Leftover Salmon shared official audio featuring their debut cover of the Ween classic “Roses Are Free.” The jamgrass act premiered their take on the song during a Phish after-party concert held at Cervantes Masterpiece Ballroom in Denver on September 5.
Ween originally released “Roses Are Free” on their 1994 studio album, Chocolate And Cheese. Phish debuted their “Roses Are Free” cover in Rochester, New York on December 11, 1997. While Ween had only performed the song live three times before Phish unveiled their version, the band led by Mickey “Dean Ween” Melchiondo and Aaron “Gene Ween” Freeman started playing “Roses Are Free” regularly in 1999.
Leftover Salmon’s “Roses Are Free” came in the middle of their main set at Cervantes. The entire concert featured special guest Jay Starling on dobro, keyboards, lap steel guitar and backing vocals. Starling, who played keys on “Roses Are Free,” had a turn fronting Leftover Salmon on a cover of Little Feat’s “Willin’” later in the night.
The entire concert is available for streaming via nugs.net. Listen to Leftover Salmon’s “Roses Are Free” cover below: