Category: 1989

11/16/1989 – PEARL STREET BALLROOM

Northampton, MA

SET 1: Mike’s Song > I Am Hydrogen > Weekapaug Groove, Bathtub Gin, Foam, The Oh Kee Pa Ceremony > Suzy Greenberg, My Sweet One, Reba, You Enjoy Myself, Frankenstein

SET 2: The Sloth > AC/DC Bag, Tela > David Bowie

Trey teased ‘A’ Train in Bowie. According to the December 1989 Phish Update that followed this gig, “[a] number of unfortunate events occurred” at this show. Reportedly the unfortunate events began with a failed attempt by the venue to divide drinking-age fans from underage fans using a velvet rope. Adding to the confusion was an explosion on or near the stage during David Bowie (possibly a flash pot or fireworks) which pushed the crowd over the edge. The show was cut short when the house lights were turned on and bouncers quickly evacuated everybody from the venue. The source of these show notes is phish.com.

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11/11/1989 – PATRICK GYMNASIUM, UNIVERSITY OF VERMONT

Burlington, VT

SET 1: The Oh Kee Pa Ceremony > Golgi Apparatus, Bathtub Gin, AC/DC Bag > My Sweet One, You Enjoy Myself, If I Only Had a Brain, Frankenstein[1]

[1] First known Phish performance; unidentified horn players.

This was an opening set for Max Creek and Third World. The first known Phish performance of Frankenstein featured a guest appearance by unidentified horn players.

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11/10/1989 – SIGMA PHI HOUSE, HAMILTON COLLEGE

Clinton, NY

SET 1: Split Open and Melt, The Oh Kee Pa Ceremony > Suzy Greenberg, Rocky Top, Fee > Divided Sky > AC/DC Bag, My Sweet One, You Enjoy Myself > La Grange

SET 2: Harry Hood, Bathtub Gin, Mike’s Song > I Am Hydrogen > Weekapaug Groove, McGrupp and the Watchful Hosemasters > Who Do? We Do! > Clod > The Sloth, The Lizards, If I Only Had a Brain, Possum

ENCORE: Harpua[1], Highway to Hell

ENCORE 2: Take the ‘A’ Train > Run Like an Antelope

[1] Lyric changed to “Look! It’s Elvis!”

The vocal jam in YEM included Under the Boardwalk, Get a Job, and My Girl quotes. Clod was played outside of Fluffhead for the first time since February 7, 1988 (197 shows). Page teased Take the ‘A’ Train and Tequila in Bathtub Gin. Before and after Brain, Fish was introduced as Marco Esquandolas. Harpua included a Third Stone From the Sun tease and Sunshine of Your Love teases. In response to some fans chanting “Elvis”, Trey changed the “The storm’s gone!” to “It’s Elvis!” and Mike subsequently spoke in an Elvis Presley voice. Take the ‘A’ Train contained a Flintstones theme tease from Trey. The second encore may be filler from another show.

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11/9/1989 – MISSION PARK DINING HALL, WILLIAMS COLLEGE

Williamstown, MA

Soundcheck: In a Hole

SET 1: I Didn’t Know, Golgi Apparatus > Ya Mar, The Curtain > My Sweet One, Bathtub Gin > You Enjoy Myself > Take the ‘A’ Train, Good Times Bad Times

SET 2: The Oh Kee Pa Ceremony > AC/DC Bag > McGrupp and the Watchful Hosemasters > Who Do? We Do! > Punch You in the Eye, The Lizards, Mike’s Song > I Am Hydrogen > Weekapaug Groove

ENCORE: Highway to Hell

YEM and ‘A’ Train contained Frankenstein teases. Weekapaug contained a Dixie tease from Trey.

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