FULL BREAKDOWN OF PHISH SUMMER TOUR 2013 TOUR OPENER
[Photo by Mike Gordon via @Phish_FTR]
After 183 days off Phish finally
kicked off their 30th year at Darling's Waterfront Pavilion in
Bangor, ME tonight. This evening's performance marked the band's first at the outdoor
venue. Darling's Waterfront Pavilion is a fairly open space which allowed fans who had
arrived early to hear a soundcheck that included takes on a few songs from Trey
Anastasio's solo repertoire, "Corona" and "Frost," and ended with a lengthy jam. Both the
stage setup and light rig are
different for this tour.
Phish opened their first show of the year with "Possum," the song they've played most
since returning at Hampton Coliseum in 2009. The quartet stuck with the old school vibe by
offering two songs debuted in 1990, "Runaway Jim" and "Stash," next. Keyboardist Page
McConnell mentioned the band was happy to be back in between the two '90 tunes. A fairly
straight-forward "Stash" led into "NICU." The "Wolfman's Brother" that followed featured a
funky jam with McConnell on clavinet and guitarist Trey Anastasio delivering one dirty and
intense riff after another, while drummer Jon Fishman and bassist Mike Gordon locked in on
a tight groove. "Rift" gave Anastasio some issues, but the band made it through and
onwards to "Theme From The Bottom" and "Chalk Dust Torture," both of which contained solos
that didn't stray far from the songs' normal boundaries yet featured wily, melodic licks
from the guitarist. Towards the end of the opening stanza, Phish segued "Mike's Song" into
a "horse-less" "Silent In The Morning" - only the third "horse-less" "Silent" of the era.
A "Weekapaug" with McConnell and his clav stylings in the spotlight closed the first set
of the summer.
Though Phish didn't play any covers in the first set, that changed with a quickness in the
closing stanza, when the quartet kicked off Set Two with "Golden Age" by TV On The Radio.
The ensemble took "Golden Age" out for a quick spin and explored some dark jam spaces
before transitioning into "Twist." A standard "Twist" was just heating up, complete with
its "Oye Como Va" like solo, when Trey led the band into "Backwards Down The Number Line."
"Ocelot" kept the flow of songs from 2009's Joy going in contrast to the old school
first set. This was followed by a cover of Velvet Underground's "Rock And Roll" that
started off with an arena rock peak and led into a bit of spacey ambient jamming out of
which "Also Sprach Zarathrustra," aka 2001, emerged. The highlight of the set came at the
end with a transcendent "Run Like An Antelope" that went beyond the song's normal
boundaries for a few moments. A "Harry Hood" encore featuring a brief "Divided Sky" quote
from Anastasio brought the show to a close.
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breakdowns of every show Phish
has played in 2013 including setlists, recaps and our statistical rundowns.
Here's The Skinny from Phish's first show at Bangor's Waterfront Pavilion...
- Venue Capacity / Attendance / Type: 16,000 / 14,000
(estimate) / Outdoor Pavilion
- Previous Shows at Venue: Phish has never played this venue
- Number Of Songs / Length – First Set: 11 / 7:52 p.m.
- 9:25 p.m. (93 minutes)
- Number Of Songs / Length – Second Set & Encore:
9 / 9:57 p.m. - 11:27 (90 minutes)
- Total Number of Songs / Covers / Originals: 20 / 3 / 17
- Biggest Bustout: NICU - 14 Shows (LTP - 08/19/2012)
- Average Song Vintage: 1993
- Debuts: N/A
- Weather: 75° and Partly Cloudy at Show Time
- Average Song Gap: 2.8
- The Spread: Lawn Boy - 1, Picture Of Nectar - 3, Rift - 2,
Hoist - 1, Billy Breathes - 1, Farmhouse - 1, Joy - 2, Misc. - 6, Covers - 3
- Longest LivePhish Track / Shortest LivePhish Track:
Harry Hood 15:20 / Cavern 4:17
- Audio: Live Phish
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