Weekend Nuggets: Fuji Rock ’99


fujiThis weekend we have the two headlining gigs from Phish’s first trip to Japan in Summer ’99.  Playing on the isolated “Field of Heaven” stage, Phish treated the predominantly Japanese audience with two blistering shows, carrying their momentum from their extensive US tour to the Far East.  Highlights abound throughout these two shows, including two phenomenal second sets.  The 31st was held down by the huge “2001 > Bowie,” opening the flowing second set with some extended improv.  A late set “Fluffhead” fir perfectly as a cathartic release to this frame.

7.31.99 Field of Heaven, Fuji Rock Festival, JP < LINK

7.31.99 Field of Heaven, Fuji Rock Festival, JP < TORRENT LINK

I: My Friend My Friend, Golgi Apparatus, Get Back on the Train, Limb by Limb, Free, Roggae, Sparkle, Character Zero

II: Also Sprach Zarathustra > David Bowie, Wading in the Velvet Sea, Prince Caspian, Fluffhead, The Squirming Coil

E: Vac/Horn Duo*, Brian and Robert**, Simple

Encore began with Tibetan monk Newang Chechang (sp?) speaking about the situation in Tibet. *Fish on vacuum with Newang on a long horn. **With Newang on wooden flute.

Source: unk


8.1.99 (phish.com)

8.1.99 (phish.com)

The last night of Summer ’99 was certainly one of the best.  With a second half that boasted a “Tweezer,” a “Mike’s Groove,” and a “YEM,” the last set of the summer was chock full of musical fireworks. In addition to the well crafted second set, the first read like a “Who’s Who” of old-school Phish songs.  This is a show that is required for any complete collection, and its a SBD, taboot, taboot.

8.1.99 Field of Heaven, Fuji Rock Festival, JP SBD < LINK



8.1.99 Field of Heaven, Fuji Rock Festival, JP SBD < TORRENT LINK

I: Cities, Rift, Wilson, The Moma Dance, The Divided Sky, Horn, Split Open and Melt, Poor Heart, Bouncing Around the Room, Run Like an Antelope

II: Possum > Tweezer > Llama > Mike’s Song > I Am Hydrogen > Weekapaug Groove, The Wedge, Lizards, You Enjoy Myself

E: Sweet Adeline, Tweezer Reprise



hampton_outsideI am putting out an open invitation for photo contributions from Hampton, specifically inside the show, to use on Phish Thoughts the very next day.  Anyone can email me photos after the show that night, and I will use the best shots for my review of the show.  Please email me the files and at mrminer@phishthoughts.com within three to four hours after the show is over. The photos selected for use on the site will be clearly accredited to you, the photographer.  Thank you in advance for any and all contributions- it will be great to have current pictures on each new post from you, the readers!



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  • The person with the funniest Festival story, Picture or Video wins the ticket!
  • Contest is going to run from 02/26/09 -03/04/09
  • Anyone is allowed to enter as many times as they like.

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Fuji Rock Festival Montage 1999 (You get a great feel for the festival)

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38 Responses to “Weekend Nuggets: Fuji Rock ’99”

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  1. Baxter Says:

    Here’s a link to an article written by a Phan on Jambase as to why Phish will be better than ever this time around. I tend to agree.


    The writer says that Mike is completely at the top of his game now (and I agree) – Check out this short clip of Mike and Phil Lesh playing together,

    If I’m not wrong, I think it’s from Essex Jct. VT in July of 2006, I was there, and I have the disc, and the jam is great. Anyway, I can not wait for the No-spoilers. Only 6 more days to go!!!

  2. Mr.Miner Says:

    ^^ I gotta say that article is the most absurd piece of writing I’ve read in ages. It makes absolutely no sense whatsoever. Formulas? Based on personal opinion? Huh?

    obviously Phish will be better than ever, but not for these quasi-scientific reasons..lol

  3. shpongleyez Says:

    What’s going down on Field of Heaven stage this summer?


  4. Baxter Says:

    @ Miner – true that, the article is absurd, but I agree with your opinion that Phish will be better than ever. 🙂

  5. Read Icculus Says:

    ..I was at Roseland, Wallingford and Albany for the TAB shows…and he is on.

  6. Read Icculus Says:

    …On , in terms of music (good). Not on, in terms of…well, you know (bad).

  7. Al Says:

    Can’t wait for Hampton!!!!!!!!!! By the way, last night I listened to a MONSTER show that nobody talks about: Philly 12/28/96. This one, Miner, needs to be released – check your files;-) Much love

  8. snigglebeach Says:

    off topic.

    But i saw Disco biscuits last night in boston. OMG

    these guys are tearing things up. I have seen them about 15 times, and right now they are really peaking as a band.

    not going to compare music to phish, but from the crowd energy, Security just gave up 5 minutes in. totally real heads, barely any douches. They are still off the grid enough to avoid the outside non-interested crowd.

    Felt more like my early Phish days than anything anything i have seen in 10 years, and that includes Phish 2.0.

    Miner, You seem to really be in the right place at the right time nowadays.

    I suggest anyone who is anxious waiting for summer tour try and go see these guys asap.

  9. McGrupp Says:

    i am in the Hampton lot right now. the band is already here. have heard them inside warming up, heard a Curtis Lowe, Walfredo, Tela, Mocking Bird, Camel Walk, Peaches and Carini.

  10. Baxter Says:

    ^^ WooB Hybrid ^^ McGrupp- On the lot 5 days early, trying to sell kind grill cheese. LMAO. Is it true their practicing Spock’s Brain? Post a picture!

  11. McGrupp Says:

    ^^^1 for 2 or 3 for 5 plus a free laced Fruit Punch! LMAO.

    Cactoid just drove by on a golf cart, said hello, chit-chatted about the 1st night, offered him a chocolate chip krispie treat, and then he said headz-up on 3-set Opener, including a cover album: One from the Vault

  12. Cactus Says:

    Destiny Unbound is great because it’s so simple, almost childlike. I was at the Nassau show when they busted it out almost exactly a 6 years from today at Nassau 2-28-03. It was pretty sweet. Second song of the night…they could’ve played contact and Bouncin for the rest of the night and I would’ve been satisfied. Oh yeah, Soul Shakedown was cool too. I wish I could make it to Hampton…those shows really could blow the roof off the place. No joke.

  13. LAndon Says:

    Hey Miner,

    Thank you so much for your site! I check daily and love the info about the old days. These are two news ideas I thought would be cool:

    1. The history of Destiny Unbound and everything surrouding it.

    2. The Worst of Phish…..I thought it would be cool to contrast great phish with not so great phish….maybe so we can appreciate it more.

    Hope you reading this….


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