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Listen To Phish Debut A Cover Of Rolling Stones’ “Sweet Virginia” In NOLA, On This Day In 1999

There’s no love lost when it comes to Phish and the classic Rolling Stones’ album Exile On Main Street. The band took the Stones album and made it their own during Halloween of 2009, but, one full decade earlier, fans got a taste of some classic rock when Phish decided to introduce “Sweet Virginia” into their repertoire.

Though the band had been playing “Loving Cup” for ears by the late 90’s, there was no stopping them from digging further into the Stones’ catalog. As Exile On Main Street is one of the group’s best albums, it’s no surprise that Phish drew from that work for many years. The band debuted “Sweet Virginia” right at the front of the show, opening the night at the Kiefer UNO Lakefront Arena in New Orleans, LA with the debut.

Listen back to the full audio of this performance, which also included Michael Ray and Tim Green as guests during the first set, as shared by fromthequarium below.

Setlist: Phish at Lakefront Arena, New Orleans, LA – 9/26/99

Set 1: Sweet Virginia[1], First Tube > AC/DC Bag, Dirt, Guyute, Bouncing Around the Room, Cars Trucks Buses[2], Funky Bitch[2], Mozambique[2], Cavern[2]

Set 2: Twist > Piper, Mountains in the Mist, Heavy Things, Birds of a Feather, Meat, Down with Disease

Encore: Meatstick > Rocky Top

[1] Phish debut.
[2] Michael Ray on trumpet and Tim Green on saxophone.
Sweet Virginia made its Phish debut at this show. The last four songs of the first set featured Michael Ray on trumpet and Tim Green on saxophone. Call to the Post was teased before and during Birds.

[Setlist via]