Lou Reed’s death on Saturday came less than a week before the 15th anniversary of Las Vegas’ greatest Reed-related happening. No, not his infamous 2003 Joint walkout. Phish’s Halloween ’98 show. As we stepped into the Thomas & Mack, we were handed a “Phishbill,” informing us that the band had chosen the 1970 Velvet Underground album Loaded for its traditional October 31 “costume” set. The music was magical—from a feedback-fortified “Rock & Roll” to an epically extended “New Age”—and it remains my favorite of Phish’s seven (and counting) full-album covers. I spun it again in the wake of his death, in tribute to a superb tribute to the man.
Thu, Oct 31, 2013 (midnight)