, attached to 1998-10-03

Review by TwiceBitten

TwiceBitten I feel like this show is often forgotten when discussions of the best shows of 1998 come up, but do yourself a favor and check it out. It starts out with very well played versions of Birds of a Feather, Farmhouse and Moma Dance. The Runaway Jim is 20 minutes long (including the "Arc" noise jam with Neil Young at the end). Great version! This segues monumentally into the only Phish version of Young's "Down By The River." The interplay between Neil and Trey is really fantastic. You should watch this on Youtube to get the full effect. I remember reading that Neil asked the boys to become his touring band after this performance, but they had to respectfully decline. The rest of the set, with Willie Nelson, et al. is more of a curio and shows what it would be like if Phish was simply a backing band. I come back to this tape (sourced from the Farm Aid TV broadcast) time and time again, and you should too. Just another reason that 1998 stands out as a peak year for Phish.


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