Look at the faces of Phish Melt in their first part “Island Tour”, this day in 1998

Since April 2, 1998, Phishing kicked off a four-night race that would forever be known as the “Island Tour”. Play two nights at Nassau Coliseum in Uniondale, NY and two more in Providence Civic Center in Providence, RI, the four-night run has taken on legendary status in the band’s rich catalog of performances.

With a listen, it’s easy to understand why. Opening with “Tube,” the band get to work on some serious funk, setting the tone for a series of outstanding performances. The set also includes a very exploratory “Stash”, traversing 13 minutes into uncharted jam waters. The set goes through “Horn” and “Waste” before ending with a big “Chalk Dust Torture”.

You can watch the entire set below.

Phish – Nassau Coliseum – Uniondale, NY – 4/2/98 – Set One

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The second set brought more great music, including the start of a Phish staple, “Birds Of A Feather,” as well as “Frankie Says” which, after 1998, would prove to be a rarity. Lots of standout jams follow in the second set as well, including a seamless ‘Wolfman’s Brother’ in ‘Sneakin’ Sally Through The Alley’. The music continues to groove through “Twist”, which breaks the 13-minute mark into deep funk territory. “Sleeping Monkey” and “Rocky Top” close out this monster set, followed by a delightful encore “Guyute” for the ages.

You can also stream set two. The video is split into several sections, but they are all available via the playlist below:

Phish – Nassau Coliseum – Uniondale, NY – 4/2/98 – Set One


[Video: ErroneousJ]

Check out the full phish.net setlist:

Setlist: Phish at Nassau Coliseum, Uniondale, NY – 02/04/98

Set 1: Tube, My Mind’s Got a Mind of its Own, The Sloth, NICU, Stash[1] > Horn > Waste > Chalk Dust Torture

Series 2: Punch 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

Again: Guyute

[1] Unfinished.
[2] Start.
[3] No voice stuffing.

[Originally published 4/2/16]