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Link Thursday, 08/17/1989
The Front, Burlington, VT

Set 1: Ya Mar, SuzySuzy Greenberg, McGruppMcGrupp and the Watchful Hosemasters > SlothThe Sloth, Rocky Top, HoodHarry Hood, Mike'sMike's Song > HydrogenI Am Hydrogen > WeekapaugWeekapaug Groove

Set 2: Walk Away, BagAC/DC Bag, MangoThe Mango Song, Fee > YEMYou Enjoy Myself, LizardsThe Lizards

Set 3: Oh Kee PaThe Oh Kee Pa Ceremony, Bold As Love, PYITEPunch You In the Eye[1], Possum, Halley'sHalley's Comet[2] > AlumniAlumni Blues > LTJPLetter to Jimmy Page > AlumniAlumni Blues, Contact > AntelopeRun Like an Antelope

Encore: GolgiGolgi Apparatus, Fire

[1] First known version.
[2] Richard Wright on vocals.

Teases:
· Theme from I Dream of Jeannie tease in The Lizards

Noteworthy Jams: McGrupp and the Watchful Hosemasters

Average Song Gap: 7.31

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

Notes: This show included the first known version of PYITE. Lizards contained a theme from I Dream of Jeannie tease from Page. Halley’s featured Richard Wright on vocals. Richard announced that it was the last time he’d ever sing it. Rocky Top was played for the Drebbers, who had just gotten married (see August 12, 1989). 

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

Songs by Debut Year:

This show was part of the "1989 Tour."

, attached to 1989-08-17 Permalink
Posted to rec.music.phish and/or submitted to Phish.net, many moons ago...

The Front must have been 120 degrees inside that night. I recall spending the majority of this gig standing directly in front of the huge fan that usually was set up to the right of the stage near the exit door.

This night featured a couple of special moments. Rocky Top was played in honor of the Drebbers, who had gotten married a few days earlier. The happy couple was planning a move to Oregon, and apparently Rocky Top was performed to "bring up the flavor of Oregon."

The second set included what could be considered a major milestone in the PHISH legacy. Nancy gave his farewell performance of Haley's Comet. He seemed initially reluctant to sing it, but with some coaxing, the words began to flow. He related to us all a dream that he had. It had to do with crawling through a hole in the wall and ending up on a big stage with four other guys. Obviously a touching rendition. Oh how I yearn for his return. The Dude is The Dude, but Nancy, well, there's no rational comparison. The man could move masses with his voice.

There was also an announcement made concerning the upcoming Townshend gig. But that's another review.

Score: 1
TheEmu Phish.net Staff , attached to 1989-08-17 Permalink
TheEmu Mostly average show, some slightly above average stuff (Mike's, YEM) some not so much (Mango, 1st time PYITE, Sloth) but overall very good. I think the highlight is plainly Nancy on Halley's Comet, describing the dream he had and declaring that he would never sing Halley's in public again. Props to Mike for keeping the vocal bop up so long. Amusing to hear Nancy's confusion about the love for the tune: "Seriously, what do you guys get out of this? It's a stupid song, it doesn't mean anything!" Also, as the 2nd verse is about to start, you can hear him say "Seriously, what would you do if I suddenly gave head to this microphone." Good question, Richard. Anyway, after that long and curious rendition of Halley's, it segues perfectly into Alumni, which is cool. There is also some amusing banter in Contact "Is was are can past present future" etc. 3 stars for this show, I think.
Score: 0
watsonb37 , attached to 1989-08-17 Permalink
Antelope was in the birth years at this point, and this set offers a solid version for anyone seeking good antelope.
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