Seeing Phish in Maryland at the Merriweather Post Pavilion got me thinking about one of my favorite musical topics: covers. And Phish is the master of the cover.
They are known for doing whole albums by other bands on Halloween. They’ve done Talking Heads‘s Remain in Light and Velvet Underground’s Loaded. In 2009, they did Exile on Main Street. I’m not sure if this cover is from that night, but it’s brilliant:
Phish wrapped up a two day stint at the Merriweather Post Pavilion last week. I was lucky enough to be in DC with some friends, and we managed to catch the second show on Sunday, June 27. We hired a guy with a van to take us to the show, so we didn’t have to worry about finding our way back to DC afterward. We offered to buy the driver a ticket, and he decided to stick around and watch the show with us.
In the group there were four of us who had seen Phish before, and five who had not. All but one of the five hadn’t even heard anything by Phish before that night. At least three of the five walked away as fans, ready to see the band again at the next opportunity.
For some unknown reason it is humid and 75 degress today in Chicago. So I went for a run and down at the end of my block, I spied a parking lot full of people partying amidst the Grand Cherokees, VW EuroVans and shitty Hondas.