This was a really fun show. We got to the venue super early in the afternoon and it was a beautiful sunny day on campus. We got there and met up with the promoter of the show who was a student and lived in a teepee back up behind the venue in the woods. It was a sweet teepee and we hung out there for a good part of the afternoon. I always thought it was cool of Colby to let a student live in his own teepee on campus. Earlier in the day, on the way to the show we were listening to a tape we had called “Private Party ’87”. It was also labeled by some people at the time as 1/1/87. It turned out later to actually be the widely circulated and classic Ian McLean’s Farm show from 8/21/87. We were listening to this on the way to show, blazed I’m sure, and the McGrupp comes on. At about the 5:30 mark in McGrupp the song changes to what I was positive was a 1987 Chalkdust Torture jam. Listening back now it is a little bit of a stretch but not entirely. An hour or so after we get to Colby I find myself standing next to Trey at the urinals. Being the loudmouth I am (and the noob that I was) I tell Trey all about the “Chalkdust” jam in the middle of McGrupp. He just kind of looks over and says, “Huh? Chalkdust and McGrupp…” and walks off. That night, what do we get during the middle of the second set but a McGrupp>Chalkdust! The Duck and I bugged out!
Set 2: Golgi Apparatus, Harry Hood, Wilson > Poor Heart, Foam, McGrupp and the Watchful Hosemasters > Chalk Dust Torture, Hold Your Head Up > Love You >Hold Your Head Up, Mike’s Song > I Am Hydrogen > Weekapaug Groove
Pretty much a dream setlist in my opinion, I mean it’s almost irresponsible of the band to play that many sick songs back to back! The venue itself was very cool. Super small with a wrap-around balcony off the floor and a higher one that Duck attached his mics to. Bowie is one of my favorite openers and this one has a long drawn out intro. At the time it seemed like the longest intro ever. By the time Golgi started the second set we were out of our heads and needed some fresh air. The Duck and I headed outside and laid on the ground outside of the venue listening to the music and watching the stars spin. It was during Harry Hood that one of two girls walked past us as they were leaving the show and uttered the uber-classic line “I wish they would play some music you could dance to.” We majorly cracked up for a good five minutes and headed back in for the rest of the show. It was shortly thereafter that they dropped the McGrupp>Chalkdust and of course I made sure to take full credit for it. The rest of the second set was awesome and I remember the Weekapaug bass intro being particularly nasty. Back then an A-Train>Highway to Hell encore was just another day at the office for the Phish but we still soaked it up for all it was worth. A great night and worth a listen for sure. That night we all camped out before driving to Burlington for the last ever shows at The Front. Sleeping in a field under the stars (which were still spinning) was an amazing way to finish the night even though we woke up with soaked sleeping bags and freezing.
Check out the “bucket of lard” Mike’s Groove:
Also check out the McGrupp from 8/21/87 with the purported/imagined “Chalkdust” jam. Even if it is not a Chalkdust jam, it’s bitchin':
The Duck had borrowed our friends DAT deck and Schoeps and got amazing pulls of this night and the following two. Of course, his mom threw them away by mistake (my mom only ever threw away my 10th row Halloween ’96 tickets). I still have the analogs and should transfer them but at this point there are not a lot of great AUD sources for this show (that I know of). The soundboard is OK, but a little sterile in my opinion.
MP3 (sbd) can be found here: http://www.mediafire.com/?qxyc8mediyy96