Twenty-two years ago today, during the second night of a two-night stand at George, WA’s iconic concert venue The Gorge Amphitheatre, Phish debuted two songs (both previously performed by Trey Anastasio Band) that remain staples of their live shows to this day. First, toward the end of the first set, the band broke out “Heavy Things”. By the end of that tour, “Heavy Things” had become a setlist fixture, and is still one of the few Phish songs to receive some semblance of radio popularity. It was also the song that the band chose to have broadcast on national TV from their Y2k blowout at Big Cypress.
Arguably the more exciting of the two debuts came during the second set, when the band segued out of a set-opening “Wolfman’s Brother” into TAB favorite “Sand”. The song entered the Phish repertoire with a bang, as Trey laid into the song’s infectious groove with a full-on hose assault, clocking in at over 18 minutes long. You can listen to the “Sand” Phish debut at the Gorge below:
Phish – “Sand” – George, WA – 9/11/21
The full show audio can also be found below along with the full Phish.net setlist.
Phish – The Gorge Amphitheatre – George, WA – 9/11/21
Setlist: Phish at The Gorge Amphitheatre, George, WA – 9/11/1999
Set 1: Tube > Funky Bitch > Limb By Limb, Dogs Stole Things, Punch You In the Eye, Billy Breathes, Heavy Things, Guyute > Free
Set 2: Wolfman’s Brother -> Sand, Meatstick -> Maze, Prince Caspian > Harry Hood
Encore: When the Circus Comes
 Phish debut.
 Concluded with an atypical, repetitive ending.
Trey teased Long Tall Glasses in Limb By Limb. Heavy Things and Sand made their Phish debuts at this show. Hood concluded with an atypical, repetitive ending.