Foam (introduced as one of Fish’s favorite songs) was preceded by a HYHU tease while Fish fixed his cymbal. Uncle Pen was introduced as a band favorite and dedicated to a fan in the crowd. Trey repeated the first line of Esther several times, as if he had forgotten the rest of the lyrics. Slave was played for Mike from “the Telluride contingency” and was preceded by Trey’s story about the ‘88 Colorado tour. After Slave, Fish came front and center to the tune of HYHU to tell his infamous “bear story.” Afterwards, Trey referenced the July 30, 1988 Telluride show, where Fish was late. Chalk Dust included Manteca teases.
Jam Chart Versions
Manteca tease in Chalk Dust Torture, Hold Your Head Up tease
Debut Years (Average: 1988)

This show was part of the "1991 Winter/Spring Tour"

Show Reviews

, attached to 1991-03-17

Review by Greiser

Greiser I have to disagree "that musically there is not to much happening at this show". IMO this is one of the tightest shows in 91. And with some crispy soundboards circulating via cassettes at the time, it quickly became a classic show for all of use early to mid 90's heads.

Although I was not at this show or on this tour, I know the sound at this venue is amazing and its evident they took full advantage of it. Just look the 1st set list. Everyone one of these tunes is played pretty much flawlessly. Mike kills it on Mike>Hydrogen> and esp Weekapaug. Foam grinds and bounces mechanically. Uncle Pen is just plain fun and perfect for Colorado. Classic Santana-ish Stash jamming. Fluffhead does not disappoint. Lizards is nice and relaxing and David Bowie just get weird in all time 90's Phish weirdness.

These are the Phish shows I miss dearly!
, attached to 1991-03-17

Review by TheEmu

TheEmu Lots of fun banter from this show, including my first time hearing the Bear story. Musically, not too much happening, but I will say that the Weekapaug Groove is STRAIGHT UP F***ING FIRE!! Also, I really enjoyed the Slave. Finally, I'll mention that this show had most of the energy that the 3/15 show had but was focused and tight. Three stars.
, attached to 1991-03-17

Review by kipmat


Some of the theaters Phish was playing around this time had working orchestra pits for their stage productions, and these pits would be covered with a temporary wood structure normally used as an extension to the stage. Phish, of course, would elect to have this extension lowered to floor level, to allow dancing room for fans up at the front of the stage, even though the extensions were not meant to support the weight of 50 or more dancers! Thus, we get Page's announcement from the management after a nice early-set Mike's Groove, and the band taunts Fishman with HYHU while he adjusts his hi-hat cymbal. Unfortunately, this isn't Trey's sharpest show; he has some huge flubs in The Lizards and Esther. But often when Trey is struggling on stage, he relies on the band mascot, Jon Fishman, to step into the spotlight and provide some "alternative entertainment".

This is another Mike Lynch remote multi-track SBD recording, and the mix sounds great, with a nice all-around balance. I believe it's altogether a fine show for this era, but if you're pressed for time, skip ahead to the banter that starts after Fee in the second set, and stick with it all the way through the encore. And if you can, try to imagine the hairy little beast man wearing a tattered donut frock and goggles, exasperating himself as he recounts the tale of his "near-death experience" just 9 months prior to this show. :)

I discovered this show not on the Spreadsheet, but via the Stage Banter page on the old FAQ, which included a full transcript of the stories from this show. Thankfully, the streaming audio sites have updated this show to include all of the hilarious banter! :)
, attached to 1991-03-17

Review by thelot

thelot Nice Multi-Track source for this show but the circulating source has a cassette generation in it’s lineage. This source still sounds fantastic! Hopefully the masters see the light of day at some point.

Things start off with a rare Bouncin’ opener. A pretty straightforward Mike’s Groove shows up early in the show. After Groove Page mentions that the house management says that the orchestra pit isn’t to terribly supported for the wild dancers up front. A HYHU tease precedes Fish’s favorite song, Foam. Well played Fluffhead. Solid Stash. Beautiful Lizards! It sounds like from the recording that this was a rather intimate performance. Tape flip after Lizards. No music is lost. A decent Bowie closes out the first half.

A rippin’ Jim opens up set 2. It was apparently late one fall night as Trey repeats the line over and over again, almost as if he forgot the next line. He recovers and delivers a spot on version of Esther. Tweezer has an enjoyable jam segment. After Fee Trey chats about their Summer ‘88 trip out to Telluride and how that all transpired. He takes a request from Mike Lynch of the Telluride contingent. Per Mike’s request, they bust out the first Slave of the year! Nice little treat for the Aspen audience. Following HYHU, the hardest man in show business shares one of his two bear stories in place of a song. The story he tells is of a run in with a female black bear while hiking the Adirondack’s. Trey followed this up with a story of Fish’s adventures of hiking the mountains of Telluride and being super late to one of their Roma gigs (7/30/88). Erik the Viking puts in his usual request for No Dogs Allowed prior to the Chalk Dust set closer. Cool little Manteca tease at the start of the Chalk Dust jam. Before the encore Fish explains the reasoning for his tardiness that night in Telluride. Well played Lawn Boy and La Grange wrap things up.
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