This week we're happy to be joined by Steve Olker, a great fan and one of the architects of the online Phish community. We talk about all things Phish, and play and discuss 3.6.92, from Portsmouth, NH. The setlist is at the bottom of the page, and the chapter markers are below.
In our discussion with Steve, we talked about the fact that the 1st set was the real highlight of this show, which is something you wouldn't hear too often these days. Not just the debut of the "new" version of "Rift," but also the debuts of "Maze," "My Friend My Friend," "Mound," "NICU," and "Sleeping Monkey."
One of the highlights of this show, for me, was the "NICU." Not at all similar to the versions we're used to today, it was more of a free-form, slow, jazzy jam. The show also has a "Bowie" chock full of secret language (which is ALL explained in the 2nd set), along with a nice early "Stash" with good tension and release from the band. And the 2nd set closer was a nice energetic "Possum."
Steve and I discussed what people would have thought seeing Phish in a 900-person venue in 1992, and the fact that there were so many good songs that debuted this night. The sound of this show is great, and you can hear the crowd loving every minute of it. We hope you do too.
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Chapter 1 0:00 Chat w/Steve Olker
Chapter 2 22:05 Set 1 Phish 3.6.92
Chapter 3 1:46:55 Set 1 Breakdown
Chapter 4 1:51:11 Set 2 Phish 3.6.92
Chapter 5 2:57:34 Set 2 Breakdown
Phish 3.6.92, The Music Hall, Portsmouth, NH
Set 1: Rift, Cavern, Sparkle > It's Ice > The Oh Kee Pa Ceremony > Divided Sky, Guelah Papyrus, Maze, Reba, All Things Reconsidered, David Bowie
Set 2: My Friend, My Friend, Poor Heart, Secret Language Instructions, Stash, Mound, Llama, Bouncing Around the Room, NICU, Possum
E: Sleeping Monkey