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. HarryHood Says:


    I took my advice the other day and planted some Kindness. Looks like I’ll be harvesting a little bit of love in the fall. llfa

  2. cal Says:

    Fuck it, I’m throwing on 12-31-93. Feel like I haven’t heard a truly bombastic “Llama” in way too long. Happy Thursday, y’all!

  3. El Duderino Says:

    @ robear

    Has Ben Harpur turned into a soft rock band like DMB?

  4. [Not Tom] Marshall Says:

    @ Robear – I saw that concert on The 101 (I think it was called Snakes and Arrows – the name of their album). I couldn’t care any less about Rush than I do today. They are a total nostalgia act at this point.

    Plus I am happily married to Phish now, and my ears don’t wander as some guys’ do.

  5. gratefulcub Says:

    No rules about pre/post music. I usually don’t want to hear Phish, but some nights after shows I am still in the frame of mind that needs nothing but Phish. Those days are probably in my past and not my future though.

  6. Mr. Palmer Says:

    i’m with you Marshall. Huge Rush fan in high school, then i got really into Led Zep. Once i got to college in ’91, i was introduced to the Grateful Dead. Then it was all over from there.

    I hope Phish plays Physical Graffitti one of these years on Halloween. Shit would be unbelievable. IMO

  7. SillyWilly Says:

    I just want to tell you guys Im loving this tour superstition discussion.

    Having only a year of Phish under my belt, it’s awesome to know that Im not weird.

  8. lastwaltzer Says:


    Its not like I have hate for those who listen to phish on the lot. I just would rather not hear Yem tiwce in one day

  9. Robear Says:

    I only listen to ‘Strange Design’ on the way to see Phish, or on the lot.

    Only wear LRG gear to shows.

    bane makes my head fuzzy

  10. SillyWilly Says:


    Im a master jinxer….

    There’s absolutely no chance ever, if hell freezes over, the cubs when 3 world series in a row, chocolate is outlawed, and I win the lottery that Llama is played at Toyota Park or Blossom.

    It will NOT happen.

  11. El Duderino Says:

    Lot activity for me is hangin’ on Shakedown St, grabbin’ drinks, lookin’ at shit and seeing what kind of treats are floating around. Fun Times!

  12. Stupendous Says:

    The Only Rule Is It Begins!

  13. gratefulcub Says:

    I just hate people on the lot, and especially at festivals, that believe they should set up a huge sound system and force everyone in their general area to listen to what they want to play.

    I might not want to hear Thriller, the album, at 3 a.m. instead of sleep.

    I might not want to hear WSP all day before a show.

    Hell, I might not even want to hear the GD.

    I should have a choice.

    This is really more of a festie issue than lot, when I can just walk away. I have been stuck beside the big speakers at a festival or two and it pisses me off to no end.

  14. HarryHood Says:

    @ El Dude

    Right on.

  15. BingosBrother Says:

    I counteract your jinx Silly. Llamas love me. Emu’s not so much.

  16. Robear Says:

    must play ‘Contact’ this year at Toyota Park.

    Or an altered ‘Tube’

    “Car crashed, but nothing burned…”

    duder, they were a soul-less, rhythm-less, white boy, teeny bopper looking studio band.

    Ben went out of his way to give them little solo’s and bob his head like he was ‘feeling IT’.

  17. Guyute711 Says:

    @ [Not Tom] Marshall
    I couldn’t disagree more with your take on Rush. I saw them a couple summers ago and they absolutely rocked.

  18. SillyWilly Says:

    Im thinking about only wearing Aquarium Rescue Unit shirts to the shows.

  19. zzyzx Says:

    Do people really still hang out in the lot? The lack of lot community is one of the things that sux0rs about 3.0

  20. Mr. Palmer Says:

    SPAC had a pretty decent lot scene last summer. Its always nice to be in a state park rather than a concrete parking lot though.

  21. nonoyolker Says:

    My tour superstitions:

    – Two weeks prior to the show, I stop blinking for one hour of every day

    – Pre-show, I fill my right front pant pocket with mint jelly and my left front pant pocket with lamb meat

    – Lot music, ONLY Kenny Loggins, with the exception of ‘Highway to the Danger Zone’ > ‘Sister Christian’ every hour on the hour

    Sounds strange, but 60% of the time, it works, every time

  22. Robear Says:

    zzyzx, i haven’t hung on lot in quite some time, doing the waterwheel. seemed like shakedown was hit or miss last year, but i’m not really sure. closest thing to a big scene i saw was at SPAC last year.

    apparently the nitrous mob is still on lot.

  23. GOOCHY Says:

    I always hit up shakedown just to see the wildlife. That’s about it. Of course, I show up a little early to Alpine to have a few drinks and snacks, traverse the lot, etc. It’s one of my rituals.

  24. HarryHood Says:

    I guess I don’t care what people do on the lot as long as it doesn’t involve getting in my face for no reason or bitching about “hippies”. I’m still very confused though at the thought process that goes along with some Beastie Boy’s wannabe rolling up in a blinged out SUV with a huge DJ system back, throwing on headphones, and blasting hip hop across 5 acres of lot. Are they at home for weeks ahead of time planning this for our “entertainment”? I don’t think most people are as impressed as they think……

  25. SillyWilly Says:

    Sorry, Bingo’s.

    I can put out a jinx or two for something you want to hear, but maybe could you please remove your counterjinx….?


    How about a mound?

    They definitely retired Mound years ago…..

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