Alumni was played for everybody in the crowd who was graduating. Possum contained a Flintstones theme tease from Trey, Weekapaug and 'A' Train contained Sailor's Hornpipe teases from Trey, and the Bowie intro contained 'A' Train and Woody Woodpecker theme teases.
Theme from The Flintstones tease in Possum, Take the 'A' Train and Theme from Woody Woodpecker teases in David Bowie, Sailor's Hornpipe tease in Weekapaug Groove, Sailor's Hornpipe tease in Take the 'A' Train
Debut Years (Average: 1986)

This show was part of the "1989 Tour"

Show Reviews

, attached to 1989-05-20

Review by GarianoRivera

GarianoRivera I attended this show as a graduating student at NHM in 1989. This was the annual 'Spring Thing' event. It was not in a gymnasium as noted on most setlists. Phish set up their equipment and played in an open field on campus. I remember a white truck parking right on the grass and the band literally setting up their gear then playing, no stage. So close to the band you could hit Fish's cymbals if you wanted to. Great memories!
, attached to 1989-05-20

Review by TheEmu

TheEmu Very, very chatty show. I think my favorite banter moment was Trey having to explain what a rhombus is. "TOWEL!!!" No, dude, not a towel. Musically, I think mostly pretty average, except Foam is kind of a mess and GTBT is pretty rockin'. Oh, and Alumni is decent and has kind of a Possum jam in it w/ a Possum tease. 3 Stars
, attached to 1989-05-20

Review by thelot

thelot The SBD source for this show is pretty flat sounding. The multiple cassette generations in it’s lineage doesn’t help. Set two’s pitch seems just a hair slow.

Luckily this doesn’t take away from the energy of the performance. The show starts out just like Syracuse with AC/DC, Alumni, YEM. Trey even dedicates Alumni to the graduates again. The pairing was far stronger than what we heard in Syracuse. After the poor reception Trey got during his “Traveling minstrels from Gamehendge” rap at the Night Stage in Cambridge, I was curious how long it would be before he tried again…about 3 weeks. :) This attempt was far better received by the young boarding school audience. There’s a time and place for everything!

Set 2 wasn’t quite as strong as set 1, but featured a nice Weekapaug and Bowie. It should be noted that the band references the shuttle buses in Contact. Fun show overall. The band seemed in good spirits and I would imagine they picked up some lifelong fans at this gig.
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