Phish Announces Alpine Valley 1998 Archival Release
By Scott Bernstein Jun 16, 2020 • 6:53 am PDT
Phish will unveil official audio of their August 1, 1998 performance at Alpine Valley Music Theatre in East Troy, Wisconsin this Friday, June 19 via LivePhish.com. The band’s archivist, Kevin Shapiro, spun selections from the show on his From The Archives program that premiered on SiriusXM’s Phish Radio yesterday and will be replayed throughout the week.
The quartet’s third headlining concert at Alpine Valley came within a run dubbed by fans as the “Jukebox Tour” or “Summer Of Covers” in honor of all the covers the band debuted over the course of their 23-show Summer Tour 1998 of the U.S. Alpine ’98 was when the “Jukebox Tour” kicked into high gear as Phish opened the night with their premiere performance of Led Zeppelin’s “Ramble On” and unveiled their rendition of “Been Caught Stealing” by Jane’s Addiction to start the encore.
Phish’s August 1, 1998 show also features an 18+ minute “Tweezer” filled with impressive improvisation. Versions of “Weekapaug Groove,” “Magilla” and “Fluffhead” from the concert were all deemed jam chart worthy by the Phish.net Team in addition to the “Tweezer.” Other highlights include the first “Esther” in 139 shows, a rare rendition of the Page McConnell-penned “Magilla” that came within “2001” and a gorgeous cover of Neil Young’s “Albuquerque.”
The forthcoming Phish archival release will be available for purchase and streaming at LivePhish.com on Friday. Phish continues their Dinner And A Movie archival video series by broadcasting their 1995 show at Deer Creek tonight (Tuesday, June 16) at 8:30 p.m. ET/5:30 p.m. PT.
Set 1: Ramble On  > Mike's Song -> Esther > Weekapaug Groove, Guyute, Fikus, Birds of a Feather, Lawn Boy > Funky Bitch
Set 2: Piper > Wilson > Also Sprach Zarathustra -> Magilla > Also Sprach Zarathustra > Tweezer > Fluffhead, Brian and Robert > Albuquerque > Chalk Dust Torture, Frankenstein
Encore: Been Caught Stealing  > Tweezer Reprise
This show was webcast live and marked the Phish debuts of Ramble On and Been Caught Stealin’ as well as the breakout of Esther (first since October 19, 1996, or 139 shows). Page teased Gimme Some Lovin' in Weekapaug. 2001 contained Crosseyed and Painless teases from Trey. Chalk Dust included a Jean Pierre tease from Trey and a Shake a Tail Feather tease from Mike.