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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.

Noteworthy Jams: AC/DC Bag, McGrupp and the Watchful Hosemasters

Average Song Gap: 5.3

Performers: Trey Anastasio, Page McConnell, Jon Fishman, Mike Gordon, Jeff Holdsworth, Zenzile (Guest), The Joneses (Guest)

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.”

Song Distribution:
4 The White Tape
2 Junta
1 Stash
1 The Man Who Stepped into Yesterday

Songs by Debut Year:

This show was part of the "1986 Tour."

RunawayJim4180 , attached to 1986-04-01 Permalink
RunawayJim4180 Fans of both Phish and the Dead will undoubtedly enjoy the "Help on the Way>Slipknot! second set opener, which I thought was very well played. The "Fade Away" encore starts strong, but fades away (no pun intended) after a minute or so. Otherwise, there isn't much to see here beyond some decent early versions of YEM (minus Mike's bass spanking) and Hood.
I think the most interesting listening "observations" of these early shows is the ambient noise of the crowds. You can clearly hear the entire bar having their own separate side conversations while the band jams away. If they only knew what they were missing!
Score: 2
conradjohansen , attached to 1986-04-01 Permalink
conradjohansen Great Have Mercy into a very strong Hood, Trey tears it apart. I really enjoyed The Pendulum, it was a lot of fun and a great DEG. Short Icculus and a raging YEM to close. Help > Slip has some good jamming and they drop into Bag quite nicely. McGrupp is a lot of fun with Trey doing his Dylan impersonation and he's not bad. Standard fare to close out the show, oh and I LOVE Dear Mrs. Reagan, they need to bring that one back with updated lyrics.
Score: 2

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