It’s no secret that many of our readers have had plenty of spirited discussions over the last few months, or maybe years, discussing what classic album Phish would cover at the next Halloween show. The concept of this live “Musical Costume” was launched by Phish on Halloween in 1994 when they performed The Beatles White Album in its entirety. Errr, except Good Night which was played over the PA system. And while Phish has done it three additional times – and a fourth if you include Dark Side Of The Moon on November 2nd, 1998 in Utah – they have also inspired many other bands to follow suit.
This week’s B List takes a look at ten other bands that have taken on the assignment of covering another band’s album in the live setting.
1. Jiggle The Handle covered Paul Simon – Graceland
8-12-2000 – Berkfest, Great Barrington MA
Leading off this B List we’ve got one of my favorite small jambands of all time, Boston’s Jiggle The Handle. This complete album performance was announced in advance. Well, it was announced they’d be performing AN album, and the choices were out there, it was between Graceland, Rift, Sgt. Pepper’s and Animals.
Humorously, the band started and ended their full performance of Graceland with teases of the opening tracks from the three albums not chosen, and a Jiggle The Handle tune – Walk Right Out Your Door. They bring on a little extra help from a number of other Boston-area-bands calling on: Dan Rockett, the horn section from Addison Groove Project and both Andrew & Brad Barr from The Slip.
Selected Audio: Teases > The Boy In The Bubble
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With a driving backbeat, rapid fire and precise guitar and thunderous bass, Boulder’s Rose Hill Drive stormed the stage at Smith’s Olde Bar in Atlanta on Friday, the seventh of November. This three-piece power trio knows how to rock and they rock hard. This up and coming group showed they have the guts and cojones to unabashedly electrify much larger arenas, and if this showing was in any way indicative of the powers of which they are capable, they will be playing to much larger crowds nationally soon.
Hailing from Boulder, CO, Rose Hill Drive is somewhat of a throw back to ’70s era hard rock. Blistering guitar solos and tight group playing are their hallmarks and their strong suite. Touring on the strength of their recent release, Moon Is the New Earth, the band knows they have what it takes to make it in the cut throat rock and roll industry.
With a no-frills stage set-up, it was obvious there would be no sideshow, no deflection. The music and the music alone was the appetizer, entree and dessert. Their set was composed of originals from their recent and previous releases, as well as a few covers of classics like Who Knows by Hendrix and the Zeppelin rough and tumble crunch rocker Communication Breakdown. Very little artist and audience dialogue added to the mystique of the band. The show was workman-like in its delivery and production.
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Rose Hill Drive’s performance set reached a frenzied conclusion, before a dwindling crowd. The threesome enganged in more free-form improvisation than their previous visit to this same venue back in May of this year: recall the instrumental conflagrations of Cream in their heyday, if you would, and relish the self-renewing aspect of great rock and roll.
he members of Rose Hill Drive are young, but don’t let their age fool you. This power trio of throwback rock and roll has enough rock star experience to fill four trips to Europe, while opening for Van Halen, the Black Crowes, and Queens of the Stone Age. The trio will embark soon on their sophomore stint of opening for legendary rockers The Who, traipsing from the west coast to the East, after headlining their own tour in the UK and Amsterdam.