Phish kept fans on their toes by (seemingly) pulling one out of thin air
last night at their traditionally off-beat Halloween show. Continuing their
two-year tradition of covering an album in its entirety on Hallows Eve shows,
(1994, Beatles White Album, 1995 The Who Quadrophenia) the
band served up the Talking Heads landmark album Remain In Light at
their costume show at the Omni in Atlanta last night (Oct. 31).
Santana percussionist Karl Perazzo and two horn players, old Phish Phriend Dave
Grippo on sax and Gary Gazaway on trumpet, the band surprised the sold-out
crowd by taking on the heavily-percussive New Wave album, best known to most
MTV watchers for its quirky video single, "Once In A Lifetime" during which the
sweaty, spindly David Byrne is set afloat in a sea of madness.
attended the concert was handed a very official-looking program that opened up
to an essay from Rolling Stone magazine contributor Parke Puterbaugh
entitled "My God...What Have I Done?" that laid out the historical significance
of the album, while on the other side, Phishead Trey Anastasio explained his
fascination with the album and why the band chose it for the show. Puterbaugh
described the album as representing either "the more ambitious musical
directions pursued in the Seventies or a starting point for a groundbreaking
new agenda in the Eighties." He called it both. "Talking Heads discarded the
rulebook and plunged headfirst into uncharted waters, emerging with a classic
album that merged the worlds of art-schooled pop minimalism and African
polyrhythms" according to Puterbaugh. Sounds like Phish fodder to me.
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