From April 2nd through 5th of 1998, Phish played four of the best shows of their career. Dubbed the “Island Tour,” since the first two nights were on Long Island (Nassau Coliseum in Uniondale, NY) and the next two on Rhode Island (Providence Civic Center in Providence, RI), each of the four shows has left its indelible mark on Phish history.

The first night on April 2nd featured some extensive musical exploration and the debuts of “Frankie Says” and “Birds of a Feather”.  The second night of the run on this day in 1998 featured its own debut, though the band didn’t know it yet; the jam session in “Weekapaug Groove” would eventually spawn the original song “Mozambique”.

Among the many highlights from night two of the historic run was a particularly noteworthy “Roses Are Free”, as Phish took the Ween cover for a 27-minute odyssey. The track was the first of a four-song set that included “Piper,” “Loving Cup” and “Run Like An Antelope,” bringing some straight funk for a full hour-plus of music. With some extra time, Phish played a glorious three song encore that included “Carini,” “Halley’s Comet,” and “Tweezer Reprise.”

There’s a reason the show is among the highest-rated on Check out a video of the massive “Roses Are Free” below (in three parts) and watch a video playlist of the whole show here.

Phish – “Roses Are Free” (Ween) – 4/3/1998 – Part 1 of 3

Phish – “Roses Are Free” (Ween) – 4/3/1998 – Part 2 of 3

Phish – “Roses Are Free” (Ween) – 4/3/1998 – Part 3 of 3

[Videos: silverchair97]

Setlist: Phish at Nassau Coliseum, Uniondale, NY – 4/3/98

Set 1: Mike’s Song -> The Old Home Place > Weekapaug Groove, Train Song > Billy Breathes, Beauty of My Dreams, Dogs Stole Things > Reba, My Soul

Set 2: Roses Are Free > Piper > Loving Cup > Run Like an Antelope[1]

Encore: Carini > Halley’s Comet > Tweezer Reprise

[Originally published 4/3/2017]