LivePhish has announced that the newest archival release will be March 8th, 1993 from the Sweeney Center in Santa Fe, NM. The previously unreleased show will be available on Phish’s streaming app on Friday, May 15th.
Phish archivist Kevin Shapiro appeared on the band’s SiriusXM radio station on Monday to premiere a few songs from the then-unannounced show. According to a tweet from LivePhish, 3/8/1993 has not circulated on tape, meaning that for many listeners, it will be their first time hearing the show.
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March 8th, 1993 came in the midst of Phish’s 1993 winter/spring tour, during a time when the band was still touring at a breakneck pace, playing shows nearly every day for months at a time. The concert contains hallmarks of the band’s early-1990s era, with old staples like “Big Ball Jam” and the pairing of “Colonel Forbin’s Ascent” into “Fly Famous Mockingbird” that have become rarities in recent years. Topped off with an encore beginning with Jon Fishman‘s tribute to acid casualty Syd Barrett in “Love You”, 3/8/1993 reads like a classic Phish show from what many consider the band’s peak years.
Shapiro included his personal notes from the show along with the announcement,
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.
Phish’s March 8th, 1993 performance at the Sweeney Center in Santa Fe, NM will be available via LivePhish on Friday, May 15th.
Setlist: Phish | Sweeney Center | Santa Fe, NM | 3/8/1993
Set one: Golgi Apparatus, Rift, Guelah Papyrus, The Oh Kee Pa Ceremony > Llama, Colonel Forbin’s Ascent > Fly Famous Mockingbird > How High the Moon > Fly Famous Mockingbird, Sparkle > It’s Ice, Glide, David Bowie
Set two: Poor Heart > Cavern, Uncle Pen, Stash, Big Ball Jam, My Friend, My Friend -> Kung -> You Enjoy Myself, The Lizards, Amazing Grace
Encore: Love You > Hold Your Head Up, Chalk Dust Torture
 Beginning featured Trey on acoustic guitar.
 Without microphones.