To wrap up their mammoth Spring ’91 tour, Phish played one final show on the UVM campus at Billings Student Center in the tiny Cooks Commons cafeteria. This was billed as an Earth Day show (as was the previous day’s show at Potsdam). My friend Brooke was organizing the show so we arrived in Burlington early in the afternoon and started helping her set up. My job was to go get the hummus and bagels for the band room. This was possibly the smallest show I have ever seen. The place was PACKED but there could not have been more than 200 people there. The place was a tiny cafeteria. It was surrounded by windows but they had covered them all up so people couldn’t see in, I guess. We set up our taping gear in front of the soundboard which was about 25′ back from the stage. I think there was only one other tape rig there. As with the previous nights at the end of this tour, the band was primed from two and a half months on the road. That said, I think everyone was a little tired from the long tour. Still, you could tell the band was stoked to be home and the show was a good one:
Phish.Net lists Tweezer and Tweezer Reprise as Encore 2’s, but that’s incorrect. Tweezer was played after Suzy and then they brought the whole crew up to the stage and presented them with personalized bowling balls to thank them for a successfully completed tour. Apparently, there were some heated bowling matches that occurred throughout the tour. It was a pretty sweet gesture and once the crew had left the stage, the band closed the first set with a very early version of Tweezer Reprise. This was a really fun show to attend and a great way to cap off a monster tour. Of note is the first ever Poor Heart and a great Gin. After the show, I went back to the band room to clean up the hummus and Mike was there macking on it. There was pair of Fish’s drum sticks on the table but Mike seemed to be the last guy there. I asked him if I could grab the sticks since everyone else had cleared out and he just kind of shrugged, so I have the sticks used to play this show in my closet. The sources of this show that circulate leave a bit to be desired. The source in the link below has a slightly too slow first set and a slightly sped up second set….I’ll have to grab the masters AUD’s from the Duck and transfer them. I could not find a lossless source online.
Even with the lacking sources, this Chalkdust sounds good and was a hot way to open the second set:
And this Lizards remains in top 3 of versions I have seen. It was amazing on this night and possibly the set highlight (which is rare for Lizards!):
Here’s a link to the MP3 source but it’s got some pitch issues. Still, it’s worth a listen until the better source gets posted: http://www.mediafire.com/?buze652m2s6us