It Wasn’t a Phish Show

In the summer of 2002, I was 17 years old and living in Warwick, Rhode Island. I remember the decision to go see Trey Anastasio Band at the (then) Tweeter Center in Mansfield, MA was made at the last minute. I didn’t even know who he was. 

I knew some of Phish’s music but not very well. A few close friends however, loved the band. They brought me to the show. 

I hadn’t seen anything like this before. The whole lot scene was just so foreign to me at the time. It was exciting. I bought a Harpoon IPA from some guy who was selling them out of a backpack and a goo ball (remember those?) from a chick with a basket of them. I made new friends and got closer to old ones. 

Once we were into the show and the music started I was captivated. I really hadn’t listened to a band like TAB at this point in my life. The improvisations and horns and the mixtures of different genres. It was just fun. At the end of the show, Mike Gordon came for a Mike’s Song > Weakapaug that included some trampoline jumping. 

It really was the show that started what would become a bit of an obsession with live music. And it wasn’t a Phish show. 

*If you have the soundboard recording of this show and wouldn’t mind sharing it with me, please do.