Bob Weir Guests With Phish For The First Time On This Date In 2000
On October 6 and 7 Phish brought Fall Tour 2000 and the first era of their career to a close with a pair of shows at Shoreline Amphitheatre in Mountain View, California. The band was set to begin a hiatus after the Shoreline shows and at the time a spokesperson for Phish told the New York Times “The plan is that there is no plan.” The first concert took place on October 6 and ended with an encore that featured Grateful Dead guitarist Bob Weir‘s debut appearance with Phish.
The collaborative encore started with Weir leading Phish on a cover of Marty Robbins’ “El Paso,” a staple of the Grateful Dead’s live repertoire. Phish has yet to play “El Paso” a second time. The cowboy song was highlighted by guitarist Trey Anastasio’s inventive flourishes. Next up was particularly revved-up “Chalk Dust Torture” featuring Weir hanging on for dear life. All these years later it remains a bizarre song choice. A more conventional selection ended the collaboration and encore as Bobby fronted Phish on the Garcia/Hunter gem “West L.A. Fadeaway.” Bob Weir sat-in for a second time with Phish on October 18, 2016 in Nashville.
Stream an audience recording of Phish’s October 6, 2000 concert at Shoreline shared by nognuisagoodgnu with Bob Weir emerging at the 2:24:00 mark: