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Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Phish: Sessions at W. 54th 10.20.98



We're back with week 4 of our Phish summer tour rarities, b-sides and live shows. Today brings us Phish's amazing performance in 1998 at Sessions @ W. 54th. Hosted by David Byrne of the Talking Heads, Sessions was an incredible show for real musicians. It has since ended, unfortunately, the studio having been owned by Sony only to break it apart and sell it piece by piece. It makes sense as we see all these entertainment conglomerates fall to pieces, but between CBGB, Sessions, and whatever else may be disappearing, it's clear that the glory days of music in New York City may be fading.

So before it happens entirely, enjoy the complete Sessions session (including Albuquerque). Keep checking back each week for a new installment of rare or live phish as we creep closer and closer to the back leg of the tour!

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Setlist:
Sleep#
Frankie Says
Ghost
Roggae
Guyute
Wading in the Velvet Sea
Driver#
Albuquerque*
Birds of a Feather
Piper
Taste**

Played for "Sessions at West 54th," a PBS series hosted by David Byrne (of Talking Heads). "Birds," "Ghost," and "Taste" were broadcast January 9, 1999 on the program, in addition to interviews with the band about fan taping and the Halloween musical costumes. #Acoustic. *Played (acoustic) while tapes were being changed; was not taped. (BUT DON'T WORRY, IT'S INCLUDED HERE!) **Quasi-encore: Phish had finished their written setlist (though skipping "The Moma Dance," which was on the list given to the cameramen) and had some time left ("Ghost" was only 10 minutes long). After a flood of audience requests (including many for Byrne to sit in), Trey said, "Okay, let's just play Taste," at Page's suggestion.

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