Category: 1985

Nov 23, 1985 Goddard College Plainfield, VT

This list for Set II is likely incomplete, as the only recording that circulates fades in and out at points. The “Whipping Post Jam” fades in after Mike’s Song on the recording that circulates. This “Jam” contained jams reminiscent of The Grateful Dead’s The Other One and Dark Star. It also featured Norwegian Wood teases from Mike, a Slave to the Traffic Light tease from Trey, and a jam reminiscent of the early intro to Harry Hood. Antelope fades in after the “Whipping Post Jam” fades out. The complete lists for Sets I (featuring the first known Phish performance of Wild Thing) and II are not known, although Mike has referenced the first set Wild Thing in interviews and in The Phish Book.

Nov 14, 1985 Memorial Auditorium Basement Burlington, VT

This show was an acoustic benefit that also featured performances by The Joneses and The Visions. Fish played percussion instead of a drumkit. Slave appeared to have a female vocalist accompanying Trey. This show also featured the first known version of Dear Mrs. Reagan and the first known Phish versions of Hurricane and Piggies. Makisupa included additional impromptu verses regarding Mike, Fish and their “new friend, Page.” Piggies was dedicated to Harry Mitiguy, then president of the Howard Bank (referred to by Trey as “Howard Mitiguy”). The drum jam out of Makisupa may have included Marc Daubert, at least one member of The Joneses, and possibly others. Phish’s archivist, Kevin Shapiro, played the Makisupa > Piggies -> Makisupa portion of this show on From the Archives on 10/30/09 at Festival 8. The date of this show may be 11/19/85.

Oct 30, 1985 Hunt’s Burlington, VT

This show contained the first known version of Harry Hood and the first known public version of Dog Log. Trey remarked during the intro to Hood that “this one is a story of the man who lives directly across the street from us right now.” (The house on King Street where Trey, Fish, and Brian Long lived was across the street from the Hood factory.) Slave was dedicated to “Brickle.” Trey’s humorous comments about being “back on Planet Earth” were in reference to the events at Goddard on October 26. Alumni had a reference to pumpkin pie. This setlist is likely incomplete.

May 3, 1985 University of Vermont Burlington, VT

This show was performed at the Last Day Party on UVM’s Redstone campus. It marked Page’s debut with the band, as he sat in during portions of the third set. In fact, Big Leg Emma was preceded by an announcement from Trey that “our friend Page, from Goddard, will sit in later.” Bring it On Home featured Bobby Brown on harmonica and Whipping Post featured Jeff on vocals. McGrupp was dedicated to Fish. Makisupa featured a reggae jam. This show featured the only known Phish performances of Bring It On Home and The Other One.

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Mar 4, 1985 Hunt’s Burlington, VT

This show was an African Relief benefit for OXFAM. Fire Up the Ganja (which is the song Fire on the Mountain with different lyrics) featured Bobby Hackney and Jah Roy of the band Lambsbread on vocals. This setlist is incomplete and featured the first known version of Anarchy and first known Phish version of Fire Up the Ganja. This is the first known version of Skippy to have McGrupp lyrics. (This song was called Skippy by the band at this time, even though it eventually became McGrupp.)

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