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Phish - 1991

Worcester Memorial Auditorium (The New Aud)
Worcester, MA, United States map

Set List

Show Notes

This was Phish’s ”3rd Annual New Year’s Eve Extravaganza!” an all ages, sold-out show presented by Dionysian Productions. Tickets were $16.50 and ticketless fans reportedly snuck in through bathroom windows, among other methods. A special Phish News postcard bearing Jim Pollock’s “Sing Sang Sung” art (also used on the event t-shirts) announced that “The New Year’s Eve show in Worcester will be our only show between now and early March, when the next national tour will begin.” This was the band’s largest show to-date with a stated capacity of about 4,000. It was an extremely cold night and The New Aud was part of downtown Worcester’s First Night, so fans had to wait outside until First Night tours of the beautiful, historic building ended before being allowed inside. No alcohol was served inside. This show was particularly theatrical, featuring the debut of the new Minkin backdrops supplemented with extra fog, strobe lights, a disco ball and sirens. The beginnings of Sparkle and Wilson featured Trey holding “The Final Word” (a toy that played pre-recorded curse words) up to his microphone. Trey dedicated The Divided Sky to a local fan at his first show since a car accident earlier in year, saying “We’d like to make a dedication to someone who’s had a tough last five months or so. Chris Gainty, if you’re out there, this is for you.” During Bouncing Around The Room, super balls were bounced from the balcony onto the floor. Buried Alive included teases of Auld Lang Syne and led into the New Year’s Eve countdown to 1992 which culminated with Auld Lang Syne (as confetti cannons went off from the balconies). Weekapaug Groove contained teases of The Lion Sleeps Tonight (The Tokens cover). After Weekapaug Groove, the band took time to thank the crowd and asked the audience to give Mike’s Mom a hand for making the new backdrops. Then they turned around and asked Chris to light up the Minkins so they could enjoy them, leading the audience in a series of ooh’s” and “ah’s.” The eight sections of painted, double-layered lexan backdrops became a huge part of Phish’s stage show. Although there is no evidence that this was recognized at the time, this is believed to have been Phish’s 600th show. This was also the band’s last show until March 1992.