Phish on Jimmy Fallon Tonight

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Phish will make their their first late-night television appearance since June 21, 2004 tonight, as part of Jimmy Fallon’s Tribute to Exile on Main Street Week. Fallon, who once starred with the band in a memorable SNL skit, is commemorating the current re-issue of the The Stones double-album on May 18, hosting different artists each night this week to cover a selection the iconic record. On Monday, Green Day played “Rip This Joint,” and on the same night, Fallon invited out special guest Taj Majal to join his house band, The Roots, in a sublime and soulful  cover of “Shine a Light.” On Tuesday, Keith Urban covered “Tumbling Dice” with Stones’ keyboardist Chuck Leavell and last night, Sheryl Crow joined The Roots to cover “All Down the Line.” It shouldn’t come as a big surprise what song Phish will play, but we’ll let the events unfold.

Culminating the week tonight on Friday night, Fallon will air the premiere of “Stones In Exile,” a new documentary about the album’s recording sessions in the south of France amidst legendary drug use and debauchery. Having fled England to avoid paying income tax, the band drove to the French Riviera, setting up shop in Villa Nellcote, Keith Richards’ mansion by the sea. Despite the legendary decadence, the resulting work  has been exalted as a trendsetting record of the gritty, drugged-out scene that blossomed in the Seventies. Exile came first, spawning a generation of bad-boy imitators, but no one did it quite like the Stones. The documentary will air in full on Friday night.

6.21.94 - Ed Sullivan Theatre

The last time Phish played on late-night TV came on Letterman in June ’04 between SPAC and Deer Creek. Following their Beatles-esque midday performance atop the marquee of New York’s Ed Sullivan Theatre, Phish played “Scents and Subtle Sounds” off the newly-released Undermind. But the story of the gorgeous summer day was the mini-set Phish dropped in midtown Manhattan. After several run-thoroughs of “Scents and Subtle Sounds,” Phish gave the few thousand fans who gathered on the city block something to remember. There’s nothing quite like raging “Tweezer” amidst skyscrapers in The Big Apple. Click here to read more about this epic afternoon.


Jam of the Day:

Reba” 8.15.98 II

A festi-sized version that sparked the set of the weekend at Lemonwheel.




5.13.94 Hayden Square, Tempe, AZ < Megaupload

Let’s hop in the DeLorean and travel back sixteen years to the day to sneak a peak at Phish in Arizona.

I: Runaway Jim, It’s Ice, Julius, Mound, Stash, If I Could, My Friend, My Friend, Slave to the Traffic Light, Suzy Greenberg

II: Chalk Dust Torture, Bouncing Around the Room, Split Open and Melt, McGrupp and the Watchful Hosemasters, Peaches en Regalia, Scent of a Mule, You Enjoy Myself, Purple Rain > Hold Your Head Up, Good Times Bad Times

E: Free Bird

Source: AKG 460


634 Responses to “Phish on Jimmy Fallon Tonight”

  1. [Not Tom] Marshall Says:

    This discussion feels like its in the realm of Tantric Phish.

  2. lastwaltzer Says:

    Good topic,

    I’ve been listening to less phish lately, no full shows occasionally will put on a few highlights. There is going to be a wealth of tapes to go through in a month. Getting the ol hard drive ready.

    As for pre show, no fucking way. Hate hearing phish on the lot, plenty of other good party music. Also can’t see the point in listening to more phish post show but i guess what ever floats your boat.

    usually I go country pre show and jazz/standards post show.

  3. nonoyolker Says:

    That’s what i figured Fee – otherwise, that would’ve been hugely sarcastic this early in the day.

    I agree though, most all the fathers i know (which is not many) cave and give the kids whatever they want. From a male standpoint (i am not a father), i just hate confrontation and children complaining, so i can understand it from that viewpoint. The world needs hardass moms, so keep fighting the good fight!

  4. bhizzle Says:

    Word Marshall? GDR-R was the first Metallica I ever heard and I was all “THIS…IS…AWESOME”!!! ’89 sounds about right, middle school. You in HS? Old fucker…The guitar in that is sooo crunchy.

  5. El Duderino Says:

    I feel that I don’t want to be that dude that forces his loud music of any king on anybody in the lot. So many sights and sounds when hangin’ on the lot.

  6. Mr. Palmer Says:

    My inlaws watch my 3 girls, 3 days a week. they undue all the hard work my wife and I try to get done. Soda, ice-pops, no naps….i guess that’s what grandparents are for though….i guess.

  7. Little Buddy Says:

    What’s up BB? Been out of the mix for a while. Wifey and I have been on a Phish fast as well. Our deal is no Phish until the opening chords at our first show this summer in blossom. Been trying to listen to some new indie stuff that has come out in the last few months (yeasayer, mgmt, spoon, broken social scene). Is it me or does every album that has come out recently sound over-produced. Can I get some instruments with that computer generated noise, please?

    Peace ya’ll. Gotta get to work on the dissertation. what a great way to spend a vacation day.

    Corey – the CMAC Gamehenge thought has crossed my mind as well, being that it is really out of the way for tour rats.

  8. HarryHood Says:

    I have superstitions about listening to the boys the day of a show….

    While driving: Yes if the show is the next day, no if it’s that night.
    On the lot: No way Jose
    Post show: Fuck yea.

    The only time that I’ve disagreed with this personal rule was at Darien this summer. There was a band who set up shop on the grassy lot pre-show and they were playing only Phish tunes. At first it ticked me off a little, but I was blazed and I stopped to listen for a second. About 5 minutes into YEM I realized that these guys were really really good. Before they finished, they had about 20 people sitting on the grass in front of them passing J’s around. My friend who went to the show with me still talks about how good these guys were.

  9. zzyzx Says:

    “Hate hearing phish on the lot, plenty of other good party music”

    To me, that’s like saying that people shouldn’t talk about Jesus in the church parking lot. Most of us spend most of our real life time around people who don’t like Phish. In the lot you have the chance to hear a show you’ve never heard before, or strike up a conversation about various versions of a song, or do all sorts of Phish related activity that usually is Internet only.

  10. Steve Says:

    Seeing Phish on top of the Ed Sullivan Theater in Midtown was as cool as it gets, best Wilson EVER.

  11. zzyzx Says:

    “‘89 sounds about right, middle school. You in HS? Old fucker…”

    Some of us were juniors in college that year…

  12. cal Says:

    Morning, BB! Another rainy one here in the brew city.

    I’ve had Phish listening on the backburner lately myself, relatively speaking. Too much new music coming out, can’t get too far behind. I think my crew generally shies away from listening to Phish en route/on lot, but I’m not vehemently opposed to it. I always feel like there’s a chance I can turn some random head onto something he or she doesn’t know; why play Phish?

    But I’m sure there have been times when I’m in an unstemmable obsession phase and have been listening to nothing but Phish for days or weeks and it spills over into day-of-show…

    Only rule I have: never wear the shirt of the band I’m going to see at the show. (I’d make an exception if I was a clever-corporate-logo/Phish-song-mashup shirt-buying guy, but I’m not.)

  13. angryjoggerz Says:

    Why have rules for fun?

  14. HarryHood Says:

    Guys have a soft spot when it comes to little girls getting their way with us. My girlfriend who is currently pregnant with my future daughter has two kids from a previous relationship, a boy and a girl. She has pointed out that the daughter can get away with anything when it comes to me and the son doesn’t have it so easy…… I try very hard to not let this happen, but I have to admit that I’m guilty of it. When her daughter starts crying, I turn into a puddle. When the son starts crying, I’m like, “toughen up kid”. I don’t want to treat them differently, but I think it’s hard not to sometimes.

  15. Robear Says:

    The Boredoms

  16. zzyzx Says:

    I wear Phish shirts to Phish shows all the time. It’s 2/3 of my wardrobe after all…

  17. [Not Tom] Marshall Says:

    I was a junior and then a senior in HS in 1989. Wore ripped faded jeans that looking back were too short. Had the workings of a mullet, but not the Kenny Powers’ kind, think more Alex Lifeson, which brings me to Rush, my High School Phish. I couldn’t shut up about Rush in the late 80s. Bought their albums incessantly; played ’em incessantly; annoyed my friends with it incessantly.

    I wonder if my Phish obsession would be what it is if I hadn’t had that first obsession with Rush?

  18. HarryHood Says:

    I don’t really care if other people want to listen to the boys on the lot. To each their own. As long as you are having fun, that’s what’s important. It’s just my own personal rule. You won’t hear it coming from my car is all I’m saying. If you want to though, that’s cool. I’ll still stop and have a puff with you……..

  19. BingosBrother Says:

    Please don’t park near me zzyzx.

  20. ohhphee Says:

    Boring rulez! Rules are for toolz! I go with the flow. Play it by ear. Keeps me healthy in mind and heart.

  21. HarryHood Says:

    I will only wear a Phish shirt to a show if it’s from a tour that happened over 5 years ago…… I should write my superstitious rules down. This is actually kind of funny to be putting this into words. It’s actually making me feel stupid….. llfa

  22. Robear Says:

    MC, Rush was on the Directv 101 concerts the other day. Those old farts were grinning ear to ear.

    Ben Harper was on too. His new band blows.

  23. [Not Tom] Marshall Says:

    I wouldn’t be caught dead wearing a t-shirt of the band I was going to see in high school, but I sure as hell had a t on displaying some other band to let everyone know how effing cool I was.

    Now I sport Phish tees at shows, or I just wear normal shirts (non-tees), because I’m older and don’t care what people think anymore.

  24. ohhphee Says:

    I’m blasting Phish at Toyota Park. I hope you all park next to me.

  25. zzyzx Says:

    I park where the parking person tells me to park.

    It’s not like I spend an hour by my car listening to Phish loudly or anything. Seeing how all of my shows are GA this year and there’s no cool shirts or stickers in the lot anymore, I will be going in pretty soon after I arrive.

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