Video Explains The Story Behind Phish Classic ‘Sleeping Monkey’

By Scott Bernstein Sep 2, 2016 12:09 pm PDT

On July 23 Phish brought the main leg of their 2016 Summer Tour to a close at the Sleep Train Amphitheatre in Chula Vista, California. The show ended with a “Sleeping Monkey”/”Tweezer Reprise” encore that included words of wisdom from guitarist Trey Anastasio about the genesis of the former.

At the beginning of “Sleeping Monkey” Anastasio advises fans to Google “Sleeping monkey revived at train station in India by friend” to find out what the song is about. Intrepid Phish fan Jon Schroeder finally paired the footage of the revived monkey with the audio of “Sleeping Monkey” from Chula Vista for our viewing pleasure. Take a look:

Tonight Phish kicks off a three-night stand at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park in Commerce City, Colorado. Live webcasts of all three shows are available via

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