Hi everybody and welcome to this week’s episode of Attendance Bias. I am your host, Brian Weinstein. Today’s guest is Shawn Fausett of Colorado.
For me, there are some Phish shows that I’ve always taken for granted as being part of the DNA of the assumption that Phish is one of the greatest bands of all time. Every fan may have his or her own list, but I always assumed that there are some that are inarguably great, with a capital “G,” and are agreed upon as the best. For this episode, Shawn picked one of those shows: December 6, 1996 at the Aladdin in Las Vegas, Nevada. It’s been released as an official triple album by Phish, it was their first show in Sin City, there’s a Harpua encore with special guests, and jams galore. Personally, it was also one of my very first tapes, and probably the first time I ever hear some of the greatest Phish songs ever. But for Shawn, it was the time when he decided that he was all in on this goofy band from Vermont.
Shawn was 16 years old at the time, had just seen his first Phish show a few months prior, and Vegas was all he needed to become submerged into the world of Phish.
So let’s go over the reputation of 1996, reap the benefits of the Clifford Ball, and feel the spirit of Elvis as Shawn Fausett tells about December 6, 1996 at The Aladdin in Las Vegas.
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