Category: Halloween


Las Vegas, NV

SET 1: Buried Alive > Ghost > Crazy Sometimes > Free, More, Halley’s Comet > Ocelot > Theme From the Bottom, First Tube

SET 2: Turtle in the Clouds[1], Stray Dog[1], Everything is Hollow[1], We Are Come to Outlive Our Brains[1], Say it to Me S.A.N.T.O.S.[1], The Final Hurrah[1], Play by Play[1], Death Don’t Hurt Very Long[1], Cool Amber and Mercury[1], Passing Through[1]

SET 3: Set Your Soul Free > Tweezer > A Song I Heard the Ocean Sing > Backwards Down the Number Line > Meatstick, Bug > Run Like an Antelope

ENCORE: Loving Cup > Tweezer Reprise

[1] Debut.

2nd set was Halloween Musical Costume set. Playbill handed out to crown claims to be ‘í rokk’ By Kasvot Växt. However there are serious doubts about the existence of the album and the band. Speculation is that this is a hoax and the “album” was actually new material written by Phish



Colorado Springs, CO

SET 1: Buried Alive > Possum[1], The Squirming Coil > The Lizards, Stash > Bouncing Around the Room, You Enjoy Myself, The Asse Festival, My Sweet One, Cavern > Run Like an Antelope

SET 2: The Landlady, Reba > Runaway Jim, Foam, Tweezer, Fee > The Oh Kee Pa Ceremony > Suzy Greenberg > Hold Your Head Up > Love You > Hold Your Head Up, Mike’s Song > I Am Hydrogen > Weekapaug Groove

ENCORE: Uncle Pen > Big Black Furry Creature from Mars

[1] Charlie Chan and Oom Pa Pa signals.

A Halloween costume contest preceded the second set. Buried Alive included DEG teases and Possum contained Charlie Chan and Oom Pa Pa signals. YEM contained an appropriate Munsters theme tease from Mike; the ensuing vocal jam was based on Night in Tunisia. Tweezer contained Heartbreaker teases. This show was webcast in the weeks following Halloween 1999, as the band did not play on Halloween that year. It was subsequently released in mp3 format via



Colorado Springs, CO

SET 1: Memories[1], Brother, Ya Mar, The Sloth > Chalk Dust Torture, Sparkle, Foam, Bathtub Gin, Paul and Silas, You Enjoy Myself[2], Runaway Jim

SET 2: The Landlady, Costume Contest, Wait[3] -> Llama, Fee -> Wait -> My Sweet One > Wait -> David Bowie[4], Horn, Dinner and a Movie, Tube > I Didn’t Know[5], Harry Hood

ENCORE: Glide, Rocky Top
[1] Without microphones.
[2] Vocal jam repeated “A slice of pizza”
[3] Debut.
[4] Two Charlie Chan signals and Random Laugh and Oom Pa Pa signals.
[5] Extended vacuum solo by Fish.

Memories was performed without microphones. The vocal jam in YEM repeated “a slice of pizza”. During the costume contest, there was a brief full-band tease of Jesus Just Left Chicago, inspired by a fan in a Jesus costume (with a cross on his back!). The first round of the contest closed with a rendition of Can’t Turn You Loose. After each unsuccessful entrant was eliminated, Trey forced them to stage-dive. HYHU was also played briefly during the contest. First prize – free admission to all Phish shows for one year – was shared by The Bergen County Woman Cop and Captain Bong Hit. This show marked the first appearance of Wait, which was played three times during the show. During the final Wait, before Bowie, the audience was chanting “Fuck you!” in response. Bowie contained two Charlie Chan signals and Random Laugh and Oom Pa Pa signals during the jam. I Didn’t Know featured a vacuum solo by “Showboat Gertrude,” which continued well into the final verse of the song.


10/31/1989 – GODDARD COLLEGE

Plainfield, VT

SET 1: The Oh Kee Pa Ceremony > Suzy Greenberg, You Enjoy Myself > AC/DC Bag > Divided Sky, Fee, Walk Away, Bathtub Gin > Possum

SET 2: David Bowie[1], Wilson, Reba, Colonel Forbin’s Ascent > Fly Famous Mockingbird, Alumni Blues > Letter to Jimmy Page > Alumni Blues > The Lizards, Highway to Hell

ENCORE: Contact > Run Like an Antelope -> Kung[2] -> Run Like an Antelope

[1] Macaroni and cheese jam.
[2] First known performance.

This was a benefit for Goddard’s sculpture building and marked the first known performance of Kung. The band’s Halloween costumes included Trey wearing devil horns, latex pants, and strap-on breasts (which he ran around fondling during Ninja Custodian’s set) and Mike wearing a dog-faced mask. The band distributed boxes of macaroni and cheese for audience use during the Bowie intro. This Bowie, at over 20 minutes, was, at the time, one of the longest versions ever. During the pause in Letter to Jimmy Page, Trey wished happy birthday to “Mary Ellen.” Lizards contained an I Dream of Jeannie theme tease from Page. The show closed with Trey returning to the Kung theme, as he promised to stage another runaway golf cart marathon this time next year. Ninja Custodian was the opening act.