Possum contained two Charlie Chan signals and Oom Pa Pa and Popeye signals. During the Bowie intro (at the stroke of midnight) the band sang Happy Birthday to Trey. Bowie subsequently contained Charlie Chan and How High the Moon signals. Manteca was teased in Bowie before and after Happy Birthday.
Manteca and Manteca teases in David Bowie
Debut Years (Average: 1988)

This show was part of the "1990 Tour"

Show Reviews

, attached to 1990-09-29

Review by Mikesgroover

Mikesgroover This appears to have been the final Phish show at the 23 East Cabaret, a 400-person room in the Philly suburbs they played eight times between the fall of '89 and this night in 1990. The soundboard recording I listened to suffers from a bit of occasional distortion. Fishman is referred to as "Zero Man" by Page while he fixes something in his kit after Divided Sky.

An early version of the standalone "The Landlady" shows the band attempting to do something different with this piece of music. It's got a nice bit of power. An early performance of Magilla is well-executed, with Page fully in the lead. For lovers of Manteca, this Bowie has the Manteca theme woven throughout and plenty of Trey shredding taboot.

The second-ever version of Gumbo is arranged almost identically to most modern versions and Stash is energetic and surprisingly tight, given that it's the eighth outing ever for this future standard.

The Weekapaug is particularly exuberant, with Trey really lighting it up in full machine-gun mode at the end.

A nice example of 1990 Phish, with Trey taking charge in the jamming tunes. No standout versions, with the Bowie worth checking out if you're a Manteca lover.
, attached to 1990-09-29

Review by User_25581_

User_25581_ Fishman was dressed in a superhero outfit...a cowl, goggles, and a cape with the familiar red donut on it. First and only time I saw that. The crowd was much bigger than the last time I saw them at this venue (which was 6/8/90...right after school let out and in a huge rain storm so go figure) and the show was an epic one.
, attached to 1990-09-29

Review by thelot

thelot Not a very good SBD recording for this show considering all of the wonderful Matrix recordings that circulate from this venue. Hopefully a master recording finds it’s way into circulation at some point.

Nice Divided Sky to open the show. Slight pause while Zero Man fixes something. “Every ready, ever present” lol Instead of following up DaaM with a predictable Bouncin’ pairing they opted for The Landlady. Buried Alive transitions nicely out of Ya Mar. Strong Possum. Unfortunately, the ending is cropped. A blistering Bowie closes out the set. During the hi-hat hijinx section Page leads the crowd in a Happy Birthday sing along at the stroke of midnight for Trey on his 26th birthday. The first signs of Manteca are played through out this rippin’ version.

Buzz and Pierre from 93.3 WMMR introduce the band to open the second set. Coil starts things off on a mellow note. Sick version of Tweezer tonight! A love how these early versions of Gumbo start out with a little funky groove. Nice early version of Stash. A blistering Groove closes out set 2. Lawn Boy provides a nice cool down to end the show.
, attached to 1990-09-29

Review by suzydrano

suzydrano Just a thought, Bowie starts with (Page?) saying it's just passed the stroke of midnight and is now Trey's birthday...so this show didn't start until 11:15???? Not to sound like anybody's grandma or anything but that's just weird to me, that's like a Jazzfest late night set. Anyway, carry on, good Bowie.
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