How Faint the Tune — Santa Fe, NM 03.08.1993

Phish — Sweeney Center — Santa Fe, NM 03.08.1993

I  Golgi, Rift, Guelah, Oh Kee Pa>Llama, Forbin’s>Mockingbird>How High the Moon>Mockingbird, Sparkle>Ice, Glide, Bowie

II  Poor Heart>Cavern, Uncle Pen, Stash, BBJ, MFMF->Kung->YEM, Lizards, Grace

E  Terrapin>HYHU, CDT>BBJ Reprise

Well, this looks like it might’ve been a fun one on paper but until a source surfaces we may never know except by anecdote as there are currently no tapes in circulation. There is a huge bustout in How High the Moon which was played in honor of the Super Moon (the largest/closest such until 2008 — and the next such one will be 11.14.16 if you want to put that on your calendar…) even though it is highly doubtful most people in attendance even knew what that was at the time (or now for that matter). Terrapin might actually be Love You, depending who you ask. There’s also the oddity of the BBJ Reprise at the tail end of the encore but according to Timer that might be overblown. The .com summary for this one provides some solid insight on the night so let’s just go ahead and get that in here because what else can we talk about?

This show took place during a Super Full Moon, 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 also 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 Trey, Mike and Brad 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.  The encore began with a Dog Log tease into Love You, during which 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.

So maybe there were some fun teases throughout the show, an interesting Forbin’s story leading to that HHTM bustout, a Kungy Myfe mashup, super moon related VJ stylings, and more. I like the note about it being the only time Sparkle>Ice, Glide ever happened which is pretty nerdy for the .com summaries to get. But it is interesting when you consider Sparkle has preceded Ice 20 times and Glide has followed it 12 (out of the 228 total times Ice has been played) yet this is the one time all three combined in this way. Maybe that’s just me. Ahem.

Anyway, on to something we can actually listen to ourselves…

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