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Published: 2007/10/17

Phish to Release Vegas 96

As previously reported, Phish will once again dip into its archives this fall to release Vegas 96 via its own JEMP records on November 20 . The three-disc set documents the Vermont quartet’s Las Vegas debut on December 6, 1996, the final date of an extended 35-date fall tour. In celebration, the group invited out a number of special guests, including Les Claypool and Primus guitarist Larry LaLonde, a group of yodelers, actor Courtney Gains, Nitty Gritty Dirt Band multi-instrumentalist John McEuen and a slew of Elvis impersonators onstage during a series of lengthy narratives and segues based around ‘Harpua.’ The story included in ‘Harpua’ in generally considered one of Phish’s best theatrical moments and set the tone for the group’s later Las Vegas performances, which featured guests like Kid Rock and rarities ranging from ‘Esther’ to ‘Walfredo.’ A limited edition version of the album will also be released featuring a DVD of archival footage and an extensive 40-page boundbook featuring photos from the show.

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