A new band/audience chess match started at this show. The opening chess moves were made during a short jam that followed Runaway Jim and featured Trey on percussion. Timber included a brief Mind Left Body tease. Trey teased The Rover at the end of Ha Ha Ha. Possum featured Butch Trucks on drums, while Fish played trombone and Trey’s percussion rack. Possum also included a One Way Out jam. The Phish debut of Brown Eyed Girl featured Jimmy Buffett on vocals.
Jam Chart Versions
Mind Left Body Jam tease in Timber (Jerry the Mule), One Way Out jam in Possum, The Rover tease in Ha Ha Ha
Debut Years (Average: 1990)

This show was part of the "1995 Fall Tour"

Show Reviews

, attached to 1995-11-16

Review by Mikesgroover

Mikesgroover The final night in Florida was the band's seventh show in eight nights, and they run out of gas (or fresh ideas) by the end of the second set.

First set highlights include a short and furious Jim and the Simple>Timber. This Timber features the most inspired playing of the night. Trey also shouts "Hey Guyute!" repeatedly in the background during the first section of Guyute, something I've never heard before.

A Day in the Life is such a strange second set opener, and the only time the band ever used the song in this position. A 16 minute Bowie is pleasant, but has no notable moments. A mid-set Ha Ha Ha would suggest some hijinks or weirdness to come, but the Hood that follows is very pedestrian.

Despite the presence of Butch Trucks (or maybe because of this), the Possum never really lifts off, though this version does have Fishman adding some trombone.

The encore appears to have been an off-the-cuff decision to play a song with Buffet. The strange guest pairing isn't bad, but was I'm sure more fun in person.

A subdued end to the Florida run, with a bit of novelty factor the only thing that stands out .The Orlando show two nights earlier is really the best show of this week in Sunshine State.
, attached to 1995-11-16

Review by markah

markah Hearing this show for the first time today, I'm loving the Chess Banter during the post-Jim jam, and the Timber Ho. I actually listened to the Possum multiple times (to find the Allman's Bros tease), and I can't think of the last time I did that voluntarily. It was interesting to hear the tension that Butch created by switching the 1 and 3 with the 2 and 4 (not on purpose, I'm sure) and even though it lumbered along for a while before the beat righted itself again, I do have to admit I enjoyed it. Brown Eyed Girl was also fun to hear for the first time, but I was surprised that Mike and Fishman didn't seem to be as familiar with the tune, having missed the break.

As I said, fun to hear this show for the first time, but not sure I'll revisit it any time soon.
, attached to 1995-11-16

Review by spreaditround

spreaditround SET 1: Cars Trucks Buses: Standard.

Runaway Jim: Good jam as always.

Jam: A short background jam with Trey on percussion while he discusses the debut of the band/audience chess match. “Good luck, you are going to need it”

Horn: Standard >

Mound: Standard.

Ya Mar: Trey is picking and grinning. Staccato for the win.

Simple: Standard other than a really cool segue into… ->

Timber (Jerry the Mule) – Mind Left Body by Jefferson Airplane at 5:10. I never heard a tease but nice little jam here >

Guyute: In the early going there are humorous shouts of Hey! Hey! Guyute!

Funky Bitch: Good rager to close the set. Trey gives it a proper ripping.

SET 2: A Day in the Life: The one and only time this opened set two. >

David Bowie: Some really heavy effects in the intro. Mike is prominent laying down a repetitive note. Trey is whispering something evil underneath all this that I cannot make out. 3:21 they finally bust into the actual intro. Page is awesome in the last few minutes of this one, banging away on the baby grand pushing the band for harder, faster… This is a hard charging version, it’s very good and underrated. Never seen it get much praise. Only reason I can think of is that there are no hijinks in there and there is not a big peak that most seek. This one has a workmanlike quality to it.

Lifeboy: Good stuff here. Bowie and Lifeboy had only been combined 5 times of the 58 that Lifeboy had been played. Of course the most popular combo for Lifeboy has always been Tweezer – 17 of 58 times.

Uncle Pen: Get some energy pumping back in this set

Ha Ha Ha: The Rover by Led Zeppelin at 1:29, pretty cool. This short interlude provided another energy infusion. >

Harry Hood: First version played since that epic throwdown at the Fox in Atlanta. 12:59 Trey busts some licks indicating here comes the finale. The finale is solid and ear pleasing, nice climax. But having been so spoiled by the Fox just days ago – this pales in comparison and seems fairly pedestrian. Note: An average Hood in Fall of 95 likely blows away other versions from late in 1.0 and certainly 2.0 and 3.0. Just sayin’.

Hold Your Head Up: > If I Only Had a Brain > Hold Your Head Up: Fish – Thank you. You are very nice people. I’m sure some of you aren’t nice people but at this moment you think you are. I think I am a nice person.” LOL!

Amazing Grace: Nice.

Possum: One Way Out by Sonny Boy Williamson II and Elmore James at 2:26. Butch Trucks on drums, Fish on trombone. Fish on trombone and Trey's percussion rack. This is awkward right, like extremely; right out of the chute as Butch starts hammering away giving Trey no room to work his typical intro strumming. Fish on trombone is, ahem; interesting. The One Way Out tease is sick.

ENCORE: Brown Eyed Girl: Jimmy Buffett on vocals, debut. Trey “Ok we’ve got another special guest we just found out about backstage, give a warm hand for Jimmy Buffett”. Jimmy “Just a quiet night in Palm Beach County, right?”

Summary: They were bound for an off night after such a strong run of shows. It happens. The only thing I would care to revisit would be this Bowie. I am sure this was a lot of fun to attend, especially in light of Trucks and Buffett as special guests. I would rate this a 3.3 out of 5.
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