This show was billed as Hunt’s Festival of Fools. Phish and The Joneses switched off for 45-minute sets; the two bands performed the encore together. The Pendulum, which was a recital of revolutionary poetry, featured guest Zenzilé Madikinea. This gig contained the first known versions of AC/DC Bag and Icculus, the first known Phish version of Have Mercy, and the only known Phish performances of Help on the Way, Slipknot and Not Fade Away. McGrupp was spoken in a Dylan-esque fashion, in keeping with Trey’s jokes about Phish being the “Dylan Band.”
Noteworthy Jams
Debut Years (Average: 1985)

This show was part of the "1986 Tour"

Show Reviews

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Review by conradjohansen

conradjohansen Great Have Mercy into a very strong Hood, Trey tears it apart. I really enjoyed The Pendulum, it was a lot of fun and a great DEG. Short Icculus and a raging YEM to close. Help > Slip has some good jamming and they drop into Bag quite nicely. McGrupp is a lot of fun with Trey doing his Dylan impersonation and he's not bad. Standard fare to close out the show, oh and I LOVE Dear Mrs. Reagan, they need to bring that one back with updated lyrics.
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Review by RunawayJim4180

RunawayJim4180 Fans of both Phish and the Dead will undoubtedly enjoy the "Help on the Way>Slipknot! second set opener, which I thought was very well played. The "Fade Away" encore starts strong, but fades away (no pun intended) after a minute or so. Otherwise, there isn't much to see here beyond some decent early versions of YEM (minus Mike's bass spanking) and Hood.
I think the most interesting listening "observations" of these early shows is the ambient noise of the crowds. You can clearly hear the entire bar having their own separate side conversations while the band jams away. If they only knew what they were missing!
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Review by Bob_Loblaw

Bob_Loblaw There seems to be some nice progress in the couple months between this show and the circulating February show at hunts. Quinn is decent enough but the pure gold from this show is "Have Mercy" the middle section has some great Piano and Guitar interplay that is beautiful for any era, and something I will probably go back to which is saying a lot from this period. Hood is interesting because the middle section is quite different than what it will grow to be. Instead it includes teases from Col. Forbin and some other nice elements before concluding. The Pendulum is an interesting piece based on the fact that Phish has never known to be particularly politically charged (Jeff was probably the sole member who was) so it's cool to hear them do something like this. For cross over fans from the Dead community it is cool to hear the Help -> Slip suite with Bag at the end as opposed to Franklins Tower. The majority of the show is fairly lackluster and average for this year. Overall nothing to write home about besides the superb have mercy. But that's enough for a 3 star rating from me.
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November 23, 1992
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Broome County Forum

Set 1: Runaway Jim, Foam, Glide, Split Open and Melt, Rift, Guelah Papyrus, Divided Sky, Mound, Bouncing Around the Room, Memories[1], David Bowie -> The Vibration of Life[2] -> David Bowie[3]

Set 2: Poor Heart > Stash, The Squirming Coil, I Walk the Line, Llama, Weigh > Mike's Song > I Am Hydrogen > Weekapaug Groove[4] -> Big Ball Jam -> Weekapaug Groove, Hold Your Head Up > Lengthwise[5] > Hold Your Head Up, Cavern

Encore: Sleeping Monkey > Rocky Top

[1] Without microphones.
[2] Debut.
[3] Simpsons and Oom Pa Pa signals.
[4] Hints of Makisupa Policeman.
[5] Mimi Fishman on vacuum.

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