Rotation Jam

Originally Performed ByPhish
Phish Debut1995-11-25
Last Played1997-08-10
Current Gap675
HistorianMockingbird Staff
Last Update2017-11-26


During a version of “Mike’s Song” on 11/25/95, Trey put down his guitar and walked away from his rig. This was a common enough (though still welcome) occurrence in the mid-‘90s, and usually served as the start of the Henrietta portion of the show. Only on this night at Hampton (where else?) Trey diverged and headed towards Page's keyboards, Page went ot he drums, Fish walked over to Mike and took his bass, and Mike completed the loop and picked up Trey's guitar. And thus the “Rotation Jam” was born. Each of the band members played each of the four instruments until everyone found their way back to their original instruments and they completed “Mike’s Song.” The band had so much fun with it, they repeated the shenanigans again on 12/15/95. While the Rotation Jam has been played sparingly since its 1995 debut, the band seemed to enjoy playing out of their element and actually wrote two songs (“Walfredo” and “Rock A William”) where some or all of the band members switch instruments.

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