Setlists Matching Performer: John Popper

SET 1: I Know You Know, Phony, Darken My Door, Heartbreak Boulevard, Ben's Looking Out the Window Blues [1], Gorilla Boy[1], Louisiana Holiday, My Problem Now -> Little Miss Can't Be Wrong -> My Problem Now, Can't Kick the Habit, Big Fat Funky Booty, Providence, How Could You Want Him (When You Know You Could Have Me?) [2], Dancing with Your Dress On Fire, Two Princes

ENCORE: I Must Be the King


Mimi Fishman addressed the crowd before the show and noted that the band was donating a portion of the proceeds from the show to charity. After Sleeping Monkey, Trey announced that the show was brought to you by the letter M (referencing all the second-set songs with “M”-titles) and the number 420. This show marked the Phish debut of Mean Mr. Mustard, complete with a John Popper (cloaked in a cape and hobbling with a cane to the roar of the audience) cameo as the “dirty old man.” Popper stayed on stage to lend his harmonica to a very short Weekapaug closer and Funky Bitch encore.

Soundcheck: Blues Jam > Goin' Down Slow > Heartbreaker, Nellie Kane, My Sweet One > My Sweet One Refrain Medley > Ring of Fire, Acoustic Army

SET 1: Simple > Chalk Dust Torture, Prince Caspian, Reba[1], Ginseng Sullivan > Free > Taste, You Enjoy Myself

SET 2: Runaway Jim -> The Lizards, The Wedge, Run Like an Antelope, Harpua[2] -> Jam[3] -> Llama[3], Good Times Bad Times[3]

ENCORE: A Day in the Life


Reba did not have the whistling ending. Harpua was unfinished; Jimmy played an Abba record (which led to a verse of Abba’s Waterloo), decided that he hated Abba and thought that maybe a little rocking harmonica would tighten it up. John Popper then came out for to play harmonica on a jam that led into Llama. Llama and GTBT also featured John Popper on harmonica. It's Magic was part of the soundcheck's My Sweet One Refrain Medley.

This single-set performance was part of the H.O.R.D.E. Festival that also featured Allgood, Aquarium Rescue Unit, Big Head Todd & the Monsters, Blues Traveler, The Samples, and Widespread Panic. YEM was unfinished and featured Chan Kinchla and John Popper among other guests (including Jimmy Herring, Matt Mundy, Todd Park Mohr, and other members of ARU and Big Head Todd). Popper was offstage playing the harmonica while an effigy of Popper was lowered to the stage in a wheelchair. As part of the gag, the cord snapped and sent the effigy tumbling to the stage through the trampoline!

Wilson included Simpsons and Random Note signals and the beginning of My Friend featured Trey on acoustic guitar. Mike's Song was dedicated to Cilla Foster and included an extra verse. During Lengthwise, Fish refused to tell The Prison Joke and sang a verse about burning your finger from holding a lighter up too long. Buried Alive, Possum, and Fire featured John Popper on harmonica; Fire also featured Noel Redding on bass, with Mike moving over to keyboards.

SET 1: Back at the Chicken Shack > Born Under a Bad Sign, Let It Rock, Improv Blues in 'G', She Caught the Katy and Left Me a Mule to Ride, Down the Road, A Mess of Blues, Little Wing, Day Tripper, Escaping, Hey Joe

SET 2: Hip Hug-Her, Rock Me Baby, In the Wee Wee Hours, Red House, Yonder Wall, She Belongs To Me, Not Fade Away, That's Heaven to Me, Just Before the Bullets Fly, I've Been Loving You Too Long, Spanish Moon [1], All Along the Watchtower [2]

ENCORE: Gloria [3]


This show was part of the H.O.R.D.E. tour that also featured Aquarium Rescue Unit, Blues Traveler, The Spin Doctors and Widespread Panic. Several “official” H.O.R.D.E. dancers took the stage during The Landlady to dance with Trey and Mike. Landlady contained an Oye Como Va tease from Trey. During the tramps segment of YEM, an extra tramp and microphone were brought out for John Popper. On his first jump, though, Popper jumped right through the trampoline. Embarrassed, he left the stage.

Hood contained a We're Off to See the Wizard tease. Possum included Simpsons, Oom Pa Pa and Random Note signals. The encore was performed with John Popper on harmonica.

SET 1: Brother John, Mulling It Over, Ivory Tusk, But Anyway, Slow Change, What's For Breakfast, Mother Funker, 100 Years, Alone, Sweet Talking Hippie [1]

ENCORE: Johnny B. Goode


Possum contained Charlie Chan and Random Note signals and a We Wish You a Merry Christmas tease. Page played a few notes of HYHU before No Good Trying. No Good Trying through Funky Bitch featured John Popper on harmonica.

Soundcheck: The Man Who Stepped Into Yesterday > Avenu Malkenu > The Man Who Stepped Into Yesterday, The Asse Festival, Eliza

SET 1: The Landlady, Possum[1], The Lizards, Foam, Uncle Pen, Llama, The Squirming Coil, The Asse Festival, I Didn't Know, Mike's Song > I Am Hydrogen > Weekapaug Groove

SET 2: Suzy Greenberg > Divided Sky, Tweezer > The Oh Kee Pa Ceremony, Dinner and a Movie > Bouncing Around the Room, You Enjoy Myself[2] > Big Black Furry Creature from Mars[3]

ENCORE: Jesus Just Left Chicago[3], Fire[3]


The Eliza played during soundcheck was twice the normal tempo. The Possum intro contained Charlie Chan and Oom Pa Pa signals. Rocky Mountain Way was teased prior to the start of the second set and in Tweezer. Suzy contained a Woody Woodpecker theme tease from Trey. Oh Kee Pa was teased before and during Tweezer. YEM through the end of the show featured John Popper on harmonica; Popper also scat sang during YEM. This was the first Phish performance to be booked by Jason Colton. Some recordings that circulate with this date mislabel the venue as the Barrymore Theatre.

SET 1: Trust in Trust > Dropping Some NYC, Mulling It Over, As We Wonder, Gina, Gotta Get Mean > Gloria > Gotta Get Mean, But Anyway, Hard to Exist, Love of My Life, The Best Part, 100 Years, Alone > Sweet Talking Hippie, Mother Funker [1]

ENCORE: Johnny B. Goode


Don’t Get Me Wrong featured John Popper on harmonica. After Foam, Trey dedicated the song to Pat Metheny, who was apparently playing nearby. After the second HYHU, Fish teased the Oriental Riff on woodblock.

This was an opening set for Blues Traveler. The debut of Don’t Get Me Wrong featured John Popper on harmonica. Possum contained Charlie Chan and Oom Pa Pa signals. The Bowie intro contained a full band Mo' Better Blues tease. Trey dedicated Carolina to Bob and Elaine Dillof (Sofi's parents). The soundcheck's Don't Get Me Wrong also featured Popper on harmonica.

SET 1: Trust in Trust > Sweet Talkin' Hippie, Weird Chick > Mullin' It Over, Gina, Gotta Get Mean > Gloria [1] > Gotta Get Mean, Crystal Flame, But Anyway, Mountain Cry

SET 1: Rock Me Baby, Mulling It Over, Weird Chick, Out of My Hands > Gina, Optimistic Thought, But Anyway, Slow Change, Mountain Cry, Come Together, Mother Funker

SET 2: The Best Part, Love of My Life, 100 Years, Alone

ENCORE: Gotta Get Mean [1] > Gloria[1] > Gotta Get Mean[1]


My Sweet One and Funky Bitch featured John Popper on harmonica. The YEM vocal jam contained a Surfin' Bird quote.

Phish alternated sets at this gig with Blues Traveler, with Phish playing their first set, followed by Blues Traveler playing their first set, Phish playing their second set, and then Blues Traveler playing their second set. John Popper sat in on harmonica for Funky Bitch and JJLC. Funky Bitch was preceded by Trey explaining that they were going to introduce Popper as Chris Kuroda to pull a joke on their former light man, Tim, who used to jam on harmonica with the band but "wasn't that good."  Trey said they would give the tape to Tim and tell him that Chris was getting pretty good on the harmonica. Trey asked the crowd to yell "All right Chris!" when Popper came out on stage. After Jesus Just Left Chicago, Popper said "I better get back to those lights." Trey teased DEG in Mike's Song and Dixie in Ya Mar. Lizards was teased before Antelope. Contact included Low Rider teases from Page.
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