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Performances Song History


Music/Lyrics: George Harrison

Vocals: Page (lead), Trey (backing)

Original Artist: The Beatles

Original Album: Abbey Road (1969)

Debut: 1998-10-29

Historian: Chris Bertolet

Critics and rock historians frequently hail Abbey Road as one of the most important records ever made, so as ardent Beatles fans, it’s no surprise that Phish would mine it for covers. But as Abbey Road is predominantly a Lennon/McCartney opus, it’s “something” of a curiosity that Phish chose one of only two compositions by the late George Harrison that can be found on the album. The debut of “Something,” which Frank Sinatra once called “the finest love song ever written,” concluded a magical, misty tour-opening gig at L.A.’s Greek Theatre on 10/29/98. Though grossly underrated due to the strong Las Vegas Halloween run that followed, this Greek show boasted quite a few charms, including an ominous, throbbing “Reba” that melted unexpectedly into a euphoric breakout of “Walk Away.” But it was “Something’s” bittersweet embrace of the uncertainties of love that sent the crowd away sated that night. Phish played “Something” three times the following month and has not played it since.

George Harrison "Something" The Concert for Bangladesh

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