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Phish – makin’ homemade tickets 1990

By Jeff Kent

When I went away to college in New Hampshire the fall of 1989 I was a diehard Metal fan, phish_keenestatebut college is a time for trying new things so I went to see a local band called Phish at the suggestion of a friend. I think I paid $3 or $4 for the ticket and had fun at the show.

Phish were from Vermont so they played in the area quite often.  Only a few months later they were back on campus selling (homemade) tickets, this time for $7.  They’d set up a table with a list of all the original and cover songs that they played live which I thought was kinda interesting.

jeffkentSince I had already seen them once, I had a better idea of what to expect and was looking forward to hearing certain songs that were on their cassette demo Junta that I’d picked up earlier.

The first set was cool, but I was waiting for them to play ‘Fee’ which was my favorite tune of theirs at the time.  Phish shows even back then were two sets with an intermission.  During intermission someone pulled the fire alarm and the building was evacuated.  Though there was no fire, campus security stopped the show.

This was my last Phish show because tickets for the next show doubled to $15 and I was a phish_juntabroke college student.

As you probably know, this little local band from New England went on to MUCH bigger things.  And to think I knew them when…

Set One:

Wilson > You Enjoy Myself, Bouncing Around the Room, Ya Mar, The Oh Kee Pa Ceremony > AC/DC Bag, Caravan, The Lizards, David Bowie

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