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!