FULL BREAK DOWN OF PHISH'S SECOND OF THREE SHOWS AT SPAC
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Tonight Phish returned to
the Saratoga Performing Arts Center, aka SPAC, in Saratoga Springs, NY for the second of
three consecutive shows at the venue. This evening's performance marked the band's 13th at
the shed since they made their SPAC debut opening for Santana on July 27, 1992.
The night began with “Crowd Control”, a track from Phish’s 2004 album Undermind
that has remained a
relative rarity but also a favorite show-opener for Phish, as it has served as the opener
the last six times the song has
been played. Up next was the first repeat of the tour, “Chalk Dust Torture,” which was
also played at the tour opener in
Bangor. “The Wedge”, the night’s first cover selection “Funky Bitch,” and “Heavy Things,”
which did not feature Trey
setting his one-note guitar loop per usual, continued the first set. Power-ballad "Bug"
then made a rare first-set
appearance, the first in almost 13 years (9/25/2000). After "Bouncing Around The Room", a
fast-paced "Tube" picked
the tempo back up as the crowd cheers seemed to encourage the band to continue jamming the
middle section just a
little longer. A high-energy "Julius" brought the band to the 60-minute mark of
the set before Fishman
dropped the drumbeat to "Split Open and Melt." The Split covered a lot of musical ground
over the course of its 18+
minutes - with some serious highlights in the jam and a comical, somewhat struggling
ending to the tune. As the band
had a laugh, Page announced that they would be right back. . .
The second set began with another repeat song from the tour opener in Bangor, ME in
"Backwards Down The Number
Line." After a standard reading, the band launched into "Tweezer." Tweezer had been a hot-
topic online earlier in the
day as many people began to discuss the fact that in all of Phish's 12 performances at
SPAC, they had yet to play
"Tweezer." The first SPAC "Tweezer" was a brief one as Trey began the guitar riff to
"Sand" just as the song hit the ten
minute mark. Similarly, "Sand" did not have much time to develop, the song ended
relatively quickly and Trey played the
opening lick to "Carini." A fantastic reading of "Carini" developed into the first-ever
Phish performance of "Architect,"
appears on Trey's 2012 studio album Traveler. The set came to its first full stop
at the conclusion of
"Architect" as they took a pause for a few seconds and the opening notes of "Wilson" rang
out. This was the first
performance of "Wilson" since Trey had lobbied for Seattle Seahawks fans to use it as
intro music for Seahawks
quarterback Russell Wilson. Stevie Wonder's "Boogie on Reggae Woman" and "Possum," two
tunes in the band's repertoire
since 1987 and 1985, closed the set.
"Show Of Life" filled the encore slot, joining the previously played "Architect" as songs
that Trey has written with Steve
Pollak aka "The Dude of Life." "Tweezer Reprise" closed it all out, Though "Tweezer" had
never been played at SPAC
before tonight, this marks the
third "Reprise" played at the venue.
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Here's The Skinny from Phish's second show of 2013 at SPAC...
- Venue Capacity / Attendance / Type: 25,100 / 24,000
- Previous Shows at Venue: 12 Shows – 07/27/1992, 07/10/1994,
06/26/1995, 06/19/2004, 06/20/2004, 08/16/2009, 06/19/2010, 06/20/2010, 07/06/2012,
07/07/2012, 07/08/2012 and 7/5/2013
- Number Of Songs / Length – First Set: 10 / 8:23 p.m. - 9:43
p.m. (80 minutes)
- Number Of Songs / Length – Second Set & Encore: 10 /
10:13 p.m. - 11:31 p.m. (78
- Total Number of Songs / Covers / Originals: 20 / 2 / 18
- Biggest Bustout: Split Open and Melt - 17 shows (LTP -
- Average Song Vintage: 1995
- Debuts: Architect
- Weather: 82 degrees and party cloudy at ticket-time.
- Average Song Gap: 5.16
- The Spread: Lawn Boy - 2, A Picture of Nectar - 3, Rift - 1,
Hoist - 1, Farmhouse - 3,
Undermind - 1, Joy - 1, Misc - 6, Covers - 2
- Longest LivePhish Track / Shortest LivePhish Track:
- Audio: Live Phish
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