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Link Friday, 10/18/1991
Great American Music Hall, San Francisco, CA

Set 1: Runaway Jim, Foam, Paul and Silas, Reba, Wilson > Llama, LizardsThe Lizards, Sweet Adeline[1], AntelopeRun Like an Antelope

Set 2: Brother, Uncle Pen, GuelahGuelah Papyrus, Dinner and a Movie > Mike'sMike's Song > HydrogenI Am Hydrogen > WeekapaugWeekapaug Groove, IDKI Didn't Know, Fee > SOAMeltSplit Open and Melt, MSOMy Sweet One, Cavern

Encore: Sparkle > Walk Away

Encore 2: CoilThe Squirming Coil

[1] Without microphones.

Teases:
· Mo' Better Blues tease

Noteworthy Jams: Brother

Average Song Gap: 8.25

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

Notes: Trey said he wrote Foam under Ernie Stires's wing and that Ernie taught him to write in that particular style. He dedicated Foam to Ernie's two children Ernie and Liz (both in attendance) and to Ernie as well. Adeline was performed without microphones. Brother was dedicated to Page's brother and Mike's brother (who were standing somewhere in the room), with Trey joking that it was "written to sort of describe their personalities... sort of a combination of the two." Guelah was introduced as a song "about a mother." He explained that this was about Dave's (Dave Abrahams's) mother, Guelah, who used to come in when he and Dave were writing songs and that when "things were getting fun," she would knock on and open the door and pull Dave out into the hall, hence the line "and through the bedroom door intrude a fretful frown and spoiled the mood. And though I never really stand that tall, she tilt my frame, she watched me fall." Fishman was introduced during I Didn't Know as "Filling in for Showboat Gertrude... Zero Man!" Walk Away was played for the first time since October 20, 1990 (123 shows). Mo' Better Blues was teased prior to Squirming Coil.

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

Songs by Debut Year:

This show was part of the "1991 Fall Tour."

, attached to 1991-10-18 Permalink
(Published on the legacy Phish.net site many years ago...)

The entire Great American Music Hall show smoked. One highlight for me was Split Open And Melt, which I may have heard at my first show but had never heard since.

I was afraid the first encore was sounding like Highway To Hell, a song I frankly despise, but was surprized to hear it turn into James Gang's Walk Away. Cool. I thought the words to the Sparkle which followed were

"Laugh and Laugh and Fall Apart" rather then "Laughing Laughing" etc.

Does anyone know for sure? An excellent Squirming Coil closed the evening.

Henrietta's folks had the seats next to mine on the balcony and seemed to be having a wonderful time. Earlier that evening while I was waiting outside they had arrived in a taxi, and the father came out with a camera to photograph the marqui with Phish's name on it 8-). They seemed to be very proud parents.

Score: 0

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