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Link Monday, 02/03/1986
Hunt's, Burlington, VT

Set 1: SlaveSlave to the Traffic Light, Mike'sMike's Song > DEGDave's Energy Guide, YEMYou Enjoy Myself[1], AlumniAlumni Blues > LTJPLetter to Jimmy Page[2] > AlumniAlumni Blues, Prep School Hippie, AntelopeRun Like an Antelope[3]

Set 2: Tonight[4], The Pendulum[4], Babylon is Burning[4], Dec 1661[4]

[1] First known version.
[2] "It's alright" quotes from Trey.
[3] Jeff Holdsworth on slide guitar.
[4] First known Phish performance. With Zenzilé Madikinea.

Notes: This show was an African National Congress Benefit featuring Phish and South African dub poet Zenzilé Madikinea. Antelope featured Jeff Holdsworth on slide guitar. Russ Flanagan sat in on fiddle for parts of this show. Alumni was played by request. Letter to Jimmy Page contained quotes from Trey of "It's alright" before eventually returning to Alumni. Some recordings erroneously note that this show was a double-bill with The Joneses. This show contained the first known version of You Enjoy Myself, although it is possible that the correct debut was on 2/1/85, and the first known performances of Zenzilé's pieces (all with Phish) Tonight, The Pendulum, Babylon is Burning, and Dec 1661. The first set of this show is identical to what is listed for 2/1/85. The setlist for 2/1/85 is possibly incorrect.

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Link Tuesday, 04/01/1986
Hunt's, Burlington, VT

Set 1: QuinnQuinn the Eskimo > Have Mercy[1] > HoodHarry Hood, The Pendulum[2] -> DEGDave's Energy Guide, Icculus[3], YEMYou Enjoy Myself

Set 2: Help on the Way[1] > Slipknot![1] > BagAC/DC Bag[3], McGruppMcGrupp and the Watchful Hosemasters[4] > AlumniAlumni Blues > LTJPLetter to Jimmy Page > AlumniAlumni Blues > Dear Mrs. Reagan

Encore: Not Fade Away[5]

[1] First known Phish performance.
[2] With Zenzilé Madikinea. Madikinea recited revolutionary poetry.
[3] First known performance.
[4] Spoken in Dylan-esque fashion.
[5] First known Phish performance; with The Joneses.

Notes: This show was billed as Hunt’s Festival of Fools. Phish and The Joneses switched off for 45-minute sets; the two bands performed the encore together. The Pendulum, which was a recital of revolutionary poetry, featured guest Zenzilé Madikinea. This gig contained the first known versions of AC/DC Bag and Icculus, the first known Phish version of Have Mercy, and the only known Phish performances of Help on the Way, Slipknot and Not Fade Away. McGrupp was spoken in a Dylan-esque fashion, in keeping with Trey’s jokes about Phish being the “Dylan Band.”

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Link Tuesday, 04/15/1986
University of Vermont, Burlington, VT

Set 1: BagAC/DC Bag > Dear Mrs. Reagan, Prep School Hippie, QuinnQuinn the Eskimo -> SlaveSlave to the Traffic Light, MakisupaMakisupa Policeman, Have Mercy, All Blues[1] > Dog Log > Possum, YEMYou Enjoy Myself, Anarchy, Camel Walk -> AlumniAlumni Blues > LTJPLetter to Jimmy Page > AlumniAlumni Blues

[1] First known Phish performance; approximately one minute long.

Teases:
· The Music Never Stopped tease in Possum

Notes: The band was introduced by Trey as the “Bob Dylan Band” before a jam that led into a short All Blues (the first known Phish performance; it was only about a minute long). Dog Log was dedicated to all of the dogs that are running around -- including Marley the Wonder Dog. Possum included a Music Never Stopped tease.

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Link Tuesday, 04/29/1986
University of Vermont, Burlington, VT

No known setlist!

Notes: This show was performed on The Green outside Bailey Howe Library.

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Link Saturday, 05/17/1986
Goddard College, Plainfield, VT

Set 1: Halley'sHalley's Comet[1] > Back Porch Boogie Blues[2] > Halley'sHalley's Comet

[1] Debut; Richard Wright on vocals.
[2] First known Phish performance.

Notes: While a complete setlist for this “Springfest” performance at Goddard is not known, it has been confirmed that Halley’s debuted at this show with Richard Wright on vocals. Back Porch Boogie Blues also made its first known Phish performance. This is the last known Phish show with Jeff Holdsworth as an official member of the band.

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Link Saturday, 05/24/1986
Hunt's, Burlington, VT

Set 1: Dog Log, Halley'sHalley's Comet[1] > Back Porch Boogie Blues > Halley'sHalley's Comet

[1] Richard Wright on vocals.

Notes: This setlist is incomplete. Richard Wright provided vocals for Halley’s Comet. This was the first Phish show without Jeff Holdsworth.

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Link Sunday, 06/01/1986
Boston Harbor, Boston, MA

No known setlist!

Notes: This show was performed on a boat in Boston Harbor as part of the Cambridge School graduation festivities. Mike’s brother assisted Phish in securing the gig.

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Link Wednesday, 09/03/1986
Hunt's, Burlington, VT

No known setlist!

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Link Friday, 09/26/1986
Private Party, Johnson, VT

No known setlist!

Notes: Though recordings do not circulate, it is believed that a show was played on this date at a hippie commune owned by a man named “Irving.” In a 1992 interview, Trey referenced this show when asked about the strangest gig the band has ever played. No setlist is known.

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Link Sunday, 10/12/1986
Haybarn Theater, Goddard College, Plainfield, VT

Set 1: GolgiGolgi Apparatus[1] > SlaveSlave to the Traffic Light, Wilson[1], Halley'sHalley's Comet -> Possum, Sneakin' SallySneakin' Sally Through the Alley, MakisupaMakisupa Policeman

[1] First known performance.

Notes: This show featured the first known performances of Golgi Apparatus and Wilson.

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Link Wednesday, 10/15/1986
Hunt's, Burlington, VT

Set 1: AlumniAlumni Blues > MakisupaMakisupa Policeman, Skin It Back[1] > Cities, HydrogenI Am Hydrogen > McGruppMcGrupp and the Watchful Hosemasters, BagAC/DC Bag, YEMYou Enjoy Myself, Lushington[2]

Set 2: PeachesPeaches en Regalia[1] > GolgiGolgi Apparatus > Swing Low, Sweet Chariot[1], Camel Walk, Shaggy Dog[2], Mustang Sally[1], Fluffhead, Sneakin' SallySneakin' Sally Through the Alley, Wilson > SlaveSlave to the Traffic Light, QuinnQuinn the Eskimo -> Mike'sMike's Song, Have Mercy > HoodHarry Hood

Set 3: Roll Like a Cantaloupe[2], Sanity[2], Anarchy

Encore: Clod[2]

[1] First known Phish performance.
[2] First known performance.

Teases:
· Misty and Brother, Can You Spare a Dime? teases

Notes: Before YEM, Page played cocktail-style jazz, including snippets of Misty and Brother Can You Spare a Dime? while Trey tuned up. The third set listing is incomplete; recordings that circulate have cuts before Cantaloupe. The Clod encore began with an impromptu kazoo solo from Mike. This show contained the first known versions of many Phish songs, including Lushington, Shaggy Dog, Roll Like a Cantaloupe, Sanity, and Clod, as well as the first known Phish versions of Skin It Back, Peaches, Swing Low, and Mustang Sally. This was Paul Languedoc’s first show as soundman.

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Link Friday, 10/31/1986
Sculpture Room, Goddard College, Plainfield, VT

Soundcheck: Bertha (performed by The Joneses), Blues Jam (with members of The Joneses)

Set 1: Mustang Sally, Camel Walk, GolgiGolgi Apparatus > SlaveSlave to the Traffic Light, Melt the Guns -> Sneakin' SallySneakin' Sally Through the Alley, Halley'sHalley's Comet[1] > Back Porch Boogie Blues > Shaggy Dog, Fluffhead

Set 2: Jam > BagAC/DC Bag, Swing Low, Sweet Chariot, PeachesPeaches en Regalia > BowieDavid Bowie[2], Have Mercy[3] > HoodHarry Hood, Sanity, Skin It Back > Icculus, AlumniAlumni Blues

[1] Richard Wright on vocals.
[2] First known version.
[3] Jah Roy on vocals.

Teases:
· Fuck Your Face and Minkin quotes in Melt the Guns

Notes: This show was a co-bill with The Joneses. Trey and Mike quoted Fuck Your Face and Minkin during the Melt the Guns intro. Have Mercy featured Jah Roy on vocals. Halley’s Comet featured Richard Wright on vocals. This show contained the first known version of David Bowie.

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Link Tuesday, 11/18/1986
Nectar's, Burlington, VT

No known setlist!

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Link Saturday, 12/06/1986
The Ranch, Shelburne, VT

Set 1: Funky Bitch[1], Possum, PeachesPeaches en Regalia, MakisupaMakisupa Policeman -> Fluffhead

Set 2: I Know a Little[1], GolgiGolgi Apparatus > SlaveSlave to the Traffic Light, Shaggy Dog > Light UpLight Up Or Leave Me Alone[1] -> Camel Walk, Jam > Swing Low, Sweet Chariot, Back Porch Boogie Blues, Icculus[2], McGruppMcGrupp and the Watchful Hosemasters, GTBTGood Times Bad Times[1] -> Skin It Back -> Cities

Set 3: Mike'sMike's Song -> The Little Drummer Boy[1] > Whipping Post, She Caught the KatyShe Caught the Katy and Left Me a Mule to Ride[1] > BagAC/DC Bag, BowieDavid Bowie -> Clod > BowieDavid Bowie, YEMYou Enjoy Myself, Dog Log, Tush[1] > Sneakin' SallySneakin' Sally Through the Alley, Prep School Hippie

[1] First known Phish performance.
[2] Steve Drebber on vocals.

Teases:
· Ramblin' Man quote in Jam
· Streets of Cairo tease in David Bowie

Notes: The jam before Swing Low Sweet Chariot contained a quote of Ramblin' Man (Allman Brothers). Icculus featured Steve Drebber on vocals. David Bowie’s hi-hat intro section included a Streets of Cairo tease from Trey. This show included the first known Phish performances of Funky Bitch, I Know a Little, Light Up or Leave Me Alone, Good Times Bad Times, Little Drummer Boy, She Caught The Katy, and Tush.

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