, attached to 1989-12-15

Review by thelot

thelot Pretty good recording for this show. However, not much of the room is mixed in. Also, it’s a tad boomy throughout with distortion in sections. Half of set 1 and all of set 2 suffers from a slower pitch. It looks like the performance took place at a venue that is currently a restaurant, not sure what it looked like at the time. Hard to believe they’d be playing to a sold out Madison Square Garden up the road 5 short years later!

Appropriate A-Train opener to lead things off. Another pretty strong version of Mike’s tonight. Bag cuts at the very end leading right into YEM. The quality improves a bit, but the pitch seems a bit slower. Enjoyable version of YEM. A rockin’ GTBT closes out the first half. Trey says that Blues Traveler is up next and then they’ll be back out for another set.

The slower pitch continues into set 2 which is pretty obvious when they start up IDK. Great version of Possum followed by a good but somewhat standard version of Antelope. Afterwards some funny band banter takes place while they prep for John Popper to join them on stage. Popper is introduced as Chris Kuroda. An inside joke directed at Phish’s old light tech. Interesting version of Bitch with some inspired Mike vocals. Trey and Popper mesh well together. Beautiful version of Jesus Left with the addition of Popper. Before and during Contact a fan can be heard requesting Wilson. Bowie starts right up following Contact with zero hi-hat high jinks. Good version but not very adventurous. This closes out Phish’s portion of the night. Blues Traveler closed out the evening with a final set of music.


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