Monday, May 23, 2011

Jam Band Spotlight: Phish

Words By Greg Molitor (ReMIND Photography)

It’s time to call your show friends, get your travel gear ready, and fire up the ol’ van... Phish tour begins this week! Phish simply IS this generation’s jam band. Through two hiatuses we’ve learned that the jam scene just isn’t the same without the quirky foursome on the road pleasing its fans. The proof is in the numbers, and no other touring act in our scene consistently attracts a following like these guys. Phish’s summer tour officially starts this Friday, May 27th, in Bethel, NY, and continues until September 4th, where the band will finish their tour in Commerce City, CO. Phish also will be throwing their 9th Phish festival, Superball IX, at Watkins Glen in New York over The Fourth of July weekend. To celebrate the band’s return to the road, I’ve selected a handful of videos highlighting a few of my favorite Phish tunes to get y’all in the mood for the celebrations that will be happening all summer. Enjoy!

’98 was a banner year for Phish as the band dug into some phunky ass grooves all year long. Here’s a killer version of “Tube”, the first song played during their ’98 Island Tour.

Another gem from ’98, here’s Phish busting out a concise, rockin’ version of “Piper”. This video is a part of a PBS Series, “Sessions from West 54th”, which was hosted by The Talking Heads frontman David Byrne.

From the Europe ’97 Tour, here the boys are steppin’ into the freezer with the crowd favorite, “Tweezer”. This 10 minute version has the band bustin’ out some serious grooves with that certain playfulness Phish fans have grown to love over the years.

Of course, no “Tweezer” is complete without its “Tweezer Reprise”. Check out this “Halley’s Comet > Tweezer Reprise” from the ’98 Island Tour that has the crowd going absolutely nuts by the end of the performance. Happy Phishin’, everyone!


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