Bob Weir & Phish Perform ‘Miss You’ On Fall Tour 2016
This year marks 25 years since Phish’s historic Fall Tour 1995. In recognition of that noteworthy tour and to make up for the lack of shows this fall, JamBase presents a daily retrospective highlighting a noteworthy moment from a Phish fall tour concert that took place on that date over the past 25 years (read a note on Fall 1997 here). The 25 Years Of Phish Fall Tour series runs each day between the start of Phish Fall Tour 1995 on September 27 through that tour’s finale on December 17.
Grateful Dead guitarist Bob Weir took the stage with Phish for the second time ever on this date during Fall Tour 2016. Weir was Phish’s special guest for a bulk of the second set at Ascend Amphitheater on October 18, 2016, which included a Bobby-led rendition of the quartet’s “Miss You.”
Phish and Bob Weir first teamed up at Shoreline Amphitheater during the penultimate show of Fall Tour 2000. Weir’s appearance came in the middle of a run this time around, as Bobby had the night off from a tour of his own.
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News of the collaboration spread quickly once Weir joined Phish for a “Walkin’ Blues” soundcheck earlier in the day, which was heard by those surrounding the outdoor venue. Bobby emerged for “Samson & Delilah” after the four-piece kicked off the second set with a run of “Julius” > “Fuego” > “My Friend, My Friend.” Weir stuck around for “Twist” and “Miss You” before leading Phish through “West L.A. Fadeaway.” The GD guitarist also added to the “Playing In The Band” set closer and “Quinn The Eskimo” encore.
The biggest surprise of the night was Weir handling lead vocals on “Miss You,” a song penned by guitarist Trey Anastasio that Phish debuted the previous summer and released on their Big Boat studio album earlier in the month. Jambands.com’s Dean Budnick asked Bob about how the performance of “Miss You” came about:
It was actually suggested to me that we might want to do the tune and so I listened to it and I figured, “Well this might be fun to sing.” So I proposed that to Trey. He liked the idea so we went ahead and did that. It was a matter of I was in the same town that they were in for an evening and I was off and they were playing, so I was there with bells on.
Trey Anastasio collaborated with Bob Weir the following April at the Wanee Festival. Anastasio's guest appearance with Bob Weir at Wanee 2017 included a Trey-sung “Miss You.”
Stream Bob Weir & Phish’s performance of “Miss You” below: