My guest today on Attendance Bias is Jeff Sommar. Jeff reached out to me on the Phish.net forum and asked if he could come on Attendance Bias because he would love to talk about seeing phish during his backpacking days in Europe. Eventually, Jeff chose to discuss the Phish show from July 12, 1996 at the Melkweg Theater in Amsterdam, Holland.
Once he brought up Phish’s Europe ‘96 tour, I felt compelled to hear about it. Not only is this the earliest show brought up on the podcast, but it was in Amsterdam! Seeing a show when Phish had the reputation of being THE stoner band, playing in one of the only cities where marijuana was easily accessible, I thought that my listeners would love to hear what that was like.
Jeff was excited to share details explaining his first show in Syracuse in 1994, what it was like inside this small venue, and what led to this...how should I put it….musically uneven show.
So get your backpack together and exchange your dollars for guilders as we join Jeff Sommar on July 12, 1996 at the Melkweg in Amsterdam.