3/6/1987 – Goddard College

 In the intimate confines of Goddard College in Plainfield, Vermont, Phish embarked on a musical journey that transcended expectations and left an indelible mark on the hearts of all those in attendance. This extraordinary performance showcased the band’s irreverent humor, experimental spirit, and a willingness to explore uncharted musical territories.

The first set opened with the infectious groove of “Funky Bitch,” setting the stage for a night of musical surprises. “Good Times Bad Times” and “Corinna” showcased the band’s prowess in blending classic rock with their signature improvisational flair.

“Golgi Apparatus” and “Quinn the Eskimo (The Mighty Quinn) > Sneakin’ Sally Through the Alley” rounded off the first set with a dynamic mix of musical styles, leaving the audience eagerly anticipating what the second set had in store.

The second set kicked off with an unexpected and somewhat mocking rendition of “Free Bird,” marking the first-known Phish performance of the iconic rock anthem. Ninja Mike took the lead vocals, adding a humorous touch to the performance.

A reggae-influenced and extended version of “Happy Birthday to You” was dedicated to “Sue and Debra,” showcasing Phish’s ability to infuse even traditional songs with their unique style. The long, reggae-inflected version added an element of surprise and delight to the set.

The debut of “Tell Me Something Good” featured an unidentified female lead vocalist, adding a soulful and melodic touch to the evening. The audience was treated to the only known performance of “Freeworld,” with Jim Pollock taking on vocal duties, highlighting the band’s commitment to experimentation.

The set concluded with a sequence of “Possum,” the upbeat and quirky “Wilson,” and a soul-stirring rendition of “Slave to the Traffic Light,” providing a fitting climax to an evening filled with musical exploration.

This show at Goddard College was more than a concert; it was a testament to Phish’s ability to weave together a tapestry of diverse sounds and influences. The first-known Phish performances of “Free Bird,” “Tell Me Something Good,” and “Freeworld” added an extra layer of significance to this memorable night.

Set 1:

  1. Funky Bitch
  2. Good Times Bad Times
  3. Corinna
  4. Golgi Apparatus
  5. Quinn the Eskimo (The Mighty Quinn) > Sneakin’ Sally Through the Alley

Set 2:
6. Free Bird (First known Phish performance; Ninja Mike on vocals)

  1. Happy Birthday to You (Long, reggae-influenced version; dedicated to “Sue and Debra”)
  2. Harry Hood
  3. Tell Me Something Good (First known Phish performance; unidentified female lead vocalist)
  4. Possum
  5. Freeworld (First known Phish performance; Jim Pollock on vocals)
  6. Wilson

13. Slave to the Traffic Light


Author: schill