There were two bands I caught as often as possible in the mid to late ’90s – Phish and The Allman Brothers Band. Both were riding enormous waves of popularity and creativity that made their shows (more often than not) during this era extremely exciting and musically rewarding events. Phish was taking their past 10 years experience playing in clubs and theatres and ratcheting up their musical energy to match that of the 15-20,000 seat arenas full of adoring fans they were now selling out. The Allmans had reemerged from semi obscurity in the ’80s and added guitarist Warren Haynes, bassist Allen Woody and percussionist Marc Quiñones. As consistent as other lineups were, nothing matched the sheer power of the Dickey Betts, Warren and Allen frontline they had back then. Every show was a powerhouse and – listening back to the recordings – the performances hold up at least as well today and the memories of the ground shaking rock they brought every night come rushing back.
Here’s the proof! Download these two shows and relive two of my favorite bands caught during some great years. Click the links below each photo to download these shows. Download > Unzip > Import to iTunes > Enjoy!