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Link Wednesday, 02/03/1988
Gallagher's, Waitsfield, VT

Set 1: BowieDavid Bowie

Set 2: Sympathy for the Devil[1], Fee, AntelopeRun Like an Antelope, BagAC/DC Bag -> Possum

[1] First known Phish performance.

· Entrance of the Gladiators tease in David Bowie

Noteworthy Jams: David Bowie

Average Song Gap: 4.6

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

Notes: This show featured the first known Phish performance of Sympathy for the Devil.  Bowie contained an Entrance of the Gladiators tease by Trey. This setlist is incomplete and the date of the show may be incorrect.

Song Distribution:
2 Junta
2 The Man Who Stepped into Yesterday
2 The White Tape
1 Lawn Boy

Songs by Debut Year:

This show was part of the "1988 Tour."

SlavePhan , attached to 1988-02-03 Permalink
SlavePhan No tapes are in the archive for this show, so we rely on fan sources. The result is that the audio that does exist on the spreadsheet may be chopped and cut from many other 88 shows. As I haven't walked through all of '88 yet, right now I'll treat this as its own show.

The Bowie here clearly closes the set (whichever one it was). It also contains an early "Sing a Random Note" signal from Trey, although the Secret Language wouldn't be created for another 5 years. I like this Bowie for its extremely patient build, chaotic peaks, and subsequent descent into a jazzy jam which is similar to Antelope. In fact, Mike plays around with the Antelope notes a bit in here. At 18 minutes, this was one of the longest jams the band had ever played, and it actually holds up well considering the youth of the band.

Sympathy for the Devil is novel, but the band is unequipped to give the song due diligence. Somehow Fish's work on the cowbell doesn't seem to give the song enough bottom. The Antelope here is cut, but I think this AC/DC is really quite good, and its transition into Possum is less of a segue than a very quick start, but it works. It's almost too bad that little of this show is taped, if the Bag is any function of how well the band played. They were definitely playing well this night.

Phish would go on to play many more times at Gallaghers, but most of the shows were unrecorded, or are held in Del Martin's stash of secrets. Too bad, since the band seemed to enjoy this little Waitsfield venue.
Score: 1

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