Hi everybody and welcome to this week’s episode of Attendance Bias. I am your host, Brian Weinstein. Today’s guest is fan Eric Creighton of Illinois.
For this episode, Eric picked a show that was an instant classic from a legendary tour: December 7, 1997 at the Ervin J. Nutter Center in Dayton, Ohio. I know, I know. This show is often cited as a top tier show from one of the best tours in Phish history but believe it or not, the only thing I knew from this show before Eric selected it was its version of Tube. A signature performance, to be sure, but there is so much more to this amazing concert a top notch version of theme from the bottom, a funky "Possum," and-oh yeah-an "AC/DC Bag" into "Psycho Killer!"
More important than that, it was the best experience to hear Eric talk about what it’s like to see shows in and around the Chicagoland area. Aside from one trip to the Windy City in 2015, I’d never seen a concert there. And between Northerly Island, UIC Pavilion, and even the Cubby Bear, Phish has such a strong history in Chicago that it was a lesson for me just to hear Eric talk about the band and his hometown city.
So witness the growth of "Timber Ho," brush up on your Motown, and watch out for Bart backstage as Eric Creighton tells his story about December 7, 1997 at The Nutter Center in Dayton, Ohio.