This show featured the first known performance of Killer Joe. Lizards had lyrics changed to "He got a pint of Guinness and proceeded to get really drunk."
Teases
Entrance of the Gladiators tease in The Lizards
Debut Years (Average: 1987)

This show was part of the "1990 Tour"

Show Reviews

, attached to 1990-03-17

Review by DemandOpener

DemandOpener Unfortunately, the recording that circulates only captures the first set of this show. Admittedly, as I continue my journey through Phish history, shows like this can get a bit tiring, even though they're not bad by any means. In my previous review, I mentioned how 1990 has been rather paint-by-numbers to this point, and this show is a pretty good example of that.

Everything about the set screams "STANDAAAAARD!" All songs from Golgi through MSO are interchangeable with any other generic performances from the era, with the exception of Bouncing which has an uncomfortably unfamiliar ending and a questionable ->. Divided Sky and Lizards are solid, and Antelope provides what would be probably the major highlight from this one set recording. Apart from Bowie, Possum, and YEM, it was really the only tune they were consistently slaying during this time period. This Antelope has some crazy note-bending tension from Trey in the final buildup and is an enjoyable listen as usual. Overall, though, this show is nothing special and I wouldn't particularly recommend it. 2.5 stars.
, attached to 1990-03-17

Review by YorkvilleBeerLover

YorkvilleBeerLover I was there, living in Garett Hill at the time. I was wasted, had no clue who they were, just remember lots of wasted people, super wasted - I do remember they were really tight. I was however really loose. At 2 points in the show I do remember walking out back for a joint, and I was thinking how fucky weird they were, but god tight.
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Review by kipmat

kipmat "Killer Joe" is actually a jazz standard, but whether Phish was playing it "straight" or messing around is unconfirmed - only the first set of this show circulates. Interestingly, the old editions of the Pharmer's Almanac published a review of the second set from one "Chuck Smith", which leads me to infer that a recording of this set exists. Hmmmm.
, attached to 1990-03-17

Review by kedrar

kedrar My second show. I brought a bunch of friends with me, as I saw them the previous night. The place was pretty packed, as everyone who was there the night before brought a bunch of buddies, too. After the show, it was on to beers at Gillaine's Tavern, since it was St. pats day, and we had much to celebrate.
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October 01, 1990
26 years ago
The Haunt

Set 1: Possum[1], The Squirming Coil > The Lizards, The Landlady, Magilla, Dinner and a Movie > Bouncing Around the Room, Tweezer > The Oh Kee Pa Ceremony > Suzy Greenberg

Set 2: Mike's Song > I Am Hydrogen > Weekapaug Groove, The Asse Festival, Stash, Runaway Jim, Fee[2] > Gumbo, Golgi Apparatus, Love You > Hold Your Head Up > Run Like an Antelope[3]

Encore: Contact, Highway to Hell

[1] Charlie Chan and Oom Pa Pa signals.
[2] Trey sang verses through megaphone, unmiced. First known Fee with use of megapone.
[3] Charlie Chan and Tritone Down signals.

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