March 05, 2019

Phish: new archival release 7/19/1991 Somerville Theater, Somerville, MA

Another archival Phish release is available for streaming and download: 7/19/1991 Somerville Theater, Somerville, MA. This one is with the Giant Country Horns.

Phish’s 1991 horn tour spanned fourteen shows featuring the Giant Country Horns, a 3-piece horn section with Dave “The Truth” Grippo on alto sax/percussion, Russell “the Killer” Remington on tenor sax, and Carl “Gears” Gerhard on trumpet. Grippo and Remington (along with Joey Sommerville) had added horns to the ‘Lawn Boy’ studio recording of Split Open And Melt, and sat in at Phish shows and local pop-up gigs with the Johnny B. Fishman Jazz Ensemble – a pseudonym Phish deployed to play jazz standards with horns.

They decided to tour with the GCH and undertook extensive rehearsals to develop horn arrangements for a roster of Phish songs and jazz tunes. In addition to new material, the horns added to Phish’s improvisational pallette and to their visual presentation (GCH performed in matching white and purple tuxedos). The septet traveled in two vans starting with a free show July 11th in Burlington, VT and ending July 27th in Atlanta, GA. Mid-horn tour on July 19th, Phish and The Giant Country Horns played Somerville Theatre in Somerville, MA. This was Phish’s sixth show at this venue of seven to-date.

Setlist and notes from

SET 1: Golgi Apparatus[1], The Landlady[1] > Bouncing Around the Room[1], David Bowie[1], Fee > Cavern[1], The Squirming Coil, You Enjoy Myself[1], Gumbo[2], Touch Me[3]

SET 2: Suzy Greenberg[1] > Divided Sky[1], I Didn't Know[4], My Sweet One, Magilla[1] > Tweezer[5], The Mango Song[1], Big Black Furry Creature from Mars[1]

ENCORE: Lawn Boy[6] > Runaway Jim[7]

[1] Giant Country Horns.
[2] Giant Country Horns; Fish on trombone.
[3] Giant Country Horns; Fish on cowbell.
[4] Mimi Fishman on vacuum.
[5] Giant Country Horns; impromptu rapping.
[6] Carl Gerhard on trumpet.
[7] Sung as "Runaway Yim."

Wilson contained a How High the Moon tease from Mike and Hood contained Stash teases from Trey. Trey brought a fan onstage from the crowd to help teach the Meatstick dance.


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