There’s a phrase that likes to circulate in our little scene called “passing the torch.” It’s one of those collections of words that gets uttered whenever a band member from an older generation collaborates with a band from a younger one. That’s what happened 16 years ago today, when Bob Weir joined Phish at the Shoreline Amphitheater in Mountain View, CA.
Interestingly, a similar situation occurred just one year prior, when the Grateful Dead’s own Phil Lesh joined Phish for a handful of songs (including some trampoline-inspired “You Enjoy Myself” jams) at Shoreline. Fast forward a year and a few weeks, and the band got the chance to perform with another member of the Grateful Dead.
Bob Weir, a Bay Area native, emerged for a three song encore, including two Grateful Dead classics and a Phish original. They started the extended encore with a cover of Marty Robbins’ “El Paso,” sung by Weir of course, before high-tailing it into “Chalk Dust Torture.” Finally, the show ended with a powerful rendition of “West L.A. Fadeaway,” with Weir taking the vocals on the classic Jerry Garcia song.
The full show can be streamed below, courtesy of nognuisagoodgnu.
Your Phish.net setlist can be seen below.
Setlist: Phish at Shoreline Amphitheatre Mountain View, CA – 10/6/00
Set 1: Carini, Stash, Boogie On Reggae Woman, Mellow Mood, Maze, The Moma Dance, Run Like an Antelope
Set 2: Heavy Things > Down with Disease -> Spock’s Brain, The Inlaw Josie Wales, Rift, Cities > Sand > Golgi Apparatus, Brian and Robert, Bold As Love
Encore: El Paso, Chalk Dust Torture > West L.A. Fadeaway
 Phish debut; Bob Weir guest appearance.
 Bob Weir guest appearance.
Glide was teased before the Carini opener and Jibboo was teased before Heavy Things. Disease was unfinished. The encore, which included the Phish debuts of El Paso and West L.A. Fadeaway, featured a Bob Weir guest appearance. Trey teased Chalk Dust after West. L.A. Fadeaway.