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Monday, June 20

With Phish tour looming here are 10 songs staff writer Sam Berenson would like to see brought back.

With Phish tour looming here are 10 songs staff writer Sam Berenson would like to see brought back.


10 Songs Phish Needs to Bring Back This Summer
 
1) “Brother”: A classic Phish staple that hasn’t been busted out since 6/17/2012, the Atlantic City's, Bader Field run in 2012. Following Father’s Day tradition, the boys had all their kids join onstage in a mock bathtub, and kept the energy high, proclaiming, “last but not least, the only Phish boy still, the Wolfman’s Brother, Jack Fishman!!!”.  *Note that multiple songs on this list were last played at Bader Field.
2) “Dog Stole Things”: Two songs following the Brother opener at Bader Field on 6/17/2012, Phish busted out original “Dog Stole Things” for only the 2nd time since their return in 2009. Surprisingly, the song has been played live 35 times, and was played 20 times during 1997, since it was debuted in Ireland on ’97 Summer European Tour.
3) “Fee”: We haven’t seen Trey lean to his amp to pick up his megaphone since 7/27/2014, opening up the show for the unforgettable “Tweezer Fest” that occurred at Merriweather Post Pavilion in Columbia, MD. Played 275 times total by the band, we can hope and pray to hear that opening line, “in the cool shade of the banana tree”, come Summer Tour 2016.
4) “Fluffhead”: Although played regularly since 2009, after personally attending Phish Riviera Maya this past January, I can confidently say that “Fluffhead” is the overall phan consensus is that Fluffhead makes his travels back to the stage come Summer Tour 2016. Despite somebody tossing a large inflatable unicorn at Trey’s feet reading “FLUFFHEAD”, the boys decided to continue to keep it on the shelf at the start of 2016 in Mexico.
5) “Lifeboy”: “Lifeboy”, the soft and sweet Trey/Tom Marshall ballad, has only been played twice since 2009 alongside “Dog Stole Things” on this list. The most recent version played at Madison Square Garden on 12/29/2011, had the crowd in complete silence, and we’ve been yearning that serenity ever since. The last version played outdoors was Summer Tour ’98 at Deer Creek, so let's keep the faith, and hope “God DOES listen to what we say”.
6) “Manteca”: The third song appearing on this list last played at Bader Field, the funk-driven Dizzy Gillespie cover has not come out in full force since 6/16/2012. Although teased 9 times since the Bader Field “Light-Teca”, we have yet to hear one of the boys dive in and lead the other three brethren into another unforgettable “Manteca”. Please Phish, we don’t need the same people holding the sign front row, that carried it to every show until its first 3.0 appearance at MSG NYE 2010.
7) “Peaches en Regalia”: Making many 3.0 appearances, and the second cover on this list, Phish has not dusted off the Frank Zappa classic since 8/28/2012 at the Chaifetz Arena, in St Louis, MO. Played 82 times live, and a favorite and extremely influential artist of Trey’s, we can hope to hear the classic instrumental ring out during a first set this upcoming summer.
8) “The Oh Kee Pah Ceremony”: A staple Trey classic played since 1989 and on the album Lawn Boy, the short but fast-driven number has not been played since the opening night of Dick’s 2013, 8/30/2013. It will be interesting to see where “The Oh Kee Pah Ceremony” will fit into a set, given all the new material written and debuted since 2013.
9) “The Old Home Place”: Last played in the blistering heat on 6/28/2012 at Deer Creek, the iconic bluegrass cover originated by The Dillards, has only made 2 appearances since the band’s triumphant return to the stage in 2009. This show was just as on fire as the sun was on that June night, and we shall wait and see when the band decides to blaze on with this classic cover.
10) “Walk Away”: Last but not least, “Walk Away” is the top song on this list I’d personally like to see return to the Phish catalogue this summer. Originally by The James Gang, Phish covered this song heavily from 1988-1990, before turning it into a more rare tune to drop into both first and second sets. “Walk Away” was last played on 10/29/2013, towards the end of one of the best tours of the past 15 years. Once those first power chords drop, we will all be able to say, “we just turned our pretty heads and walked away”, once again, during Summer Tour 2016.
 
Honorable mentions that have been frequented but kept on the shelf during all of 2015 and Mexico are “The Mango Song” and “Guyute, both last played in 2014.