Phish Announces Columbus 1999 Live Archival Release
Phish will release an official recording of their July 23, 1999 show at Polaris Amphitheatre in Columbus, Ohio at 11:59 p.m. ET on Monday, November 25 via LivePhish.com. Archivist Kevin Shapiro will preview the set by premiering tracks from the new release starting at 5 p.m. ET tomorrow (Friday, November 22) on SiriusXM’s Phish Radio (Channel 29).
The upcoming release is just the second official recording put out by Phish from their 1999 Summer U.S. Tour and first since the quartet’s July 10, 1999 show was issued as Live Phish Vol. 8 in 2002. Phish’s performance at the now-shuttered Polaris Amphitheatre on July 23, 1999 is most notable for a wild and exploratory “Ghost” into “Free” into “Birds Of A Feather” segment that kicks off the second set. The sequence came after a thunderstorm enveloped the venue during setbreak.
Additionally, guitarist Trey Anastasio officially confirmed the band’s Millennium Eve celebration would take place outdoors in Florida during the “Meatstick” that followed “Birds Of A Feather.” Trey’s announcement came as he taught the crowd the “Meatstick” dance in hopes of setting a world record for the most people to perform a dance at the same time at the event in Florida, which would be held at Big Cypress in the Everglades.
Phish Radio revealed encore airings of Shapiro’s appearance will be broadcast on Saturday, November 23 at 8 a.m. ET and 6 p.m. ET as well as on Sunday, November 24 at 3 p.m. ET.