Category: 1988

11/3/1988 – MOLLY’S CAFE

Boston, MA

Soundcheck: Shaggy Dog, Foam

SET 1: Fire, Golgi Apparatus, Fluffhead > Possum, Fee, Alumni Blues > Letter to Jimmy Page > Alumni Blues, Good Times Bad Times

SET 2: Time Loves a Hero, Walk Away, The Lizards, Shaggy Dog, Whipping Post, Contact, Bold As Love, Take the ‘A’ Train, Run Like an Antelope

SET 3: Suzy Greenberg, Foam, I Didn’t Know[1], Big Black Furry Creature from Mars, Harpua, David Bowie

[1] Fish on trombone.

Lizards was dedicated to Cilla for cooking the band spaghetti before the show. Whipping Post included DEG teases and BBFCFM featured a Sailor’s Hornpipe tease. I Didn’t Know featured Fish on trombone.

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10/29/1988 – SCULPTURE ROOM, GODDARD COLLEGE

Plainfield, VT

SET 1: Suzy Greenberg > The Lizards, Time Loves a Hero[1], Golgi Apparatus, Bold As Love, La Grange, Contact, Costume Contest -> Harry Hood

SET 2: Halley’s Comet[2] -> Whipping Post, Fee > Alumni Blues > Letter to Jimmy Page > Alumni Blues, Walk Away > Divided Sky, The Ballad of Curtis Loew[3], Mike’s Song, Take the ‘A’ Train > Fire

SET 3: Fluffhead > AC/DC Bag, Foam[4], Terrapin[5], Big Black Furry Creature from Mars, Timber (Jerry The Mule)[6], Slave to the Traffic Light[6], Donna Lee[7], Run Like an Antelope[6], I Didn’t Know[8], Wilson[9], Peaches en Regalia[6], Funky Bitch[6]

[1] First known Phish performance.
[2] Richard Wright on vocals.
[3] Bobby Brown on harmonica.
[4] First known performance.
[5] Fish on trombone.
[6] Russ Remington on saxophone.
[7] Russ Remington on saxophone. First known Phish performance.
[8] Russ Remington on saxophone, Fish on trombone.
[9] Russ Remington on saxophone. Unfinished.

Suzy and BBFCFM included Sailor’s Hornpipe teases from Trey. Page, Mike, and Fish noodled around with the Hood intro while Trey conducted the costume contest. A fan dressed as Harry Hood won! Bobby Brown sat in on harmonica for Curtis Loew, Richard Wright provided vocals for Halley’s, and Russ Remington sat in on saxophone from Timber through Funky Bitch. Terrapin and I Didn’t Know featured Fish on trombone. Wilson was unfinished. This show included the first known performance of Foam and the first known Phish performances of Time Loves a Hero and Donna Lee. Page and Fish teased Terrapin Station before Terrapin.

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9/24/1988 – HUMPHRIES HOUSE (THE ZOO), AMHERST COLLEGE

Amherst, MA

SET 1: Golgi Apparatus, On Your Way Down, Alumni Blues > Letter to Jimmy Page > Alumni Blues, You Enjoy Myself -> Wilson > Peaches en Regalia > La Grange, Take the ‘A’ Train, Divided Sky[1], Bold As Love

SET 2: David Bowie, The Lizards, Walk Away > Possum, Fee -> Sparks > Whipping Post

SET 3: Good Times Bad Times > Fluffhead, The Curtain > AC/DC Bag, Dinner and a Movie, Contact, Big Black Furry Creature from Mars

[1] First known complete version.

Humphries House had been a Zeta Upsilon (“Zu”) frat house and monthly parties used to occur there that were referred to as “Full Moon at the Zoo” parties. Alumni contained a Possum tease. YEM was dedicated to Dionysian Productions co-founder John Paluska. This was the first known complete version of Divided Sky, with a large section of it having previously been performed as the back half of No Dogs Allowed. Divided, Bowie, Fluffhead, and AC/DC Bag contained Sailor’s Hornpipe teases. AC/DC Bag also contained London Bridge Is Falling Down, and the Flintstones theme teases. The third set was preceded by a First Noel tease. The second set listing might be incomplete, as the recordings that circulate cut into Bowie.

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9/13/1988 – SAM’S TAVERN

Burlington, VT

SET 1: Walk Away, Funky Bitch, You Enjoy Myself, Flat Fee, McGrupp and the Watchful Hosemasters > Wilson > Peaches en Regalia, Good Times Bad Times

SET 2: Ride Captain Ride, Boogie On Reggae Woman, Cities > Dave’s Energy Guide > Cities, Run Like an Antelope, Fluffhead

SET 3: Jam, Andy’s Chest[1] -> Big Black Furry Creature from Mars -> Dave’s Energy Guide -> Big Black Furry Creature from Mars, Sanity -> Jam[2], Fire

[1] First known Phish performance.
[2] Fish on vacuum; first known public occurrence of Fish playing the vacuum.

The second set listing might be incomplete, as the recordings that circulate cut during Fluffhead. Cities contained teases of DEG (both before and after DEG was performed). The jam out of Sanity was around ten minutes long, and may have been the first time Fish used the vacuum on stage. This show also marked the only known Phish performance of Andy’s Chest. Ride Captain Ride was played for the first time since March 23, 1987 (107 shows).

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