Clement's Brew Pub, Syracuse, NY
Average Song Gap: 7.5
Notes: While it is believed that this show listing, date, and venue are correct, confirmation has not been firmly established. It is believed that this show was not at The Orange Grove (where Phish performed on 5/13/89) or Copperfield’s, as is sometimes listed. This setlist is incomplete and likely incorrect as well. Home videos were shown both before and during this humorous Bike. Trey jokingly referred to TMWSIY as “The Man Who Stepped Into Dog Log.” A recording of this show circulates with a very different setlist, which features David Bowie and Swing Low, Sweet Chariot as the encore and lists the following in the second set: McGrupp, Divided, Reba, Mike's Groove, Curtis Loew, Alumni, Contact, and Lizards.
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This show was part of the "1989 Tour."
Occasionally, a band would set up at one end of this dank basement room in place of one or two of the pool tables. Usually, this was more of an irritation than anything else. I was into Guns N Roses, Led Zeppelin, and the DK’s at the time, not second rate bar bands, though I would point out that at some point in their careers each of these rock and roll legends was itself nothing more than that. The night Phish played at Clement's was no exception (in either case as it turns out), I mean, this wasn’t Chucklehead people, now those guys were funky. I have two memories from this particular second-rate bar band’s show: they played some bizarre song mentioning David Bowie and the drummer showed a home movie of what appeared to be his summer vacation. I probably left early to go see what was happening at the Inn Complete to be honest. Other than hearing and recognizing the Junta version of “David Bowie” randomly in a friend’s car on the way back from a party (and subsequently listening to “Contact” a number of times at the behest of his girlfriend), I would have no further contact with Phish until the 1992 H.O.R.D.E. show at Empire Court. If I ever truly master the ability to time travel within the bounds of my own experiential universe, a return visit to this show will likely be one of my first stops.
They sound checked Reba, which I don't think they had played officially played live yet. They were still working out the whistling parts.
This was my first Phish show and the only one I ever attended where the venue was less than half full.