Notes: Phish alternated sets at this gig with Blues Traveler, with Phish playing their first set, followed by Blues Traveler playing their first set, Phish playing their second set, and then Blues Traveler playing their second set. John Popper sat in on harmonica for Funky Bitch and JJLC. Funky Bitch was preceded by Trey explaining that they were going to introduce Popper as Chris Kuroda to pull a joke on their former light man, Tim, who used to jam on harmonica with the band but "wasn't that good." Trey said they would give the tape to Tim and tell him that Chris was getting pretty good on the harmonica. Trey asked the crowd to yell "All right Chris!" when Popper came out on stage. After Jesus Just Left Chicago, Popper said "I better get back to those lights." Trey teased DEG in Mike's Song and Dixie in Ya Mar. Lizards was teased before Antelope. Contact included Low Rider teases from Page.
Dear dude who really really wanted to hear Wilson at this show: Fine, yell for Wilson. Yell between every song, whatever. But don't yell DURING the songs, DURING the quiet parts of Contact, DURING quiet parts of David Bowie. You're a schmuck. Had to get that off my chest.
Mostly a pretty good show here. I thought the Mike's Song was pretty good, as was Good Times, Bad Times. The start of Possum is pretty messy. I'm not a big Blues Traveller guy, but Popper can definitely rip on the harmonica and it works well on Funky Bitch (which had some alternate lyrics I've not heard before) and Jesus Just Left Chicago. The banter before Funky Bitch is pretty funny as they set up a prank on their old lighting dude to make him think that not only can CK5 run the light rig better, he can wail on harp, too. Trey is sinister.
Overall there's some decent playing and a little sloppiness here and there, nothing too amazing, nothing too bad. Three stars.
This was an interesting show to hear from late ’89 double billing with Blues Traveler. Unfortunately the recording was awful. Either there was a bad cord somewhere along the line or somebody turned the levels up so high that it introduced distortion in the mix and it’s just really awful to listen to after a while.
Anyways… A-Train cuts in already in progress and it was well played. Golgi was good, Mike’s was good, even Hydrogen was pretty good, Weekapaug was ok and it seemed like we lost Mike somewhere along the line. Not sure if he was having equipment problems or something like that. We get more Mike tonight with a good Ya Mar. Oh Kee Pa> Bag was good, though Bag had a disjointed ending and Fishman never fully double timed the drums to make it rock more. YEM had its intro cut on the recording and suffered from the slow tape speed sound, but was reasonably well played. GTBT also sounded slow, but rocked out to end a good first set.
After the break and Blues Traveler’s first set IDK starts the second set with Fishman on vacuum and this one suffers from the slow tape speed blues again. Divided Sky was ok, but kind of sloppy by the end. Possum was fine and rocking. Not sure if Trey meant to play Lizards, but it was aborted for a solid Antelope instead. Great moment then as Trey explains the gag they are playing on their old light guy Tim before John Popper comes up and wails away on Funky Bitch and Jesus Left Chicago. Both were pretty good, although Mike seems to struggle a bit and I believe he makes up a new garbled verse to Funky Bitch. Contact was much better tonight after the last one’s antics were a little much for me. Bowie closes up shop tonight and wasn’t all that to my ears. It just didn’t do much and the jam didn’t really go anywhere special to me. It was a decent second set overall.
No encore tonight unless they came out and did something with Blues Traveler that was not on the recording I heard. Decent playing tonight, too bad the recording was awful to listen to.