Watch Phish Guest With Santana At Blossom In 1992: Video

By Scott Bernstein Dec 7, 2020 7:54 am PST

Previously uncirculated video consisting of Santana‘s July 31, 1992 set at Blossom Music Center in Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio featuring special guests Phish recently surfaced on YouTube. The fan-shot video marks the only video of Phish performing with Santana in circulation.

Phish opened the evening with their first ever performance at Blossom Music Center as part of the quartet’s six-week tour of duty supporting Santana during the summer of 1992. The opportunity, along with a brief run of H.O.R.D.E. Festival shows earlier in the summer, gave Phish their initial taste of performing in amphitheaters.

Santana founder and namesake, legendary guitarist Carlos Santana, often invited the band to share the stage over the course of the tour. At Blossom, the four members of Phish emerged towards the middle of the set to contribute to a cover of Elmore James’ “Elmore’s Boogie.” Phish guitarist Trey Anastasio and keyboardist Page McConnell each took a solo on their respective instruments, while drummer Jon Fishman played a washboard and Mike Gordon — introduced by Carlos as “Mark” — shared bass duties with Myron Dove of the Santana band.

Anastasio stuck around to join a truncated lineup of Santana’s band on “Blues For Salvador.” The song, which Carlos wrote in honor of his son, gave the two guitarists the opportunity to duel. Trey then vacated the stage as Santana went on to finish the show. Santana’s setlist consisted of a mix of beloved classics including “Black Magic Woman/Gypsy Queen,” “Oye Como Va” and “Soul Sacrifice” with material from the band’s new-at-the-time Milagro studio album.

Phish’s time on the road opening for Santana spanned July 17, 1992 – August 30, 1992. The quartet went on to open a series of shows in Europe for Santana during the summer of 1996. Later that year, longtime Santana percussionist Karl Perazzo joined Phish as a special guest for a week-long run that included a performance of Talking Heads’ Remain In Light album on Halloween 1996 in Atlanta. Page and Trey sat-in with Santana on April 18, 1999 and Carlos was the Trey Anastasio Band's special guest at The Warfield in San Francisco on May 31, 2003.

See the newly surfaced video below via the JamBase Live Video Archive queued up to Phish’s appearance:


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Nosmo King (See 2 videos)
Santana (See 8 videos) and Phish (See 3,801 videos)

Thanks to the videographer and YouTuber Nosmo King for sharing the video and to Scott Marks and Brian Levine for pointing it out.

Setlist (via Phish.net)

Set: Peace on Earth…Mother Earth…Third Stone from the Sun, Somewhere in Heaven, Batuka > No One to Depend On, Capri, Savor, Jam, Black Magic Woman/Gypsy Queen, Oye Como Va, Elmore’s Boogie, Blues for Salvador, Angels All Around Us > Spirits Dancing in the Flesh, Make Somebody Happy, Free All the People (South Africa), Get It in Your Soul > Toussaint L’Ouverture

Encore: Soul Sacrifice, Exodus

After opening for them, all of the members of Phish sat in for Elmore’s Boogie and Trey was a guest for Blues for Salvador. Oye Como Va contained Eleanor Rigby and Owner of a Lonely Heart teases and an El Pito (I’ll Never Go Back to Georgia) tease and quote. Fish performed on washboard for Elmore’s Boogie, which contained Blue Monk teases from Trey and Carlos.

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