elvis Presley’s “Suspicious Minds” as Anastasio headed to the drum kit. Jon Fishman emerged wearing a cape to lead the Phish debut of “Suspicious Minds.” After a quick “Hold Your Head Up” in Fish’s honor, the quartet ended the second set with “Cavern.” While the encore featured both “Amazing Grace” and “Good Times, Bad Times,” the video ends after “Amazing Grace.”
Here’s the video shared by Telekinetica: