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Link Tuesday, 02/07/1989
The Front, Burlington, VT

Set 1: Esther > McGruppMcGrupp and the Watchful Hosemasters[1] > Foam, SlothThe Sloth -> Possum, Mike'sMike's Song > HydrogenI Am Hydrogen > WeekapaugWeekapaug Groove, GolgiGolgi Apparatus

Set 2: MakisupaMakisupa Policeman, Dinner and a Movie, BagAC/DC Bag > LizardsThe Lizards, TimberTimber (Jerry), Contact, AlumniAlumni Blues[2] > LTJPLetter to Jimmy Page > AlumniAlumni Blues, Fee > AntelopeRun Like an Antelope

Set 3: Sanity[3], Fluffhead, SuzySuzy Greenberg > SlaveSlave to the Traffic Light, Bike > Whipping Post[4]

Encore: Fire

[1] Fish on trombone.
[2] Additional lyrics.
[3] Fast version.
[4] First known Fish vocals.

· Theme from Woody Woodpecker tease in Suzy Greenberg

Noteworthy Jams: Possum (highly recommended)

Average Song Gap: 12.85

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

Notes: McGrupp featured Fish on trombone. Weekapaug featured alternate “Sharin’ in the Rhode Island groove” lyrics. Alumni contained additional lyrics. This version of Sanity was the fast version. Suzy contained a Woody Woodpecker theme tease from Trey. Prior to Bike, Mike introduced Fish as "Moses Yaskremski." Whipping Post was the first known version to feature Fish on vocals.

Song Distribution:
8 Junta
5 The White Tape
4 The Man Who Stepped into Yesterday
1 Lawn Boy

Songs by Debut Year:

This show was part of the "1989 Tour."

WeatherReport , attached to 1989-02-07 Permalink
WeatherReport I believe this is my second show, my first show was also at the Front. It's been pretty difficult to figure out which Front shows I saw. There was also two Front shows I attended where they had a guest fiddle player (called The Fiddler by many fans), one of them being my first show. This one stands out in my memory for the Bike > Whipping Post ending, I believe Fishman played guitar on Whipping Post as well as singing it. Mike's Song was crackling with energy, along with several other tunes that night. I remember Trey and Mike doing the trampolines in synch with a strobe light during the jam in Mikes Song, and thinking how cool it was. This was the show that really turned me into a fan, I started seeing them more regularly after this night. The Front was a great venue, I saw many cool bands there along with 6 or 7 Phish shows. I remember seeing Blues Traveler there in 1990, with Trey sitting in with them for most of the night. It wasn't a big place, I would say the capacity was around 500 at the most. It was sad day when it closed, and then turned into a ski shop. I hope in future more recordings, or even set lists from Front shows will turn up. I remember talking to the owner of the place one night, and he said he had soundboard tapes of just about every gig ever played there. Hopefully those will see the light of day sometime soon. Or better yet maybe Phish will release a Front box set, similar to the Roxy box set that came out a while back. There's really not much high quality stuff available from that era.
Score: 5
DollarBill , attached to 1989-02-07 Permalink
DollarBill This was a nice early 1989 show to listen to. Esther has its regular story now, Foam is still really new, and the Sloth has a weird ending to it. Weekapaug is still pretty new for them too. Nice second set. Alumni has the extra lyrics in it, Fee is still played a half step up, and itís funny to hear the fast version of Sanity to open the third set. I feel this is a defining moment in Phish history as you get the double shot of Fishman at the end with a sloppy Bike, and then the first Fish led Whipping Post!!! I think the idea of letting him lead one song every show is starting to blossom.
Score: 2
watsonb37 , attached to 1989-02-07 Permalink
One of the single best Possum's I've heard. Makisupa is worth it's weight at this time too.
Score: 1

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