Phil Lesh Covers Phish, Other Halloween-themed Songs At Terrapin Crossroads
Phil Lesh covered a number of Halloween-themed songs at last night’s show at Terrapin Crossroads. Lesh was joined by his sons Grahame Lesh and Brian Lesh, as well as Ross James, Scott Padden, Rob Barraco, Barry Sless, John Molo and Peter Rowan. The show took place in the venue’s restaurant because the Grate Room is currently closed for renovations.
The first set consisted of almost all Peter Rowan songs, such as “Pulling the Devil by the Tail,” “Fetch Wood Carry Water,” “Midnight Moonlight” and the Old and In The Way tune “Land of the Navajo.” The only exception was a cover of Jimmie Rodgers’ “Mule Skinner Blues.” Rowan took on vocal duties on each track.
The second set was when the real treats came. After an opening “Spanish Jam,” the band played Warren Zevon’s “Werewolves of London,” a song that the Grateful Dead and Jerry Garcia Band used to play on Halloween. Then, they covered Ryan Adams’ “Halloween Head” (Lesh covers a number of Adams songs with his different projects) and, of course, Bobby Pickett’s “Monster Mash.” Next, came a version of Phish’s “Wolfman’s Brother.” Lesh has played the song before, but it’s still quite the rarity. It was followed by a rendition of the polka classic “Roll Out the Barrel.” Lesh also covered AC/DC’s “Highway To Hell,” then played a version of The Band’s “This Wheel’s On Fire.” The restaurant gave out free grilled cheese sandwiches to the crowd during “New Speedway Boogie.” The show ended with a segue from the theme from Ghostbusters into “Scarlet Begonias” and “Fire on the Mountain” combo. You can view Phil Lesh’s full Halloween setlist below.
Phil Lesh and Friends, October 31, 2012, Terrapin Crossroads, San Rafael, CA setlist via Deadheadland
Pulling the Devil by the Tail
Fetch Wood Carry Water
Mule Skinner Blues
Land of the Navajo
Werewolves of London
Roll Out the Barrel
Highway To Hell
This Wheel’s On Fire
New Speedway Boogie (With free grilled cheese)
Fire on the Mountain