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Link Friday, 05/26/1989
Valley Club Cafe, Rutland, VT

Set 1: Bold As Love, BagAC/DC Bag, Mike'sMike's Song > HydrogenI Am Hydrogen > WeekapaugWeekapaug Groove, Sanity[1], Halley'sHalley's Comet[2] > SlothThe Sloth, YEMYou Enjoy Myself

Set 2: BowieDavid Bowie[3], MangoThe Mango Song, SOAMeltSplit Open and Melt, GinBathtub Gin[4], AntelopeRun Like an Antelope, GolgiGolgi Apparatus

Set 3: SlaveSlave to the Traffic Light, Funky Bitch, Curtis LoewThe Ballad of Curtis Loew > Possum

Encore: The Practical Song

[1] Fast version.
[2] Richard Wright on vocals.
[3] Alternate "Lazy Lester" lyrics.
[4] First known version.

· Sweet Georgia Brown and Linus and Lucy teases in David Bowie
· Johnny B. Goode tease in Possum
· Theme from Popeye and The Fishin' Hole teases in The Ballad of Curtis Loew

Noteworthy Jams: You Enjoy Myself (highly recommended), Bathtub Gin

Average Song Gap: 12.47

Performers: Trey Anastasio, Page McConnell, Jon Fishman, Mike Gordon, Richard "Nancy Taube" Wright (Guest)

Notes: Sanity was the fast version. Richard Wright provided guest vocals on Halley’s Comet. Sweet Georgia Brown was teased before and in the Bowie intro. Linus and Lucy was also teased in the intro. Bowie was subsequently announced as, dedicated to, and sung as “Lazy Lester.” This show contained the first known version of Bathtub Gin. Trey compared Antelope to his life-long dream of playing hockey and dedicated the song to “all you pro hockey players out there.” Curtis Loew contained teases of the Popeye theme and Fishin' Hole from Trey. Possum contained Johnny B. Goode teases.

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

Songs by Debut Year:

This show was part of the "1989 Tour."

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At first glance, the setlist speaks for this show. Wonderful selections all beautifully performed. This was the second time that PHISH had played The Valley Club in 1989 and they appeared quite comfortable with their surroundings.(I believe there was a February show in '89) Rutland is not far from Hebron, NY, so there were many friends of the band in attendance.

ON WITH THE SHOW: The first set absolutely rocked!! A guest appearance from Nancy (Halley's) is an obvious highlight, as it always was. I was so sweaty from this set, so I decided to race home and took a shower during the break. I arrived back just in time for the highhat intro of David Bowie. This night, however, the song was named as "Lazy Lester." I recall that this had to do with a poster on the wall referring to an actual performer known as Lazy Lester. They had a blast in chanting his name. After "Mango," Trey introduced some of the numbers "a new song followed by an old song" or something like that. He also made references to watching the NHL playoffs and how "Spilt Open" reminded him of playing hockey.

Set three began with my personal request "Slave," and ended with "Shortage," which was an adlibbed number inserted as to prolong the last call and to extend their playing time. "Possum" also found Trey borrowing Molly's hat so he could wear it while he played.

All in all, one to look for.

Score: 4
Mikesgroover , attached to 1989-05-26 Permalink
Mikesgroover This show is an early-era scorcher that took place only two days before the legendary Ian Hebron's Farm

After the excellent Bold as Love and Bag opening twofer, a few people call for Bathtub Gin, so some of the band's friends have clearly heard the song this performance, the earliest version that circulates. Between songs some amusing banter includes Trey complaining that the drums are too loud.

The straightforward Mike's Groove that follows starts with a lot of bass and drums in the first solo before Trey enters. Mike's backing vocals on the Weekapaug adds the only truly unique touch to a solid early version.

A girl requests Sanity and they play that early fast version, which sounds like a completely different song than the traditional powerhouse we're used to. Page takes the lead during the last two jam segments and it's a refreshing change.

Trey invites Nancy Wright up to sing on Halley's, which is the second to last version before the song's 4-year retirement.

The YEM has to be heard to appreciated, with Trey getting completely enveloped by the song, his fiery soloing eventually building up to machine gun bursts that include brief teases of the theme to "My Soul".

More amusing banter precedes "Lazy Lester", which appears to reference a person/band that is going to be playing the venue the following week. Though it doesn't go really deep, this Bowie has smooth, sharp playing by the entire band, especially Trey.

The intro to this early Mango Song is slightly different than later-era versions, but it cuts just before the end on the tape I listened to, cutting to Melt at the first chorus.
The Gin is very straightforward as is the remainder of the show. Worth a listen for sure.
Score: 1

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