Apparently Fish got a speeding ticket on the way to the show and someone else had to set up his drum set. The Hood intro featured an Odd Couple theme tease from Page. The Fishin' Hole (aka The Andy Griffith Show theme) started with the band whistling and ended with the audience whistling to the band’s accompaniment! Slave was introduced by Mike as being written by Pete Rose; Avenu Malkenu was subsequently announced as a song written by “Pete Rose and God.” Donna Lee contained an Entrance of the Gladiators tease from Trey, the Bowie intro contained If I Were a Rich Man teases, and Antelope included a Paint it Black tease. This show was officially released as Live Phish 09.
Jam Chart Versions
Theme from The Odd Couple tease in Harry Hood, Entrance of the Gladiators tease in Donna Lee, If I Were a Rich Man tease in David Bowie, Paint It Black tease in Run Like an Antelope
Debut Years (Average: 1986)

This show was part of the "1989 Tour"

Show Reviews

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Review by Anonymous

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I believe there were 3000 to 4000 people at this gig, making it the largest attendance to date (or so I understand). The day was beautiful. The organizers did a marvelous job. There was on-site parking, to which one was free to go back and forth. You could bring your cooler right out on to the lawn had consume some cocktails while watching/dancing. Multiple vendors ringed the expansive lawn, offering up a tasty variety of munchies. A miniature golf course and a cool little train ride also were on site. I don't recall if those were open to us, but my buddy Chief figured out how fire up the train engine and you can imagine the rest. As for the music, Fluffhead provided a great first tune. After this, Trey likened the Family Park to Gamehenge. There was a small mountain kind of behind the stage and there was a nice stream surrounding the entire grounds. Colonel Forbin followed this narration. YEM>Possum eventually closed this inaugural Townshend set. By dark, the band reluctantly wound things down after three sets and a three song encore. Everyone left with memories of a great event and hopes for a repeat show next summer. Luckily, we were rewarded with two more years of good times, although '91 was severely toned down. One yeah - one more thing. If I'm not mistaken, Fishman got a speeding ticket en route to this show. He was a little late in arrival. I remember that his drums were assembled by various bandmembers/crew members. Obviously he wasn't riding in the truck. A comical start to an amusing afternoon.
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Review by laylu1970

laylu1970 I was at this show...and at a party afterward in Windham with them.
Looking back it's pretty strange.
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Review by vreeland_t

vreeland_t Gods, this show was my first exposure to Phish and it blew my mind! I worked down the street and headed over as soon as I was done, so I missed most of the 1st set. For folks who remarked on it being a beautiful day, my memory was HOT! Like 100 degrees. I recall garden hoses running through the mini-golf to the parking lot for people to get water and cool off. The stream was a great scene on that day ;) Honestly, this is a show I'll never forget.
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Review by fhqwhgads

fhqwhgads I love this show, particularly the first set, which is absolutely stacked! I'm woefully and inexcusably unfamiliar with a lot of pre-93 Phish, and the 80s is the decade I'm least knowledgeable of, but boy man this show is great. If the setlist goes to show one thing only, let it be that Phish's catalogue was extremely strong right from the word go. I'll also put in a little, niggling request: Phish, please play Donna Lee again! Thank you!
, attached to 1989-08-26

Review by Bob_Loblaw

Bob_Loblaw This is a very fascinating show and the perfect snapshot of early Phish.

This show is at one of the first tipping points for Phish. It comes at a time where they had amassed quite a large amount of original material. Enough to fill up a significant amount of 3 sets with it. And although it is not a polished diamond with glorious segues or jams it is a great piece of history and does contain some strong versions.

Harry Hood is quite strong. YEM although not it's large beast self of later years is still finely tuned from playing it more consistently than any other song at the time.

It also should be noted that each of the set ending songs are fantastic. Possum, Bowie, and an outstanding Antelope are all intense and chaotic, and a great way to cap a set.

It is still quite a few years before they move away from playing songs and experimenting with playing "Sets", and even further before they master sets. But this show is a strong reminder of Phish's roots and there is a lot to appreciate about that.
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