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Link Sunday, 12/03/1989
The Front, Burlington, VT

Set 1: GinBathtub Gin, Funky Bitch > Ya Mar, Reba, DividedDivided Sky, MSOMy Sweet One > AntelopeRun Like an Antelope, Lawn Boy, Frankenstein

Set 2: TMWSIYThe Man Who Stepped Into Yesterday > Avenu Malkenu > BagAC/DC Bag > Esther > Oh Kee PaThe Oh Kee Pa Ceremony > SuzySuzy Greenberg, SOAMeltSplit Open and Melt[1], In a Hole, Fee > Possum, Love You, Mike'sMike's Song > HydrogenI Am Hydrogen > WeekapaugWeekapaug Groove

Encore: IDKI Didn't Know, GolgiGolgi Apparatus

[1] Fish drum solo.

· Theme from Bonanza tease in Run Like an Antelope

Noteworthy Jams: Split Open and Melt

Average Song Gap: 8.16

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

Notes: Antelope contained a Bonanza theme tease from Trey. Melt contained a Fish drum solo.

Song Distribution:
7 Lawn Boy
4 Junta
3 The Man Who Stepped into Yesterday
3 The White Tape
1 Stash

Songs by Debut Year:

This show was part of the "1989 Tour."

DollarBill , attached to 1989-12-03 Permalink
DollarBill Maybe the weekend was just too long and by Sunday the band just couldnít muster up the energy for a five star performance? Kind of a sloppy, below average show compared to others in late í89.

Gin was ok coming out of the gate, but still not locked in all the way yet. Funky Bitch was good, and you get a double shot of Mike early on with a nice Ya Mar too, which was a little more tame tonight. Reba was spotty all over the place, but itís new and hard to play. The solo jam was nice though. Divided Sky was good and rocking. My Sweet one still needs to tighten up a bit, but itís new. Antelope was a little loose and sloppy to my ears, but it did really rock! Lawn Boy continues to be a nice new chill song. The expected cover song closer tonight is the newly added Frankenstein, and it rocked hard to close up a pretty decent first set.

Not sure what the boys did during set break, but this is not a pretty second set by any means. TMWSIY is a disaster from the time Fish comes in on the drums and Trey is two measures ahead of Page and Mike. Avenu also suffers coming out of Mikeís solo and even Bag has a sloppy ending though it rocked pretty hard. Esther continues the sloppy playing and they are just not locking in tonight. OKP>Suzy was ok, Melt was really slow and plodding, and In a Hole was lackluster. Fee was missing from the recording I heard. Possum rocked as usual and it seems thereís a lot of crowd interaction going on during the whole set as their friends yell out for songs relentlessly. They roar approval as Fish comes out to do Love You, which was actually good considering the rest of the set, and of course, a vacuum solo. Others in the crowd get their wish as we have a Mikeís Groove to close up the set. Mikeís was short and rushed like they were tired, Hydrogen was sloppy as was the Groove, though there is some good jamming in there too. Very sloppy second set overall in my opinion.

IDK gets the call for the first encore tonight with more Fishman antics included. Then nobody seems ready when Trey launches in to an average Golgi to close up.

Itís not a terribly awful show playing wise or singing, its just not tight. Second set definitely brought this one down a notch for me.
Score: 1
TheEmu , attached to 1989-12-03 Permalink
TheEmu There are some moments here. Trey shreds the Funky Bitch, the end of Antelope, the AC/DC Bag, the SOAMelt, and the Weekapaug up pretty well. But the end of the 'Lope jam is botched, the Esther and Avenu Malkenu are shaky, and TMWSIY is an outright disaster. I'd say overall the sloppy parts and the decent parts average out, so I'll go with three stars here. Oh, I'll mention that there is a Bonanza tease that I will probably think of now every time I hear the first part of Antelope.
Score: 0

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