Happy Halloween! Pretty easy to come up with a pick-me-up theme for this week. Let’s take a trip down 10/31 memory lane. We’ll start with the first musical costume, the Beatles’ White Album. Here’s Trey being anything but gentle with While My Guitar Gently Weeps:
Fast forward a year, and Trey looks like a completely different man. But any doubt about his identity is wiped away by his solo in 5:15, which he shreds like wheat. Just nasty.
Okay, one more Trey guitar clinic. And IMO, this is the most clinical of all: The Great Curve, from Talking Heads’ Remain in Light, which Phish of course covered on Halloween ’96. The video footage disappears for part of it, and you’ll have to put up with some Crosseyed pre-filler, but man, is it worth it.
Whew. I don’t know about you, but I need a breather. This version of Oh! Sweet Nuthin’, from the 10/31/98 cover of the Velvet Underground’s Loaded, will give you one – but only for a few minutes, before it rages. Beware.
Okay. You know the story from here: no Halloween show in ’99, the band takes a hiatus, no show in ’03, the band breaks up, 2009 comes along, yada yada yada, Festival 8. I would’ve shared Shine a Light if there were a better video, because honestly, that version, with Sharon Jones’s heartbreaking vocals, is, to me, one of the most emotionally powerful moments in Phish history. This Loving Cup is no slouch, though.
A two-pack from last year’s Atlantic City run:
And one more Halloween bonus, because we could all use a little 10/31/94 Reba in our lives.