Monday Morning Video Pick Me Up: Summer Covers

Continuing with Adam’s “Jukebox Heroes” theme, I wanted to take a little video jaunt through Phish’s summer jukebox. I do this partly because the band has kept us entertained this month with a host of covers old and new, and partly because not many videos of the bigger jams from this tour have surfaced yet.

Let’s get it started with an old Phish favorite: Roses Are Free. This version, from the band’s Friday night set at the Outside Lands festival in San Francisco, is notable mainly for the way it emanates out of the Piper jam.

Next up, Elton John’s Rocket Man, which the band busted out in response to dozens of yellow paper rockets that fans had scattered through the audience and held up.

David Bowie’s Life On Mars?, which had disappeared from rotation, seems to be back, following the Superball version and this one from Outside Lands:

Another brand new cover provided the most memorable segment of the Hollywood Bowl show. Be sure to check out Chris Kuroda’s masterful use of the Bowl’s nooks and crannies, visible at the beginning of the video before 50 Ways To Leave Your Lover begins.

Of the covers Phish has added to the repertoire in 3.0, TV on the Radio’s Golden Age has most reliably come laced with some improvisation. Though this version from Tahoe is short, it does not disappoint.

One more Tahoe selection: the band’s third-ever performance of John Lennon’s Instant Karma!

And finally, the jam of Leg 2 so far, the Gorge’s Rock and Roll.