Phish Plays ‘Harry Hood’ Encore In Atlanta On Fall Tour 1995

By Andy Kahn Nov 10, 2020 6:25 am PST

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.

One of Phish’s oldest original songs, “Harry Hood” made its live debut in 1985, and according to Phish.net data, has been played by the band 392 times. Almost five years passed after its debut before the band selected “Harry Hood” during one of their encores in January 1990. Over the next three decades, Phish encored with “Harry Hood” only 33 additional times, one of which was the memorable finale on Fall Tour 1995 at The Fox Theatre in Atlanta.

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The encore at The Fox on November 10, 1995 was the ninth time Phish selected “Hood” in that slot and the first time since October 1994. The unexpected “Hood” encore punctuated the second show of a three-night run at The Fox, which was the band’s penultimate show at the historic Atlanta venue where they played once prior in 1994.

Getting to the encore that night came after two sets, the first of which kicked off with “Bouncing Around the Room.” Set one also presented the third live performance of “Taste That Surrounds,” the reworked “Fog That Surrounds” that later evolved back into its original “Taste” form. Set two started with “Free,” which debuted during Summer Tour 1995 and at that point had only been performed 18 times prior. The second set’s standout moment came during the “You Enjoy Myself” when Phish segued into “Crossroads” before going back to “YEM.” At the time it was Phish’s fourth instance covering Robert Johnson’s blues staple, which happened only five more times and not since 1998.

The encore was set up by a +10-minute “AC/DC Bag” and unamplified acapella “Sweet Adeline” closer. Phish then returned to The Fox stage and delivered a superb “Harry Hood” as the lone song of the encore.

The reggae-ish “Hood” intro stretches out a bit as Page McConnell plays a piano part similar to Bob Marley’s “Jammin’” while patiently building to the first “Harry!” shout. The band then charges into the “Thank you Mr. Minor” section, dynamically pulsing through the sequence into the blissful “Thank you Mr. Hood” resolution. Guitarist Trey Anastasio then steers the group into a quiet improvisation, tenderly plucking notes for several passages with minimal accompaniment from the others onstage.

Eventually, Anastasio’s playing increases in volume and texture while drummer Jon Fishman responds in kind. Bassist Mike Gordon begins to fill in the low end and McConnell’s piano counters Trey’s gradually intensifying approach. All four musicians are in full throttle by the time they hit the “Harry Hood” signature soaring peak, riding Trey’s sustained note into the gloriously reassuring “You can feel good” crescendo conclusion.

Click below to start listening to the “Harry Hood” encore Phish played on November 10, 1995 below:

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