Back on August 31 Phish delivered an instant classic performance in which they spelled out “FUCK YOUR FACE” with the first letter of the songs they played that night at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park in Commerce City, Colorado. This evening, at Red Rocks Amphitheatre in nearby Morrison, post-Jerry Grateful Dead act Furthur paid tribute to that performance by spelling out “STEAL YOUR FACE” with the first letter of the 13 songs they played at the legendary venue.
[Photo via @FurthurBand]
Furthur’s “STEAL YOUR FACE” gig was the final show of three at Red Rocks that have kicked off the group’s fall tour. There was a time when Phish and the Grateful Dead existed in their own worlds and over the years the invisible barrier between the two biggest rock improv acts of all time has lifted and as recently as two weeks ago Phish guitarist Trey Anastasio jammed with Grateful Dead guitarist Bob Weir at a HeadCount benefit.
Tonight’s first set included the first-ever Furthur cover of Hank Williams’ You Win Again – a song last played by Weir and Lesh at a The Dead show in 2003 with Bob Dylan on vocals. Before that, the pair last performed the tune with the Grateful Dead in 1972. Following the “STEAL YOUR FACE” shenanigans, Furthur played He’s Gone – the tune with “Steal Your Face” in its lyrics. Furthur heads to Seattle next for a show at WaMu Theatre on Tuesday.
Set One: Samson & Delilah, Tennessee Jed, Easy Wind, Alabama Getaway, Loose Lucy, You Win Again, Operator, Uncle John’s Band
Set Two: Reuben & Cherise, Feel Like A Stranger > Alligator > Cumberland Blues, Eyes Of The World, He’s Gone > Viola Lee Blues > Caution > Viola Lee Blues > Black Peter > Viola Lee Blues
Encore: Brokedown Palace,
As for who came up with the idea? When asked who came up with the ploy, Furthur vocalist Jeff Pehrson reveals that the band’s co-manager Matt Busch put the setlist together.