Setlists Matching Performer: Steve Pollak ("The Dude of Life")


Psycho Killer was played for the first time since August 14, 2009 (127 shows). HYHU contained Psycho Killer teases and quotes as well as references to tucking. Prior to Cracklin' Rosie, Fish was introduced as Friar Tuck. Cracklin' Rosie was played for the first time since December 10, 1999 (279 shows). Mike teased Shafty after the second HYHU. Tom Marshall and Steve Pollak (aka the "Dude of Life") sang the lyrics to Antelope. The lyrics to Antelope were changed to "Been you to have any spleef."

Disease was unfinished. This show included the debut of Crowd Control. Trey introduced Mike to sing “his song.” Crimes of the Mind (first since July 10, 1994, or 504 shows) featured the Dude of Life on vocals. During the song, the Dude congratulated Phish on their 20 years together, and wished them success for 20 more.

Listen for a Stash tease in the Disease intro. Ghost included Psycho Killer and San-Ho-Zay teases and Possum contained Born on the Bayou teases. The encore featured guest vocals from the Dude of Life, who provided alternate lyrics to Suzy Greenberg and additional lyrics to Tweezer Reprise.

Mike teased Good Vibrations (The Beach Boys) in Chalk Dust. My Friend, My Friend included a Purple Haze tease, Julius contained Buried Alive and Jean Pierre teases, and Mike's Song contained a Simple tease from Trey. Crimes of the Mind and the soundcheck's Jive Talkin' featured the Dude of Life on vocals.

Ginseng was performed acoustic. Crimes featured the Dude of Life on vocals. Constant Craving was quoted prior to 2001. Antelope included Brady Bunch theme teases and a Simpsons signal, while It’s Ice featured Random Note, All Fall Down, and Oom Pa Pa signals. The Horse featured Trey on acoustic guitar. Amazing Grace was performed without microphones. Also, while several versions of YEM have teased Oye Como Va, this version featured an all-out jam of the song. Contact segued out of the YEM vocal jam. During Daniel Saw the Stone, the band introduced and thanked each member of the crew. Chris Kuroda also took a light solo during the introductions. J.J. Cale was the opening act.


Trey sang the verses of Fee through a megaphone. Glide included Simpsons, All Fall Down, and Random Note signals. The ending of Tela and the beginning of My Friend featured Trey on acoustic guitar. Nellie Kane was teased in Divided Sky and also in YEM from Mike. YEM's jam segment included Trey quoting "Here comes Speed Racer" and teases of Smoke on the Water and the vocal jam contained verses from Psycho Killer. Contact subsequently started as part of the vocal jam. Memories was performed without microphones. Crimes of the Mind (with the Dude of Life on vocals) was played for the first time since November 8, 1991 (234 shows).

Soundcheck: Give a Little Bit, Poor Heart Blues, Funky Bitch Blues, Brother

SET 1: Rift, Guelah Papyrus, Foam, Sparkle, Stash, Bouncing Around the Room, It's Ice > Glide > Maze, Golgi Apparatus

SET 2: Runaway Jim -> My Friend, My Friend[1] -> Manteca -> My Friend, My Friend, Poor Heart > Weigh > Big Ball Jam > Ya Mar, You Enjoy Myself[2] -> Jam[3]

ENCORE: Amazing Grace[4], Cavern > Take the 'A' Train > Cavern


It's Ice contained a tease of Pop Goes the Weasel from Page and Maze contained Mission: Impossible theme teases from Page. The beginning of My Friend featured Trey on acoustic guitar. Trey dedicated Ya Mar to Sue on her birthday. Ya Mar subsequently included a Two Princes tease. YEM contained a La Marseillaise tease from Page and Yield Not to Temptation teases, did not contain a vocal jam, and was unfinished. The jam after YEM featured The Aquarium Rescue Unit, the Dude of Life, and Fish on vacuum. Amazing Grace was performed without microphones. The soundcheck's Funky Bitch Blues contained a Funk #49 tease.

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.

Trey mentioned the Dude of Life in Suzy. Stash contained Linus and Lucy teases. Memories and Sweet Adeline were performed without microphones. Trey called Mike "The Man in Black" after I Walk The Line. Bowie was unfinished and included multiple Ring of Fire teases as well as a Jimmy Olsen’s Blues tease from Trey and a Simpsons signal in the intro. Chalk Dust and Tube contained Buried Alive teases from Trey. After Lengthwise, Trey wished a happy birthday to "Curtis" and then briefly teased Curtis Loew. Self (first since November 8, 1991, or 118 shows) featured The Dude of Life on vocals.

Divided Sky contained a tease of Dixie.  Self through Crimes of the Mind (including the Phish debuts of T.V. Show and Family Picture) featured The Dude of Life. Paul and Silas was dedicated to “Jason” on his birthday. Weekapaug included Charlie Chan and Simpsons signals and an adventurous, off-center jam segment culminating with Trey chanting “a slice of pizza!” and “a bucket of lard!” The final chorus was even sung as “I’m sharing in a bucket of lard.” During the soundcheck, The Dude of Life joined the band for Family Picture, T.V. Show, and Crimes of the Mind, and Camel Walk contained a Stash tease from Trey. This show was not at the College Station Theater; that show was on March 8, 1991.

Soundcheck: Poor Heart, Crimes of the Mind (with the Dude of Life), Bitchin' Again (with the Dude of Life)

SET 1: Wilson > Foam, Runaway Jim, Guelah Papyrus, Llama, Fee, The Squirming Coil > Poor Heart > The Sloth, Divided Sky, Golgi Apparatus

SET 2: The Curtain > Reba > Chalk Dust Torture, Bouncing Around the Room > Tweezer > Esther > Cavern, I Didn't Know, You Enjoy Myself[1], Rocky Top

SET 3: Stash, Ya Mar, Fluffhead > Lawn Boy > My Sweet One, The Lizards, Buried Alive[2] > Possum

ENCORE: Magilla, Self[3], Bitchin' Again[4], Crimes of the Mind[5]

ENCORE 2: Harry Hood


This was a free show. YEM and Possum featured I Love Lucy theme teases. YEM also featured an infamous "no gerbils in your bottom" vocal jam. The theme from Rawhide was also quoted in the vocal jam. Buried Alive featured Jamie Janover on didgeridoo. Self, Bitchin' Again, and Crimes of the Mind (the last two Phish debuts) featured The Dude of Life, and Bitchin' Again also featured Sofi Dillof. Self was played for the first time since September 13, 1990 (132 shows).

Stash, Destiny Unbound, Llama, Magilla, Mike's Song, AC/DC Bag, Rocky Top, and Run Like An Antelope featured Dave Grippo on saxophone. Mike’s Song featured The Dude of Life on vocals, who added several verses. Page began Hydrogen on a Casio synthesizer, adding a humorous touch to the last Phish show at The Front.

Self, Dahlia, and Revolution’s Over (all Phish concert debuts) featured the Dude of Life on vocals. This show also featured the first performances of Tube, The Asse Festival, Buried Alive, Magilla and Stash.  It also featured the first known performance of Landlady played outside of PYITE, although this is not confirmed. The first Phish performances of Minute By Minute, Paul and Silas, and Goin' Down Slow also occurred at this show. Trey referred to Fish as Zero Man after Tube and both before and after Minute By Minute. Trey said Landlady was indirectly dedicated to the spirit of Carlos and later said Buried Alive was written about a strange dream he (Trey) had. Minute by Minute featured Fish on trombone. Possum featured the first known Secret Language: three Charlie Chan signals as well as Popeye, Oom Pa Pa and Random Note Signals. AC/DC Bag contained Charlie Chan and  I Let a Song Go Out of My Heart signals and the second Buried Alive featured a Charlie Chan signal and two I Let a Song Go Out of My Heart signals. 'A’ Train subsequently included a Buried Alive tease. Sparks was played for the first time since November 5, 1988 (221 shows).

The Dude of Life made a guest appearance on vocals during Suzy (first known version), Sanity, Fluffhead, and Hood. There were no vocals on the return to Alumni Blues after Letter to Jimmy Page.

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.
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