Zim here, filling in as your humble VeeJay for Guy Forget (though admittedly no one is a tighter VeeJay than Guy). With the ending of a short but fiery Trey tour (covered by us last week), heads begin to turn forward to New Years. But before we look forward, let us look back one last time. As you probably know, Phish did yet another solid for its loyal fans by posting professional video of a new song each gig. If you haven’t seen them yet, drop what you’re doing and check them out now. If you have, allow me to focus your attention on a few cuts that may flown under your radar thus far, but deserve attention.
Here is the Cars Trucks Buses from Raleigh to open the show. A totally flawless, locked in, ripping version of the classic instrumental:
Next we have this special Possum from Ohio, featuring a funky slow-down section harkening back to the early 90’s. As all know, this version was so good that the band decided to retire the song for the remainder of the tour, leading angry fans to carry Possum signs from show to show, demanding the return of their favorite rarity. Keep up the phaith, phans!
An underwhelming second set caused this Camden show to be underrated by most, which may mean some of you have missed out on the blazing ‘Paug and this fantastic, extended, soulful Curtain With:
By now, everyone has heard Phish’s only original debut of the tour, Steam. But have you seen it? (On weed?) If not, prepare to get foggy:
And finally, sometimes they want us to be happy. And sometimes they want to fuck with us. This gem coming in the middle of a Mike’s Groove in Hollywood is a prime example of both: