20 years ago today… 10/25/95 Civic Center Arena, St. Paul, Minnesota

Wednesday, 10/25/1995
Civic Center Arena, St. Paul, MN

Set 1: Ya Mar, Sample in a Jar > Divided Sky, The Wedge, Scent of a Mule, Free,Strange Design, My Long Journey Home[1], I’m Blue, I’m Lonesome[1], Chalk Dust Torture

Set 2: Reba[2], Life on Mars?, Cars Trucks Buses, Mike’s Song -> Breathe Jam ->Sparkle > Weekapaug Groove, Suzy Greenberg[3] > Crossroads

Encore: Fire

[1] Acoustic.
[2] No whistling.
[3] Unfinished.

Notes: My Long Journey Home and I’m Blue I’m Lonesome were performed acoustic. Reba did not have the whistling ending and Suzy was unfinished.

The beautiful, St. Paul Civic Center, aka RiverCentre wa an indoor opened on January 1, 1973, with a seating capacity of approximately 16,000 for hockey. The 10/25/95 show would be the only time Phish played the venue.

In 1998 the NHL expansion team Minnesota Wild announced a lease to play in St. Paul until 2030. The St. Paul Civic Center started demolition shortly thereafter. The Xcel Energy Center opened in 2000, and it sits on the site of the Civic Center.

VENUE FACTOID: On June 28, 1984, Bruce Springsteen and The E Street Band, actress Courteney Cox and 200 extras filmed the Brian De Palma-directed music video for “Dancing in the Dark” at the arena, one day before Springsteen’s 1984 Born in the U.S.A. Tour formally opened at the arena.