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Published: 2010/10/31

Update: Phish Covers Little Feat

Phish covered Little Feat’s 1978 live album Waiting For Columbus last night, as first revealed by a Phishbill handed out to fans. The double album includes “Time Love A Hero,” a song Phish covered regularly in the 1980s. The band revived the song in 1998, 2002 and, most recently, in 2010. The album also features favorites like “Dixie Chicken” and “Spanish Moon.” Phish has also covered Allen Toussaint’s “On Your Way Down”—a song Little Feat made famous—many times.

In the program, written by rock critic David Fricke, Trey Anastasio explains, “We may have learned more from Little Feat than any other band.” Little Feat drummer and co-founder Richie Hayward died this past August. and Phish drummer Jon Fishman offers a tribute to him in the Phishbill. The album’s classic jam mixture of boogie and funky rock-and-roll fits with Phish’s current style.

For the album cover the group was joined by members of the Antibalas horns, who are in the same extended family of players as Sharon Jones who joined Phish last Halloween. Percussionist Giovanni Hidalgo also sat in for most of the segment.

Here’s a look at the setlist via Phish.net

Atlantic City Boardwalk Hall, Atlantic City, NJ

Set 1: Frankenstein1, Big Black Furry Creature from Mars, Ghost -> Spooky, The Divided Sky, Roses Are Free > Funky Bitch, Boogie On Reggae Woman, Stash, Character Zero

Set 2: Fat Man in the Bathtub2, All That You Dream2, Oh Atlanta2, Old Folks Boogie3, Time Loves a Hero4 -> Day or Night3, Mercenary Territory3, Spanish Moon3, Dixie Chicken3 -> Tripe Face Boogie2, Rocket in My Pocket3, Willin’[5], Don’t Bogart That Joint6, A Apolitical Blues2, Sailin’ Shoes2, Feats Don’t Fail Me Now3

Set 3: Down with Disease > Back on the Train > Gotta Jibboo, Camel Walk, Suzy Greenberg, Wilson > Harry Hood > The Horse > Silent in the Morning, You Enjoy Myself

Encore: Julius4

[1] Page on keytar.
[2] Phish debut; Giovanni Hidalgo on percussion.
[3] Phish debut; Giovanni Hidalgo on percussion and Aaron Johnson, Stuart Bogie, Ian Hendrickson, Michael Leonhart and Eric Biondo on horns.
[4] Giovanni Hidalgo on percussion and Aaron Johnson, Stuart Bogie, Ian Hendrickson, Michael Leonhart and Eric Biondo on horns.
[5] Phish debut; Page on bass, Mike on piano, Trey on drums and Fish on vocals.
[6] Phish debut; A cappella

Notes: Page performed Frankenstein on keytar. Spooky was performed for the first time since 4/14/93 (751 shows). The second set “musical costume” was Little Feat’s 1978 Waiting for Columbus. Join the Band (the first track of Waiting for Columbus) was played over the PA before the start of the second set. Subsequently, Phish was introduced as “Little Feat” before Fat Man in the Bathtub. All of the songs in the second set other than Time Loves a Hero were Phish debuts. All of the songs in the second set, other than Don’t Bogart That Joint and Willin’, featured Giovanni Hidalgo on percussion. A five piece horn section consisting of Aaron Johnson, Stuart Bogie, Ian Hendrickson, Michael Leonhart and Eric Biondo joined the band for Old Folks Boogie, Time Loves a Hero, Day or Night, Mercenary Territory, Spanish Moon, Dixie Chicken, Rocket in My Pocket and Feats Don’t Fail Me Now. Willin’ featured Page on bass, Mike on piano, Trey on drums and Fish on vocals. Prior to the piano solo at the beginning of Willin’, Fish remarked, “That should be Paul Barrère.” Don’t Bogart That Joint was performed a cappella. Trey introduced the guest musicians before Feats Don’t Fail Me Now. At the conclusion of the second set, the entire band marched the perimeter of the floor. Disease was initially botched and had to be restarted, prompting Fish to declare, “This one’s off our album.” Julius featured Hidalgo and the Waiting for Columbus horn section.

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bupop March 10, 2011, 22:06:51

I can’t say I was dissapointed in the ‘costume’ I was holding out for Zep or Radiohead. I’ve simply never listened to any meaningful amount of Little Feat and thus couldn’t really relate to the music as well as the others. As for sets 1 and 2? Holy freakin shit people! The blasts from the keytar during Phranken was great- as was a killer Divided Sky.

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