From April 2 to 5, 1998, Phishing played four of the best shows of their careers. Dubbed the “Island Tour”, since the first two nights were on Long Island (Nassau Coliseum in Uniondale, NY) and the next two on Rhode Island (Providence Civic Center in Providence, RI), each of the four shows left an indelible mark on the history of Phish.
The first night of April 2 featured in-depth musical exploration and the debut of “Frankie Says” and “Birds of a Feather.” The second night of the race that day in 1998 featured its own debut, although the band did not know it yet; the jam session in “Weekapaug Groove” would eventually spawn the original song “Mozambique”.
Among the many highlights of the second night of the historic race was a particularly notable “Roses Are Free”, as Phish took the Ween cover for a 27-minute odyssey. The track was the first in a four-song set that included “Piper”, “Loving Cup” and “Run Like An Antelope”, bringing pure funk for over a full hour of music. With a little extra time, Phish played a glorious three-song encore that included “Carini”, “Halley’s Comet”, and “Tweezer Reprise”.
There’s a reason the show is among the highest rated on Phish.net. Check out a video of the massive “Roses Are Free” below (in three parts) and watch a video playlist of the entire show here.
Phish – “Roses Are Free” (Ween) – 04/03/1998 – Part 1 of 3
Phish – “Roses Are Free” (Ween) – 04/03/1998 – Part 2 of 3
Phish – “Roses Are Free” (Ween) – 04/03/1998 – Part 3 of 3
Setlist: Phish at Nassau Coliseum, Uniondale, NY – 04/03/98
Set 1: Mike’s Song -> The Old Home Place > Weekapaug Groove, Train Song > Billy Breathes, Beauty of My Dreams, Dogs Stole Things > Reba, My Soul
Set 2: Roses Are Free > Piper > Loving Cup > Run Like an Antelope
Encore: Carini > Halley’s Comet > Tweezer Reprise
[Originally published 4/3/2017]