Category: John Popper

10/8/1990 – THE BAYOU

Washington, DC

SET 1: Don’t Get Me Wrong[1], The Landlady > Bouncing Around the Room, Foam, Cavern, Reba, My Sweet One, You Enjoy Myself > The Oh Kee Pa Ceremony > Possum

SET 2: Suzy Greenberg, Stash, Hold Your Head Up > If I Only Had a Brain > Hold Your Head Up, Golgi Apparatus, Magilla > Run Like an Antelope

ENCORE: Contact

[1] John Popper on harmonica.

Don’t Get Me Wrong featured John Popper on harmonica. After Foam, Trey dedicated the song to Pat Metheny, who was apparently playing nearby. After the second HYHU, Fish teased the Oriental Riff on woodblock.

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11/15/1996 – KIEL CENTER

St. Louis, MO

SET 1: Wilson > Divided Sky, Bouncing Around the Room, Character Zero, Punch You in the Eye > Prince Caspian, Ginseng Sullivan, Train Song, Chalk Dust Torture, Taste > Cavern

SET 2: Makisupa Policeman -> Maze, McGrupp and the Watchful Hosemasters > Split Open and Melt, The Man Who Stepped Into Yesterday > Avenu Malkenu, My Mind’s Got a Mind of its Own > Mike’s Song, Sleeping Monkey > Mean Mr. Mustard[1] > Weekapaug Groove[2]

ENCORE: Funky Bitch[2]

[1] Phish debut.
[2] John Popper on harmonica.

Mimi Fishman addressed the crowd before the show and noted that the band was donating a portion of the proceeds from the show to charity. After Sleeping Monkey, Trey announced that the show was brought to you by the letter M (referencing all the second-set songs with “M”-titles) and the number 420. This show marked the Phish debut of Mean Mr. Mustard, complete with a John Popper (cloaked in a cape and hobbling with a cane to the roar of the audience) cameo as the “dirty old man.” Popper stayed on stage to lend his harmonica to a very short Weekapaug closer and Funky Bitch encore.

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11/8/1990 – THE GREAT HALL, UNIVERSITY OF WISCONSIN

Madison, WI

Soundcheck: The Man Who Stepped Into Yesterday > Avenu Malkenu > The Man Who Stepped Into Yesterday, The Asse Festival, Eliza

SET 1: The Landlady, Possum[1], The Lizards, Foam, Uncle Pen, Llama, The Squirming Coil, The Asse Festival, I Didn’t Know, Mike’s Song > I Am Hydrogen > Weekapaug Groove

SET 2: Suzy Greenberg > Divided Sky, Tweezer > The Oh Kee Pa Ceremony, Dinner and a Movie > Bouncing Around the Room, You Enjoy Myself[2] > Big Black Furry Creature from Mars[3]

ENCORE: Jesus Just Left Chicago[3], Fire[3]

[1] Charlie Chan and Oom Pa Pa signals in intro.
[2] John Popper on harmonica and scat singing.
[3] John Popper on harmonica.

The Eliza played during soundcheck was twice the normal tempo. The Possum intro contained Charlie Chan and Oom Pa Pa signals. Rocky Mountain Way was teased prior to the start of the second set and in Tweezer. Suzy contained a Woody Woodpecker theme tease from Trey. Oh Kee Pa was teased before and during Tweezer. YEM through the end of the show featured John Popper on harmonica; Popper also scat sang during YEM. This was the first Phish performance to be booked by Jason Colton. Some recordings that circulate with this date mislabel the venue as the Barrymore Theatre.

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10/6/1990 – THE CAPITOL THEATRE

Port Chester, NY

Soundcheck: The Asse Festival, Don’t Get Me Wrong, Jam, Makisupa Policeman

SET 1: The Landlady, The Squirming Coil > Dinner and a Movie > Bouncing Around the Room, Foam, You Enjoy Myself > The Oh Kee Pa Ceremony > Suzy Greenberg, Esther > Possum[1], Hold Your Head Up > If I Only Had a Brain > Hold Your Head Up -> David Bowie, Carolina

ENCORE: Don’t Get Me Wrong[2]

[1] Charlie Chan and Oom Pa Pa signals.
[2] Debut; John Popper on harmonica.

This was an opening set for Blues Traveler. The debut of Don’t Get Me Wrong featured John Popper on harmonica. Possum contained Charlie Chan and Oom Pa Pa signals. The Bowie intro contained a full band Mo’ Better Blues tease. Trey dedicated Carolina to Bob and Elaine Dillof (Sofi’s parents). The soundcheck’s Don’t Get Me Wrong also featured Popper on harmonica.

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