This show was a benefit for VPIRG. Esther contained a Dixie tease from Trey. Alumni contained additional lyrics. I Didn't Know featured Fish on trombone. I Didn't Know and McGrupp included sound effects from an electronic drum machine. Fish played Call to the Post on the woodblock after Slave. A fan identified the song and Trey said he won a date with Fish. SOAM included a drum solo. A recording of the second set circulates with AC/DC Bag and Possum as the encores, but they are from a different source than the rest of the recording, and thus may have been filler. (An early Phish.net setlist from the 1990s, as well as the Phish.com setlist, do not list any encores for this benefit show.)
Noteworthy Jams
Teases
Dixie tease in Esther, Call to the Post tease
Debut Years (Average: 1986)

This show was part of the "1989 Tour"

Show Reviews

, attached to 1989-04-15

Review by TheEmu

TheEmu Pretty raging Funky Bitch to start off the set (only set II is available). The banter before The Mango Song is pretty hilarious. First claiming that Fish will be using a synthesized drum pad, Trey then encourages Fish to play his new woodblocks. Fish then teases "Call to the Post" which Trey jokes is their newest number, a cover song. When an audience member successfully identifies the tune, Trey awards her/him a date with Fishman. Trey also jokes that Paul purposely put some feedback in the monitors in order to take it out again and look like a great sound guy. Finally, Trey tells the crowd that when dancing to the Mango Song (I didn't know Mango was this old!) that they should only move their legs and hips and NOT their head. Strong Divided Sky, pretty weak start to Melt, but the jam is not bad. The Fluffhead is OK, not great, and I was on my way to two stars for this (sound quality pretty lousy, too), but the Good Times, Bad Times has turned me around. Three stars.

I'm going to give the end of Fluffhead another listen as there is some banter there that seems to suggest either the date of this show is wrong or that Trey didn't know what day it was...
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September 30, 1991
25 years ago
The Dugout Lounge, Ohio University

Set 1: Chalk Dust Torture, Foam, Fee, Paul and Silas, Stash, Colonel Forbin's Ascent > Fly Famous Mockingbird > Sparkle, Take the 'A' Train, Llama

Set 2: Possum[1], Cavern, The Mango Song > Tweezer > My Sweet One, Horn, The Landlady > The Lizards, Tweezer Reprise, Happy Birthday to You[2], Love You > Hold Your Head Up

Encore: Good Times Bad Times

[1] Two Charlie Chan signals and Simpsons and Claping signals.
[2] Performed by Trey, Page, and Mike. Sung by Fish and the crowd.

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