|Originally Performed By||Phish|
This tune seems to have been a two-tour phenomenon. During the second set at the Boise, ID summer ‘95 tour opener on 6/7/95, Mr. Johnny B. Fishman treated the crowd to a rousing rendition of The Velvet Underground’s “Lonesome Cowboy Bill.” Strangely, though, he didn’t resume his seat at the drum kit after the song had ended. Rather, Fishman was joined front and center by Mike, Page, Trey, four stools, and four acoustic guitars. While the crowd looked on in confused anticipation, the guys tuned up and eventually launched into a pleasant little acoustic instrumental.
The song they played – dubbed “Acoustic Army” by fans – was based on the idea of creating a cohesive tune from the distinct, disparate guitar lines that each band member played. Although it had its critics, “Acoustic Army” was for the most part very well received by fans over the course of the summer and fall ‘95 tours. Its success is likely what led the band to try a similar experiment with keyboards, “Keyboard Army,” for the fall ‘95 tour. “Acoustic Army” was played a total of 27 times before it rode off into the sunset on 12/8/95.”Acoustic Army” – 10/21/95, Lincoln, NE
Phish.net is a non-commercial project run by Phish fans and for Phish fans under the auspices of the all-volunteer, non-profit Mockingbird Foundation.
This project serves to compile, preserve, and protect encyclopedic information about Phish and their music.
The Mockingbird Foundation is a non-profit organization founded by Phish fans in 1996 to generate charitable proceeds from the Phish community.
And since we're entirely volunteer – with no office, salaries, or paid staff – administrative costs are less than 2% of revenues! So far, we've distributed over $1,000,000 to support music education for children – hundreds of grants in all 50 states, with more on the way.