Phish - 1989

Billings Student Center Dining Hall, UVM
Burlington, VT, United States map

Set List

Show Notes

This show was a Benefit for VPIRG (Vermont Public Interest Research Group). It was not listed in the March or April 1989 Phish newsletters. During McGrupp, Fish debuted a new electronic drum machine. Trey introduced the machine by saying that Fish learned a new cover song on it and that the person who could name the song would win a special prize. Fish played Call To The Post, and Greg Ehle answered correctly by yelling “And they’re off!”. Greg was disappointed to learn that his special prize was a date with Fishman. Attendance for this show reportedly suffered due to no alcohol being served – the official refreshments were cider and lemonade. At one point, Trey said “Welcome to the VPIRG Benefit. A good cause. Before we go any further, I just want to make sure that whoever lost their birth control pills last night with one more day of real pills to go…We figured that that person was a little bummed. They’re hanging off Fish’s bass drum…”  Trey called The Mango Song “our newest number” and explained that there was a special dance for it with the head kept still while moving the hips.  Split Open And Melt was introduced as “our second newest song” and this rendition included a drum solo. During Fluffhead, Trey thanked everybody for coming to the VPIRG Benefit and reminded them of the upcoming Rock Rumble and of Johnny B. Fishman Jazz Ensemble Russell Remington gigs every Monday night at Noonies.