Happy Birthday to Page McConnell – “Suzy Greenberg” – 10/21/1995

There are plenty of great moments in Phishtory to explore, so when it came time to celebrate the Chariman of the Boards, Page McConnell, I wasn’t sure exactly what sort of nod I’d give to the great man. There are so many epic jams and solos to sort through. Today I’m going to take a look from the vaults at one of my favorite “Suzy Greenberg”‘s played by the band.

“Suzy Greenberg” is a pretty straight forward, key-heavy tune with funny lyrics and tight chops. This particular version from 10/21/1995 at Pershing Auditorium in Lincoln, NE is filled with some very special teases and also stands alone as a strong rendition a song regularly covered by Phish. Trey seems to be laughing at the beginning of the video while belting out the lyrics as well as during the first chorus. The song features Michael Jackson’s “Beat It Tease,” which had also been teased during the song before, “Harry Hood.” The keys breakdown by Page is standard and the band goes back to regular form. Fans are caught with quite the unexpected and quick tease by Trey who rips the signature licks to Led Zepplin’s famed “Stairway to Heaven” solo (2:45 mark in the video). Mike and Fishman hold it down, Trey follows, and Page leads the momentum on the ivories in full form. The climatic set closer ends with Trey saying “Thanks everybody we had a great time tonight, we will see you next time, thank you very much we appreciate it.” He then teases the signature “Tweezer Reprise” lick before bringing the set to a final conclusion. In all, a great way to close out Set 2, a classic cover selection from Phish executed well with 3 different unique teases.

The band then came out for a roaring “Highway to Hell” as the encore to seal the deal.

You purchase the show via Live Phish or stream it here (via Phish.in).

Link Saturday, 10/21/1995
Pershing Auditorium, Lincoln, NE

Soundcheck: Dog Log, Life on Mars? (x3), The Old Home Place

Set 1Tweezer Reprise,  Chalk Dust Torture,  Guelah Papyrus,  Reba[1],  Wilson >  Cars Trucks Buses,  Kung >  The Lizards,  Strange Design,  Acoustic Army,  Good Times Bad Times->  Tweezer Reprise

Set 2Also Sprach Zarathustra >  David Bowie,  Lifeboy,  Sparkle >  You Enjoy Myself > Purple Rain >  Hold Your Head Up,  Harry Hood,  Suzy Greenberg

EncoreHighway to Hell

[1] No whistling.

· Beat It tease in Harry Hood
· Beat ItStairway to Heaven, and Tweezer Reprise teases in Suzy Greenberg
· Black or White tease

Noteworthy Jams: RebaDavid BowieYou Enjoy Myself

Average Song Gap7.68

PerformersTrey AnastasioPage McConnellJon FishmanMike Gordon

Notes: Reba did not have the whistling ending. Perhaps responding to fan predictions of a Michael Jackson cover album on Halloween, the band teased Black or White before GTBT as well as Beat It before and in Hood and in Suzy Greenberg. Suzy also included Stairway to Heaven and Tweezer Reprise teases. The soundcheck’s Dog Log contained YEM lyrics (Wash Uffizi and drive me to Firenze). This show is available as an archival release on LivePhish.com.

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