Posted September 20, 2013 by Tim Stout in Classic Shows

Phish // 4-5-91 // Starry Night


Phish’s first ever performance in Portland came on April 5th, 1991 at the Starry Night,which we all know  today as the Roseland Theater.  In fact, this was one of the final shows at the venue as the Starry Night. By the time the band returned in October of that same year, the venue had already gone through the name change.

The show was vintage ’91 Phish, a year that many fans consider to be one of the tightest years the band has played.  There was more structure to the songs back then, and less wide open improvisational sections, as the band later became so well known (for better or worse) for.

From phish.net:

Set 1: The Landlady > Bouncing Around the Room > Divided Sky, Cavern > Take the ‘A’ Train > Reba, Chalk Dust Torture, Foam, Mike’s Song > I Am Hydrogen > Weekapaug Groove
Set 2: Rocky Top, Stash, The Lizards, The Sloth, Dinner and a Movie > Harry Hood, I Didn’t Know, My Sweet One, Good Times Bad Times
Encore: Fee > The Oh Kee Pa Ceremony > Suzy Greenberg

Notes: Trey teased the Popeye theme in ‘A’ Train and Heartbreaker in Good Times Bad Times. Reba contained a brief, subtle tease of the I Love Lucy theme. After Lizards, Trey congratulated the audience (“A lot of people have tried, but you’re the first to have done it!”) for clapping on the beat during the slow end solo. Before Fee, he repeated the compliment: “I hope you didn’t think I was making fun of you … clapping on the upbeat – wow!”

Here’s a well-weathered video that recently popped up on YouTube (the whole show is there, in fact, song by song) of the “Mike’s” > “Hydrogen” > “Weekapaug.”

Tim Stout

Tim Stout
Co-founder of Portland Live - Tim has been promoting and covering live music for almost fifteen years and feels fortunate to have been born and raised in such a great music city.


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