Setlists Matching Performer: Jeff Holdsworth


Tweezer was preceded by a Dixie tease. Camel Walk through Fire featured Jeff Holdsworth on guitar. This was Jeff’s first known performance with his former Phish brethren since May 17, 1986 (1,348 shows). Camel Walk, Possum, and Long Cool Woman (first since October 30, 1998, or 180 shows) also featured Jeff on lead vocals. Antelope featured Tom Marshall on vocals.

While a complete setlist for this “Springfest” performance at Goddard is not known, it has been confirmed that Halley’s debuted at this show with Richard Wright on vocals. Back Porch Boogie Blues also made its first known Phish performance. This is the last known Phish show with Jeff Holdsworth as an official member of the band.

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The Earth Day show that had circulated with this date actually occurred on April 25, 1986 according to a Burlington Free Press article.

This show was an Earth Day concert at UVM and took place outside the Bailey Howe Library on the Green. This performance previously circulated with the dates April 15 and April 29, 1986. Trey introduced the band as the “Bob Dylan Band” before they began a jam that led into a short All Blues (the first known Phish performance; it was only about a minute long). Dog Log was dedicated to all of the dogs that were running around, including Marley the Wonder Dog (Trey's dog). Possum included a Help on the Way tease.

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The Earth Day show that had circulated with this date actually occurred on April 25, 1986 according to a Burlington Free Press article.

This show was billed as Hunt’s Festival of Fools. Phish and The Joneses switched off for 45-minute sets; the two bands performed the encore together. The Pendulum, which was a recital of revolutionary poetry, featured guest Zenzilé Madikinea. This gig contained the first known versions of AC/DC Bag and Icculus, the first known Phish version of Have Mercy, and the only known Phish performances of Help on the Way, Slipknot and Not Fade Away. McGrupp was spoken in a Dylan-esque fashion, in keeping with Trey’s jokes about Phish being the “Dylan Band.”

This show was an African National Congress Benefit featuring Phish and South African dub poet Zenzilé Madikinea. Antelope featured Jeff Holdsworth on slide guitar. Russ Flanagan sat in on fiddle for parts of this show. Alumni was played by request. Letter to Jimmy Page contained quotes from Trey of "It's alright" before eventually returning to Alumni. Some recordings erroneously note that this show was a double-bill with The Joneses. This show contained the first known version of You Enjoy Myself, although it is possible that the correct debut was on 2/1/85, and the first known performances of Zenzilé's pieces (all with Phish) Tonight, The Pendulum, Babylon is Burning, and Dec 1661. The first set of this show is identical to what is listed for 2/1/85. The setlist for 2/1/85 is possibly incorrect.

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This show is sometimes noted as the “Red House Party.”

This list for Set II is likely incomplete, as the only recording that circulates fades in and out at points. The “Whipping Post Jam” fades in after Mike’s Song on the recording that circulates. This “Jam” contained jams reminiscent of The Grateful Dead’s The Other One and Dark Star. It also featured Norwegian Wood teases from Mike, a Slave to the Traffic Light tease from Trey, and a jam reminiscent of the early intro to Harry Hood. Antelope fades in after the “Whipping Post Jam” fades out. The complete lists for Sets I (featuring the first known Phish performance of Wild Thing) and II are not known, although Mike has referenced the first set Wild Thing in interviews and in The Phish Book.

This show was an acoustic benefit that also featured performances by The Joneses and The Visions. Fish played percussion instead of a drumkit. Slave appeared to have a female vocalist accompanying Trey. This show also featured the first known version of Dear Mrs. Reagan and the first known Phish versions of Hurricane and Piggies. Makisupa included additional impromptu verses regarding Mike, Fish and their "new friend, Page." Piggies was dedicated to Harry Mitiguy, then president of the Howard Bank (referred to by Trey as "Howard Mitiguy"). The drum jam out of Makisupa may have included Marc Daubert, at least one member of The Joneses, and possibly others. Phish's archivist, Kevin Shapiro, played the Makisupa > Piggies -> Makisupa portion of this show on From the Archives on 10/30/09 at Festival 8. The date of this show may be 11/19/85.

This show contained the first known version of Harry Hood and the first known public version of Dog Log. Trey remarked during the intro to Hood that "this one is a story of the man who lives directly across the street from us right now." (The house on King Street where Trey, Fish, and Brian Long lived was across the street from the Hood factory.) Slave was dedicated to “Brickle.” Trey’s humorous comments about being “back on Planet Earth” were in reference to the events at Goddard on October 26. Alumni had a reference to pumpkin pie. This setlist is likely incomplete.

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"Halloween Fest" This would have been Phish’s first Halloween celebration, but they were unable to play. References to the show are made in The Phish Book; for audio comments, dig deep into the Hunt’s show four nights later.

This show was performed on the Redstone campus, is likely incomplete based on song and tape cuts, and may have been two sets instead of three. This show featured the first known performances of Possum, Melt the Guns, and T.V. Theme and the first known public performance of Prep School Hippie. Boxes of macaroni and cheese were passed out to the audience to shake along with the band during Melt the Guns, T.V. Theme, and Sneakin' Sally. Melt the Guns included a macaroni and cheese vocal jam. Anarchy and Revolution were performed twice with the second versions being sung as "Sex Mob" and "Dead Cops" respectively. Trey jokingly introduced McGrupp as "Love the One You're With." The segue between McGrupp and Cities included a jam that would eventually become the end of David Bowie. The band handed out boxes of macaroni and cheese during Melt the Guns for the audience to use as shakers. The source of this setlist is phish.com.

This was an in-studio set that was aired live on the WRUV “Exposure” radio show. Before Antelope, the band invited fans to the Slade Hall gig on the following night. Prep School Hippie was introduced as “Trust Fund Baby.” This performance was the band’s first with Page as an official member and featured the first known versions of Dog Log and Prep School Hippie.

SET 1: Big Leg Emma


This show was a benefit for the Union of Concerned Students (UCS), a group that worked with anti-Apartheid forces to help pull UVM investments out of South Africa. Herbal Tea also played at this show. It appears that Big Leg Emma may have been played, but the setlist is unknown.

This show was performed at the Last Day Party on UVM’s Redstone campus. It marked Page’s debut with the band, as he sat in during portions of the third set. In fact, Big Leg Emma was preceded by an announcement from Trey that “our friend Page, from Goddard, will sit in later.” Bring it On Home featured Bobby Brown on harmonica and Whipping Post featured Jeff on vocals. McGrupp was dedicated to Fish. Makisupa featured a reggae jam. This show featured the only known Phish performances of Bring It On Home and The Other One.

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In what must have been the busiest day in early Phishtory, the band played four shows (three of which were fraternity parties).

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In what must have been the busiest day in early Phishtory, the band played four shows (three of which were fraternity parties).

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In what must have been the busiest day in early Phishtory, the band played four shows (three of which were fraternity parties).

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In what must have been the busiest day in early Phishtory, the band played four shows (three of which were fraternity parties).

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This show was performed at The Bowl in the center of campus.

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It is unclear whether a show occurred on this date or not. The recording of this show that circulates, both as 4/19/85 and as 5/19/85, contains the Scarlet -> Eyes -> Whipping Post from 5/3/85, and both the Midnight Hour and Fire Up the Ganja (with members of the band Lambsbread) from 3/4/85 Hunt's. 

This show was a benefit for Tools for Peace and Justice in Central America and featured the first known performances of Hydrogen, Revolution, and McGrupp and the first known Phish performances of Big Leg Emma and Quinn the Eskimo. The jam after Slave may have been Back Porch Boogie Blues. The end of Mike's Song contained a vocal section with lyrics to the effect of "Life is not what it seems." Revolution was dedicated to Anne Labrusciano and Trey explained it used to be entitled "Leunig’s Sucks" but now it’s entitled “Revolution”. Run Like An Antelope was introduced by Trey as “Run Like an Antelope Out of Control”. McGrupp And The Watchful Hosemasters was narrated rather than sung. If the 2/1/85 setlist is not correct for that date, then this show featured the first known performances of Letter to Jimmy Page, Dave's Energy Guide, and Run Like an Antelope.

During the jam, cartoons were shown behind the band on six television screens. The cartoons got faster and faster while the band did the same. If the 2/1/85 setlist is not correct for that date, then this show featured the first known performances of Alumni Blues and Mike's Song.

This show featured the first known performance of Sneakin' Sally through the Alley.

This show was an African Relief benefit for OXFAM. Fire Up the Ganja (which is the song Fire on the Mountain with different lyrics) featured Bobby Hackney and Jah Roy of the band Lambsbread on vocals. This setlist is incomplete and featured the first known version of Anarchy and first known Phish version of Fire Up the Ganja. This is the first known version of Skippy to have McGrupp lyrics. (This song was called Skippy by the band at this time, even though it eventually became McGrupp.)

It is unconfirmed if this setlist is correct for this date, as it is identical to the first set of 2/3/86. If the setlist is correct, this show marked the first known performances of Mike's Song, Dave's Energy Guide, You Enjoy Myself, Alumni Blues, Letter to Jimmy Page, Prep School Hippie, and Run Like an Antelope.

Skippy and Fluffhead featured The Dude of Life on vocals. The jam after Camel Walk may have been Back Porch Boogie Blues. Spanish Flea included an introduction of the band members. Don’t Want You No More was not performed in its entirety, as it lacked the final lyrics. The lengthy percussion jam featured a guest appearance from Marc Daubert. Mike recalls that there were approximately 200 people in the audience. This gig featured the first known version of Slave to the Traffic Light and Fluffhead, the first known Phish versions of Fire, Don't Want You No More, Cities, and Skippy the Wondermouse, and the only known Phish version of Spanish Flea. This performance was on the upstairs level of Nectar's.

The setlist for this show might be incomplete, as the recordings that circulate cut during Drums. Marc Daubert made a guest appearance on percussion. This show featured the first known performance of Camel Walk and the first known Phish performances of Wild Child, Bertha, Can't You Hear Me Knocking, Eyes of the World, and Whipping Post (which featured Jeff on vocals). CYHMK included a St. Stephen tease. Copies of this performance often circulate with the incorrect date of November 3, 1983. Also, it is possible that this show was actually on Friday, November 2, 1984, as a photo of a flyer for a show on “11/2” was printed in The Phish Book.

SET 1: Makisupa Policeman[1]


This show, played in the garage of a house on Grant Street, is believed to be the band’s first show after Trey’s return to the University of Vermont and the first show where the band was billed as Phish. It is known that Makisupa (first known performance) was played but the rest of the setlist is unknown. The date is believed to be correct but may have been a few days earlier or later.

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This show, played by Trey, Mike, Fish, and Jeff, may have been billed as “Blackwood Convention.” This date is believed to be correct but, due to a lack of records, the exact date cannot be ascertained.    

Trey, Mike, Fish, and Jeff Holdsworth recall being billed as “Blackwood Convention” for this show (though no one is certain what band name was used), which is believed to be their first public gig together. The band was short on equipment, so a hockey stick was used as a microphone stand. Between sets, the DJ spun some Michael Jackson and Trey drummed along to the album. The house music (which included more Michael Jackson) was presumably turned up after Fire to drown out the band. The setlist may be incomplete, though, as the master recording contains nothing after Trey’s sarcastic comments about Michael Jackson following Fire. All songs were, of course, Phish debuts. Back in Black was teased before Scarlet Begonias. While this show is often billed as an ROTC Halloween Dance that took place on October 30, 1983, this is incorrect. The master copy of the recording of this show, as unearthed by Phish archivist Kevin Shapiro, contains a handwritten note that pegs the date as December 2, 1983. In discussions with Kevin, band members confirmed that they recall rehearsing for this show over the Thanksgiving Break, and that the show was a Christmas semi-formal. Also, it was not an ROTC-sponsored event; it was a dorm dance in a predominantly ROTC dorm (Mike’s dorm at the time).
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