You Can Feel Good: 6 Standout Versions Of Phish Performing ‘Harry Hood’


Members of Phish resided at a house in Burlington, Vermont across the street from a bottling plant for American dairy company Hood in 1985 that inspired guitarist Trey Anastasio to write one of the most beloved classics in the band’s repertoire. The first known version of “Harry Hood” was performed by Phish on October 30, 1985 and according to the song has been played 391 additional times since.

The JamBase Live Video Archive (JBLVA) contains over 145 videos featuring Phish performances of “Harry Hood.” With so many versions on the JBLVA spanning 19872019, this installment of the JamBase List points out six standout renditions of “Harry Hood” for your viewing pleasure. While most are notable for exploratory jamming, there’s also a must-see version featuring a handful of special guests and another that includes a tribute to crew member Leigh Fordham.

Watch our choices and be sure to use the JBLVA to check out many others:

Omaha, Nebraska | November 16, 1996

Phish made their first and only visit to Omaha, Nebraska on November 16, 1996 for a performance at the Civic Auditorium. The quartet were clearly having fun throughout the night, as they paid tribute to members of their crew including Leigh Fordham and fit such rarities as “Catapult,” “Kung” and “The Vibration Of Light” into the setlist. Fordham was honored during a top-shelf version of “Harry Hood” in the second set, which came after shoutouts to Leigh towards the end of “Axilla.” Phish changed the “Hood” lyrics as part of the “Harry, where do you go when the lights go out” line to reference “Leigh” and “Fordham.”

The jam section of the Omaha “Harry Hood” is notable for one of the longest notes sustained on a Phish stage. Guitarist Trey Anastasio lets a note ring out for nearly three minutes giving keyboardist Page McConnell a rare chance to solo during “Hood.” Drummer Jon Fishman bashes away at his kit while Trey’s note hangs to the delight of the crowd. Anastasio has a shit-eating grin as he continues to sustain the single note before Phish brings “Harry Hood” to a mighty conclusion.

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New York, New York | December 30, 1997

The penultimate night of Phish’s four-night New Year’s Run at Madison Square Garden in New York City to end 1997 was a special show from the start through the conclusion. Phish kicked off the concert with their first cover of “Sneakin’ Sally Through The Alley” since May 28, 1989 — a span of 920 shows. “Sneakin’ Sally” would be reprised as part of a four-song encore that also included “Carini,” “Black-Eyed Katy” and “Frankenstein.” With so many highlights, it’d be easy to sleep on the version of “Harry Hood” in the second set but that would be a mistake.

Earlier in the year, at The Gorge, Trey asked LD Chris Kuroda to turn off the lights during “Harry Hood” so the band “can just have the outdoor vibe here.” The feat was repeated at the Great Went festival a few weeks later and fans engaged in one of the most memorable glow stick wars ever. Kuroda dimmed the lights at the start of the “Hood” jam on December 30, 1997 at MSG and audience members let glow sticks fly. Phish patiently built the improvisation to a rolling boil at which point the quartet transitioned from the song’s usual major-key bliss to a dark minor-key sequence. Anastasio let the fretboard fireworks fly as Phish initiated a segue into “My Soul” and left “Harry Hood” unfinished. The video above is missing “My Soul,” yet contains the full transition right into the first notes of the Clifton Chenier cover.

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Antioch, Tennessee | June 22, 2000

On June 22, 2000, Phish kicked off the North American leg of their summer tour with a guest-filled performance at the Amsouth Amphitheatre in Antioch, Tennessee. The band began the evening’s second set by treating fans to a potent run of “Gotta Jibboo” into “Also Sprach Zarathrustra” into “Sand” before embarking on an unusual “Harry Hood.” While the song started in typical fashion, Phish soon shocked concertgoers by transitioning into “Dog Faced Boy.” The four-piece then picked up right where they left off in “Hood” and still had more surprises in store.

Phish welcomed bluegrass legend Sam Bush on fiddle, mandolinist Ronnie McCoury and banjo player Robbie McCoury to join them for a “Hood” unlike any other. The bluegrass instrumentation gave the song a particularly cool feel. Bush played a gorgeous riff that Anastasio immediately picked up on and the musicians engaged in a bit of call-and-response. All seven musicians contributed to building the “Harry Hood” jam to a breathtaking crescendo. Phish’s guests stuck around to add to versions of “I’m Blue, I’m Lonesome,” “Hold Watcha Got” and “Uncle Pen” that also featured Del McCoury, Ricky Skaggs, Mike Bub and Jason Carter before the set concluded with Wynonna handling lead vocals on the only electric cover of Lynyrd Skynyrd’s “Free Bird” in Phish history.

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Charlotte, North Carolina | July 25, 2003

The longest version of “Harry Hood” in Phish history scored high on both the quantity and quality scales. Phish took “Hood” deep for nearly 30 minutes towards the end of their second set on July 25, 2003 at Charlotte’s Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre. The extremely adventurous rendition saw the band explore vast terrain as they quickly broke through into “Type II” territory. One of the more interesting segments was a groovy, funk-laden jam space featuring hints of “Manteca.” Phish then connected on a rock-heavy progession in which Anastasio shredded and McConnell put his Clavinet to good use before returning to the funk.

The must-hear Charlotte 2003 “Harry Hood” also contains spacey and ambient improvisation in between rocking segments. Eventually, Phish remembers what song they were playing and ends “Hood” in typical fashion after a most atypical run through the beloved tune.

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Mansfield, Massachusetts | July 1, 2014

The mid and late-2010s were a great era for “Harry Hood” filled with “Type II” versions. One of the takes that began the trend took place at the Xfinity Center in Mansfield, Massachusetts on July 1, 2014. The concert kicked off the band’s 25-show summer tour and included a majestic “Hood” as the penultimate song of the evening’s second set.

Phish swiftly blew past the normal structure of the “Harry Hood” jam with impressive results. The interplay between the four members of the band was stellar, making for a true “Team Phish” affair with each doing their part to move the improvisation in multiple exciting directions for well over 10 minutes.

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Providence, Rhode Island | November 30, 2019

Last November, Phish opened a brief fall tour with two nights at the Dunkin’ Donuts Center in Providence, Rhode Island. The second show — which took place on November 30, 2019 — was highlighted by a must-see “Harry Hood.” Anastasio shines throughout as he leads the quartet into bliss-laden territory and then unleashes one powerful burst of riffs after another reminicent of his “machine gun” style of the 1990s. The 15-minute version ends with a return to the standard “Hood” structure at which point Trey delivers more fretboard fireworks to the delight of the crowd.

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