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December 2, 1971 Boston Music Hall, Boston, Ma. (Thu)
FM Broadcast > Reel (Scott Clugston, Charlie Miller, and Matt Smith Transfer)

Boston Music Hall

1: Bertha, Playin, Mr. Charlie, Sugaree, BIODTL, Black Peter, Next Time, Jack Straw, Tennessee Jed, Mexicali, Smokestack, Big RxR Blues, Casey Jones, Saturday Night
2: Sugar Magnolia, Deal, El Paso, Brokedown, Uncle John, NFA> Lovelight> GDTRFB> NFA
E: Johnny B. Goode
FM broadcast WBCN-Boston - last "Smokestack": 02-19-71 [68] - also: NRPS

December 2, 1973 Boston Music Hall, Boston, Ma. (Sun)
FM Broadcast > Reel (Scott Clugston, Charlie Miller, and Matt Smith Transfer)

Boston Music Hall

1: Cold Rain*, BIODTL*, Dire Wolf, Race Is On, B. E. Women*, Jack Straw*, Ramble On*, El Paso, Row Jimmy, Big River, Deal, WRS Prelude*> WRS Part 1*> Let It Grow*
2: Wharf Rat*> Half Step*> Playin*> Mind Left Body Jam*> He's Gone*> Truckin*> Stella Blue*, Sugar Magnolia E: Morning Dew*
*appears on "Dick's Picks Vol 14""Merry-Go-Round Broke Down" & "Beer Barrel Polka" tunings before "Jack Straw"

December 2, 1981 Assembly Hall, U. of Il., Champaign-Urbana, Il. (Wed)
Soundboard Master Cassette > Reel > DAT (Charlie Miller Transfer)

Assembly Hall

1: Bertha> Greatest, Peggy-O, Mama Tried> Mexicali, B. E. Women, Passenger, Good Times, Cumberland, L. L. Rain, China Cat> I Know You Rider 2: Stranger> Franklin's, Sailor> Saint> Terrapin> Drumz> NFA> Stella Blue> Around> Good Lovin E: Don't Ease

December 2, 1992 McNichols Sports Arena, Denver, Co. (Wed)
UltraMatrix Master Cassette (Charlie Miller Transfer)

McNichols Sports Arena, Denver

1: Stranger, TLEO, Same Thing, Jack A Roe, All Over Now, So Many Roads, Let It Grow
2: China Cat> I Know You Rider, Way To Go, Truckin> He's Gone> Drumz> Miracle> Wharf Rat> Lovelight E: Rain
first "Rain" - "Woody Woodpecker" and "Funiculi Funicula" tunings before second set - Bob left the stage for a moment during Wharf Rat for a technical problem


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December 2, 1983 Harris-Millis Cafeteria - University of Vermont, Burlington, Vt. (Fri)
No Source Information (partial recording)


Soundcheck: Jam (with audience present)
Set 1: Long Cool Woman in a Black Dress, Proud Mary, In the Midnight Hour, Squeeze Box, Roadhouse Blues, Happy Birthday to You
Set 2: Scarlet Begonias > Fire on the Mountain
Notes: Trey, Mike, Fish, and Jeff Holdsworth recall being billed as “Blackwood Convention” for this show (though no one is certain what band name was used), which is believed to be their first public gig together. The band was short on equipment, so a hockey stick was used as a microphone stand. Between sets, the DJ spun some Michael Jackson and Trey drummed along to the album. The house music (which included more Michael Jackson) was presumably turned up after Fire to drown out the band. The setlist may be incomplete, though, as the master recording contains nothing after Trey’s sarcastic comments about Michael Jackson following Fire. All songs are, of course, Phish debuts. Back in Black was teased before Scarlet Begonias. While this show is often billed as an ROTC Halloween Dance that took place on October 30, 1983, this is incorrect. The master copy of the recording of this show, as unearthed by Phish archivist Kevin Shapiro, contains a handwritten note that pegs the date as December 2, 1983. In discussions with Kevin, band members confirmed that they recall rehearsing for this show over the Thanksgiving Break, and that the show was a Christmas semi-formal. Also, it was not an ROTC-sponsored event; it was a dorm dance in a predominantly ROTC dorm (Mike’s dorm at the time).

December 2, 1992 Newport Music Hall, Columbus, Oh. (Wed)
No Source Information

Newport Music Hall, Columbus

Set 1: Suzy Greenberg, Foam, Divided Sky, Fast Enough for You > Poor Heart, Stash, The Lizards, Sparkle, Horn > You Enjoy Myself
Set 2: Wilson > Possum, Mound > Tweezer, Tela > Llama, Glide, Hold Your Head Up > Lengthwise > Hold Your Head Up, The Squirming Coil > I Walk the Line, Runaway Jim
Encore: Golgi Apparatus, Rocky Top
Notes: YEM contained a lengthy jam on what would become the intro to The Wedge. Wilson contained All Fall Down, Simpsons, Oom Pa Pa, Random Note, and Aw Fuck! signals.

December 2, 1994 Recreation Hall, University of California-Davis, Davis, Ca. (Fri)
No Source Information

University of California-Davis

Soundcheck: Caravan, Julius, Funky Bitch, Magilla, Gumbo
Set 1: Poor Heart > Also Sprach Zarathustra, Sparkle > Simple -> It's Ice > The Lizards, Stash, The Squirming Coil
Set 2: Chalk Dust Torture > David Bowie, Buried Alive > Julius, The Landlady, Gumbo > Caravan, Suzy Greenberg
Encore: Cavern
Notes: The Cosmic Country Horns came in at the end of Bowie and played until the end of the show. Horns players included Dave Grippo on alto sax and percussion, Carl Gerhard on trumpet, Michael Ray on trumpet, James Harvey on trombone, and Peter Apfelbaum on baritone sax, tenor sax and flute. This version of Gumbo appears on A Live One. Based on advance ticket sales, the venue was changed from the university’s Varsity Hall roughly a week before the show to accommodate the larger-than-expected crowd. The opening act was Dave Matthews Band.

December 2, 1995 New Haven Veterans Memorial Coliseum, New Haven, Ct. (Sat)
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New Haven Veterans Memorial Coliseum, New Haven

Soundcheck: Funky Bitch (half-speed)
Set 1: Prince Caspian, Runaway Jim, Mound > Guelah Papyrus, Reba, My Sweet One, Free, Taste That Surrounds, Bouncing Around the Room, Possum
Set 2: Also Sprach Zarathustra > Maze > Simple -> Faht, Tweezer > A Day in the Life > Golgi Apparatus, The Squirming Coil, Tweezer Reprise
Encore: Bold As Love
Notes: Reba did not have the whistling ending and Possum included an All Fall Down signal. Faht featured Fishman on acoustic guitar. The Squirming Coil contained a Carol of the Bells tease from Page.

December 2, 1996 America West Arena, Phoenix, Az. (Mon)
Audience DAT (Microtech Gefell 300s ; Jim Pollock Transfer)

America West Arena

Set 1: Rocky Top > AC/DC Bag, Bouncing Around the Room, You Enjoy Myself, I Didn't Know, Theme From the Bottom, Gumbo, Julius
Set 2: Ya Mar, Divided Sky, Wolfman's Brother > Taste > Free, Scent of a Mule, Harry Hood, Sweet Adeline
Encore: Fire
Notes: Scent of a Mule was unfinished.

December 2, 1997 CoreStates Spectrum, Philadelphia, Pa. (Tue)
Audience DAT (Neumann KM-140s ; Paul Hofferkamp Transfer)


Set 1: Buried Alive > Down with Disease -> Makisupa Policeman, Chalk Dust Torture, Ghost > Divided Sky, Dirt > Taste, The Star Spangled Banner
Set 2: Mike's Song -> Simple -> Dog Faced Boy -> Ya Mar -> Weekapaug Groove, Bouncing Around the Room, Character Zero
Encore: Ginseng Sullivan > Sample in a Jar
Notes: Disease was unfinished. Simple featured a Trey/Page musical duet. Ya Mar included a fun play on the actual lyrics and a Crosseyed and Painless tease. Dog Faced Boy was played for the first time since August 12, 1996 (109 shows).

December 2, 1999 The Palace of Auburn Hills, Auburn Hills, Mi. (Thu)
Audience DAT (Neumann KM-184s ; Jeffery Kemp Tape ; David Schall and Yale Chasin Transfer)

The Palace of Auburn Hills

Set 1: Runaway Jim, Farmhouse, Heavy Things, Roggae, Run Like an Antelope, Wading in the Velvet Sea, Poor Heart > Sample in a Jar > Free, The Squirming Coil
Set 2: Boogie On Reggae Woman, Gotta Jibboo, Bathtub Gin -> Also Sprach Zarathustra > You Enjoy Myself -> The Little Drummer Boy
Encore: Bold As Love
Notes: Farmhouse featured a slightly different arrangement, with an additional chorus at the end. Gin included 2001 teases before segueing into 2001 proper. YEM included a silent jam. Little Drummer Boy emerged from the YEM vocal jam and ended with Fishman alone onstage.

December 2, 2003 Fleet Center, Boston, Ma. (Tue)
Audience DAT (ADK a51s-LEs ; Brian Costigan Tape and Transfer)

Fleet Center, Boston

Set 1: Harry Hood, Cavern, Birds of a Feather, Ya Mar, Horn, Piper, Anything But Me, Water in the Sky, Down with Disease
Set 2: Rock and Roll -> Weekapaug Groove -> Tweezer Reprise > Frankenstein -> Kung -> Frankenstein, All of These Dreams, The Wedge, Boogie On Reggae Woman > Cities > Maze, Waste
Encore: Bug
Notes: This gig commemorated the 20th anniversary of the first Phish show. In the audience, a section of seats were roped off to make way for a music stand. The music stand held a three-ring binder that contained lyrics from the Phish canon, but it did not play an active role in the performance. At the end of Disease, a video screen descended behind the stage. As the house lights remained down, a 25+ minute video was played featuring retrospective highlights from throughout Phish’s career. Before the second set, Mike brought out a tray of desserts and shared them with fans in front of the stage. Weekapaug was unfinished. Tweezer Reprise included lyrics (sung by Trey) from Mike’s Song. Appropriately, the post-show house music was the Beatles’ song Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Heart’s Club Band (which begins with the lyric, “It was twenty years ago today…”).

December 2, 2009 Madison Square Garden, New York, N.Y. (Wed)
Audience DAT (ADK a51s-LEs ; Brian Costigan Tape and Transfer)


Set 1: AC/DC Bag > Chalk Dust Torture, Wolfman's Brother > NICU, Ocelot, Brian and Robert, Poor Heart, Sample in a Jar, Peaches en Regalia > Divided Sky, Cavern
Set 2: Golgi Apparatus > Light > Slave to the Traffic Light > Tweezer > Joy, Sparkle > Harry Hood > Wading in the Velvet Sea, Suzy Greenberg > Run Like an Antelope
Encore: A Day in the Life > Tweezer Reprise
Notes: Peaches was played for the first time since September 24, 1999 (186 shows). The lyrics to Antelope were changed to "Been you to have any Mike, man?".

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December 2, 1999 KVHW: Stone Coast Brewing Company - Portland, Me. (Thu)
Audience DAT (Neumann KM100/AK40 ; Jim Ratner Tape ; Charlie Miller Transfer)

Stone Coast Brewing Company

Set 1: Footprints, Kissing The Boo Boo, Five B4 Funk, Teeny Weeny Bit, If You Only Knew, City of Tiny Lights
Set 2: From the Bass UP, Hillbillies on PCP, Nine > Ring Around the Moon > Nine, A New Africa, Spring Water, E: Papago

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