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Published: 2012/11/01

Page McConnell and The Meter Men Revisit ’80s Phish Rehearsals

Photos by Dino Perrucci

With Phish off the road this fall, Page McConnell celebrated Halloween at New York’s BB King Blues Club last night. The keyboardist performed with The Meter Men, a trio featuring original Meters bassist George Porter Jr., guitarist Leo Nocentelli and drummer Ziggy Modeliste. The Meter Men plan to play a handful of shows in the coming months with a variety of keyboardists subbing for Art Neville, who has taken a hiatus from touring with The Meters.

Last night’s Meter Men performance was part of a four-show run with McConnell. Before the series of shows, the band asked McConnell which Phish songs he wanted to play. Instead of Phish songs, McConnell asked the band to relearn some old Meters numbers the band has rarely played since the late ‘60s. In particular, McConnell asked the band to perform the 1969 Meters track “Pungee,” a song Phish used to play during rehearsals in the ‘80s. The Vermont Quartet would jam to the song on their stereo, then turn the volume down to a low level, jam by themselves and turn the volume back up to see where they were in regards to the recordings. Phish also played the song during a few soundchecks, but the band has never performed the number live. The members of The Meters have also shied away from playing the song several decades before McConnell asked them to relearn the songs.

McConnell and The Meter Men will return to BB King Blues Club this evening.


There are 8 comments associated with this post

Scott Bernstein November 1, 2012, 11:55:41

The setlist in the photo is correct, except for the fact that the band substituted “Ain’t No Use” for “Chug A Lug”. There was a setbreak after “Hey Pocky Way”. (Also “The World” = “The World Is A Little Bit Under The Weather”

Scott Bernstein November 1, 2012, 12:25:13

Also “People Say” was played as the encore….

dankerator November 1, 2012, 12:45:25

looks like the same set as tues in beantown!! zigabooboo!!

Adam November 1, 2012, 13:37:19

Here’s my video of “Just Kissed My Baby” from the front…

Sean November 1, 2012, 15:21:48

What time did they go on, and what time did it end?

Aaron Olson November 1, 2012, 16:21:54

Not the same setlist (although close). Funkify Your Life and Funky Miracle were not played in Boston. I hope they play both of these tomorrow night in DC! I got a Funky Miracle at Jazzfest, but haven’t ever heard them play Funkify Your Life. You can hear George Porter Jr. click on his envelope filter at the end of Hey Pocky Way on the youtube video that was posted earlier today, as they segue from D into A.

Marc Millman November 2, 2012, 09:05:00

You can find 1080p HD videos from both nights here:

Aaron Olson November 2, 2012, 13:06:48

Thanks for uploading the video, Marc! I must point out that they actually played Funky Miracle into the Handclapping song and not Pungee, as you have it listed. This article was very interesting and well written- thank you for posting. I’m not really sure how Phish rehearsals from the 80s are relavant since they’re playing all Meters songs and Page is really just sitting in? Anyway, can’t wait for the show tonight!!!

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