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:

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

    ^ This is a superb idea.

  2. halcyon Says:

    I like hearing Phish in the lot as I am walking in to the venue. It gets me pumped walking in. Otherwise, I like hearing some R & B, Hip Hop, and Dead in the lots. I heard some Swampdogg in the lot at Hartford last year, that was cool.

  3. Robear Says:

    yO! hood, sorry bro. didn’t think peeps would mind my system!

  4. Leo Weaver Says:

    Morning guys. Nice cup of coffee to go with this fine Reba. I love Reba. If it didn’t make me think of the twangy-voiced red-head, I might name my daughter Reba (if/when the time comes)…but because of family history, mama will win out and it’ll be…Millie Grace. Guess I’ll take any reference I can get.

    Re: show rules…I usually don’t have any except “have fun”, though I prefer no phish in the lot beforehand…unless it’s pre-93 (don’t ask why, couldn’t tell ya). I also don’t typically wear phish shirts to shows though I’ve been known to do it once or twice…but always from older/special shows.

    @Robear…hate to hear that about Ben Harper’s new band. I saw him a few times in the late 90s and was always impressed. One of the best concert experiences ever was seeing him in Rome at an ancient amphitheater. Umbrella pines on each side of the stage creating a cool frame/canopy and sun setting over the hills of Rome in the background. Simply incredible.

  5. SillyWilly Says:



  6. zzyzx Says:

    “apparently the nitrous mob is still on lot.”

    Of all of the potential aspects to survive…

  7. El Duderino Says:

    @ robear

    That’s too bad ‘cuz Ben Harper had some real potential. It’s this bull-shit American Idol shit that drives this shit and it’s nothin’ but shit!


    The Gorge lot last year was a lot of fun I thought. Smaller but big enough.

    Toyota Park last year reminded me of Soldier Field shows. Of course on a smaller scale but that scene was huge for today’s standards

  8. HarryHood Says:

    @ Robear

    Good god man. Picturing you doing that just made me laugh so hard that I almost spit coffee everywhere!

  9. [Not Tom] Marshall Says:

    @ zzyzx –

    Hampton – fighting traffic to get to the shows but managed to grab a couple of beers before going to stand in that horde of people waiting to get in for what seemed like two hours

    Asheville – walked around downtown a while, grabbed a beer at the beer hall, then stood in line on the overpass over the freeway to get in early (even though this turned out to be unnecessary)

    Deer Creek – fought traffic to get to Noblesville and then went in early because I bought a printed ticket on the lot and didn’t want to get shut out.

    Alpine Valley – the only show I hung out on the lot all year.

    Miami – walked to the shows straight from the room or the lobby of my hotel.

  10. nonoyolker Says:

    @ g-cub – “I might not want to hear Thriller, the album, at 3 a.m. instead of sleep.”

    ^ this in reference to the circus tent at Indio? Those dudes were loud and raging LATE. I swung in for a sec, then there was a fight and I dipped. They fit like 100 people in this tent with DJs and shit. Was REALLY glad my tent wasn’t near those a-holes.

  11. HarryHood Says:

    @ Leo

    If she starts slicing people on the nipple with tiny peices of paper, you are in trouble.

  12. Guyute711 Says:

    The Lot scene was very different this past year. I liked that the number of wooks was way down but I miss all the bootleg t-shirts and such. Miami was another story though. The rage cage was frightening at times.

  13. Robear Says:

    leo, in the mid-90’s the guy was incredible. Saw him at MSU in a little kiva class room, and he did the friday night show at ’96 Reggae on the River. 2 all-time favorite shows of mine.

    When he was with the 3 piece band, big black guy on bass, young kid on drums / percussion, they were a force.

    then he started wearing a suit and hat on stage, and downhill he’s gone.

  14. [Not Tom] Marshall Says:

    Forgot F8 – I didn’t leave the festival grounds all weekend.

  15. SillyWilly Says:


    you’re welcome to join the fun. we might not be at any of the same shows together.

  16. SillyWilly Says:

    the nitrous mafia are cock-a-roaches.

    you. simply. can’t. kill. them.

  17. HarryHood Says:

    My favorite show shirt is an olive green shirt with nothing else on it except for a little bird smoking a cigarette and wearing a top hat. People always lean in to see what it is and then laugh like hell. Makes me smile every time. I also have a bright green shirt that just says Paddy’s Irish Pub, South Philidelphia, PA across the front. That one got a bunch of high fives in Albany last Fall.

  18. [Not Tom] Marshall Says:

    Didn’t Miner and his crew have turntables set up? Were they the one’s rocking Thriller?

  19. GOOCHY Says:

    The nitrous mafia will stop showing up when people stop buying their shit. It’s that easy. There’s a small contingent of phans that are scum buying that shit from scum.

  20. HarryHood Says:

    @ Silly

    That shirt is great man. Maybe I’ll get one for SPAC

  21. halcyon Says:

    Ben Harper last album was supposed to be a power rock trio, and could not get into it at all. It was loud. Didn’t like it that much. I loved his first 3 albums: Welcome to The Cruel World, Fight For Your Mind, and Burn to Shine. Diamonds on the Inside was ok, havent heard anything else since. Though I heard his double album was pretty good.

  22. gratefulcub Says:

    Nono – no, not F8. I was at an extremely small Terrapin Hill Harvest Festival on the Terrapin Hill Organic Farm in Harrodsburg KY. NM AllStars and Merle Sanders headlined the first year, and Tea Leaf Green another (just to show the size of the festie)

    It was extremely low key. Wonderful atmosphere. Some guy baking pizzas out the back of his truck that shows up at festies all summer long, set up a huge stack of speakers and blared his crap all weekend long. Completely ruined my relaxing weekend.

    ~Still Bitter

  23. Leo Weaver Says:

    @HH…haha, that’s what I told Mrs. Weaver. Also told her she may need something to help with the pocks on her face…and a bamboo cane to help her…keep the pace.

    @Robear…yeah, the big ol’ black guy on bass! That guy was something else. Definintely a great trio with some chops.

  24. willowed Says:

    Pre- show rituals

    No Phish pre- show
    Shave my package
    Cover myself in peanut butter the night before
    Spin around 3 times a day. Morning, Noon and Evening
    Clean my sunglasses
    Pluck my eye brows

    This has worked for me for 19 years. I will not deviate.

    Good morning friends!

  25. willowed Says:

    and always clip your toe nails

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