With all the excitement brewing over the upcoming Halloween Phish festival, let’s take a look back to see why Halloween is such a special day in Phish lore. For the 1996 celebration, as has become tradition, Phish sandwiched a ‘muscial costume’ set (a full album covered front to back) in between 2 full-length original sets. That year, the band took on The Talking Heads classic album ‘Remain in Light’. This show is just a monster – the band brings out part of the Giant Country Horns for the 2nd and 3rd sets and, by the time the night ends, bust out YEM, DWD, Reba, Forbin’s/Mockingbird, Brother, 2001, Simple, and a fitting Frankenstein encore. Without further ado, enjoy!
Phish ~ 10/31/96 ~ The Omni ~ Atlanta, GA
Set 1: Sanity, Highway to Hell, Down with Disease > You Enjoy Myself > Prince Caspian, Reba, Colonel Forbin’s Ascent > Fly Famous Mockingbird, Character Zero, The Star Spangled Banner*
Set 2: Born Under Punches (The Heat Goes On), Crosseyed and Painless, The Great Curve, Once In A Lifetime, Houses in Motion, Seen and Not Seen, Listening Wind, Overload
Set 3: Brother**, Also Sprach Zarathustra** > Maze**, Simple** > Swept Away > Steep** >
Jesus Left Chicago***, Suzie Greenberg***, E: Frankenstein***
*Acapella. Second set with Dave Grippo (saxaphone), Gary Gazaway (trombone) and Karl Perazzo
(percussionist from Santana). **With Karl Perazzo. ***With Dave Grippo, Karl Perazzo, and Gary Gazaway.
Here are a few choice Talking Heads covers from the show: