Phish Hold Final Stand At The Front 25 Years Ago
According to statistics calculated by Phish.net, The Front in Phish‘s hometown of Burlington, Vermont is the venue performed at the most by the quartet. Accounting for over three percent of all of the band’s shows, the site notes 53 appearances by Phish at The Front between May 27, 1988 and their final show 25 years ago today on May 12, 1991. For Throwback Thursday, here’s a look back at Phish’s concerts on May 11 and 12 from a quarter-century ago.
The two-night stand at The Front began with Tom Baggott sitting-in on harmonica on “You Enjoy Myself” during the second set of the first show. That evening concluded with drummer Jon Fishman leading a take on Syd Barrett’s “Terrapin” before introducing guitarist Trey Anastasio as “Eddie Van Astasio” for a rendition of their original “Big Black Furry Creature From Mars.”
The second night, Phish’s final show at The Front, also featured guests as the band was joined by longtime collaborators Dave Grippo on saxophone for much of the show and The Dude Of Life on vocals for “Mike’s Song” during which he added alternate lyrics.
Full show audio of both of Phish’s final The Front gigs has been posted by fromtheaquarium and can be streamed below: