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Link Friday, 04/14/1989
The Base Lodge, Stearns Hall, Johnson State College, Johnson, VT

Soundcheck: Time Loves A Hero

Set 1: BagAC/DC Bag > Foam, Walk Away, Fluffhead, Fee, Halley'sHalley's Comet > AntelopeRun Like an Antelope, Contact, Fire

Set 2: YEMYou Enjoy Myself, Bold As Love, LizardsThe Lizards, SlothThe Sloth, Possum, If I Only Had a Brain[1], Mike'sMike's Song > HydrogenI Am Hydrogen > WeekapaugWeekapaug Groove, Esther

[1] Fish on trombone.

· Theme from Woody Woodpecker tease in Possum

Average Song Gap: 9.05

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

Notes: Some recordings of this show have the venue mislabeled as Chez Pierre. Possum contained a Woody Woodpecker theme tease from Trey and If I Only Had a Brain featured Fish on trombone.

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

Songs by Debut Year:

This show was part of the "1989 Tour."

TheEmu , attached to 1989-04-14 Permalink
TheEmu A note before I begin with the review:

Dear Dude Yelling "CONTACT" 22 Years Ago,
Once they actually start playing Contact, there is no need to continue to yell "Contact! Nice!" Thank yeeewww.

This show is on the money, both musically and humorously. Page takes a moment at the end of the Time Loves a Hero soundcheck to welcome everyone to the soundcheck. Just about every song in the first set is above average or unusual, especially Foam, Fluffhead, and Halley's > Antelope. There is some amusing post-contact banter which culminates in the line "And there's nothing better than getting it in the end every once in a while," and Halley's has some bizarre vocals in it.

Set II starts with Trey shouting "YEM!!" and he repeats "YEM!!!" during YEM, which is an excellent YEM even without much of a vocal jam. Sloth has an ending I've never heard before, almost It's Ice-ish. If I Only Had a Brain contains lyrical gems such as "Oh...Oh....Oh...," "Life would be a dingleberry," "And then I'd sit and shit some more," and "::cough:: ::cough:: ::coughing fit::" Sublime. Weekapaug is also above average, and even though the Esther is shaky in spots, it is also fairly unusual.

First set I think is a bit better than the second, but overall this is an excellent show and I think it's a solid 4 stars. Take a listen and enjoy!
Score: 5

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