Phish Friday | Lights, Camera, Reba

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Although most of our Phish Friday posts focus on audio recordings, you may have noticed that we’ve started to change things up by posting more video footage. While audio will always be the bread and butter of Phish Friday, it’s nice to occasionally throw in some visual representation of what the shows were like, especially in terms of the lights.

Case in point…this great video of the second half of “Reba” (the improv half) from 4/3/98, a well-known show in Phish history that I was lucky enough to have attended. Although it isn’t a pro-shot video, this clip nicely illustrates the way that Phish’s light man, Chris Kuroda, played a huge role in the band’s stage production and the way Phish improvisations developed. My favorite part comes around the 6-minute mark, when Trey’s solo and the lights come together in a huge crescendo. It’s not only classic Phish, but classic Phish/Kuroda improv. Check it out:

Phish – 040398 – Reba – Part II [YouTube]

I think most Phish fans tend to agree that the four shows the band played in the Spring of 1998 — aka the ‘Island Tour’ — were some of its best. I love them all, but 4/3/98 — the band’s second night at Nassau Coliseum — is probably my personal favorite. It is also one of my more vivid concert experiences. As a result, this is not my first post about this show….and it probably won’t be my last.

A special thanks to the fan or taper that captured the video of this show for all of us fans. On a personal note, I was in an odd position for this show: off to the band’s left side, but way high up in the Coliseum seating. Although it was a really cool vantage point to watch the band’s onstage movements and signals, I never got to see the true brilliance of the full light show until these videos surfaced. Muchas gracias silverchair97!

  • http://paulbarry.com Paul Barry

    I totally agree with you, this show, this Reba in fact, almost 10 years later, stands out as one of the most vidid concert experiences for me as well. Thanks so much for posting the video.

  • http://www.livemusicblog.com/ WHITperson

    Thanks Paul. Appreciate the comment.

    I’d be curious about your take on my initial post about this show. A lot more depth on the second set, which is a whole other story.

    Honestly, I think there’s enough going on during this show to call for a post a year for the next decade. it’s truly a classic.

    Thanks for reading…mw

  • http://www.livemusicblog.com/ WHITperson

    Thanks Paul. Appreciate the comment.

    I’d be curious about your take on my initial post about this show. A lot more depth on the second set, which is a whole other story.

    Honestly, I think there’s enough going on during this show to call for a post a year for the next decade. it’s truly a classic.

    Thanks for reading…mw

  • andrew

    Totally nostalgic…ughh….it still kills me every year when I’m not making plans to see four or five shows in the summer right around this time of year…

    Nice video though…

  • andrew

    Totally nostalgic…ughh….it still kills me every year when I’m not making plans to see four or five shows in the summer right around this time of year…

    Nice video though…

  • http://www.flickr.com/photos/oliversarmy/ Paul

    All four of the Island tour shows are some of my favorites. There ain’t a loser in the bunch.

    I had not listened to the 4/3 show for a while, and after reading your piece I had to play it through. It is hard for me to explain why I get a silly grin each time I hear “Mike’s” head into “Old Home Place,” but there it was again.

    The “Roses are Free” that opens the second set is mighty sweet, taboot.

  • http://www.flickr.com/photos/oliversarmy/ Paul

    All four of the Island tour shows are some of my favorites. There ain’t a loser in the bunch.

    I had not listened to the 4/3 show for a while, and after reading your piece I had to play it through. It is hard for me to explain why I get a silly grin each time I hear “Mike’s” head into “Old Home Place,” but there it was again.

    The “Roses are Free” that opens the second set is mighty sweet, taboot.

  • http://paulbarry.com Paul Barry

    I totally agree with you, this show, this Reba in fact, almost 10 years later, stands out as one of the most vidid concert experiences for me as well. Thanks so much for posting the video.