Phish, Ottawa, ON

This is what I did for my 23rd birthday

This was a crazy Phish experience. While they weren’t yet as big as they eventually became, they were still the kind of band that was selling out 10k+ sized venues in the US. This was their one and only show in Ottawa and it was in a kind of ballroom and there were less than 500 people there. Since it was just a small show the band just toyed around and had fun. It’s a pretty wacky setlist.

This show included the first Letter to Jimmy Page since July 18, 1991 (357 shows) and the first version played separately from Alumni Blues since May 11, 1987 (812 shows). Esther and YEM contained Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy teases from Trey. Trey quoted the theme from Shaft at the start of the second set. Cities was played for the first time since March 1, 1989 (675 shows). Sweet Adeline and Ginseng Sullivan through Amazing Grace were performed without microphones. Ginseng Sullivan and My Sweet One were performed acoustic. The latter evolved into a sing-along with the audience during the second verse.

First Set

Rift — Sample in a Jar — The Curtain — Letter to Jimmy Page — If I Could — Uncle Pen — Stash — Esther[1] — Down with Disease — Sweet Adeline[2]

Second Set

Punch You In the Eye — Sparkle — Bathtub Gin — Lifeboy — Cities — You Enjoy Myself[1] — The Great Gig in the Sky — Hold Your Head Up — Ginseng Sullivan[3]  — My Sweet One[4] — Amazing Grace[2] — Golgi Apparatus


Good Times Bad Times

[1] Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy tease.
[2] Without microphones.
[3] Acoustic; without microphones.
[4] Acoustic; without microphones. Sing-along with audience during second verse.

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