Watch Jon Fishman Lead Paul Simon’s “50 Ways” On A Mini-Dr…


One of the main reasons people go to countless Phish concerts is because you truly never know what to expect—from catching your favorite rare song to hearing them improvise on an unlikely tune to witnessing funny stage antics or stories. One of the best surprises you can catch is a new cover of an old favorite song, like the crowd at the Hollywood Bowl caught on this day, August 8th, 2011.

During “Weekapaug Groove”, Trey Anastasio made his way to the drum set to relieve drummer Jon Fishman. Fish, in turn, headed toward center stage, where stagehands had set up a small drum kit with a microphone. After a quick back and forth with the sound man, the band launched into Paul Simon‘s “50 Ways To Leave Your Lover” from Still Crazy After All These Years (1975), the first and still the only time Phish has ever played the song. While it may not have been played perfectly, the playful randomness of the one-off cover is a perfect example of why many fans feel you can never miss a show: you really never do know what is going to happen.

Phish – “50 Ways To Leave Your Lover” (Paul Simon) – 8/8/11

[Video: Kentalope]

After the cover, the band went right back into “Weekapaug Groove.” Though the show overall may not be the upper echelon of Phish sets, this amazing Jon Fishman moment will always go down in the history books.

Check out a playlist of fan-shot videos from 8/8/11 courtesy of Steven Holmes below.

Phish – 8/8/11 – Hollywood Bowl [Playlist]

Setlist: Phish | Hollywood Bowl | Hollywood, CA | 8/8/11

Set 1: Down with Disease > Cavern > Possum, Cities, Peaches en Regalia, Kill Devil Falls, Lawn Boy, Tube > Back on the Train, Wilson > Axilla > Split Open and Melt, Backwards Down the Number Line

Set 2: Carini > Crosseyed and Painless > Twist > Piper > Mike’s Song > Joy > Weekapaug Groove, 50 Ways to Leave Your Lover[1] -> Hold Your Head Up > Weekapaug Groove, Character Zero, Quinn the Eskimo

Encore: Stealing Time From the Faulty Plan > Julius

[1] Phish debut; Fish on drumkit in front of the band.

[Originally published 8/8/17]

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