Phish to appear on Jimmy Fallon's 'Exile on Main Street' tribute week. What should they play? Who else should perform?

Jimmy Fallon announced last night that Phish are set to appear as part of his show’s Rolling Stones-themed week, which will coincide with the re-release of the Stones’ classic Exile on Main Street double album. Phish’s May 13 TV appearance will be their first since the quartet reformed last year. “I can’t wait to see what they will play,” Fallon declared when he made the announcement. Nor us. But guessing what Stones tracks they might tackle is no easy task, given Phish’s cover-crazy ways. In fact, last Halloween the jam band legends played all of Exile at the Festival 8 event in 2009 and you can see a clip of them performing “Shine a Light”—very nicely—below.

Perhaps a better question is: Who else will Fallon recruit to celebrate the reissue of what, for my money, may well be the greatest album of all time? Again, there are no shortage of candidates. Actually, it might be quicker to list the people who don’t know their way around the Mick and Keith songbook, although artists who have recorded a Stones tune at one time or another include Pearl Jam, Rod Stewart, Ryan Adams, PJ Harvey, the Black Crowes, Ozzy Osbourne, David Byrne, Joan Jett, and Vanessa Carlton.

So what would you like Phish to play on Fallon? And who else should appear on Stones week?

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  • Rich

    Vanessa Carlton, clearly.

    Haha… I’m hoping her inclusion on that list was a joke. Definitely a “one of these kids is not like the other”…

  • RK

    Liz Phair, obviously…

  • Frank from

    Phish should play “Happy”. The Strokes (we know Julian Casablancas is Fallon-approved) should also play that week, I would definitely watch that.

  • DTF

    My bet’s on Phish playing Loving Cup, which they do masterfully. I wouldnt mind them jamming to Sweet Virginia either.

    It would be cool if the Stones made a guest appearance, seeing as how its Stones week

  • Jason

    Phish should definitely play Loving Cup. They KILL on that song.

  • Christa

    Loving Cup. I’ve listened to the Halloween “costume” show a LOT and Loving Cup is still a stand out. Yay for Phish on TV! First the RnR Hall of Fame show and now this!!!!

  • Duddy

    I was at the Halloween show last year. The Rollings Stones set was absolutely amazing, but they also had back-up vocal help from Sharon Jones and someone else. Hopefully, they will make it too. My guess – Loving Cup. If not – Shine a Light.

  • Christa

    Duddy, I was just thinking that it would be awesome if Sharon Jones joined them. I kick myself on a weekly basis for not packing up and heading to 8.

  • Ryan

    Ryan Adams needs to get the Pinkhearts back together and go blow the roof off of Jimmy Fallons set

  • so n so

    The Black Crowes do a great version of Torn and Frayed and have had a superb resurgence in the last several years.

  • Jaded1

    As long as it is not one of this season’s American Idols…..

  • cam

    i agree with DTF…..Phish rocks “Loving Cup” every time they play it

  • hehadthunk

    Torn and Frayed FTW!

  • Fallopian Dudes

    I second that emotion, hehadthunk. Torn and Frayed would be great.

  • eric t barnes

    I think they should play Torn and Frayed or Shine a Light.Both have such a connection to the band and what they have went through and the message they are sending.Since the Loving Cup was there original staple cover I wouldn’t be surprised to hear that either.”Make every song you sing your favorite tune.”

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