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Link Saturday, 04/15/1989
Billings Lounge, University of Vermont, Burlington, VT

Soundcheck: Time Loves a Hero

Set 1: Mike'sMike's Song > HydrogenI Am Hydrogen > WeekapaugWeekapaug Groove, Esther > YEMYou Enjoy Myself > Wilson, PeachesPeaches en Regalia, On Your Way Down > AlumniAlumni Blues[1] > LTJPLetter to Jimmy Page > AlumniAlumni Blues, IDKI Didn't Know[2], McGruppMcGrupp and the Watchful Hosemasters[3] > Foam, BowieDavid Bowie

Set 2: Funky Bitch, GolgiGolgi Apparatus > SlaveSlave to the Traffic Light, MangoThe Mango Song, DividedDivided Sky, SOAMeltSplit Open and Melt[4], SuzySuzy Greenberg > Fluffhead > GTBTGood Times Bad Times

[1] Additional lyrics.
[2] Fishman on trombone; with sound effects from an electronic drum machine.
[3] With sound effects from an electronic drum machine.
[4] With drum solo.

Teases:
· Dixie tease in Esther
· Call to the Post tease

Noteworthy Jams: Split Open and Melt

Average Song Gap: 6.46

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

Notes: This show was a benefit for VPIRG. Esther contained a Dixie tease from Trey. Alumni contained additional lyrics. I Didn't Know featured Fishman on trombone. I Didn't Know and McGrupp included sound effects from an electronic drum machine. Fishman played Call to the Post on the woodblock after Slave. A fan identified the song and Trey said he won a date with Fishman. SOAM included a drum solo. A recording of the second set circulates with AC/DC Bag and Possum as the encores, but they are from a different source than the rest of the recording, and thus may have been filler. (An early Phish.net setlist from the 1990s, as well as the Phish.com setlist, do not list any encores for this benefit show.)

Song Distribution:
7 Junta
5 The White Tape
2 Stash
1 A Picture of Nectar
1 Lawn Boy
1 The Man Who Stepped into Yesterday

Songs by Debut Year:

This show was part of the "1989 Tour."

TheEmu Phish.net Staff , attached to 1989-04-15 Permalink
TheEmu Pretty raging Funky Bitch to start off the set (only set II is available). The banter before The Mango Song is pretty hilarious. First claiming that Fish will be using a synthesized drum pad, Trey then encourages Fish to play his new woodblocks. Fish then teases "Call to the Post" which Trey jokes is their newest number, a cover song. When an audience member successfully identifies the tune, Trey awards her/him a date with Fishman. Trey also jokes that Paul purposely put some feedback in the monitors in order to take it out again and look like a great sound guy. Finally, Trey tells the crowd that when dancing to the Mango Song (I didn't know Mango was this old!) that they should only move their legs and hips and NOT their head. Strong Divided Sky, pretty weak start to Melt, but the jam is not bad. The Fluffhead is OK, not great, and I was on my way to two stars for this (sound quality pretty lousy, too), but the Good Times, Bad Times has turned me around. Three stars.

I'm going to give the end of Fluffhead another listen as there is some banter there that seems to suggest either the date of this show is wrong or that Trey didn't know what day it was...
Score: 2

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