We're getting ever so closer to the start of Phish Fall
Tour 2013 on October 18. Of the seven venues Phish will play this fall, six of them
have hosted the band in the past. For this week's B List we share an amazing moment from
previous Phish shows at those six venues.
1. Hampton Coliseum - 11/22/1997: "Halley's Comet"
This year's three shows will mark the quartet's 16th - 18th at the venue. While the
"Fluffhead" opener that ended a five-year breakup in 2009 might be the emotional favorite
Hampton Phish moment, musically we give the nod to the 20+ minute "Halley's Comet" from
November 22, 1997.
2. Blue Cross Arena - 12/11/1997: "Roses Are Free"
One of our favorite moments of the Bittersweet Motel documentary is when we see
Phish rehearsing their cover of Ween's "Roses Are Free" that drops into live footage of
the debut from later that evening at the Rochester venue on December 11, 1997.
3. Glens Falls Civic Center - 10/31/1994: "Reba"
Not only was Phish's lone previous appearance at the Glens Falls Civic Center famed for
the band offering their first musical costume by covering The Beatles' White Album
in its entirety, but the other two sets were amazing as well. The "Reba" from that night
is among the best the quartet has ever played.
4. DCU Center - 12/31/1993: "Harry Hood"
Where do you start in recalling all the memorable moments that have taken place during
Phish's 14 previous appearances at the venue once known as The Centrum? How about at the
beginning. There are many Phish fans who consider the "Harry Hood" Phish laid down on New
Year's Eve '93 the best version of the song in Phish history. We wouldn't go that far, but
it's certainly near the top.
5. XL Center - 11/26/1997: "Character Zero"
[Starts at 1:30:00 mark]
Just about a year after Phish debuted the arena rocker "Character Zero" they delivered a
stunning, exploratory take on the tune at what was then known as the Hartford Civic
Center. Sixteen years later it still stands as the most inventive version of the song in
6. Atlantic City Convention Hall - 10/30/2010: "Tweezer" -> "Heartbreaker" -> "Tweezer" ->
"Ramble On" -> "Thank You" -> "Tweezer" -> "Stairway to Heaven"
Heading into Halloween 2010 Atlantic City icon Pinky Kravitz spread a rumor that Phish
would cover Led Zeppelin as their musical costume. While they wound up tackling Little
Feat instead, they addressed the Zeppelin rumors by working multiple LZ classics into
their own "Tweezer" on the night before Halloween. Musically, it doesn't come off that
well on "tape," but if you were there that night you know how crazy the audience went
making for one of those magical moments.