Mice and Bats
Vocals: Baby Gramps
Original Artist: Baby Gramps
Historian: Mark Toscano
Baby Gramps is a conundrum, an enigma, a riddle that would out-sphinx the Sphinx itself. That said, Baby Gramps opened for Phish at three Northwestern shows during summer 1993 (8/24, 8/25, and 8/26). On both 8/25 and 8/26 the legendary guitar player boarded the stage led Phish in a rendition of one of his twisted originals, “Mice and Bats.” With Fishman joining in on vacuum, Baby Gramps served up his signature guitar playing, a slapped-together combination of Eugene Chadbourne and Django Reinhardt. In future performances, either solo or opening for other bands, Gramps has spoken fondly of his appearance with Phish, calling them “nice guys” who could “almost” even keep up with his playing!
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