Phish To Issue Six-CD Live Set: Hampton Comes Alive

Material comes from jam band's two November shows in Hampton, Va.

Improvisational rock band Phish will release Hampton Comes

Alive next month. The six-CD box set chronicles the band's

two-night stand in November at the Hampton Coliseum in Hampton, Va.

The set — the title of which plays on British rocker Peter

Frampton's 1976 live album Frampton Comes Alive — will

mark the first time the band has released one of its live performances

uncut, according to Reyna Mastrosimone, a band spokesperson.

"The band has a strong affinity for the venue, and they had a good

feeling about the way they played there," Mastrosimone said.

The album was recorded Nov. 20 and 21 at the 14,000-seat venue, which

Phish have played annually since the mid-'90s. The album includes

unreleased concert staples, such as "Piper," "Farmhouse," "Big Black

Furry Creature From Mars," "Tube" and "Possum."

The set will come packaged in a magnetic box with photos from both

shows attached, according to Mastrosimone. Elektra Records' suggested

retail price is $69.98.

The band's previous two live albums were 1995's two-CD set A Live

One — the band's only platinum album — and 1997's

Slip, Stitch and Pass, taken from a club show in Hamburg,

Germany.

Phish, who formed in Burlington, Vt., in 1983, are famous for their

onstage jams that combine funk, bluegrass, blues, acid rock and an

occasional curveball of a rock cover. The Hampton shows included

versions of Jimi Hendrix's "Bold as Love," Chumbawamba's

"Tubthumping," Will Smith's pop hit "Gettin' Jiggy wit It" (RealAudio

excerpt of original), Stevie Wonder's "Boogie on Reggae Woman"

and the Beastie Boys' "Sabotage."

Guitarist Trey Anastasio's songs often allow the band to show off its

musical muscles. Some of the more familiar long songs that appear on

Hampton Comes Alive include "Rift," "Guyute" (RealAudio

excerpt), "Bathtub Gin" "Divided Sky" and "Mike's Song."

Joe Tsao, the Hampton Coliseum's building director, attended the shows

and said he remembers them fondly, mostly because of the spirit of

Phish's audience. The band's die-hard fans often follow Phish for long

stretches on their tours and are often compared to the "Deadheads" who

did the same with the now-defunct Grateful Dead.

"People had a wonderful time, and I know that because of all the

e-mail 'thank you's I got afterward," Tsao said.

He added that bandmembers approached him three months ago to gain his

approval in case they decided to release the set, indicating that they

liked the arena's acoustics. He assented immediately.

"They have such a loyal following," he said. "I could easily [sell out]

a week's worth of shows with them without even blinking an eye."

Phish — Anastasio, bassist Mike Gordon, keyboardist Page

McConnell and drummer Jonathan Fishman — are scheduled to play

the Hampton Coliseum again Dec. 17–18. Those shows precede their

appearance at a two-day millennium festival Dec. 30–31 at the

Big Cypress Seminole Indian Reservation in Palm Beach County, Fla.

Phish wrapped up their most recent fall tour this weekend with shows

at the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum in Uniondale, N.Y., and the

Pepsi Arena in Albany, N.Y. On Friday, lyricist Tom Marshall joined

the band onstage for a rendition of the Who's "We're Not Gonna Take It."

Hampton Comes Alive track listing:

Disc 1:

"Rock and Roll Part 2" (cover of Gary Glitter song), "Tube," "Mighty Quinn" (Bob Dylan), "Funky Bitch" (Son Seals), "Guelah Papyrus," "Rift," "Meat," "Stash"

Disc 2:

"Train Song," "Possum," "Roggae," "Driver," "Split Open and Melt"

Disc 3:

"Bathtub Gin," "Piper," "Axilla I," "Roses Are Free" (Ween), "Farmhouse,"

"Gettin' Jiggy wit It" (Will Smith), "Harry Hood," "Character Zero," "Cavern"

Disc 4:

"Wilson," "Big Black Furry Creature From Mars," "Lawn Boy," "Divided Sky," "Cry Baby Cry" (Beatles), "Boogie on Reggae Woman" (Stevie Wonder), "NICU"

Disc 5:

"Dogs Stole Things," "Nellie Kane" (Hot Rize), "Foam," "Wading in the Velvet Sea," "Guyute," "Bold as Love" (Jimi Hendrix)

Disc 6:

"Sabotage" (Beastie Boys), "Mike's Song," "Simple," "The Wedge," "The Mango Song," "Free," "Ha Ha Ha," "Free," "Weekapaug Groove," "Tubthumping" (Chumbawamba)