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My First Phish Show

It’s no secret I am a PHISH PHAN, but when did this obsession begin? It actually started with Frank Zappa. Zappa was my musical hero. I never missed a show from 1967-1978. In 1990  it was announced he had prostate cancer. Apparently he had it for ten years and when discovered, it was too late. He died in 1993 leaving a large musical hole in my life; which brings us to the summer of 1994. I had read about the neo-hippies that followed this band from Vermont. But wasn’t really familiar with their music. When I was given a free pair of tickets to see them at the Saratoga Performing Arts Center in Saratoga NY, I took them, mostly out of curiosity. We arrived at SPAC and I was shocked to see so many kids in dreads and Birkenstocks and the scent of patchouli oil wafting in the breeze. Needless to say, it piqued my interest. This photo was taken ( not by me) that very night! We head to our seats and got ready for the show. The first song was good... the second song was great but when I heard them do their THIRD song, Frank Zappa’s “ Peaches En Regalia”  I was totally hooked! Now I had a band to fill that musical hole in my life! By the time the fall tour rolled into town several months later, I had already joined the traders on line and started collecting shows on cassette. I haven’t missed a tour since.

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