Phish to Release 7/31/99 for Japan
Phish will release its July 31, 1999 performance at the Fuji Rock Festival in Niigata, Japan as a CD and download. 100% of the funds will benefit Peace Winds America/Peace Winds Japan’s efforts to bring relief to the people of Japan. Peace Winds is on the ground providing food, clothing, medicines and temporary shelter to survivors of the Great East Japan Earthquake and Tsunami.
7/31/99 was recorded by Paul Languedoc and mastered by Fred Kevorkian. The show was part of Phish’s first ever trip to Japan. Fuji Rock Festival designed the “Field Of Heaven” stage for Phish to play three consecutive nights of complete, two-set headline shows. This release features Phish’s entire show from July 31, 1999 – the middle, Saturday night as well as “What’s The Use?” from their soundcheck on July 29.
The band explains:
Set one had many high points including standout performances of “My Friend, My Friend”, “Back On The Train”, “Limb By Limb” and “Character Zero”. Set two started in the stratosphere with a “2001” > “David Bowie” opener that proved the most experimental music played at Fuji Rock transposed against the gentle beauty of “Wading In The Velvet Sea”. Set two also featured one of the all-time great renditions of “Prince Caspian”, a smoking “Fluffhead” and mystical “Simple”. The encore provided a chance for friend and fellow musician Nawang Khechog to address the crowd about Tibetan human rights and perform with Fish on vacuum for a meditative jam with Fish and with the whole band on flute for a special “Brian And Robert”. Japan proved a perfect host for Phish, the Field Of Heaven has survived ever since as part of Fuji Rock Festival and Phish has maintained a strong connection with Japan, weaving Japanese lyrics into “The Meatstick” as recently as New Year’s Eve 2010-2011.
7/31/99 will be released as a download via livephish.com on April 15 and on CD on May 10.