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Thursday, May 14, 2009

Revisiting Phil & Phriends, April 1999



Every so often a show, or series of shows come along to make you wish you'd been a part of them. Pink Floyd at Giza Plateau. Led Zepplin or David Bowie in LA some 30 plus years ago now. The Dead at Cornell in '77. Hendrix at Woodstock. Icons.

Sadly, most modern shows don't even come close. I was fortunate enough to be at Big Cypress in 1999 when Phish played for a whole night (literally, from midnight til sunrise). But that's about it for me. Nothing has come close to that experience (though seeing the now-infamous "Moby Dick" set at Deer Creek in 2000 could really give it a run for it's money.)

Short long of all this? My friend Steph recently asked me to re-up the Phil Lesh and (super) Phriends shows from 1999. While I wasn't at these shows, they are easily some of my favorites to listen to. And for any of you heads out there that always wanted to see your two favorite bands collide, well, that was your chance. I was a junior in high school living in Missouri, what's your excuse?



Comprised of Phil Lesh, Trey Anastasio, Page McConnell, Donna Jean Godchaux-MacKay and Steve Kimmock (to name a few), it was easy to assume these shows would be memorable ones. What everyone didn't expect was just how damn good they were going to be. After the setlists, follow the link for download.

4.15.99

Set 1:
Viola Lee Blues
Big Railroad Blues
Jack-A-Roe
Cosmic Charlie
Wolfmans Brother> Space> Uncle John's Band> Jam

Set 2:
Alabama Getaway
Sugaree
Like a Rolling Stone> I Know You Rider
Row Jimmy
Shakedown Street
The Wheel
Not Fade Away

Encore:
Mr Tambourine Man

4.16.99

Set 1:
Help On The Way (Trey)> Slipknot!> Franklin's Tower (Page)
Wish You Were Here
Tennessee Jed (Trey)
Stella Blue (instrumental)
Alligator

Set 2:
*Bertha (Trey and Donna)
Prince Caspian (Trey)
St. Stephen> The Eleven
Unbroken Chain
Chalkdust Torture (Trey)
Mountains of the Moon
*Scarlet Begonias (Trey and Donna)> *Fire On The Mountain (Trey and Donna)

Encore: Ripple (acoustic)

4.17.99


Set 1:
Dark Star (instrumental)> It's Up To You (instrumental)
Days Between> Dark Star (1st verse)> My Favorite Things (instrumental)
*Mississippi Half-Step
*Bird Song (Page)

Set 2:

Terrapin Station> Down With Disease> Dark Star
Friend Of The Devil
Casey Jones (Trey)
Morning Dew> *Going Down The Road Feeling Bad> And We Bid You Goodnight

Encore:
Box Of Rain

Are you as excited to hear these as I first was? Yeah, thought so. download here and enjoy!

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