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Reba did not have whistling. DWD's lyrics were changed to "running on my lawn" and "dancing on my field" and was unfinished. The Final Hurrah was quoted in Wilson. Due to the combination of an extended delay to the start of the show from lightning and a curfew for the venue, setbreak was canceled.

The Star Spangled Banner was performed from the pitcher’s mound. This show marked the debut of Ocelot and the Phish debuts of Light and Time Turns Elastic. Stash was preceded by Stash, It’s Ice and Take Me Out to the Ballgame teases. Trey also teased Take Me Out to the Ballgame after Stash and again during Limb By Limb. Tweezer contained a Theme From the Bottom jam. After Time Turns Elastic, Trey jokingly announced, “That’s our single.” The Ballad of Curtis Loew was performed for the first time since August 2, 1993 (625 shows).

SET 1: Bartender, Crush, Pay for What You Get, Where Are You Going?, Typical Situation, Dancing Nancies

SET 2: Dodo, Trouble > Up and Away, Solsbury Hill, Gravedigger, Up On Cripple Creek, American Tune, Stay or Leave, Oh, Sister, Some Devil, So Damn Lucky, Tell Me Something Good, Save Me, Hey Bulldog

ENCORE: Everyday [1], Waste[1], Will It Go Round in Circles


This gig commemorated the 20th anniversary of the first Phish show. In the audience, a section of seats were roped off to make way for a music stand. The music stand held a three-ring binder that contained lyrics from the Phish canon, but it did not play an active role in the performance. Ya Mar contained teases of The Tra La La Song (One Banana, Two Banana). At the end of Disease, a video screen descended behind the stage. As the house lights remained down, a 25+ minute video was played featuring retrospective highlights from throughout Phish’s career. Before the second set, Mike brought out a tray of desserts and shared them with fans in front of the stage. Highway to Hell was briefly teased by Trey before Rock and Roll. Weekapaug was unfinished. Tweezer Reprise included lyrics (sung by Trey) from Mike’s Song. Appropriately, the post-show house music was the Beatles’ song Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Heart’s Club Band (which begins with the lyric, “It was twenty years ago today…”).

This impromptu performance took place at the wedding reception of Lisa Narodick and (Dionysian Productions’) Jason Colton. Phish used the instruments of the reception band Brave Combo. Loving Cup was a request of the bride. This was the first known Phish performance in 420 days and the only known performance by all the members of Phish together during the hiatus.

SET 1: Jam > St. Stephen > The Eleven > Friend of the Devil > Shakedown Street, Just Like Tom Thumb's Blues, Bird Song

SET 2: Uncle John's Band, In Your Eyes, Dear Mr. Fantasy, Someday My Prince Will Come, Mountains of the Moon, In the Midnight Hour

ENCORE: Wolfman's Brother [1]


As the traditional Auld Lang Syne rang in the New Year, tens of thousands of balloons (reportedly a world record) fell from the rafters. This show marked the first Phish performance of Bohemian Rhapsody which, along with Julius and Amazing Grace, featured the Boston Community Choir. PYITE included Don’t Stop ‘Til You Get Enough teases from Page.

Reba did not have the whistling ending. Talk featured Trey on acoustic guitar. The P.A. cut out during Funky Bitch, during which Fish took an “air drum” solo, Trey performed Townshend-style windmills, and the entire band engaged in random silliness while still “playing” the song. Scent featured a Page/Mike Mule Duel and a guest appearance from comedian Steven Wright, who came out and rang a desk bell three times.

Trey played along to Gary Glitter’s Rock and Roll Part 2, which was being played over the P.A., at the start of the first set. Antelope featured guest vocals from Tom Marshall. Divided Sky contained a brief Auld Lang Syne tease from Trey. Mike’s Song included a Shine tease and Weekapaug contained a Can't You Hear Me Knocking tease as well as an Auld Lang Syne tease from Trey. Slave contained Crimes of the Mind teases. Before the lights went out for the third set, the audience “overheard” the band before the set. Fish wound up saying “I want a jumbo hot dog, large fries and shake” delivered on stage. The band came out, started up My Sweet One, and was interrupted by an announcer asking who ordered the food. The band pointed at Fish, who looked confused as huge props of a hot dog, fries and shakes descended from the ceiling next to the drum set. The band played 2001 while the hot dog landed. The James Bond Theme was then broadcast over the PA while technicians (wearing “Rocket Scientist” jackets) prepared the hot dog, and the band climbed in with their instruments and flew out over the audience, as balloons popped and feathers, confetti and “Phish NYE 1994” ping pong balls fell from the ceiling. Various music, including the Captain Beefheart song Tropical Hot Dog Night, was played over the P.A. as the hot dog space ship flew back and forth. Mike's maternal grandmother, Lillian Cherry, joined the band on stage for Chalk Dust with a shoe in her hand. This version of Bouncing appears on A Live One.

SET 1: Plain or Peanut, Payday, Time Flack, No Egos Underwater, Fixin' to Die [1], No Reason to Complain[1], Time Is Free, Two Truckloads, Compared to What?, Salty Dog, Basically Frightened, Elevator to the Moon > Trondossa, Yield Not To Temptation, Zambi > Space Is the Place

ENCORE: Working on the Building

SET 1: Underground People, Zero, Freaks on Fire, Do What You Want, 7th Revelation > Jam [1] > Don’t Let it Stop Ya [2]

SET 2: Cherokee, Question Air, Tezz Jam > What Makes You Feel Good, Elvin Jones, Who Do? We Do!, Confessions of a Man

No known setlist


It is believed that Phish performed two songs at the Boston Music Awards show. The band won the award for Best Debut Album on a Major Label (for A Picture of Nectar) and was also nominated for Outstanding Rock Band and Rising Star.

SET 1: Amazing Grace


This was the Rift release party. Fish donated his vacuum to the Cafe.

This show was broadcast live (and rebroadcast in its entirety the following day) on WBCN radio. In typical Phish fashion, to make the most of this opportunity, flyers were handed out to fans walking into the show that stated that the band had come up with a bunch of new 'language' signals designed to confuse the average radio listener. The signals would be written on signs and held up by Trey at various times throughout the night. The handout explained each signal. Wilson included a Simpsons signal, I Didn't Know contained a Yay/Boo signal, Antelope included a Random Note signal, the Mockingbird narration included a Mass Hysteria signal, and Harpua included a Lip-Flop signal. Wilson and the end of Divided Sky contained Jeopardy! teases from Page and Antelope contained an Auld Lang Syne tease from Trey. Brad Sands was hoisted above the crowd as The Famous Mockingbird (in a chicken costume) during the Mockingbird narration (about being taken underwater and turned into stone). The narration also contained teases of "Charge!" and the theme to Star Trek from Page. This was the first time that Mike’s and Weekapaug were played without Hydrogen in the middle as the band treated the audience to a fantastic New Year’s transition. The Mike’s combo included Trey counting down to the New Year and telling the crowd that they better make the last minute of the year a good one. Kung was played for the first time since November 2, 1989 (414 shows). This show featured the Phish debut (and only appearance) of Diamond Girl, which featured The Dude of Life on vocals. Dressed as an old man, The Dude entered and exited the stage pushing a lawnmower. Carolina was performed without amplification.

This show was a New Music concert sponsored by WBCN in Boston and included The Levelers, Material Issue, Michael Penn, The Spin Doctors, and a comedy troupe that was booed off stage before their time expired as the impatient crowd clamored for Phish. After Cavern, Trey said that it was his childhood dream to play for the Boston Bruins and this (performing at the Boston Garden) was as close as he would ever get. YEM was preceded by a Somewhere over the Rainbow tease by Trey and a Simpsons signal and included a Jean Pierre tease from Trey.

SOAM contained a very brief Oye Como Va tease. My Sweet One contained Simpsons and All Fall Down signals. Bowie contained a thirty second or so tease of Long Train Runnin'. YEM included a Buried Alive tease from Trey. Before Sweet Adeline, Trey asked the audience for their help, as Phish was attempting to perform an a cappella number in their largest venue to date. Afterwards, he remarked that he’d like to see Metallica try that! Adeline was performed without microphones.

Trey teased Auld Lang Syne in Weekapaug. A recording of Auld Lang Syne was played between Weekapaug and Buried Alive. Management turned on the house lights before the band could decide on an encore, prematurely ending the show. The opening act was Chucklehead.

Possum was dedicated by Fish to Stacey Stienmetz and included a Fishin' Hole tease from Trey. The opening act was Widespread Panic.

This was the first Phish New Year’s performance. Trey and Mike wore tuxedos and top hats to commemorate the event. Fish came out for I Didn’t Know wearing a top hat and a g-string with tuxedo tails. The opening act was The Ululators.

Harry Hood was dedicated to Trey’s friend, “Dave.” Trey dedicated Rocky Top to Katie McConnell (Page's sister) and the contingent of Volunteers from the University of Tennessee. Trey teased Third Stone From The Son several times, off-key, in Mike's Song. Weekapaug included a Bonanza theme tease from Trey. Before If I Only Had a Brain, Fish was introduced as “Moses Heaps.”

Antelope was dedicated by Trey to "Chris" and "Bob." This show marked the debut of Lawn Boy, which Trey announced as a “world premiere.” Antelope and 'A' Train contained Sailor's Hornpipe teases. Fee and Suzy included Long Tall Glasses teases. Suzy also contained a Brady Bunch theme tease. SOAM included Dave's Energy Guide teasing. 'A' Train also contained a Dixie tease. Bowie included a Contact tease in the intro and Mr. P.C. tease in the song. Prior to In a Hole, Auld Lang Syne was teased.

Fish performed Happy Birthday (last played September 12, 1988, or 134 shows) on the vacuum for his brother David. This setlist is incomplete and likely out of order.

This setlist is incomplete and is out of order. The only recording in circulation is a mix of songs from the show, which features Hydrogen brutally cut out of the Mike’s Groove. This setlist is in the order in which those songs appear on the mix. (The mix also includes several songs from the Paradise show on January 26, 1989.) Possum contained a Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer tease, which raises the question – were these songs really performed in March 1989? David Bowie closed the first set. Before Brain, someone introduced Fish – or is it Phish – as being “from Bogota, Columbia.”  It is therefore possible that Brain opened this show, which would be the only (known) time that Brain opened a show.

This was the band’s first major gig in Boston. The Paradise held around 650 people, they didn’t think the band could come close to selling out the room and so refused to book Phish. John Paluska and Ben Hunter, who were managing Phish at the time, therefore rented the room for the evening. John and Ben promoted the gig heavily, including via radio. Tickets were only $5. Tom Baggott, a fan of the band, helped get Burlington fans to the show by Greyhound bus. Not only did the gig sell out, but there were some 200 people shut out (mostly Boston University and Boston College students). I Didn't Know featured Fish on trombone. Alumni contained additional lyrics. Prior to YEM, Trey welcomed his mom, who had come "all the way from Ireland." After YEM, Trey said that they had a special guest that night for the person in the front row that kept requesting that they play Minkin. Trey mentioned that there was a Minkin hanging behind the band and that Minkin was also there that night. There was a subsequent brief Minkin vocal tease prior to Lizards. This version of Sanity was the fast version.

Lizards was dedicated to Cilla for cooking the band spaghetti before the show. Whipping Post included DEG teases and BBFCFM featured a Sailor's Hornpipe tease. I Didn't Know featured Fish on trombone.

No known setlist


This show was performed on a boat in Boston Harbor as part of the Cambridge School graduation festivities. Mike’s brother assisted Phish in securing the gig.
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