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Performances Song History Lyrics

Roadhouse Blues

Music/Lyrics: Densmore, Krieger, Manzarek, Morrison

Vocals: Trey

Original Artist: The Doors

Original Album: Morrison Hotel (1970)

Debut: 1983-12-02

Historian: Mockingbird Staff

Along with The Who’s “Squeeze Box,” “Roadhouse Blues” is a song that was discovered to have been covered by Phish only many years later. Jeff, Trey, Mike, and Fish ran through this Doors cover during the first set of the first-ever Phish performance on 12/2/83

The Doors, "Roadhouse Blues"

While covers of Motown and ‘70s rock songs may please a college audience now, most college audiences in 1983 wanted nothing of the sort. A recording of Phish's performance of this song does not circulate, though all accounts indicate it pleased few in attendance. Following the set, it wasn’t Little Feat or The Dead that drifted out of the P.A., but Michael Jackson. And as many fans know, the band’s playing at this gig was eventually drowned out a bit into their second set (during Hendrix’s “Fire”) by The Gloved One’s then-hit album, Thriller

Like "Squeeze Box" this song never again made an appearance on the Phish stage. If either are ever busted-out it would represent by far the largest ever gap between performances (1500+ and counting).

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