New Phish Release Features 27-Minute ‘AC/DC Bag’ From Boise 1999 [Watch]

first_imgThe late 1990’s was something of a peak period for the band Phish, as they’d grown from a Burlington, VT fascination into a nationwide hit – all via word of mouth and shared tape recordings. The newest archival release from LivePhish focuses in on a great show from 1999, played on 9/14/99 at Boise State University in Boise, ID.The show started off with the ever-energetic “Chalk Dust Torture,” and brought out fan favorites like “The Sloth, “The Curtain > Waste,” “Taste” and more in the first set. The second kept more of that same energy, opening with the bust-out version of Frank Zappa’s “Peaches En Regalia,” played for the first time in 162 shows. The set is perhaps noted for the “Boise Bag” – aka a 27-minute version of “AC/DC Bag” that features Trey Anastasio on keys, Jon Fishman on the vacuum, and quite a bit of exploration. It segued into an incredibly funky “Gumbo,” and finished up the set with a “Down With Disease > Frankenstein.”You can head to LivePhish to order the pro-audio of the performance, and you can watch footage from set two via heady groove on YouTube:Here are the notes given for the show on LivePhish:Phish kicked off their fall 1999 tour in Vancouver, followed by a two-night stand at The Gorge and a Sunday show in Portland.  The tour then turned toward the Sawtooths for a Tuesday night show at Boise State University before continuing in California and beyond.  The BSU Pavilion was opened in 1982 as the Boise State Broncos’ basketball arena with a concert capacity of about 13,000.  Tickets for Phish cost $26.50 with a GA floor and reserved seating in the stands.  This was the band’s second show at this venue (they had opened summer 1995 there) and their last show to-date in Idaho.  Given the days off on both sides, the seven hour drive from Portland and the ten-plus hour drive to Shoreline for the next shows, many opted to skip this gig but those who took the trip were justly rewarded and those who didn’t will never forget it. Boise’s Set I kicked off with Chalk Dust Torture and featured The Curtain > Waste, a dramatic sequence of Loving Cup > What’s The Use? and Wading In The Velvet Sea > Farmhouse, and a hot Taste.  The mostly non-stop set II began with the first Peaches en Regalia in more than two years, followed by an AC/DC Bag for the ages.  This Bag was a tour de force of multi-modal improvisation culminating in a psychedelic freakout so far Out that swirling vacuum ambiance was the only way to wrap it.  The Boise Bag spilled over into a standout Gumbo with a slow funk Another One Bites The Dust jam that cemented Boise’s snooze-you-lose status.  A frenetic Down With Disease > Frankenstein (with a nod to Pink Floyd) capped the set.  The encore was Simple with a live fade-out that gave the band time to move downstage for an A cappella Hello My Baby to close out a magical night at BSU.Check out the Phish.net setlist below:Setlist: Phish at Boise State University, Boise, ID – 9/14/99Set 1: Chalk Dust Torture, The Sloth, The Curtain > Waste, Loving Cup > What’s the Use?, Wading in the Velvet Sea > Farmhouse, Nellie Kane, Taste, Rocky TopSet 2: Peaches en Regalia > AC/DC Bag[1] > Gumbo, Down with Disease > Frankenstein[2]Encore: Simple, Hello My Baby[1] Trey on keys and Fish on vacuum for part of the jam.[2] Fish on vacuumNotes: Peaches was played for the first time since February 28, 1997 (162 shows). This long AC/DC Bag featured Trey on keys and Fish on vacuum for part of the jam. Gumbo included an Another One Bites the Dust jam. Fish again grabbed the vacuum for Frankenstein and quoted One of These Days (Pink Floyd).last_img read more