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October 1999

After touring the West and Southwest most of September (see TMIPH September 1999), Phish finished their nationwide tour with shows in the Midwest and Northeast.

On October 1st, they appeared at Hilton Coliseum in Ames, Iowa, where the second set featured a unique combination of Gumbo > Mountains in the Mist. The band performed the next night in Minneapolis at the Target Center. The show there featured Punch You in The Eye > Quinn The Eskimo in the first set. An exploratory Tweezer, which segued into On Your Way Down, highlighted the second set. On Your Way Down had been reintroduced to Phish’s repertoire earlier that fall at Shoreline Amphitheatre for the first time in more than ten years. The encore that night was While My Guitar Gently Weeps and Tweezer (reprise).

Next came a stop at The Horizon in Rosemont, Illinois on October 3rd, where Phish was joined by Sugar Blue on harmonica for the encore, which consisted of Funky Bitch and Messin’ With the Kid. On October 4th, the band performed for the first time in Normal, Illinois at Illinois State University’s Redbird Arena. The second set at Normal featured The Wedge into AC/DC Bag > Makisupa Policeman (the “key word” was NORML) and a Rock and Roll encore.

Following a couple nights off, the tour resumed in Uniondale, New York for two shows at Nassau Coliseum. The second set of the October 7th Nassau Coliseum show featured a unique combination of songs consisting of Back on the Train > Mike’s Song > McGrupp followed by Prince Caspian > Golgi Apparatus before the band returned to Weekapaug Groove. The three-song encore of Rockytop, I am Hydrogen and Julius stunned enthusiasts of Mike’s Groove. This was the first time I am Hydrogen had been played by itself (without Mike’s Song and Weekapaug Groove) since 1987. The next Nassau show also had a surprise in the form of lyricist Tom Marshall’s guest appearance as Tommy for Phish’s debut rendition of We’re Not Gonna Take It by The Who.

On October 9th and 10th Phish performed back-to-back concerts at Pepsi Arena (formerly Knickerbocker Arena) in Albany, New York. The centerpiece of the October 9th show was a smoothly-segued Ghost > My Left Toe > Free. Set two of the October 10th show opened with You Enjoy Myself (without a vocal jam) and contained Bathtub Gin and a Misty Mountain Hop encore – the fourth ever and last version to-date. The Led Zeppelin cover was the last song of the fall and an appropriate choice for the band who were headed home to the misty mountains of Vermont.

On October 29th, Fish joined the band Moe. as a guest for part of their performance at Higher Ground in Winooski. The month wrapped up with Phish’s first online release of a live uncut concert straight from the band’s archives. On Halloween, the entire concert from Colorado Springs, CO was delivered to fans as MP3 files via: Emusic.