‘Naked Dude’ Crashes Phish Stage In Madison On Fall Tour 1998

By Andy Kahn Nov 6, 2020 6:44 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.

Phish’s Fall Tour 1998 brought the band to the Midwest for a run of shows that began on November 6 at the University Of Wisconsin’s Kohl Center. The band’s only appearance at the Kohl Center was their ninth concert, and most recent to date, in the Wisconsin capital.

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The second set that night was disrupted by a nude man who jumped on stage during “Prince Caspian.” Two shows later, in the middle of three nights in Chicago, the “naked dude” was referenced in what became permanently altered lyrics to “Carini.”

A previous JamBase article described the events of November 6, 1998 that followed the seven-song first set highlighted by the closing “Split Open And Melt”:

The overbearing presence of security guards during setbreak was met with a “Makisupa Policeman” second set opening selection, Trey Anastasio taking a dig at the authority figures by inserting “university rent-a-cop” as the keyword. Unfortunately during “Prince Caspian” the heavy security force was unable to stop a man from jumping on stage – with no clothes on – and he had to be wrestled off stage by then drum tech Pete Carini. An inspired jam ensued with drummer Jon Fishman shouting in encouragement as the intensity rose.

Prior to Carini forcibly removing the naked man from the Kohl Center stage, the opening lyrics to the song “Carini” were sung:

I saw you with Carini and that piece of ass
You built your house with windows
But those windows had no glass
Lucy had a lumpy head
Lucy took a walk, now Lucy’s dead

Starting with the November 8, 1998 show at UIC in Chicago, Trey now sings:

I saw you with Carini and that naked dude
I couldn’t eat my food
Lucy had a lumpy head
Lucy took a walk, now Lucy’s dead

As noted in the previous “naked dude” coverage, regardless of Trey’s fist pump, jumping on stage with, or without, clothes on is definitely not encouraged. Below are videos of the “Simple” leading into “Prince Caspian” sequence (naked dude crashes the stage at 17:00) and footage of the entire second set (don’t miss the “Bike”):


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