These covers smell Phishy, Part II: 2011 Summer Tour

Last year, after I saw Phish at Merriweather Post Pavilion, I wrote a piece for Glorious Noise called These Covers Smell Phishy. Well, I just saw Phish this past Friday (review coming soon…) at the venue formerly known as Pine Knob (DTE Energy Music Theater). It was the first time since Merriweather Post, and it was great. As I’ve been checking YouTube for clips from DTE and other stops on the tour, I’m seeing a lot of covers.

So I decided to list a few here for you. The boys are doing some daring covers, both old friends and new. You’ve already seen me post a few – No Quarter and Good Times, Bad Times – because I am, after all, a junkie for covers. It must be some sort of disease – I can’t get enough covers!

“Crosseyed & Painless” by Talking Heads

I remember reading once that Trey played along with Remain in Light a lot as a kid. Then they did it for one of their Halloween shows. They still break this one out frequently enough, for which I am glad…

“Roses are Free” by Ween

Kind of an odd cover to chose, but that’s one of the great things about Phish covers. They’re often not songs you’d expect, but you end up loving. Like this one.

“Boogie on Reggae Woman” by Stevie Wonder

Check out that bass! Gordon on the tip…

“Bold as Love” by Jimi Hendrix

The first Phish cover that really blew my mind, back when I first saw them in 1992… They do an amazing job on this and every other cover they do as a four piece. They are incredibly tight, and can roam the sonic spectrum with ease, making their covers as big as they want, or as understated as required.

“Instant Karma” by John Lennon

“And we all shine on, like the moon, the stars, and the sun…” This is great. Tons of energy.