Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Second Time Around (16 years later)

I think this show is where it really hit me. Classic Amphitheater in Richmond, VA was a 10,000 seat venue. It was a small venue by today's comparisons, but I had seats up in the edge of the pavilion. So, to me, the place seemed much bigger. My first show had only been a couple of months before in an even smaller venue. This was a huge leap in scope for me. I didn't realize it at the time, but my first two shows would be the smallest venues I would see the band for 15 years. It was also the first time I had seen the band cut loose and have fun onstage. This is one of those shows that you have to listen to in it's entirety.

There are far too many highlights to mention, so I upped the entire show. The show is tracked, labeled and numbered 1-28 for an Mp3 player or your computer. The Mp3s have been encoded at 320. The download, setlist, and taping credits appear below.

Classic Amphitheater, Richmond,VA

Set 1: Down with Disease, Gumbo, Rift, Guelah Papyrus, Split Open and Melt, Glide, Scent of a Mule, Bouncing Around the Room, Frankenstein

Set 2: Wilson -> Maze, You Enjoy Myself -> Yerushalayim Shel Zahav -> You Enjoy Myself, Sparkle, Axilla (Part II), Harpua -> Kung -> Harpua -> Honky Tonk Women -> Harpua, Run Like an Antelope, Hold Your Head Up > Love You > Hold Your Head Up, Chalk Dust Torture

Encore: Sleeping Monkey > Poor Heart

Notes: Sean Hoppe, an audience member, was invited on stage during Harpua to sing Honky Tonk Women as Jimmy. The Antelope intro and HYHU subsequently included Harpua teases. Split Open and Melt included a vocal jam. Love You contained band intros and an unusually long vacuum solo. Both the YEM vocal jam and Sparkle had “Redrum” screeches from Trey, referencing the movie The Shining. Trey also used his megaphone during YEM. (from


  1. Sean Hoppe was part of Richmond band, Headstone Circus, at the time and the band was obtaining some regional notoriety at the time. I'm not sure if Phish knew Sean in any way or in a "friend of a freind" kind of way but Headstone had opened for/played with a lot of jam bands. Here is a link to Headstone's Facebook page:!/pages/The-Headstone-Circus/128128540531828?v=wall. I'll post a link to this blog on their page and perhaps we can get more info from the former band members, including Sean.

  2. Hoppe new Trey and Page from helping them load into the Jade Elephant a few times. This was the club they played in Richmond when they first started touring. They new about Headstone Circus and new that Hoppe could belt it out. It was not arranged before the show. Sometime just before the second set started they sent a crew guy out to ask if Hoppe new Honky Tonk Women. He then asked Hoppe to to sing it in his ear just to be sure. The rest is history.

    Keith Cable