This year’s Phish Halloween extravaganza was held in Atlantic City, NJ just a couple of stones throw away from Philly. The shows that Phish play on Halloween have become legendary for their covering of a full album. It all started in 1994 when they played The Beatles’ White Album; in 1995 they played The Who’s Quadrophenia. With records including Talking Head’s Remain In Light, The Velvet Underground’s Loaded, and The Rolling Stones’ Exile On Main Street, one of eight records they played in its entirety in 2009 over the course of several Halloween weekend concerts.
Last night the band ended their three night stand at Boardwalk Hall by playing Little Feat’s 1979 classic double live album Waiting For Columbus. The performance of the album was a bittersweet affair given Little Feat’s drummer Richie Hayward’s recent passing from his battle with lung cancer.
Jambands.com reported on the show:
“We may have learned more from Little Feat than any other band,” Trey Anastasio says. Mike Gordon adds of the band’s early days, “I liked that Trey’s originals were getting strange, but I said I wanted to balance it with some gutsy bluesy music. And the example I gave was, ‘I’d like to play a Little Feat song from time to time.” Phish regularly covered Little Feat’s “Skin it Back,” “Time Loves a Hero” and the group’s arrangement of Allen Toussaint’s “On Your Way Down” during its early years. The members of Phish revived both “Time Loves a Hero” and “On Your Way Down” in the late ‘90s.
Throughout most of the set, the members of Phish were backed by percussionist Giovanni Hidalgo. The noted Latin jazz musicians has performed with the likes of Dizzy Gillespie, Paul Simon, Sammy Hagar and Mickey Hart, among many others. A five-person horn section featuring members of the interconnected collectives Antibalas (Aaron Johnson, Stuart Bogie, Eric Biondo) and the Dap-Kings (Michael Leonhart, Ian Hendrickson) also augmented the band at various points throughout the night. Phish also utilized members of the Dap-Kings on Halloween last October.
In addition to covering the Feats’s Columbus, the band covered the Edgar Winter Band’s “Frankenstein,” “Spooky” by either Classics IV or the Atlanta Rhythm Section (depending on whose version of it you like that best) and Stevie Wonder’s “Boogie On Reggae Woman.”
The biggest highlight of the night though was the Little Feat album with MP3’s you can listen to at coverme.com
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