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Link Saturday, 08/26/1989
Townshend Family Park, Townshend, VT

Set 1: Fluffhead, Forbin'sColonel Forbin's Ascent > MockingbirdFly Famous Mockingbird, HoodHarry Hood, SOAMeltSplit Open and Melt, DividedDivided Sky, YEMYou Enjoy Myself -> Possum

Set 2: The Fishin' Hole > Bold As Love, Ya Mar, SlaveSlave to the Traffic Light, BagAC/DC Bag, Donna Lee, Funky Bitch > Foam, BowieDavid Bowie

Set 3: TMWSIYThe Man Who Stepped Into Yesterday > Avenu Malkenu, SuzySuzy Greenberg, Dinner and a Movie, AntelopeRun Like an Antelope

Encore: Contact, LizardsThe Lizards, La Grange

· Theme from The Odd Couple tease in Harry Hood
· Entrance of the Gladiators tease in Donna Lee
· If I Were a Rich Man tease in David Bowie
· Paint It Black tease in Run Like an Antelope

Noteworthy Jams: David Bowie

Average Song Gap: 9.8

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

Notes: Apparently Fish got a speeding ticket on the way to the show and someone else had to set up his drum set. The Hood intro featured an Odd Couple theme tease from Page. The Fishin' Hole (aka The Andy Griffith Show theme) started with the band whistling and ended with the audience whistling to the band’s accompaniment! Slave was introduced by Mike as being written by Pete Rose; Avenu Malkenu was subsequently announced as a song written by “Pete Rose and God.” Donna Lee contained an Entrance of the Gladiators tease from Trey, the Bowie intro contained If I Were a Rich Man teases, and Antelope included a Paint it Black tease. This show was officially released as Live Phish 09.

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Song Distribution:
7 Junta
6 The Man Who Stepped into Yesterday
5 The White Tape
2 Stash
2 Lawn Boy

Songs by Debut Year:

This show was part of the "1989 Tour."

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I believe there were 3000 to 4000 people at this gig, making it the largest attendance to date (or so I understand). The day was beautiful. The organizers did a marvelous job. There was on-site parking, to which one was free to go back and forth. You could bring your cooler right out on to the lawn had consume some cocktails while watching/dancing. Multiple vendors ringed the expansive lawn, offering up a tasty variety of munchies. A miniature golf course and a cool little train ride also were on site. I don't recall if those were open to us, but my buddy Chief figured out how fire up the train engine and you can imagine the rest. As for the music, Fluffhead provided a great first tune. After this, Trey likened the Family Park to Gamehenge. There was a small mountain kind of behind the stage and there was a nice stream surrounding the entire grounds. Colonel Forbin followed this narration. YEM>Possum eventually closed this inaugural Townshend set. By dark, the band reluctantly wound things down after three sets and a three song encore. Everyone left with memories of a great event and hopes for a repeat show next summer. Luckily, we were rewarded with two more years of good times, although '91 was severely toned down. One yeah - one more thing. If I'm not mistaken, Fishman got a speeding ticket en route to this show. He was a little late in arrival. I remember that his drums were assembled by various bandmembers/crew members. Obviously he wasn't riding in the truck. A comical start to an amusing afternoon.
Score: 4
laylu1970 , attached to 1989-08-26 Permalink
I was at this show...and at a party afterward in Windham with them.
Looking back it's pretty strange.
Score: 3

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