Archival Phish webcast and cooking series Dinner and a Movie forges on for its 34th episode tonight, Tuesday, May 25th, 2021, with a showing of the band’s July 24th, 1993 performance at Great Woods Center for the Performing Arts in Mansfield, MA. Tune in below tonight at 8:30 p.m. ET and scroll down to follow along with our full 7/24/93 Stream Companion.
Phish Dinner and a Movie Episode 34 – 7/24/93 – Manchester, NH [STREAM]
The band has selected GrooveSafe as the beneficiary for this month’s webcast. GrooveSafe focuses on educating bands, venues, and fans on tactics that aim to make the live music experience safer for everyone. Their mission is to create a no-tolerance environment with an emphasis on building a consent culture, respect for personal boundaries, and stopping sexual assault. You can donate at any time here.
Episode 34 of Dinner and a Movie follows last month’s showing of 10/26/10 in Manchester, NH. Run down the list of all the past Phish Dinner and a Movie episodes and their accompanying Stream Companions below:
Phish Dinner and a Movie – Episode Guide
In honor of this month’s throwback Dinner and a Movie, the band is also selling new merch via Phish Dry Goods featuring artist Jim Pollock‘s classic 1993 band caricature design. Browse the special merch offerings here.
Tonight’s Dinner And A Movie features Phish’s July 24, 1993 show from Great Woods. It starts at 8:30PM ET and we will be simulcasting the show here on Phish Radio. Tune in 🌲 https://t.co/Iftc4XVHtz pic.twitter.com/XkdfsxBi7q
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Now—why is this DaaM different from all other DaaMs? Because we have an actual, confirmed Phish tour on the books. Like, this summer. Like, starting in two months. For the first time since the series started back in March of 2020, most of us now know when our next Phish show will be. Feels good to be broke and excited once again. I hope you got your tickets. If not, I hope you find them. Keep the faith, you’ll get in.
With new tour dates on the horizon, I had figured we would get a recent show this month, something to remind us where we left off. Instead, Phish went in the opposite direction with 7/24/93, the second-oldest show featured on Dinner and a Movie so far.
This show marks the second early-’90s Great Woods show to be featured, following Episode 19‘s showing of the last-ever full Gamehendge set from the band’s Mansfield run in ’94. July 24th, 1993 is admittedly not as hallowed in Phish lore as 7/8/94—for obvious reasons—but it still offers us a thoroughly fun snapshot of the band in 1993. The name of the game here is tempo and precision—still years away from their transition toward the funk, this stage of Phish tilts more toward prog rock than jam band.
[Image via Phish – 1993 tour schedule]
Set one kicks off with a string of staples as the band works through “Llama”, “Horn”, and “Nellie Kane” before diving into “Divided Sky”. Early days favorites like “Guelah Papyrus” and “Rift” keep the momentum moving forward before a sinister, scintillating “Stash” ushers in the hair-raising effect. After dusting off “The Mango Song” for the first time in 150 shows, Phish moves into “Bouncing Around The Room” and, finally, a soaring “Squirming Coil” with a particularly pretty Page McConnell piano outro to close the frame.
Set two blasts off with a pulsing “2001” before shifting back into the darkness with “Split Open and Melt”. Fluff comes to Great Woods next with an intense “Fluffhead” that eventually finds itself stuck frantically in a “Maze”.
“Glide” comes next to the audible pleasure of the crowd, followed by “Sparkle” and a “Mike’s Groove” with Hebrew hymn “Yerushalayim Shel Zahav” as the meat of the sandwich. Coming out of “Weekapaug”, Jon Fishman takes the lead on a cover of Prince‘s “Purple Rain”, imploring the crowd to illuminate the sky with their lighters before taking a vacuum solo. The Fishman-sung cover was a staple of the band’s setlists throughout 1993 and 1994. After a handful of appearances in ’95 and ’96, the cover was shelved for 210 shows until being broken out at Deer Creek ’95. It would be another 314 shows before it appeared again at Jones Beach on Independence Day 2012—a memorable highlight of this writer’s first-ever run of shows. It has not been played by Phish since.
A lively “Daniel Saw The Stone” follows before a Led Zeppelin “Good Times, Bad Times” cover caps the set. After returning to the stage for a “Golgi Apparatus” encore, the band wraps the show with another now-rare cover, the a cappella arrangement of Lynyrd Skynyrd‘s “Free Bird” debuted earlier that month.
Tune in for Dinner and a Movie tonight at 8:30 p.m. ET—a little something old before we embark on something new this summer.
Setlist: Phish | Great Woods Center for the Performing Arts | Mansfield, MA | 7/24/93
Set One: Llama, Horn, Nellie Kane > Divided Sky, Guelah Papyrus, Rift, Stash, The Mango Song > Bouncing Around the Room, The Squirming Coil
Set Two: Also Sprach Zarathustra > Split Open and Melt, Fluffhead > Maze, Glide > Sparkle > Mike’s Song > Yerushalayim Shel Zahav > Weekapaug Groove, Purple Rain > Hold Your Head Up, Daniel Saw the Stone > Good Times Bad Times
Encore: Golgi Apparatus, Free Bird
This show saw the first Mango Song since May 17, 1992 (150 shows). Fish teased Bouncing Around the Room before Mango. Maze contained Also Sprach Zarathustra teases from Trey. Page teased Under the Boardwalk in Mike’s Song.
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