After announcing an unprecedented 13-night run at Madison Square Garden in New York City, jam masters Phish have announced the release of a live six-CD box set documenting two standout shows at the historic 1,750 seat American Theatre from two consecutive tours in 1993. St. Louis ’93 will be released on the band’s own JEMP Records and will be available in stores and online March 31. You can preorder the box set at Phish Dry Goods and it will also be available for download and streaming at livephish.com.
Phish’s ’93 tours are widely considered some of their best and it was a watershed year for the band as they began to expand into bigger theaters and venues around the country. They were on tour in support of their fourth album, Rift. The double LP concept album is also widely regarded as one Phish’s best studio efforts. St. Louis ’93 no doubt captures the high-energy wave the band was riding on at the time.
Their first stop at the American Theatre in ’93 came on April 14. The show has been famously dubbed the “Roger Proposal” as guitarist Trey Anastasio’s old friend Roger Holloway proposed to his girlfriend to kick off the second set. Other highlights from the April 14 show are the “AC/DC Bag”>”My Sweet One” section for the newly engaged couple as well as the interesting juxtaposition of “Stash”>”Kung”>”The Horse.” There was also the canine themed mash-up of “Harpua”>”Runaway Jim.” You can check out the latter below.
On August 16 Phish returned to the American Theatre on their legendary ’93 summer tour, which saw the band experimenting more with jams and song segues. Highlights include a stellar non-stop opening sequence of "Axilla" > "Possum" > "Horn" > "Reba" > "Sparkle" as well as the only "Mike's Song" > "Faht" > "Weekapaug Groove" combination ever played. Phish also closed out the show with a rare 4 covers in a row: Duke Ellington's "Take The 'A' Train," Led Zeppelin's "Good Times Bad Times," "Amazing Grace," and Felice & Boudleaux Bryant's bluegrass standard "Rocky Top." An interesting sidenote, St. Louis ’93 was recorded in stereo by longtime Phish friend and luthier Paul Languedoc.