This show was part of the "1990 Tour"

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Review by Greendad

Greendad This was also my first Phish show. I was a Junior attending Madison. We had a high school buddy who was attending Brown University on the East coast, who over the previous year had sent us some recordings of Phish from shows he was seeing out there. We were immediately intrigued. He also had just sent us Trey's thesis of "The Man Who Stepped Into Yesterday". We spun it often.

My buddies, and some friends we had met from the east coast, all went down to the Rathskeller that night. There wasn't a whole lot of people there, so of course we got right up front. Oh. My. F'n God! They absolutely blew us away! I don't recall any specific songs (We hardly knew the names of their songs yet). As the previous review states, I'm certain they were the "standard fare" for that time of Phish.

The memory that is burned into my brain was that Trey (whom I was right in front of...the stage is only like 9 inches tall) seemed like he was flying...literally. He and Mike had fans blowing on them, and Trey's hair was blowing back the whole performance. As we walked out, thoroughly in awe, I turned to my friends and said "These guys are going to be huge!". One of the friends from the east coast ended up bringing Phish back as the promoter for the next shows at Madison...from The Great Hall, and all the Barrymore's. He still works for the band to this day! Great times!
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Review by CapitalPhishPhan

CapitalPhishPhan This was my first show, though I had been given tapes by a friend who went to school in New England for a couple of years. He came out to Madison for this. They played the sounds check, Golgi Apparatus, to a mostly empty room, but when they finished, the room cleared out and the pay phones were full. Within 30 minutes, the room was mostly packed. I don't remember the exact set list - it was more than 30 years ago at this point, but they played a lot of the standard songs from what we now know as the Phish 1.0 era.

I do recall specifically a few though, Jesus Left Chicago, Divided Sky, Runaway Jim, Antelope Song, Mike's Song and I Didn't know. I am not sure Phish knew the significance of Otis Redding to Madison, I'll let those who don't know, Google it.

It was the first of hundreds of shows that I have had the pleasure of attending.
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Review by bigswede

bigswede My first show as well. I remember standing in front of Trey and losing it. This was a free show in the student Union at The University of Wisconsin. Myself and about 50 others enjoyed this experience and they came back in November of 90 to play the Great Hall. I wish I would have taken some Pics, and wish I could remember the setlist. Dam. Those were the day.
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Review by dfarkas

dfarkas This was my first Phish show. Can't recall a set list but I remember Bouncing Round the Room complete with trampolines; Axis Bold as Love, Good Times Bad Times. Can't believe it's been 20 years. I remember after the show saying to my friends "hey these guys are gonna be big".
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