Island tour

10 Little Known Facts About Visiting Phish Island

By Team JamBase March 30, 2021 5:55 a.m. PDT

As Phish fans around the world today prepare to watch a ‘Dinner And A Movie’ broadcast of the band’s April 4, 1998 concert – the third night of what has been dubbed the ‘Island Tour’ (due to of four shows set in Long Island and Rhode Island in April 1998) – JamBase has put together a top 10 list for our readers. As we started to dig in, we were amazed at how many important facts there were – we couldn’t even include the super cheesy stats on how many bars the intro had in those early versions of “Birds Of A Feather”. .” Without delay:

#1: Rare instance of a song being teased before it was released: the April 3, 1998 “Weekapaug Groove” included teasing of “Mozambique” which would not be released by Phish until September 9, 1999. (Source: Phish.net Song History)


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#2: Only “Oh Kee Pa Ceremony” & “You Enjoy Myself”: For such an amazing couple of songs that opened the show on April 5, 1998, it never happened again. (Source: Phish.net Song History)


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#3: Phish was so fired up by their performances at the Island Tour shows that they almost immediately headed to Dave O’s Farmhouse for a multi-day recording session where they composed tracks that The ghost story. (Source: Wikipedia – The ghost story)


#4: Phish announced the Island Tour on February 24, just 37 days before the start of the race and just four days before tickets went on sale. (Source: rec.music.phish)

#5: First version of Phish to be released simultaneously in download and physical format. (Source: news from Phish.com)


#6: One of two unfinished versions of “2001” (the other noted as such: November 26, 1997) – and what a version! (Source: Phish.net Song History)


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#7: Only unfinished “Possum” – you know they feel it when they don’t even finish “Possum”. (Source: Phish.net Song History)


#8: Between February 13, 1997 and April 5, 1998, there were four unfinished versions of “Maze”. There hasn’t been since and there wasn’t until February 13, 1997. Source: Phish.net Song History)

#9: Despite its legendary jamming status, only one track appears on the Phish.net “20 minute jam” chart (“Roses Are Free” April 3, 1998) (Source: Phish.net’s 20-minute jamming chart)


#ten: The Island Tour was the first version of Live Phish to include sound checks. (Source: news from Phish.com)

[Originally Published: April 5, 2014]