Valentine’s Day, great if you are in love, not so much otherwise. Phish never plays much in Feb, but if they did what would they do for a 02/14 show. I asked Llama and suggested Valentines Day should be a night for The Beatles Solo and Together with these must-plays.
Paul McCartney - Maybe I’m Amazed
The greatest love song ever written, for me. This is for Fishman, it would work so well in the Sexual Healing or Cracklin Rosie vein, where he really gives it 110%. Page playing that piano is the piece de resistance
John Lennon - Love
This is right up Trey’s 3.0 Dadrock mindset. A slow-building song that has lyrics that verge on cheesy is not deftly handled.
George Harrison - What Is Life
This one is for Page with Mike and Trey doing that catchy chorus in 3 part harmony.
Ringo Starr - It Don’t Come Easy
Gotta let Mike take one and this Ringo Hit from the early 70s is a perfect vehicle for Mike to do a little vocal workout.
The Beatles - Help
A great launching point for a full-out love-bliss jam, some vocal interplay, and a chance for the ever-popular singalong.
Led Zepplin - I'm Gonna Crawl
This song is perfect for sneaking a love song into the set. Odds are most of the audience will not remember this Zepplin closing track thus providing the rare noncheesy love song cover.
Chicago - You're The Inspiration
The other option for covering a love song is to dive headfirst into the cheesy sentimentality of a song. This Chicago standard is perfect for providing a cheesy song that hasn't been covered to death.
The Proclaimers - I'm Gonna Be (500 Miles)
I would walk 500 miles and I would walk 500 more just to be the man who walked a thousand miles to see this cover from the floor.
Foo Fighters - Everlong
Picture yourself sitting next to some jaded 1.0 vet who isn't having a good time because it isn't the 90s anymore. Now picture the joy bursting from their seems when the intro riff of Everlong kicks in. This cover is the perfect love song for the jaded Gen Xer.
Arctic Monkeys - R U Mine
This would be Phish telling the audience we're still cool check out this indie-rock tune. Much like Golden Age, the band has the space to make it their own and throw it into regular rotation.