, attached to 1989-10-14

Review by Anonymous

Submitted to the legacy Phish.net site...

I'm a 1990 grad of Hobart College, and this was my first Phish show. At the time, I had never heard of them and had no clue that I was seeing what would become one of my favorite bands of all time. Anyway, I can hardly offer a song by song critique. What I can tell you is this: They played on the grassy "Quad" at Hobart on a stage set up in front of Coxe Hall, a really nice, old, gothic-type building. There were about 20 people in front of the stage watching the band. I remember the music was interesting, but I really wasn't blown away or anything. I remember talking to one guy I knew who told me that he had no idea what they were playing, but it was great music to trip to. That dude is a dentist in Vermont now. Anyway, the band was miffed because everyone was located about 45-50 yards away from the stage in the beer tent, the only place on the Quad you were allowed to drink. Trey called over to the tent a few times, asking people to come closer. Nevertheless, people for the most part stayed in the tent. The last thing I remember is Trey shouting "this next song is dedicated to the women of William Smith" (the women's college that shares the same campus with Hobart) and they launched into an awesome cover of "Good Times, Bad Times." You know..."In the days of my youth I was told what it is to be a man..." We took this as a hilarious comment on the female population of William Smith, whether Trey meant it that way or not. They totally rocked, and me and my friend, who were big Zeppelin Fans, were just laughing our asses off and rocking out. We left after the first set because we had a party to go to, and I don't think we even knew they were coming back out. We might not have stayed anyway. My educated guess is the second set was real short due to the lack of interest shown by most everyone there at the time. Postscript: in 1998 I attended my 13th or 14th Phish show at Ventura County Fairgrounds on 7/20. My brother was working on a popular TV show at the time as an editor, and, as a result we got to go back stage between sets with one of the stars of the show who knows the band. I felt the need to recount my Hobart experience to Trey, just to let him know that I was a fan from a ways back. After trying to figure out which Hobart show I was talking about, he said "Oh yeah, that was the night everyone was at the tent and not watching us." I said yeah, but your Zeppelin cover was awesome. And that was that. Anyway, I've got a photo with my brother, Trey and Mike and a green Dr. Zaius "Planet of the Apes" backstage pass to prove this yarn. And now you have a sort of review of this Hobart show. Thanks.
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