, attached to 1989-12-07

Review by radiator9987

radiator9987 Went to this show because a buddy convinced me to go see an Allman Brothers cover band with him. I lived about 15 minutes away and said sure, not quite wrapping my head around why an ABB cover band would be called Phish. We got there 1/2 way through YEM and by the time we had secured a few beers and settled upstairs they were into A Train. I vaguely recognized the tune from my high school band teacher playing it and was loving it by the end. By the time they had finished Fee my buddy was done with the band and headed next door to Lush's to get hammered. I stayed and Mike's Groove really hooked me, the gentle H2O bridge and force of Weekapaug spoke to me. I left to check on him during Divided sky and made it back in for Oh Kee Pa/Suzi. A guy I met kept saying 'I hope they do Undun' and I was thinking, 'the Guess Who song', this band wouldn't be doing that. I remember Walk Away because it was one of the few things I knew and was I loose and dancing at that point. Antelope became an instant favorite. I didn't get the Lawn Boy thing at the time and Possum seemed a little stupid. They closed the set with the aforementioned Undun and I saw the guy who was going on about it lost with a blissful smile.

The 8X10 at the time had the stage in a corner on the first floor and it was a triangle in the far corner, the band was packed tight on the stage, but you could tell they were having a great time. When I saw they were coming back a few months later I knew where I would be, better versed in their originals and off on a ride I hope continues for many more years.


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