Flashback: Phish’s Island Tour turns 21

Following Phish’s cow-funk laden 1997 Fall Tour, Phish embarked on a 4-night ‘Island Tour‘ with two shows each on Long Island and in Providence, Rhode Island. The result was four historic shows that continued the free flowing jams from 1997 and a new era of exploratory Phish. Unexpected jams arose from “Roses are Free,” “Cavern” and “Weekapaug Groove,” and debuts of “Shafty,” “Twist” and “Birds of a Feather” were peppered throughout the run.

As mentioned by Trey after the debut of “Birds of a Feather,” Phish was about to record Story of the Ghost shortly after the tour, before heading to Europe to test out even more new tunes before heading back for Summer Tour. Watch videos from the two Nassau Coliseum shows and relive the glory of Island Tour as it turns 21.

Setlists courtesy of Phish.net

April 2, 1998, Nassau Coliseum, Uniondale, NY

Soundcheck: Funky Bitch -> Jam, Birds of a Feather

Set 1TubeMy Mind’s Got a Mind of its OwnThe SlothNICUStash[1] > Horn > Waste > Chalk Dust Torture

Set 2Punch You in the Eye > Simple > Birds of a Feather[2]Wolfman’s Brother -> Sneakin’ Sally Through the Alley[3] -> Frankie Says[2] > Twist > Sleeping Monkey > Rocky Top

EncoreGuyute

[1] Unfinished.
[2] Debut.
[3] No vocal jam.

April 3, 1998, Nassau Coliseum, Uniondale, NY

Set 1Mike’s Song -> The Old Home Place > Weekapaug GrooveTrain Song > Billy BreathesBeauty of My DreamsDogs Stole Things > RebaMy Soul

Set 2Roses Are Free > Piper > Loving Cup > Run Like an Antelope[1]

EncoreCarini > Halley’s Comet > Tweezer Reprise

[1] “Carini’s gonna getcha” sung several times in intro. “Carini” spoken later in the song.