Without a doubt, two of the best guitarists in the business are Derek Trucks and Trey Anastasio. While their paths have crossed on a handful of occasions (including a JAMMY Award performance pictured above and most recently at the Beacon Theatre with Tedeschi Trucks Band on 10/17/14), Trucks has only made one appearance ever with Phish proper. On July 7th, 1999, Phish hit the Blockbuster Pavilion in Charlotte, NC, welcoming Trucks for a two-song encore that none will soon forget.
After a great show that opened with “Back On The Train” and jammed with a free-flowing second set, the encore saw the band call on Derek Trucks for a pair of blues-based rockers. Trucks lent his slide to the ripping blues of “Possum,” and the band then segued into the Son Seals cover, “Funky Bitch.” Trucks and Anastasio play off of each other to perfection, nailing the sit-in with ease.
Listen to a full recording of this 7/7/99 show below, courtesy of fromtheaquarium.
Setlist: Phish at Blockbuster Pavilion, Charlotte, NC – 7/7/99
I: Back on the Train, What’s the Use?, Billy Breathes, My Mind’s Got a Mind of its Own > Sneakin’ Sally Through the Alley, Axilla > Rift, Wolfman’s Brother > Maze, Loving Cup
II: Also Sprach Zarathustra > Down with Disease > My Left Toe -> Wading in the Velvet Sea -> My Left Toe > Bug > You Enjoy Myself
E: Possum > Funky Bitch
Notes: Sneakin’ Sally included a Super Bad tease from Trey and did not contain a vocal jam. The encore featured Derek Trucks on slide guitar.