Light Up Or Leave Me Alone has not been seen in 56 Phish shows.
It was last played: 2012-07-06.
It was played at 1.17% of live shows.
It has been performed live 19 time(s).
Music/Lyrics: James Capaldi
Original Artist: Traffic
Original Album: The Low Spark of High-Heeled Boys (1971)
Vocals: Page (lead), Mike, Trey (backing)
Historian: Phillip Zerbo (pzerbo)
This groovy Traffic song was a cover in Phish’s early repertoire for a little cover two years. After its first performance on 12/6/86, it continued to delight fans until its seemingly final performance on 3/1/89. Many thought it was gone for good, and with the funk renaissance of ‘97 and ‘98, it’s a wonder that the band didn’t revisit this song. Yet after an 1090-show absence Phish lit up Big Cypress on 12/30/99 with an especially fiery version of the groove-rock classic.
Watch Light Up Or Leave Me Alone on YouTube Traffic, "Light Up or Leave Me Alone" – 1972, Santa Barbara, CA
“Light Up” then found a temporary home in Vida Blue’s repertoire, including a prominent performance on 12/31/01 with Trey and Mike both sitting in on Languedoc guitars. Mike also sat in with Vida Blue for this tune on 7/13/02 in Hollywood, CA, and again on guitar. Page also performed the classic on 1/26/08 in Denver at the "Big Easy Blowout," a Mardi Gras celebration to benefit the New Orleans Musicians' Clinic and the Tipitina's Foundation that also included Russell Batiste, Papa Mali, Reed Mathis and Big Chief Monk Boudreaux.
Jumping ahead a full decade from Big Cypress – including a "hiatus," a "break-up" and 181 shows – "Light Up" made a triumphant (though unfinished) return on 7/1/10 in Raleigh, the last in a series of bust-outs that day that also included "Time Loves a Hero" and "Have Mercy." Instead of going back to mothballs for another decade, "Light Up" has stuck around in light rotation with subsequent appearances on 8/9/10 in Telluride, 10/29/10 in Atlantic City, and an especially fierce, unique (also unfinished) version on 6/14/11 in Alpharetta, GA.
Albums: Colorado '88