Phish Announces Santa Fe 1993 Live Archival Release

By Scott Bernstein May 11, 2020 2:56 pm PDT

Phish will release official audio of their March 8, 1993 concert at the Sweeney Center in Santa Fe, New Mexico via this Friday, May 15. Kevin Shapiro, the band’s archivist, will preview the release on a special installment of From The Archives airing on SiriusXM’s Phish Radio (Channel 29) starting at 6 p.m. ET/3 p.m. PT this afternoon.

Hints as to which show Phish would be releasing were included in announcements of Shapiro's appearance on Phish Radio. A graphic included on social shares featured a symbol similar to the Zia sun symbol found on the New Mexico State Flag. Plus, a tweet from @LivePhish noted, “The next LivePhish release is a rare hole in the known history: a headline show from 1993 that doesn’t circulate on tape.” As mentioned, no audience tapes of Phish’s March 8, 1993 visit to New Mexico are known to circulate amongst fans let alone an official recording from the band.

Read Shapiro’s show notes on the performance via

This show took place during a supermoon, at a ballroom inside the former Sweeney Convention Center with a capacity of about 1,200. ‘Wipe Out’ was teased during ‘Llama.’ Trey’s Gamehendge narration during ‘Fly Famous Mockingbird’ started with an explanation of a strange growth on Fish’s arm and building a human chain to the moon ‘until we all are standing on the moon’ and included teases of ‘Hold Your Head Up,’ the 1st performance (albeit partial within the narration) of ‘How High The Moon’ in nearly three years (since 5/28/90), and an ‘Iron Man’ tease. This was the only time the 3-song Ice Sequence of ‘Sparkle’ > ‘It’s Ice’ > ‘Glide’ was ever played. ‘David Bowie’s’ intro included another tease of ‘How High The Moon,’ which was woven subtly into the jam. As the band came on stage for set II, Trey asked ‘did everybody get an apple out there?’ Like most this tour, ‘Big Ball Jam’ ended with [Phish guitarist] Trey [Anastasio], [bassist] Mike [Gordon] and [former crew member] Brad [Sands] creating a human hoop onstage to collect the balls. After the Ball Jam, Trey introduced Brad Sands as “the third section of the basketball hoop.”

Trey played the beginning of ‘My Friend My Friend’ on acoustic guitar, which was mashed up and paired with ‘Kung’ for the first and only time. The ‘You Enjoy Myself’ vocal jam included a repeated supermoon magic word, ‘perigee.’ ‘Amazing Grace’ was performed without microphones. During ‘Love You,’ Fish thanked the crowd for coming out on ‘a beautiful perigee of a night’ and introduced the band and himself (‘I am a mutant’) before an extended vacuum solo. During ‘Hold Your Head Up,’ Fish wished a ‘happy perigee to you all!’ ‘Chalk Dust’ had a blues ending giving Trey a chance to say thanks and ‘go out and enjoy the full moon and we’ll see you this summer at that great outdoor place everybody keeps telling us about.’ This is one of few shows from this era for which no known audience recording circulates.

Santa Fe 1993 will be available for download via on Friday at which point LivePhish+ subscribers will be able to stream the release. Look for replays of From The Archives to air on Phish Radio in the coming days. Phish’s March 1993 show in Santa Fe was one of just seven the band has played in New Mexico. Phish’s most recent performance in the state took place at the Pan American Center in Las Cruces on September 22, 1999.

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