Weekend Nuggets: Old School


4.1.86 Hunt’s, Burlington, VT < LINK

Phish circa 1986

I: Quinn the Eskimo, Have Mercy > Harry Hood > Dave’s Energy Guide, The Pendulum*, Jam#, Icculus, You Enjoy Myself

II: Help on the Way > Slipknot! > AC/DC Bag, McGrupp and the Watchful Hosemasters, Alumni Blues, Dear Mrs. Reagan, Not Fade Away^

*Trey says, “That was the Bob Dylan Band. Don’t ask which one is Bob, though.” #With Zenzile, a poet from South Africa who may have been a student at Goddard College. ^Featured members of The Joneses, with whom Phish alternated sets.

10.31.86 Sculpture Room @ Goddard College, Plainfield, VT < LINK

I: Mustang Sally, Camel Walk, Golgi Apparatus, Slave to the Traffic Light, Melt the Guns, Dave’s Energy Guide, Sneakin’ Sally Through the Alley, Halley’s Comet, Back Porch*, Shaggy Dog, Fluffhead

II: Jam > AC/DC Bag, Swing Low Sweet Chariot Jam, Peaches en Regalia, David Bowie, Have Mercy > Harry Hood, Sanity, Skin It Back > Icculus, Alumni Blues

*Max Creek cover.

We are taking it WAY back for this weekend’s selections!  We find ourselves in 1986, on two special nights of the year- April Fool’s Day and Halloween.  The April Fool’s show contains the musical pun “Help > Slip > Bag,” as well as the Buddy Holly cover, “Not Fade Away.”  Early classics “Harry Hood, “You Enjoy Myself” and the old school rarities “Dear Mrs. Reagan” and “Alumni Blues” also grace the setlist.  This is classic stop amidst the genesis of Phish.  The Halloween show is much Phishier featuring many more old-school classics such as Slave, Bowie, Halley’s, “Fluffhead” and beyond.  This show is an early gem, foreshadowing the madness that would come in the future on All Hallow’s Eve.



With so much excitement in the air around next summer, the rumors continue to roll in.  I have heard a few new things recently.  First, expect a month long tour mostly in June, including two nights at Alpine at the end of the month (6/25 & 6/26?).  An appearance at the mega-sized Rothbury Festival in Michigan seems like it will compliment the band’s slot at Bonnaroo.  Obviously, rumors are just rumors until we see dates on, but to summarize what has been reported :

-Red Rocks 4 nights around July 4th

-The Gorge 3 nights

-Shoreline 3 nights

-Alpine 2 nights

-Bonnaroo and Rothbury

-Approximately a month long tour anchored in June



“Bathtub Gin” Halloween 1989 – (Absurd Trey Footage)

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“McGrupp” 2.14.91 State Theatre, Ithaca, NY

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