Before Chalk Dust, Trey noted that the band was finishing a nine-week national tour and proceeded to thank and introduce the tour crew, who he proclaimed “the very best in the business.” Weekapaug contained a brief Bewitched Bothered and Bewildered tease from Trey. After Eliza, Trey commented that he wrote the song for his girlfriend (now wife) Susan Eliza, who was in the audience. Dave Grippo sat in on alto saxophone during the encore. Grippo, Mike, and Fish briefly teased St. Thomas during one of the breaks in BBFCFM.
(Published on the legacy Phish.net site many years ago; originally posted to rec.music.phish 11/25/91.)
Another killer show on saturday in Barre. Just the kind of place I like to see a show: it was a big gym with a stage at one end, and bleachers along the side that were pushed back into the wall. Plenty of room to move around and dance. I stayed way back for the first set, but moved up right in front of Page for the second; there was even plenty of room right in front of the stage. There was a small balcony with seats for those who were so inclined.
No, I don't remember the entire setlist, but I will mention a couple of highlights. Fish played vacuum (I don't remember during what song; is it always during just one song, or certain songs?), something that I always find quite amusing. Where the hell did he ever come up with that idea anyway? Someone near me in the crowd handed him a hat with a fish stuck through it that he put on. During the encore, they played an incredible Jesus Just Left Chicago, along with the sax player from the Horns (Dave "the Truth" Griffo ?). After that, they ended the show with Big Black Furry Creatures From Mars. Just what the hell was going on right in front of the stage during that? People were shoving each other all over the place, although things were still normal where I was standing. Is that supposed to be slam dancing? It seemed to be getting a little too rough and out of hand for my tastes.
All in all, I had a great time. Saw some of my new Phish phriends. (Hi Matt! Hi Shelly!) Matt had a print of the PhishNet T-shirt design with him. It really looks good. I'll definitely get one. I seem to be enjoying shows more and more. I seriously thought about heading to Dartmouth for the Sunday show, but my legs really need a little rest from dancing, and I probably wouldn't have made it to work on Monday morning had I gone. I'll be mighty happy if they all continue to be general admission shows (preferably with no seats), but I sort of assume that eventually Phish is going to get too big for that to be a reality.
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