, attached to 1990-04-19

Review by TimeFlack

TimeFlack This was a great show. I met the band and their music on this tour starting at JJ McCabes earlier in the month, and this was the show where they returned to Boulder less than three weeks later, and the crowds quadrupled (from 25 or 30 at JJ's). Dancing to Good Times Bad Times in the first set was with abandon in this historic floor terraced theatre the entire first set blew doors...!

I showed up with my friend Mike helping lug his gear in to make a multi-track. Paul was ever so helpful, but this tour was plagued by gear and house problems, and our recording was the last thing on his mind. After ridiculous sound problems getting only one or two lines into our recording, we basically pulled all of our gear and gave up. Phish was new, and there was more a sense of discovery and fun than huge work to produced great recordings. (For a night when Mike did right with me as his assistant, check out Cutler Quad, the famous Earth Day show...) One day I will dig up the first set list and share it...it is packed deeply away!

This month and year is one of my favorite and I am still seeing them strong today. '90 Rules! Did I say 1990 Phish RULES! This was the night they conquered the Front Range. This was the night, and of course this was the tour, that set up all future Colorado performances as one of Phish's special places. There were so many reasons for this (and the Dead had so many reasons too...) but none of them matter from a historical perspective - all this was private, extremely private.

Anway, for those who thinks every show today is "epic" and better than the last one, and also for those who are 3.0 phans, you can never, know, nor compare, the present of this band, to its storied glorious past, before they got really big!


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