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Link Sunday, 01/28/1990
The Front, Burlington, VT

Set 1: SuzySuzy Greenberg, SOAMeltSplit Open and Melt, Tela > Fluffhead, La Grange, Carolina, Forbin'sColonel Forbin's Ascent > MockingbirdFly Famous Mockingbird > Communication Breakdown

Set 2: Wilson[1], AntelopeRun Like an Antelope, Bouncin'Bouncing Around the Room, Caravan, CoilThe Squirming Coil > YEMYou Enjoy Myself > GinBathtub Gin, Mike'sMike's Song > HydrogenI Am Hydrogen > WeekapaugWeekapaug Groove

Encore: Lawn Boy > BBFCFMBig Black Furry Creature from Mars

[1] Heavy metal style.

· Auld Lang Syne and Theme from Bonanza teases in Big Black Furry Creature from Mars

Average Song Gap: 3.86

Performers: Trey Anastasio, Page McConnell, Jon Fishman, Mike Gordon

Notes: It must have been a hot night at The Front, as references were made to a large fan cooling off the crowd. The band even encouraged the audience to take their shirts off; Trey went as far as to promise that Fish would get naked if the audience did! Wilson was performed in a heavy metal style. BBFCFM contained teases of Auld Lang Syne and the Bonanza theme from Trey.

Song Distribution:
6 Lawn Boy
4 The Man Who Stepped into Yesterday
3 Stash
2 Junta
2 The White Tape

Songs by Debut Year:

This show was part of the "1990 Tour."

westbrook , attached to 1990-01-28 Permalink
westbrook This is a nice show. Suzy works well as the opener. SOAM is played much slower than it would be played in later years, but this short version is fine. I like the following combo of Tela>Fluffhead a lot. La Grange is pretty good, featuring nice playing from Trey. The placement of Carolina is a little odd, but it's a fine version. The set gets another does of Gamehendge in Col. Forbin's Ascent>Fly Famous Mockingbird. Communication is a fun cover. Oddly enough, this was the third day in a row that it was played, before being shelved for 83 shows. The heavy metal style Wilson to open the second set is real nice, a highlight of the show. Antelope is typically shredding. Then, we get some humorous banter about the heat in the room and Fish telling the audience to take their clothes off. This is only the third Bouncing Around the Room ever played, and there are a few minor lyrical mistakes. Caravan is ok. The fourth ever Squirming Coil is good, albeit with much shorter piano solo than what the song would eventually feature. There's a nice jam in YEM. Bathtub Gin is par for the course for this period. The set-ending Mike's Groove is another highlight of the show, particularly Weekapaug Groove. The double encore of Lawn Boy and BBFCFM features the band playing back-to-back songs of completely different styles. There's a nice SBD recording of this show on the spreadsheet. I'm giving this show 4 stars.
Score: 2

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