Happy 4th of July: Celebrate Independence…and the 10-Year Anniversary of Phish’s 7-4-99

Phish_fireworks(photo by WaltherFamily)

Happy Independence Day from Live Music Blog!

I thought I’d drop a quick post to commemorate the holiday while Justin’s off gallivanting at the High Sierra Music Festival. I got a brief text from him saying he’s not getting great mobile service and trying to conserve cell juice, so I think we’ll just wait until the weekend’s out to get his thoughts on HSMF.

Meanwhile, I am catching a few solid sets from the Rothbury Festival courtesy of iclips.net’s Rothbury webcast, which marks a solid start to their summer festival series, dubbed “The Couch Tour.”

Of course, we couldn’t let the 4th of July go by without giving a nod to Phish’s hot and sweaty show at the Lakewood Amphitheater 10 years ago today. What better way to commemorate the 4th of July than with a super slow and psychedelic version of “Ghost” that morphs perfectly into a triumphant “Slave to the Traffic Light.” Check it out:

Phish – “Ghost” (live, 7/4/99) [mp3]
Phish – “Slave to the Traffic Light” (live, 7-4-99) [mp3]

By the looks of the setlist and from what I’ve heard, this show featured some serious jamming and a ton of silly banter and antics in fine Phish fashion.

But as much as I love this “Ghost > Slave” sequence, I still think my favorite Independence Day Phish show took place the following year in Camden. That show already got its own post last year, so you can check out here: Phish Friday | The 4th of Jiboo.

However you celebrate the 4th of July holiday, be safe, have fun, and be sure not to mix too much booze with all those fireworks!

WHITperson -- aka Marc Whitman or simply "Whit" -- is a long-time LMB contributor known for his in-depth posting style and his knack for crafting interesting podcasts. Whit currently resides in Brooklyn, where he's building up his web development chops and hoping to put his technical skills towards something interesting in the music world. Follow his updates over at whitperson.com and on twitter @whitperson.