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Performances Song History Lyrics

Esther has not been seen in 57 Phish shows.
It was played at 7.45% of live shows.
There have been 1566 shows since the live debut.
Esther has been played, on average, once every 13 shows.
Since its debut, Esther has been played, on average, every 13 shows.
It was played 124 time(s) at the following show(s):

Show Date Venue Gap Set Song Before Song After Notes
1988-09-12 Sam's Tavern, Burlington, VT 166 2 Hood *** First known performance. 
1989-02-07 The Front, Burlington, VT 28 1 *** McGrupp
1989-04-14 The Base Lodge, Stearns Hall, Johnson State College, Johnson, VT 23 2 Weekapaug ***
1989-04-15 Billings Lounge, University of Vermont, Burlington, VT 1 1 Weekapaug YEMDixie tease.
1989-04-20 Humphries House (The Zoo), Amherst College, Amherst, MA 2 1 Fire Suzy
1989-05-01 Pearl Street Ballroom, Northampton, MA 7 1 YEM Bag
1989-05-06 Collis Center, Dartmouth College, Hanover, NH 3 1 Weekapaug Sloth
1989-05-09 The Front, Burlington, VT 3 2 Slave > Antelope
1989-05-28 Ian McLean's Party, Connie Condon's Farm, Hebron, NY 10 1 Slave Suzy
1989-10-12 Mabel Brown Room, Keene State College, Keene, NH 35 2 Weekapaug Walk Away
1989-11-02 Memorial Union Building, University of New Hampshire, Durham, NH 9 1 SOAMelt GTBT
1989-12-03 The Front, Burlington, VT 11 2 Bag > Oh Kee Pa
1989-12-09 Huden Dining Hall, Castleton State College, Castleton, VT 5 2 Fluffhead Alumni
1990-01-20 Webster Hall, Dartmouth College, Hanover, NH 9 2 Lawn Boy Mike's
1990-01-26 Tree Cafe, Portland, ME 2 2 SOAMelt Reba
1990-02-10 23 East Caberet, Ardmore, PA 13 2 La Grange Bag
1990-02-16 The Paradise, Boston, MA 2 1 Fluffhead Mike's
1990-02-24 The Bayou, Washington, DC 4 1 Divided Possum
1990-03-02 The Chance, Poughkeepsie, NY 3 1 Possum Coil
1990-03-03 The Wetlands Preserve, New York, NY 1 2 Fluffhead > Funky Bitch
1990-03-07 Field House, University of New Hampshire, Durham, NH 2 1 Possum Caravan
1990-03-10 The Front, Burlington, VT 3 1 Wilson McGrupp
1990-03-17 23 East Caberet, Ardmore, PA 3 1 Golgi Dinner and a Movie
1990-04-04 Quigley's, University of Colorado, Boulder, CO 6 2 Weekapaug Uncle Pen
1990-04-06 El Dorado Café, Crested Butte, CO 2 2 La Grange Sloth
1990-04-09 Fly Me to the Moon Saloon, Telluride, CO 3 2 Funky Bitch Uncle Pen
1990-04-13 The Inferno, Steamboat Springs, CO 2 1 Fluffhead La Grange
1990-04-21 Canyon West Room, Lincoln Center, Fort Collins, CO 5 1 Funky Bitch Foam
1990-04-22 Cutler Quad, Colorado College, Colorado Springs, CO 1 2 How High the Moon BBFCFM
1990-04-25 The Clarke Memorial Fountain, Notre Dame University, Notre Dame, IN 1 1 YEM La Grange
1990-04-26 Dionysus Club, The 'Sco, Oberlin College, Oberlin, OH 1 2 How High the Moon Gin
1990-05-06 Toad's Place, New Haven, CT 6 2 Hood Bowie
1990-05-31 The Georgia Theatre, Athens, GA 14 1 Caravan Tweezer
1990-06-16 Townshend Family Park, Townshend, VT 8 2 Golgi Tweezer
1990-09-21 Somerville Theatre, Somerville, MA 10 1 Foam Landlady
1990-09-28 The Chance, Poughkeepsie, NY 3 2 Bag > Gumbo
1990-10-04 Field House, University of New Hampshire, Durham, NH 4 1 Landlady Possum
1990-10-06 The Capitol Theatre, Port Chester, NY 2 1 Suzy Possum
1990-10-12 Cat's Cradle, Chapel Hill, NC 5 1 Cavern Tweezer
1990-10-25 The Showbar, Houston, TX 8 1 Carolina Antelope
1990-11-02 Glenn Miller Ballroom, University of Colorado, Boulder, CO 5 1 Weekapaug Cavern
1990-11-17 Somerville Theatre, Somerville, MA 9 2 Weekapaug HYHU
1990-11-30 The Colonial Theatre, Keene, NH 4 1 Weekapaug Dinner and a Movie
1990-12-29 Campus Club, Providence, RI 6 1 YEM Bowie
1991-02-02 Alumni Gymnasium, Bates College, Lewiston, ME 3 1 Dinner and a Movie > Stash
1991-02-03 The Front, Burlington, VT 1 1 Tweezer Destiny
1991-02-14 The State Theatre, Ithaca, NY 5 2 Runaway Jim Alumni
1991-02-19 The Bayou, Washington, DC 3 2 Landlady SOAMelt
1991-02-28 Sarratt Student Center, Vanderbilt University, Nashville, TN 7 1 Foam Mike's
1991-03-13 Boulder Theater, Boulder, CO 7 1 Divided Llama
1991-03-17 Wheeler Opera House, Aspen, CO 3 2 Runaway Jim MSOTrey repeated the first line of Esther several times. 
1991-03-31 Berkeley Square Theatre, Berkeley, CA 6 1 MSO Possum
1991-04-03 Britt Ballroom, Southern Oregon State College, Ashland, OR 2 2 Stash > Landlady
1991-04-06 Campus Recreation Center, Evergreen College, Olympia, WA 3 1 Tweezer > Oh Kee Pa
1991-04-18 Dionysus Club, The 'Sco, Oberlin College, Oberlin, OH 6 1 MSO CDT
1991-04-20 Douglass Dining Center, University of Rochester, Rochester, NY 2 1 Landlady CDT
1991-05-09 Portland Performing Arts Center, Portland, ME 9 2 Stash SOAMelt
1991-07-14 Townshend Family Park, Townshend, VT 11 3 Landlady CDT
1991-07-21 Arrowhead Ranch, Parksville, NY 5 2 Sloth Bag
1991-08-03 Larrabee Farm, a.k.a. Amy’s Farm, Auburn, ME 6 2 Tweezer > Cavern
1991-09-27 The Warehouse, Rochester, NY 3 1 Buried Alive > Tweezer
1991-10-03 Mabel's, Champaign, IL 5 2 Weekapaug Landlady
1991-10-12 Roseland Theater, Portland, OR 6 1 Stash Divided
1991-10-17 Great American Music Hall, San Francisco, CA 3 1 Stash CDT
1991-11-13 Love Auditorium, Davidson College, Davidson, NC 18 1 CDT Cavern
1991-11-21 Somerville Theatre, Somerville, MA 6 1 SOAMelt Mike's
1991-12-31 Worcester Memorial Auditorium, Worcester, MA 9 1 Divided LlamaVoice box that uttered curses. 
1992-03-17 Lisner Auditorium, George Washington University, Washington, DC 7 2 Tweezer Mike's
1992-04-06 Paul Wright Gym, Western State College, Gunnison, CO 16 1 Brother CDT
1992-04-18 Wilbur Field, Stanford University, Palo Alto, CA 8 1 SOAMelt Possum
1992-04-30 Barrymore Theatre, Madison, WI 8 1 Rift Antelope
1992-05-07 The Agora Theatre, Cleveland, OH 6 1 Runaway Jim SOAMelt
1992-07-15 Trax, Charlottesville, VA 23 2 Divided MSORandom Note signal. 
1992-08-17 The Coach House, San Juan Capistrano, CA 19 2 Tweezer > Mike's
1992-11-19 Ross Arena, St. Michael's College, Colchester, VT 11 1 Divided Axilla
1992-11-28 The Capitol Theatre, Port Chester, NY 7 1 Stash CDTRandom Note and Aw Fuck! signals in intro. 
1992-12-04 Mississippi Nights, St. Louis, MO 5 2 Bowie Possum
1992-12-11 Michigan Theater, Ann Arbor, MI 6 2 Weekapaug Axilla
1992-12-30 Symphony Hall, Springfield, MA 5 1 SOAMelt CDTSimpsons signal in intro. 
1993-02-09 Auditorium Theatre, Rochester, NY 7 1 CDT MazeSimpsons and Random Note signals in intro. Charge! tease.
1993-02-12 Mid-Hudson Civic Center, Poughkeepsie, NY 3 1 SOAMelt WedgeSimpsons and Random Note signals in intro. 
1993-02-15 Memorial Hall, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, NC 2 1 Divided CDTRandom Note signal in intro. 
1993-02-21 Roxy Theatre, Atlanta, GA 5 1 CDT Dinner and a MovieBegan with Page modifying the intro (including a brief reggae attempt) and included a Simpsons signal. 
1993-03-09 Pike's Peak Center, Colorado Springs, CO 11 1 Maze DividedRandom Note signal in intro. 
1993-03-16 Celebrity Theatre, Phoenix, AZ 4 2 Gin Secret Language InstructionsRandom Note and Simpsons signals. 
1993-03-16 Celebrity Theatre, Phoenix, AZ 0 2 Secret Language Instructions > CDT
1993-03-21 Ventura Theatre, Ventura, CA 4 1 Divided ATRRandom Note signal in intro. 
1993-03-30 Hilton Ballroom, Eugene, OR 7 1 Llama StashRandom Note signal. Hold Your Head Up tease.
1993-04-16 The Macauley Theater, Louisville, KY 11 1 SOAMelt Llama
1993-04-22 The Agora Theatre, Cleveland, OH 5 1 CDT StashRandom Note signal in intro. 
1993-05-03 State Theatre, New Brunswick, NJ 9 1 CDT SOAMeltRandom Note signal in intro. 
1993-07-18 IC Light Amphitheater, Pittsburgh, PA 10 1 Maze Divided
1993-07-30 The Veranda at Starwood, Antioch, TN 9 1 Stash CDT
1993-08-11 Eastbrook Theatre, Grand Rapids, MI 8 2 Weekapaug ATR
1993-08-14 World Music Theatre, Tinley Park, IL 3 1 SOAMelt Poor Heart
1993-08-26 Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall, Portland, OR 8 1 SOAMelt It's Ice
1993-12-28 Bender Arena, American University, Washington, DC 2 1 SOAMelt Oh Kee Pa
1994-04-10 Alumni Arena, SUNY Buffalo, Buffalo, NY 9 1 SOAMelt CDTSimpsons signal in intro. 
1994-04-23 The Fox Theatre, Atlanta, GA 11 1 Stash DwDCaravan tease.
1994-05-06 Tower Theater, Houston, TX 10 1 Stash CDT
1994-05-29 Laguna Seca Raceway, Monterey, CA 18 2 SOAMelt CDT
1994-06-13 Memorial Hall, Kansas City, KS 4 2 Weekapaug Cavern
1994-06-21 Cincinnati Music Hall, Cincinnati, OH 6 2 SOAMelt CDT
1994-07-05 Congress Center, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada 11 1 Stash DwDDance of the Sugar Plum Fairy tease.
1994-10-10 Palace Theatre, Louisville, KY 12 2 Maze Tweezer
1994-10-20 Mahaffey Theatre, St. Petersburg, FL 7 1 SOAMelt JuliusRandom Note and Simpsons signals. 
1994-11-12 MAC Center, Kent State University, Kent, OH 13 1 Stash CDT
1994-11-25 UIC Pavilion, University of Illinois, Chicago, IL 10 1 SOAMelt Julius
1995-06-16 Walnut Creek Amphitheater, Raleigh, NC 25 1 DwD > Ya Mar
1995-10-19 Municipal Auditorium, Kansas City, MO 30 1 PYITE > CDT
1995-11-14 University of Central Florida Arena, Orlando, FL 14 1 Divided Free
1995-12-05 Mullins Center, University of Massachusetts, Amherst, MA 15 1 Free Bowie
1996-08-12 Deer Creek Music Center, Noblesville, IN 40 1 SOAMelt CDT
1996-08-16 Plattsburgh Air Force Base, Plattsburgh, NY 3 1 Bag > Divided
1996-10-19 Marine Midland Arena, Buffalo, NY 5 1 Free Llama
1998-08-01 Alpine Valley Music Theatre, East Troy, WI 139 1 Mike's -> Weekapaug
1998-08-09 Virginia Beach Amphitheater, Virginia Beach, VA 6 1 BOAF Roggae
2000-09-30 Thomas & Mack Center, Las Vegas, NV 146 1 Saw It Again WeekapaugFlubbed lyrics for the final verse, ending with Trey proclaiming: "She died. Dead." 
2009-08-01 Red Rocks Amphitheatre, Morrison, CO 89 2 Free Dirt
2009-08-15 Merriweather Post Pavilion, Columbia, MD 8 1 Foam Ha Ha Ha
2009-11-01 Empire Polo Club, Indio, CA 4 e Grind Tweeprise
2009-11-25 Wachovia Center, Philadelphia, PA 6 2 YEM TTE
2010-06-17 The Comcast Theatre, Hartford, CT 16 1 Stash Walk Away
2011-06-18 Time Warner Cable Music Pavilion at Walnut Creek , Raleigh, NC 61 2 Caspian > Been Caught Stealing
2013-08-30 Dick's Sporting Goods Park, Commerce City, CO 81 1 Theme > Moma
"Esther" was teased at the following shows:
Show Date Artist Song (Tease Type) Venue
1989-05-06Phish You Enjoy Myself (Tease) Collis Center, Dartmouth College, Hanover, NH
1991-09-27Phish Buried Alive (Tease) The Warehouse, Rochester, NY
1995-11-14Phish Stash (Tease) University of Central Florida Arena, Orlando, FL
1997-11-30Phish Wolfman's Brother (Quote) Worcester Centrum Centre, Worcester, MA

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