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Link Monday, 07/11/1988
Sam's Tavern, Burlington, VT

Set 1: Satin Doll, SuzySuzy Greenberg, Curtain WithThe Curtain With, Funky Bitch, Fire, Bold As Love, Forbin'sColonel Forbin's Ascent > MockingbirdFly Famous Mockingbird, GolgiGolgi Apparatus, AlumniAlumni Blues > LTJPLetter to Jimmy Page[1] > AlumniAlumni Blues

Encore: McGruppMcGrupp and the Watchful Hosemasters[2] > La Grange

[1] Fish drum solo.
[2] Fish on trombone.

· Dave's Energy Guide tease in Suzy Greenberg

Average Song Gap: 4.36

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

Notes: Trey graduated from college on this date and treated the crowd to a killer Alumni Blues. Letter to Jimmy Page featured a drum solo from Fish. Suzy Greenberg included Dave’s Energy Guide teases. Trey referred to the "With" portion of The Curtain With as “A Living Nightmare.” McGrupp featured Fish on trombone. The listed encore may actually be the start of the second set; the first set appeared to end after Alumni given Page’s comments.

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

Songs by Debut Year:

This show was part of the "1988 Tour."

westbrook , attached to 1988-07-11 Permalink
westbrook Satin Doll is ok. I think Trey's solos in Suzy are kind of awkward though. He just jumps right in, seemingly trying to play as many notes as possible. The Curtain With is definitely rough, as Trey refers to the jam as "a living nightmare," and claims that Fishman wrote the whole song. Funky Bitch, Fire, and Bold as love are fine. Colonel Forbin's Ascent and Mockingbird are a little off in some places, but are decent overall. Golgi is alright. Alumni Blues> LTJP> Alumni is fun and well played, as Trey just got his degree earlier in the day and apparently shows it to the crowd. McGrupp is kind of meh with the trombone. La Grange is pretty good.
Score: 1
TheEmu , attached to 1988-07-11 Permalink
TheEmu Suzy goes heavy into DEG territory, but is also fairly lackadasical. The jam in the Curtain isn't THAT bad, I guess, but it's not good, and Trey calling it "A Living Nightmare" and blaming the whole thing on Fish is pretty funny. Funky Bitch is also pretty rough, although Fire and Axis are not too bad. I really don't care for these early, slowed-down version of Forbin's, and the Mockingbird isn't too awfully sharp. What else can I complain about? Oh, yeah...the trombone solos in McGrupp will just NEVER sound right to me, even though I love horrible Fishman solos. The 'Grupp is decent, though, along with the Alumni, but overall this set doesn't get me too excited. 2 stars for The Living Nightmare.
Score: 0

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