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  • January 4th, 2019

    7 of the Most Phantastic Moments from Phish at The Cap

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    “I saw you with a ticket stub in your hand!” We’re getting ready to welcome Pink Talking Fish to The Cap on Saturday, February 23 to unveil a new concept called “Junta Circus.” The band will mix songs from Phish’s debut album, Junta, with Pink Floyd and Talking Heads classics throughout the night. Take a trip down memory lane with these monumental shows in Phistory at The Cap.

    1. Saturday, October 6, 1990

    Phish made their debut at The Cap in October of 1990 opening up for Blues Traveler. Throughout the night there were moments of great gratitude. “You Enjoy Myself” was dedicated to Lee Carpenter for his birthday and during the intro to “Hold Your Head Up” Trey Anastasio introduced Jon Fishman as “the one and only Zero Man.” Following a tease of “Mo’ Better Blues” during “David Bowie,” John Popper, frontman of Blues Traveler joined Phish on stage. Phish had worked with John Popper in the past writing “Don’t Get Me Wrong” last time Popper was in Vermont. Full of debuts, stories, and good music, this show was one for the books.

    2. Saturday, November 24, 1990

    Kicking off the first ever Thanksgiving Jam at The Cap, Phish brought a show full of teases and lengthy jams. “Possum” teased “Manteca,” “Simple Gifts” was repeatedly teased in “Weekapaug,” “BBFCFM,” and the intro to “Bowie.” In both comedic and sentimental fashion, Trey dedicated “Coil” to Conjunction Junction, “the only other people we know who can play this song,” and his parents who were in attendance. The first Thanksgiving Jam was a success to say the least.

    3. Saturday, April 27, 1991

    Five months after Phish played their legendary Thanksgiving Jam at The Cap, they returned with more surprises in store. The show opened with “Sweet Adeline,” followed by a rare performance of “The Asse Festival,” which wasn’t played for the last 55 shows and has not been performed live since. The show came to a close with “Wipe Out” played on vacuum by Fishman. Let’s just say the five-month wait for Phish’s return to The Cap was worth it.

    4. Saturday, November 30, 1991

    Dedicated fans flocked to Port Chester for Phish’s fourth show at The Cap. This all-ages sold out show was the second annual Thanksgiving Jam full of memorable moments, from cool teases of “Bewildered” in “Divided Sky” and “Harry Hood,” to “Antelope” containing “Charlie Chan” and “Simpsons” signals. The performance of “Harry Hood” from this show is also considered to be a great example of “Machine Gun Trey.” During “I Didn’t Know” Fishman played a wild solo on only the mouthpiece of his trombone. To top it all off Edwin Hurwitz, the bassist of Shockra, gave Mike Gordon a lesson on how to slap that bass!

    5. Thursday, May 14, 1992

    This particular show holds a special place in Phish’s canon, and for a very good reason. Even beyond unforgettable moments like Trey forgetting to turn off his tube screamer after “My Friend, My Friend” or the last performances of rarities such as “Eliza” and “Wait” – the latter being a song performed only six times ever – this show is more well known for its significance in the history of Phish’s so-called Secret Language. The Secret Language is composed of various signals the band gives the audience which designate a specific audience response. Explicit instructions about which signals mean what have only been given 10 times, and this show at The Cap is cited as the performance with the most complete set of instructions given, with the band explaining “Simpsons,” “Random Note,” “Turn Turn Turn,” and “All Fall Down.” In addition to the explanations of these previously used signals, the band also introduced and explained a new signal, called “Aw Fuck!” Needless to say, The Cap plays an important role in Phish’s history because of this show.

    6. Friday, November 27, 1992

    The third annual Thanksgiving Jam took place on what would’ve been rock ‘n’ roll legend Jimi Hendrix’s 50th birthday. Phish paid tribute to the late star throughout the show. Day one of the double-header started with a bang. The passion was flowing through the room during “Memories” when the band decided to ditch their microphones and have their voices carry through the room. Teases of Johnny Cash’s “Walk the Line” and “Ring of Fire” flowed through a rendition of “Bowie.” Trey dedicated “Faht” to Jimi Hendrix for his birthday and called him the “greatest electric guitarist ever,” performing the song on acoustic guitar. “Cavern” included hints to “Voodoo Child” and “Purple Haze” in Jimi’s honor. The show closed with an encore of “Bold As Love” to solidify the performance.


    7. Saturday, November 28, 1992

    The double-header Thanksgiving Jam continued
    the next night at The Cap with grooving energy. Phish opened with an unusual start as Mike Gordon was having technical difficulties with his bass, which Trey later referred to as “Capitol Punishment.” This break in the jam opened the floor for banter between the stage and the crowd, capturing the show’s intimate feel which carried out through the end of the performance. The show was filled with smiles and laughs, which continued to the last song in the set, “Contact.” Trey announced to the audience that this was his grandmother’s favorite song. In heartwarming fashion he brought her up on stage and slow-danced for the entirety of the track, leaving not a dry eye in the house, and providing a great end to Phish’s final show at The Cap.